Detour from Normal by Ken Dickson

By Ken Dickson

Detour from Normal is the genuine tale of a revered engineer and dedicated kinfolk guy who, as a result of issues from life-saving surgical procedure and drugs, is pushed to madness. After he tragically loses contact with truth, a whirlwind of visits to health facility emergency rooms and behavioral well-being amenities ensues.

His loving spouse eventually needs to make the unthinkable selection to devote him to a high-security psychiatric ward. There, medical professionals model him “persistently and acutely disabled” and “a threat to himself and others.”

That guy is writer Ken Dickson, and this is often the tale of his trip into and out of insanity.

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He rose and we went through the same procedure. Then my mother gave it a whirl. When she made contact with the back of my hand she turned hers so that she grabbed my hand. “Hang on,” said Oscar. “That’s the most common mistake I see. Just touch the back of Sue’s hand with yours. Think of it as a kind of request. ” I heard the smile in my mother’s voice. Then she tried again. “That’s it,” said Oscar. After we had all retraced the route that Oscar had taken with me earlier Oscar said, “Okay, that was great.

It was one thing to eat a meal sitting up in a hospital bed with no one around. It was quite another to be sitting at the table with my family. How many evenings had we sat around the table discussing school, gardening, politics and who knows what else? We were all there together as a family as we had been for many years. Yet it was different. I tried to follow the conversation but found it took way too much energy to do that as well as trying to figure out whether my fork was aimed at the spinach or the potatoes.

It was too painful. Putting the question of the darkness aside for the moment I pondered my situation. Deep inside me there was a spark of the survivor. What did one do when one was injured? I took the first step towards living again: I got to my feet and aimed for the kitchen. I knew that there was a phone just to the left of the refrigerator. I found the phone and picked it up. I was going to have to dial the thing by touch because it was still dark, all dark. I tried to punch in my parent’s phone number.

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