[nfbwatlk] Duane Smith

Gloria Whipple fairyfoot at webband.com
Thu Dec 10 23:56:23 UTC 2009


I am glad that he is doing better.

My prayers and thoughts are with him and Carol


Gloria Whipple
Corresponding Secretary
Inland Empire chapter
nfb of WA

Cell number: 509-475-4993

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Freeman,Mike - TOSD-DITT-2
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:45 PM
To: 'nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org'
Subject: [nfbwatlk] Duane Smith

Greetings, everyone.

I have good news! Duane Smith had his surgery a couple of days ago; he had
*six* arteries replaced. Apparently he is in considerable pain (they have to
break the breast bone to get at the heart) and is quite weak. However, he is
beginning to cut back on the pain meds and hospital personnel are working on
getting him up. I gather today that he had some broth and ate a popsicle and
everything stayed down.

Carol says he's in good spirits. The one thing he asked her to do when she
left the hospital was to purchase another Louis Braille coin.

Duane will be in the hospital for another week or so. Get-well cards should
be sent to his home. Gary Mackenstadt says that Denise will put his address
on the list in that neither he nor I had it. If Denise gets overly-busy and
forgets, her cell number is (206) 419-9555!

Bravo for Duane! There isn't a better Christmas present than a chance at
good health! All of us wish him well!

Michael Freeman, President
National Federation of the Blind of Washington

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