[saymaListserv] News of Hibbard Thatcher and Nelson Fuson
pennywright at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 5 19:02:51 JEST 2006
This is good news/sad news message of two of Nashville's and SAYMA's most loved Friends.
Pasted below is the latest update from Hibbard's son - I would say a very cold snail's pace of progress.
In sending out the updates about Hibbard, Marian Fuson had shared that Nelson had been in the nursing care facility of Kendal for some time and declining rapidly. We heard this morning that he died in the early morning of this First Day. I had a chance meeting of the Fuson's daughter-in-law who said she and Dan had talked of a memorial at a later date here in Nashville and hoped the meeting would be part of that. I felt safe in assuring her that we would be honored to do so.
Marian's address is:
112 Kendal Dr., Kennett Square, PA 19348
mnfuson1 at aol.com
Blessings and Light to all,
Alan Thatcher, writing from home in Chicago. Feb 4, 2006
I visited with Hibbard at St Thomas yesterday before leaving town. He
had been steadily improving during the week, and was noticeably
stronger than even the day before. He's still unable to speak due to
the respirator and 'trach' tube, but the respiratory tech diverted a
little air which allowed him to croak out a few words. He'll need
speech therapy eventually to get his voice back (after two weeks of the
respirator tube being down his throat) but prospects are good for
restoring that resonant bass.
As he is doing so well, I think short visits with Hibbard will be
fine. In fact I think he will be glad to see people. And as neither
Jonathan or I will be in Nashville for the next few days, it would be
especially helpful. He is in room #220 in the 'special care' section
of the hospital, second floor. It's possible to call the room
directly...but obviously Hibbard can't answer it.
Hibbard is going a good job of communicating by gesture and expression.
That only goes so far, but you will find him much the same Hibbard,
just quieter. He is eager for stimulation and exercise. He is doing
regular physical therapy, and doing some exercises on his own.
A St Thomas social worker has been in touch, and they are recommending
a comprehensive rehab facility for Hibbard's next step from St Thomas.
This would be a good bit more rigorous than the skilled nursing
facility we were thinking of before. Hibbard is very familiar with
Vanderbilt's Stallworth Rehab center, from Ruby's time there, so that
is probably where he'll go. I expect he will tackle rehab with the
energy he does any project. I would not expect this to happen in less
than another ten days.
As always, emails, calls, and cards to the house are very welcome.
Mike Thatcher is staying with Ruby, but she would enjoy visits too.
Thank you for holding Hibbard in the light!
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