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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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Jeremy in surgery

Great grand-son Jeremy, (now 15 years old) underwent elective surgery to correct a condition in his  chest which was preventing  its normal development–a condition which was causing him increasing distress and embarrassment. To put it simply, surgery entailed inserting a rod through Jeremy’s chest and flexing it outwards! (It is called “The Nuss Procedure, after the Surgeon who invented it)  It was done in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on the far north west side of Manhattan–the opposite direction from my apartment to the rehab place where Ethel is staying!

Daughter, Susan, (his grandmother) brought Amy (his mother) to stay at my apartment until he his discharged.

The operation was a great success and Jeremy is very pleased with his new chest (Amy had to take pictures of it to show him, since he was not allowed to sit up for the first day). Amy has a cot by the side of his hospital bed. She sent me the two pictures (pre-anesthesia) below:

Susan and I, to while away the four to six hours it would take before people, other than his parents, were allowed to see him, visited the Cloisters, which are only a little way north of the hospital.

Amy suiting up

Amy suiting up

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal


2 Responses

  1. Dear Ben… I am so glad the operation was a great success. Wonderful news! Much love, Bonnie

  2. Hooray for Jeremy! Sounds like a big surgery – I’ll bet you, Amy and Susan are relieved to be on the other side of this. Not to mention Jeremy. Wishing him swift healing and rest for you all!

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