|Jim Hutton and David Wayne|
1. Neither of us know where Ellis Hospital is.
2. I do not have a driver's license (age 19) and would not get one for another year. And what good did it do if I could legally drive? See number 1.
3.Marge calls my older brother who live about ten minutes away, but he was watching over his two little girls, and his wife was out. I was placed as child care person so Marge and my brother went to find Ellis Hospital.
4. I'll just place one thought here. As I was sitting in my brother's kitchen, the TV sound turned down, I wondered what was going on at the hospital, or would happen when we got Lou home.
Two hours of silence penetrated my brother's kitchen, the girls sleeping in their beds upstairs. Sometime in here my sister-in-law arrived and I gave her what updates I had, which was very little. My brother arrived and drove me home. We lived on the second floor so as I made the climb up the stairs, I may have wondered about the future or where my dog was. Then I twisted the gold knob on our gleaming white apartment front door and walked into the hell that awaited me.
He was wrapped in bandages and gaused like half a mummy. He had burns all over his body, and this man, who nowadays would have been helicoptered, lay upon his bed while his wife of 33 years rubbed salve on his wounds.This would be our job for the next twelve hours. Put the salve on, keep him cool, let him rest. My dog sat in her official spot in my parent's bedroom, sure at this point that no yummy would be coming, but she wanted to watch the Tall Things doing whatever they were doing and sniffing the salve and seeing that the Alpha Male was hurt but we weren't licking the wounds
We all collapsed, my mother to the front room couch (she never slept in the bed except one night ever again), I to my bed, my dog moving between what had just become Lou's bedroom and my own
looking for a peaceful place to rest. We could hear my father moaning at any movement.
We were awakened by the phone in the early morning. The Suits from GE were calling to see how their, that is, where their patient was. Marge told Mr.Suit, that Lou was right at home, thank you. The Suit was miffed and said Lou should never have been released from the hospital. The Company would send a limo to bring Lou back to Ellis Hospital.
Here I've got to say that this was one of my mother's best moments. She told the Suit "No. No you will not do that. Ellis doesn't seem to know what they're doing. Leonard Hospital is where he is going so I can keep an eye on him."
And that is what happened. We packed Lou up and sent him back to the Hospital, just one with a different name.