W4823 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Hilda McQuesten.
Mar 13 1903 Friday.
To: Mary Baker McQuesten. [Whitehern, Hamilton,?] Ontario
From: Hilda McQuesten, 66 Henry Street. [? Toronto, Ont?]
66 Henry Street
Friday Evening Mar 3 1903
My dearest Mother: -
It is now eleven o'clock and the last report from Harry who has just come from the hospital is that Reggie is resting quietly and the abcess is discharging freely.
Yesterday when Leanne immediately after dinner I went down with Harvey to see Reggie he seemed quite bright and said the pain did not trouble him except when he sat up. I thought he looked very thin. You see he has had this pain for ten days before they took him to the hospital the day the pain was so acute that he had the doctor twice but still he did not say it was appendicitis. Finally Harvey got so anxious that he had him taken to the hospital for Reggie would not stay in his bed or mind anybody and Dr. Patterson seemed to be a dottering old idiot. Yesterday Dr. P. Dr. [Leinph?] and Dr. Aiken had a consultation and decided an operation was necessary and fixed it for half past two this afternoon. Well this morning I went over to Dunlops and got him a lovely bundle of simple violets and took them over to him [?] had a little chat, he was delighted with the flowers and seemed quite glad to see me. He said very little about the operation as we thought he should be kept quiet and he did not seem afraid although a little nervous. The pain was not worse and he had slept fairly well, & that when Harvey came home with the news that Dr. Temple considered it a most critical operation and one of the worst cases he has ever had we were nearly distracted, poor Harvey is nearly crazy. The Doctors said to telegraph [was?] W, so Harvey sent one to Miss Chafey and one to Mrs. McCrae. We will be able to let her know before she starts how Reggie is to-morrow morning. There will have to be another operation perhaps more. The abcess was so large that they would not take the appendix out, it was all pus. They put a tube in and are trying to drain it of course if this matter reaches the bowels, liver poisoning will set in and will prove fatal. We are praying that he may be spared, he is such a fine little bustling fellow and is needed so much by his mother as Frank and Hallin are not much good, Hallin lazy and Frank without the brains. After I had been to the hospital yesterday I took Nelly her cake she is looking very well and was pleased to see me.
In the evening Tom came in, he does look so well, he also ran in this afternoon to hear the result. This morning I saw Miss Proudfoot, Sydney Stevenson and Isobel George. Mrs. Stevenson is away at [Chojaen?] they all seemed very well and of age. Proudfoot was quite pleased with you for sending those papers, Persie also spoke of it.
I telephoned Miss MacKay she is not very well, have promised to run in to-morrow and see her for a little while.
I took Amy Taylor her parcel right after dinner to-day, as I had phoned the hospital and found out she was off duty from 1 to 3 this afternoon. She was so glad to see me, poor little thing. I will tell Mary all about her when I come home.
By the way Edna Sayers, Lois Eapes cousin is Reggie's night nurse and had promised to do all she could but Harry has now got a special nurse one for day and one for night so that Reggie won't be left alone and will have every care. Harvey is just in despair poor fellow Frank & Hallin both feel terribly. Am keeping this letter till I hear to-morrow morning.
Saturday 10:30 Harry has been over to hospital and so far he is holding his own and all is satisfactory. Poor little Reg Harry says you could hardly know him the next twenty four hours will tell. Mrs. Whittemore leaves California to-day for here it will be a terrible journey for her. Doctors say if he does recover it will be very slow. Am just starting out for Mrs. MacKays with much love to all,
Your loving daughter,
Tom might send this on to Ruby it would save one writing and tell her we will give Reggie her letter as soon as he is able to laugh but at present laughing causes too much pain to be at all good for him. The quantities of flowers people have sent him, his room is like a flower show with lilies of the vally, daffodils, carnations, tulips, violets and roses, the people of the church have been so kind and R [Reggie] over flows.