The yellow band Intake Nurses applied was visible on his right wrist. The fading permanent black marker read "Seizure". I noticed a small drop of blood on the blanket right next to his head.
He wasn't saying much. I tried to make him open his mouth. He slowly pried it open and with the aid of my small bright flashlight, I couldn't see any cut or laceration. With his vital signs being normal, I knew there was something going on but it was hard to prove that he was only playing a game at that time. I had no choice but to play it safe.
"Can you start an IV on him?" I asked the other nurse who helped me, as I readied the paper work and called for an ambulance over the radio.
Going back to the Clinic, after the inmate was taken away, another LVN asked me who the mandown was. As soon as I stated the name, she knew that something was odd with that inmate. That he was planning on something. She recalled how he told her that he didn't want to be in that unit after being just moved. So, he complained that he was having seizures at night.
"Ahh...There you go...Thanks for telling me," I replied.
"I knew he was faking it but I wasn't sure and couldn't pinpoint at that time. So just to be safe, I sent him out anyway to ER to make sure that his medication level for Seizure was not low."
"Guess what? Next time he has it, we have to probe more and perhaps, just keep him here in the Clinic until he figures out he can't do this to the medical staff, wasting our time," I added.
When I went back last weekend, I pulled and read his chart. Everything was normal in ER. So he got sent back to jail after. The doctor's order was to continue current treatments being given as his Dilantin level was on a therapeutic level. I spoke with the charge nurse and warned about his scheme.
Let us not be fooled again by our spiritual enemy. Hurtful words, doubt, unbelief, fear, lies, condemnation, guilt, temptations, pride, greed, lust, self-pity, and many other things that do not come from God are being hurled at us. Yes, we can repel them all because we now belong to God. The enemy's victory party had long been over!!!
"How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
- 1 Corinthians 15:57 [emphasis mine]
"But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." - 1 John 4:4
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].