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Getting Religion Part IV

The next two weeks in the hospital offered a world apart; the bars on the windows, the locks on the doors, and a prominent security guard ensured that, keeping in the 30 or so men and women confined to the beige and dusty blue walls of the sixteenth floor.

Room after room merged into one large hall; rooms for sleeping with white covers and single metal beds, bathrooms with white sinks and shiny mirrors,  private commodes and showers with heavy cotton curtains, a large dining room for eating and watching TV with rows of tables and wooden chairs, a small arts and crafts room with drawings of birds and trees on the walls. 

I recall it all as clean and comfortable, a place of few distractions where I could keep to myself.  

During the mornings, I shaped science fiction characters from logs of clay found in the arts and crafts room.  In the afternoon, I’d sit on a large couch in the main hall, sketching potted plants and patients with a ball point pen. The heavy medication kept me tired and calm.  For the first time in many months, I felt contained and cared for.

To be continued ... 

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