Health Update: May 12, 2016

Hello Friends,

Today Blanche has begun the process of moving towards the end of her life. We are waiting for the family to all arrive, which should be happening tomorrow, later morning or early afternoon. After everyone is here, they will remove treatment and Blanche will begin palliative care. Blanche will stay where she is for now. She is very much at ease and peaceful.

Again we welcome chants, offerings and blessings in her honor, but request no visitors outside the family at this time.

Deep bows,
Great gratitude,

The Hartman Family

A Letter from Blanche’s Family About Her Health

Dear Friends,

I am sure you have heard by now that Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi is in the hospital, and has been since her 90th birthday on Sunday May 8th. We wanted to give you an update and let you know that she is being well tended and cared for.

She has a bacterial infection which has become systemic (meaning not located in simply one place). There is some fluid in her lungs and she is being treated with a wide spectrum antibiotic and it is possible she will respond well and recover. As I am sure you are aware, when someone is elderly, things aren’t always simple. Right now we are in a “wait and see” spot until whatever is next.

The family is very involved, as are Daigan and Victoria. At this time we welcome all blessings and offerings made on Blanche’s behalf, and cards are always welcome. We do request no visitors at this time.

As things progress we will of course keep you updated as things change.

Deep Bows
Great Gratitude

The Hartman Family