Hospital Communication: Do Not Consider that Your Message is Understood the First Time

My brother Mike is in hospital. It is bad enough that he is not allowed visitors, but he is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Mike has been a regular at the hospital. His care givers pay close attention to keeping him healthy. His problems are now worse than they have ever been. He is 70 […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Video Visit with Mike in Hospital, Post ‘Urgent’ Procedure Call

The doc told me yesterday that my brother Mike might not make it unless I approved her request for intubation. Apparently the urgent need for a ventilator evaporated some time overnight.  Mike can’t fend for himself. He is low functioning, autistic and nonverbal. Today, on a conference call with Dave, my younger brother, Mike’s group […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Mike in Respiratory Distress

My brother Mike is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. He is in the hospital across the country from me. I think he looks peaceful here, but he was anything but. He continues to struggle with breathing. [Note: I just now talked to his doc in the midst of composing this post.]  The hospital found a […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Mike, Very Stressed

My brother Mike is in the hospital. Even if he was nearby I wouldn’t be able to visit because of the COVID19 quarantine. I’m sure COVID is the reason that they are offering video visits. The only problem with visiting my brother in video mode is that Mike is nonverbal, autistic and low functioning. I […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Another Hospital Visit with Mike

This is the second day in a row that I saw my brother Mike*. I saw him yesterday, but before that I hadn’t seen him since 2013 at his geriatric group home. Now he’s in hospital on the east coast and I’m on the west coast. Mike is nonverbal, low functioning and autistic. I almost […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Hospital Visit with Brother Mike

I haven’t seen my older brother Mike since 2013. He lives in a geriatric group home on the east coast and I live on the west coast. Mike is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. The staff takes good care of him, sending him to the hospital when needed. My younger brother Dave alerted me to […]

Vintage Photo: Central Park Near the Zoo Late 1980s

I took this photo in the late 1980s. Somehow it reminds me of my older brother Mike. (I have written a great idea about my relationship with Mike in my blog posts from 2013.) Mike is nonverbal, low functioning and autistic. I imagine I must have had a guarded kind of fun when we went […]

Undated Portrait of My Brother

I was hoping to get some insight about portrait painting. I recalled that Picasso and Portraiture was chock full of interesting articles. When I opened it up, one of my old sketches fell out.  This is a portrait of my older brother Mike. Mike is low functioning and autistic and nonverbal and now resides in […]