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Sunday, July 21, 2013

JANE...A MAJOR Update

JANE...A Major Update

If you are out and about in Metropolis today and you run into Kim at Big Johns or Walgreens...chances are...she's going to have that 25 pound camera hanging around her neck because she says it's when you're the least ready....when the MOST photographic moments occur.  So she is ALWAYS ready.

I wish "I" had brought MY camera yesterday...when the geezer and I drove up to Choate Mental Hospital to see JANE.

I got a call last Wednesday or Thursday night from her cousin and he said that Choate had called HIM and told him that JANE could have a visitor this weekend and gave him the hours he could come....HE thought it was 8:30am TODAY...Sunday.  But at any rate he was leary of going and wanted to know if "I" would go up there FIRST..and see how it went and then HE'D go NEXT time... 
Of course I said I would...because I have been so anxious to see how JANE was doing.....But I couldn't imagine visiting hours being from 8:30am to 9:30am on Sunday...so Friday I kept worrying about whether he had the time right and I called up there to see for myself.  And YUP...sure nuff..he had the time wrong...and we could come SATURDAY morning between 9am and 11am.....

Sooooooooo the geezer said he was going with me because if I went alone and I got in there and got to talking to 'officials'....once they saw how MY mind works....they may keep me TOO. 
SOOOOOOO at 8:15am yesterday morning....we loaded into the squad car and set out for Choate Mental Hospital in Anna, Ill.

Now I don't claim to be a saint....so yup...I was a little apprehensive about what we'd find when we got there...Would we see her in her room alone....would she be combative...would she be mad and blame ME because she thought "I" sent her there?  I just had all kinds of questions running around in my little over active imagination....

We turned into the grounds and the first thing I said was "OH my GOODNESS....THIS IS BEAUTIFUL up here."   There were many big old brick hospital or old grade school type buildings that looked to be over a hundred years old...and sure nuff they were...because nosey me asked and found that the hospital was built in 1869 AND said to be haunted  :-0   ....and the buildings were still in pretty good shape with old OLD windows...some with bars  :-(    Just a huge college campus type facility with paths leading from building to building and there would be 3 in a row and one off to the left and 2 off to the right back in the distance....There were patients that could be out and about and they were walking everywhere and riding bicycles...I'll bet we saw 30 or more people on bicycles and many just out moseying about....

SOOOOOOO we went into the big building that's in the picture below...and the old door was so heavy and screechy and the floor was wooden and it creaked when you walked on it just like in an old scary movie....I WAS IN HOG HEAVEN but as nervous as an big elephant in a tiny china shop....
A very friendly lady in a wooden booth called out and said "Can I help you?"  I said "I'm here to see JANE...I'm a close friend from her church." and she said "Are you on the approved visitors list?"  I said "I have no clue...but probably not...because she probably blames me for her being here...but before this happened...we were very close friends and talked daily"  She said "Well let's just call and have her brought out to the visitors center" 
I was thinking "THANK YOU LORD....THERE IS A VISITORS CENTER...and I won't be seeing her alone...in her room"  :-)

There were signs up that you would be searched and you could have nothing in your pockets or anything at all....She took me back to the door and saw the geezer waiting outside and asked who HE was....hahahahaha   And I told her and she said "Oh honey...I'm sorry HE has to be approved TOO"  I said 'Well he isn't going in for the visit...he just came with me"  She said "Oh OK"  So she showed us how to go down a lane and turn right and go to the stop sign and turn right and look for the awning on the old brick building and go under that awning and ring the door bell.....SOOO we did THAT and after some time...the side door opened and I was let into the visitors center.   There were 2 other patients in there with visitors and 2 guards...  :-0 

I was telling the first lady how I LOVED the campus looks of the place and how I'm stuck in the 1950's and I LOVE old buildings like these and I was told there are underground tunnels leading between some of the buildings...but they're no longer accessible....

But back to JANE...she was sitting at a little table and I waved to her and started walking over and she smiled and said "What are you doing here?"  I said "Well YOU'VE got the SAMS card and we haven't had a pecan pie since you came UP here... now WHEN are you going HOME?"  :-)   She laughed and said 'Well as a matter of fact...it's a good thing you came this morning because I'm being released today and going home this afternoon"  :-(

But turned out...JANE was still 'gone gone' and John Kelly was up there with her and has been with her this whole time....They say she has a hearing coming up to see if she can be moved to a nursing home here in town...but she just isn't ready.  Really...she was just as bad yesterday as when I saw her last at her home....

All the time we were talking....she kept looking over to her left...but behind ME....so I said "Is somebody watching us....who are YOU watching?"  She said "Oh YOU know....he doesn't want me to TALK to you."  I said "John doesn't want you to talk to ME?"  She said "Right!"  So then she went into this thing about she was so sorry she messed up the wedding on May 19th after me going to all that work...but for me to get it ready again...because the wedding is now moved to August 1st...at Weaver Creek...

It was just very sad....I asked if SHE got out and rode bicycles or walked and she said ...no she wasn't allowed to go outside....SO I said "I've been sending you cards with a SASE and you haven't written me back...are you mad?"  She said "No...they won't let me have a pencil"  :-(

She said she has 2 roommates and one is older and one younger....there are no TV's in their rooms...they have a big community tv room...and she said meals are 'ok' but she missed fried chicken....

We were only there about 20 minutes....because I had to get back to work flood recovery....but I saw in that 20 minutes all I needed to see.   She's just gone and she may never be back...and that's so SO sad....it just happened SO fast...

I told her I'd be up to get blueberries at Blueberry Hill...which is just 8 miles North of Anna.... the end of next week and I'd stop in and see her a few minutes and did she want me to bring her anything but she said "No " because everything has to be inspected and registered and she didn't know of anything she wanted.....

SOOOOOOOOO that's it....I get so SO many emails wanting to know if I've heard from JANE or about her....so I wanted to give you this update.

I hope you all have a warm and fuzzy...grand and groovy...zippity doo dah ding dong day today...we're sure going to try....

Peace and love from the canyon....This has been a bird's eye view of the katydid and until next time..you are loved

This picture doesn't even begin to do this place justice.....it's such an absolutely beautiful campus...I'll take pics next time....but that door in the middle is where we went in the first time to be approved....then we had to drive to another huge brick building to be approved there and taken in...