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: Tele-Portrait with Hand Gestures

I had the third hospital televisit with my brother Mike today. He is on the east coast, I live in California. Mike has never spoken, he is low functioning and autistic. Mike was quite still during our visit. I repeated his name many times, in hope of some kind of change in expression, to no […]

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 […]