Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit Frank today, but luck was on my side again. When I phoned to the ward, the nurse answering the phone was just in Frank's room. The nurse told me that he had been in the wheelchair for 2 hours (!!!) and went outside on the balcony. That's great, it means that his endurance and condition now really is increasing. He had also eaten apple juice AND semolina pulp (sounds yakkie but in dutch it happens to be griesmeelpap, which is one of Frank's favorite desserts!). That was for the first time ever since the stroke, and it must have given him such a feeling of wealth and pleasure. The nurse handed the phone to Frank and to my question how it had been for him to be outside in the wheelchair he said "warm" and after that, "wonderful (heeeeerlijk)". That's it for today............
So, short message, but great news, that's something else for a change.
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