MEMBERS' WELL BEING
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Brother Rick Pounsberry has notified the Retired Association of the passing of his mother, Betty Pounsberry, age 85. Mrs. Pounsberry was the Sister-in-Law of Captain John Tucker (deceased), Sister-in-Law of Sergeant Kenneth Pounsberry (retired) and mother of Lieutenant Richard Pounsberry (retired).
Arrangements are pending at Beall Funeral Home, Bowie, MD. The obit will be posted in the Washington Post after the family has finalized arrangements.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pounsberry family.
The retired association is saddened to notify you of the passing of Gary (Pete) Aldridge, age 77; husband of retiree Bonnie Aldridge.
Pete's passing was related to cancer.
Pete's obituary and arrangements can be located at www.bishophastingsfh.com Visitation will be Tuesday at 1000 and memorial service at 1100.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Coastal Hospice at the Lake.
Please keep Bonnie and her family in your thoughts and prayers!
6-12-17 Due to complications from a previous surgery President Constantino was unable to have his scheduled surgery today. Some emergency repairs had to be done before the current procedure could be completed. Hopefully, this procedure with be completed in the near future. Please no visitos or calls at this time. Possibly will be released tomorrow.
Brother Ray Gheen suffered a heart attack on May 31. He was transported to Washington Hospital Center where they found a 50, 70, and 95 percent blockage. He was treated and finally released on Saturday, June 3rd. He was on the road to recovery and then had a setback a couple of days later. He went back to the hospital for another procedure. Ray is now at home resting. Phone calls are welcomed.
Brother Tommy Blandford notified the Retired Association that his cancer is in remission and only has regular check ups to look forward to.
Brother Chuck Scarlata has stage four lung cancer and is asking for the prayers from his Brothers and Sisters of the Retired Association.
He may be contacted at 301-980-6382 or email@example.com
Update on Brother John Mumaw:
Many of you may be aware of John's current condition. But simply to dispel inaccurate but caring reporting, I felt duly compelled to give his current state.
John is actually NOT in the hospice facility here in Calvert County but is receiving care through them. The status of the throat cancer has not changed, however, the cancer cells have traveled to his brain now, which is very obvious in his behavior and lack of coordination. His behavior can be likened to Alzheimer's, as he becomes confused very easily. He also falls very easily and has received numerous bruises as witness to his condition. Currently, he does recognize me but believes there are two Ginnys.
Of course, I am having to learn new skills...it is amazing to consider how elementary the "scary" challenges have now taken a turn from routine nursing to dealing with brain cancer. With the help of hospice and you all, I am feeling lots of positive support.
He does have a "living will" that was completed two years ago that specifies no mechanisms to prolong life, only to be made comfortable. It also states that he wishes cremation with no funeral.
The little bit that any of us know is that this is progressing quickly. When I asked the social worker a ball park figure- maybe 6-8 months, she replied that it probably will be two months max. Again, we all KNOW John Mumaw and KNOW how tough and how extremely stubborn he is. It would not surprise me in the least for him to overcome this, still. He is not in any more pain than he has been since his throat was radiated back in 2012, and I am told he will undoubtedly go into a coma prior to passing. My biggest concern is that he experiences no pain. As difficult as this is to live through as his caretaker and "other half, " it is more difficult to realize how hard this info is for you, his FOP brothers, to take. Do keep your prayers coming. He needs them ( and I do too) more than ever.
Thank you, Ginny Cook
Past President Brother Darryl Jones sent this message:
I had two surgeries at John's Hopkins and an extended stay at the national rehabilitation hospital.
A total of three months.
I don't know how to say this, so I'll just be direct-
I'm now a paraplegic. Immobility, chronic pain and wheelchair use is my new reality.
Brother Donnie Graham is rehabilitating from illness. He spends his time at home and is sometime incapacitated. He would love visits and phone calls to pass the time.
If you could spare some time he lives at :
36979 David Dr Mechanicsville, MD 20659
His email is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (301) 884-5236
Bonnie Glaubitz - This is a Bob Spigner update: Bob, His Mom and the Doctor and the powers that be had a meeting this morning.....Bob will not be going back to the Apartment with his Mother, his new home is room 239 in the Health Unit for the rest of his life. He is not a Happy Camper....very depressed. Bob has to be lifted with a lift into his wheelchair which he can't use alone because of his impaired vision....he runs into things, he can't stay in it very long it hurts his back, when in bed he has to be turned periodicaly in the bed to prevent bed sores, he has a hard time eating, I don't know what else to say except its very sad.....his Mom said she never thought at age 87 she would have to live alone, she thought Bob would be taking care of her. Please if you get time visit him. He needs to know he hasn't been forgotten I am told he can't use the phone but cards and visits are welcome. Brother John Davey went by to visit Bob and found him at this address. 11750 Asbury Circle Solomons, MD 20685 room 240
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