prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pneumonia, pleurisy, and the old prune picker.

When I was 6 or 7 years old I got pneumonia. It was a big deal in my young life. I was in the hospital in Pomona, California several nights. I can remember waking up and I think my sister Donna was by my bedside. When I returned home to recover, I remember Donna serving me ice cream. Ice cream was a big deal.

When I was in the McKinley Home for Boys (age 8 or 9) I got pneumonia again. I was taken to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital. It was a huge place. When I returned to McKinley I was in the school  clinic for awhile. I will always remember, with horror, the large spoon of castor oil I had to take every afternoon.

That is not me in the picture (I think) but that is a picture of the McKinley clinic.

At various times I have had revisitations of pneumonia/pleurisy. I can remember once that the doctor placed a wide band of tape around the right side of my chest so as to reduce the pain of breathing.

In later years when I have a pleurisy bout I have to sit up all night with a painful cough. It usually lasts for several nights. My last bout before this one was in April, 2011. I did not note the length of the bout. This time was a three night bout. I stayed in bed last night but barely. I am still getting well.

I wish that I had not ever got pneumonia. In a way it has been with me since that first time I got it eighty some years ago.


  1. I like your comments and picture of Mckinley. I was in the home from about 58 in Van Nuys. I went through the move the San Dimas. Untill 65. I have memorys of the old home as we called it. But don't know any one that was there. Thanks for your post.
    Roy Spencer

  2. I was there about 25 years before you. I have many memories. Mostly good. Thanks for your comment.


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