By Frances Bontrager Greaser
This can be a tale of family's trip with their forty-two yr outdated son David, who was once HIV confident lengthy prior to they knew it. In 1988 he used to be seriously in poor health and clinically determined as having AIDS. He died 3 years later.
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Vincent's. If we hadn't had heavy hearts, we could have enjoyed New York. David had had a disturbing night. He seemed to feel a personal responsibility for our comfort in New Page 23 York. We had intentionally come to his room at 10:00, which allowed him time for his morning care. He had already showered and had a battery of tests. Both doctors had been there and told him he now had a staphylococcic infection in his back. That explained the lack of closure of a previous surgical procedure. While returning to New York after a week with us at Thanksgiving 1990, David's plane had hit an air pocket.
The chaplain helped put our bags in his car, and we were off to new adventure. We headed for St. Luke's Place, which has only fifteen houses and is one block long, lined by ginkgo trees which shade brownstone Italianate houses built in the 1850s. Frank Arisman met us and eagerly grabbed our bags, bounded up the eight steps, and introduced us to his blonde, petite wife, Mary Ann. The front door opened to a tiny area only big enough for boots and a small table used as a mail drop. A second locked door opened to the main foyer with high ceilings and an elegant open stairway leading to another hall and a third locked door which opened to Page 28 our New York City home.
Prognosis and the present condition were important to us. " "It may be as soon as three weeks, or many months. " What a death warrant! We thanked her and tried to look composed before we went back into the room. Three weeks! If we were going to honor his request, we had to get him home soon, yet he could not tolerate such a trip. We began a mental whirlwind of decision making. We wrestled with the gravity of the situation. How would we handle travel arrangements? What would we do with all his possessions?