Monday, November 06, 2006

Day 76: In memoriam Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson died yesterday, Sunday, at about 3:30 in the afternoon. He was in the hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he’d been taken by StarFlight a week ago Friday, a few days after the doctors here had told him and his parents that there was nothing more they could do for him here. Rest in peace, Frank.

Rose, Frank’s mother, thanks everyone who sent cards and thoughts and who contributed toward the repair of Frank’s computer—the computer got there last Friday. Knowing that it was on its way pleased Frank; knowing that so many people cared—complete strangers—means a lot to his parents in their grief, as it does to me and Anna. Thanks so much.

I continue to do well, though Houston allergies have got hold of my nose. My hemoglobin count today was 13.0, overall white count 5.2, absolute neutrophis 3.24, and platelets 126. And as far as I know we’re still on track to be back in Austin on the 20th, just two weeks from today!

Anna made a whirlwind trip to San Francisco this weekend to see Ledia and Mason and their partners, Paul and Melissa, respectively. She’s back now (got here about 1:00 AM, having left for San Francisco on a 9”30 AM flight Saturday morning). JayByrd and his friend Stephen were here for the weekend, and Peg Syverson and Linda-Ferreira-Buckly spent Friday night and part of Saturday. My dad should be arriving shortly—his flight landed at Hobby Airport about an hour ago, and he’ll be on his way once he gets his luggage and gets on the shuttle.

And tomorrow’s Election Day. Let’s throw the rascals out.


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