“Hermetically Sealed”

Whenever I  consider “Hermetically Sealed for Sanitary Protection,” my mind travels to those days of television yesteryear, for it was in those years that I learned that hermetic sealing was for tampons only, at least from a commercial stand point.  I’ll be straight with you:  I lost many a good night’s sleep wondering why the hell tampons required hermetic sealing.  I’ll tell you folks that in a thousand years you could not convince me that the tampon factory could be less clean than the place those tampons are stuffed into.  I bet  one could make tampons in a fish processing factory and it would still be cleaner than a woman’s “pit of despair!”

Speaking of which that “pit of despair” reminds me of this pit of despair, a.k.a. Maine Correctional Center (M.C.C.)  It is my experience that inmates often feel that meds are served in a sanitary manner when one sees the med nurse using those blue latex gloves that were never likely hermetically sealed.  Let me tell you folks, the use of those gloves provide the “illusion” of sanitariness!  This is a straight-up illusion for this reason:  the fucking glove goes where the hand goes, it has no choice – it’s on the hand.

If a gloved hand scratches its owner’s ass, or picks someone’s meds up off of the floor, or dials a phone that was just stuck to a sweaty ear, or handles unsanitary medical records, carts, boxes or prescriptions or brushes hair out of the face, it is un-sanitary, glove or no glove.  So, pick your nose and scratch your ass, but deliver my meds on time – for it all adds up to nothing in the end.

Next, we have the use of those same blue gloves by C.O.s, whenever they storm a room for a search of contraband.  What the hell does a C.O. need gloves for?  Are the gloves needed to pick through an unsanitary pile of shit on an inmate’s floor?  Is it to protect themselves from possible contamination?  Or, could it be the gloves are worn because the light blue contrasts quite nicely with the dark uniforms?  Why don’t the inmates need those gloves?  Is the inmate likely to touch something that would harm him, but not harm the C.O.?

If there is a concern for protection, why are not the C.O.s made to wear those gloves 24-7?  Sanitary protection is an illusion for C.O.s, inmates and staffers.  Protection for all is the M.C.C. mantra, even if that protection does not include inmates!!!

Let me wrap it up with this:  people eating in the chow hall might think that a good job is done by those who hustle from table to table to clean it before the next people use that table.  People might believe the cleaning process has left sanitary conditions in its wake.  Nothing could be further from the truth, blue gloves or not.  With close attention one will notice that the table are being cleaned with a hand towel.  Wipe a table, wipe another, wipe another and then rinse that towel in the now-filthy water in the bucket by the door and wipe every table with the filth from the last table until every table top becomes bacteria-ladened-formica-petri-dish and that is only the beginning of the chow hall issues.

“Hermetically Sealed for Sanitary Protection” is an illusion, and one with possibly deadly effects.

B.W.

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