Along the front drive on one side of our yard (from the left, when standing on our front porch) is a line of bushes. They are Rose of Sharon (sometimes also called Hibiscus), planted by my Mom years ago when my parents first moved onto this farm. Can you see the five pointed star in the center of this red-with-white-heart blossom (surrounding the yellow pistil). One of my brother Kevin's self-appointed chores is to bring in the mail every day (along with feeding the cat and taking out the trash). This morning he brought in two flowers to show me ... the one above and this one:
There were a lot of flowers my mother liked - this one, iris, gladiolus, daylily, Asiatic lily, surprise lily, daffodil, tulip, begonia, amaryllis .... I'm not sure I know them all. She had the proverbial 'green thumb' and grew many, many kinds of blooming plants. This farm is full of them and I think of her whenever I see a stand. :)
Friday morning I got up early (for me) and started off toward Columbus to find my brother Jeff, as installed at OSU Hospital. If you click through this link, you will see exactly what I saw when I arrived there ... except that when I went yesterday, the sky was black from horizon to horizon and rain was bucketing down, interspersed with bolts of lightning and cracks of thunder. Very dramatic. :(
I have driven around the city of Columbus many times on my travels but I've never actually been downtown before. Luckily for my sanity, my GPS had no trouble taking me directly to the hospital entrance circle - and there was valet parking (for which I breathed a prayer of thanks!). Jeff is in the surgical intensive care unit on the 4th floor. Like all organically developed hospitals I've ever been inside (Johns Hopkins campus is the largest example I've ever visited), the place is a maze. Happily, there were young volunteers (probably students?) to guide me through the warren to the correct elevator, etc. (Whew!) I spent from 12:30 to about 6:30 p.m. getting familiar with my brother's condition, nurses, etc. These folks really know their stuff - struck me as extremely competent. The physical plant is not as fancy and well-painted as the Fairfield was, but the care was every bit as good or better. Dedicated and caring nursing staff of the best quality. The only doctor I met was quite young (might have been a resident, she didn't say) but also capable. Jeff is in good hands.
Clearly he had fallen somehow at Select Speciality - he had a cut on his nose and his forehead, one or both of which had bled quite a bit (dried blood still remained on his ear, neck and scalp). The doctor told me his heart had stopped briefly as well (probably due to high carbon dioxide levels). Jeff was on a ventilator again but awake and communicating via writing when I arrived. As usual, he did not remember anything from the event ... and kept saying that he was suffering from 'deja vu' (he didn't use those words:). I had to tell him gently that he really was remembering two similar events. :P About halfway through the afternoon he asked for a shot of pain killer which put him to sleep ... but he woke up before I left to drive home. I don't plan to go back to see him until Tuesday as I _have_ to take some time to rest and I must see the lawyer again on Monday.
My brother Kevin wanted to go see the new Star Trek movie today. I spent the morning doing light housework and reading, then took him to the matinee showing. Star Trek: Beyond was quite a good movie and we both enjoyed it enormously.
Afterwards I took Kevin to dinner and then we went grocery shopping. I think we make a pretty good team, all in all. :) I plan to sew and rest tomorrow, preparatory to another week of detail chasing and driving. :P