My Visit With Ralph

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Donald Isler
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My Visit With Ralph

Post by Donald Isler » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:15 pm

I had a very pleasant visit today with our friend, Ralph Stein, in the facility in northern Westchester County (New York) where he has spent most of his time since February, except for when he was in the hospital. He is very glad to have a private room, is happy to hear from people, and has TV and Internet access. Except that he cannot walk, and sits in a wheelchair, he looks good, and his voice is strong. He has dialysis several times a week, and has lost 65 pounds since this started. He knows he cannot go back to eating whatever he likes anymore, but he is determined to make a complete recovery, through physical therapy. He looks forward to being able to walk again, and then being able to come into the city and attend concerts and other events. He sends his greetings to his friends at CMG.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks for finding Ralph and for the update. Very concerning. As one who came back from debilitation, I will lead the pack in stating that I'm sure we all look forward to his recovery.

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Post by Agnes Selby » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:37 pm

My best wishes to Ralph for a speedy recovery.

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Post by Teresa B » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:04 pm

Thanks for the update on Ralph, Donald. I wish him the very best for the quickest recovery possible.

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Re: My Visit With Ralph

Post by John F » Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:28 pm

Thanks, Donald. It's distressing to hear about Ralph's physical condition, so much reduced from the way we knew him, but I'm glad his spirit is so positive, and wish him all the best.
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Post by Werner » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:45 pm

Long one of CMG's leading lights, We mixss yu, Ralph, and are glad that Donald was able to see youand give us a positive repoert.

I had the good luck to meet both Ralph and JBuck19 on the same day a few years ago. John and I met at 'Neil's, scene of further CMG gatherings on a hot summer's day. John's next appointment was with Raph for a Mostly Mozart concert, I believe, before which they'd have dinner. Where did me meet? At Tower, of course! Time marches on.

My memory of both gentlemen remains sharp and friendly, and I hope that we'll have more chances to meet again. In the meanwhile, I know that many CMGers will appreciate Donald's report, and remember Ralph and John as special friends.
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Post by lennygoran » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:48 am

Donald Isler wrote:I had a very pleasant visit today with our friend, Ralph Stein, in the facility in northern Westchester County (New York) where he has spent most of his time since February, except for when he was in the hospital. He is very glad to have a private room, is happy to hear from people, and has TV and Internet access. Except that he cannot walk, and sits in a wheelchair, he looks good, and his voice is strong. He has dialysis several times a week, and has lost 65 pounds since this started. He knows he cannot go back to eating whatever he likes anymore, but he is determined to make a complete recovery, through physical therapy. He looks forward to being able to walk again, and then being able to come into the city and attend concerts and other events. He sends his greetings to his friends at CMG.
I only met him once-we sat at his table for the last forum dinner-he seemed in such good shape
-to a speedy recovery! Len

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Re: My Visit With Ralph

Post by Ricordanza » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:41 am

Thanks for the report. My best wishes to Ralph on his road to recovery.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:52 pm

Thanks Donald, let's hope Ralph makes a full and speedy recovery, I too remember meeting him at the CMG gatherings, a fantastic person...
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Re: My Visit With Ralph

Post by Dennis Spath » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:47 pm

Thanks for the update on Ralph.....I've noticed the absence of his voice here since returning, and was almost afraid to ask about his health. Let's hope he can beat this latest interuption in his lifestyle just as he did the heart attack several years ago! I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but we shared common cause (almost 15 years ago!) for the welfare of the delightful young Queen of Ionia. It was Ralph who conferred upon me the titles of "Defender of the Bass Clef" and "Mayor of Tubaville". One had to be there!
It's good to be back among friends from the past.

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Re: My Visit With Ralph

Post by Holden Fourth » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Donald, please pass on my best wishes to Ralph when you see him - or - Ralph, if you are reading this, get well mate! You've beaten the odds before and you can do it again.

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Post by living_stradivarius » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:51 pm

Get better soon!
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