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November 11, 2013

Points East: Alive from the hospital

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — So here we are, coming to you still alive from Telford Terrace Rehabilitation Center in Richmond where I am recovering from two strokes that kept me in St. Joseph’s Lexington hospital for the better part of last week before being transferred to Telford where I intend to learn to walk again.

I say “we” because my Telford roomie is fellow columnist Dick Ham who has been writing for the Richmond Register since long before the paper began carrying my column.   I knew that Dick was here recovering from hip surgery and that he’d been here for some time.

So the first thing I asked when Loretta wheeled me in to reception was whether he was still here. 

“Not only is he here, Mr. Adams, but you’re going to be his roommate.”

I suspect that Register Editor Bill Robinson is behind this arrangement and that he is secretly hoping Dick will teach me how to write.  But that’s not gonna happen because Dick is being sprung from here on Monday and I can tell you for sure that if he hasn’t published a column before you read this one, it’s not because he is unable to do so. 

In fact I’m finding it difficult to get any rest because all the women who work here keep coming in and kissing the bald spot on top of his head, making loud smacking noises, and then telling him how much they’re gonna miss him. 

If I get a send-off like that Loretta will try to pawn me off on one of them.  But Dick has been here for over five weeks and I’m hoping that it will not take me that long to get my legs back under me.  On the other hand, if I have to be institutionalized for a spell, I can think of few other places I’d rather be and none where I’d expect to receive better care. I am already planning on emailing a certain hospital to suggest they send their cooks to Telford Terrace so they can learn how to prepare edible food.

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