Adam Chapter Twenty-Six

Kingwell By Kingwell, 12th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2x3jy-v2/
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Adam's parents come to St.John's where they are welcomed by the Foxs. Later Eli is admitted to the General Hospital for Cataract surgery.

Adam's Parents Leave For St. John's.

George kept his word and talked to Dr. Templeton that very week. The doctor, while not making any promises, was willing to see Eli, whenever the elderly gentleman could make the trip to St. John’s. He did however feel that surgery, if it was decided to go ahead with it, should happen sooner rather than later. Adam immediately telegraphed his parents of the doctor’s willingness to proceed and his belief that time was of the essence. Nevertheless, he was surprised to receive an answer that very afternoon advising that they would be taking the steamer the following day, and should arrive in St. John’s on the weekend!
The Foxs were delighted with the news, and Isabella began at once to make the upstairs room ready for their guests. George, in the meantime, got on the phone to Dr. Templeton and set up an appointment for Eli on Monday afternoon. The whirlwind of events had left Adam spinning and almost speechless. He was back in St. John’s less than a week and in just over two days, providing there were no storms, his parents would be in the city. He called Mona that evening with the news and she too, though delighted, was surprised with the swiftness of it all. Since both needed to study they did not get together that night.

Eli and Mary Arrive at St. John's.

The following evening Mona met Adam at the Foxs and after a short visit, the two left for the Majestic Theater, where the movie “All about Eve” was playing to a sold out crowd. A clear cold night awaited them as they trudged along the streets of the old city, with the eagerness of youth and oblivious to the cold. Later outside the hospital residence they spoke of the fact that Adam’s parents were now on the S.S. Home as she plowed her way towards St. John’s. No storms had been reported, so the ship should be making good time and would arrive in the city Sunday afternoon or evening. Reluctantly, they finally broke their embrace and after a final good night kiss, Adam set out for the trek back to the university.
On Sunday, Adam and Mona once again met at George and Isabella’s house. The shipping news on CBC radio reported that the S.S. Home would be arriving at St. John’s at 4PM. Isabella was planning a turkey dinner for six o’clock and eagerly awaiting their guests arrival. George and Adam left for the waterfront at 3 PM, while Mona remained at the house with Isabella. While the steamer was being tied up Adam and George walked towards the boat, Adam searching the faces until he saw his parents and waved to them. They looked worried but relaxed upon seeing their son. When they were ashore, Adam introduced George and taking their luggage led them to the car.

Meeting with Dr. Templeton.

TemplEli and Mary were feeling no ill effects from their trip and excitedly awaited their first ride in an automobile. Even on a Sunday afternoon, when most people were at home, the two couldn’t believe the amount of traffic and wondered at how George managed to maneuver the car so easily. At the house they were greeted by Mona and introduced to Isabella and after washing up were treated to a most appetizing dinner. Mary insisted on helping with the dishes while Mona busied herself with clearing the table.
The elderly couple were looking tired after the long trip and Isabella suggested that they retire early and be rested for tomorrow when Eli met with Dr. Templeton. Adam and Mona soon excused themselves as well and headed out into the cold and frosty night.
Newfoundland women of the day, especially those who lived in the outports, took good care of their men folk, whether it be her husband, or unmarried son, even to the point of accompanying them on doctor’s visits. Most men were shy about such things and the women felt, couldn’t be trusted to tell the doctor everything, or to ask questions if they didn’t understand his instructions. It was completely natural than for Mary to go with her husband on his afternoon appointment with Dr. Templeton, in fact Eli probably wouldn’t have gone without her.
The doctor wasn’t surprised either, when Mary, followed her husband into his office instead of remaining in the waiting room as most city wives did. Upon completion of the examination and after many questions, most of which were answered by Mary, with Eli nodding in agreement, the doctor suggested surgery on Eli’s right eye. After placing a call to the general hospital, Eli was told that he would be admitted the following morning and would have to remain there for three days before the surgery.

At The HospitaL,

As was expected, the Foxs were the best of hosts, and Eli and Mary were treated to some sightseeing later that afternoon before stopping by the university residence to pick up Adam who was anxious to take his parents on a tour of the university. It was agreed however, that this should wait until after his father’s hopefully successful surgery. The following morning George and Isabella accompanied Eli and Mary to the hospital where after what seemed to Eli, endless questions were asked and papers completed, he was finally admitted.
Although visiting hours were from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and 7 to 9 at night, it was agreed that Mary could stay all day with her husband. George and Isabella would take her home with them when they came to visit at night. George also talked to the kitchen staff about the arrangements and they were happy to include a tray for Mary when her husband’s meals were delivered. Dr. Templeton dropped by later that morning and advised Eli that a nurse would be administering eye drops every four hour, with the last being one hour before the surgery on Friday morning.
After classes Adam went immediately to George and Isabella’s house to learn of the day’s events and go with them to the hospital. Since Mona was working, he would fill her in on the news later. At the hospital Adam found his parents beaming. The staff, they said, were very friendly and catered to their every need. They had even met a nurse who had grown up in Petersview, and whose father Eli had known. The two hours passed quickly and it was time to leave. George promised Eli that he would have Mary at the hospital by nine the following morning. Just five days short of his seventieth birthday, Eli was about to spent his first night in a hospital.
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Twenty- Seven
Read From The Beginning - See Chapter One

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Cataract Surgery, Eye Surgery, Hospital, Kingwell, Memorial University, North Americas Oldest City, Nursing, St Johns Newfoundland And Labrador, Steamship, The Shipping News, Travel By Sea

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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 Retired
12th Apr 2015 (#)

Great Chapter! I missed this before!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. This is the latest chapter. Blessings.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
13th Apr 2015 (#)

Interesting log. I miss their conversation though. Does that come later?

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for Commenting Eve. I will be publishing more Chapters. I will make sure that the link to Chapter one is left as the following chapters. Hope this helps. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
13th Apr 2015 (#)

yes it is good, sorry to know this is the last chapter

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. This is not the last chapter. I forgot to write to be continued. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
16th Apr 2015 (#)

I remember my first night in hospital, it was the night they showed the last episode of Mash...What a great story you have here Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Apr 2015 (#)

The last episode of mash wow! I loved that series. Thanks for your encouragement. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Apr 2015 (#)

I had cataract surgery on my right eye six months ago; it is now day surgery - out after few hours! Of course, the check-ups and follow-ups are stringent. Now they don't even wait for the cataract to develop but I told them I prefer to wait to recuperate more from financial situation as I am not covered by insurance! I also would like to sharpen more my inner sight!

I am touched by the warmth of those days Kingwell. Now people seem to have everything except time for each other. I remember and cherish simple acts of courtesy extended to me decades ago - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

I have had cataract surgery as well and there is little to it now. It was quite different in the 1950's. Thanks for following and you are right too about the warmth of the people then. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, as I've said before I love this story. There are so many good characters and I love them! Blessings!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. So pleased that you enjoy the story. Blessings.

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