Medical Danger Forces Complacency

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[Medical Care] [Texas]

Medical Danger Forces Complacency

I am a type 1 diabetic and whenever you get a major disciplinary case in administrative segregation, you will be on commissary restriction (can’t buy any food) and will lose your custody level for 60 to 90 days. So for 60 to 90 days you can’t buy food from commissary.

Now being a type 1 diabetic, whenever my blood sugar goes low the only way to treat it is with a source of sugar. Even if I have some commissary in my cell because I lost my level 1 custody level they can and will take all of my level 1 property (all my food) until I get my level 1 back, which can take 60 to 90 days.

Now that means I am in a cell with no food. In that situation I can’t treat a severe hypoglycemic reaction (low blood sugar) and waiting for help can cause me to have seizures and go unconscious. It can lead to a coma or death if untreated. And because of this I stay out of the way so I won’t catch a case to put myself in that kind of situation.

I also know you can’t do that to me. I have protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I don’t know how to challenge this so they can change the policies across TDCJ as a whole. I can only think about all the other type 1 diabetics in TDCJ getting fucked over like this. My family sends me money to make sure that in the event I have a low blood sugar I can treat this. I can’t do anything about this. This is part of what being a diabetic is.