Here's this week's update as written by friend Robert McCausland (MCCAUS13@aol.com):
During yesterday’s visit, Roddy looked considerably better than he did two weeks ago when there was still ample evidence of the injuries that he sustained while convulsing during the terrible blood sugar low nearly three weeks ago (see last-week’s before and after photos). However, he stated that he suffered several severe lows last week in that solitary confinement cell and that he was further injured when prison staff used force on him during one of those severe lows, including what Roddy said must have been a “choke hold” that injured Roddy’s neck and back. Roddy indicated that he came to on a stretcher in the prison emergency room at about 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and that he has little memory of the events that led to his new injuries. Roddy stated that prison officials were videotaping him when he came to and that the UTMB medical staff indicated that they documented his blood sugars at 83, which if Roddy’s understanding is correct is clearly not a credible TDCJ/UTMB reading for someone who had just suffered such a severe low, at least not until after the application of numerous glucose tubes.
Roddy stated that, in addition to all of the oral glucose, he may have been given another D-50 prior to that reading, but he’s not sure about that since he was not fully conscious at that time and TDCJ refused to tell him. Upon regaining consciousness, Roddy said that he observed the prison doctor getting in front of the camera and stating that his sugars were not low. The obvious implication is that TDCJ and UTMB are alleging that Roddy’s severe type 1 diabetes is fake and that his low was not real. And Roddy said that he feels that they are using the video tape to make fun of him during the period of incoherence that accompanies blood sugar lows.
1) According to the American Diabetes Association, hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) symptoms “caused by effect of low blood glucose on the brain” include “sleepiness, anger, stubbornness, sadness, lack of coordination, blurred vision, nausea, tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue, nightmares, crying out during sleep, headaches, strange behavior, delirium, confusion, personality change, and unconsciousness.” Even if he had become and angry combative as a result of his low, for state of Texas personnel to put in a choke hold a diabetic suffering such a low and then to selectively videotape such an episode and make light of his condition is clearly inexcusable.
2) I add that Dr. Jeff Davis Duncan, Medical Director of the Buster Cole State Jail in Fannin County, Texas at the time Roddy was held there, when asked “How would you rate Mr. Pippin's case as to all the cases of diabetes you've dealt with?” responded under oath by stating “I do not recall a more difficult case than Mr. Pippin's case.” It was that state jail doctor whose order several years ago removed Roddy from the state jail system and placed him into the state prison system where 24/7 medical exists. I extracted this quote from the court transcript dated September 11, 2007. For Texas prison personnel to now deny the severity of Roddy’s disease when that severity has been so well known for so many years speaks for itself.
I was told by a Texas State Senator’s office that multiple stacked state jail sentences like those applied to Roddy are “illegal,” yet I note that Judge Messer and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently denied Roddy’s Writ of Habeas Corpus on this very issue. Perhaps D.A.s statewide should begin to use stacked state jail sentences for violent and repeat offenders instead of first-time non-violent offenders such as Roddy – thereby enabling them to bypass the state’s parole and reform programs in the same way that the D.A. did with Roddy (violent and repeat offenders can be parole eligible and can participate in prison educational and apprenticeship programs under state prison sentences but Roddy is not parole eligible and cannot participate in such programs under his stacked state jail sentences). Those who say that this is Roddy’s own fault for having agreed to such a sentence should read the attached affidavit. The state of Texas has used, and continues to use, Roddy’s disease as a weapon against him. The outrage continues, Roddy’s life remains at great risk and his long-term health is being depleted.