Poppy goes to hospital

Adam’s family were informed late Saturday night about his fall and his transfer to hospital in Wales. The police have advised them not to visit until the hospital are ready. It’s a while before they realise that Poppy won’t know what’s happened. His Mum thinks that she may not wish to know because of the row between her and Adam. The rest of the family persuade her that they should inform her because they’re sure that they’d have made up fairly soon anyway. However, they don’t know how to get in touch with Poppy because they don’t have her address or phone number. Neil, Adam’s brother, comes up with a plan, but he can’t put it into effect until Monday.

On the Sunday, Poppy’s birthday, Adam’s family phone the hospital and are allowed to visit him. He remains in an induced coma but is being well cared for by the medical staff.

On the Monday morning, Neil phones the school where he teaches and is granted compassionate leave to visit Adam. He then telephones the Council office where Poppy works, but asks to be put through to Maddy, Poppy’s friend and colleague. He asks Maddy not to let Poppy know who’s on the line and explains about the accident. Maddy is shocked and tells him that Poppy will be in a meeting until eleven. Neil tells  Maddy that he’ll be in Reception at the Council offices by eleven and he’ll let her know when he’s arrived. They concoct a story to get her to go down to Reception where, unknown to her, Neil will be waiting.

When Poppy sees him, she assumes that Neil is only there to make excuses for Adam, but he persuades her to sit down because something awful has happened and that it’s important that she hears him out.  She agrees, reluctantly, to listen. When he gets to the part about the fall, the hospital and the coma, she slumps off her chair in a dead faint. A crowd gathers, a first aider arrives and, when she’s allowed to sit up again, she agrees immediately to go with Neil to see Adam. Maddy brings down her coat and instructs Neil to take care of Poppy. Maddy has promised to square Poppy’s absence with her manager.

They’ve only been travelling a few minutes when Poppy remembers what she’d said the previous day about Adam being dead to her. She feels sick and asks Neil to stop the car. She opens the door and vomits over the pavement. Neil helps her to clean up and they get back on the road. Filled with guilt and remorse she seeks more information from Neil about what has happened. Using her mobile phone, she speaks to Adam’s Mum, who’s at the hospital. She phones home, tells her Mum and Dad what’s happened and asks them to hold on to her dog, Buddy.

Once they reach the hospital she is met by Adam’s parents who take her to his bedside where she breaks down in tears at the sight, not only of his bruised and battered face, but also by the casts, dressings, tubes and monitoring equipment keeping him alive while he heals.

I haven’t got a relevant photo to feature today because of lockdown restrictions on non-essential travel. I had been going to photograph the Accident and Emergency entrance of a local hospital. I hope that you’ll understand the need for a general purpose photo today and tomorrow. I have no idea what I’ll be writing about after that.

So, today’s photo captures Autumnal spiders’ webs on our front gate. I took the shot in 2015 with my old Pentax K-50 16 MP camera plus an 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens at 1/50 secs, f/4, 38 mm and ISO 200. I did the conversion to black and white in Lightroom.

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