Some facts from today
I've just spoken to the nurse who took care of Frank today. She told us that he's been in a chair, but he has difficulty maintaining his headbalance; he has eaten some applejuice (he can swallow, but only if he's well alert, so when he is dozing off, swallowing becomes a risky buissnes), "bragged" to the nurse that he jumped the parachute and he has been listening to the radio. Apparently he didn't like what he heard because he switched channels and volume. All and all the nurse estimated that he's been awake for some 30-60 minutes all over the day. And that is the biggest problem right now, his awareness and ability to stay awake is severly compromised. And that makes it impossible right now to go to a rehabilitation center. Today the rehabilitation physician visited Frank and it is advised that Frank will be discharged to a nursing home and we hope that he will become more alert so that he eventually can profit from rehabilitation treatment. Within three weeks from now, long term prognosis will become more clearly.
We receive a lot off heartwarming messages and we will try to convey them to Frank in some way or another. Thanks for that, it is so comforting for all of us, and we hope in exchange to support you, his friends, collegues, guilds, air dispatchers, gamers, braunfeldsers etc. etc. by keeping you posted about Franks situation.
Thanks for all the love around him!
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