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Subject: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Frug
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:06 AM

At 10.00 last night I returned to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire UK, with my 2 boys Sam and Dom and My sister in law Helen. We were there to switch off the machines supporting my lovely wife Sarah who had undergone a "catastrophic" brain haemorrhage with less than 5% chance of surviving. An arduous process involving the organ donation team and the transplant team required a number of physical and mental functioning tests and involving the coroners dept. On arrival we were greeted with a summons to see the consultant to be informed that Sarah had undergone the tests and had shown physical functionalty on both the left and right sides and a degree of instructed response. As a result of this the original prognosis was called into question and further tests and scan performed. At 12.30am we were told that based on the presenting evidence the initial diagnosis was no longer valid and at 12.30 am she was transferred to the Neurological CCU at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where we agreed to a brain drain. This took place at 5.30 am. Returning to the ward at 7.00 am it was noted that Sarah was now showing more capacity and even trying to wake up. By 8.00am she was awake briefly but clearly understanding where she was and its purpose. By 10.00 she was breathing unaided and the intubation was removed. Throughout the day she continued her improvement and by the time we left last evening were comforted by the improvement in her condition. We have agreed with her medical team to restrict our visiting, their point being "you want to see her awake and responding, whilst we want to see her asleep and healing" Her survival is still in the balance but the signs are very good, there are very great risks ahead and her recovery will be slow and long.We have been told that there is likely to be some impairment but the scale and nature of that is uncertain. In a period of 30 hours we have gone from desolation to elation and we feel emotionally battered. We are trying to be realistic because of the extremely dangerous condition she remains in...........we have been inundated with messages of support and offers of help. At the hospital yesterday every one who arrived to support us brought a picnic....thank you.....we don't need to shop until Christmas (2013). Please keep singing catters......its working and thank you all for your messages of support. I will try and update as and when.

Love and Peace

Frank, Sam and Dom (and of course Sarah !!)
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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:21 AM

Oh what great news. My singing never had such a good response before ;-)


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Janie
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:23 AM

Still singing -still sending up good thoughts to all of you!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:45 AM

Oh, my- just waking up here in New Hampshire, USA, to be greeted with this. Frug, you are clearly a loving, intelligent man with a lot to cope with right now. Know that the singing goes on, for you as well as for Sarah and Sam and Dom and Helen, too.

I was singing "Let the life I lead speak for me"
but now I'm adding "I'm gonna lift my brother up" "The storm is passing over"

Probably lots of other songs, too!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: maeve
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 06:48 AM

Thank you for taking time to let us know of the cheering update.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 07:51 AM

Will keep singing, but am now changing from reflective, autumnal songs to ones of jubilation.

Today is the beginning of Lughnasa, celebrating the festival of Lugh, the Irish god of light.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 07:56 AM

amazing news


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 07:59 AM

Speechless.

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
            And the day is past and gone
            At the river I stand
            Guide my feet, hold my hand
            Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
Dani


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: jacqui.c
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 08:18 AM

Still singing. I do believe in positive energy and I think that lot of that has been coming Sara's way over the past couple of days.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: I don't know
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 08:49 AM

Fantastic news for you all. Hope the final outcome is good, be thinking of you & your family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 08:54 AM

Amazing, the power of song!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Acme
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 08:56 AM

Sometime way down the road in the future I'll tell you about the thoughts I had about this last night, wondering how things were going. Suffice to say "get a second opinion."

This is good news indeed. Keep singing, if that's the magic incantation!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 09:07 AM

Incredible. I, too, sing your happiness and will continue to keep you all in prayer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Crowhugger
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 09:53 AM

Wow...continuing songs of love for all of you. What a journey.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Barbara
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 11:40 AM

Wonderful, Frug. I too will keep singing for you and yours. I'll do you Alleluia, the Great Storm is Over
Blessings
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: My guru always said
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 12:24 PM

Fantastic, hopeful news!! Still sending positive thoughts & singing for Sarah!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Maryrrf
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 12:25 PM

Wonderful news - keep us posted!


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From: Arthur_itus
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 12:25 PM

Fantastic news Frank.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:20 PM

Elaine and I are so pleased to hear this encouraging news. We hope that everything goes well from now on. Best wishes to the whole family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:23 PM

Amazing news, frug. Thank you for sharing when I know you have more important things on your mind.
At work and humming quietly.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:31 PM

This is downright amazing and wonderful. Best wishes to you for her continued healing!


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: alanabit
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:53 PM

Wonderful news! Let's keep singing!


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From: fat B****rd
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:57 PM

Outstanding news, Frank. I'm so pleased to hear this. The very best thoughts from Charlie in Scotland.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Gervase
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 03:56 PM

Wonderful. Godspeed and good luck, Frank and Sarah.
And finally, maybe, the Mudcat comes home to what it used to be. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (and this from a card-carrying atheist!)


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Helen
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 04:06 PM

Love, light, hugs and total awe at both the power of the human body and soul, and the power of singing/healing/prayer.

Helen (in Australia)


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 04:23 PM

Fantastic news!
I'm singing too!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: skipy
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:36 PM

Those who know me, know how hard it is to get me to sing, but, I'm singing for this one believe me & I will continue to.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Genie
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:38 PM

Wow! What wonderful and unexpected news.   I'll keep singing for Sarah's survival and recovery too and for the rest of the family as well.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: gnu
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:45 PM

Gosh!... just gosh!!! Keep the faith!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Spectacled Warbler
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:59 PM

Brilliant.

Must go, got a song to sing...

Joy


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Frug
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 10:40 AM

Brief update...........Sarah now out of Intensive Care. On observation ward, lucid, responsive and communicative. Talking is difficult due to period of intubation, swollen tongue, and not yet able to take fluids orally, but she can talk, she can see (difficult as she has 2 semi closed black eyes) and she can hear. Physically her right side appears strong, problems on the left but very early days. We have been told that the residual blood clot will dissipate either naturally or with a clot buster. Scan today to ascertain whether she had an incident which produced a fall or just fell and the head trauma caused the bleed. Very high temperature this morning being investigated. A bit up and down but mainly up. Yesterday when nurses were preparing her bed bath they turned round to find her cleaning her teeth. What a difference 48 hours makes!! Still scary stuff......Thanks for the support from everyone keep singing and we are most grateful.....we feel well loved!

Frank, Sam and Dom and of course the star of the show Sarah xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 10:46 AM

Wow...amazing! Best wishes for further progress....


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From: GUEST,buddhuu sans cookie
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 11:05 AM

Another great reason to sing. Will do so tonight in celebration (but without counting proverbial chickens or tempting fate).

"Yay!" at your news. Very best wishes for your wife's continued rapid recovery and future health.

What a terrible scare for the family. Hope you're all ok.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 11:06 AM

I find myself frequently crying from sadness these days, but that's not the reason now!

That she's doing this well so early is an amazing sign that probably bodes well for her recovery.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 11:45 AM

Thanks for taking the time to let us know, Frank. What a wonderful turn of events! I shall continue to sing and give thanks for a complete recovery. This, or something better, for the highest good of all concerned. I am sure hearing you and your sons singing to her helped bring her back. It worked with my mom many years ago when she was not expected to survive. Music and love have powerful properties.:-)

ATB,

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Nancy King
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 11:57 AM

Absolutely astonishing! Hope things continue to improve!


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: ClaireBear
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 12:57 PM

Wonderful progress, and a testament to the power of love. I will keep singing, too!

Perhaps it's time for a kindly elf to remove the "Obit" prefix from this thread?

C
    Good idea. Your wish is my command. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Genie
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 02:40 PM

What ClaireBear said.
I'm still singing and rejoicing and visualizing a complete recovery too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: KT
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 03:47 PM

Songs of gratitude, tears of joy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Barbara
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 04:17 PM

"The standards of death taken down by surprise."

Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 04:21 PM

What KT & all said. So very glad to see this news, so very happy for you all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for update
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 04:39 PM

For the record, the sadness of which I spoke was related to my reaction to bad news threads, not my general mental state.

Like D. Sudbury wrote in 'King of Rome':
And if you live 'round here
The ground seems awful near
Sometimes I need a lift from victory


Also, yeah, we moderators could change the thread title, but this is how Frug started the thread.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: Little Robyn
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 04:40 PM

Still singing.
Robyn


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From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 05:59 PM

Still singing...


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 06:07 PM

Missed all of this, couldn't access Mudcat but this is wonderful news!

I'll switch from the hopeful passing songs and go for the hopeful returning songs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bugsy
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 11:36 PM

Just reading this thread on a cold, overcast, rainy day in Western Australi......... and the sun has come out!

I'm overjoyed with your news!

love

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for update
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 12:22 AM

Frank, I know that you know how much I believe in the power of positive energy and good thoughts. I am overjoyed that it works for you too.....in addition to the great strength and will of Sarah!

More great thoughts and a few tears that I share with Jeri going your way for the continued miracle named Sarah...........geeziz, this is just freakin' GREAT!!!!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Dharmabum
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 06:20 AM

I'm all too familliar with the emotional roller coaster that something like this puts one through.
Sending you & Sarah all the positive energy that we can muster up.

DB.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:35 AM

Brief update. Firstly thanks to Joe who amended the thread title. It's much more appropriate and reflects our positive mental attitude. Sassy (Sarahs pet name) was very quiet yesterday (Tuesday) Very high temperature and also had diagnostic scan and chest X rays. We used our alloted visiting time to cool her down with hand held fans, perfume misters and flannels.............By the time we left her temperature was down by a degree and a half... We are the chill factor !!

Seeing the consultant today to get the results of the invesigations and will update later this evening or tomorrow. Our love, respect and thanks pour back to you all for the support and thoughts. Thanks to all for the PMs of support and Pat I know the spirit you talk about.... powerful stuff!!

Frank (Tearful but for good reasons)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:53 AM

very inspiring thread


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 08:10 AM

Frank-

This has indeed been an amazing thread, and I join everyone in hoping for a full recovery for Sarah, however long that takes.

Amazing.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Barbara
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 12:38 PM

We sang for her at the pub last night, Frug. Hope it all helps. Sang The Great Storm Is Over and a bunch of other good stuff.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 03:26 PM

Sarah is fighting for her life..........there are infection issues. moving back to CCU.............. Dig deep catters we need your help. Will post when I can

Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 05:25 PM

Best thoughts continue from here. Keep all hope alive and take care of yourself Frank......Believe me, we're all with you for whatever its worth.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 05:34 PM

I shall envision Sarah feeling cool and at peace, awash in the calm waters of a favourite place with a soft, cool breeze to help. I shall also envision a myriad of good cells, fighting back and protecting her from any infectious interlopers.

I shall sing several songs which come to mind with those elements in them. May Sarah recover, fully, and be free of pain, strife, and fear. May you all feel the great power of us united with you in bringing all good things to bear.

So mote it be!

kat


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 06:19 PM

I'm singing (quietly because I'm on the train) the Shanty and Grey Funnel Line. You're in my thoughts.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:03 PM

Update.... 3 Problems identified and now being addressed. Chest infection probably due to tubes, Urinary tract infection probably due to catheter and ...... a blockage in the brain drain. Now for the good one...As a family we have always found it difficult to stay the fuck out of it...we're very hands on. Hence when we started our chill treatment using fans, misters and flannels we were asked(very politely) not to spray her bed clothes etc (we thought it a good idea as it prolonged the cooling effect) We also brought in a load of gel cooling strips and plastered them all over. We clearly had an impact but had to stop the clothes soaking.....tonights treatment precribed by the head honcho...wrapped in soaked sheets with industrial sized fans blowing over her. Quote the head honcho "its all a matter of scale" She is now much more comfortable and resting peacefully with the issues addressed. Her life hangs in the balance.....50:50 at best, there has been no neurological deterioration and physical responses better than anticipated. As a family we are united in effort. My 2 lovely boys have been staunch. Dom was flakey yesterday we carried him, Sam and I both flakey today...we got carried. I have read and re-read the posts and messages. I can't describe their impact on me.....worried about fucking the laptop with tears. Amazing what you guys intuit....Kat, Sassy is a mermaid if she sees water she has to get in it. We went to the folk festival at Skegness, there was 4 inches of snow on the ground but she had to have a paddle. I don;t know what will happen, but I know my girl will give it her all. Whatever the outcome life is going to change big time.. I hope I am up to it. My Celtic heart reaches out to you all...loveya

Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:16 PM

if she becomes able to drink ask about offering cranberry juice..obviously known for uti but other infectiosn as well. mg


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:18 PM

Still here Frank and still singing.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:22 PM

Frug, I've posted a prayer request for you, your boys and your Sarah to my Facebook account. Rest assured that our best thoughts, prayers, wishes and heartfelt encouragement are yours for the taking.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 07:58 PM

Just letting you know this voice is still joined with the rest in this heart song.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ClaireBear
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 08:26 PM

Sang "Lay Me Low" in the office today for healing, but very quietly so as not to startle my cubicle mates. I'm now headed home, so I can (and will ) sing for Sassy as loudly as I want (that's pretty loudly). Water themes, eh? Well, she might like some chanties then...and "Peace, Be Still" to cover all bases. And I think I'll join Barbara in "Alleluia, the Great Storm Is Over."

Best, Frug, Dom, and Sam. Strength to you all.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 09:46 PM

rehearsed with a HUGE group of women, a capella, loud and strong, and am thinking of you.

now, at home it is quiet, and in my heart is Peace LIke a River, with so many harmonies on the chorus. I can imagine us all, singing together.

you are all well thought of tonight, hugged and surrounded as best we can from far away.

Dani


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 11:23 PM

ClaireBear, "Peace, Be Still" is one of my favorite hymns... what a gorgeous melody it has. I, too, shall sing that lovely tune for your family, Frank.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 12:58 AM

There are some of us out here not posting but loading and sending thoughts of strength and peace and vibrant health to Sassy and her loved ones.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:19 AM

ditto


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:03 AM

Still singing, still praying.

Jay


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:37 AM

Been following this thread since the beginning. Don't know what to say for comfort or hope, that others here have said far more eloquently than I could.

My thoughts are with you all. Lending my voice to the mudcat choir when the opportunity presents.

Finally, a vision of glistening white snow for Sarah to cool herself in.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 04:41 AM

Many thanks for the update Frank, we're sending positive thoughts from Surrey. We're away to Lechlade for a singing weekend and 'll ask some friends there to sing a song for Sarah.
Hils


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: KT
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 05:00 AM

Lots of water songs here. Holding you all in heart and mind... KT


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 05:31 AM

What amazing news. Keep strong, there is still a road ahead, but be heartened by the progress.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 08:49 AM

I'm singing all the water songs I know, including:
Wade in the Water
Peace Like a River
The Storm is Passing Over
By the Waters of Babylon
Peace is flowing like a River
Seal Woman's Sea Joy
Swimming to the Other Side

Bless you and yours, dear Frug. Holding Sarah deep in my heart.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 05:38 PM

Brief update....

Much improved tonight. Temperature under control, blood pressure normalish. Awake for some of the time. Alert, cognisant, responsive, trying to talk but inhibited by a few tubes. Now able to turn head through 180. More signs of movement including on left hand side which was a concern, noticed today large swelling on left elbow.... so might explain a bit. Scan and test results show no obvious weakness in blood vessels in brain, so overall cause still a mystery. Encouraging signs but long way to go. Next 10 days will allow clot to dissipate, so emphasis is on allowing rest and care to facilitate healing.....need for further intervention not certain. Thank you for continued support. Will post further updates but less frequently as we are in a waiting period. But will report my ladies achievements where they are significant. Mudcat and Mudcatters are great.............OFFICIAL !

Frank, Sassy, Sam and Dom xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: maeve
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 05:49 PM

Those are such wonderful developments, Frank. There are many of us cheering you on- both those who have posted and those who read, pray, and give silent thought in support.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 06:19 PM

This is wonderful news!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 06:22 PM

Thanks for keeping us updated Frank. Glad that things ae still improving.
Best wishes to you all.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 06:26 PM

You and the boys tend to Sarah and we'll keep the songs going.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Maryrrf
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 08:03 PM

The news is better and better - this is wonderful. I hope things continue to improve.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 11:36 PM

Continuing to give thanks for all good things which have come to pass and the steady progress. What a wonderful family you all are, Frank. It is an honour to be able to sing for all of you. SO glad you all are TAKE CHARGE guys and Sarah had you all watching her back, so to speak! Swimming when there's snow, though! That's an image that certainly brings cooling to mind.:-)

Light, Life, and Love,

kat


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: fat B****rd
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 04:10 PM

Best wishes and thoughts to you and yours,Frank, from Charlie in Dunfermline


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Genie
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 07:23 PM

So wonderful to hear you encouraging news, Frank. I'm singing along with the rest of the choir.

Genie


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 05 Aug 11 - 10:37 PM

I don't know how I missed this thread until tonight, but I'm adding my off-key voice in song.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Aug 11 - 10:02 AM

Better is more good!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Noreen
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 06:22 PM

Keeping positive thoughts heading your way...


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Barbara
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 08:16 PM

Still singing for you and yours.
Blessings,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 02:07 AM

Just to keep your spirits up, how 'bout the Queensland version of "Waltzing Matilda"?

    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled, you'll come a waltzing Matilda with me.....


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: s&r
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 02:47 AM

Hope all is still improving

Stu


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: alanabit
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 02:47 AM

Same message from here. Hope things are quietly on the mend.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 03:51 AM

Still sending positive thoughts to you all!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 05:51 PM

Hello Catters........sorry for the long wait for a Sassy update but life as you can imagine has been volatile. Sassy progressed vey quickly for the first couple of days and then became beset with a very high temperature. Various attempts at controlling it were unsuccessful and as there was a risk of fitting/seizures, they eventually hit her with massive doses of broad spectrum antibiotics. To an extent these worked and the temp. reduced. Sassy became more herself, and personality started to out. She was asking for food, particularly Greek salad and demanded her breakfast.....however sill on naso-gastric nutrition.

Many many positives......unfortunately she then experienced an anaphylactic reaction to one of the antibiotics and has inflamed airways. Consequently she has been sedated and reitubated and treated with steroids. She has been under sedation for 48 hrs and will be so for another 36-48 hrs. Her temperature and blood pressure are normalish without specific medication, she is physically strong and there has been no deterioration in her neuro condition. We remain optimistic that not only will she recover, but it will be a substantial if not total recovery. She has astounded the medics so far and knowing my girl she has more to come. There is a side issue. Sassys mom Polly passed away over the weekend. This was not a surprise as she has been suffering with vascular dementia for nearly 10 years following a stroke and we have nearly lost her on several occasions. Polly was in an intensive nursing home 5 miles from where we live and Sassy had reduced her hours at work and was spending up to 12 hours per day with Polly. Sassys sister Helen who lives in Scotland was coming down every other week and they shared the visiting care. Thankfully Helen was here when Sassy's illness/accident occured so was able to help me and the boys and to continue to support Polly on her inevitable journey. Whilst mourning my ma-in law with whom I had a marvellous relationship, I and the rest of the family am grateful that she is now at peace. The fact that Polly lasted so long is a testament to the strong will and determination to live of the family. This can only bode well for my Sassy, . Once again thank you for your thoughts prayers, and songs. We are very battered, tired but wholly optimistic for a good outcome. I shall try to updated again soon. Thank you Frank, Sassy, Sam, Dom xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: maeve
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 06:04 PM

Thank you, Frank. Isn't it interesting how life and death keep twining around one another?

Keeping you all in prayer,

Maeve


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Little Robyn
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 07:08 PM

Much love to you and your family Frank.
I've been playing my wee pipes (for the first time in ages) and the tune I was drawn to was the one from Andy Stewart - Now the battle's o'er.
but we sang the following words at a friend's funeral:

Fare thee well, make the journey homeward,
Strong in heart, trust in life's sweet flow,
Travel on over hill and valley
To the place where you long to go.
Travel onward, make the journey,
Carry with you the things you know,
Peace and blessing go before you,
Be your guide as you homeward go.

Robyn


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 07:38 PM

Still singing. Sad news about Polly, but I hope Sassy keeps fighting.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 09:15 PM

Maybe Polly will be more able to help from the Other Side, if you believe in that kind of thing. Still sad to hear of her passing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to keep us updated. May all good things come to pass.

Much love and hugs,

kat


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 09:18 PM

Still singing....


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Acme
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 09:21 PM

Still reading along, in amazement.

SRS


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 09:32 PM

Thank you for the update - still singing, and sending prayers and all positive thoughts your way.


Jay


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 11 Aug 11 - 11:46 PM

I'm still singing, too, and I add my condolences for Polly. I like Kat's comment: "Maybe Polly will be more able to help from the Other Side, if you believe in that kind of thing."


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Genie
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 01:58 AM

Hang in there, Frank (and Sassy).    It's not an easy time for you, but I hope our prayers, visualizations, and singing are helping.

Genie


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 04:18 AM

as Stilly wrote - Still reading along, in amazement.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: I don't know
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 04:53 AM

Thinking of you and your family, sorry to hear about your ma-inlaw, very difficalt time for you. May your wife heal quickly and I hope hearing about her mothers death does not set her back.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: buddhuu
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 05:31 AM

Running out of fingers and toes to cross.

Will keep singing.

All good wishes to you and yours.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 05:34 AM

You are an incredible person to bear all this and remain so positive and strong. All good wishes, hopes and songs for Sassy (and you & your family too) still flowing your way.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Maryrrf
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 11:25 AM

Incredible news - I'm so glad for your wife's improvement. This must be an unbelievably stressful time, but it seems like the good thoughts and prayers directed your way are helping. May your mother in law rest in peace - sounds like she was ready to go and is now in a better place.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 07:05 PM

Friday 12th Sassy Update slightly sedated and intubated. brain drain fluids clear. Swelling of throat and neck subsiding but not enough to allow removal of tubes. Maybe tomorrow. Scan today showed no obvious concerns. Despite sedation responded to visits with occasional squeezing of hands, frowns and flickering of eyelids. Gave her a talk through our week and played the alphabet game between us.....I'll explain that sometime for those of you not familiar with it...she frowned at some of my more bullshit connections. My youngest son Dom sang her a few gentle songs and rapped his latest poem. We treat her as though she was wide awake. Sams first album due from production company tomorrow. Was meant to be officially launched at my birthday do on monday but what the hell......will post a link to his facebook site when I remember it but if anyone wants to see his broadcasts from his kitchen the if you go to facebook and search samplays acoustapunk, you'll find him. Not exactly folk but you'll hear folkie influences. can't sleep at present and have jaw ache from grinding them teeth. Later will post a little biog of Polly...for information and more than a little giggle........sing on please.

Frank, Sam, Dom xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 08:19 PM

Frug-

Sounds like slow but steady progress. Better is better!

I'll keep humming.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:39 AM

Love and thoughts to you all at such hard time.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: fat B****rd
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:04 AM

The best of everything to you and yours, Frank.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:05 AM

Frug

Thank you for keeping us updated. Good to read the good news.

You should be able to get a nighttime dental guard from the larger pharmacy chains. Be careful of that bruxism and resulting jaw ache. Very habit forming and temporomandibular joint pain can become a lifelong affliction.

For the sake of everyone, in 4 words - take care of yourself.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 11:40 AM

ditto


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: jacqui.c
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 04:15 PM

And from me - make sure you all look after yourselves so that you can care for Sarah when she comes home.

Still singing......


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:34 PM

Very brief tonight.......as am "hitting the wall" Sassy OK. Scan shows airways still swollen....ENT assessed possible vocal chord issue but not certain. Neurologist very positive...clot dispersing, reduced sedation awake for little while both eyes open and functioning, hugged boys. Neurologist says not out of woods yet but encouraging signs. Nice man large with perculiarly yellow shirt!! Sing me to sleep catters I'm knackered.

Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: maeve
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:39 PM

Sleep well, faithful Frank. Let sleep bring dreams of happy times, healing to your weary body, and restoration to your well of hope.

Goodnight.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:43 PM

She is in good hands and doing well. I think you need to take some time off from hospital care and get some rest. She would want you to do this. mg


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:46 PM

Sleep well--you deserve it


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:50 PM

I like that, "Faithfull Frank.":-)

Thanks for the continued good news. Now, for a lully, my fav. that my parents sang to me, passed on to my kids and grandkids (there's more to it, but this is the best bit I remember so well):

Prairie Lullaby

Tumble in bed, my tired little sleepyhead,
The stars are in the sky
Time that your prayers were said, my little sleepyhead,
To a prairie lullaby

Saddle up your pony, the sandman's here
To take you down the trail of dreams
Tumble in bed, my tired little sleepyhead,
To a prairie lullaby.

Goodnight and Happy Birthday, early!

P.S. will check out Sam's music. My son, Colin, will probably love it!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:51 PM

Karen says she really feels for you Frank.....and she knows of what she speaks. Very rough to sleep and yet you're bone tired.......do your best and get as much rest as you can.

You're better off if I don't sing you to sleep.......more likely I'd keep you awake!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:11 PM

♫♪♪♫♫♪


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:52 PM

Thanks for the thoughts folks. Can't sleep so just tinkering about. Feeling positive though........Bonnie...you got that in ABC, Spaw I'll take a banjo tune. Kat thanks for the lullaby also if you do check out Sam's music...some of it cane be bit raw like adults only. Cat just bought me a mouse in so gotta deal with that.

Frank


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 11:24 PM

even you cat family are thinking of you!

wishing you a peaceful sleep

sandra


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 11:33 PM

For all of you, {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}.

Janie


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 14 Aug 11 - 06:58 PM

It never ceases to amaze me what the internet can do. Thank you all for restoring my faith in it.

Thanks for the update. It's sounding like we're doing good. I look forward to breaking out Rollin' Home for you.

I'll try and check your son out but I'm on my phone atm :(


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Aug 11 - 10:28 PM

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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 17 Aug 11 - 06:27 PM

Brief Update......Sarah remains sedated and intubated following the anaphylaxis which has affected her breathing. A number of deadlines have come and passed in respect of potential responses including tracheotomy which we expected to happen 3 days ago but has been deferred as the medics search for the most appropriate response. This   is a very scary and stressful time. Sarah is calm under sedation and physically looks quite well, however we are obviously keen to see our girl out from under... and the real assessment and rehab can start.We hope the procedure will take place tomorrow.............We cremate her mother tomorrow also.

Frank xx


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From: Frug
Date: 17 Aug 11 - 06:43 PM

Refresh as it disappears from the screen when I posted it


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Aug 11 - 06:58 PM

best wishes for tomorrow


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 12:15 AM

Sending love and off-key songs


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 02:58 AM

I'll echo the best wishes.


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From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 03:07 AM

Many thanks for the update Frank. Still sending positive thoughs and songs from Surrey.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 18 Aug 11 - 09:02 PM

All good thoughts, solace for all who loved your mother-in-law, and expectant hope for a good outcome for Sassy. Try to remember to stop every now and again and take a few, good, deep breaths. Maybe you can feel or visualize breathing in and soaking up all the care and concern being directed to all of you through the ether.


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From: Frug
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 06:33 PM

Update...Sassy had a tracheotomy yesterday(18th) and came off sedation. Last night she was communicative(without talking)but animated and moving. She did not sleep much last night and this morning she was again animated and communicating. Unfortunately throughout the day her temperature started to climb......not as high as last week (which was alarming) but sufficient to cause some concern. There is some evidence of an infection in the brain fluid and they are now considering options. In a series of intellectual functioning tests today, Sassy performed well and the indicators were more than encouraging . ....physically she also performed well demonstrating strong right hand side movement and coordination and also good potential on the left, sluggish but capable of development. An up and down day!! Sassy is very scared and we have put a lot into reassuring her about her progress and strength...............so difficult to do when you are shit scared yourself. My lady fights on. I know we are receiving all sorts of support...My son's Muslim friends have a prayer cycle going in the Liverpool and Manchester areas. My Sikh friends in Birmingham and the Black Country similarly.We have had messages of support and prayer from our friends who follow Christianity and Judaism......whilst we are not religious ourselves we are deeply touched by the intense expressions of support we are receiving from faith groups and those like ourselves who believe in personal strength and spirit. Bring it all on folks.

Frank, Sam and Dom xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 09:32 PM

Sassy is very fortunate to be surrounded by good medical care & loving friends & strangers

sending more love thru teary eyes

sandra


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 20 Aug 11 - 10:04 PM

Update......last one for a while folks. Sassy has now been moved to a specialist ward to assist with her recovery. Whilst there are still issues to be addressed and a long and difficult journey ahead we are positive that she now not only will survive but her recovery will be good.What that means in real terms we don't know............if you measure this against what we faced 3 weeks ago we will take it. Sassy is intellectually sound and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that she will continue to improve. There is a strong medical plan in place and we have confidence that it will generate the results. We are touched and humbled by the expressions of support and love from across the world.............THANK YOU......thank you Mudcatters for allowing me this forum and the songs and prayers that have contributed to this remarkable but traumatic experience.Tonight my sons played a show demonstrating their talents in their uniquely different styles and then came together to duet on a version of Come What May from Moulin Rouge, a tribute to their mom. I post the words below for those not familiar with it........sniff sniff Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 20 Aug 11 - 10:06 PM

Never knew I could feel like this
Like I've never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Everyday I love you more and more
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sings
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time

Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn't seem such a waste
It all revolves around you

And there's no mountain too high no river too wide
Sing out this song and I'll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time

Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day
Oh come what may, come what may
I will love you

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place...

Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Nancy King
Date: 20 Aug 11 - 11:36 PM

Still keeping you and your family in my thoughts...


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 21 Aug 11 - 01:23 AM

I have had the powers of prayers, etc., keep me alive. Later friends told me they left my hospital room in tears, sure I would die, then returned to realize I wouldn't. I am still not very religious but believe in karma, spirit . . . and singing, even if off-key.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 21 Aug 11 - 04:14 AM

Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed
That with the sun's love
In the spring becomes the rose


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 21 Aug 11 - 04:23 AM

Frug, I've just seen that I never answered the question you asked above. To get those music notes, type the following but leave the spaces out:

& # 9 8 3 5 ;   (two beamed quavers)

& # 9 8 3 4 ;   (single flagged quaver)

and it should come out looking like this (fingers crossed cuz I can't delete the gibberish if it doesn't):




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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: KT
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 01:41 AM

Still checking in and still holding you all in hope and prayer....


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 04:40 AM

Thanks for the update Frug. It sounds like we're on the home stretch.

Still singing.


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From: Big Ballad Singer
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 02:23 PM

Still praying and remembering you all here as well.

Many kindnesses have been extended to me by the Mudcat family; I trust you know you've got real friends here.

Whatever you need that we can do for any or all of you is our pleasure and gift to you.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 03:32 PM

Such good news Frank. Still singing.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 01:35 PM

Still watching and praying.
SINS


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 05:50 PM

Folks..saw neurologist and ITU staff collectively today. Sassy no longer regarded as high risk so will probably be out of CCU in next 24 hours. Brain drain removed, Tracheotomy reduced, temperature under control, infection identified and reducing......alert and positively playful......invited me into the bed today!! but suffering with a bad back due patient visiting system syndrome...LOL

Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ClaireBear
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 05:58 PM

Great news! You, Sassy and all of us are blessed.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Noreen
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 06:04 PM

Wonderful news! :)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 06:07 PM

Frank, I'm just one of I'm-sure-many who have been reading this, praying along with it, and SO happy to hear of these cute and SUPERB updates. Vorwahrts!

~S~


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 06:12 PM

Oh, yes. So grateful.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 06:25 PM

So very glad to see such good news. Continuing positive thoughts to you all!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 06:34 PM

When we go rollin' home, when we go rollin' home...

Yay!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Nancy King
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 10:34 PM

Excellent news! Thanks for keeping us updated!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 10:47 PM

Smiling! (and singing.)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 11:20 PM

Wonderful! Or maybe I should sing Wunderbar!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 04:21 AM

keep the excellent news rolling on


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: alanabit
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 05:35 AM

Keep the good news coming. That has brought the sun out a little bit more this morning!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 08:07 PM

Very brief...coupla really good days....starting to talk assisted by   some kind of trachy box gizmo...had first drink for 3 weeks...doctors and surgeons over the moon...closely followed by us....temp good...other obs good      WOW ......best thing she mouthed a very brief happy Birthday Song...OK its kinda 10 days late but hell ain't gonna say anything.... ..that'd be downright rude........what an amazing and I mean amazing woman...(PRIMAL SCREAM..)

Frank.......

JacquiC you're the bees knees


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 09:16 PM

Ah, that's great news, Frank.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: maeve
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 09:18 PM

Jubilation songs!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 09:44 PM

I'll add to the chorus


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 08:12 AM

Singing Halleluia!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 09:28 AM

Wonderful!

Are you still at the QE, Frank?

**waves from Redditch**


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: s&r
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 03:20 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 08:05 PM

See this? This is my happy face.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 08:41 PM

We had some really great news today from Neil and Christina so a lot of things seem upbeat (or as much so as possible) which is a fantastic change of pace around here of late!

We're all here and still sending out the best even if some of us have pretty weak transmitters..............***sigh***................


Spaw


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 09:36 PM

More good energy coming your way.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 09:42 PM

I think I'll sing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. There's a bittersweetness to the song that seems to fit this time. I wish you and your wife all the best, Frank - but it's a long journey still.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 12:35 AM

Always glad to hear a positive update and hoping for more to come.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: fat B****rd
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 07:24 AM

Thinking of you and singing, Frank. ATB from Dunfermline.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 07:42 AM

Brief update..... Setback.. unfortunately after the removal of the brain drain Sassys brain pressure began to rise and she started to lose some of the function she had regained. A new drain has been inserted and pressures are returning to more acceptable levels, however she has slipped back a bit. Notwithstanding this we are assured that she will achieve the same equilibrium she had a few days ago and be able to progress from there. Our biggest concern now are the infections one of which has been identified as MRSA, notoriously difficult to treat and she is yet again in a big battle. The consultants are still confident of a significant recovery if we can overcome the infections.....We fight on....... On a lighter note the doctors and consultants appear so young. It is difficult after a consultation not to pat them on the head and say "thanks son, hope the exams go well"

Frank and boys


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 08:15 AM

You and your courageous family are continually in my thoughts, Frank - sending you every good vibe I have.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 08:17 AM

And songs too of course. I wrote this in (what I believed to be) sad circumstances before, but it bears repeating:

With my harp of ten strings will I sing psalms unto thee


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Maryrrf
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 08:49 AM

The road to recovery is rarely straightforward, but Sassy is headed in the right direction. Prayers and positive thoughts headed your way!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 09:27 AM

Still thinking of you all & singing around the garden. Positive thoughts!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 10:02 AM

Frug, I think you should do the patting thing. It'll make them laugh.

Honest. :-) I'm still wearing my happy face.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 12:47 PM

when I was in Emergency a few years ago the interns all looked about 15 years old!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 12:36 AM

Two steps forward, one step back. Prayers continuing!


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Subject: Haul the Oar - Megan L. (a bit of doggerel)
From: Megan L
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 10:57 AM

Chantey Lass your comment reminded me of a neighbour when i was a child he didnt drink often but when he did that was how he made his way home 6 steps forward two steps back a little waltz then back on track but he always made it home.

Thinking of you and yours frug wrote this bit of doggerel

Haul the oar

Keep hauling at your oar me lads
Keep hauling at the oar
For you never know which pull it is
Will get us safe to shore.

We cannot see the strand me lads
When the fog is all around
We just have to keep pulling
Till we reach solid ground.

Tomorrow's just a dream me lads
And yesterday's long gone
So haul upon the oars me lads
And keep on moving on.

By the second or the minute
By the hour or by the day
Keep going to the quayside
My lads just haul away.

And when we've reached the harbour
And the joys of life hold sway
We'll smile and remember how we made it
Because we hauled away.


MHTBL


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: jacqui.c
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 03:24 PM

That is beautiful Megan - have you got a tune for it?

Frank - all the best to you all - stil singing here.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 04:57 PM

nope jacqui but if you know one that will fit heck i even had to pinch the tune for "David's Song" from hearing Phill Cuningham play Sarahs song


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 08:33 PM

Brief Update - Sassy fights on............it's tough for everyone, we're really hurting for her at present. She's comfortable but largely pissed off....understatement!! More than holding her own, trying to keep her motivated. Needs to have 3 clear septic screens before we can move on. Antibiotics having all the sorts of side effects, rash, sickness diarrhoea but seem to have infections in abeyance for now...

Frank and boys xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,Big Ballad Singer
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 08:40 PM

Praying for you all and cheering Sassy on!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 11:07 PM

Hmmm...sounds as though she needs a good dream of cool soothing water, again...this time to let go of the frustration and anger unless they are part of her motivation.:-) One thing I had to learn spending five months in bed, most of the time, waiting for a new heart valve..patience...nothing was going to be rushed and it all came round in what I call "divine" time. Not the same, I know, as she is going through, but maybe a helpful distraction?

Regardless, my good thoughts and thanks givings for continued and rapid improvement. May the divine spark in each cell of her body shine their light and banish all the interlopers.

ATB,

kat


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 11:36 PM

Frank, in the plus two months I spent in the hospital last winter, about a month of it was fighting infections and it seemed so endless........Just wanted to say that Sassy might hit a point where she honestly wonders if it will ever end and that brings on some serious depression and a feeling of what the hell. Just watch for that a bit and let her know that she just has to keep fighting (and I'm sure she knows that) and that you know this fool who will guarantee it! LOL.....Anyway, hang in and know that this bunch around here are pumping out whatever vibes and dreams and thoughts and prayers we have.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 12:45 AM

I'm sorry to read that she is having these problems. I'd be angry, too. She has a right to be angry! I hope she keeps fighting, and I'll keep singing.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 02:34 AM

We're all pulling for you guys, keep on fighting!

Megan, that was lovely!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 03:56 AM

adding my bit to the stream heading your way, Sassy

love from sandra


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 04:09 AM

Megan I just love that song.....

Frank


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 04:14 AM

You are welcome my dear it will be a long haul and frustrating butyour Saraha is a fighter and she is surrounded with love she will make it.

Tell her to lie back and let her willing slaves work :)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 07:57 PM

YAAAYYY   SASSY!!   Out of intensive care....talking a bit. One infection zapped. Thats my girl !!

Frank


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Janie
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 08:45 PM

Hallelujah!!!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 08:57 PM

Oh, yay! Megan, that's a great song- hope you find a tune. I think I'll join in with Row On.

Row on, row on, another day
May shine with brighter light
Ply, ply the oars and pull away,
There's dawn beyond the night.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 09:14 PM

Absolutely wonderful news!

Fight on, fight on,
Children don't turn back.
We are almost down
To the shore.


Jay


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Barbara
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 11:05 PM

Good on ya, Frank, Sassy and fam! We're still singing for you here, too.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 12:22 AM

Wonderful!!!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 04:00 AM

That is such good news


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 04:02 AM

keep posting that great news


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 08:37 AM

This story just keeps getting better and better. YAY Sassy!
Thank you again for sharing it with us, Frug. Hope you are eating and sleeping and otherwise taking care of yourself.
SINS


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 11:21 AM

Good news! Anger is a good sign - if she has enough energy to be angry that's good. Good thoughts and songs still comimg for you all.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 05:45 PM

Great news Frank.
Les


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 05:59 PM

Keep strong Frank


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 08:08 PM

Friends Sassy progresses daily....a fraught path but so many positives. I am not posting so much as some days are flat others are good and basically balancing out............BUT today was FUCKING GREAT !! I owe this community a detailed account and will provide one shortly....but the Girl Can't Help it she's a star and changing daily for the better. A few slides but it appears infections are battered.....waiting for screen results......................

Thanks all Frank and boys xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: maeve
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 09:39 PM

Hurrah, Sassy and The Gang!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Crowhugger
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 09:59 PM

Woohoo! And still singing here near Toronto.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 02:10 AM

So very glad to hear this, positive thoughts still coming your way!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 04:43 AM

ditto


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 04:56 AM

YESSSSSSSSS!! Wish there was an emoticon for that joyful dance that Snoopy used to do -


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 04:59 AM

SO heartening to hear this update -- and so aware of the closeness of our community bound by the lovely music.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 05:02 AM

Have been following this thread from the beginning - so great to have continuing good news. Keeping you all in mind.

Paws


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 05:35 AM

Well Bonnie, there is a dance called The Frug Will that do?


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 06:45 AM

Ah hell John now everyone knows my moves!

Frank


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: fat B****rd
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 07:36 AM

Great news, Frank. Could have been worse, y'know. You might have beeen called Mashed Potatoes


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 08:06 AM

Was it the Nixon girls or the Johnsons who did the frug not nearly as elegantly as that.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Maryrrf
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 10:28 AM

I am so glad that things continue to improve and that Sassy is healing and recuperating.


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 10:29 AM

Good news Frank. Still singing here and keeping Sassy well in my thoughts.


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From: DrugCrazed
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 06:26 PM

I'll be back in Sheffield and it'll be easier for me to sing and not look completely mad. Granted, there will be other things that will continue the completely mad persona...

It's sounding good Frug. Was thinking about you and Sassy during the internetless weekend.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 07:31 PM

Well its one thing to have my moves revealed but hey Sinsull now you're getting personal when you're talking about who did the Frug.....I'll check my diary to see if there's any truth in it !!

Sassy Update......brilliant day again, according to the physios she's taking the hurdles 2 at a time, couple of hours with the trach. capped off, took orange juice and yoghurt, talking well and coherently but tires a bit, lots more movement including further left hand side development. They are going to try and get her out of bed for a bit.....she's regarded as something of a star given her previous state....the speed of her recovery so far is confounding the predictions. Loadsa other stuff asking for tea, wanting to get outta bed for a wee, asking me how much I've been smoking (damn !! never thought I'd be glad to hear that one)

Emotional Stuff

All loved up you folks....thanks

Frank and boys xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 07:38 PM

Careful what you say about the Johnson Girls, SINS. They have lots of friends around here. To mention them in the same breath with the name "Nixon," is a dangerous thing to do....

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 09:42 PM

Singing and smiling--at the good news.


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 05:30 AM

keep that good news coming, we can't get enough of it!


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From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 09:53 AM

Infections zapped, out of isolation, drain clamped with a view to removal possibly tomorrow.Planned for her to try getting out of bed into a chair on Monday...prospect of proper food also. Physical developments continue a pace....Good innit?

Frank and boys


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 09:58 AM

WEEL DONE THAT LASS

now you and the boys take good care of yourselves she will need healthy slaves when she gets home :)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 10:03 AM

Nothing worse than illness amongst the staff!


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From: ChanteyLass
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 10:05 PM

Singing and smiling at the good news!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 06:15 AM

more big smiles here, too


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From: I don't know
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 04:10 AM

Really pleased for all of you at the good progress.


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From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 02:36 PM

Real good!


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From: DrugCrazed
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 04:52 PM

Happyface :-)

Still singing songs for you


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From: Janie
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 07:37 PM

Cheers!


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From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 09:50 PM

Drain out now for 36 hours...no adverse reaction...looks like no further invasive procedures...lots of physio, sitting out, happy, confident loadsa work to do, Bring it on...hard work and frustration ahead but we've agreed to make it all a fun experience....setting medium and long term goals.......Incidentally if Sassy hadn't had this experience I would have been landing at Logan tomorrow in search of my family roots in Massachusetts.....deferred for another time I hope.

Thanks for support and kindness and love thing.....signing off for a while,

Frank. Sam and Dom


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 10:44 PM

yah!

see you again when we see you again

sandra


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 11:13 PM

Glad the good news continues. I'm think my neighboring state of Massachusetts will be here when Sassy is much better.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Frug
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 08:55 PM

Brief Update.... Sassy is progressing at a hell of a pace. Bits of confusion here and there but overall an exceptional recovery is on the cards. Drain out now for 7 days no apparent adverse effects. Trachy out for 2 days...coping well. Started soft food and drink ad lib.Sitting out of bed on occasions, Physical strength on LHS apparent and developing. Had to be shusshed by night staff for being overly chatty last night Tonight she asked about her mother for the first time and we gently gave her the news about Pollys death...she coped pretty well with that. She will make a strong recovery friends.......!!

Frank, Sam and Dom


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From: Crowhugger
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 09:16 PM

Wonderful to hear this news, thanks.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 10:31 PM

Yes, wonderful!


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From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 12:04 AM

Thank you so much for keeping us posted, esp. with such wonderful news. What a blessed and special bunch of folks you all are.

katstillsinging


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 02:26 AM

So very glad to hear all the wonderful news, keep up the good work! Still singing & smiling!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 02:49 AM

more good news


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 03:46 AM

What a wonderful woman, what a wonderful family.

Remind her tae be nice tae the nurses LOL they have a habit of forgeting tae heat the water for yer next bed bath if you arent ;)


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 01 Oct 11 - 07:22 PM

Update........ Sassy has now been moved back to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch as she is now well on the road to recovery. This is a short term arrangement as she has been accepted for rehab in Leamington Spa, one of the best facilities in the country and is waiting for a vacancy. She is relaxed and happy and her progress has continued to astound. The assessing consultant is confident of "a most significant physical recovery" Her short term memory is a bit dodgy she has elements of confusion and some interesting and amusing flights of fantasy. When assessed for the rehab place, on being told that they felt she was an ideal candidate she asked "does that mean I've got the job"? The unphased consultant responded by saying "well lets give it 3 months and then we can talk about your employment options" More updates as we progress. We are hoping she will be home by Christmas.

Frank xx


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: GUEST,ChanteyLass
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 12:22 AM

Just the kind of news I (we?) were hoping for, especially the part about "one of the best facilities in the country." I'm smiling and still singing off-key.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 03:49 AM

Thanks for the update Frank, such continuing wonderful news!


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Megan L
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 04:00 AM

Great news glad Sarah will be getting the best of rehab.


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From: Janie
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 08:51 AM

Gladdens the heart, Frug. Thanks for keeping us updated.


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From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 12:11 PM

What lovely news! I have been in Leamington Spa (the town) and remember a pretty, peaceful place (at least where I was!). I will picture Sassy there, walking down the High street and window shopping, maybe stopping for some curry, as my daughter and I did 5 years ago! She can and will be able to do such things, as time goes by, I'm sure!


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Oct 11 - 06:56 PM

Good news Frank.


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Subject: RE: from Frug: keep singing but read this for update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 04:41 AM

amazing woman!


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From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 05:06 AM

I hope she's not still there at the end of 3 months.
All the best,
Robyn


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