Monday, February 20, 2006

Monday, Feb. 20- Robin's email

Hi All: To be forwarded

Monday, February 20, 2006, 12pm PT: I just had a long talk on the phone with Margi's father.

He spoke to her for over an hour this morning. He seemed to be right on. He listened to her, she spoke. She has decided to go ahead with the chemo tomorrow and then take it from there.

He is fine with her staying in India, as it is what Margi wants to do.

Hospital costs $100 per day and treatment costs $400 every 3 weeks .
He thinks her expenses will be $1500 per month.

I asked point blank if he was going to pay. He said he "was fine covering this phase of it - but he is not as well heeled and some would think."

He is confident she is getting good care.

Margi's birthday was February 11. First sign of a problem was after that - she had a "jelly belly." She sacked the first doctor, when he would not talk to her about options.

Her neice Jennifer (30 year old getting master's in public health, knows India) is going over ASAP, probably with her brother in Japan and her father. Jennifer and Margi get along great - she seems to be the perfect one.

I spoke to her Aunt Jane and Uncle Matt . They will do whatever is required of them. They are calling Gerda regarding getting the banking information going. People should start making contributions.

Luis or Aida - can you set up a blog? Aida...sorry to pulll you into this unannounced - but you're the only one I know who has ever set up a blog! As you can see, our friend Margi, whose travel journal entries I have forward to PA, is in India, in the hospital, with advanced ovarian cancer.

I think someone should also get Margi a laptop. Who has a used one?

RB

5 comments:

Rachel C said...

This blog is a great idea. Thanks so much for setting this up. I am going to try to call Margie tonight. From the messages you’ve forwarded, it sounds like she would be beginning chemo around the time I am calling so I am not sure I will be able to reach her, but I am going to try nonetheless. I also contacted a friend of mine who is in India through Feb 27 to see if he is going to be in Delhi these next few days. I am going to stand by and wait to hear more. If possible, I would like to fly out and see her very soon!

anneg said...

Between you, her niece and cousin it sounds like she will have some more family and friends close by which will be good. I think that's one of the hardest parts of this - the not being able to easily visit with her. Sounds like Gaye has been amazing but it's a big job.

Robin Brailsford said...

> Daniel:
>
> Thank you for keeping me in the loop. I forward all information I
get to
> other people who know Margi, know cancer, or know India.
>
> I have faith that Margi will make the right decision for herself. I
think
> taking the first pass of chemo makes sense - then she can make an
educated
> decision on if she chooses to go forward with it or not. I agree
with her
> on quality and length of life issues. I believe that the Indians
have a
> good grasp of life and she should follow her instincts, and wisdom
she has
> gained in the east.
>
> A few thoughts. Could one person be the contact - to which we all
send out
> e-mails - and that person then sends it out to all who are now in the
loop?
> Or could it be a webpage? Or a blog? Anyone know how to do that?
>
> Are you now in India? Or is it just Gaye and Emma? Could someone
ther give
> us an idea of how many people are calling and e-mailing? I will
call, but I
> am thinking she is being inundated with calls from her family - and
then
> friends from all over the world - and thus she is getting no rest.
>
> Could you ask Margi who she would like to have call her, and then
just those
> asked would?
>
> Thank you for all that you are doing. My friend in New Delhi flew
to Paris
> yesterday, so we missed that connection.
>
> RB
>

Jeanie Lytle said...

We have Margi's laptop along with some of her artwork. We're going to try and call her tonight. We'll ask if she wants us to ship her laptop to her or a contact. If we don't succeed in reaching her, if anyone else does, can you ask if she wants us to send it to her – or to someone who is going over?

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