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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Thinking of John

We intended to be in the Upper Peninsula until mid July, but we're abruptly back in Chicago, or I should say I'm back in Chicago and David has flown to Miami to be with a big brother who is very ill.

Big brother John survived neck cancer, but the radiation treatments that helped cure him five years ago broke down his jaw bone, and jaw implant surgery in Miami has led to serious complications. The jaw surgery was actually about 3 weeks ago, but I avoided talking about it until now, partly out of uncertainty and partly to respect John's privacy. He was pleased with the surgery and was about to go home from the hospital, but then suffered respiratory problems and was found unconscious in his hospital bed. He went to intensive care, and was intubated, heavily sedated, and flat on his back for weeks, improving ever so slowly. As an alternative to the intubation and heavy sedation, he underwent a tracheotomy and was gradually weaned from the ventilator. The last he knew, he was about to go home, but as he's been weaned from the heavy sedative, he's learned about this major setback.

John is a sweet, kind-hearted man, who would give you the shirt off his back. He's brilliant, intensely interested in the world around him, and always ready for a challenge. Despite his amazing, encyclopedic knowledge, he's very humble and spiritual. He's a good son, a good big brother, and a good friend.

The family has been sick with worry but cautiously optimistic about John's slow recovery. His body is healing, but his morale and energy are very low. Please help him. Whether you be the type of person that prays, wishes, or sends positive energy, please think of John in Miami. Please use your influence, your powers of persuasion, and the collective consciousness, and please send him whatever you've got. Please help him heal, smile, and come home soon. There's a huge void in the family without him here and we want him back already.

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8 Comments:

Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

You got it!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

So sorry to hear of your BIL's situation. Sending good thoughts his way.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Best wishes to John.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

John must be a very special man. Thinking of him -- and all of you. I hope he feels better soon.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I'm so sorry to hear about John's illness. He and all of you are in my prayers.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

I can only wish I could somehow take the healing that came with all the prayers offered for me four years ago that pulled me back from the edge of death, and share my fortunate outcome. My best wishes and my prayers to your beloved John and all of you.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

We'll definitely be sending some good vibes big brother's way. I've been on the receiving end of many happy baby vibes so I've got lots of good energy to share.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

Dropping by to check on things and thinking good thoughts your way.

1:30 AM  

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