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    Carolyn

    I leave for Baltimore this afternoon and return to Phoenix on Monday morning I'll tell Brian to say hi to Robin.

    For those who have been following our efforts to purchase a condo in Baltimore I have an ironic development. We've been attempting to purchase condo #734 at Lighthouse Point since the end of May the owner backed out at the last moment to pursue a short sale with his lender. Last weekend we looked at condo #306 in the same building and decided that we liked #306 better for many reasons. Monday, I called the owner of condo #734 and explained that we were not going to complete our offer for #734, he was very understanding about the entire situation. Yesterday, when I was signing the papers to make an offer on condo #306 I realized that the same person owns both condo #306 and condo #734, how crazy.

    Believe me, we are not indecisive it's just that are issues like accessibility that you have to decide how you're going to solve. Condo #734 will require significant modifications that are not necessary for condo #306. Condo #306 is more expensive up front but by the time we do the modifications to #734 the price difference is not that great. At the end I think that we will come out better spending a little more up front buying #306. This is turning into a soap opera and there are some parts of the story that I have not posted. Like the Saturday morning two weeks ago when my wife walked into the kitchen naked to get a wash cloth and found a man standing in the kitchen. She screamed and he started taking his clothes off (just kidding). He was a Realtor who was viewing the property. The seller's Realtor hadn't mentioned in the new short sale listing that the condo was occupied.

    Roger

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      Roger:
      I just left Brian a message. I am at outpatient tomorrow. Hopefully we will meet.

      Sorry but I laughed at your humor as well as A's encounter with the relator. Even funnier that # 306 is the same owner.
      Every day I wake up is a good one

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        Roger, When you retire please write a book.

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          I'm sooo impressed!!!

          Roger, your family is truly blessed! You're all 'fighters' and have had an amazing journey - and congrats on your son's JH med school acceptance!!
          How's he doing? And how's it going with the condo?
          Last edited by Coleen; 30 Jul 2009, 11:32 PM. Reason: same ol' thing - spelling

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            Great to finally meet you today. Feel as if I have known you forever! Hope the cable got turned on.
            Every day I wake up is a good one

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              Hi

              Roger, I've read your family's whole thread & am truly inspired!
              How'd it go with the condo? How's you son? Updates, please

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                I flew back to Phoenix from Baltimore this morning. Brian and my wife are all settled in the condo that we're renting at Lighthouse Point. Last week we made an offer to buy another condo in the same building. It's a short sale so it's going to take some time to get all of the necessary approvals from the ower and the bank.

                Friday Brian and I met Cheescake and her son at KKI. After Brian's hand therapy we sat in the lunch area and talked with Cheesecake. I've corresponded with Cheesecake several times during the last two years but this was the first time that we've met face to face.

                Brian is please with the rehab at Kennedy Krieger. He is especially pleased with the physical therapist who is working with him. He's doing five hours of therapy five days a week and it's wearing him out. I told Brian that I thought that his decision to go to KKI for therapy prior to starting school was a real good decision. Brian said making that decision was no big deal because it was so obvious that he needed to do this therapy before school started.

                Last week Brian met with one of the Doctors at the Hopkins Medical School and had a tour of the new Hopkins medical school building. Brian was totally awed by the facilities. He said that none of the other schools that he interviewed could compare to the new Hopkins facility. He knows now that his decision to go to Hopkins was the right decision. To make things even better he's starting to like the city of Baltimore. Of course my wife and I are very pleased that he's happy with his choice.

                Roger
                Last edited by Roger; 8 Aug 2009, 6:34 PM.

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                  Sounds like things are going really good for Brian - congrats & good luck on the sale!
                  God bless!!

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                    This week has been rough. Brian has had dysreflexia worst than he has ever had it before. It got so bad today that he went to the emergency room. It's 11:30 pm in Baltimore and I just talked to Brian. Brian and my wife are sitting in the emergency room waiting for Brian to have a CT scan.

                    Can anything else go wrong today. The answer is yes. The front caster wheel fell off of the wheel chair. I can fix the caster no problem. I called TiLite and got a description of the screw that holds the caster axle to the fork. It's a common screw so I went to Ace Hardware and got the parts that I'll need. I fly to Baltimore tomorrow afternoon so this weekend I'm going to put LocTite on every screw on the wheel chair.

                    I wish I could fix the dysreflexia as easily as I can the wheel chair.

                    Roger

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                      Thoughts are with you and Brian.

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                        Roger: Really sorry to hear about Brian's AD. I can relate as mine has been unrelenting for the last month. In the future if he has bad AD, get the attending on call at KKI and let them know. They call ahead to Hopkins and the process is smoother and faster--just 4 hrs instead of 8 in the waiting room

                        Brian said he would call when you got to town and possibly we could meet for longer. Hope that can happen.

                        Sending lower blood pressure Brian's way.

                        B~
                        Every day I wake up is a good one

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                          I`m in Baltimore. Brian is back at the condo he was release from the hospital late this afternoon. My wife left Baltimore to go visit Ocean City New Jersey. When she was growing up her parents took her Ocean City every summer. When she was in college during the summers she worked as a waitress at one of the resort hotels.

                          It was pretty rough earlier in the week. Brian had a UTI which caused other problems which I`m sure that I don`t need to explain. Anyway he`s feeling much better and anxious for school to get started on Monday.

                          Cheesecake, I`ll be back in Baltimore over Labor Day. I come in late Friday and leave Wednesday morning if your schedule permits we can get together then. I hope that we hear something on the condo we`re trying to purchase by then. I have a list to things to fix before I leave Monday morning. The wheelchair caster is fixed which was on the top of the list. The next thing is the bedroom dresser. Brian ran into his dresser with the powerchair and broke some of the dresser frame. Its a dresser from IKEA that you put together and it`s made out of particle board. IKEA furniture is real junk but I`m not sure any piece of furniture would survive afer being hit my a 350 lbs powerchair driven by a 150 lbs driver.

                          Roger

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                            Today was Brian's first day at Hopkins. The day was spent doing administrative paper work and student orientation medical school classes start Wednesday. I flew back to Phoenix from Baltimore early this morning. My wife said that Brian was feeling well this morning and really looking forward to school. When I arrived in Phoenix I called my wife to find out how things were going and she told me that she dropped Brian off this morning at 8:00 am and hadn't heard from him. She concluded that no news was good news. When Brian got done at 5:00 pm they called me and told me that everything at Hopkins had gone very well.


                            I flew back to Phoenix from Baltimore early this morning. Today was Brian's first day at Hopkins. The day was spent doing administrative paper work and student orientation. Medical school classes start Wednesday. My wife said that Brian was feeling well this morning and looking forward to school. When I arrived in Phoenix I called my wife to find out how things were going and she told me that she dropped Brian off this morning at 8:00 am and hadn't heard from him. She concluded that no news was good news. When Brian got done at 5:00 pm they called me and told me that everything at Hopkins had gone very well. The class was broken up into groups of five and then each group met with their advisor. Brian said that everyone was very supportive.

                            Over the weekend I got all of my jobs done. Brian’s dresser is all glued back together and I got the new HP all in one wireless printer installed. The printer is really nice because Brian can scan paper documents and put them directly into folders on his laptop. It has an automatic paper feed as well as a flat bed scanner. Its wireless so my wife can also print to it from her desktop computer. My next trip to Baltimore is on the Labor Day long weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to move into the condo that we’re purchasing then. Getting settled in the condo that we’re purchasing is the next big task. The sellers Realtor thought that we might hear something this week from the seller’s bank. It’s a short sale so the bank has final approval.

                            Roger
                            Last edited by Roger; 17 Aug 2009, 7:52 PM.

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                              Whoooo Hoooo! Day one of med school and it sounds like it went well. I am so very glad.

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                                Roger, I would like to ask about Brian's hand. After the surgery at Stanford and therapy at KKI, do you feel Brian's hand function as you expect?

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