homeless day 14
late to bed, early to rise.
i came to the hospital to use their phone in the waiting room to try to call the mormon bishop in redding, because the mt shasta bishop said redding would take care of my needs since they had more resources there. they can't find my records, therefore won't help.
but in the process of trying to make the call, i had to ask the floor supervisor for use of an office phone at the hospital since the waiting room phone doesn't do toll calls. that's when i met angela. of course she overheard the whole call with the bishop, and afterward said i could hang around in the hospital all night if i wanted, and she even got me a tuna sandwich and soda from the locked cafeteria.
after the sandwich and leno on tv in the waiting room, i asked her if there was any place i could park my car and sleep in it where no one would freak out about it. she told me where and to park there any time and if anyone asks, you have house supervisor permission. so i felt really relaxed at sleeping there. she wanted me up by 6 so she could treat me to breakfast at the hospital cafeteria. this is so why i am up so early. she also gave me $20 to do laundry and put gas in the car.
so here i wait, for her to finish her shift report and come to the cafeteria. she also wants me to come talk to the nuns at 8 about gas vouchers. this morning she introduced me to her shift replacement who said i can come in to use her phone to make calls, like to my dentist to see if my dentures are in. this is key to getting my new teeth asap so i can head for NC. after i see the nuns and make my redding calls, i'll go do laundry. at least if i hang out at the hospital today, i'll be out of the heat and not searching for shade.
i just spoke to pastor ray, a really nice guy who put me up in a motel the night after surgery, and he said he'll give me a gas voucher at 8. once i get all my appointments done this week, it's probably off to redding for me till i can go to NC. i'll wait down there for my teeth, and just come back up here to get my boxes when i leave. the only thing i dread is that redding is the wicked heat. 100-126 during summer. in 98, it was 126 every single day for 2 months straight. i don't do heat too well.
well, i'm sitting here finishing breakfast furnished by the hospital (blueberry cheeze blintzes and sausages) which i spilled on my pants and shirt. good thing i'm doing laundry in awhile.
one of the doctors who did my surgery came in and did an impromptu exam on my arm while i am sitting here and told me they had put in 2 k-wires, AND that the plan is for them to stay in a mere 3 weeks and then be removed and a short fiberglass cast put on that will allow me much more freedom of hand movement. this will fit in perfectly with my plans to leave california after i get my new teeth. i'll try to append to the post for today after i make my phone calls and do laundry.
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