Well, Winnie dear, that ol' crazy Ben sure was crazy, but what about what happened here in our own back yard just 2 weeks ago?
Now George is a good man. He's sweet and kind, and so thoughtful. In fact, he puts everyone before himself, too much so if you ask me. I'll never understand why he didn't go to the doctor and take care of that foot when it first started bothering him. It had to be months and months ago! I don't know where his head was that he thought it would get better on its own. My goodness! EVERYONE knows gangrene doesn't heal up and go away!
And as kind and thoughtful as he is, some days he's just the gaddabout town fella, and other days he just holes up in his house and doesn't open that door for anyone, not even the postman. So it wasn't unusual to not see him for a few days at a time. And he won't let anybody into that house of his...Lord only knows what it looks like in there in that bachelor's hole! He seems so intelligent, almost professorly, yet I just can't understand his not taking care of that foot, and living so hermit-like at times when he's such a friendly sort so often.
He often took to calling various folks around town, mostly shut ins who couldn't get out and about much, sometimes just to tell a joke and cheer them up. If we had only known how much cheering up he needed for himself.
It was quite a shock to the whole town when Greg, his neighbor, found him unconscious and called 9-1-1. That George almost didn't make it. He laid there in ICU on the edge of life and death for a whole week. We really didn't think he was going to pull through. No one realized, of course, that George hasn't really been taking care of himself for a very long time, and while he's not happy about his amputation, he's just going to have to learn how to deal with it.
He's still in the hospital, but I hear talk of his going to rehab over at that out of town rehab center. I don't know if he's going to get to move back to our good town later, or if he'll have to go stay with some of his relatives over in Dysfunction Junction. His house sure won't fetch much money. Lot of cleaning up to do over there, I hear tell.
He certainly caused quite a ruckus and a fuss, and even though he's a bit eccentric, the whole town breathed a collective sigh of relief when he turned that corner last Sunday and woke up. I know he's getting good medical care, but it's that man's crazy mind I'm a bit worried about. I just hope he gets all the help he needs.