Sunday, February 06, 2005

Trouper Granny D

For those who follow the adventures of 95 year-old progressive activist Doris Granny D Haddock, yes, she is in a New Hampshire hospital and, yes, they did think her throat surgery last Friday would cost her the future use of her legendary voice. We visited her yesterday and today, and, though she is reduced to scribbling on a note pad to communicate, she assured us she is not through speaking out. "I will speak on Monday," one of her notes claimed. That's when the doctors will fit her with a new tracheotomy tube that will allow her a better chance to vocalize. She says she will be rid of even that device in a couple of weeks so she can get back on the trail to support political reforms around the U.S.
"She's just amazing!" one of the nurses told us in the hall. We knew that.

--Dennis Burke