As I sit here on Bobby's hospital bed I'm trying to string together the perfect phase of words to describe his room. Although, now you don't care about his 12' x 14' cell but are probably concerned as to why I've got the bed and where is Bobby! I just awoke from a nap. OK, sounds bad again but I didn't get home until 11:30p.m. from admitting him last night. Please don't freak out, Bobby is sitting in a chair next to me surrounded by paper, stacks of paper. OK, he's paying bills, exactly where I found him when I arrived. Actually you could say he is multi-tasking. He's paying bills and being poisoned. Great side effects to todays toxin, the "B" in the B.E.A.M. treatment. To keep these particular chemicals "stable" they come in 100% alcohol. Yes, 100%, that was no typo! The side effects, well, let's just say things aren't boring. Sugar Ray just ended and now the Talking Heads are blaring in the background. I'm predicting it's just about the funnest room in the hospital at the moment! So just goes to prove, you can't judge a book or room by it's cover or color (or lack of color). Sure this room is sinfully ugly, except for the funky patterned floor and the only bright spot is the glare from BK's bald head. But the guy inside has brought life and laughter to the room and smiles to his caretakers faces. Day one is just about in the books.
Here is some information I thought everyone would like to have:Bobby's address:
The University of Chicago Hospitals
Bernard Mitchell Hospital
5841 S. Maryland Ave. Room TN670
Chicago, IL 60637-1470
Phone: (773) 753-1532
Patient: Robert Kloska
He is not allowed to receive flowers, plants or anything edible. Cards, letters, Catholic propaganda, cute pictures colored by nieces and nephews are all OK.Directions to the hospital from South Bend:
Indiana Toll Road 80/90 West to Chicago
90 West to the Skyway
Take Stoney Island exit (exit is approximately 1/2 mile after paying second Skyway toll)
Left on Midway Plaisance (turn is in approximately 2.2 miles)
Right on Cottage Grove which is the fourth traffic light (I believe the street sign is missing)
Right at first light (sorry don't know the street name but it's almost an immediate right)
Left on Maryland which is first stop sign. You'll see the green awning to the Bernard Mitchell hospital ahead on the right. This is where you will enter the hospital.
Parking garage entrance is on the left.
To get home, simply follow the directions in reverse. The entrance ramp to the Skyway from Stoney Island is accessed by the two middle lanes
A few tips to make your driving experience easier:
1. The drive is about 1 and 1/2 hours depending on the sort of driver you are, the car you are driving, i.e. new scarlet and grey Mercedes Convertible, and the Chicago traffic. Thus far the only traffic problems have been back ups at the toll plazas.
2. When on Stoney Island heading toward the hospital, stay in the two left lanes so that you don't get caught in the wrong lane when the road splits to Lake Shore Drive.
3. After the Lake Shore split, stay in the left lane. The right lane is filled with parked cars and transit busses.
4. The parking garage can be a tight squeeze. Drive the smallest car possible.
5. Best Chicago radio station I've found is 99.9. They claim "we play anything"! It's a good mix.
6. Toll Road toll from South Bend exit 77 is $1.75, obviously more from Elkhart. Skyway toll is a total of $3.00.
7. The check-in/security desk is on the second floor of the hospital.
That's about all from this side of the room.