Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bugs and Spiders and Mice! OH, MY!

The hospital has an infestation problem. When Clark was in his previous room he complained about all the bugs. He would swat at them in the air in front of him and point to cob webs around the room. Needless to say, his medication can cause hallucinations. There were no bugs that we ever saw. The nurse told Mom a story about a lady she was caring for awhile back. When the nurse walked into the room, the patient threw her arms in the air and yelled, "Stop! Don't step on all that candy!" The nurse played along and tip-toed carefully across the room. The lady then said, "It's my favorite kind!"

When I went to visit Clark yesterday he said that the night before, at about 1:30 AM, a mouse ran across the floor in his room. He said, "Of course by the time the nurse came it was gone. Everyone thinks I'm hallucinating but I'm not." I asked a few other questions about this mouse and again he mentioned the bugs. Just before I left, Clark was watching the news and pointed at the TV. The nurse looked to see what he was talking about. "Oh, the Pope?" Clark kept pointing and said, "He has spiders crawling on him." I glanced at the TV and couldn't see any spiders. The nurse just lowered her head and said, "Oh no, we've given you too much medication." "No", Clark said, "There's a spider on the Pope." I played along and said how I couldn't take that. The nurse caught my eye, then agreed, spiders creep her out. Clark said, "That's what the story's about. That's why the Pope is on the news." I think he knew we were just humoring him. This is what I found when I hopped on the Internet when I got home.

Sat Sep 26, 3:37 pm ET

"A large arachnid appeared on the pope's white robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday afternoon. The pope didn't seem to notice at first — but journalists following the speech on a large screen flinched as the spider inched toward Benedict's neck.

It disappeared from view for a moment, but then could be seen crawling up the right side of the 82-year-old pontiff's face.

When it reached his ear, Benedict gave it a swat. But it didn't go away — it reappeared on the pope's left shoulder and scampered down his robe.

As the pope left the medieval Prague Castle's ornate Spanish Hall, the spider could be seen hanging from a piece of web."

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press


Ashley Blanchard said...

hahaha, that is hilarious!! Safe to say he was not seeing anything!

Janeanne said...

Hi Clark. Glad we were able to see you before we left for ND yesterday. We left right after we saw you about 2:30pm and drove straight through. Got home about 7am this morning. Long drive.......

Even though we went through Yellowstone, we didn't see many animals until we got to western ND.....then lots of deer. Slowed us down, a bit.

Sorry we left before you got there, Rhonda. We had to step out of Clark's room for a few minutes (right after I talked to you on the phone). Knowing the long drive ahead, we decided we had better hit the road.

Clark, we'll get the Space Alien's BBQ sauce sent to Kristin's house. You'll have to water it down quite a bit to swish it. ;) Soon though, you'll be able to eat it with the chicken strips you mentioned.

Noticed you didn't get that blog posted we talked about. I'll just keep bugging you...

Looking forward to hearing that you are on solids again and moved one step closer to the door. Keep up the great progress. Love ya!

kate larson said...

Okay, now i'm curious...did he really see a mouse in his room? They would have definitely heard a SCREAM from my room! I'm thinkin' he's really seeing these things and NOT hallusinating, his mind is to sharp!

Anonymous said...


We are so glad to hear that you are one step closer to getting out the door. I am sure that you and your family have built friendships at the hospital that will be there years from now. Well I hope they get you outside, to enjoy the fresh air and sun , to build up your spirits.

The Veeders

Anonymous said...

Good eye Clark!! Oh my i hate spiders! Seeing that clip just gave me the willies so bad!!!!!

T. Berg

Austin said...

ha, ha, I love it. I won't post a picture of the tarantula I found up at the batch plant the other day....

solumca said...

HAHAHAHA maybe Clark isnt all doped up! Eww.. haha! Good timing on the popes part huh Clark!