3-7-12: An Update on Dudley Clendinen

March 7, 2012 at 7:57 am 5 comments

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An update from Tom on Dudley Clendinen:

A little more than a year ago, we began broadcasting a series of conversations with the writer Dudley Clendinen.  Dudley was diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in November, 2010.  Beginning in January of 2011, every two weeks, Dudley talked to me about his experiences as his disease progressed, until his voice was no longer consistently intelligible.  We concluded our series in late January of this year, and at that time, I promised to give you occasional updates on Dudley.

I haven’t seen him for about three weeks, although my wife Linell had dinner with him and a few friends last week.  Dudley and I are in touch via e mail, and he tells me that he’s doing OK.  Although he has trouble speaking, and it’s a bit harder for him to use his hands, he is still ambulatory, and his social life is still very busy.  He’s adjusting to having a feeding tube, which was implanted in his stomach about a month ago.  He says that it doesn’t hurt, although it stings sometimes.  He tries to consume 5 cans of nutrients every day, in an effort to slow his weight loss.  He compares “filling up,” as he says, with filling up a lawnmower. He’s not quite up to his 5-a-day goal yet.  He says that it still makes him feel a little cold and queasy.  But he is able to have at least 3 cans a day, and he is happy that his weight has stabilized.

I know Dudley appreciates the fact that so many people ask how he’s doing.  We’ll be sure to let you know from time to time here on Maryland Morning.  You can also listen to all of the conversations in our series “Living with Lou: Dudley Clendinen on a Good, Short Life” at this link.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deb  |  March 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thanks so much for the update! I’m so glad to hear that he’s getting out and about.

    Reply
  • 2. JEANETTE  |  March 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I HAVE BEEN PERIODICALLY FOLLOWING DUDLEY’S STORY ONLINE FROM HERE IN IRELAND. WE SHOULD ALL WISH FOR SUCH GREAT FRIENDS AS YOU ALL HAVE BEEN TO DUDLEY.

    TOM, YOU ARE PROVIDING A WONDERFUL SERVICE AND I THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH UPDATES.

    PASS ALONG ST. PAT’S DAY GREETINGS TO DUDLEY FROM AN AMERICAN EX-PAT (DELAWARE NATIVE) NOW LIVING IN KINSALE, COUNTY CORK, IRELAND.

    Reply
  • 3. Jim Lombardi  |  March 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Tom
    I learned about Mr Clendinen from a health care worker at Johns Hopkins after I was diagnosed with ALS in early March of this year. I have’nt listened to all of the YPR podcasts yet but wanted to get this comment off as soon as possible. I’d like to know if Mr Clendinen would be willing to share his email address with me and some of his thoughts. The first thing I thought I’d like to do is try to get the Maryland legislature to consider a Death with Dignity statute like the one in Oregon. I’m a former legislator myself (almost 40 yrs ago) and a semi-retired judge living in Annapolis with a few contactsin the Md General Assembly.

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  • 4. Sean Connors  |  March 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    @Jim Lombardi: Considering that Dudley Clendinen is still alive, perhaps you might want to ask him if he’s willing to try and get the Maryland legislature to consider a “Life with Dignity” statute instead.

    Reply
  • 5. Jim Lombardi  |  March 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Sean
    It’s a good idea but first I have to find a way to communicate with Dudley to explore it.

    Reply

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