Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Pothead mom has pothead child

An Oregon newspaper reports:
Mykayla Comstock's family says marijuana helps her fight an especially aggressive form of leukemia, keeps infection at bay and lifts her weary spirit. Twice a day she swallows a potent capsule form of the drug. Some days, when she can't sleep or eat, she snacks on a gingersnap or brownie baked with marijuana-laced butter.

Mykayla is one of 2,201 cancer patients authorized by the state of Oregon to use medical marijuana.

She is 7. ...

Mykayla's father, who is divorced from the girl's mother, was so disturbed by his daughter's marijuana use that he contacted child welfare officials, police and her oncologist. Jesse Comstock said his concerns were prompted by a visit with Mykayla in August.

"She was stoned out of her mind," said Comstock, 26. "All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games." ...

Immediately, Purchase, who is divorced from Mykayla's father and has sole custody, faced decisions about her daughter's treatment.

With chemotherapy, doctors put Mykayla's odds of survival at 76.9 percent and her chance of relapse at 7 percent, Purchase said. Purchase accepted the chemo as part of her daughter's treatment, although she takes a generally dim view of the pharmaceutical industry, is skeptical of childhood vaccines, rejects genetically modified foods and avoids products made with high-fructose corn syrup.

What Purchase believes, emphatically, is that cannabis heals.

Purchase said her stepfather's topical application of cannabis oil cured his skin cancer. She said an acquaintance's lung cancer went into remission after he used pot.

And Purchase herself consumes marijuana daily.

She said she became an Oregon medical marijuana patient in 2010 to treat vomiting from a metabolic problem and from her pregnancy with her second child. She is so convinced of the drug's safety that she consumed it during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

She was certain of one thing when Mykayla was diagnosed: The child would use marijuana to defeat cancer.
There are many things wrong with this. How does a dopehead mom get sole custody?

I usually support parental authority in making medical decisions, but the sensible parent has been cut out of the picture.


Anonymous said...

Are you sure that the mom is using pot daily ? If so, for what ?

Do you really feel that a child with cancer should be denied medicine prescribed by a doctor the help with
cancer symptoms ?

Anonymous said...

Sallan, a pediatric oncologist and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said he views the drug as "relatively harmless." He did groundbreaking research in the 1970s that found THC in marijuana helps prevent chemotherapy-related vomiting.

"If I had a teenager -- not a 7-year-old -- who kind of liked the psychological side effects, and it offered additional anti-vomiting protection, I would say, why not?" said Sallan.

George said...

The newspaper articles says that the mom "herself consumes marijuana daily." The mom does not have cancer. She likes to get high.

Anonymous said...

Does the mother have a prescription ?

Unknown said...

Hello! I would like to introduce myself to you, my name is Erin and I am Mykayla's mother.

Your blog post of course is highly offensive to me as you are saying some powerful statements yet you do not know me or my situation.

I would first like to address your concerns with my own cannabis use. I used to HATE cannabis for the same reason that you probably hate it so much. I hated it because it was an "illegal" drug and I associated it with bad people and crime. I refused to have anything to do with cannabis until 2010 when I felt like I was going to die and there were no options left for me.

When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease my health has never been good since then. I have passed over 100 kidney stones in the last 8 years, have had 2 surgeries, and many other random hospitalizations. I had to take pain killers along with several other prescription medications to mitigate the symptoms that I experienced. In 2009 I contracted an ear infection that spread to my skull bones... and came close to infecting my brain. Once again I was thrown onto about 16 different prescriptions at once... I battled this infection for the better part of an entire year!

Shortly after recovering from this infection I began experiencing a new problem. Extreme vomiting and horrible horrible abdominal pain. I later found out after 10 months of suffering in pain that I have a severly damaged and diseased liver. Some of it relating to my genetic metabolism disorder some of it relating to the toxicity of prescription medications and food that was not good for me.

Anyways... I obviously became a medical marijuana patient to use cannabis as medicine and avoid pharmaceuticals to prevent further damage to my liver! I no longer use any prescription medications unless it means life or death for me.

Second of all... I was awarded SOLE CUSTODY for a reason! Because I am a damn good mother and I love my daughter more than anyone else could. Her biological father abandoned her after I divorced him when she was 2.

I encourage you to open up your mind a bit and learn from me... instead of targeting my actions like I am a criminal and uneducated!

For your information I am educated... I went to college for medical assisting and worked as a medical assistant for 3 years and a microbiology labratory assistant for another 2 years after that.

feel free to visit Mykayla's facebook

and here is a link to a cited research article on using cannabis as a noverl treatment therapy for immune system cancers. (the specific genetic lines they used were the EXACT same kind of cancer that Mykayla has)

I encourage you to read and educate yourself... you might be suprised!

Best of luck to you in your journey... I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


Erin Purchase
Brave Mykayla's momma

Unknown said...

Sorry that link for Mykayla's facebook was wrong it is

George said...

Happy to let you have your say. I am a believer in joint child custody, even if the mom loves the kid more than the dad.