Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 9:37 am 10 comments

Hey all,

Friday was basically a pleasant day, all things considered.  Doug moved to MossRehab Hospital and is all set up in his new digs.  Rumor has it that there’s an awesome plasma TV in there that’s totally wasted on Doug the TV-hater.

If anyone wants to send a card, flowers, etc, the address is: 

Doug Markgraf
Room 490
Drucker Brain Trauma Center
60 East Township Line Road
Elkins Park, Pa, 19027

Also, he has said (written) that he wants to see people after this weekend.  Visiting hours at Moss are from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on weekdays.  We may post a note about that later, to try and schedule things just enough to not bombard Doug with people all at once.

More than anything else, he seems a little bored and frustrated.  He has started playing with his laptop, though there’s no wi-fi in the room.  After some more evaluation, it does seem that his left side is fine, it’s just so beat up that he’s tending to not use it if he can avoid it.  Some short term memory loss has happened, apparently beyond the accident, but it’s hard to tell how much given relatively difficult communications until he can talk.

Another funny story, much like the kanji one: At one point yesterday Doug was sitting in a yoga position in his bed, arms and legs folded, for a while.  All of a sudden he started falling backward.  Jen and Dan of course instantly leapt up to grab him.  As soon as they did so, Doug caught himself and sat right back up with a huge grin on his face.  Personally I hope he enjoys these shenanigans now because if he tries any on me he’s going to really get it once he’s better.

That’s about it for now.  Hopefully everyone can make it sometime during the week to visit.  I think it’d help a lot with the boredom and frustration.

– joe 


Entry filed under: update.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Question  |  Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Will mail that was recently sent to HUP be forwarded to Moss Rehab?!

  • 2. Haroon Ahmad  |  Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11:49 am

    yeah Doug!
    i wish i could come and visit you thsi comming week, but ill be overseas with my family. we all still send our prayers. i wish you all the best. and il shall see you when i get back. i sen tyou some things to your HUP silverstein room, hopefully it will also get redirected.
    Doug still has plenty of more tricks comming.


  • 3. Kate McCreary  |  Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    I love that my favorite sign of Doug’s progress is that he’s joking with people now and thoroughly enjoying it, apparently. I’m so amazingly glad to hear how awesome he’s doing that fast! Keep going Doug, things are looking waaaay up from the speed you’re recovering at. 😀 Hope to visit soon!

  • 4. Ali Marinari  |  Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Doug,

    I’m glad to hear your doing so much better! My family and I keep praying for you. I’m amazed to keep hearing how much your imporving with each day. Hopefully I’ll be able to come visit you soon. Your doing great, keep it up!

  • 5. caitlin bjellquist  |  Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    i’m lookin into takin my gma’s wheelchair so zach can trick it out for you =)… i loved your haircut darlin’, i’ll see you thursday night.

  • 6. Alan Ostrow  |  Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Moss Rehab is right on the way to many places that I visit in Philly. So count on us stopping by to bug you next week. Can’t wait to see you.
    Keep up your spirits!

    Mr. O. & Family

  • 7. Mushtaq and Tasneem Ahmd  |  Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    We are Haroon’s parents and we are very glad to hear how well you are doing your faster progress. we wish for your speedy recovery. we cant wait till you can be back and pedaling your bike. we hopefully will be able to visit soon.

    with our heart filled prayers and Best Wishes,

    -The Ahmad Family

  • 8. judy  |  Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    i would come and visit but i’m kind of drowning in etruscan cinerary urns and the cali surf. it’s ridiculously good to hear that you’re back though.

  • 9. aunt carol  |  Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    hey doug its aunt carol wishing you a smooth recovery and keeping you in my prayers every day!

    love aunt carol

  • 10. Ken Hall  |  Friday, June 30, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Doug – Very happy to hear you can go home. Everyone misses you. Even though we know it won’t be soon – we all hope you can come back. Take care.

    Ken from work


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