Sherry's Tree

Monday, September 25, 2006

TWINS!

Okay, just had to post this picture of my brand new grandbabies, born Sept. 11...a Keri & Mark production. Mark took this photo & emailed it soon after their birth (in Australia) on his cell phone... their names are Cedar and Lucas :-)

Summer Skiing!!

Finally, I'm going to post a few more pics from Germany

These ski jumps are in the village we were in, Hinterzarten. They use them all year round & had a big jumping competition when we were there in August! In the single jump pic, you can see a jumper...If you click on the photos, you can enlarge them...


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Leaving Germany soon

I wanted to put more pictures on here but can't upload them so will have to wait til we get home...Aug 17th! only one more week. Susan is doing great, going to 3 or 4 evercise class a day! and we made a bus trip away from the clinic yesterday...more on that when I can send photos...bye for now

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Scenes from my explores


Duck Family at a lake I went hiking at last weekend...besides ducks, there were many, many other people, some sort of special event was there I found out later

The lake...

Scenic Freiburg...

Close up: Polizei controlling the renegade artists who want to dance in the streets...in another location there were hundreds of cops...they didn't even know why they were there, ignorance controls the masses, and the cops

And...Elves in the woods (aren't they cute?)

(more than you ever wanted to know) About the Foeldi Clinic

You know you're in the country when...the first smell greeting you upon arrival is cow shit. Fortunately, it was due to the rain and subsided as things dried out. The clinic is in the small town of Hinterzarten in the beautiful Black Forest region of southern Germany. It is so far south that we flew into Zurich, Switzerland, the closest large city. The nearest small city is Freiburg, about 20 miles away. We are also quite close to France.

While the clinic is located in the country, it is very professional and efficient. To my knowledge, it is the only place of it's kind in the world, a clinic specializing in the condition known as lymphedema. If you are wondering why Susan had to come to Germany for her surgery, that's one reason. They not only have the facilities to do surgery but also the very detailed knowledge of the before & after care needed for the best results. They have a large wonderful staff of doctors, nurses, therapists as well as the support people like cooks, cleaning ladies, office,etc. Everybody is cheerful & helpful and the environment is light & clean. A husband & wife team, Dr and Dr Mrs Foeldi founded the clinic. The wife Dr Foeldi runs the clinic. She has personal knowledge of each case, coming around every Friday to visit & observe each patient personally. The husband Dr Foeldi is a professor & researcher of lymphedema at the university in Freiberg. Susan's lymphedema therapist, Miss Faller is hilarious & has a real way with Susan, keeping her happy thru all the difficult things she has to do.
There are approx. 140 patients here of all ages and various nationalities. About 1/3 are from Germany where, I think because of the Foeldis there is more knowledge of lymphedema, not to mention the convenience. Another 1/3 are from Spain, Italy and Greece. As I said, all ages, we were surprised to learn that many people are born with lymphedema...it is very sad to see little children having to have their legs or arms bandaged. At present there is a darling 8 month old baby boy from Spain here with both his parents. There was a 2 yr old girl from Singapore who seemed to have a whole entourage of parents, grandparents & i don't know who all. There are many teenagers who come each year during summer break. These kids have a great attitude & all hang out together of course. There is a 14 yr old boy from Spain who plays great flamenco guitar. Yes, the baby & the boy know each other. Their table is next to ours in the dining room so I am practicing my Spanish (words like bebe and abuela). Other patients include many women who get lyphedema in their arms as a post-op side effect from mastectomies, as their lymph nodes are removed. Also people from various other types of operations that have affected their lymph systems. Then there is the strange case of a young (early 20s)woman from New York City who got lymphedema in one leg from a parasitic infection she got from mosquitos in Brazil! the saddest part is she was a professional ballet dancer!

At this point, there is no known cure for lymphedema, just continuing treatment by bandaging of swollen extremities. Surgery is a treatment for extraneous situations like Susan's but not a cure. I admire the Foeldis for their dedication and care they give to thousands of people. I guess if a cure is to be found they will lead the way.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Foeldi Klinik & Hinterzarten


On the right is "our" wing of the clinic, very new & modern.

Susan in our room

View from our room

Clinic on the right, 4th photo


Local color in downtown Hinterzarten

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Spring 2006 fun stuff




I went to a street fair with Cousin Mark & his family in Napa. Annie is a natural with the snakes, mom Joanne's likes the big ones. Katie would rather rappel off the climbing wall.


I can't believe I went downhill skiing!! and survived!!

The wildflower pics are from a photo fieldtrip I went on near LA with Sister Sally , her friend Karen (being photographers below) and a bunch of other people. The flowers were spectacular, yea!


Monday, April 10, 2006

Spring has sprung

Tuesday, March 28, 2006