The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 10, 1956 · Page 37
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 37

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 10, 1956
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4-Alg6nd (la.) Upper DCS Moine* Tuesday, January 10, 1956 Tidbth From Evelyn Well, hete 1 am again after a couple of weeks "vacation" spent at the University hospital, Iowa City. No, I'm not really sick — . just wnntcd a complete checkup and after having "the works' 1 . I am pronounced disgustingly healthy. Oh, I've been given medication for hyper-tension which has been dogging my footsteps for fnany years, but my record isn't alarmingly high, so I was told, and they didn't find anything else ailing me, for which I am indeed thankful. * * * 1 left Algona Dec, 19 with Myrna Orion and her son. Webster, and saw the sunrise, a thing I haven't seen in years. I had spent a sleepless night worrying about the roads. I had visions of slippery roads, our car slithering into another, or visa versa, and dreaded the trip. Six in the morning is dark and un- inspirational, but once we were in the car, the three of us cozily packed in the front seat and out on the road, all misgivings and fears vanished. * * * There was a lovely sunrise to greet us, the car as comfortably" warm as our living rooms, arid all went Well. We dicided to eat at a truck stop so I Wouldn't lose time in getting to the hospital. Cheered by coffee and food, we took the last miles in record time and wound up in the waiting room of the wing east of the central tower room. In due time I was divested of my clothing, bade my suit case adieu, donned the hospital garments, made my "down payment" and became one of the patients. * * * After all these years, I had never expected to see the interior of the orthopedic hospital so I was greatly surprised on the day before I was to be released 1 (Thursday) to be told I was to go to the orthopedic clinic. A nurse and wheel chair were provided, so over my arguments, we took to the long tunnel which leads from the big hospital to this branch across the road. I remembered my trip through it when I w r as there before, enroute to.den- tal surgery from orthopedic. Time hasn't changed it, the corridors and wards remain unchanged, and it didn't look a darned bit better to me tha'n it did those many years ago. And would you believe it, when the ivoman at the desk looked at the orders sent with the nurse cmd read "Evelyn Cady, Algona, Io- tva," she said, "Oh, you are the one who writes "Tidbits." I read them whenever I have a chance. I am from Swca City. I enjoy your column very much." Modestly (?) I thanked her and asked her name. Sh'e is Miss Appel. (I imagine that is the way she spells it.) Again a small world. But the joke was that the long "buggy ride WAS a mistake just as I thought, and the orders were for the eye clinic. * * * A bout with doctors there was a little rugged, for after drops and tests. 1 had a swell headache and blurred vision, which lasted until around midnight. But it was worth it I guess to have the doctors tell me "no cataracts, no glaucoma, no new glasses, very good muscular control, very good sight for ONE OP MY AGE — Keep your blood pressure down and there should be no trouble." Well, good old "press" — I'll sure try and keep you down (with the aid of new medication). » * » The hospital was very crowded and I was assigned a bed in a ward with several other medical patients. The next day beds had to be placed between the center aisle, so you gain some idea .of the "turn over." However, a few days before I was released, the sun parlor beyond my room was emptied, the center beds removed, some patients moved to another ward, as many as possible sent home for the holidays and nurses and doctors go home too and the decks nro cleared as much as possible till after January 2. • » » To my right was a sweet little woman from Gait. When her husband heard some one say I was from Algona, he came over, introduced himself and his wife's sister who was with him. He told me Harold Keesee ha'd lived with them many years and asked if I knew him. I answered, "Yes— and I have .talked with his wife." This mutual ground gave us much to talk about and they immediately became "friends.'" T wish I did not have to say this story had an unhappy ending, but in snite of all the doctors could do, Mrs Milhause slipped into, the Great Beyond one night, Dec. 27, in a private room to which they had taken her. She wanted her husband and sister to stay with' her, so the nurse said, nnd they took her to a room where the relatives could have beds too and rest during their vigil. * * * Hers was a strange ase, to me at least, though probably not to medical history. She had suffered an attack of pneumonia a few months prior to coming to Iowa City and had also had ivy poisoning. The latter had been absorbed by the kidneys and in spite of shots it could not be conquered. She was sweet and (5atient, a pretty little woman and only forty one. * * * I looked up and down the room considering each patient. There wasn't one I'd have changed ailments with, even though some were not too sick •— mostly diabetics on strict diets. The woman to my left was from Waterloo, Mrs Wanda Schumaker. She was not confined to bed and was so kind to the others who were — doing little things for them, trying to cheer a young mother who was facing major surgery of a serious nature, doing little favors for me, an errand here and there and making hospital life more bearable. Also another young woman from Ottumwa, Mary Bailey, who will long be remembered for her kindnesses. She has arthritis in her shoulders but is improving. She was allowed to go home just after Christmas but will be back in a few weeks for a check-up. She had a very nice contralto voice and a wide kno%vledge of songs. A girl across the room joined in with her thin soprano but I kept out of it with my thinner soprano. The only time I raised my voice was when pr. Hamilton had examined my throat and thyroid area and asked if I could sing. "Certainly," I answered, "What little number do you want?" "Oh anything," he replied; so I did the first thing that came to mind — "Way Down Upon The Swanee River". That's as far as I had to go. "All right" ho laughed, "O.K., You took that high note in fine shape." * * * Mrs Schumaker has a spleen which isn't keeping in line — it manufactures too many white corpuscles but everything is under control — she is gradually .improving, her blood count is better each day and she has been promised she can go home very soon. Her sailor son visited her over the Christmas weekend and was leaving for Georgia where his brother is stationed. I was stirring around one day when a daughter came to visitor her mother. She is so short I said, "Come over here, I belive I have met someone who is shorter than I." I had it over her by about two inches. * * * • Another patient who came in was from Spencer, Miss Fern Rucker, who remembered my aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Francis Cady who owned the Commercial House many years. She also knows Mrs W. J. Fuller whom she remembers as Florence Seibel and was in the same Sunday school class. We also discussed Fred 'Bender, post master at Spencer many years. To this list of mutual aeduaim tances was added Mrs Robert Henney, Quinby,- who will have heart surgery -in a lew dayl When she learned I was an Algerian she said she and her husband had lived here a short time while Mr Henney was .employed at Gene's radio shop. He no^r teaches. They had an apartment at Mrs Marie Ogren's. When asked if I kn«w her I said, "Yes, indeed, very well. We belong to the same church and Mrs Ogren is a very active member." The Henneys have a small daughter Beth who is about a year old. A very'cute child judging from her pictures. * * * One of the nurses, Mrs Wanda Stampe took her training at Sioux City with Marcie Putz, now Mrs 'Don Price, of Sioux City. I told her the sisters live neighbor to fne—Mrs James Will and Mrs Alton Rochleau. I learned when I got home the Roch- leaus have moved from the Harry Ward apartment to the Mrs Fowler apartment on East Call street. Miss Rucker asked me what had becorne of Dr. Norton, and if I knew him. I answered "No", but I am well acquainted with his father Milton and members of the family. * • » ..The top story I think is this. A young man who brought my tray said, "You are Evelyn Cady of Algona, aren't you?" He identified himself as Bob Becker, son of Mr and Mrs Carlyle Becker, of near Cedar Rapids. I remember him and his brother Jack as little fellows, such nice youngsters, and I can" see them now crossing the yard from their home on south Hall street across our corner, over the terrace and on to the Methodist church where they attended Sunday school. Mrs Lolla Ladendorff lived near them and was so fond of them. I told him she had moved and he said "I was just going to ask you about her." He was glad to know she's well and comfortably located. Bob is studying law. It was nice having someone from HOME to talk to. * * • My late hour from returning from my rendezvous with the doctors at the eye clinic caused the nurse to ask me what I'd been doing and why so late getting back. I said, "Well, we weren't dancing cheek to cheek but I was reclining forehead to forehead—which was indeed $he, truth* for it is a position necessary to scan the backs of the eyes. She asked me if I was thrilled. I said, "No dearie, at MY age, the zest and punch is.gone." Maybe he was looking for the "light that lies in women's eyes—• arid lies—and lies." and began with a very nice dinner at an Iowa City cafe. Trays were being passed as I left the ward but the smell of fish urged me on to the elevator. While the food was excellent it was tasteless as I had been put on a salt free diet. Try and eat squash with no Salt and you will see what I mean—•ditto green beans, so it was a great joy when- Dr. Hamilton said "Eat salt within reason." * * * Having paid my bill, had a prescription filled and given a farewell look at the corridors, I got in the car and we (Myrna and Webb Orton) headed for a cafe where I had the first TASTY meal since December 19 at noon. We came home via Des Moines where we visited Myrna's son Arden briefly at his place of business. This took us right through the State Fair grounds. I was glad to see it for I had often wondered how it looked. It did not coincide with my prec»-i- ccived visions at all. * * * We took a good view of the Grinnell campus and remarked that it was here Edd Laing had attended school and was graduated. We had also taken in the Drake campus, drove past the Veterans hospital and on to highway 6, past the William Nugent home and had it been earlier in the day or summer, I'd have stopped to say "Hello" to Zaida. With so many campuses, Iowa City, Drake and Grinnell, I, said I felt quite collegiate. * * * There was a good view of the stadium At Iowa City from the windows opposite my bed. I follow the Iowa football games and will' do so with' added interest come next season, visualizing the site. Christmas was made as pleasant as possible, a record player giving out Christmas carols Saturday evening and Sunday morning I discovered "Santa Glaus" had left a couple of packages for me from the hospital, a box of stationery and a box of note paper. Added to this was a dozen beautiful red roses sent by friends (bless them), a special delivery letter and some cards, Dinner was nice* too, turkey and .all the trimmings. Other gifts and mail was awaiting me at home and I was well remembered. And now comes the time to thank all those who sent me cards. I'd like to mention the names but the list is ,too long. Next week I'll excerpts from some for they will interest many persons. 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