heres what you need to do in reality:
have your loved one drop off money orders, each being no greater than $50.00 up to $200.00. have them do this right away since it takes 5-7 days for it to be recorded in your commisary account. You can only spend it in the over priced commisary on tuesdays and thursdays as assigned by the officer on the pod times are early in the morning.
The day you get to the pod as it is called, being brought up from the bullpen you need to immediately ask the officer for a phone list, put down any phone number you may call, and I mean any possible chance you might want to call the number... put it down! It will take 5-7 days to get the list into the computer. So even though you are intitled to one free call if you don't make it in the bullpen you won't be able to make it for days once on the pod.
Also ask the officer on the pod for a "KITE". noone seems to know why it is called that but there it is. You will need one for the doctor if you take any medicine. List ALL meds you normally take with dose, frequency and reason for taking it. (Mine for high blood pressure even with a KITE took over 3 days to get and having a BP of 189/110 when I had my physical) and also list tylenol for headache and any other things you think you might need such as something for constipation (which most get due to the foods served) or the med nurse will not give it to you.
If you take any psych meds even those for depression or anxiety Fill out another KITE for the psych social worker, who will interview you in 3-5 days and set up for you to see the psych Doctor in 7-10 days.
Do not believe anyone who tells you to bring your own from home in the prescription bottles because they just get locked up and you won't get them until youare released.
When you see the doctor make sure you tell him what meds, the dose, frequency and why you take each med. You may also tell him you have a bad back and need an extra mattress and that you are cold at night and need an extra blanket. You might get these things which will be indespensable in trying to achieve some level of comfort on the cold metal cot.
The daily routine is as follows.
10pm - 4am sleep during lock down
4 - 4:30 get breakfast, you may be allowed to eat in the dining area or be sent to your cell/room to eat (officer descretion)
9am - 2pm with lunch at 11:30. wander around pod, read, talk or sit
2pm - 4pm lockdown take a book because if you sleep you will be awake during the night
4 - 10pm more idle time with dinner at 5pm
at any time the officer may call for lockdown due to excessive noise or whatevr whim takes their attention.
most importantly and I can not stress this enough do not ask for anything unless you are bleeding (and I don't mean your period) or passed out completely. It will only draw attention to yourself and the officer on duty will yell at you.