Post-Fire: Update II

Progress has been rapid since Carl got to Buffalo four days ago. The hydrotherapy is progressing well and his hands are gaining flexibility rapidly. We’re optimistic that the remaining stitches will come out at the end of the week and that he’ll gain access to a piano today or tomorrow to continue that part of physical therapy. As the hands pick up speed, his eyes are the primary focus of concern. While the prognosis has been positive, his vision continues to be blurry. My Bill Frist theory is that his eyes are trying to compensate for each other as they struggle to heal. This is based on no concrete knowledge whatsoever and only a vague memory of an article I read somewhere several years ago, so take it for what it’s worth (which is likely next to nothing).

He has a packed schedule of doctor’s appointments but is able to stay at the house which is a huge improvement for all of us, especially for him, as they’ve installed our stepbrother’s flatscreen TV and a separate cable box in his room. I don’t even have that.

My stepmother’s mother (stepgrandmother?) was a nurse for ages, so the family has strong connections in the medical community in Buffalo. They’ve gotten Carl in to see a prominent opthamologist who my father described as, “the opthamologist for some president – not this one – or something…” The president of Buffalo maybe. Carl will see him on Friday. (The opthamologist, not the president.)

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3 Comments on “Post-Fire: Update II”

  1. Pete
    January 10, 2007 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m relieved to hear Carl’s doing well. Playing the piano so soon is remarkable, but what do you expect from the boy, I mean… he’s Carlo!

    Thanks for the updates. I know Carl has a lot of people praying and otherwise sending positive energy his way.

    Love
    Pete

  2. Erik Olsson
    January 10, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Hey Emma,
    Let me know if there’s anything I can do. We are praying for Carl, you and the rest the family. Vivian meant so much to us, especially my grandfather. I hope to see you at the memorial service. Take Care,Erik

  3. Jennie Pakradooni
    January 11, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    Emma,
    I am so thankful for your updates! Can you please send me your email address to my MIT email address so we can correspond further?
    Jesse and I are sending Carl a package today.
    love,
    your cousin Jennie

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