On December 1, 2012 I donated blood at St. John the Evangelist Church on Willliam Street in Pittston. It was a double red cell donation. This past Monday I tried to give another donation at O.L. Sorrows Church on Eighth Street in West Wyoming. I wasn’t allowed because my last donation was too recent. My mother has been in Geisinger Hospital in Wilkes~Barre for most of the time since early December. She also spent a short time at John Heinz Rehabilitation Center , part of Allied Services, in Wilkes~Barre. Geisinger is exceptional. John Heinz is also very good. She gets both physical therapy & occupational therapy. She had a serious operation on the early morning of December 8. Her recovery has been really slow & there have been all sorts of complications. She was forced to spend Christmas Day in the John Heinz Center & her eightieth birthday at Geisinger. Her birthday was the day of the nightmarishly nasty ice storm so she got no company. We visit her as much as possible though & so do many other relatives.