Prison Pete

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
  I Got Pills!
After four separate visits to sick call, and thirty days, I was finally issued a thirty day supply of decongestant.

While my current location is air conditioned, it appears they have forgone the use of air filters on the air intake vent. The system mixes in only fifteen percent fresh air, so eighty-five percent of the air that comes out of the ceiling vents is the same air that we already had in our dorm.

The end result of this for some of us is swelled sinuses. I have no problem while I am out walking each and every morning. As a matter of fact, I usually start the walk with my sinuses all swollen and after a half-hour, I can breathe fairly easily through my nose. Once I return to the dorm, there is a slow progression of swelling in my sinuses such that by 5:00 PM I can no longer breathe through my nose.

I had thought I was in a mild state of depression brought on by the slim hope of my last chance before the courts and the possibility that I may end up spending anywhere from the next five to fifteen years in this one location. This has proven to not be the sole reason for my malaise.

One of the other problems was my inability to get a solid night's sleep. I could not figure that out. I was physically tired at the end of each day, yet would find myself awake after only two or three hours of sleep.

I was cleaning up my locker and managed to come across the last of some decongestants. I have taken two of the 30 Mg. pills each evening for the last three nights and all of a sudden I was sleeping through the night.

Well I finally got enough pills to last me through this month; hopefully this will free me up to get back to my writing that has suffered a drought for the past month. The feeling of someone having taken a two-by-four to my nose each evening was more debilitating than I realized.
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