Celebrating my 20th birthday in traction with hospital hair was not a lot of fun, but I guess it could have been worse.
I survived the windsurfing accident, the lengthy hospital stay, the bedpans, and the surgery. I lived to tell the tale. And all the cigarette smoke stunted the hanging plant enough that it didn't grow so big it smothered me in my sleep. Yes, you could smoke in hospitals in the early '80's. My roommate & I both smoked and all the nurses would come in our room during their cigarette breaks to hang out with us. I'm a little surprised the air was clear enough to even take a picture because when you're in traction, there isn't much else to do but smoke.