Saturday, October 25, 2008

sorry it's been so long

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Hi everyone, sorry we haven't posted in so long. it's been busy and i forgot how to use the blog. anyway, Fred has resumed teaching, here he is with Sarah Doremus in his studio during a casting class. He also has started driving again, at least for short distances. he continues PT twice a week and is recovering at a rapid clip. We have begun scheduling classes. We both teach at OCAC in Portland, OR in the spring and then go out to the coast to the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology for more classes. We will both be in Door County WI next summer at the Peninsula Art School and will particpate in the haystack mentor program here on the island.

the other photo is a recent hilarious visit with Bill Daley and Bobby Hanson( playing his tin can instrument.) You can imagine this combination of artist/characters! Bill and Bobby were up for the Haystack week for faculty. Other visitors also from the Haystack faculty week included Hiro Morimoto, Marcia McDonald, Patti Daunis, Arlene Fish etc. lots of good conversation!

We've scheduled a month on Lopez Island in the San Juan's, Washington , for March to get away from the cold Maine winter.

i'll have him write something soon
love to all

Pat

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

settling into home

It's been a little over a week since Fred came home. the first week was hard with many alterations needed on the house to make it safe. we are settling into a routine now and it's working. Fred's progress is steady. tonight we went to the harbor for him to walk on the dock using only the handrail and me to assist. he loved it and breathed in the salt air deeply and loved being there and the walking. the swim therapy has some big glitches to be worked out at the facility in Bangor. it's just NOT equiped for disabled people even though they have a program. odd I thought. I called the director and complained. we shall try again when I return from Oregon but it means Fred needs to be dressed and showered at home (one hour away) so it is less than perfect but the therapists agreed to give Fred a full hour in the pool. this first time we drove an hour and he was in the pool 15 min. we were pretty unhappy with that! but the ramps are in, the hand rails, installed, handles everywhere and we are managing. I leave for Oregon to teach and for my show on sunday, returnig on June 8. 12 or 13 or 14 people who we know and love have volunteered to care for Fred, morning, noon and night for those two weeks . we are eternally grateful. they have been coming over to get trained all week. isn't that amazing. community is everything at these moments. remember that all of you. loving community.

ok for now I'll post a photo from tonight's drive to the water (every night we always do that together. Fred had his camera)
love to all

Pat

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

A MOMENT AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL

I HAD TO INSERT THIS. FRED WAS SO PROUD AND I TOOK 2 DAYS AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL TO GO TO COURT. OUR LAWYERS AND THE SIX DEFENDENTS WERE AMAZING. SEE GERRY'S COMMENTS BELOW. MORE FROM FRED LATER. WE GET A HOME VISIT ON TUES. TO EVALUATE THE HOUSE AND TO MAKE PLANS TO COME HOME YEA!!!!!!!!
PAT

bangor 12...not guilty

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

message from Fred

Dear friends,


I am overwhelmed by the number of postcards , handmade cards, gifts and good wishes coming my way since my stroke. My ability to type on the computer has been effected for now but I can still write well. Please know that you are in my thoughts. My appreciation runs deep. When I am feeling recovered I will attempt to send a more lucid message of thanks. Pat and I are so blessed to have people like you show concern for our well being and my fast recovery. please use my blog and also the new link to the justifying art blog( right hand side of home page) to add your voice to a discussion I’ve been wanting to have for years about just what makes the arts so critical for our health as a people and how do we present that to the public and wake them up to it’s importance. I look forward to reading your comments. A friend is typing my thoughts into the blog (justifying art) for me and that will be ready soon.

I send my love and gratitude your way.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Fred stans with Kim

Fred connects to internet

today Fred received assistance from the librarian and tech support getting his laptop to connect to the internet so he's reading ALTERNET righ now. I am posting . we are in the EMMC library again. it is 4:30 , dinner at 5:00... movies tonight. we checked out about 10 which hopefully will get us through the night. last night was 3 hours deep drugged sleep and the rest in fits and starts with bogey monsters arriving to spend the dark hours. I am always most grateful to see the light of day .tonight we'll stay up late perhaps as Thomas arrives at 6:30 from Portland, Oregon via Portland, Maine. Drew will leave monday or so to return to Brooklyn.

todays PT was amazing. Fred took his first post stroke steps, stood straingt and held his own weight. he has homework which he so enjoys , to squeeze a hand held device to make his left hand stronger and extend the arm. we(Drew, Pat, Fred) played volleyball in the hall last night with a yellow baloon....

ok i'll load todays photos

reconnected

Thursday, March 27, 2008

ANNIE O

I am fortunate to be honored by having friends like you. I am presently in a limbo state. I have trouble typing, dealing with the simplest tasks. This is a good hospital and the staff has been wonderful. My PT has been fun and helpful. I enjoy it. The delay in response to all the wonderful emails and cards is due to my current condition. heartfelt thanks
love J.Fred

drew assists Fred

march 27, 2008

thurs. march 27, 2008
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY TO MEG and huge thanks for getting us through the worst weeks of our lives together
mom & Fred

Fred's left hand is actually now getting some direction from Fred's brain. it had remained strong but Fred was unable to get it to go where he wanted it and it was tight against his chest. Today's session he had control over the right and left hand. not perfect but hey remarkable! we are grateful again. Stephanie Lee was the night nurse last night and did some yoga exercises with Fred during the night when he would awaken. he is sleeping better and is awake today for his terapy sessions. Drew is with him now. Thomas arrives tomorrow. again thanks for all the love and support it really is working. We are told we will be moving to Blue Hill hosp. rehab. April 8. we will be so happy to be closer to home. then we will evaluate the situation for visitors.

pat

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MEG HAS RETURNED TO L.A.

Seroquel sleep

Seroquel sleep...
into mid-morning
not perfect, but providing rest in the storm
Keith Jarred...playing Bach
while Fred breathes deeply, in and out of sleep
Spring Snow last night
Crows seem to fly, soar, circle, dive to the concert, the grey sky as backdrop
the blessed sound of snoring
Dud kept vigil last night
protecting, watching, witness
Pat slept the night at Riverside Inn & soaked in lavendar bath early
returning to find progress & to evaluate, confer with vigilant nurse/ therapy team...for today Wed. Mar. 26, 2008
marked on my calendar as the final day of my residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, OTIS , Oregon
Thomas and lalena have collected my paintings...the series SEVEN STOPPING PLACES, PAINTINGS, VIDEO & GRANARIES
T&L will deliver them to Arthur DeBow at OCAC Centrum Gallery for my June Exhibition

Kim enters for OT

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

FRED LIBRARY

library

From Fred in the Library, escaped from the floor (with permission! actually)"sitting in the hospital library with my georgeous wife, whose idea I credit to her for the blog and much much more. I've discovered the sound of ONE HAND CLAPPING as my left hand doesn't respond to the right hand, but I am hoping that will be improved upon. the good people at this facilityseem to love their ork and those they treat. so despite my frustrations getting back on my feet and hopefully towaqrds normal. their sense of humor and joy has made this unplesant experience bearable.It goes without saying everyone's emails , cards and letters have overwhelmed me. so much love is a bit hard to comprehend. BUT , THANKS
J. FRED

pt

fred cycle

Fred goes to Physical Therapy daily and is determined. his use of the left side is coming back so well. he is still very exhausted and not sleeping well at night but makes steady progress non the less...and with humor Amy & Greg do PT as a team in the afternoon . they are really beautiful souls and gifted with people and are most skilled. we feel blessed to have them working with Fred. the whole rehab wing here is extrordinary.

Fred's river

Sunday, March 23, 2008

sunday morning

hello!note to all of you! with love!




image of an inventor-adventurer that reminds us of Fred...


Fred's drawing of his left hand, with some notes to Betty. We said goodbye to her this morning.









Fred was eager to get back on the bicycle this morning so we went up after breakfaast and he rode for about 10 minutes.
and
he's been flirting with the nurses today.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

in motion

yesterday was a very good day.
Fred was up out of the wheelchair and with assistance from the physical therapists, he took a few steps,
they also had him on a bicycle-like machine, so he can get motion back into his legs. so Fred got a good confidence boost from these accomplishments.

thank you everyone for your continued support and love, it means so much to receive your messages and postcards!

more later,

Thursday, March 20, 2008

1st day of Spring - last night long nights journey into day




Fred is making significant progress. Days are still reversed with nights sleep-wise, so that is a problem the team is working on...
Drew and Meg are both with Pat & Fred now. that is an odd reunion and very sacred for us all. we expected a family reunion on the west coast at the beach...instead it is in EMMC hospital rehab.

We are grateful.
Fred is having his second Reiki sesion with Howard - a marvelous human being. It REALLY helps.

much love to you all for your thoughts ,letters, love and acts of kindness.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March 19, 2008

Fred is having a good day today... much more alert, able to do all of his physical therapy and speech therapy, and his left hand is moving more, he was up out of bed in the wheelchair all morning and able to operate it himself.

Reiki sessions today, for both Fred and Pat...from volunteer Howard Welden, who turns out to be a close friend of our friends Nance Hill and Phil Brazee!
he talks about the principle of attraction, how we attract the energy we put out.... so knowing our desired outcome is critical. Our feelings are our guides to our vibrations... look for better healing thoughts... draw a circle, think of each hour and at that position attach a thought that gives relief from the situation.
I talked long with Howard and it relaxed me incredibly.... Fred said he could totally feel his good energy and power of touch. Fred's awarenes of other's energies is heightened.
Fred wants to get back to his creative work and wishes for wellness.

5th anniversary of the Iraq War...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Keith Jarrett, quietly in the night

Fred saw the occupation therapist this morning. today it is one week since his stroke. he is making progess...slow but really good progress.he could stand with weight on both legs if only for a moment it is remarkable . his left side was effected so it's most important that his left leg could hold his weight. h'ell see the physical therapist and spech therapist this afternoon and the OT as well. speech is excellent, circular as always and abstract. meg had him writing poetry last night he wrote"still here...here still...blue pencil almost invisible like I feel my life is fading, slipping way before me...BUT a stroke is new to me, it is a mystery .... Kieth Jarred piano concert, Koln , quietly in the background...and I don't know what to do and how this will work out."

Fred & John Cogswell at ACA, jan. 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

eagles and olympia


ok I was taking Fred out in the wheelchair for a visual break and to see his blog.
this required leaving rehab and going down to the lobby to pick up wireless. I showed him the blog, we read people's entries, Fred was moved by it but exhausted. each small task is exhausting. so i brought him up to third floor but said to him do you want to see the river?...yes....so we visited the river.
I spoke about the Salmon River Estuary in Oregon and now this river with the ice flows breaking up for spring and I thought of the Eagle and told him about the eagle who flew over my head with the other 3 artist/writers on our hike last week (can that be possible)up the mountain, Cascade Head or Bald Mountain as the Indians named it. so i asked him to remember our hike last year up that same mountain and to close our eyes and pray to the eagle spirit or great spirit or whatever is sacred ...to pray for the returned use of his beautiful left hand, so like the eagles ...strong usually like a vice grip...then i talked about Deepak Chopra and his insistence that there are no coincidences that everything is ripe with meaning....I don't know why i was saying that but nance and I had been talking about that and the interesting things we had been told by Buzz from the woman in NM....balance, trust etc.the breaking open of the heart chakra... with that i see an eagle fly down the river and land on the bank. i pointed and said well there you go. that eagle is telling us something...
so we moved on in search of art supplies from occupational therapy. the nurse at the desk took us down the hall and found a few supplies. fred wants to draw.....and there were 3 people in that room chatting together privately...one, an elderly woman in wheelchair with lovely and lively eyes the other two were Olympia Snowe and her husband. the older woman is his aunt who shares rehab!!!!with Fred....chew on that!!!!!!!! i of course greeted the senator reminding her that she may remember me as I spend a great deal of time in her office. said in a non threatening way...then I told her about Fred, there with me in the wheelchair and we proceeded to converse in a most kind way. her husband is very nice. she was easy.....so god what is going on!!!!

Meg called, she is in Portland making her way north. Tom called will arrange to fly east to overlap with Meg who will be with us for 10 days. they will xray Fred to see if he fractured anything when he fell he has great pain in the hip now.

pat

meg arrives to assist from LA



glad to be here! I'm looking for some movies for Fred, they have an old vhs player... I found the Truman Show and Dr. Strangelove, maybe we'll look at them later...

Meg

2 heart chakra




Fred's started to do a little bit of drawing. His hands need to be busy! He was feeling under the tray table and noticed that a screw needed to be tightened...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Acts of Kindness for Fred

dear friends and family,

I would love for you to take a moment to perform an act of kindness today, and dedicate it to Fred.

Friday, March 14, 2008

hello and welcome to Fred's page!

hi dear friends,
It's been a bit of a challenge to keep up with all the emails coming in, so thought we would try this as a way to stay in touch and keep you updated about Fred.

(He's gone out to get some air and feeling a bit stronger today).

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support and love!