Prison Pete

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
  Your Questions:
Hopefully you have gotten my thank you for sending the Supreme Court case (Hey I used two 37ยข stamps) and the books. I am fairly sure I have sending you "thank you's", if not the same day, then the next day after I receive them.

Maybe if I receive something in the Friday mail, my thank you does not get mailed till Monday morning and then you do not get it till Wednesday. But if you got the thank you's by now and I did not reply the same day, I am sorry. I hope I did not delay and it is the post office's fault. If not, I am truly sorry because I do understand all the effort you spend.

Also, I thought you would have known about my denial by the time you wrote your last letter, so maybe I am just way out of sync here. I do not know.

Regarding the letter from your "friends." Gee, I guess this is a prime example of the type of mass-mailing update letter that people rant about. But after reading all of their great travels, it does show how your words can have no relevance or warmth to some people you are sending them to. Yeah, specifically the part about their parties you were not invited to. I guess that shows how one should probably be more honest about one's address book, and not send some people the letter since it has no relevance to that relationship.

So you are using Firefox - is that one of the open source type browsers? I still remember all I could do with my good old DOS system and QPro4 data base. To have faster processors, more hard drive space, and ability to use great or RAM, I do not know why I need all the seven gazillion other programs out there. Yes, I did need some graphics software because I had to save copies of test certificates for reprinting when parts were built; but I was able to have that application on a Windows machine while the rest of the network was still all DOS text-based! Well, hopefully some time I will be able to put my code where my mouth is.

Yeah, my weight. I am clocking in at 214 and my cholesterol is way up 225 or so. So glad to hear of your weight loss; I am going to be there soon; not 160 to be sure, but maybe 180? I know I could be down to 200 in thirty days between daily walks and limiting my calorie intake!

TB - No misunderstanding. One of the gifts from my sixteen month stay in the County jail back in 1997-1998 was I was exposed to someone who had active tuberculosis! The result is my body now houses a ticking time bomb which can explode at a later date when my immune system might otherwise be compromised. Think poor nutrition, or worse, AIDS.

They have this drug you take for six months and it is supposed to further inhibit the TB bacteria from ever coming back. So now I am supposedly almost as healthy as someone that has a negative TB test, only I had to take six months of toxic, liver-assaulting drugs. That is where I am at. I have had yearly chest x-rays, but all they really do is confirm that my lungs are clear at that moment in time.
Been there, done that, got the tattoo on my ass as far as the TB goes. Pete, I've been a carrier for many years now (36, contracted as a small child) and only once had a flare up of the illness where it went into active phase even as I suffered from asthma and recurring bronchitis and crummy health through the years. They have drugs now that can ward TB off pretty effectively once an episode starts. It's all about maintaining your immune system and not getting too run down. I know this is going to present a greater challenge for you behind bars than it would for someone who has access to medical care all the time but I believe it can be done. Don't despair.
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