Ian update: After Ian smiled and smirked at the doctors Saturday morning as they were poking and prodding his belly, they decided he was well enough to go back to his group home. It took until 3 p.m. to complete the paperwork and pick up his antibiotics at the hospital pharmacy before we were completely free of the hospital. Try as I might, I was unable to eat $20 worth of hospital cafeteria food awarded in the form of coupons as compensation for the long wait in the emergency room. I bought Ian a couple of yogurts with fruit, so he did get to share in the bounty.
The next day, the Barkers left for a vacation in northern Michigan with the dog. It remains to be seen if Grandpa (who is 101 1/2) and the Barker boys can stay out of the hospital for a couple of weeks.
Here is the beach on Lake Michigan in Charlevoix: