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from Frug: keep singing but read this for update

Frug 01 Aug 11 - 06:06 AM
John MacKenzie 01 Aug 11 - 06:21 AM
Janie 01 Aug 11 - 06:23 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 01 Aug 11 - 06:45 AM
maeve 01 Aug 11 - 06:48 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 01 Aug 11 - 07:51 AM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Aug 11 - 07:56 AM
GUEST,Dani 01 Aug 11 - 07:59 AM
jacqui.c 01 Aug 11 - 08:18 AM
I don't know 01 Aug 11 - 08:49 AM
Charley Noble 01 Aug 11 - 08:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Aug 11 - 08:56 AM
Big Ballad Singer 01 Aug 11 - 09:07 AM
Crowhugger 01 Aug 11 - 09:53 AM
Barbara 01 Aug 11 - 11:40 AM
My guru always said 01 Aug 11 - 12:24 PM
Maryrrf 01 Aug 11 - 12:25 PM
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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 At 12.30am we were told that based on the presenting evidence the initial diagnosis was no longer valid and at 12.30 am she was transferred to the Neurological CCU at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where we agreed to a brain drain.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: Stilly River Sage
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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Subject: RE: Obit: keep singing but read this for updat
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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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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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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