Where in earlier blogs the news was "progression goes slowly", now since Frank got rid of his tube everything seems to go crescendo. He talks more, eats more, dictates more (arhgg, grr) and tonight I've seen him smile more than all the weeks before. Reason: the casus belli newsletter. And especcially the "quasies" (very inside humor not to be understand by anyone outside the club I presume). So I suggested that there should be a newsletter every week (sorry Marleen, work to do) but Andre corrected me instantly, Frank was the main contributor who filled at least half the newsletter. So that will take a while.
But we hope that within two weeks Frank will have his Ipad. Thanks to all of you the requested amount of money is there and what Frank will get is an Ipad2 64 GB with wifi/3G AND a subscription to the NRC digital newspaper. It's a marketing action from the NRC and it was like it was meant to be for Frank. We closed his subscription on the paper version of the NRC (in retrospect to early, he's reading it again!!), but that gives us the opportunitiy now to combine these two which is really great. So hopefully when Frank has conquered the Ipad, he will be able to contribute to the newsletter again. He certainly is looking forward to it. Perhaps Frank's first quasi after his stroke, tonight he suddenly said: "playing wargames is the best prevention for finding your way back after a stroke". (Casus Belli might become at risk of gaining a lot of new members.... ;-))
I think it's a great great gift which all of you made possible, so on behalf of Frank,
THANKS VERY VERY MUCH!
Furthermore the nurse of tonight told me that Frank almost doesn't complain anymore about needing the po or expressing nausea, she also had the impression that Frank is very very relieved that the tube is out and stays out. "He is much more calm, doesn't call anymore during the night (at least not unneccesary)" so this is really what you want to see.
Another noteworthy fact; tonight when I came in Frank's boss and coach were there and commemorated that Frank will be working 20 years in the Liberation Museum Groesbeek coming september. And the idea is to make it a real special occasion. So one way or another Frank will be there at the start of september and we all will celebrate it with him!!
Let's hope that Frank keeps up with this pace of progression, than "we ain't seen nothing yet" and the general will be back. I salute him and I salute all of you, sticking to him so closely and loyal.
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