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Update from Lucinda May 1, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy May Day. We went outside right after lunch today and it was yet another
beautiful spring day here in paradise.

Tull did quite well in therapy today and is conquering his fears. He stood very
straight today and took about eight steps with the walker with "minimum
assistance". He just looks great when he stands so "Tull".

Bill E. came by this evening with some BBQ that we must admit rivals Rudy's. We
might find some differing opinions on this (Frank and Alice...let us know what
you think), but Powdrell's ribs and chicken were mighty dad gum good. Tull ate
like a harvest hand.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda

Update from Lucinda May 2, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary today. Our lovely friends at Café
Pasqual's (mainly Katherine and Fritz) sent a dinner which included incredible
halibut with curry sauce and succulent lamb chops (Lucinda is not a big meat
eater, but they were fabulous). We ate by candlelight on our little hospital

Tull walked with more skill and sense of calm than ever today. He looked just great
and was proud and confident. He is very grateful to his PTs and OTs and
especially to Kristin who has been a great motivator.

John and Lucinda

Update from Lucinda May 5, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

I am writing our update on my own tonight as I left JT with his brother and very
good friend this afternoon. They were doing a good job of helping out with his
walking today and yet I am sure that they realized how long and hard the road
ahead will be for Tull...and for me. As I write this, I am humble because I
know that so many people all over the world face difficult circumstances in
their lives. We are all so very fortunate for every bit of good luck we might
have…whether it be good health, a good mind, and ability to be empathetic,
compassionate, and generally sane. We are lucky and blessed to have a drive to
continue in our lives and to have good friends and/or family who help us keep
that drive. We have had a hard time for a while and I think it will continue to
be a bit tough. We could not do what we are doing without the strength gathered
from all of you.

Thanks again for all messages, letters, cards, calls and photos. The folks in my
dentist’s office asked me today if I get tired of people asking about how we
are feeling. The answer is that it is great to know that people care. Ask away.


Update from Lucinda May 15, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

Our daughter Katy last week decided that she wanted to be the Prom Queen of her
high school in Austin. She drew some posters and started her campaign. She won.
We are so proud of her for all of her accomplishments in high school, but being
Prom Queen is especially awesome. A picture of the Queen is attached.

Tull walked like a mad man today (three different times) and had more confidence and
comfort than ever before. Nice close of the week.

The BBC will be here on Monday to film for a documentary they are co-producing with
the Learning Channel. The subject is parasitic diseases and it will be a three
hour series which will air in 6 to 9 months.

Love to all and thanks for the continued
John and Lucinda

Update from Lucinda May 19, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

Quite a day! We spent the entire morning and early afternoon with the BBC who
interviewed us and filmed Tull's excellent therapy session during which he
walked 24 ft. with even more confidence and style than ever and also
"rolled" himself quite well on the mats. His primary PT who had been
away on vacation for a week and a half was duly impressed.

After spending an hour in the sun with the BBC, and following an outdoor wheelchair
session on this unseasonably warm day, Tull experienced a period of dizziness
and disorientation which scared the s_ _ t out of Lucinda. Calling upon her
theatrically trained vocal chords (after having found no response to the call
button within .5 of a second); Lucinda managed to assemble approximately half
the hospital staff in the room. Tull was thoroughly examined and it was
determined that he was most likely dehydrated. He has been drinking many fluids
and is back to normal this evening.

Lucinda is even that much more grateful tonight for this year's May 20th.

John and Lucinda

Update from Lucinda May 27, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

As suspected, therapists were in full swing today following the three day weekend.
Tull walked like a champ approximately 50 ft. which included a venture outdoors
and down a concrete ramp. He required less assistance than ever and did
extremely well.

Now the bad news. He is not quite ready for release on June 4 and will need another
week or two at the rehab hospital. We agree with the assessment, but we are so
tired of institutions that we could almost say a swear word or two. The fact of
the matter is that John Tull is a unique patient who has not only been one of
the very few survivors of septicemic plague; he is recovering from total muscle
loss and learning nearly everything all over again. The docs in NYC warned us
that this would take a long time and they knew what they were talking about.

I am proud of John Tull and I really need him to come home and resume his role as my
roommate and business partner. Please help me in sending a little more
encouragement his way. This is one of those times (and there will be more) when
we both could use your help.

Much love,

Update from Lucinda May 29, 2003

Dear Friends and Family,

John Tull walked yet further today. He actually told visitors that he marched around
the hospital like a member of the French Foreign Legion. He walked over 80
feet, a new record.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda