Helene Harpman

First post: Nov 19, 2016 Latest post: Nov 28, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,

Welcome to the CaringBridge website that we set up for our mom. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Thank you for visiting and we will post updates as we know more about "what's what." We hope you will also post messages, because I know she will love having those!

Mom's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd. We're told that she will be in the hospital for at least a week--3 days in the ICU and then 4 days in a general room, and she has asked for NO VISITORS during the time that she's in the hospital. Our mother enjoys SO MUCH LOVE from her friends and family, and we will happily read her any messages that you post during the week. After she's discharged from the hospital, she's told that she will need another 6-8 weeks for recovery, which might be in a rehabilitation center or at home, or a combination of both. I suspect she will be anxious to get home...to her own bed, her kitchen, and her beloved Rowdy. :)

Jon (aka the best brother a person could ever want) has been a true pillar of strength for Mom since she found out that her "elective knee surgery" might not be happening in quite the way she planned. (If you know Mom's dark sense of humor, "elective knee surgery" might enter the lexicon in a funny way after she's cured.) Jon has gone to nearly every doctor's appointment with her, and rearranged his demanding work schedule to do so. I know that he and his wife, Kristin, are enormously loving people and Mom is lucky to have both of them living so close by.  My husband, Jonathan, and I, along with my school-age son Ivan, live in New York City, where I work full-time as a professor at NYU and direct an architecture and design office. With the support of my Dean, professional colleagues, husband, ex-husband, and dear friends, I have made arrangements so that I can spend at least the next two weeks in Oklahoma City.  

Mom's main  doctor is Subrato Deb, a thoracic oncologist at the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. We feel confident in the care that Dr. Deb and his team have given Mom so far, and most importantly, she feels very confident. Here is some information about Dr. Deb if you're curious.

Please feel free to share this site with people who know Mom and would like an update on her progress. 
We are all SO grateful for the love and friendship that our mother has from so many people.

Louise and Jon

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