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  •  Tylenol for Every Ailment = Prison Healthcare (8+ / 0-)

    Gangrene from diabetes, heart attack, punctured lung from a broken rib sustained in a fight, testicular cancer, torn retinas from coughing due to GOD awful cigarette smoke, rat bites, dehydration from diarrhea caused by GOD knows what in the food, etc.

    Tylenol is the prison cure all.
    (Advil may be sustituted -- it does more long-term damage to kidneys.

    (Sorry, you can't see the doctor.)

    Afterall, the idea of prison is to take years off of the lives of prisoners.

    I experienced this while wrongfully imprisoned in Pennsylavania's sate prison system on a fairy tale and can name names and places.

    •  this is a fact, I was in a medical ward in 2004 (8+ / 0-)

      in Texas and what gets distributed amounts to tylenol , or some other aspirin, being handed over in a cup thru the slot in the door ( the bean shooter).
      They watch thru the glass to see you swallow it, making you open your mouth, wiggling your tongue to show you haven't stashed it.

      I was there for a month but the first nite I was there my cell mate went into a seizure three times, flopping with his eyes rolled up and all I can do is hit the emergency intercom to the desk. Then a small group of people with one  Doctor assigned to the wing showed up to stabilize him ,and get him to an ambulance to be taken to the County Hospital.
      Yes I said three times the first night, because every time the hospital got him stabilized, or cognizant enuf to speak he was brought back from the hospital on a stretcher and poured into his bunk. Every time, only the third time they moved me to another cell for a few hours as two Doctors seemed to working hard to keep him alive on the spot. Then he was taken to the Hospital, and around five am he was being brought back in a wheelchair.

      This guy seriously belonged in a hospital not a County Jail, and the reason he had been in the County for three months was because a Parole Officer came for a home visit and he wasn't home. So an arrest warrant was issued , and they arrested him after they questioned relatives about his whereabouts.
      That was easy because he had had another 'stroke' and was in the emergency ward at the Hospital. That's why he wasn't home for the Parole Officer, and once he was again 'stabilized' he was moved to the County jail.

      Yes, it is not medical care in jail, it's survival care and they fail at that continually.

      ( One side note; his last cell mate was taking ALL his food that was delivered to the cell, but the evening meal was in a Day Room so he did get to eat. His cellmate did pay dearly for that once the story was out, and the others liked me because my cell mate had told them in the Day Room I helped him getting into his wheelchair from  his bunk on the floor . BTW It was on the floor so he couldn't hit his head on the concrete floor when he rolled out of his bunk during a 'stroke'.  I also am a vegetarian and until the kitchen got that right he was getting extra meat.)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 01:08:49 PM PDT

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      •  to aliasalias - thanks for sharing! (1+ / 0-)
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        sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

        by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 08:40:37 PM PDT

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        •   like I said, that guy belonged in a hospital (0+ / 0-)

          not the County Jail, and when he it finally did get it straightened out with the Parole Dept. (because he was a Vietnam vet he got some help), and was cleared for release, he had a major stroke in the 'discharge room' . He never made it out of that jail alive.

          If he were in the hospital he might have lived, I don't know I'm not a doctor, but wheeling him  to the hospital from stroke to stroke and then back to the floor in our cell sure as hell played some part in him dying during release.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 10:14:34 PM PDT

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