Jean's update on Blair's recovery : Blair Pittman's Web Log
Blair Pittman
"If it Ain't the Truth, It Oughtta Be!"
Blair Pittman is an award winning photograher and writer whose works include The Natural World of the Texas Big Thicket, The Stories of  I. C. Eason, King of the Dog People, Tales From the Terlingua Porch, and Texas Caves. 

His photography has been published by Denton Record Chronicle,  Houston Chronicle, National Geographic, Forbes, Texas Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Smithsonian magazines, among others.

Now, he enters the world of folklore, writing the stories of his beloved West Texas.  He's spent several decades telling and listening to tales on the Terlingua porch.  Tales From The Terlingua Porch (in it's fifth printing!) is a collection of some of those tales, exactly the way he heard them -- with a wink and a grin.

BBQ at the Villa De La Mina

Mine entrance at Villa De La Mina
Opera singer in the mine
Eagle Webula
Local Cosmic Connections
designed with Homestead
Song is "Terlingua Mi Amigo"
by Dr. Fun

Front Street Books
Jean Hardy-Pittman, Owner

Jean's update on Blair's recovery

by Jon Blackmon on 05/28/11

Dear Ones,

Blair is doing much better, though has a good way to go in relearning to walk. He has lost a great deal of weight (a plus), endured much claustrophobia and anxiety with his restraints, is relearning his history, etc. Many of the memory losses and other neural problems are correcting themselves with simple healing from bruises and swelling, etc.

He is the same Blair, but has more anxiety and anger (which passes quickly). He speaks of wanting to go to Marathon to my "little house," and that's a good thing. He will not have a car to drive, nor is he capable of it now.
As an example of how the brain heals, however, he had a fall-off in the right eye and could not see to the right. It has now corrected itself and the vision is back. And you remember old stories of amnesia, with the memory, or parts thereof, returning with time. We are hopeful.

Blair will be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.  Upon discharge, Sue and I will be moving him to a skilled nursing facility for additional rehabilitation for up to 20 days. Then we will try our chances at home, if it seems possible at that time. He must keep the hard collar on until his neck heals, and that takes about three months.

We are looking at three skilled nursing facilities that offer rehabilitation services, which include physical, occupational (dressing, tying shoe laces, safety and awareness), and speech (cognition, memory, language) therapies. He is a good pupil (really!).

Thank all of you for your love, cards, flowers, visits, phone calls and other expressions of care and concern. we are indeed blessed. And I think God has a weakness for Blair, just as we all do. He is just so human.

Oh! And by the way: Please, no gifts of scotch, jokes about scotch, offers of a drink of scotch, or anything like that. Blair is becoming new in some important ways.

Much love
From Jean

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