30 June 2009

Yakov's health

Yakov suffered a series of transient ischemic attacks or "mini-strokes" this past week. He is doing better than could otherwise be expected under these circumstances, but he is very weak and disoriented. As it was explained to us, these occured because his pulse went above 180 beats per minute. If the medical system in this country were worth a damn, they'd already have outfitted him with valve replacements and a pacemaker. So much for the much hoped for great health reform Mr. Obama promised. We hope you will continue to remember him in your prayers.