Category Archives: 2008

November 30, 2008–small pleasures

It has been six weeks since I have sent an Esther Freeman update.  In this case, no news is good news! We are STILL dealing with her toe infection.  The original site nearly healed, but last week the other big … Continue reading

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October 11, 2008–Visit from Tom’s family

I brought her home Sept. 24, and what a difference two and a half weeks has made.  She was for all intents and purposes an invalid—able to feed herself, converse somewhat but not much more. Now she can stand with … Continue reading

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Sept. 16, 2008–she’s OUTTA there!

I’m bringing her home! Finally.  I am fed up with battling the nursing home. I’m fed up with slipshod attention to the operation of her oxygen equipment. I’m fed up with their ignoring her food preferences. I’m fed up with … Continue reading

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Sept. 6, 2008–inadequate care

This lady keeps defying the odds.  Two months ago, I did not think she would make it to Labor Day.  But this last week has been a good one.  She has been lucid and somewhat talkative for six days, although … Continue reading

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Aug. 21, 2008–toe infection

Mother has a severe infection in her left big toe.  I first noticed this on July 10 when she went in to the hospital for her first blood transfusion.  A week’s worth of antibiotics didn’t clear it up. I bought … Continue reading

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August 10, 2008–barely communicative

She has had two periods of “talkativeness” in the last few weeks—July 30 & 31, and August 5 & 6. She initiated conversation and chatted almost normally, though some of her remarks reflected disorientation and confusion. (For instance she wanted … Continue reading

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July 28, 2008–poor prognosis

The last time Mother was communicative was Wednesday, July 23.  Now, sometimes she will respond to a question, sometimes not.  I read her birthday cards to her, and she occasionally will react to a poignant message or a signature she … Continue reading

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