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  • Elissa @ Latourell Falls!

    Written Apr 23, 2013 5:59pm by marti mogensen

    Elissa had a great trip on Monday---walking the trail to Latourell Falls with Carol Loverde!  And...now! I know how to post photos!
    All the best, Auntie mm

  • elissa's daily activities---fyi

    Written Apr 18, 2013 5:15pm by marti mogensen

    hello everyone,
    we thought it would be helpful for you all to have an overview of elissa's basic schedule.  of course, it's open to change---and, i'll try my best to keep up-to-speed on all of this & let you know changes. 
    + if you could check in the afternoon before with elissa and/or me, it might help with details.  gracias! marti 
    EN's regular activities
    Sunday  10 am-1 pm  meditation/discussion at Zen center, gets rides from people there
    Sunday night--would enjoy making dinner with someone and/or other dinner arrangements
    Monday--sometimes, but not always--acupuncture, therapy, 
    each every other week, uses free ride service
    Tuesday--meditation at Zen Center, 7-9 pm, rides from folks there.
    Wed  12-1:30 p.m. Tai Chi uses ride service
    4-5:30 first and third Wed Brain tumor support group, NW Portland hospital (uses ride service to get there, could use ride home & perhaps plan for dinner)
    Thursday--writes with Carrie, 6-8:30 at the Ace Hotel, takes the bus 
    (looking into a second private ride service for both ways)
    Fri/Sat--schedule open

  • first note---from Elissa!

    Written Apr 17, 2013 6:50pm by marti mogensen

    hello, elissa sent this earlier in the week to friends in portland---and we thought others would like to see it, too.  all the best, marti

    Hey Portland People—

    Sending out an email to give you an update and ask for some help.
    As most of you know, I’m no longer teaching—I’m on long term disability.

    Generally, I’m feeling good.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in coffee shops, reading a ton, and writing.  But I’ve gotten to the point where my doctors agree that I need regular, consistent support.  I’m in the process of looking into selling my house and moving into a more manageable apartment.  Some time this month, my sister Em and her boyfriend Jeff are going to move Ollie (my dog) in with them in Seattle.  I’m walking with a cane now and can’t walk him as much as I’d like, so this seems like a good move.  

    I've been getting a ton of support from friends, neighbors, and family. My mom's been coming out regularly from Minnesota and going to lots of doctor appointments with me.

    The doctors say I need more of a “safety net.”  So I’m going to ask if people can volunteer to spend a couple hours with me one day a week, and my friend Megan and my Aunt Marti going to put together a schedule.  Some of things that we might ask people to sign up for include: making dinner with me, having dinner with me, having breakfast with me, taking me shopping (groceries, etc.), taking me to appointments (doctors, etc.), and just spending time with me.  This list might expand or change as time goes on, but basically we all agree I need someone to be checking in on me daily.

    If you have questions or if you would be willing to sign up for some time with me (probably every other week), there is now a CareBridge site and supportplanner. 

    You can also always email me, marti (martibh@berkwood.org) or Megan (megan.loverde.savage@gmail.com).

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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