Monday, November 29, 2010


I just talked to Tank's wife, and she said that he has changed very little since we spoke last.

Apparently, though, there's been a change of plans regarding the transitional facility. The facility cannot take him; she said the reason is complicated and related to the radiation treatment. So, when he leaves the hospital, he's going home. She doesn't know when that will be (but before the round of radiation treatments is completed). She's making preparations: getting a hospital bed (which she plans to put where the kitchen table usually sits), and arranging for a van to pick him up and take him to the hospital for radiation. She'll sleep on the couch, so she'll be nearby. A buddy told her that it's important to keep Tank right in the middle of the action. She'll cook for him. :)

Today, he had his normal radiation, and an MRI of his spine. They found "nothing unusual." Good news!

She said that sometimes he's coherent, and sometimes not.

She loves receiving encouraging notes in the mail. I imagine they both do. Please call me if you need their home address.

She seems tired, but devoted.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Tank's wife reports that he's doing somewhat better! He spends more time talking and less time sleeping. He's eating well. And today he read the newspaper. The oncologist anticipates that Tank will be moved to the transitional facility on Monday.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tank's condition, 11/26/2010

Hi. I'm going to use this blog to update friends and family regarding Tank's condition.

I heard from his wife last night. He's doing a bit better. With the help of a physical therapist, Tank walked back and forth to the hospital-room door, twice, while using a walker. He will soon be transferred to a transitional facility that is closer to home (about 2 miles from home). There's a view of the ocean.

A little background: A week ago, Tank was taken to the hospital because of some incoherence and because he kept falling. Surgery revealed that he has three areas of malignant cancer near the surface of the brain (two in front, one in back). Hospital staff immediately began treating the cancer with radiation. His kids visited him, and he recognized us, and was funny and charming and receptive. He spoke quietly, and not very much. He was usually lucid, but not always. He is very weak, and very tired. He hates being there, but (of course) he does not complain. There's a familiar twinkle in his eye.

His wife is (and has been) taking excellent care of him. They both have a large circle of friends close by, who are very supportive. The medical staff seems excellent.

I'll use this site to update everyone regarding his condition, while being somewhat careful to maintain his privacy. I'm at 801 502 4372, if anyone wants additional information. Thank you for your concern. Polly.