About this blog

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

March 24, 2008

Hello Everyone:

I wanted you all to know that Fredi did go to church yesterday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine without incident. She stayed for the whole service and remained afterwards to speak with Father Tom, a priest there who is also a friend of our next door neighbor Bob. Father Tom has been visiting Fredi regularly during her stay at Amsterdam House.

Going out was a little scary for her but she handled it well. All the people made her a little dizzy, it was cold, and her daughter drives the wheel chair like a kamikaze but she came through. August and Daniel came too and that made it a family affair. Pat was glad to see her out and the whole excursion was totally worth it.

On Friday she was able to take a few steps in physical therapy (4 to be exact) with a lot of assistance but that is getting better too.

One note for you all. If you go see her Fredi is on a strict therapeutic regimen at the nursing home. As she gets better she may ask you to bring her things she craves like Nathan's hot dogs. She is to have NOTHING by mouth at this time and when that changes her diet will still be closely monitored. She can have; books, flowers, DVD's, balloons...... You get the picture.


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