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After sharing e-mail after e-mail with my mother's friends and family I decided that it would be more efficient to put this information on a blog so that it would be centrally located. Here you will find information mostly on Fredi Balzano's health struggles. Feel free to contact me with specific questions.

See my other blog at daisybrainlives.blogspot.com for thoughts on knitting and cooking and other family highlights.

Thanks everyone.

Tracy B.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

August 17, 2007

I'm sorry I haven't been in touch but things have been crazy. I just want to give you all a quick update.

Fredi is settling nicely into Amsterdam house and the therapists there seem excellent. She is getting her strength back and actually sat up on her own for 5 minutes on Monday. I saw it with my own eyes. She couldn't get to a seated position on her own but once there she maintained for 5 minutes. 5 minutes might not seem like a long time to you and me but for her right now it is huge.

I know that some of you have gone to see her and she was sleeping. She works really hard in the morning in therapy so she gets tired in the afternoon. Some things to keep in mind.
  1. She can be taken outside if you get there and she is in her chair. They just need to put some O2 on the chair. There is a small garden out front facing St. John's. She likes it there.
  2. She is not on a ventilator. If you go there the machine she has is for O2 only. She is breathing on her own.
  3. She still does have a lot of pulmonary secretions. They are trying to reduce them but that seems to be hard to do.
  4. There still is no plan for trying to remove the tracheostomy and this I find frustrating. There are a lot of steps to getting this done and they are being held up by the pulmonologists. I'm sure that the fact that it is August has something to do with it.
  5. I got Fredi a subscription to the New Yorker so don't bring that to her. She will only end up with multiple copies. Paperback legal thrillers should do her well especially since she can tear them up and read them in sections.
  6. She has a small DVD player so if you want to bring her copies of Monk or House she would like that. I got her seasons 3 and 4 of the Sopranos.

Thanks to all of you for all of your words and deeds of encouragement. We are in month 6 of this trial.


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