#2268: Willa Cather to Meta Schaper Cather, April 25, 1941

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My dear Meta1:

Dr. Hart5 urges me to add an explanatory postscript, saying that by six weeks in the hospital he definitely means six weeks in bed in the hospital, with as little bodily motion as possible. Both Dr. Stewart6 and Dr. Garbat7 have great confidence in Dr. Kimmel8. They urge you to call him in again, even if there is no new alarming symptom. All the doctors to whom I have shown Dr. Tillotson's9 letter10, feel that he has had very little experience in ailments of the heart and was very slow in making any reasonable diagnosis from the symptoms Roscoe11 showed before his attack. The physicians here say that any careful practitioner, even if not a specialist, would know that running a blood pressure of 220/120 for several months would call for immediate and expert examination of the heart. The very intelligent letter which Dr. Kimmel sent me states: "The blood pressure was 220/120 and had been running about this level for several months according to his own physician." From this sentence I would judge that Dr. Kimmel agrees with the heart specialist here, that Dr. Tilloston is not to be trusted very far with any heart ailment.

I am rushing this off to you and will not be able to sign it. Dr. Hart made his letter as gentle as possible, realizing that you must read it, but impressed upon me the fact that any exertion or unguarded movements which delayed the healing of the wound or opened it again, might be, and probably would be immediately fatal. I do not want to butt in, but I have done nothing but consult physicians here for the last week, and they all seem to take the case so much more seriously than your local doctor does. And two of the four who have been advising me are sincere friends of mine, who hate to see me under this anxiety and want to do all they can to relieve me and save me from a greater trouble. Forgive my language. I am pretty tired out after my last talk with kind and wise Dr. Hart.

WILLA CATHER
Per Sarah J. Bloom12 Secretary
W. S. Cather 570 Park Ave.3 New York City2 Mrs. R. C. Cather1, Colusa4, California. NEW YORK N.Y. CHURCH ST ANNEX.2 APR 25 1941 230-PM