The Problem with Shagging Sheep.

Comments on the medical device TVT mesh.

There is some talk of TVT mesh implants and how they have ruined women’s lives around the globe, but not enough, in my opinion, as it’s a scandal.

It’s development is interesting. The TVT’s inventor piloted the initial study on sheep. Unfortunately, the gentleman died but his work was continued…He worked for Johnson & Johnson. They recognised the monetary value in a product which would cause problems for life…and also supply Tena lady.

TVT is a questionable treatment for an ‘out of control’ bladder after childbirth and it was promoted as ‘the gold standard solution’.

It was designed to be implanted for life. Essentially it is a long tape placed around the bladder. It replaced existing operations and saved an hour in theatre.

It’s made from polypropylene plastic mesh – the same material the marine life have problems with.

The TVT is wrapped, blindly with needles, around the outside of the vagina, under the bladder and through the pelvic bone – if you are lucky the surgeons will miss your skene gland, rectum and clitoris.

It ought to be mentioned, originally it was designed for ‘awake’ patients so the tension could be adjusted.

I want to go back to the pilot though. I’m assuming that they used the TVT mesh on sheep who’d previously given birth AND who accidentally wet themselves. I pity the research student whose job it was to find suitable candidates for study.

How many days were really spent finding pissy sheep?

A problem with TVT mesh, is as the plastic gets older it shrinks. It can make penetrative sex difficult/impossible and generally it causes severe pain as your other organs move against it.

How did they research the sexual element with sheep? Assuming they bothered.

And then, how would the researchers extrapolate the data? I’m thinking all the comforting cups of tea in China will not get a sheep talking. And, were the sheep checked afterwards to see if they were still dribbling? Did they put smelling salts under their noses to induce a sneeze?

There is also the bipedal thing…I know it’s small but surely an important factor?

How could they check if the sheep could lift something? A sheep has never worked in it’s life.

Whatever, I await removal.

Thanks for reading.

Edited to add cartoon and to say coincidence or not (day after I posted this piece) the media have covered many personal stories as news regarding mesh implants. But they are muddying the waters by suggesting these implants are biological. They are not all mesh is synthetic or synthetic based polypropylene. Also,, there is some suggestion that the implants have just not been fitted correctly…no, it is more than that so all these pieces people are being fed in the media have been bent out of shape to stop the blame falling at the medical devices doorstep – where it firmly belongs.

 

Hard

Is that Samantha Harris?

Yes.

I’m the consultant who took over your case last year.

Oh, hello.

Sorry, it’s taken so long to get back to you.

‘pleasantries’

Bombshell

The hospital can no longer perform the surgery to remove the TVT mesh. We were unable to secure funding.

Yes, we do have the expertise to remove TVT mesh by laparoscopy.

No, the clinic which has been funded doesn’t have the expertise.

I’m sorry Ms Harris.

Yes, I will write to your GP who will need to refer you to the removal clinic.

Bye.

Thank you Doctor. Bye.

Summing up as I can’t write about this. It hurts too much.

Letters 25th November 2020. RE Flu.

So, today I got a letter. Like the recent text messages, it tells me that I need to have my flu vaccine. It tells me that it is my responsibility to get it because of covid19…blah, blah, blah.

Good stuff you may think. I may add that I think vaccines, overall, are a good thing.

However, I am auto-immune deficient because of a foreign body reaction to polypropylene which was placed in my pelvic area during a hysterectomy for Endometriosis. I had my flu vaccine last year as I have COPD and Ehlers Danlos.

I didn’t know last year, that people who are immune compromised shouldn’t be offered the new adjuvanted flu vaccine and, it seems, neither did my doctor and I became very ill with flu over Christmas 2019. Two things –

  1. I shouldn’t have been offered this particular flu vaccine and should have had the normal one.
  2. My reaction to the new adjuvanted vaccine must not have been picked up by the system.

I called the GP. I spent three whole minutes listening to their automatic message telling me to go to the website and do the business online. Whilst listening I did try their online consultation but it is not possible to turn off the tracking cookies so my PC says no.

Anyway, I get to speak to the receptionist and explain I need a COPD check and to talk about the flu vaccine I keep being asked to have. A doctor calls me within the hour which is amazing as I just waited ten days for telephone consultation over my sore rectum.

We speak for around fifteen minutes. She checks my records, see the novel virus diagnosis and logged visits to myself last year after my flu vaccine. She has no problem checking the box which says that I had a reaction and not to be invited for it again. Brilliant stuff.

Having read the recent warnings from the American drug regulators I am wondering if the UK will also issue a similar warning. It is not suitable for everyone. Vaccines are not a one treatment for all and should be used on patients able to cope physically.

As always, thank you for your time.

Caught In The Net – Poem

Caught in the Net – Polypropylene Mesh

My anger today will not go away
It is so hard to live
Every movement a reminder of what they did

People assume choice

They only listen to their same voice

Paint me with the colours that they know

Advice to look outside

Oh, that wondrous place,

The one I would reside?

Have you ever considered it’s not my wish to hide?

In my mind I glide across the countryside

My feet barely touching meadows grass

As I breathe in deep of green and wooded forests

I jump the trickling streams,

Wandering in leafy, brambled, brackened dreams

I miss

That I can see but no longer touch

The things that I love so much

I close my eyes to remember the smells,

The feeling of air on my skin

The prickle of sweaty regret begins…

The anger wells inside, that stupid trust

On which I had relied…

Taken from the forest of extremes

Where humans do good things.

Yes, they took from me.

They’re crooks who take liberty.

From Thalidomide to HIV

Between the Witz family and the Public Health Authority

They maime us

They kill us

With impunity

In perpetuity

Because victims you will not see

The End

20th August 2020 by Samantha Harris (unextraordinarybint)

How They Get Away With It

It’s a disgrace to verified science papers and it affect people’s lives –

I’m calling out the publishers of this paper. This paper which has been cited by Johnson & Johnson to defend themselves against the onslaught of maimed patients who are taking them to court.

To say I’m fed up of this shit is an understatement.

It was probably Johnson’s and Johnson’s fault that I got the endometriosis (using talcum powder down below) which led me to the hysterectomy. This surgery was the opportunity to fit the polypropylene mesh deep into my pelvic cavity, wrapping it around my bladder, vagina and bowel.

Please note…the Hysterectomy did not help. It did however ensure I’d be a cash cow for NHS doctors and their private chums to ‘investigate’ the terrible sharp pains I was in from then on and for the next fifteen years. Telling me things such as, ‘it all looks pretty down there!’ when I tried to complain.

Referred for thirteen procedures – Two at private hospitals referred by the NHS, all under general anaesthetic. My GP told me he knew the doctors and that they were good.

After one of the procedures at King’s College Hospital I almost died.  I am still awaiting investigations into what happened on the 12th December 2012. (12.12.12).

Accidentally, I found out about plastic polypropylene mesh from a Facebook post. The symptoms were mine, I got hold of some of my letters and there it was in my surgery notes. I’d been fitted. I couldn’t believe it.

If I was reading this now I’m not sure I would believe it’s possible in England.

Having been lied to, tricked, deceived and denied due process of complaint in the NHS system I’ve become ANGRY. Even more so as it is happening to others. I’ve even been denied mental health help with the anger (ha bloody ha).

So, I’ve some questions regarding these particular doctors moral code.

Rather than doing what you can get away with, why don’t you do what is right?

Altman, Daniel MD, PhD; Rogers, Rebecca G. MD; Yin, Li PhD; Tamussino, Karl MD, PhD; Ye, Weimin MD, PhD; Iglesia, Cheryl B. MD

These doctors wrote the paper after Dr Weimin Ye looked at Swedish patients records (not speaking to any actual patients during this process). They also just ignored nearly a thousand patients who had left Sweden. As over 20,000 were ‘exposed’ to the mesh this missing 1000 is a fair variable. Perhaps they knew if they spoke to women they’d get a different result…?

They looked at records for twelve years…for instances of cancer in women installed with polypropylene mesh. They then concluded that this is comparable to a whole life time observational period and concluded no increased risk of cancer from having any polypropylene mesh implant.

A closer look at the paper shows it’s based on some bizarre accounting. So, I have a few questions, and suggest that this is reliance on cohort studies is wrong.

My questions:-

Could you please explain how twelve years is a life time in human study?

How can you justify exponentially raising the data up to an observational period of 44,012,936 years from 12 years knowing how humans age?

Why ignore the patients which had left?

Why did you adjust the figures for education?

Why did you just cover twelve years (1997-2009), why not longer?

It is seriously messed up. You doctors looked at records for a twelve year period. You then removed sufferers diagnosed with cancer in the first year…saying they could have had it before the implant…

This is what you wrote under your results:-

Table 1 shows rates and overall risks of any primary cancer among exposed and unexposed women as well as their patient characteristics. There was a higher rate of primary cancer among exposed as compared with unexposed women (rate 790/100,000 person-years, 95% CI 745–838 vs 541/100,000 person-years, 95% CI 538–543). However, after adjustment for age, calendar time, parity, and educational level in the Cox regression analysis, the overall cancer risk was significantly lower among exposed as compared with unexposed women (HR 0.9, 95% CI 0.8–0.9).”

So…basically there was an increased risk shown and then it was adjusted away.

In fact, you fiddled with the data so much that it spuriously says being exposed to cancer causing polypropylene is less likely to get you cancer in the first four years.

When the data in table 2 shows very clearly that exposed patients (those with polypropylene implants) have increased incidences of cancer in all but one of  cancer incidence groups.

You couldn’t make it up. Oh yes, they just did.

They are heading for prostate problems next. Watch out! They have to pay for that damn robot somehow!

We need to come up with a term for these doctors who are desperately trying to cover their arses rather than sort out the problem they’ve helped to create.

Perhaps Desperate Docs?

Thanks for reading.

The papers in question : –

https://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/FullText/2018/03000/Cancer_Risk_After_Midurethral_Sling_Surgery_Using.9.aspx

The Doctors who sold out.

Altman, Daniel MD, PhD;Dr. Daniel Altman MD is the holder of an investigator-initiated study grant from Boston Scientific and has received speaker fees from Astellas Pharma who are bed buddies with Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Rogers, Rebecca G. MD; Rebecca G Rogers MD, is an Ascension Doctor also in the states. Dr. Rebecca G Rogers, MD is a doctor primarily located in Austin, TX, with other offices in Albuquerque, NM and Albuquerque, NM. She has 27 years of experience. Her specialities include Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Yin, Li PhD; Dr. Yin Li is a post-doctoral associate at the University of Florida, College of Nursing. Dr. Li received her Bachelor of Medicine from Tianjin Medical University in China, and her PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests are focused on nursing workforce and economics.

Tamussino, Karl MD, PhD; – Prof. Karl Tamussino MD, PhD, Head of the Gynecology Department, Women and Obstetrics University Clinic; Medical University of Graz, Austria with a keen interest in robotic surgery.

Ye, Weimin MD, PhD; – Weimin Ye MD specializes in analysing data for different companys https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-016-0117-y (either a gastro doc or a nemalotogist)

Iglesia, Cheryl B. MD – Cheryl Iglesia MD, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and advancing surgical techniques, clinical research and medical education. Keen advocate of Davinci robot surgery.

https://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fulltext/2019/11000/Long_term_Risk_of_Reoperation_After_Synthetic_Mesh.19.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2B0PP9q8t9Ig3rwzrovM9hcxPh6S6IfaHRRwzo–9aLjW1m_zpNspwLP8

which states this…

 In this cohort of 17,030 patients treated with primary midurethral slings, the overall reoperation rate was 2.1% (95% CI 1.9–2.4%) at 1 year, 4.5% (95% CI 4.1–4.8%) at 5 years, and 6.0% (95% CI 5.5–6.5%) at 9 years. Risk of reoperation was affected by race (P=.04), with Asian or Pacific Islander patients having a lower reoperation rate when compared with white patients.

Don’t get me on the ethnicity thing again….this is saying Asian or Pacific Islander people tolerate the mesh – which could lead in a surge of doctors plying this mesh towards them.

 

 

Mesh? TVT? The Right to a Full Sex Life.

Trans-vaginal tape is the term used to described the plastic mesh placed during bladder surgery. It is basically a strip of unfinished plastic mesh just like below. It is placed around the bladder in a special procedure using long needles and brute strength. 

TVT is usually implanted to help secure the bladder against leaks of urine, it is used as a sling between the pelvic bone cavities. It was ‘designed’ to support and lift. It cuts off the flow of blood, urine and feeling to the area depending on it’s position. The loss of flow is intermittent, so one can go from calm to complete groin spasm in milliseconds.

So this, one second it’s fine then spasm, starts an onset of unbearable urgency. It gets so unreliable that eventually you are either unable to urinate or can’t stop urinating! Also urination becomes extremely painful. It is a similar situation with sexual performance.

 

Above is a picture of the mesh which was installed into me – as you can plainly see it is the same polypropylene that fishing nets are made from (link below). That is the same polypropylene which they say is dangerous for our environment and marine life (link below).

It has caused a lot of damage to the human beings it’s being installed into.

This is mesh plastic, very useful stuff but unfortunately toxic.

 

There is an alternative operation. There is no need to maim people. This plastic mesh surgery is just a new version of an old and well practised operation to help women after childbirth. The old operation was successful for hundreds of years but took more time.

In the past, Colposuspension was the most commonly performed operation for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. This is a major operation that requires a general anaesthetic. The abdomen is opened and the bladder neck is lifted upwards by stitching the lower part of the front of the vagina to a ligament behind the pubic bone.

I was given TVT suspension during a hysterectomy to remove my womb and the plastic mesh was heat sealed inside me as you cannot sew stitches into it. This was all performed under general anaesthetic.

It was years before I clicked I’d been duped. Although there had been immediate problems things felt different as I no longer had a womb. So, you could say that I was fairly satisfied. Believing that my continual bladder and bowel problems were normal after a hysterectomy and to be fair, I was told they were normal by my GP.

However, approximately ten years after implant I started to have continual vomiting. They diagnosed Chronic Vomiting Sickness. But, numerous other, now called ‘mesh related’ symptoms appeared too, other auto immune problems. 

The Gynaecologist didn’t tell me TVT mesh may trigger a reaction with my body. I was not told it is a poison which leaches into flesh over time. I was not told it is only guaranteed for fifteen years and then they didn’t know what would happen! This is something to consider if you are offered plastic mesh for any invasive procedure.

Being around noise of almost any level began to hurt, affecting my ears and jaw. I started to not be able to attend my normal social events or even restaurants. Now, fifteen years later, I cannot eat food I used to because I can’t chew for long without it affecting my ears.

My ears now suffer from constant hypersensitivity.  I became reactive to nearly all my medications and unable to eat an ongoing amount of foods. Constant urinary tract infections with blood constantly present as well as other less describable things.

This has to be said, sorry I’ll say it as delicately as possible but basically my back end and front end started behaving erratically. It started to get difficult to sit comfortably. I kept getting cystitis without having had vigorous sex.  My GP sent me to the sexual health clinic although I told him I’d not been able to and even brought along the boyfriend!

They sent me back stating I did not have an STD. I officially complained then spent next few years having investigation after investigation. Not one consultant or hospital told me that it could be the TVT mesh. However, it is continually mentioned on my surgical notes.

Now I have learnt that it was a plastic mesh tape of device. I know that some plastics harden over time and can become brittle. Once the chemicals holding them together have been leached into the surrounding body the plastic mesh starts to disintegrate.

Fifteen years after implant I am rarely able to have sex. If I do the only position achievable would be missionary and then I cannot abide any pressure on or in my pelvis at all. Now, where is the joy in that?

Being a confident woman I liked being on top and used to enjoy the freedom that my extra flexibility gave me. However, it seems the TVT plastic mesh does not allow for too much movement so it’s lie back and stare at the ceiling.

Being so flexible was doable when I could keep my muscles strong. Not so if you are stuck at home waiting for the NHS to remove something they never should have placed in you to begin with. Muscle wastage is a real problem as walking is not possible. Typed through gritted teeth…

I am being truly honest when I tell you I was looking forward to years of guilt free, mature, steamy, sex as not having a womb I wouldn’t have to worry about contraception. Ahhh, how naive was I?

Anyone reading this should understand the kind of money involved in this plastic medical mesh industry. Last year the industry was worth 6.7 billion dollars. If you are considering mesh implant for hernia or pelvic surgery you will be told not to take any notice of people like me. You may even be told there is no alternative.

You will be told that the problem is minor and that the sufferers blow their symptoms up for attention. I know this as daily I read a Facebook page called Slingthemesh. It’s a support group. Generally it is full of heartbreaking stories of the mesh maimed.

Perspective patients come into the group, they tell us that they’re offered this treatment and what they have been told about us. I’m just going to tell you that there are millions of sufferers of TVT, TOT bladder sling, hernia mesh, pelvic prolapse mesh blanket, mesh tape and other new names they are thinking up of to stay ahead of the law suits.

You are not going to read very many personal stories about how the mesh has affected it’s victims. Most victims being too embarrassed or completely unaware of why we are having the problems! Some have won massive payouts and are not allowed to talk to public. Most victims don’t have a blog where they can share.

Having always had a varied and satisfying sex life it is a shock to be without it. Of course I get on with my life. There are much worse things. I’m thoughtful of the fellow souls in a similar position for the same or different reasons. But understanding it doesn’t mean I have to like it and put it with it in a gracious manner.

My membership to Kestrels goes unused and my right arm is killing me.

I’ve checked my rights and I’ve no right to sex but I have the right to express my sexuality. That’s nice but not helpful. In the mean time I’m thinking of doing a critique of my favourite porn videos… and the lack of choice from a female user of the industry.

Ah I just came across a blog page funded by super big organisations telling us their plans to dominate the hernia ‘industry’ be careful out there folks!

Thanks for reading.

http://www.toxicswatch.org/2008/11/toxic-leaching-from-polypropylene.html

https://www.memphisnet.net/product/4040/nets-seine-knotted-9  (industrial use mesh)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/johnson-johnson-agrees-to-117m-settlement-over-pelvic-mesh-devices/

http://inthesetimes.com/article/13353/a_female_surgical_nightmare?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/johnson-johnson-agrees-to-117m-settlement-over-pelvic-mesh-devices/

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-surgical-mesh-implants-autoimmune-disorders.html

https://www.drugdangers.com/transvaginal-mesh/brands/

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/161987861/posts/29642