Seesaw of Emotions In ICU

We have been on an emotional seesaw this week as Gale went into an ICU
step-down unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital for fluid buildup around
his heart and lungs and ended up in ICU. We have shared prayers, good news and bad news with the other families living temporarily in the ICU waiting room.


By JO ANN DENLEY
BRUCE–We have been on an emotional seesaw this week as Gale went into an ICU step-down unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital for fluid buildup around his heart and lungs and ended up in ICU.
We have shared prayers, good news and bad news with the other families living temporarily in the ICU waiting room.
We have shared concerns with the families of Orlin Kelly, Judy McKelroy, Wendell Covan and Sara Brown, all of Bruce, as their loved ones had surgery. We learned of the success of the surgery of Robert Tyler who left the hospital about the time Gale was admitted.
The seesaw tilted down when a 29-year old man was brought into ICU Sunday afternoon suffering from complications of sickle cell anemia and died almost immediately; also when a woman died whose elderly husband had been in the waiting room for 15 days and believed that she was improving.
We shared the excitement of the news of longtime friends A.D. and Erma Spratlin, Bruce, who visited and related that Turner Moore, also of Bruce, had proposed to their granddaughter, Leigh McDowell, at the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago, while they, along with Erma, had recently been to a hardware trade show.
We have shared the sorrow of the family of Will Hickman, longtime Oxford attorney, brought into intensive care after a heart attack. We have become acquainted with his wife, Dewey, and his three daughters, Debbie Little, who is married to former district attorney Larry Little, Lisa Spragins and Jenny Poole, whose mother-in-law is our friend Wanda Poole, originally from Big Creek.
Jenny Poole’s next door neighbor, Dot Smith, of Batesville, was with the Hickmans all day Tuesday. She and her husband, Briggs are also our friends from the Neshoba County Fair. She calls Gale the “best swinger at the fair,” referring not to partyboy antics, but the porch swing. A member of the Panola Playhouse, she has been known to bring her buddies by our cabin to perform skits.
And I have to admit that with Dot there and our friend Sid Salter coming by after making a speech to a Cellular South group in Tupelo, for a time it kind of seemed like the fair, at least until we remembered where we were.
Our friends Jesse and Jeanette Phillips provided Lisa and me with a place to sleep the night that we didn’t want to go home, at their refurbished quarters at the former bus station on Van Buren right beside the Bottletree Bakery.
The place is beautifully furnished with antiques, and the old ticket counter with its cash drawer has been left intact. We were very comfortable in spite of a nearby nightclub, where merrymakers were joyful most of the night. But that didn’t bother us. It just sounded like the fair, and we slept right through it.
Samir Husni, Chairman of the Department of Journalism at the University, also known as “Mr. Magazine” for his expertise in that area, has keep us supplied with all kinds of exotic goodies.
He has brought cookies from Marie’s, a Lebanese restaurant on Heritage Drive owned by his wife, doughnuts, Godiva chocolates and plates of Lebanese food.
When he came in Tuesday he told us that he had been to Memphis to be on Fox Business.com and talk about the “death of magazines” presumably due to the popularity of internet and television.
He said he told them, “There are no deaths in magazines–perhaps a few suicides.”
New magazines on every subject are constantly being started, but I have heard Samir say on several occasions that only about two percent survive the first year.
Gale’s long time assistant at Ole Miss, Traci Mitchell, who is now interim director of the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center, has also spent a lot of time with us.
Other friends are seeing to it that we don’t get hungry. Jesse Phillips brought a cup of broccoli soup, a chicken salad and strawberry cake from Newk’s today. Shortly afterwards, Todd Cospelich, Calhoun City, brought a big bag of cookies from McAllister’s.
John Mark Busby, recent Bruce High School graduate, and his mom, Brenda, came by today enroute to moving him into his dorm at the University. His roommate, J Robertson, came by yesterday to take his grandmother, Juanice Logan, who is the sister of Orlin Kelly, back to Bruce. It’s my feeling that these two, who have been on the BHS newspaper staff and the debate team, will become known on the Ole Miss campus.
I have been knitting in the waiting room. Juanice Logan brought a quilt block in the chicken scratch pattern she is making. She said she would only work on it if she couldn’t find anybody to talk to. I never saw her take it out of her purse except to show it to me.
Gale recently wrote about the death of his dialysis friend, Melvin McEwen, who was also a fellow employee of the University of Mississippi. We were very pleased to have his niece, Sammie Holman, take care of Gale for two days in ICU.

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