One other note: Ida suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrahage just 3 months later.
727 Gladstone Ave, Richmond, VA
Dec 6 – 1929
I told you I would write after the operation, but there has been none as Arlynn has developed pneumonia and has been quite sick for several days.
He was suffering so last night that Dr. Sweeney had him put in a private room and had a night nurse. I have been here today to keep track of him.
Dr. Ashton was in here a few minutes ago and said his condition was better than it was yesterday. He looks brighter to me also.
Dr. Sweeney says the congestion is in the lower lobe of the left lung and really is not as serious as it would be higher up. I am more than thankful for two things – one that they did not operate and also that he was in the hospital because I really believe they can do more with him here than we could have done at home.
It has turned much warmer again for which I am truly thankful.
Lucy is working every day and seems delighted with her work. She is not in the store proper, but is in the warehouse around on 7th St. She has to look up misdirected and other articles that have not been sent out correctly.
For some reason the lady in charge of this department took a fancy to her and asked for her to help them.
Arlynn’s being sick has knocked out all Christmas from my bones, or rather I know I won’t get a fruit cake made but then if we can all have our health and strength I will be thankful for that and it will be as much Christmas as I want.
I will keep you posted and sincerely hope I will have better news to report next time.
Love to all –
727 Gladstone Ave – Richmond – VA
Dec 14 – 1929
I thought to have written sooner than this. I bring the stockings over here with me every day and it looks like I just get through with them when it is time to go home again. Of course I wait on Arlynn quite a bit when he needs it.
The fruit cake came yesterday, my but it smells good and it was lovely of you to make me one.
I haven’t done one think about Christmas except to buy a few cards. I go out for a walk every day about three oclock and in that way have bought cards, also Xmas tree ornaments for Amy and that is as far as I have gotten.
The girls have been right busy that is except Effie, she has been spending all her spare time at the Hospital. She’ll be sick the first thin she knows but I don’t know what else she can (do)
Arlynn is improving right along and I hope we can get him home in another week’s time anyway. He is getting quite restless w about staying here but he is improving right along.
One think I don’t like, he is nauseated so much and loses so many meals in that way, but he is improving even with that.
He was very ill for a few days so we have a whole lot to be thankful for.
Wonder if your weather is as changeable as ours is now, today is like a spring day, don’t know whether it is a weather burden or not.
Am just writing notes these days but am sorry I did not write sooner in the week.
Effie said the children hadn’t written their letters but Santa has been busy anyway. Mr. Ross is holding his own, I go up to see him every day.
More anon –