These wheels are my legs:
There are many inmates in wheelchairs. Usually the wheelchairs are not properly fitted wheelchairs. These chairs probably came from the prison or the hospital. When the chair is not properly fitted it can cause many problem for the individual that has to sit in all day. Poor circulation, pressure sore and so on. Being in a wheelchair isn’t easy, however there are other probelms especially when you are in prison.
Medical or Non-Medical Unit
If you have serious medical issues you go to medical unit. If you do not have medical issues you do not go to a medical unit. What is the difference? The difference is a pace maker, a heart monitor or totally paralyzed but if you are not one of those you go to a non medical unit. And it can be any unit no matter how bad the unit is. Inmates do not get treated very well in medical units. Not all personnel in medical units are nurses or doctors, some are other inmates that are getting paid by the institution or by the other inmates to help them.
Prison life in a chair:
When you are in prison you are expect to do everything for yourself. Clean your cell. Take a shower. Take shower standing or without a shower chair. Get your food in the chow line. Most of the inmates wash their own clothes in thier cells or use laundry service. When you have walk with officers in hadcuffs or walk the line with hands behind your back to chow and etc you can’t push your chair. Depending on your disability you may not be able to push yourself and may need someone to push you.
As everyone knows nothing in prison is ever free. So to get someone to push someone around in a wheelchair cost money. If you have money on your books, you pay someone to push you around. Your family sends you money every week or month just so you have help getting around if you can’t push your wheels. The officers will not push you around unless absoulutely necessary and no one else is around and you have to be some where. Your family is probably paying someone to clean your cell, help get your food and anything esle you may need help with.
What people don’t know:
People don’t know that someone in a chair can get pressure sores, muscle atrophy, they need to be turned at night. There are many things to look out for when someone is in a chair. A poor fitting chair is one of the greatest problems. There are a lot of things that can help with solving those problems. Roho cushions, eggshell cushions and a properly fitted chair are the best for people who are going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of their life. And when they get fitted for a chair ask for them to do a pressure mapping while getting fitted to know where they have the most pressure. Pressure sores are extremely painful and take a very long time to heal. Pressure sores need constant care!!
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