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Re: Babalu
« Reply #390 on: January 29, 2011, 09:55:22 AM »
When can we send beer?
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #391 on: January 29, 2011, 09:42:53 PM »
Great news.
So when is first post coming?
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #392 on: February 06, 2011, 06:54:41 AM »
Wow, this is my first time on the forum in quite some time and I just read this thread.

I will have Babalu in my thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #393 on: February 06, 2011, 09:30:48 AM »
Great news!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #394 on: February 10, 2011, 04:45:20 PM »
Jeff's had a great couple of weeks.  He's back to making small daily gains.

With regards to insurance, WBZ did a story on Jeff: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #395 on: February 10, 2011, 05:29:18 PM »
Frank, thanks for the update.  We have had some elder care issues that have been trying, but have worked out.  Jeff's issue is one that makes me shake my head.  Lack of progess...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #396 on: February 10, 2011, 06:19:45 PM »
Thanks Frank. Continued well wishes to Jeff and his family!
  The emotional distress that BC is inflicting on the family is cruel and I take comfort in knowing that it will come back on these criminals many fold...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #397 on: February 11, 2011, 09:43:53 AM »
Jeff's had a great couple of weeks.  He's back to making small daily gains.

With regards to insurance, WBZ did a story on Jeff: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/

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Thanks for the update, Frank!
Jeff is making great progress, and I hope his wife and father can win the fight with BCBS.  Jeff and his family are in my thoughts.
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #398 on: February 24, 2011, 02:53:21 PM »
Sorry, I never got back to let you know about the BCBS issue.  They eventually approved him to stay until March 7th, this will be the end of his alloted 60 days of rehab.  The next step is still unclear at the moment.

But we had an update from our friend Brian today.

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Hey All,
I just wanted to shoot out a quick note on Jeff as I went over to see him today.

He's still making progress although it continues to be very slow progress. According to Jeff's speech therapist, today was the first time Jeff has been able to read anything since he's been there. She was showing him peices of paper with his wife's and children's names on them. She was showing them to him upside down or sideways on purpose. He would take the paper, put it right-side up so he could read it... and then read the name out loud.

It continues to be baby steps.

He continues to make small progress in his PT. One small example is that he was able to help his therapists get him off a table and into his wheelchair today. Up until then, I've always seen them use a lift mounted in the ceiling to pick him up and place him in the chair. He was able to push up with his legs enough that they were able to kinda pick him up and slide him into his chair without the lift.

Again... it is little things like that.

On small kind of light-hearted moment... and I think you HAVE to laugh at least a little bit because the alternative is too depressing... but... whenever I go and see Jeff, I try to talk about ANYTHING that might click a light on in his head... any kind of memories I KNOW he has... so I was talking to him about the Jamboree this past summer. I kegged up another keg of my IIIPA last night and I was joking with Jeff saying, "You remember my IIIPA.. my AWARD WINNING IIIPA... the one that won the big award at the Jamboree"... and he scrunched up his face and said, "That was MY beer!".

"What??? That wasn't your beer!! You make the Dahkness... the black IPA! My triple IPA is waaaaaayyyy better than your Dahkness"

... and that got a nice smirk from him.

He continues to make very slow progress but they are still steps in the right direction.

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #399 on: February 24, 2011, 03:12:15 PM »
That's good news Frank!  Thanks for keeping us up to date.  Cheers!!!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #400 on: February 24, 2011, 03:13:17 PM »
Thanks for the update, frank.  Give Jeff a big hug for all of us!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #401 on: February 24, 2011, 04:43:20 PM »
I think about Jeff now and again and look forward to positive notes like this.

Thanks Frank!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #402 on: February 24, 2011, 05:39:51 PM »
Thanks Frank. Had been wondering.
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #403 on: February 24, 2011, 08:03:47 PM »
Great to hear. We're still pullin' for ya! Hang tough...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #404 on: February 26, 2011, 12:24:07 AM »
Good Update. Keep 'em coming.

Keep up the progress, Jeff.
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