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We wish to welcome all friends and family of Reverend Kenneth Treat to view this website.  As most of you know, Ken is now at a skilled nursing facility called Arbor Hills, located in La Mesa California.  It has been a difficult journey that has led him to this point and we will try to explain it as best as possible. 

For several years now, Ken has had issues with dizziness and balance.  He baffled the doctors who originally diagnosed him with positional vertigo.  In the early part of March, his neurologist diagnosed him with Parkinson's.  This provided us with some hope because medications can help this condition.  However, medications did not help and his condition worsened.  He continued to have dizzy spells resulting from extreme drops in blood pressure. 

Ken was taken to the emergency room on March 20, as he was not able to stand or walk and he was getting progressively weaker.  It was after this visit that Ken was admitted into a skilled nursing facilty.  During his first few days at Arbor Hills, he showed some small signs of improvement physically, but began showing an increase in periods of confusion.  He then became very sick with pneumonia and dehydration, so he was admitted into Grossmont Hospital for a 6 day stay.  A feeding tube was inserted into his belly because he was no longer able to swallow well enough to receive proper nutrition. 

Ken returned to Arbor Hills on April 1.  Although the doctors cannot confirm this, there is talk about him having a condition called Shy Drager, which is similar to Parkinson's, but it is more aggressive.  One of the ways they can diagnose this condition is to try the patient on medication for Parkinson's and if the medication doesn't work, then there is a strong indication that the person has Shy Drager.  To date, Ken has not responded much to the medictions being tried. 

Ken sleeps a great deal now but he enjoys having visitors.  He lights up a little when parishioners and friends come to see him.   At times, Ken can be very difficult to understand.  Part of his condition is that he cannot project his voice very loud and his speech is not always clear.  For some reason, Ken is much better in the mornings than in the afternoons or evenings. 

Although the nursing facility where he is at is very good, it is still not where he wants to be.  It is our hope that his condition will improve so that he can come home, but the last few weeks have been very discouraging.  We are trying to keep hope and we cherish all of you who have provided Ken and his family with support over the last few weeks.  Keep your prayers going and feel free to visit him when you can.   You can also write him messages in the guestbook section of this website.  His family sees him daily and would be glad to pass on the messages to him. 

We will try to keep you updated on at least a weekly basis in the journal section of this website. 

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Elizabeth Castagnera posted a new journal entry.

The funeral service for Ken will be on Saturday May 9, at 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Saint Alban's Church, 490 Farragut Cirlce, El Cajon, CA 92020.  His family will ... Read more

Robert Treat signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Kenneth Treat was my dad, and I miss him a lot.  Now my mom has been diagnosed with angiosarcoma, an agressive form of cancer that arises in the blood or lymph vessels. Read more

Elizabeth Castagnera posted a new journal entry.

The funeral service for Ken will be on Saturday May 9, at 10:30 a.m. It will be held at Saint Alban's Church, 490 Farragut Cirlce, El Cajon, CA 92020.  His family will ... Read more

Elizabeth Castagnera posted a new journal entry.

Thank you all for your love and support during this time.  Ken passed away very peacefully at about 7:30 tonight.  He was in the emergency room at Grossmont Hospital ... Read more

Robert Crafts signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

God is merciful.  Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow aand pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Dorothy, may God be ... Read more

Judy Brown signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Saw Kathryn Bunch this weekend.  She finally made her Cursillo.  Mother Rebecca & I worked the weekend.  Gave her your update.  She will be getting in touch. In ... Read more

Dennis Mikulanis signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Hi Ken: I hope you're doing better.  I leave this Sunday for the National Workshop on Christian Unity which, this year, is in Phoenix.  It won't be the same without you ... Read more

Lou Toth signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Blessed be the ones who care for my sheep, and you have truly done that at St Albans and through your loving family. So many years and joyful tears have been shed during ... Read more

Robert Crafts signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Ken, S. Joseph's Day is long past, so swallow already.  Carol joins me in prayer for your healing and Dorothy's comfort. Peace, Bob + Read more

Jill Walter signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Fr. Treat, we know the God has you in His hands and may he bring you healing and comfort Our prayers are with you and your family. Love in Christ Dick & jill walter Read more

Karen Garcia signed Kenneth's Guestbook.

Hello Ken, I am happy to know that you have been able to walk a little. You and Dorothy and the rest of the family are in my daily prayers.  I hope you are feeling ... Read more

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