Thomas Joseph Edward Hennessy Jr. was born July 12, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Bellerose in 1958 with his parents Thomas Sr. and Dorothy and his brothers and his sister Eileen, whom he loved and adored, and his Nana Florence, whom he loved more than words can say. Tommy would come into the house and say, “Yo, Harry,” and Nana would answer, “Yeah, Schwartz.” Those nicknames they had for each other expressed a very special love. Read more
By the time you get to read my column, four days will have have passed from the time I wrote it.
My husband has a massive blood infection; all of his skin that was burnt from the radiation is infected with cellulitis. He is holding his own, but has gained 14 pounds of fluid. His lungs are full, and he has to have them sucked out. (I have to leave the room when they do this, or they will be cleaning up after me.) Tuesday, March 10 was two years since my mother went to heaven. It’s been a tough week, but ya have to keep going one day at a time. Read more
I am now into my fifth week of being sick, Friday night I had a lovely visit to the ER. I’ve been on meds for the last three weeks for a sinus infection and a chest cold. After chest X-rays, a breathing treatment and steroids, I have bronchitis. Thank you, crew at Grover Herman Hospital. It is so different from when I lived in Queens; a visit to the ER back then was a least a six-hour ordeal. Read more
I spent the weekend down in the Bronx with Tommy. It is great that they let me stay in a "hoptel": a hotel room in a hospital; and it's free. So when Tommy gets too tired and wants to sleep, I can go to my room and relax and read. Tommy loved giving boxes of chocolate out to all the nurses and aids (male and female), he is so liked there. Thank God his spirits are good.
I called to speak to Fr. Bill who is back in Holy Name Friary, 2 Morris Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456, but he could not talk on the phone. He is having a very hard time speaking and he really needs your prayers. Read more
The doctors told me Tommy is doing well and he has two weeks left of radiation and chemo therapy, and they are going to keep him for an extra week to make sure he is OK. Then in six weeks a repeat PET scan and hope to God nothing is there. Read more
As you all know, my husband is in the Bronx VA hospital nursing home. I drive down on Fridays to stay with him for the weekend. As I was driving down last week, I was thinking of what our future is going to be like; how sick is he going to get? I was praying to my parents to be my guardian angels to help me get through this and to give me strength. I was getting very emotional and wishing they were here with me. Read more
I just have to tell everyone I had a great weekend with my husband. He is doing pretty well: he has nine radiations and three chemo shots under his belt. He was in good spirits, and enjoying being with other vets. I keep him busy with his deputy tax collector job. He is the one who puts the tax receipts in the envelopes and mails them out. This year, as per the county, the receipts cannot be mailed out for two weeks to make sure all checks are cashed and do not bounce. Read more
Back in 1999, I worked in Pete’s Pub, and one night these two guys were sitting at a table waiting for me to take their order. I looked at this one guy and he looked at me, and he said “I know you from somewhere,” and I said, “I know you, too.” Before the night was over, I remembered where I knew him from: I worked 20 years doing microfilming, and he was the bigwig in Astoria Federal Bank in Lake Success, NY for whom I was converting mortgages. I came back to him and gave him his bill and said, “You are Steve Miss.” We had a good laugh. He owned a hunting camp in Cochecton Center. Read more
I just got off the phone with Fr. Bill. He sounds great, but does not think he will be home for Christmas. He is scheduled for some tests and is going in for a bladder operation. He asked me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy, blessed New Year. Keep him in your prayers, as he is praying for all of you. Read more
Once again, just got off the phone with Father Bill. He said to say hi to everyone. Father Bill says he has no control over when he can get out; it is up to all the doctors and the insurance company. He sounds great and he was telling me that he can do 20 minutes on the rowing machine. You go, Father Bill! Read more