This is an email I sent to Sophia Mas at Stewart-Marchman:


I am always available. You can call me at any time of the day or night. If my sister has any restrictions on when she is available, she will have to let us know.

Thank you very much for the extensive details about my mom’s current situation and routine. I appreciate it tremendously. As terrible as this is, it is a little comforting to know that she is in the hands of a responsible team that seems to care.

I can’t imagine how my mom could move to Seattle, as my sister does not have the means to care for her. And moving her to Los Angeles would be absurdly expensive — the cost of living here is many, many, many times what it is in Florida — and I do not currently have the financial resources to care for her, even if I didn’t have a new toddler who receives the vast majority of my money and attention these days.

My sister and I have not yet discussed when either or both of us could visit; we are both still — I think — anxiously waiting for news from Dr. Caliendo about my mom’s projected long-term stability and needs.

Thank you again for all your help.

PS: Yesterday I emailed to ask you about postal mail, but I guess you missed it. If I wanted to send my mom a postcard, or a photo of her grandson, how should I address it? Are patients allowed to receive mail there?

David Vincent Gagne