Hello, my name is Gerald Bokor and I was at one time a patient at Maybury.
I was one of the “Garden City Children” my time there was 1/4/1966 and released around 9/66 it was a long short stay. I was one of the first children who attended the Hansel & Gretel Nursery School in GC, when it was discovered that one of the teachers had passed TB to a large number of us kids. I celebrated my 5th birthday within the gates of Maybury and can recall that day well, my parents came bearing Batman capes for all the kids and a large Batman sheet cake, we carried on for some time and the parents left and the capes we taken and it was business as usual.
I don’t recall any harsh times but I do remember being tied to my bed with what I remember being some type of harness, which I wore often, after my secret solo field trip on the elevator to visit the girls on the adjacent floor. I do remember stainless steel bed pans and urinals that we were to use for I’m sure documentation reasons. I recall big large pills that needed to be crushed and mixed with water or milk, I remember well the day my parents dropped me off and the world as I knew it seemed to end. I can still remember certain days there and laugh, I often think of the day mom and dad came to visit and I hid under a table as they walked in and the saw a made bed with no me in it, the look of terror on my mothers face I knew what I had planned to be a trick was not playing out.
It was a strange time in my life and would be expected to be in any child’s life to be removed from home and placed in this type of environment, I often wonder if it has affected me in some deep way but I don’t know. However I do realize at this stage in my life that if it wasn’t for my doctor and the staff at Maybury that the out come may have been very different even yet. I have learned that after leaving Michigan that the hospital no longer stands and that the only thing that remains is a large barn. It’s sad to think of all the sickness suffered there at the same time the healing and care that took place as well and it’s great that there are memories on the web pertaining to the Sanatorium. Oh the other thing I recall very well is a lot of cream corn, and hot dogs.