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Current Talk '19 I / Re: The dark shadows of Rebecca
« on: August 06, 2018, 04:53:20 PM »
I thought we'd discussed 1970 PT as a "version of" REBECCA a few times. There are a number of elements that were incorporated into that storyline from the du Maurier novel and the Hitch film.

My personal favorite version of Rebecca is the one done on the BBC in the late 70s with Jeremy Brett and Anna Massey. It ran over here on MYSTERY! I watched it again a year or two ago on youtube. Wonderful stuff. Vivian Pickles who I always love has a great role as a rather fruity county dowager type.

G.

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Jasmine posted an update. Denise has been home now since last Friday, I believe.

An excerpt:

I have given her three feedings this far. The first two were terrible, the most recent was a breeze. But fortunately Josh was home and I could train him how to do so, too.

This is a process but even still I don't feel like I got much done today. Laundry, dishes, installed her bedrail, and some light organization. Everyday will be a bit easier hopefully.

Denise had been up and down all day. She wandered around the living room and kitchen a few times with our help. She's really adept at standing up on her own and walking around. She can change her own clothes and gets up to the bathroom when that urge hits her. She is overall doing pretty well. We agreed to take it easy today for therapy. (end quote)

Best wishes,

G.

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Jasmine posted a video update, I think sometime yesterday afternoon or early evening. Denise has been refusing to cooperate and comply with therapy and care directives from the rehab staff--basically refusing to go to therapy, I think. This means she is due to be discharged and sent home on Friday. Which also means that Jasmine has had to give notice at her own job and begin preparing the house for Denise to live there.

Jasmine has had a lot of medical training and experience and they have most of the equipment already, but they will need a lot of help, particularly in the next two days.

It was a very sad video to watch. Both Jasmine and Josh (Denise's son) are under a huge amount of stress.

I send thoughts of support and care to both of them and, of course, to Denise.

The video is public on Facebook but it's a very sad tape to view. Jasmine reported that Denise is not eligible for MedicAid, and will not be "for a very long time," which means that Jasmine will not be eligible to receive a salary for taking care of Denise at home. (I am just trying to summarize what was said by Jazz on the tape; I don't have training in the Byzantine crenellations of medicaid, care for stroke survivors, etc.)

G.

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Jasmine posted an update--I think last night, but it hasn't been added to the "support" group yet, possibly because the individual who has been maintaining that group is having some personal things to attend to.

Jasmine wrote about Denise:

She's getting more vocal. As in, her voice has more strength and she's saying different combinations of letter sounds than before. She's showing less anger and aggression towards people (including us) and more frustration that she isn't being understood. But as she grows more frustrated, more "word" sounds become more clear.
She used the bathroom on her own after walking to it today. Another thing they and we didn't think she would ever do. But she did. On her own, granted with her nurse watching, but still. That's an astonishing feat. (end quote)

Jasmine wrote that the rehab center has made much needed improvements to Denise's care. There is also a current photo of Denise. I'm not friended to Jasmine but she is making all these posts public (if I'm understanding the Facebook "protocols" correctly).

Best wishes,

G.

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A short update from last Wednesday:

She had a shower and did pieces of therapy. She walked around, got herself dressed, and is moving her right arm independently more. She's still really mad and being obstinate. (end)

Best wishes,

G.

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OK, I will continue to post here when I do see an update.

Jasmine shared the family's perception that only 5 of the 20 people assigned to Denise's care are actively helping her. I think the difficulties include staffing issues at the center, as well as the fact that Denise is not always sufficiently lucid to understand her own best interests much of the time--though it would seem that she is starting to get better. They mentioned difficulties getting Denise to accept food, water, and medication. This is a familiar problem for people providing care to patients recovering from this kind of event, unfortunately.

Let's hope the good news outweighs the bad in the next update.

G.

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Since folks can follow Jasmine's reports on Facebook without having to have a profile on the site, I'll stop posting updates now.

Thank you all for your prayers/good thoughts for Denise and her family.

G.

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Jasmine Nickerson posted several updates about Denise's care on the Facebook group today. Some of what she wrote is upsetting. The family is having difficulties getting proper care for Denise in the facility where she is currently staying. The latest update posted just a few minutes ago (around 10:30 p.m. tonight) indicated that there was some progress with issues that the family has been experiencing with the staff and the neglect of the patient's needs and care.

The good news is that Denise is having speech therapy now and seems as if she is having more lucid moments. Jasmine mentioned a feeding tube which I think she is on in part so that she does not get dehydrated.

Best wishes,
Gothick

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This is the article I read about the show. There are spoilers, but really rather mild ones, particularly if you watched the original series from the Seventies:

https://www.room207press.com/2017/06/we-dont-go-back-683-that-one-episode-of.html

Some of this descriptive blurb made me think of DS, particularly the brooding on the cliff part:

Set across the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the first quarter of the nineteenth, POLDARK is a saga of generational rivalry, tangly passion, jealousy, love, hate, social transformation and terrible financial decisions. People stand on windy cliffs brooding and ride across windy cliffs. And stand looking into the wind so it catches their hair fetchingly. And punch beaches on their knees when they're sad. [end quote]

cheers, G.


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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / OT: Aunt Agatha's Tarot cards
« on: July 23, 2018, 04:00:43 PM »
Fans, I was alerted by a "blog" entry I perused this morning that (to me iconic) Sixties actress Caroline Blakiston (who I have enjoyed in everything from THE AVENGERS to SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY to the Alec McCowen series MR PALFREY OF WESTMINSTER) acted in the role of Aunt Agatha in the new POLDARK series which is about to unveil its fourth season.  Aunt Agatha was written out last year, but you can see clips of her reading her Tarot cards (it looks as if the same deck was used as seen in 1795 in the hands of the Countess du Pres) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re1Qjvd7dKU

Historically, someone like Aunt Agatha would have read ordinary playing cards, by far the commonest tool for divination in early modern Europe. It wasn't until the 1960s that Tarot cards began to be popular, partly because Tarot decks were not at all widely available before that time. The books of Eden Gray popularized Tarot in the US during the Sixties, and soon after Gray began publishing, others followed in her train.

G.

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This is an interesting, sensitively written article about Jeff Rice by Mark Dawidziak. Apparently the lawsuit happened around the time of the Night Stalker series.

https://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2015/08/jeff_rice_creator_the_night_stalker_had_an_enormous_influence_on_horror_entertainment.html

The Las Vegas element was another strand that set Jeff Rice's work apart. The Progeny novel was set in DC which does seem like the perfect home for a vampire on the make.

G.

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Mysterioso darling,

I do not think Progeny of the Adder was ever filmed. It seems pretty obvious that Jeff Rice, the original author of the story on which Night Stalker was based, must have read the 1965 book. What is quite original in Rice's story is the character of Kolchak--there is nobody at all like him in the Whitten book. In fact, according to the author of the article I read, characterization was not at all Whitten's strong suit.

I checked the internet and it turns out that Jeff Rice launched his own lawsuit against ABC before the movie was finished. It appears to have been settled out of court. The motive for the suit was the fact that the rights to the original story by Rice were sold without his permission. The world is a devious, harsh place.

G.

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According to the article in the magazine Pulp Horror (issue 5) about Whitten, a fun detail of the Progeny of the Adder plot is that when the police investigate the vampire's home, among the things they find are "broken mirrors, spray tan, and toothbrushes that have been worn down." The latter two items tickled me.

G.

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Fans of the original 1972 NIGHT STALKER film might find this of interest:

http://toomuchhorrorfiction.blogspot.com/2010/07/progeny-of-adder-by-leslie-whitten-1965.html

Novelist Leslie Whitten tried to sue (ABC or Dan Curtis, I believe) but according to a brief note in an article about this I just read, had to drop the suit.

G.

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Jasmine posted this update a couple of hours ago on social media:

"[Denise is] fully awake at this point. We aren't sure if she understands much yet. But she is still reacting to and responding to certain commands. She's even moving her right hand and squeezing with it now.

And the greatest news, she can stand up on her own and she said words today. When asked by the occupational therapist if she wanted her hair brushed she said loud and clear, "No."

When we were just on a video call with Shane she said, "Bye" at the end of the call. The entire time we've been here she's been trying to talk. She's trying to have a full conversion but the words aren't there yet."

There was more of the update, but it was personal sharing from Jasmine about Denise's agitated state of mind. This is unfortunately typical of people who are in recovery from this kind of event. Let's hope and pray Denise continues to make progress.

Best wishes, G.


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