You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who enjoys being a patient in the hospital -- and Jane Clark is no different.
"Well, you get kind of sick coming here everyday, ya know, you want to go home -- doing something instead of being hooked up to this machine," Jane said.
She comes to the Rutland Regional Medical Center three days a weeks. She's a diabetic with a failing kidney who needs dialysis.
Each session last four hours. She makes the best of it. While Jane gets treated, somebody else stays busy. "He's my best friend," Jane said.
Just down the hall, her pal Milfred Clark, passes the time crocheting. "At least he keeps himself out of trouble," Jane said.
Milfred is not only Jane's best friend but her husband. Back when he was twelve and just had his appendix removed, the restless boy wanted to go out and play. His mom said no. "So she gave me some needles and yarn and taught me to go crocheting," he said.
It didn't last long -- shortly after, he put down the needles. But six years ago after farming and working in manufacturing he took up the hobby again. And in case you're wondering, he doesn't think it's unusual for a man to crochet.
But it's more than a hobby for the 73-year-old -- it's extra income. Selling blankets for 20 dollars. But Milfred is far from getting rich. Milfred also crochets caps for the newborns in the hospital. He charges nothing. "It's something the babies might enjoy -- the people," he said.
After coming to the hospital for four years, The Fair Haven resident knows the routine.
It's time to take Jane home, they'll be back in two days for more dialysis.
"He is a good catch but he ain't going to get nobody else. He's going to be mine," Jane said.
Something that rarely leaves his side -- Jane and his knitting needles -- and that's a good yarn.
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