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Date Posted: 03:01:14 02/01/12 Wed
Author: Terry
Subject: Re: chuck brinkman
In reply to: dusty disc 's message, "chuck brinkman" on 19:34:54 01/31/12 Tue

Chuck's daughter Christene posted this update on Jan. 30:

hello to all who are still checking in!
dad is stable, still in the long term acute care hospital, in plano. don't let the website fool you, it is a dismal place and dad is working hard on his therapy so that he can be transferred to the inpatient rehab hospital. we have pretty much decided will be reliant, also in plano. he has to be able to tolerate three hours of therapy a day to meet criteria. he is using up his hospital days and we are, quite frankly, a little worried that if he doesn't meet those criteria soon, the only option (other than taking him home, which will really reverse the progress he has made) will be a nursing home, which we all agree is completely and totally out of the question. OUT OF THE QUESTION.
so here is what we need from you...call, visit, send cards, whatever...but please help us encourage him to PUSH through the pain, which of course is considerable, so that he can move along in his therapy and be able to go to rehab soon. i really do think it is possible, his progress has been tremendous, considering that six weeks ago we weren't even sure he was going to make it. he sits in up in a wheelchair for several hours a day, he is even "standing", that is, assisted by the parallel bars and the physical therapists, but still, standing upright for 5-10 seconds at a time. this helps his breathing and his intestinal ileus so much! so, cheer him on in any way you can.
thanks for hanging in there with us.

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