One Image, Two Expressions

This is the reference photo for yesterday’s sketch. Mike was very relaxed and looks pretty happy here. I didn’t quite capture this expression yesterday, but I felt compelled to share this image today. It was always heartwarming to see Mike smile. I don’t have an exact date of this photo, but it is most likely […]

Mike Sketch Project: Mike in Hospital, Living it Up (date unknown)

This sketch does not faithfully represent Mike’s amusement (presumably at his situation). The reference photo shows a devilish smile that I just could not capture.  The folks responsible for Mike at that time, frequently had to call emergency services to help take care of him. The visit depicted below must not have been too serious, […]

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 […]

Extreme Waiting

Extreme waiting happens sometimes within the deep waiting time period. After all the information is given, questioned and reiterated, those in charge make decisions and you both discuss it and give the okay. Then the deed is done behind closed doors. This is where extreme waiting takes place.

Home Care

Hospitals are places where one can get really sick. Nursing facilities are touch and go – like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. It could take hours to go to the bathroom; nursing staff can make mistakes on medications; neighbors could have annoying hacking coughs, etc. Home, surrounded by […]

Toilet Retrieval System

I published another post today (see “Is This Really Necessary?”) which posed the question about the necessity of posting a sign instructing one to keep his or her hands out of the toilet. Fortunately, the above-mentioned toilet was equipped with a tool that made the use of one’s hands unnecessary. Of course, I assume this tool […]

Busy Day

Today was busy. I followed my brother Dave around to multiple appointments to make arrangements for Mom’s funeral.He did all the work. I’m very proud of my brother. Mom just turned 90 years of age less than two weeks ago. She was bright and alert at her party, but the day I left to return […]

Back at the Airport

The jitters are gone (from my consciousness at least). I have no idea why. I’m at the airport as I write this. I was at the airport almost two weeks ago, traveling back east to celebrate Mom’s 90th birthday. The day I left to return home, Mom had to go to the hospital. She isn’t […]