Adam Chapter Twenty-Eight

Kingwell By Kingwell, 16th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Mark is rush to the operating room for more surgery and then placed in intensive care. Adam is allowed to see him for a few minutes.


George’s remark that the parking lot appeared to have fewer cars than usual was borne out by the much smaller number of visitors than on previous evenings. After greeting his parents and chatting for a brief moment, Adam excused himself and went directly to Mark’s bedside, where the boy was eagerly awaiting his arrival. His eyes opened with delight as he viewed the comic books; apparently Adam had known exactly what to buy. A few minutes later the two were engaged in a game of snakes and ladders and Mark was laughing for the first time since he’d entered the hospital. By 8:45 they had won two games each and felt there was time for just one more. Mark didn’t appear to mind that Adam won the last game, and smiled broadly at Adam’s “see you tomorrow night buddy”. After giving his father a hug and a kiss on the cheek, which didn’t seem to surprise anyone now, he left to speak with one of the nurses about bringing Mark some sweets and fruit. Since there was no objection, he made a mental note to pick up some the following day. 

Eli's Surgery.

Eli’s surgery was scheduled for 10:30 on Friday morning and the Foxs had elected to come to the hospital with Mary. Adam too decided to skip classes and be at the hospital with his mom. A nurse had administered the last eye drops at exactly 9:30 and at 10:15 Eli was wheeled into the operating room. The surgery would take only a few minutes but Dr. Templeton was known to spend 15 to 20 minutes alone in his office before any surgery and expected no interruptions. No one at the hospital was privy to his reason for this time of silence although most felt that he spent the time in prayer or meditation. Whatever the reason, he always appeared relaxed and was known as one of the most skilful surgeons in the city.
Eli was brought back to his bed at 11:00 and soon after Dr. Templeton himself came to speak to the family. He was optimistic about the success of the operation but it would be 24 hours before the bandages could be removed. It appeared that the eye was fine except for the cataract so there was reason to expect a favourable outcome, yet everyone was cautioned to wait before celebrating. George and Isabella took Adam back to the university and returned home while Mary stayed with her husband. Everyone, including Mona, who could not be there in the morning, was expected to turn up at 7PM.
Time now seemed to drag for Mary and Eli, no doubt due to the fact that they were eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s news. When the Catholic Chaplain, Father Malloy, stopped by to ask about Eli’s surgery, it was a welcome diversion. The priest had visited all but one day since Eli was admitted to hospital on Tuesday. He had also celebrated Mass on Wednesday morning that was attended by all Catholics who were well enough to leave their beds. Having been born and raised in outport Newfoundland, he especially enjoyed spending time with people such as Mary and Eli. Father Malloy was also a personal friend of Father Ryan, but their paths hadn’t crossed in several years.

Concern For Mark

There were now three vacant beds on the ward as a result of two patents being sent home that morning, and one moved to intensive care during the night. Mary and Eli became disturbed around 11:30 when the nurse who had been changing Mark’s bandage left and returned with another, who soon hurried away again. Their concern deepened with the arrival of two doctors, one they were to learn later, was the surgeon who had performed the appendectomy. The surgeon took one look and ordered him taken back to the operating room immediately.
Lunch arrived, but this sudden turn of events for Mark had affected everyone on the ward and most only pecked at their food. The staff was of course, tight-lipped about what was happening and could not discuss Mark’s case with anyone. Eventually, they learned that the cut had become infected and had to be opened, cleaned and disinfected, before it was sewed up again. Providing there were no other complications, Mark, they were told, should be back on the ward sometime the following day. Also that afternoon, they learned that Mr. Brighton, the 54 year old man who had been moved to intensive care the night before had passed away. Two other men, one from St. John’s, the other from Harbour Grace, had been admitted that morning, leaving just one vacant bed on the ward.
Adam stopped, a look of surprise on his face, when he entered the ward. Mark’s bed was empty, and it was clear that he hadn’t been in it for some time. Mary explained the happenings of the day and suggested that Mark was probably in intensive care. Adam went to check with one of the nurses and was told that Mark was indeed in intensive care but doing well. Since he had no family there, she offered to see if Adam could visit him for a few minutes. She returned smiling, and said that she had gotten permission for him to visit with Mark for five minutes, but it was important that the patient relax.
The nurse smiled when he entered the room and said that Mark had told her all about him. Mark too was clearly happy that Adam had been allowed to see him. “Guess, there will be no snakes and ladders tonight” Adam smiled. Mark grinned back, “Maybe tomorrow night, I still plan on beating you next time”. Mark admitted that he’d been scared when they took him back to the operating room, but his greatest concern now was how much longer he would have to remain in hospital. Mark was clearly very sleepy, and the nurse signalled that it was time for Adam to leave. Back on the ward, everyone seemed cautiously optimistic as they waited for Saturday, and whether or not Eli’s surgery had been successful. They also asked about Mark and were pleased that Adam had been able to visit with him, even if it had only been for a few minutes. At nine o’clock, they bade Eli good night and promised to be there in the morning when the doctor arrived.
TO BE CONTINUED - See Chapter Twenty-Nine
Read From The Beginning See Chapter One


Bedside, Concert, Fruit, Hospital, Intensive Care, Meditation, Operating Room, Prayer, Shock, Staff, Surgery, Surprise, Sweets

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Apr 2015 (#)

keep the story coming I am so enjoying this novella

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Pleased that you like it. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

So much of emotions involved in hospitals everyday. I salute the nurses and doctors for their patience and understanding in taking care of each patient who come with all types of ailments. Great going, Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It takes a special kind of person to be a good doctor or nurse. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent chapter as always. I was worried about Mark. Adam is such a wonderful person. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Nany. So happy that you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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