St. Joseph's

I am in hospital. Intensive care for right now.  Little problem with heart, lungs, kidneys. They all failed together. Heart surgery tomorrow.

I told the ambulance crew, the emergency crew, the intensive care crew that I am terrified. 

They said,  "You are a seriously complex case, in need of deep sorting. Please do not be filled with worry. We got this. By the way, who is your next of kin? What is their telephone number?" 

Now see, that right there doesn't match. 

This isn't my first time. I've been in this hospital at least fifteen times. The entire building has changed. I've avoided for a very long time. I see improvements in every single aspect of this experience. So much more is now automatic. 

I notice, the communication between crews is outstanding. To a person, everybody is much younger than myself. Every single person I've encountered is outstanding. Believe it or not, the food is excellent. Except mine doesn't have any salt. Otherwise, very good cooks. I just now had the most delicious meal ever. But I can only take one bite of any given thing. Still, quite impressive. 

The equipment is all upgraded. All of it. Splints on both legs squeeze continuously. The bed shifts position slightly continuously. Blood pressure taken every 15 minutes automatically. The strap is left on and it squeezes hard in cycles. Urinary catheter, lines into both arms, pulse oximeter on finger opposite hand. I am well and truly wired to fixed in place with minimal movement. 

The young people as teams are most impressive. I tell them that. Very much like professional adults and very much like children they each have told me how important that is for them to know. Apparently patients don't bother mentioning. I tell them the differences between them and everyone who preceded them. And they are each extremely thankful to hear it. 

31 comments:

Mumpsimus said...

I'm looking forward to close-up photos of hospital food. Get well and be well.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Chip, I am so sorry you are going through this. While those pesky organs of yours need to get in line, I am glad your observation skills are still as active as ever. Get well soon.

ampersand said...

Sorry to hear this. Please get well soon.

Michael S said...

Best wishes for a return to good health.

Meade said...

Your grace and optimism inspire. We wish you well, Chip. Always have, always will.

Dad Bones said...

May your heart, kidneys and lungs come to the realization that if they want to keep their jobs they better get you through this. It probably wouldn't hurt to thank them for all their hard work. Being human organs they likely feel -like all of us - that they don't get enough credit.

And thank you for all your posts over the years. I especially enjoyed the ones about Trump.

edutcher said...

Chip, hang in. I appreciate how tough it mist be, but hang on.

We need people with your breadth of curiosity of all things and intellect.

ndspinelli said...

Chip, Mayo is based on teamwork, antithetical to our usual healthcare systems. My wife has gone thru tough physical ordeals involving leg and hand numbness. MRI's, EMG's have been confusing. She falls often. She starts w/ Mayo in a couple weeks. If you want info on how to get a referral to Mayo, just email me. My prayers are w/ you.

SLM said...

Chip -- I've followed you and your comments/blog for years; your optimism has always inspired me. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Amartel said...

Chip-Don't know if you remember me but I remember you with fondness. I just heard you are in dire straits and wish you all the best in your fight. Hope you are back and cooking along pronto.

Trooper York said...

Chip I don't know if the prayers of a sinner mean anything but please know that you are in my prayers. I hope you make a full and complete recovery and can get back to regaling us with tales of your culinary prowess.

Please know that you are really missed and are in my thoughts often.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Dan said...

Hoping you get feeling better!

pious agnostic said...

Gosh, I hope you get better right away!

HL King said...

Be better soon!

MamaM said...

ChipA, I've taken your recommendations for fork swirling scrambled eggs, planting caladiums, and making homemade blue cheese dressing to heart, with those acts now part of my life as gifts of goodness from you. May the whatever healing you need to recover and realize more health and life, goodness and blessing be yours. With fondness and hope, MamaM

No Baloney said...

I adopted the macaroni & cheese, bacon, and jalapeno recipe some years ago and, now, on Saturdays, I have it for breakfast. Get Well.

Sixty Grit said...

I built a box based on your fold-out book instructions. Tell the docs to fold your insides back together correctly.

Meade said...

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Michael S said...

Meade, thanks for your post. Truly sad news.

Meade said...

Everyone loved him.

pious agnostic said...

Very sad.

I'm Full of Soup said...

If there were a Hall of Fame for blog commenters and just damn nice people, Chip would be one of the 1st inductees.

Fr Martin Fox said...

Chip:

I'm so sorry to hear it, get well soon! I am praying for you.

Charlie Eklund said...

I’m very sorry to hear that we lost Chip. My condolences to those who knew him and may God bless, and watch over, his family and friends.

Charlie Eklund said...

I’m very sorry to hear that we lost Chip. My condolences to those who knew him and may God bless, and watch over, his family and friends.

Charlie Eklund said...

I’m very sorry to hear that we lost Chip. My condolences to those who knew him and may God bless, and watch over, his family and friends.

Wince said...

Such a wonderful contributor to the Althouse community.

I always trusted that he'd continue to do his creative thing wherever he went.

So sad to learn his contribution to this world has been cut short.

May he rest in peace.

Lem said...

I'm praying for you Chip. I don't know what else to say in situations like this. Please stay with us, the living. Don't go anywhere. Maybe that's why they strapped you down ;)

Lem said...

"I’m very sorry to hear that we lost Chip."

Oh no!

Lem said...

So weird. I was checking out his YouTube channel a few weeks ago to see if he had posted anything new.

R.I.P Chip

Night Owl said...

Such a gentle soul. We need more like Chip. What a loss. 😔

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