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.

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