Sunday, 22 October 2017

10:42 – It was 50.2F (10C) when I took Colin out at 0645.

I’d been nodding off all day yesterday. When I finally headed back to bed around 2115, I was suddenly wide-awake, even though I was completely beat. I lay there for 90 minutes or so, trying to pretend I was asleep. Finally, I figured the hell with it. I got up, went out to the kitchen, and pulled out a bottle of diphenhydramine (Benedryl) tabs. I took two 25-mg tabs and went back to bed. I woke up about 0615 this morning, to Colin’s whining. But that was the first decent night’s sleep I’ve had in what seems like weeks. Tonight, I’ll just take two of the 25-mg diphenhydramine tabs before I hit the sack.

I’ve mentioned Patriot Nurse before. I’ve mentioned some of my reservations about her, including the fact that she’s an anti-vaxxer and proponent of various other woo-woo medical practices. I’ve known a fair number of nurses, but never one that was remotely like her.

One of the things I didn’t mention is that there was a firestorm five or six years ago, with people claiming fraud and saying that she was not actually a nurse. According to them, her real name is Rachel Greene, and she has never been licensed as an RN in Tennessee. There is/was a Rachel Greene whom Tennessee licensed as a pharmacy techician, but even that license expired.

I didn’t think too much about this at the time, because there was one obvious logical flaw in the claim: nowhere did her accusers show how they linked the name Rachel Greene to Patriot Nurse. And without that link, the rest of their accusations were completely unsupported.

Then last night I was watching one of Patara’s videos. She mentioned Patriot Nurse as a personal friend, and casually dropped her first name as Rachel. Not definitive, obviously, but it does make me wonder.

Having watched many of the Patriot Nurse videos, my impression is that she’s a very bright young woman. Too bright to commit multiple felonies across state lines by claiming qualifications to which she is not entitled and then charging people significant amounts of money to attend the classes she teaches.

One possible explanation is that she is mentally ill. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Barbara and ran several of the PN videos for her. In them, PN ranged from smiling and bubbly and friendly to sullen and angry. The extremes were stunning. After the videos finished, I told Barbara that I wondered if Patriot Nurse was manic-depressive and off her meds. Barbara’s mom was manic-depressive, and Barbara had decades of experience with her mom’s mood changes. She agreed that it was quite possible that PN was in the same situation. Obviously, we don’t know for sure, but it would explain a lot.