Its difficult to sleep well in a hospital.
I've been up since 2:30 a.m. when then came in to draw my blood. Every night at about 3:00 a.m., I can count on a nice friendly nurse to wake me up and suck the blood out of a vein!The Screamer.
There is a guy on our floor who periodically screams at the top of his lungs. The first night I was here, he kept doing it all night long. I actually incorporated it into my dream. In my dream there was a patient who needed help and four members of the hospital staff had to jump on him and restrain him so they could treat him. Fortunately in real life, this guy just screams - he doesn't need restraint. But his screaming can come across as a bit eery in the middle of the night.An encouraging thought:
Get hit with an explosive spear at age 13... and live another 100+ years? Yeah - This story of survival makes me more optimistic about my own chances! Click here.Room with a view.
I have an absolutely fantastic view of downtown South Bend from my hospital room. I've got to admit, St. Joseph's Medical Center is far more comfortable - and comforting - than the hospital in Chicago.Father's Day.
It was a great day. Margy and the kids came for Mass in the hospital chapel. We had ice cream cake afterwards. Sister Clare and Sister Angela from the convent in Mishawaka
stopped by. They always bring joy wherever they come. But the real joy was being with Margy and the kids.Visitors.
One of the best things about extended hospital stays is the opportunity to have engaging one on one conversations with visitors. I've had many. Thanks to everyone who has come to see me. All the days are running together. I can't remember who was here on Tuesday and who came on Monday. Obviously Super Boof
wakes me up with his smiling face every morning as he does rounds. I do know that Chris Lushis, a current student at Holy Cross College
rode his bike in rainstorm to visit his ailing professor on Monday. My trusty collaborator at Holy Cross, Amelia Ruggaber,
also came by to chat and do some business. Dan Kline
, a parishoner from St. Matthew's
and a great all around guy, is the pharmacist for the hospital. He delivered two Barnaby's pizzas
courtesy of the Antioch Youth Program.
Yum yum! Then Scott Swick
made an appearance and graciously delivered one of the pizzas to Margy and the kids at home. Thanks Scott! Fred Freddoso
, aka "Alfredo", our brilliant philosopher friend from Notre Dame came by and we enjoyed some Barnaby's for dinner. Fred and I are capable of sitting and talking for hours at a time. We had a nice conversation. Later on in the evening, Sr. Marie Morgan
, the popular Marian High School
teacher who sometimes seems to be cast right out of a Hollywood movie came by for a great visit. We really had a nice "heart to heart". Laurette Micaletti,
a former student of mine who now attends law school, happened to be in South Bend and followed the good sister by a few minutes. Laurette was one of a crew of three students who put in dozens of hours renovating our house on St. Peter Street when I was in treatment before we moved in three and a half years ago. I will forever be grateful.
Today, Tony Marino
, Nick's father, was fixing something on my floor. He stopped in for a few words. What a nice man! Later in the morning, Brian Miller
, our "good neighbor" on St. Peter Street, who is always looking out for us, came by to visit and give me his Deacon's blessing. Then Fr. Barry England
from St. Bavo's
came for a nice visit and a blessing. Lisa Marino
came next to bring me some stuff from home and some much appreciated Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk
. She has been really good to us. As she was leaving, Fr. John Conley, C.S.C., B.J.'s
old rector at Siegfried Hall
and the guy who recruited me to Moreau Seminary
, arrived just as I was heading for Mass. He told me not to choose him over Jesus
and he tagged along for his second Mass of the day. Afterwards, we came upstairs to see Mike Griffin
, my colleague from Holy Cross College who came with some former and current students. Luke Bruner
, an avid Na Zdrowie!
reader and witty commentor was here, along with Krystal Sherman
and Neuman Jones
, two very prayerful students. Griff regaled us with the story of his near arrest for too persistently protesting the impounding of his car yesterday. His charming wife, Catherine
, is a nurse on another floor in the hospital and she came upstairs and joined in the festivities. Together, this whole gang prayed a special novena prayer of healing for me to Pope John Paul
using a rosary which the late great pontiff had handed to Fr. John after a Mass concelebrated together in Rome
. Later, Dad
and I had a great visit. We got to commiserate like old men about our health woes. Okay, actually we're too tough for that. We just talked about macho stuff. Craig "Sweet Brums" Brummell
brought me one of my best meals of the week: a JJBLT from Jimmy John's
! We had a great talk about family and parents. It was great to catch up. Our neighbor, Beth Sanford
, stopped in while visiting her sister and then Theresa and David Thomas
came by with a bagload of gifts for me and the kids. Thanks guys!
And to top it off, the Tigers won their game 15-1
over the Washington Nationals! What a day.