Any one have one? I have a severly mentally retarded brother. First born. Born at Fort Carson, Colo Spgs.Jamie is 59 years old.His mind is of a three year old. My mom says that while the cockroaches ran across her belly she know she had to push and the doc stopped her. He was born this way because of lack of oxygen. Used to be they had intitutions for people like this. I grew up with this in my childhood. We'd pile, all four other kids and parents, in the AMC car's that my dad loved and make the drive up to Denver. Colo. Spgs did not have the facilities then. The stench of the place was unique, sonething I will never forget. For a child to see the citizens in there with helmets on thier heads banging their heads againts the walls and other behaviors. I dunno it stuck. We'd leave and he'd run under the car and it took hours to get him out. Our drive home was silent. I, as an adult, was the sibling that always had Jamie home with me and my son Adriel. I remember Jamie meeting Adriel as a baby. He wanted to to touch him and I'd have to say not so rough Jamie (always had to say this. Jamie calls me Maee and, at the time my son baiy. I thought it was important that Adriel know his uncle and for me to keep him in our lives. At this time the institutions were outlawed and "homes' were the way to go. So I had him down lot's, he'd spend weekends with us. It was hell getting back up the Denver. I'd have to have help cause he'd get pissed and jet down the street or throw a fit in some manner.
So there is the background, I could go on.
Jamie is in the hospital, again. With phneumonia. For the last two and a half years he has not been gaining weight. He eats like a friggin horse (runs in the family) His gate has always been bad cause of seizers and meds and balance issues. Mom has been trying to get a second opinion but you know how the state is with getting **** done quick. Anyway we will go see Jamie on Saturday. It's quite heartwrenching to see him this way.
Thanks for listening. Prayers appreciated.
One of my sisters wrote poems about each family member years ago. One line I remember form Jamies poem was "maybe he is better off than the rest of us"
"Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with
them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one
another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another
Bill Bradley; American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
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