Well I think that's going to be the theme for the coming period; showing poop whenever he can. Somehow Frank has refound his fighting spirits. Today he again was more awake than yesterday. He's been in the wheelchair this morning and it appears that he went over the ward with the nurse. Tonight when I came he was watching tv, working the remote control himself. Andre was there and Frank dictated to him the dvd's he wants to see. So we're going to make sure he gets what he wants to feel as comfortable as possible under the given circumstances. He was laying on his back, told me that he had speech therapy (logo) today, and when I asked how the swallowing was going he answered the famous above words, in dutch, "ik ga de logo een poepie laten ruiken" (see title) "I want that bread with herring". His voice was much more controlled today, and the tone was more franklike than I've heard since the stroke.
And then he indicated that he wanted to sleep, he pulled over with his right arm grabbing the left side of his bed and turned to his left side. This is really great, it means that his physical strenght returns, that his ability to move his body voluntarily returns and that is really great news. Furthermore he said that he's very thankfull for all the attention and love and care which surrounds him, from his friends from far away and nearby. And having said that he closed his eyes and went to sleep.
When Andre and I walked away Andre told me that reacting to the blog was a little troublesome for him and he asked me to write a little handout. So for anyone who want to comment, or wants to leave messages for Frank, feel free, we read it out loud to Frank. Here's a little tutorial... To start don't use the little pencil icon at the bottom of messages, that doesn't work. Instead:
- choose the item you want to comment on, in the itemlist on the right side of the screen
- now you're in the submenu of a specific item and at the bottom of the text you click with your mouse in the blank field at the bottom and you type whatever you want to type.
- then press the submit button and your reaction is published.
- if you want to return to all the blogmassages simply click in the right sided list on the month or year, than you have access again to the rest of the blog.
So hoping to help you out (at least andre.... I expect a reply now, no excuses...;-))
Lets hope that Frank continues to make progess as he's doing right now. Perhaps then rehabilitation treatment might be a next step.
We'll see, let's poop with him!!! Goodnight Esther
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