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Offline frankw

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #420 on: April 05, 2011, 03:57:01 pm »
I got a call from Jeff's wife today.  She was excited to share some good news.  Jeff has had a great week.  His gall bladder infection is gone and they'll start to think about when the want to remove it soon.  

He's back to making small daily progress in speech, occupational and physical therapy.  In speech, he's now answering questions in more complete sentences.  Instead of answering the question "what are you doing" with "sitting."  He's now answering "I'm sitting in this chair."  Or when asked what he likes to make at home, "I like to make beer."   Another thing he's doing is, rather than just giving an answer that doesn't make sense, he's started to say, "I don't know, or "I don't remember."  They are also able to keep him engaged in speech therapy for much longer time periods now.  By the way, he's making all this progress without the heavy duty neural stimulant he was on, they've discontinued that one.   He is still taking a much milder stimulant, one that he's been on all along.

Today in PT they had him sitting up and they were essentially trying to push him over, trying to test his balance and upper body control.  He managed to stay upright.   Something he previously wans't so good at.  He's also back on the path toward eating real food again.

Something to note here.  With each of the infection related setbacks he's had, his progress in therapy has taken a pretty hard hit.  Each time it happens he has to work his way back to where he was.  So you may be thinking to yourself, gee I thought he was already doing that.   Well the answer is yes, he was already doing it.  Now the good news is that he is doing it again.    

It just goes to show you how much of a fighter Jeff really is.  

We're headed in the right direction again!  Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.  I still have no doubt that Jeff will be back.
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #421 on: April 05, 2011, 04:09:39 pm »
Thank you for all the updates.  It's great to hear he's making good progress.  We (me, wife, kids) mention him often even though none of us really know him.  Let him know strangers really do care.

Where the heck are we going?  And what's with this hand basket?

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #422 on: April 05, 2011, 05:19:01 pm »
Thanks for the positive update, Frank!
It sounds like Jeff is making progress again; that's fabulous news!

Keep working, Jeff!

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #423 on: April 05, 2011, 05:39:16 pm »
Nice! I like to make beer too...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #424 on: April 05, 2011, 07:30:06 pm »
Best news to date. This is fabulous Frank. Keep us posted.

Thanks!  8)
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #425 on: April 05, 2011, 07:52:22 pm »
Awesome! Sending more good juju...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #426 on: April 05, 2011, 08:11:21 pm »
Go Jeff! You rock man!!!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #427 on: April 05, 2011, 10:53:12 pm »
This is one of the most incredible tales of human endurance I have ever heard. This man has survived where others would have failed. I'm constantly awed by the Grand Design.

 I hope to be able to meet him in person one day.
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #428 on: April 06, 2011, 07:29:07 am »
This is a great update Frank! As Tubercle said, I too am awed by the Grand Design and also hope to meet Jeff in person some day.  Cheers!!!
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #429 on: April 06, 2011, 10:43:16 am »
Great news, Frank!  Always glad to hear that Jeff really is doing well for all he's been through.  He is in our thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #430 on: April 06, 2011, 10:47:20 am »
Indeed, what an ordeal. Wouldn't even wish on anyone...
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Re: Babalu
« Reply #431 on: April 08, 2011, 08:10:13 am »
Great news!

Frank, if you read through the postings in this thread (or someone from Jeff's family - or even Jeff).  I'd really like to know what Babalu thinks of the potential Habs-Bruins first round matchup  ;)

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #432 on: April 08, 2011, 08:47:08 am »
Swell news, indeed!  Keep moving forward, Jeff!

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #433 on: April 22, 2011, 07:50:20 pm »
A quick update from our friend Brian:

Hi all,
Jeff had a really nice day today and I wanted to update folks. He's had some issues with his gall bladder recently and ended up having it removed on Tuesday. I know that doesn't sound like "good news" but he is recoverying from the surgery really well and actually had a physical therapy session today, less than 48 hours from the procedure. From what I saw today, he isn't showing any of the "set-back" that he's gone through with previous problems, which is a huge positive.

The big news is that Jeff has speech therapy once a day and during these sessions he gets, basically, a cognitive test to test his memory, logic, etc. He's been stuck at a certain level for a number of months but in this morning's test, his scores went up dramatically. His speech therapist was practically getting choked up telling Jeff's mom and me about it earlier today. This is huge news as it means that a bunch of additional switches in his brain basically clicked on.

I know they are clicking on because we webcasted the consecration brew this past Saturday and then I went in and saw him on Monday.

"hey... So you watched us make all of that beer huh?
"ya think we made enough with the 120 gallons"
"do you remember what kind of beer it was?"
"a group brew"
"yeah, but what kind of beer?"

These aren't answers he would have come out with even a few weeks ago so hopefully he is starting to break through and is going to start making some bigger leaps in progress.

Lastly..... THANK YOU again to the folks that sent pictures. The little "movie" that was put together was a hit so if anyone has any other pictures of club events or even just good pictures of club members, I'll put another slideshow together and get it to him. The more familiar faces he can lay eyes on, the better.... Especially now that he seems to be making strides.

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Re: Babalu
« Reply #434 on: April 22, 2011, 08:53:52 pm »
Really good news's been an uphill battle for Jeff but it's great to hear this positive report.

Wishing the best for Jeff and his family.

Thanks for the update.
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