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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:01 pm

Boomer23 wrote:
garygid wrote:I just spoke with Tom and he seems to be doing MUCH better than I did.
That's very encouraging to hear, Gary, thank you.

Please give Tom my best regards and tell him that he's in my thoughts.
Hi gang.

Thanks to Gary for keeping you informed of my progress, and thanks to all of you for sending good vibes my way. A brief synopsis of my "adventure" may be of interest:

Into surgery 7:30am Tuesday at Huntington Memorial in Pasadena, arrived at my hospital room from recovery at 2:30 pm. Surgery about an hour longer than normal to deal with economy-sized hernia repair mesh from previous surgery. Surgeon had told me that he could keep it in place, but he needed time to get around it. There was chance he might have to give me extra blood, but that was not necessary.

My hospital room was a beautiful large single with 5th floor window looking out at mountains.

There had been uncertainly about whether I would need to stay one or two nights. My previous hernia surgery was outpatient. Staying overnight is a tremendous benefit, with IV, oxygen, frequent vitals checks, and continuous massage of my legs and back. As the night progressed I couldn't tell too well how I was doing, but they told me the IV was non-narcotic, and I felt very little discomfort, so I figured things were not too bad. They were taking fluid out of the drain every few hours, but in the morning I started to feel stronger, the surgeon removed the drain, and they said I was leaving after lunch. By late morning I had a walk of two complete loops around the nurses' station without a walker or leaning on the nurse assistant. I ate all that they gave me for both breakfast and lunch. The soup was actually quite tasty. I was walking the corridors when the wheelchair guy came to take me down to my friends' car.

The Da Vinci "robot" system was impressive to see briefly before they put me under, but hopefully none of you will ever have to see it. I was delighted to hear Boomer23 refer to it as technically a "Waldo," not a robot, because it directly follows the surgeon's movements. This is a reference to an old Robert Heinlein story. You can read about it :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Vinci_Surgical_System

At home I have a nurse assistant staying with me, with time off for her when my friends come over. I am being careful to not do too much too soon. We are gradually learning how to deal with my new, temporary plumbing. The catheter comes out next Thursday and there will be some more hurdles after that.

The visiting nurse supervisor visited me yesterday. She collected a lot of information, including the catheter size. She was very impressed that I needed a size 18 diameter catheter :) .
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:28 pm

Very nice of you to post for us, Tom. You "sound" very much your energetic, feisty self. That's great to see.

Best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery and improvement every day, but don't be discouraged by an occasional setback, because your overall trend line will be upward. In fact, maybe you can derive the equation of your improvement trend line to share here. :D

Feel better soon.
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:59 pm

Tom, glad to see you back here already !!! I hope you heal up quick !!

Check out what we've got going with you pet project in San Bernadino:

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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:21 pm

Hi everyone,

I wanted to toss out an idea for a future meetup/activity. Yesterday I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon (no, I'm not suggesting that we all go run a half marathon :lol:). Most of the race course was actually outside the Disneyland parks, stretching out to Honda Center, through Angel Stadium, and back. There were a lot of organized groups along the route to cheer runners along - from high school marching bands and cheerleading squads, to boy scouts and girl scouts, to salsa dancers, and more.

There were also 3 car enthusiast clubs parked along the course with lots of great looking cars on display as we ran by - a classic car group, a Mustang group, and a Corvette group. Immediately that made me think, why not a LEAF or EV group? Might be fun to hang out for a few hours, chatting and cheering on 15,000 runners, and probably getting interest from a few along the way.

I would assume that this would have to be coordinated with Disney and/or the city of Anaheim. The next Disneyland races are the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (Jan 20 - might be cold?) or next year's Disneyland Half (Labor Day weekend). If there's interest, I can see if I can find out more info.

Also, Tom, great to hear that you're doing well! :)

Hopefully we'll get out to another gathering soon...
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:44 am

Gathering at HTB in Cerritos this coming Saturday.

I will try to get an update on Tom later today.
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:27 am

Talked with Tom on Monday afternoon. He sounded great and said that he was doing well.

Won't make this meeting. With my drop in capacity, I can't make the 2,611 mile trip.
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:55 pm

Where are you?
In the land of Far Far Away?

I just talked to Tom and he is due to see the doctor on
Thursday, having the you-know-what tube yanked out
of his you-know-where!

Then, the real fun begins.
However, he seems to be healing well, with no major
problems so far. Keep up the good thoughts for him.
He is starting to read the forum again.

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33 second-graders that show up tomorrow morning
at 7:30 AM in her classroom to discover new wonders.

"What is a typewriter?", one might ask them.
"Never heard of that, what is it?", comes the reply. :D
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:45 am

Hi Tom
Wishing you a speedy recovery! See you all in Cerritos Saturday.
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:40 am

I can't make it this Sat, sorry. Big family reunion and I gots duties! ;)

See y'all in Santa Ana later this month.
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Re: SoCal Branch LEAF-Gathering Year 3 - #25a: 8 Sep 2012

Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:49 pm

Tom,

I wanted to wish you a speedy recovery.

Sorry I will have to miss both gatherings this month...
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