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Critical, But Much Better
May 16th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

I called Halifax Hospital this morning and talked about mom with Natalia, a nurse, for about twenty-two minutes. She said mom’s blood pressure was better, and her core temperature is “improving”. She also told me that mom was, “responding to stimuli,” and to her name. She said that mom was still critical, but much better […]

Labored Breathing
May 16th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

I talked to Mike Militello, who said he was the head nurse at Coastal Rehab. He told me that at 10:30 last night (May 15th) a nurse found mom in her room and her breathing was labored. So she called another nurse and they thought her lungs “sounded funny” so they sent mom to the […]

Emails to Friends
May 16th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

I just sent this email to a few friends who asked about mom: I just returned from Florida. My wife and son and father-in-law were there with me from (late) Thursday night until yesterday (Tuesday) morning. My sister had been there for three straight months and finally left on Sunday morning. So when we left […]

Emails to Friends
May 15th, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

I just returned from visiting mom in Florida and received an email from a friend asking me how it was. I replied: My sister had been there for three months and left on Sunday morning. So when I left Florida I was basically leaving my mom all alone. It was far, far worse than anything […]

A Call from Coastal
May 15th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

I received a voice mail from (386) 274-1070. I didn’t receive the message until my flight from Florida landed in Los Angeles at about 10PM PDT. Here is a transcript of the call: “Hi, David. This is Darlene calling from Coastal Health and Rehab about your mother. Can you please give us a call whenever […]

A Hug
May 11th, 2012 @ 6:30 am

This is the last photo taken of me and my mother. My little sister took it when I visited mom at Coastal Rehab for Mother’s Day weekend.

Re: Mom’s next step
May 7th, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

My sister sent me this email: Coastal Rehab can be temporary for rehab or long-term. I think we will need to just count on it for temporary rehab (in terms of months) and see how Mom does. She will need to improve a lot for her to be able to go back to Grace Manor. […]

Re: Update
May 7th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

Another email from my sister: […] Still trying to find out more about the catheter issues. They took it off again this evening. […] Mom is still at Halifax. I have not talked to Dr. Buck yet. The Case Manager made a comment about Mom being discharged over the weekend, but I am not sure […]

Re: Mom’s next step
May 7th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

I replied to my sister with this: Hey, [name redacted], What the hell? Is everyone involved with the elderly in Volusia County named Jann? Would mom be moving to Coastal Rehab (and leaving Grace Manor permanently)? I don’t understand. Does the $2k cover everything — room and board, the psychologist and psychiatrist etc. — or […]

Mom’s Next Step
May 7th, 2012 @ 10:27 am

My sister sent me this email: Hi, David. I have been talking to Jann at Coastal Rehab. She suggested I pay them $2000 up front to cover physical therapy for a couple months. This would spend down the money enough so that Mom will qualify for Medicaid which would then cover the other expenses at […]