Best day ever! Sandi and Marianne were visiting with Tom in his new room at Encompass and they enabled (room 212) Tom and I to have facetime together! Tom looks and sounds GREAT! So much improvement! Thanks Sandi and Marianne for being the best and for loving Tom.
Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. the insurance company and physician will determine if Tom is eligible to transfer to the Encompass Rehab facility. The facility is dedicated to rehabilitation and would benefit Tom in his recovery. Please send positive energy and prayer for a healing decision.
I just had a thought. I do not know if Brookdale will allow a therapy dog or cat to visit, but I know Tom loves cats and dogs! I will check with them during business hours on Monday and I was wondering if any of you know of any certified animal that might want to make Tom smile???
Tom was in good spirits when I visited with him today. Rich DePalma had spent the morning with Tom and said they shared great stories, a few tears and laughter.
At Tom's care meeting the physical therapist reported that Tom can walk up to 20 ft with assistance. He started eating soft food with the assistance of a therapist and when he can tolerate swallowing without concern for choking he will transition from the feeding tube.
Hopefully this week Tom will spend less time in bed which will allow his bed sores to heal.
Your visits make a difference in his healing and hope.
Last week when I was in Austin, several words stood out in many of the conversations that I had… Icon. Treasure. Institution. Gift.
Words that were used to describe my brother Tom Spencer.
Sure, I could elaborate on the many places that through his efforts and leadership made Austin a better place to live, however I am going to take another route.
When JFK was assassinated, Tom, a grade school kid, wept on the bus. He already at a young age had a sense of the world and how that charismatic man had made the world a better place.
That desire to make the world a better place is something that Tom did in many little ways, not just on the public stage.
Our younger brother, Jeff, would have said Tom was a champion. Not just a hero in all their stories but someone who literally took his hand and walked him through scary places. Tom did that for the last time when Jeff died of cancer.
Tom was an exasperation to me. He was an unwelcome intruder of my perfect world when he was born. He teased me, taunted me, fought with me and finally somewhere along the line we became friends. He was a treasure that I had at last found and my gift.
Last month Tom suffered a massive stoke. The articulate man that we all knew is silenced for a while. He is struggling to regain the ability to express himself and let the world know that he is still here….
He is here and he needs your good will, kindness, prayers and what ever you call it to come back.
Here at Caring Bridge is a place where we can all find ways to help Tom return to self and to all of us.
Thank you, Diana Hoffman (Tom's sister)
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