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O'l John
Old 03-24-2018, 01:06 PM
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This morning I called

Trinity Mission Health and Rehabilitation
615 Falton Avenue,
Comfort, TX 78013
PH: (830)995 3747

to check up on Ol' John, (AKA Hondo John, and LLano John), one of the "Charter Members" of THL. He is also the fellow that steered me here to THL (back in '04 IIRC), and a dear friend of mine.

John had a stroke a few years back and has been in the above facility since. The really good news is that John is still alive and kicking! However, he has a difficult time speaking, and therefore communicating. I spoke with the "head nurse", and she said he doesn't particularly care for written communications even when someone reads them to him. He, of course, prefers face-to-face. (I told her it was difficult to get there from Alaska.) She suggested some sort of video communication, as he "likes to watch TV". So...

I was thinking that maybe we here at THL could orchestrate some form of joint YouTube video to John. If we can pull it off, I would make sure the caregivers at this place played it for him. THL - and I - owe a lot to John.

What I am envisioning at the moment is that each of us that are interested could make a short video to John. (On YT or not.) I would then splice each of them together into one, put them on a DVD and send it to him. (Of course, anyone that wanted to send their own video to John is encouraged to!) I'm thinking that extractions of threads on THL would provide a subject to 'discuss'. (I know he would LOVE to see some stuff from Australia or Canada or Great Britain, or any place 'foreign' to a Texan!) If you need help figuring out a way to make a video, I, (or someone), will post some instructions in the "Practice" or "Reference" location. Wherever it gets posted, I'll put the link in this thread.

It is my understanding that John's mind is fine, he's just 'trapped' in his body, unable to speak very well. That's a tough row to hoe.

At the moment, I'm not exactly sure how this will be facilitated, but I'll work on the idea and post details here, as I gather them. "You" do the same, and let "us" know here in this thread if you have any ideas.

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