Latest email from Peter regarding Arthur (Asnet)
Dear Friends of Art,
I have my computer working again (God bless the younger generation!) and want to report on my visit to Arthur last Saturday (Sept 19). The good news is that he clearly has full use of his mind, a question that had been a major concern because he lost his air supply during his initial operation.
Art is not able to talk and his right arm is full of tubes, so he can't use it to write. We were able to communicate, however, by a combination of yes-no questions answered by shakes of the head, scribbly left-handed writing, amateur lip-reading and inspired guesswork. There was no doubt he took in all I said and was able to make his meaning clear on most, but not all, subjects.
I was able to convey your greetings to him again, sure that he understood them this time. He seems to have difficulty focusing on reading anything at this point. (I forgot until just now that he might do better using the "drug store (magnifying) glasses" we provided earlier. I'll look for them next time.) He is not happy finding himself in his present situation. There are issues Leo and I will address that may help with that. Fortunately it appears that we can now tackle them with input from Arthur himself. I was also able to learn the last name and hometown of his sister, so hope we can bring her into the picture. Art was not sure whether he wanted that or not, but he did give me her name, so I intend to proceed. He also was doubtful about keeping his apartment, which we have arranged to do so far by keeping in touch with his landlord, who has been very patient.
I think this was a hopeful meeting, particularly in regard to Art's medical condition, even though he remains attached to so many tubes and had a breathing crisis while I was there. Leo and I have a lot to talk about, decide upon and act on, but we can do it with a clearer sense of Art's wishes, and can reasonably expect that will continue to be the case.
We thank you for your thoughts and prayers and encourage you to send short notes of encouragement, probably best on colorful cards, to Art at the Resort Nursing Home, 430 Beach 68th Street, Arverne, NY 11692. I'll conclude with the greeting Art's landlady asked me to pass on to him - Shana Tovah, or good new year. I hope, as we all do, that it will be a better one for Art and the world.
So, he's not 100%, but seems to be improving.
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