The Prognosis: Music Is the Best Medicine

Yuri and Pat Guadagno

An impromptu visit by Pat Guadagno, Jersey’s Own troubadour, and Yuri’s longtime music compadre open a forensic study on how and why Yuri was hit by ANCA vasculitis.

Q. How’s Yuri Doing? A. He’s Doing Well

amethyst

Our many friends out there are asking, How’s Yuri doing? The answer is, he’s doing well. Yesterday was five months since I got him home from the hospital without going to rehab.

Storm Tracker and the Permafrost Tapes

Permafrost Tapes

This morning we did what normally we’ve done since our marriage and on a Sunday in August 2011, we were reading the paper about Hurricane Irene blowing through the weekend. I stayed up all night.

World Away Kinderhook to Kharkiv 477

I'm Still Here

Fifty years ago, in August 1972, near the guest campsites, an Eagles tune drew Yuri to a parking lot where he joined Jerry Kopychuk and Andy Fediw in a harmonious blend of mellifluous vocals.

Natural Therapeutics Make Healthy Waves

Nell on PEMF

Yuri’s next stage of recovery includes a fist bump from his nephrology doctor, “keep doing what you are doing.” and natural therapeutics working with his speech pathologist extraordinaire.

An Archaeological Dig Out of the Jewelry Box

Last week was the fifth week after being discharged from the hospital. We’re told it can take five weeks to recover from a one-week hospital stay. That means we have four more five-week recovery components to go.

We Are Today Who They Were Then

Shypskiy Family & Ivanka

Where does strength and resilience to face the unknowns come from? It’s the will to live that produces biological changes influencing a positive outcome. July 15th would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. It was also the day she died, a beautiful summer morning

Vulnerability and Resilience Du Jour

Green leafy trees

It’s hard to tell if the lingering effects of the illness that caught us off-guard are in remission. Psychoneuroimmunology studies how the mind, and the brain have effects on a person’s vulnerability and resilience within the context of the disease.

Independence on the Fourth of July

USA Flag

It’s Saturday afternoon of this Fourth of July weekend and I’m sitting in the hospital Starbucks waiting for Yuri to go through his three-hour outpatient treatment. Unlike most of the employees in the hospital, we don’t get weekends off when scheduled, no matter if it’s a holiday weekend.

Aftermath of An Ironic Health Scare

yuri's birthday party 2022

Altogether, this blog starts out as a memoir based on a true story of an ironic health scare with Yuri getting himself out of the medical system in time for his birthday. I promised I would get him home for his birthday and we made it happen.

Yuri’s Place Gagnon 3 Jazz Room

Yuri Working

It’s how I feel whenever someone enters Yuri’s room with an announcement that throws us for a loop. It happens on Friday when our preparation for Saturday’s discharge comes to a screeching halt.