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Friday, February 25, 2011

A day out in the Tunnel


T is for Tunnel.
Alphabe-Thursday is from Jenny Matlock at ...off on my tangent...

A picture story about a hospital Tunnel.

My husband spent most of August and September last year in hospital, a journey that is recorded in my other blog A journey to life. The last two weeks of his stay, he was discharged from the ward and the two of us stayed at the patients' hotel, in the hospital grounds. Every day we walked over to the main building for blood tests and check-ups. On good days we walked outside, but there was also an underground tunnel between the various buildings, and walking through it one rainy day I thought, there's a story here. So the next time I brought my pocket camera, because I didn't want to be too obvious. The quality is not the best in some of the pictures, because I didn't want to use the flash too much either. 

I made a post of the pictures on the other blog in late September, but here I have added a few more pictures that I took later, and changed a few captions. 

Hope you enjoy it!


One really wet day in late September, 


we decided to stay dry in the tunnel.
Others obviously had the same idea.




Some had their own means of transportation,
either automatic,




or self powered.




Some already got a ride,




and someone else's ride is waiting.




Then of course some had to do it the hard way :-)




There are places to rest if needed.




But there is nowhere to hide - 
you can even look around corners.




There are intersections,
and plenty of opportunities to take the wrong turn,
if you don't pay attention.




Sometimes I wonder what all the pipes are for,




and where they go,




or in some cases, don't go.




The tunnel provides extra storage space,
for things waiting for transportation to other hospitals,




and some to be used locally,




and then the one that got left behind.




In some places there is order,




while others step out of line,




and this one got away.




I wonder, what went on here?
Did someone decide to stay over after a late shift on a rainy night?
Or maybe there's a whole community living here in secret?




Almost at our destination.
The tunnel standard varies a lot,
it seems to get better the closer you get to the main building.




The tunnel has a lot of signs, 
but the most mysterious one has to be this one,
and I have to explain it. 
The word litterally means "bed rescue central". 
Is this a new field in medicine? 
Is it where "Code red" is shouted, 
and CPR is performed on a bed that's about to collapse?
My imagination soars.

But,
with a slightly different intonation,
it takes on a totally different, and rather prosaic meaning:
"bed making central".




Escalators take us up the last two floors to our destination.




Go here for more on the letter T.

Jenny Matlock



12 comments:

Jackie said...

Those tunnels are neat and sometimes scary hey. It would be a perfect place for a criminal to steal doctors clothes .

texwisgirl said...

That was very interesting and different. The bicycle sure was neat! What thousands of stories of hundreds of patients and staff those halls have heard...

And I'm very glad your hubby is doing better!

paige said...

I love this. This is a perfect post. It's unique and I love the pictures!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very clever. I just love tunnels.

Yvette said...

It looks like you had quite an experience. Thanks for sharing with us!

Anna said...

What an interesting and thought-provoking post. You have my admiration, that you could take photos at the same time that you must have had a lot of worries on your mind.
Well done!

(Tunneln påminner mig om en liknande anordning under sjukhuset i Lund, i södra Sverige, där vår dotter hjärtopererades som nyfödd. Jag tänkte i liknande banor. Tänkte att det hade varit intressant att ta bilder därifrån och skriva en berättelse om den. Men jag hade nog med att hålla dottern vid liv. Tack och lov klarade hon operationen och är en frisk och pigg sexåring idag.)

Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's ABC-F and AT-T: Tooth-Faerie

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Interesting look behind the scenes..

Jingle said...

powerful highlight..




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fredamans said...

Fantastic journey in the tunnel of your hospital. Ours here is much the same, though I found ours to be creepier with some of the light bulbs blown out.

ρομπερτ said...

rain - liquide sunshine.


the pictures remind me of a favourite tv series called 'the hospital', yet i think it was from sweden, not sure though.

may you all have a wonderful weekend.

daily athens

EG Wow said...

I love it that you have a pocket camera that you use when you don't want to be too obvious! It so happens that I have a small camera that I call my "spy camera," which reminds me that I ought to charge it's battery! :))

Jenny said...

I'm not sure why but I feel like this could almost be the settign for a horror movie. In my mind I could picture scary music playing in the background and people hiding around the corners.

I'm glad the tunnel was used for such good purposes...I think I just have an overactive imagination.

Thanks for a terrific link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "T".

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