Talking about weird connections... the patient is making none of them. A few days ago Frank said to one of his friends "tube feeding taste like Belgian dredge" and my first tought was "In time I will bring him Belgian chocolade, I'll get some from Leonidas".
Problem with tube feeding is that you don's taste anything at all, it is not passing any taste buts. And until Frank recovery is good enough and the speech therapist and some other specialists vets it he is stuck to it. While Frank is making progress some milestones can never be met too soon.
When I came in Frank was watching some TV program, nothing special. I greeted him, he greeted me back. We did not talk much. Then Frank asked for a DVD, "war, ????" I already forgot the title but Frank knew not only the title but also where on the shelf (in his new room) the DVD was!
It was a documentary about the history of war starting with hunter/gatheres robbing farmers working in the mud for grain. But quickly zooming in on Greece and warfare in ancient times. To be specific all details about the way of making war with phalanx were given. Then it proceeded with the battle of Maraton and next Thermopylae how 300 of Leonidas best man stopped Xerxes half milion for four days.
While I was watching I was thinking about chocolate. The difference between tube feeding and eating is the same as the difference between the army of Xerxes and that of Leonidas.
And before I forget, I agree with Esther. The best way you yourself can stimulate Frank and help his recovery is by sending him a postcard.
(For the non-Dutch readers: Leonidas is a Belgian chocolade chain in the Netherlands.)
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther