DEAR ABBY: During a recent hospital stay, I shared a room with a younger woman (I am 41, she is about 25). We both had surgery. I was quite miserable and groggy, lying in my bed, and I remember when they wheeled her into the room and pulled the curtain. Her "fiance" followed them into the room after her surgery, and immediately started to make telephone calls -- one after the other -- telling them all the sordid details of her appendectomy. He would hang up, then call somebody else and tell them the same thing.
The woman never said anything -- I think she was still out from the anesthesia. I was happy to hear that he was going home to change clothes. Finally he left, and I drifted back off to sleep. A few hours later, he returned with a ton of aftershave on. Again he picked up the phone and proceeded to hog it.
I finally requested a room transfer, and I'm sure they didn't have a clue as to why I had to get away from him.
If he recognizes himself in this letter, please give a little consideration to the other person in the room. It is a curtain that separates us -- not the Berlin Wall! And don't overkill on the perfume. We are in the hospital because we are sick, and the smell can make it worse. Also, do not hog the telephone to call everyone you know to tell them that so-and-so is in the hospital. GO HOME TO DO IT! -- C.Y., CHAFFEE, MO.
DEAR C.Y.: Thank you for a super letter. I'll bet this goes up on a couple of hundred bulletin boards in umpteen hospitals.