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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 70

11/12/2017

I had written Part Two of the last update, ready to post when Joe called, urging me to come as soon as possible. Unfortunately, my concerns about how he looked were validated. Shortly after I arrived, he was admitted to the ICU. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. I will provide more information as soon as I can. Right now, I just cannot talk with anyone. Thanks for your understanding.

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With love…

Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 69

11/10/2017 – update Part One

Just two days ago, Joe was miraculously and very quickly improving. Discharge is imminent. That was obvious by the flurry of non-stop activity in his room for hours on end: doctors, nurses, specialty nurses, clinical partners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, social workers, housekeeping. I was exhausted by it, and I had only been there for four hours. Joe understandably just wanted to sleep when I left mid-afternoon. I asked him if he would be okay with my not coming that evening. Since his surgery, I’d been coming twice – sometimes three times – a day. Over the past 3-1/2 weeks, I’ve racked up about 650 miles just traveling to and from the hospital (a 15-mile round trip). He assured me he’d be fine.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 67

Transformation! Joe is himself again! Well… more than he has been since he went in for surgery. Given his condition just last night, it was almost a shock to see him looking so well today. As you know, there was a procedure done yesterday afternoon. I’d been with Joe all day, came home to grab a bite, posted an update here, and then called the nurse’s station at 9:00p to see how Joe was doing. When I left the hospital, I told Joe that I would come back. But I was so exhausted, I decided to call the night nurse, Rama. If Joe was comfortably resting, I would sleep at home. It’s been so long since I have.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 66

Joe is exhausted, but doing much better. Since the last update, it is incomprehensible how many new issues he has faced. I am unable to keep notes for myself, never mind post an update here. In brief:

On 10/26, Joe was transferred out of the ICU, back to the main hospital. However, during that first 24 hours, a disconcernting number of cascading negative events took place. I spent that night sleeping on a couch in the room which, thankfully, was just able to accommodate my size. Even so, it was a sleepless night for both of us.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 63

Joe is in the ICU. Late last Wednesday, a cascade of events resulted in a possible aspiration (bacteria entering lungs, which often leads to pneumonia). He was intubated and his breathing is still minimally assisted by a ventilator. (It is important to know: he is not on life support. The tube is used as a means to monitor and treat his lungs.) While he is on the ventilator, he must remain sedated.

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With love…

Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 61

Joe’s surgery date is set for a week from today: October 13th. And, we have a new surgeon. Following the appointment with Dr. A+, Joe and I mulled over every detail of the appointment with him. We decided to express a few concerns to Joe’s oncologist who recommended we see another surgeon. Coincidentally, that surgeon happened to be Dr. A. We made an appointment and Dr. M accompanied us.

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With love…