No I'm not going to start singing Creed to you but if you wish to hear the song it will make a good background for my story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEgP4pmUlKE
I was released from Federal Prison last week. I was incarcerated for 9 months and found Not Guilty by a 12 person Unanimous jury. Acquitted is what they call it meaning that I was falsely imprisoned and should have never been charged.
Diabetes is barely recognized in the system. Care is beyond horrible for diabetics. All meals consist of 4 pieces of white bread and heapings of white rice. This is because its cheap for them to buy and that cheapness doesn't buy a diabetic any extra time health wise. A diabetic tray drops the small piece of cake off of the tray and replaces it with 4 more pieces of white bread. Totalling 8 pieces of white bread on my tray. Now you have to eat or you get sick and starve as you all know but look what you have to choose from. There is a spoonfull of vegetables on the tray and some fake kind of meat or what not. Your sugar has no choice but to ascend.
Insulin injections are given when the facility thinks you should have them. You are pretty much left to guess what you number might be. We are not psychic so it is a scary feeling. Your usual routine on the streets and your sliding scale mean nothing in there. They create your new scale and regiment. Everything is turned upside down in your world. All day long your sugars go up and you feel like death and there is nothing you can do about it until medical calls you down for the next sugar test and injection. How I didnt get d.k.a. blows my mind. My sugars were always 300+. And medical leaves at 10pm which means you cant get your sugar checked or get insulin after that point and if you cant tell whether you are high or low til 7am when they return...you dont know whether to eat something or exercise in your cell. Its a feeling of panic when they leave and you are afraid to go to sleep.
My court was 3 hours up and 3 hours back from the prison. So for approximately 10 hours you are away from the facility or medical. The courts have no medical staff or diabetes care "anythings". Lunch at court is a white roll and some kind of meat. Thats not the problem though. The problem is you are not allowed to bring your meter or insulin to court with you. And I had a possible 3 week trial which ended up being 2 weeks. Between stress and high carb food for lunch and having no meter or means to correct your sugar makes you beyond nervous and mental.
Well earlier on before trial I'd say 3 months earlier I finally won a greivance through the prison. I fought for the rights of a diabetic like you can't imagine. I got it so that diabetics have the option to bring a kit with insulin and a monitor and glucose tabs. It is a small victory on my end but possibly a life changing decision for the diabetic who has an episode in court. I don't know what diabetics were doing before I came through on this small step.
Also I filed grievances against Keefe Commisary/Canteen. The only sugar free thing on that whole list to buy from was a tiny bag of candy. That does not prove as a good snack nor a filling one. The whole list is full of sweets and high carb atrocities. Once again one is left to starve while the rest of population devours candy, chips, ramen soups etc.....
So my grievance with that went in and I dont know what became of it. Probably nothing. But I tried. I'm so happy to be out and have been found not guilty as I have claimed for 9 months now. My concern is for other diabetics locked up and receiving NO care. Something has to be done and followed through and not just talked about. This is a serious issue and can cost someones life quickly. I would not wish that kind of death on anyone. I dont know what can be done to help diabetics locked up but I will do whatever it takes if someone has an idea.
Thank you for hearing my story.