Prison Health Care

     At Airway Heights there were regular lock-downs (where we were all sent from the common area to our cells) that involved one prisoner dropping to the floor unconscious.

     The medical staff would arrive and cart him away and he would return a few hours later conscious again.

     He had a pacemaker, the batteries had gone bad, and the state wouldn’t do anything about it.  If he died on their watch I guess they looked at it as a way to lower recidivism.

     I had a severe gout flare-up while I was there, and originally they allowed me to go to the infirmary, however, the nurse there insisted it wasn’t gout (I have had flare-ups before, I know damned well what gout feels like), they sent me back.

     It got so bad I couldn’t put any weight on that foot and had to get around on crutches for three days.  They did finally diagnose and treat it as gout.

     Most anyone with dental problems found themselves toothless because about the only dental treatment available was tooth extraction.  I am lucky in that I have been genetically blessed with very few dental problems and none occurred while incarcerated.

     A lot of people go in for relatively minor things, at the time some even for marijuana possession or sales, and die, because of the lack of health care.

     Prisoners have no value as a human being in prison, and I’m more or less convinced that human beings have little value in society if their net-worth is less than a few tens of million dollars.  How anyone could believe a president with a personal wealth of 10 billion dollars was going to change that is beyond me.

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     Dreamt I worked in a nuclear processing facility.  We had glove boxes and all that for dealing with hot materials but I was working with what should have been low level material.

     When we’d leave at the end of our shift, they’d go over us with a scanner to make sure we weren’t contaminated.  I showed some minor contamination on my hands but they scrubbed them real good, didn’t decrease which suggested it was in me rather than on me.  They scanned my forehead, saw some mild activity there too.

     I had gone fishing and caught a Cod recently and it was not a real large Cod, about 15lbs or so but even so more than a meal so I froze most of it but ate some of it.  They wanted a sample so I brought them in a piece and it was mildly radioactive.

     They said not enough to pose a significant health threat but I had caught it about thirty miles from the facility so they were concerned they might be leaking materials into the ocean.

     I woke up at that point.

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