Friends and family of Danville Town Councilman Mike Shimansky continue to wait for a change in the stricken man's condition. He remains in a San Diego hospital in a drug-induced coma while doctors treat him for bacterial meningitis.
Shimansky, 65, fell ill Aug. 17 while visiting his children and grandchildren. Doctors fought to stabilize his condition and at one point were forced to amputate the councilman's feet up to below the knees due to infection.
As of Thursday, he remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit.
In a press statement issued by the town, residents were informed that any e-mails to the family should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The family is also requesting that cards or letters be sent to the Town of Danville, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526, where they will be forwarded to the Shimansky family.
"We will be forwarding those down," Calabrigo said. "We are fully expecting to keep receiving more as word gets out on (Shimansky's) condition."
Doctors are treating the meningitis as well as secondary conditions that have been brought about by the bacterial infection.
Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, is caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial Meningitis is considered to be the more severe version of the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms include high fever, headache and vomiting.
A member of the Town Council for 20 years, Shimansky has been mayor three times. He resides in Danville with his wife Sue and daughter Cyndi.
Danville Councilwoman Karen Stepper said she is hopeful that Shimansky will be able to make a good recovery from the illness. She said that the pair has a long history together, even before they were on the council.
"We go back a long way. Mike and my husband coached his daughter Cyndi and my daughter Shannon in soccer back when they were 7 years old," she recalled. She added, "Our prayers are with them. We're hoping as he wakes up he gets stronger."
Another colleague, Councilwoman Candace Andersen, said she holds out high hopes for Shimansky's recovery.
"Mike is someone who is so strong in spirit and energy that we hope he'll make a very strong recovery," she said.
Town officials have asked that well wishers direct any e-mails to email@example.com. Get well cards may be sent to Mike in care of the Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526. Cards will be forwarded on to the Shimansky family.