Posted by: davidalemmink | July 16, 2009

Thursday, July 16

Hello again,

I will do a quick post today.  We are having a quiet day.  John seems to have come down with a bit of a cold, so today we have just lazed around the room with David.  We all had naps, and boy did that feel great!  It gets quite warm here in the afternoons, so we pull the shades down in the late morning, and the fly shields let in the breezes, but not the bugs (of which there are not too many.)   

David seems to have perked up a bit.  Yesterday he was experiencing pain in his left kidney.  They did a scan in the morning before he was discharged to make sure there were no obstructions and it all look pretty good.  The kidney looked somewhat inflamed, but the doctor said that was not abnormal.  Possibly it was enlarged a bit and pressing on some nerve endings.  Fortunately today that pain seems to have subsided and he is resting much more comfortably. Thank God for that! 

Basel is such a lovely, clean city.  The public transportation is wonderful and you can get anywhere you want using it.  Most people do not have automobiles, so they walk to the nearby shops or use their bicycles.  EVERYONE has bikes! There are shops and Co-ops nearby, wherever we happen to be.   Most people are friendly, and if we have had any questions, we just say “excuse me, do you speak English?”  Practically everyone we have asked DOES speak English and they are generally willing to help us decipher signs, or find our way around.  We have also met some very nice, English-speaking people who go out of their way to help us. 

I think John is a tad homesick … he misses playing with his friend Morgan …. but John and I have been playing a lot of Rummy, so that keeps him occupied when we have down time.

Thanks for all of your posts.  It is so helpful to know that everyone back home is thinking about David and praying for him! 

Love, Connie



  1. Connie, sounds like you are all having quite the journey! You are certainly in our prayers and our thoughts. I’m so glad that you keep this blog so we can keep up with what is happening. Lots of love,
    Amy and the boys

  2. Deno and I are happy to hear of how your time is going in Basel, and I’m so glad that John is with you. Soon, you’ll be back in GR and John will be able to resume his everyday life, but he’ll sure have stories for his friends!

    Much love,

  3. Glad to hear that things are going alright!! We are always thinking of you guys! When you guys come back to MI, and if you need anything please let us know! When you guys come home, if it’s nice out and David is feeling up to it, we would love to have you up at the cottage!!

  4. Glad everything seems to be going well there. We miss you and can’t wait until you get home. We wanted Liz to come to supper tonight but she had plans with a friend to help celebrate the friend’s birthday. It’s quiet around here. Tell Dave that last time the guys played cards Dad got lost going to Clark’s house and never did find it so came home and they never played that night. So tell Dave he’s needed to drive to Clark’s! The neighborhood is planning another area picnic in August. Weather here is good and the daylilies are exceptional this year! I’ll be sorry when they’ve run their course as they are so perky.
    Miss you!

    Love, Dad and Mom

  5. We are happy to hear that the treatments is going well so far!! We will continue to keep you all in our thought s and prayers. Hug and kisses and all our love.

    Demetra, Dean and the kids

  6. hi connie and dave — thanks for the news, its good to see good news — our thoughts and prayers are with you as you move towards the trip home — & hi to john! — jim & julie

  7. Hi Connie,

    I am so glad I popped on to see how you are all going. I must say my eyes filled up with tears because it brought me back to my days there. I am glad the Y90 uptaked. Great sign. May God bless your flight home. Remember it may get worse before it get’s so much better. The worse time will pass.

  8. We just visited the website to catch up on your news and were surprised to see your in Switzerland.We hope your treatments continue to go well. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers and have a safe trip home.

  9. Hey Connie, Dave & John,

    Good to hear things are going well thus far. Continuing to pray for you.

    John, we miss your voice coming over the fence with Morgan’s as you guys play. I believe Morgan (and even the girls) miss their brother, John. Bring back stories of your adventures and picnics in Basel.



  10. We are following you trip and progress daily. It was so great to be able to read your posts. Lots of ove and prayers.

  11. Glad to hear everything seems to be going so well, look forward to seeing you when you get back to the

    Safe travels,


  12. Any new updates lately?

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