Thanks again for coming up…. [T]he other guy in my pod I was telling you about is a little reluctant to help. He’s worried about what affects it could have on his case and the remainder of his stay here at the lovely South Central Regional Jail, Resort, + Spa :P
My apologies for not contacting you sooner. I haven’t had stationary or stamped envelopes. And for some reason they haven’t added your number to my call list even though I’ve turned in multiple requests. Are they on to it? The #, that is? …
So, even though I told you guys in person, putting it in writing will hopefully help more. I arrived here at SCRJ around the end of January, although I can’t be sure of the exact date. By days 2-3 I started feeling the effects of what I assumed was a chest and head cold. I was experiencing dizziness, runny nose, stuffy nose, headaches, tightness in chest, shortness of breath, coughing (although nothing came up at first), sneezing, etc. Within a week it was full blown. I filled out a sick call to be seen in medical. 2 days later I was seen in medical and told I had an upper respiratory infection and allergies. They started me on antibiotics and allergy meds. Shortly after that, I got so sick that I layed in bed, (my mat on the floor because there are no bunks open) for 2 days. The pressure in my head was so great I thought my head might m explode. It took great effort just to lift my head off my pillow. Then, although they never completely went away, my symptoms did get better. However, I did notice every time I ate grits or oatmeal from the breakfast trays I could feel the “chest cold” coming back on. And I’m still not 100%. I keep a headache, runny & stuffy nose, allergy symptoms. I’m currently still taking allergy meds and now my joints are swelling, mainly my ankles & knees, but also some knuckles in my right hand and pain in the middle of my back around my spine that can be so bad at times it takes my breath. I’m not sure what of these symptoms, if any, are related to the “water crisis” issue, but I would really like for it to be looked into. Any help you can give us is so very much appreciated!
I also mentioned a “petition type” letter signed by numerous inmates from section C5, where I was formerly housed, was filled out…and mailed to the U.S. Attorney General. This was answered, in fact, but I don’t have all the details. [The inmate who mailed the letter, addressing inmate grievances about the water crisis] said they mailed him back a letter and forms to fill out. The letter said they would look into the matter and asked him if he would like for them to appoint him an attorney for the matter. He said he would be happy to talk to you guys to help out. Write him, make a visit to come see him, he can give you more details.
The only other things I can think of are our horrible living conditions and a couple of the C.O.’s on a power trip. All of the showers and a lot of the cells I’ve encountered are covered in black mold. You can tell the “proper authorities” about these harsh and unhealthy living conditions until you’re blue in the face, but nothing changes. And there’s no way the filters in our drinking fountains have been changed, I would’ve seen that….
Thanks again, guys. Hope to hear from you soon.
All my best,
P.S. Good luck and best wishes in all your endeavors. You guys are awesome!