But first, An excerpt R. sent out updating friends on my situation:
D. and G. and I just watched the Pats beat the Steelers on the TV in G.'s hospital room in Keene. Fun game, although the nurse came in once when we yelled over one of the plays. She threatened to turn off the TV, as she felt the game was getting G.'s pulse up too high. G. pointed out to her that his pulse would likely get much higher if she turned off the game. She agreed to leave it on, but said "no more yelling" as this was an intensive care unit, not a football stadium. I asked if she could bring us a couple more beers, but she said the old lady with the heart transplant in the next room had just finished the last of it.And, now, back to the good wishes...
Annie in Topsham:
WOW G.! Your spirits are great! - exactly what you need to tackle whatever comes your way.----------
Hopefully we'll be able to get over to your Mom's for Christmas and see that you are doing just fine ('cause we were a bit worried ...).
Naahm in Philly:
Jesus H. Christ, G. And to think my browser tried to screen you out. I think I am fibrilating just reading this.----------
Bout of pneumo seemed to have gone around my house as well, but no suffering the likes of what you have endured.
Pointless to ask if you are okay, and I need not admonish you to take better care. Lord knows, I gotta do the same and you are the latest cautionary tale.
Sorry about the job; sucks that they would hold a bout of pneumonia and congestive heart failure against you. Heartless cretins.
Well, relax, get well, and enjoy the Patriots laying the lumber to the rest of the league.
Commander Guy deux
Holly in Santa Cruz:
How frightening! Thankfully, it sounds like you're in good hands, both among family and doctors. I hope that you enjoy this holiday season knowing that you're on the path to health. Take good care of yourself, and please keep me posted!----------
Suzette in D.C.
So, clearly I've looked away for entirely too long. Look what trouble you get yourself into!\?!----------
Dude, I sure hope you get better soon. This is some serious stuff. Please keep me updated, and call me when you can in the evening.
Oh, and a word of advice, DO WHAT THE DOCTORS TELL YOU TO DO. (I know you)
Take care dude, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Jim in D.C.:
My goodness... I'm glad to hear things are a bit better now. When is your procedure?----------
I'll let the team know, if it's ok with you - I think some would like to send their well-wishes.
Take care, and feel even better...
Chris in Wiscasset:
amen, you ARE a lucky man.----------
Saadia in D.C.:
I am glad to hear you've been diagnosed and are in treatment. I was worried when you emailed me that you might have pneumonia. One of my work colleagues has similar conditions to yours -- blood clot, heart problems but no pneumonia -- and was in the hospital twice in the summer. But though her blood clot is still around, she's doing much better now.----------
Where are you going to be living in the next few months? Do you need anything?
Steve in Wiscasset:
Hi G., glad to hear you are out of the hospital. Sounds like you had quite an ordeal. We all were and still are very concerned for you.----------
When you get up to your moms, maybe we can get together for a coffee or some lunch. Nothing to serious, just a little hand holding and gazing into each others eyes..... oh wait, wrong G. Maybe we can watch a football game or something.
Seriously though, your big bro has asked us to stop by your moms on the 21st. I am not sure if that will work out or not, but hope to see you over the holidays.
Having been through a similar escapade as yours on a couple of occasions, I may have some resources available to you. Cook books, tips etc. Let me know if you need anything. Take care of yourself.
P. in Portland:
What an ordeal for you! I'm glad you're out and resting at Rick and Diane's now - following a sensible diet and such. I imagine you have many thoughts and feelings that could go into some very creative writing now. I hope you can get it down because you have a talent for this.
I also imagine you have some major life changes to make and paths to discover. I'm routing for you. I wish for you to find your way.
Until then, I'll be seeing you at mom's in the near future.
D. in Biddeford:
Greg: I'm so pleased that you are out and about. In the long run, this scare may be the early warning that keeps you vital so that you can help steer our political awareness toward truth.----------
take care, enjoy each minute.
Chaatoes in Alexandria:
Amen to that, I'm ever so glad yer on the mend -- I was indeed worried and apprehensive since talking to you last Thursday. Now, take care of yerself!!!!!
Talk to you soon.....
Bruce in D.C.:
Sorry to hear about all your health problems--sorry, but not too surprised. I hope you take this as a wake-up call to lose a whole lot of weight.
I'll be joining you in that endeavour. About a year ago, I hit a personal high of 261 and lost 20 pounds in 40 days using a strict South Beach diet--no alcohol, no sweets, small portions. I'm back up to about 258, so it's time to start thinking about getting back on my diet again.
Hope you're up and around soon. Walking a lot is key too.
Mark in Winston-Salem:
Sounds like quite a ride. Glad you are still here. Have a Merry Christmas and hope it is all better from here on out.
Karen in Memphis:
So sorry to hear of all you are going through. What heart procedure exactly are you scheduled for? a bypass? a heart replacement? Do you still have health insurance since you had to leave work? Let me know if you need a place to recuperate after you've worn out your welcome with R. and D.. There are a couple of rooms in my place or my Mother's in Memphis if you need time and attention to recover. I hope you make a full recovery very soon and that you have good doctors. My prayers are with you.
Laura in Fairfax:
Not a hey howa ya been? Just a hey I almost died? Well hello to you too!----------
Anyway- god that is awful and I hope you are feeling better! And 1 glass of wine a day is supposed to be good for your heart. Just ask my 97 year old grandma.
J. in Portland:
Word, man. I'm so glad you're on the upswing. I was rootin for you. I'm off to yosemite early wednesday, but when i get back in january we should hang...meditate together, eat some raw kale, and then pick up some chicks and go on a long bikeride.----------
Paul in D.C.
wow. that's fukking intense. thanks, first of all, for letting me and others know. too often i think people don't, for whatever list of reasons, and i'd much rather know so that i can share the concern across the cosmic pathways... keep taking care of yourself, and keep eating and exercising well... we need you and your voice out there...----------
oh and get some rest...
The Harvster in D.C.
That its the worst (but best written) e-mail I have ever received. I am so sorry about your ordeal. I cannot imagine the fear and difficulty you experienced and continue to experience dealing with the physical issues and the related mental and financial stress. I got a little taste of prolonged illness when I missed two months of work with vertigo earlier this year--but only a taste. Your situation is in a completely different league. I am terribly sorry. I wish I could say more, but words fail me. Please know that we are pulling for you. You are a good man. You deserve some good luck.
My prayers are with you,
Gil on Bailey Island:
so, it takes this kind of drama to persuade you to visit brunswick? you need to get out more!
let me know when you've settled and interested in a visit. bailey island is near. perhaps i'll come by. we'll go for a walk, introduce ourselves to the natives and terrorize them at a later date.
Beth in Portland (via R.):
Thanks for keeping me updated on G.. I did call him again on Tuesday, but he was pretty drugged up and I told him I'd just keep trying until he was able to talk. But please let me know if you think it's not a good idea for me to call. I know even with just pneumonia a simple conversation can wear one out, so I don't want to tax him further.----------
Kathleen in South China (ME) via Rick:
Good to hear from you with updates. Glad he is getting stabalized. This is a shock as it's the first we have heard about G. being ill. Crimy he's my age!!! Give him our very best.----------
love kathleen and david
Mike in Boston via R.:
Tell him we love him and need him back for the holiday rush----------
Mark in Topsham via R.:
Tell G. we are thinking about him and your family during this time.
Dan in Pittsburgh:
I'm glad to hear that the problem has been diagnosed and the prognosis sounds positive. I was concerned with the "from a NH hospital" quote and was hopeful that you had just stuck your foot in your mouth or something.-----------
Please keep us updated on your health and know that you are in my prayers that God's healing hand would touch your heart.
Susan in Alexandria:
I just tried to call, but your line was busy. As I don't check my e-mail too often, I just got the message you are in the hospital. Thank goodness you have Rick & Diane there to help "take care" of you. How frightening. I hope the doctors are able to figure out all that is wrong and get you up and well again soon.
Am going out with a friend this evening, but am thinking of you and hope that are steadily getting better by the moment.
I also received very nice falicitations from Ingrid in Alexandria and H.A. in Darnestown, but I'm switched to find them to post them. Sorry, guys!
Also: Cannot -- CANNOT -- leave unacknowledged other brother J., who helped me cover the cost of the pharmaceuticals and, with his 2nd son, moved me out of my one room cell over the bar in Southie over the wknd.
Family! You dig?
Thank you all. Very much!