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Progress in the Mike department

Mike has been awake for a while now, and is using a little chart  of letters to spell out words, because he is still not talking. He understands the need for a power of attorney and will be signing one this week, naming me as attorney.

My sisters and I have managed to get the information we need to pay a great many of his bills, but did not track down the cable bill and that has been suspended for nonpayment. When I get the power of attorney I can approach each of these agencies and get those account numbers and get things mailed directly to me. So far so good!

What a trip this has been. I think the worst is behind us all. AT least I hope so.


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Mar. 13th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Wow--good luck with that
I'm just stumbling in here in the middle of things, but I hope Mike gets better. Do you have background on this that you could point me toward? (Without wading through LJ entries forever.) It occurs to me that you have the makings of an interesting story in whatever has happened.

Anyway, I wish him well and you also.
Mar. 13th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for your interest. The story with my brother Mike isn't all that unusual or even interesting, I'd think, to most people. He's four years older than I am but much less well. He has been on dialysis for a few years and just had a heart attack and other complications at the beginning of January.

For a long time he was sedated to help him heal, to keep him from damaging his organs even more. So he could not communicate with us. And he did not have a power of attorney signed nor did he have a "medical directive". At first we thought it a very good possibility that he would die and that was a hell of a lurch. Four of us sisters came from all over - Michigan, Ohio, and downstate (me, san luis obispo, ca), plus nearbly - to visit him, talk to the doctors, find out what we could do to get his bills paid.

It gets actually more interesting when one takes into account the grown daughter and grandson who have been living with him...another story!

The good news, though, is that he has survived this long. And is now awake and understanding and able to sign a power of attorney. Whew.

Thanks for asking!
Mar. 13th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad things are a little more positive now.
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