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Thread: Merry Christmas to all...I B Back, Thank God!

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    Default Merry Christmas to all...I B Back, Thank God!

    Words cannot express my sincere thanks too all you beloved RTFers and RTFettes that had me in your thoughts and prayers the past few months. My surgeries were touch and go since I went in initially for repair to an aneurism on my abdominal aorta, which was accomplished in 9 hours. No sooner had I been rolled into the ICU, my heart gave out and they returned my to the OR for 13 hours while I received quadruple bypass surgery. Then I was in the ICU for over 3 weeks. Later I was transported to Advance Care Hospital in Billings MT. That lasted about a month while I received constant wound care, including a wound vac, and physical therapy. All these Doc's, nurses, techs, and PT professionals were better than the best...and I loved them all, just some more than others.

    I returned home the 20th of November, so had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving day with family. I'm still receiving a lot of wound care and PT exercises, both at Rapid City Regional hospital, and in home health care visits.

    About the only irreparable problem that came from the extended time in the OR was my right leg became paralyzed from the knee down. My surgeon, God Bless him, had to make choices when salvaging me from an extended dirt nap. I will be wearing a brace on my right leg, but my mind is still able to function as normally as it did prior to all the time spent in the OR and ICU.

    After I was returned to the ICU the second time, my eldest son who had flown in from Salt Lake City, informed me in a phone call while I was in Billings, that I looked like I weighed 400 pounds, I had been pumped so full of fluids to maintain my organs in their proper location. It apparently took the three weeks plus in the ICU to drain off those fluids and return me to normal weight. Since then, however, I have lost over 30 lbs and am below 200 for the first time since I was discharged from the service. BUT, I wouldn't recommend this form of "dieting" to anyone.

    This 'thank you' would have been sent several weeks ago, but it's been only yesterday afternoon that the PT gal allowed me to go down the 12 stairs to my office in the basement where my computer is located.

    All the kind sentiments proffered on this message board are sincerely appreciated. I especially want to send extra thanks to our RTF founder, Chris A. for the call while in Billings. I know it took special effort on his part to locate me. Our visit was tremendously uplifting. As were the calls from Otey, and Miriam, and Kev, and Rich, and especially my director of information, the original MG...Mike Baker! Gooser, you are very special.

    UB

    PS If you would be so kind, Ms Super Moderator Vicky, please copy this over to the RTF POTUS Page as well, where many of my well wishers, and detractors, reside. Like I mentioned earlier...I love them all, only some more than others.
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    Glad your back UB

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    copied over from the main RTF forum.

    Enjoy POTUS!

    Uncle Bill, I'm glad you are OK. I really enjoyed our talk.

    Chris
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    Bill,

    Glad to have you back. Should be a special Xmas for you and yours.

    Peace
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    So glad you are back in action!
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    Welcome back! Merry Christmas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bill View Post
    I returned home the 20th of November, so had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving day with family. I'm still receiving a lot of wound care and PT exercises, both at Rapid City Regional hospital, and in home health care visits.

    This 'thank you' would have been sent several weeks ago, but it's been only yesterday afternoon that the PT gal allowed me to go down the 12 stairs to my office in the basement where my computer is located.

    UB

    It's great to see you posting again - while you were gone I became Mr City Councilman - My 1st motion to amend lost 5-2 - my 2nd motion to amend the 2014 budget lost 6-1 - I love a challenge .

    Follow their instructions - it should take between 6 months & a year before you are up to snuff & feeling whole. All those foreign substances don't go away quickly. I did the big bypass (split open like a grapefruit, on the table 5 hours) October '96, judged the Open & Derby the following spring in March. Still going strong, & not being kept alive by pills.
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    Look out libs! We have reinforcements!! Welcome back UB!!!!! Beats the hell out of the alternative.
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    Glad you're feeling better Bill. Getting old sucks.

    Get a pup, send him to Chris. Play again....

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    That sure sounded like a lot of adversity to overcome. We are happy to have you back and look forward to your posts crushing the logic of the mentally insane. he!he!
    Merry Christmas and healthy and happy New Year
    Pete
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    I can of my own self do nothing ,as I hear , I judge,,and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will,,but the will of the father which hath sent me
    John 7:16 -- Jesus answered them and said my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
    mark 16:9 -- So then after the lord had spoken unto them,he was received up in heaven, and sat on the right hand of God
    I Tim. 2:5 --For there is one God and one mediator between God and man ,, the man Christ Jesus

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