Saturday, May 14, 2011

It was sort of a creepy day.

 I know it's Saturday and not many are reading blogs, but I want to remember this.

Yesterday Dennis and I thought we were on our way to the Walmart in Sanger. It's bigger and cleaner than the one closer to us. But on the way out there (about a 30 minutes from our house) we drove by the hospital I gave birth to Logan in 1979. I've always felt nostalgic about that place. It's very small, and unlike the hospitals around here that I seem to visit often throughout the years, the only memory I have of Sanger hospital is giving birth in it 32 years ago.

I knew it had closed down in 2004, but yesterday as we were driving by I told Dennis I thought I saw the front door open. He wearily said, "I guess this means you want to stop." (We go through a similar conversation whenever we are in Sanger.) As we were getting out of the car I heard him say to himself, "the things you get me into." Poor guy.

So we walk up to the large open door and could not see a soul around. 
Just wide open, vacant and empty hallways.

"Hey this is my chance. I've been wanting to walk through this place since Logan was born. Can we go in?"
I expected Dennis to say, No, it's not safe, let's just leave.
But surprisingly he said, "Sure go for it." 

So here we are in this very old and emptied out building full of desolate hallways.
Quite the 'has been' feeling to it.
Like the kind of dreams I know, going back to the past, but no one is there.

Less than a minute later here comes this worker-looking-man asking what we were needing.
Dennis points towards me and says,  
"Her son was born here 32 years ago, and she just wants to look around."
So this worker actually says, 
"I was born here too! you want to see the delivery room?"
Need he ask?  YES!

But then the worker stops and says, "Did you hear this place is haunted?"
I backed up a few feet and then I thought...wait a minute,
so what if it's haunted. I still want to see it, so we continued on.
I have many fears, but not of ghosts.

The worker explained how this story was on the news just last week,
about how some say Sanger hospital is  "very haunted" so he thought we were there to check that out.

So this may not look like much to you, but this is the very room Logan was born in:

And not only that, but I got to see the room I stayed in. 
I remembered exactly which hallway it was. 
Then I had to choose between 4 rooms. 
Since this was the only room of the 4 that had the bathroom in the corner, 
I knew this was it. I very clearly remember that bathroom and where it was!

And I do remember the nursery...That's the little window parents and grandparents would peer into.

However, Logan was never in the nursery. 
I was a rebel back then. 
In 1979 most babies went to the nursery after birth, but not mine.
He stayed right by me.

He was put into an isolette because he kept turning a purple color. 
The nurses told me he wasn't able to keep his body temp up. 
Well guess what? 
The next morning I realized it was because the window in the bathroom was left OPEN and we had a continual breeze. 
As soon as I shut that window, Logan was fine and we got rid of the isolette.
Plus I did this.
So when we got home yesterday, we googled about the news story,
and sure enough we found it here. Take a look at the video.
Hard to believe there really are people who would stay up all night waiting for ghosts to appear. 

I could have told them they would never find bad spirits in a place I gave birth in.


Grandmotherfairy said...

What a sweet post...the hospital that my oldest was born in is in is now a community college campus...yours is a much more interesting tale...being haunted and all:}

Sue said...

I don't think that's creepy at all. It's just plain cool!


Karen Mortensen said...

I love this posts. How cool to go back and see it again. I will have to see if I can go back to the place where I had Daniel. It was closed down but I think it is something else now.

cristie said...

so nice that you took the time to revisit such a happy memory...xox

grandmapeg said...

This looks like it was a fun adventure for you. I have to say that Dennis has to be the 'easiest going' man to give in to all of your adventures :-) So, were there rumors flying around about the hospital being haunted when you had Logan or did those rumors come years after?

Richard said...

Remind again, why did you drive all the way to Sanger to have your baby? There must have been a doctor there you liked...they do have hospitals in Fresno, you know.

Grandma Honey said...

Richard~ Simple reason. I saved $250. by going to Sanger. That was a lot of money to us back then. Besides, I was young and naive and thought all hospitals were the same. Thankfully Logan's birth was my easiest and least complicated.

Karen~ What city was Daniel born in?

Peggy~ No, I don't think the ghosts arrived until after it was empty in 2004.

Grandmotherfairy~ I love Roseville!

Karen Mortensen said...

Daniel was born in Pittsburg, CA

Anonymous said...

Well, if there was such a thing as ghosts, wouldn't it make sense that they'd hang around hospitals where people commonly die?
It is creepy to go into empty buildings. I always hated walking around in our completely empty rooms when we were moving. So weird!

Grandma Honey said...

Darlene~ I think spirits have way too much to do to be hanging around empty buildings.

Scrapally said...

Great post. I think it's great you took time to stop and check it all out. How fun to go back in time!

Robin said...

You are awesome to rememeber stuff, I had Hill at St. Agnes and ended up in the ICU !! So I don't remember much of anything about which room etc !! :)