S. Clay WIlson Update
The Oregonian continues to provide updates on the recovering condition of underground comix pioneer S. Clay Wilson. Some weeks back, Wilson was hospitalized after a drunken fall and was in a coma for some time.
He’s up and about, as well as lucid but is having short-term memory issues. "His vocabulary is returning. His sarcasm. His humor. His personality is maddeningly Wilson," Lorraine Chamberlain, his partner, said. "But sometimes it sounds like he’s hallucinating. It’s just the aphasia. ‘Lorraine! I’m at the gas station! Getting the car fixed!’ He’s choosing incorrect words to tell me he’s waiting for me. He still can’t grasp that he’s in a hospital. Every time I tell him that he fell down and he’s been hospitalized, he’s very surprised."
Wilson has been moved to the rehabilitation unit at the California Pacific Medical Center. "The doctors told me Thursday that he wouldn’t be coming home any time soon," Lorraine told the paper on Sunday night.
His most recent accomplishment was his recognized signature and Anderson is hopeful he will be able to return to his artwork. “Now that I’ve watched him do his signature, it’s really exciting, but it may be many months.
"He can’t be unsupervised for a minute for months to come. Medi-Cal will [only] pay for a health-care worker to come in a few days a week. It will be like taking care of a really humorous toddler." Anyone wishing to send get well cards or cash donations to help his bills can send them to P.O. Box 14854, San Francisco, CA 94114.