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Subject: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 07:05 PM

Tom woke up cold and shivering this morning and I had been worried about him then (it wasn't cold). Then about 45 minutes later he called me downstairs to get my own coffee (he brings me tea on weekdays and coffee on weekend). I went down and asked him how he was -- he said he felt like dogshit, so I asked if he wanted to go to the emergency room. He said he wasn't sure. I said I'd get dressed. He said, "Have some coffee first." I said, "I'm getting dressed."

And when I came back downstairs he said he thought going to the emergency room was a good idea, so we headed out. Can't remember when exactly we got there, but it was well before 9.

His heart was racing and his blood pressure was low. And he had a fever. He spent most of the day in the ER, then they sent him up to ICU mid-afternoon. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but they had him on antibiotics all day because of his heart valve replacement three years ago and it looks like he could have some kind of infection (part of it possibly caused by an inflamed and swollen elbow). Could also be pneumonia despite the first x-ray looking clear and him having had a pneumonia vaccine.

He just had a check up Monday and his defibrillator was read the Friday before -- and the medicos all agreed he was in great shape. And he felt great right up until waking up this morning.

We were supposed to sing today for the Friends of Odiorne and the anniversary of the Science Center, since we used to sing for their fundraisers. So we had to cancel that.

I just got home (6:30-ish p.m.) and I'm eating the calzone I picked up on the way, trying not. I've got phone calls to make, emails, etc. And I'm going in to work tomorrow so I can get the magazine wrapped up so all I'll have to deal with Monday morning is the cover (and my ADD boss) and can get it to the printer and then boogie on out of there to the hospital.

If I stop to think about it all (you know about the missing cat and the job search disappointments, etc.), I might just start feeling overwhelmed.

This isn't exactly how I had envisioned celebrating my birthday -- but, then again, I highly doubt this is what Tom had in mind, either!

I won't know more until tomorrow. Looks like he'll be in the hospital at least through Monday.

I've got to go listen to voicemail and call my mother.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alba
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 07:10 PM

Remember to Breathe Sweetheart ~~ Breathe

Look after you this evening, Tom is in the right place and is being cared for. ALL will be well.

You are BOTH firmly in my thoughts and I am sending you BOTH nothing but Love and Healing Energy.
Will check back for an update tomorrow.

Holding you in my Heart,
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: jacqui.c
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 07:35 PM

Here's hoping that he'll be out and back to normal fast. All good thoughts coming from here.

Keep us updated, won't you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Micca
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 07:41 PM

Yeah, Linn, Good thoughts and healing from here too, as Alba said , he is in the right place for being looked after, I have a special healing candle on the good for my buddy,and the others that need healing thoughts just now Micca


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: kendall
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 08:01 PM

Keep us informed. We will be pulling for the old goat. Oh, I forgot, he's younger than me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 08:08 PM

Please do some good wishing on the financial end, too -- he doesn't have any insurance and Medicare doesn't kick in until after September.

Geez, wish all we had to do was worry about health!

Thank you all for your good and healing thoughts!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alice
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 09:01 PM

Take care of yourself. I'm sorry you're going through this. I know the stress of not having
health coverage, but just put one foot in front of the other and you will get through it.

All the best,
Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 09:09 PM

I'm here.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Ebbie
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 09:34 PM

Best wishes from this part of Alaska too. It's got to be scary for the both of you. I hope by morning it will have become just one of those inexplicable things we're all occarionally subject to. Good luck to you both.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Big Mick
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 09:57 PM

Damn, sweetie. I think Jude's advice is the best. You need to rest and take care of yourself. Be sure and tell that old lefty that the Mick has him square in his sites and is praying for his swift return to curmudgeonlyness (??). And give him my love while you are at it. But save at least half for yourself.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Brían
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 09:57 PM

Linn

I am sorry to hear that Tom is not doing well. You have my email if you need to contact me. Please let me know where Tom is staying and if there is a phone there if he is up for a call. I can pray in three languages if it's any help.

Brien


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:21 PM

Aw shit. It's gotta get better, it's just gotta. HEY TOM! Listen UP here! Linn don't NEED this, OK? And neither do you. Get well.

Linn, my thoughts (what there are left of them) are with you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:27 PM

best wishes to both of you - for health & financial security.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:31 PM

Linn, just tell him to knock it off and if he wants to take a day or two off he can do it. In the meantime, you're going to worry and we both know it. Just keep reminding yourself that he's in the right place for stuff like this. I mean, that's what hospitals are for, right?

Have a cuppa tea, take a deep breath, and try to get some sleep.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alice
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:34 PM

I read some old words on Mudcat of Bruce Olsen's the other day.
He said something like, Just keep muddling through.
It brought tears to my eyes, but he was right.
I keep telling myself, just keep muddling through.

take care, Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:34 PM

As someone who has been thru this sort of stress, you MUST look after yourself - yes I know know you may 'feel guilty' for doing this, but you must keep up your health, food and fluid intake, and sleep.

You do need to get sleep and be able to relax at times - without using too much alcohol. If you can't get to sleep easily at night try some Valerian tablets - effects are gentle - but when they work you will sleep deep for some hours. Don't wait till the last minute to take them - take them an hour or so before you 'need' to be asleep - and DON'T mix them with alcohol!

You don't need TWO people unwell! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: GUEST,Pamela in Ithaca
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:44 PM

Dear, dear Linn - before I read a word of this thread I said to my self
OH CRAP! This is not what either of you need, and especially not
on your birthday. I know you've been worrying about the old curmudgeon
ever since his last bout of surgery. I concur with everyone's good advice... while knowing that advice probably isn't what you need now.
You need a hug and a good meal. Wish I was close enough to offer them.

I will hold you both in my heart.
You've come to feel like family to me.

love, Pamela


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 10:45 PM

Oh Linn -- so sorry -- loving thoughts coming from SP -- if there is anything we can do, let us know..........


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 11:21 PM

I will call you tomorrow, Linn. If I can do anything, just let me know. Sounds like an infection and I hope it is that simple.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 11:56 PM

Linn, good advice there from Alba and the others. You know we love you and Tom and will be sending you all kinds of energy, positive thoughts and thanks givings as well as powering up the Law of Attraction!**bg** I've got a Secret...watch yer mail!*

Love to you and Tom,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Janie
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 12:59 AM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 02:37 AM

Take care, both of you!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Partridge
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 04:21 AM

Thinking about you and Tom, please take care, lots of love

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: bfdk
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 04:38 AM

A big hug for you, Linn, keep going!

Best wishes to the both of you and for a speedy recovery for Tom. I'll be thinking of you both.

All the best,

Bente


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 04:54 AM

Sorry to hear this, positive thoughts for a speedy recovery!
Hil


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 05:15 AM

Geez Linn.....We run in tandem sometimes don't we? I just got out today after a few days in the hospital for a sort of "tune-up." I was at the point of being out of breath and having angina after only a few steps. So I spent a few scary days seeing what had happened.   I'm out now and feeling fine so pass on to Tom my best wishes for a similar outcome.

You really have to be careful on the infections and the valve. At the least sign of any infection you need to be off to the ER and on antibiotics. My greatest pleasure in having the artificial valve is the way you automatically go to the front of the line at any ER by saying, "I have an infection, think I'm running a fever, and I have an artificial mitral valve."   You pass EVERYBODY!!!! LOL......Well hell, ya' gotta' get something out of this deal!

I'm thinking the best for you both as is Karen who can relate easily to your situation! Hang in.

Pat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 05:27 AM

Tom, you get your ass outta there pronto, worrying that poor wee lassie like that, it's not fair.
Linn my love, take good care of yourself, he'll soon be back home curmudgeoning as usual.

Best wishes to you both.

Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 05:40 AM

Hi Linn,

I am sorry to hear that Tom is not well.

I hope that he will soon be on the road to recovery.

Just to let you know that we - Baggyrinkle, from Wales send you our very best wishes.

Kind regards,

Dave Robinson.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 07:25 AM

Yo Linn.... my toughts and prayers to you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: MBSLynne
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 07:51 AM

Isn't it funny that when you have problems, life seems to pile on more at the same time? Well...gets them out of the way all at once I guess. Good thing you got him to the hospital when you did. Lots of people put it off because they don't think it can be that bad and it's so important to get these things at the start.

I shall do for you what so many lovely friends on here have done for me and send my thoughts and a biiiig hug. Two in fact, one each

I just read a quote from Winston Churchill recently... "When you are going through hell..keep going"

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: freda underhill
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:12 AM

Good luck, curmudgeon, & look after the old man, Bat G - all my best wishes to you both

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:34 AM

Talked to Tom a couple minutes ago. He's sounding a LOT better today.

They think it was probably a low grade infection from his inflamed elbow. They filled him with antibiotics, of course. He said he should be out of the ICU today, and if they still don't have a regular room, they'll keep him there at the lower room rate.

I'll print out the thread and take it with me this afternoon.

Thanks for all your good wishes!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: rumanci
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:37 AM

Hi Linn and Tom
My very best wishes to you both
Quit worrying us all !
rum


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Megan L
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:39 AM

Thoughts and prayers with you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:49 AM

Thanks for the update, Linn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:59 AM

Keep strong -my husband is also unwell and spent Monday night in Accident & Emergency -he as heart/circulaton problems and although he discharged himself that night he is undergoing tests-he is seriously exhausted and it is very worrying.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alice
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 09:28 AM

Linda Kelly, best wishes to you and your husband, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 09:35 AM

Keep him at it Linda. One of the bigger problems is that heart problems somehow translate into the male mind as making you less of a man. That's crap of course. You are older and you aren't what you once were but you still ARE and you need to learn to live that keeps you as an "ARE" and not a "WAS."

Tom, you KNOW what infections can do to that valve! Guys like us have to be on the alert for those infections which will ruin it. Do you need me to kick your ass on this issue repeatedly? I'm 6 years into this valve and it works like a champ!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 09:36 AM

I second that

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 11:04 AM

{{{{{{{{Linda}}}}}}} and I second what Spaw said. Keep after him and make sure he pays attention.

Linn, that is GOOD news! Now, we give thanks for the GOOD job so you can tell your boss you quit! And, the cat will come home!

Spaw, damn nice to see you back, darlin'.

luvya'llkat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 11:22 AM

I spoke with Tom this AM. He sounds good but a bit weary. Cranky, I think, too. He sent the nurse packing with "I'm on a long distance call." heh heh

He expects to be in the hospital three days and then to go home with a drip. It is an infection and antibiotics should take care of it.

Poor Lin. A curmudgeonly Curmudgeon!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 11:39 AM

He expects to be in the hospital three days and then to go home with a drip. It is an infection and antibiotics should take care of it.

Uh..... um......................... erm.....

Do you know what that SOUNDS like?????

~Susan~joking~in~relief


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 12:14 PM

Lots of good advice in the thread...and enough good wishes to last thru 3 more illnesses...*grin*...store 'em up!

Lots of people care.....even for curmudgeons.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Micca
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 12:21 PM

Linda, Hope john is better soon too, meanwhile, to the other "walking woundeds" GET WELL SOON!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alba
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 01:33 PM

Well now, tis good to see you Spaw...*very big SMILE* In fact that is worth repeating.

It is very good to see you SPAW!

Linn and Tom it sounds/feels like you are on the road to wellville.. ya jist hit one of those little darn speed bumps that are there to remind us all how fickle Life can be. As I said above ALL will be well. Thank you for taking the time to keep us up to date.

Linda, my warmest of Wishes to You and Loads of Healing energy to John.

May all these Hearts beat strong and long...
With Love to All,
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: jacqui.c
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 01:41 PM

So glad to hear that Tom is recovering. Keep up the good work there. Linn - take care of yourself and don't forget that you will have a nelated birthday celebration as soon as the old boy's feeling better.

Linda - I hope things go well for your husband - good thoughts coming from Maine.

SPAW! Don't do that! Keep yourself fit man! I've sent you a little present - they say laughter is the best medicine, don't they?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Micca
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 03:10 PM

jacqui.c , I could just hear Joyce Grenfells voice, " Spaw, Dont do that"!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 05:31 PM

Tom's doing (and looking) a LOT better today. It being a weekend, it's difficult to drag information out of the medical types, but it looks like it's both pneumonia and the low grade infection from the inflamed bursa on his elbow. It also looks like he'll be encarcerated until Wednesday at best. But at least he's in a regular room now, and doesn't have quite so many tubes getting entangled at his every move.

He's also got a great view of the main drag of Dover, NH -- which today they had cordoned off and a detour around a substantial chunk of it because of a bicycle race and some other vehicular-type races. But they also had the main entrance to the hospital barricaded -- the one with the traffic light. That left the emergency room entrance and leaving by that entrance sometimes has you taking your life into your own hands. (But at least you're close to a hospital...)

Speaking of accidents, just as I was signaling to turn off Rte 4 to get home, the car in front of me slammed into the rear of a pickup truck waiting to make the same left turn I was about to make. The guy in the car -- when he finally paid attention to where he was going -- hit the brakes so hard that a huge billow of "smoke" engulfed his car. He still left pieces on the road -- I don't think the truck sustained much damage.

Shades of the guy rear-ending (and totalling) MY car last September when I was waiting to make a left turn off another local highway. Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 05:37 PM

Great news Linn.
G


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SussexCarole
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 06:12 PM

We're glad to hear that Tom's on the mend. Sounds like a dose of sox medicine might help.

Love & hugs   Carole & Andrew


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: CET
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 06:18 PM

I just saw this thread, Linn. I'm sorry to hear about Tom's illness, but very happy that he is getting better. Charmion and I are both thinking of the two of you.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 07:26 PM

I saw your car at the market when I left with my booty. You weren't in it, or I would have said 'hi'. I'll let Tom's fellow test gaffers down at the factory know tomorrow. I am VERY relieved that the antibiotics seem to be working!

Love & hugs, Jeri


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: bbc
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 07:38 PM

Hi, Linn,

I was just checking in & saw your thread tonight. I was so sorry to hear, but glad, in a way, that I didn't read it until things were starting to look up. I'll be checking more regularly now! Love & prayers for both of you!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 07:54 PM

Hope things keep mending, and that you're in a good hospital, Curmudgeon! Or is that, Rightiously Indignant One?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 08:00 PM

Just checking in after a weekend away and sending loads of love!

Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 10:35 PM

Good news Linn - so glad he is feeling better.......much love.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: JennyO
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 02:22 AM

Aha! Linn, that car in front of you running into the truck is a SIGN! It didn't happen to you. So the bad luck is moving away from you. At least that's how I see it. I have a feeling things are just starting to shift to getting a whole lot better, on all fronts - Tom, job, money, cat. That's what I'll be visualising!

And Linda's husband and Spaw are in my thoughts too. We gotta keep all these hearts beating strongly around here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bee
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 08:04 AM

Good thoughts from here.

Please, Mudcatters: I really enjoy the lot of you, so stop getting sick!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:21 AM

Glad to hear Curmudgeon is feeling better. Hope he's home and completely healthy very soon. Take care of yourselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:24 AM

The last was from me. My computer decided to make me anonymous.
Linda


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: ClaireBear
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 12:50 PM

(Note to self: check Mudcat on weekends.)

Oh, my dear Santa, I'm so sorry for your troubles!

I'll keep you and Tom in my thoughts and prayers. Let's see, that's health, prosperity, and a fast return to a home where all parties are present and accounted for -- will that cover it?

Love, Claire


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 12:59 PM

Linn-

I just got back from the Mystic Sea Music Festival and saw this thread. I'm very relieved that you managed to get Tom to the Emergency Room before things got even worse. I'm also relieved to hear he's looking better now.

It's no fun wishing to be "older" but I can certainly understand why the availability of Medicare might be of interest. I'll be signing up for that myself in a few months.

I can come early for the shanty session on Saturday if that would be helpful, and I'm sure that one or two other Roll & Go folks would also be willing to help "facilitate." Should we bring crowbars?

Give Tom our best, and try to get some rest yourself.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Carly
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 01:54 PM

We are sending good thoughts your way. Take good care of yourselves; Tom, be NICE to those nurses, and Linn, you get some rest. Can't have you both sick.

Much love from Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 03:05 PM

Good to hear, Linn. Still sending positive thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 05:53 PM

Well, the news today is rather confusing.

He still can't get straight answers as to what exactly the problem is. And it seems now they're concerned about the SOURCE of the pneumonia and/or infection. Either could turn out actually to be a worker's comp case..

I think he's got more antibiotics in him than blood at this rate. And they're threatening an antibiotic drip for another month after they turn him loose.

I got the magazine to the printer and I'm taking the next two days off. Maybe if I'm around we can get some answers.

He had an echocardiogram this morning, too..

Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 06:14 PM

If they need a guinea pig who works at the same location for antibody testing or anything, let me know. The air conditioner's been broken and they fixed something today. Now, it sounds like there should be a 'fasten seat belts' light coming on as the building begins taxiing...

Talk to me about visitors. Some have asked, and I'd like to know meself. Take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 07:28 PM

Visitors.

He doesn't seem thrilled at the idea of visitors -- I think he'd rather have people call. PM me for his direct phone line.

(Jeri, I'll email you.)

Bob Frost was there, though, today not long after I got there and Tom seemed to enjoy the isit. It's just that it's bad enough with nurses, doctors, etcet etcet in and out every coupla minutes, I think he finds having someone there to be sort of adding to the room's overpopulation. You know how he gets when he can't escape occasionally when there are a lot of people around. And dressed the way he is in institutional type gear (and with tubes trailing) he really can't escape.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: ranger1
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 07:29 PM

Wish I had checked this over the weekend. I could have gone home the long way from Grandma's and stopped by to hug you in person, Linn. Oh, well. This will have to do: ((((Linn))))


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: GUEST,Arnie at work
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:07 PM

All the best for a speedy return home Tom - having had a few stays in hospital here in the UK I can guess what you are going through. Only advantage over here is the NHS (National Health Service) which I have to admit is pretty good at dealing with emergency admissions, and all for free! On the downside, the wards are pretty crappy and there is little privacy - if you want private, then you pay private.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Severn
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:08 PM

Best wishes for recovery.

Severn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 08:38 AM

Okay, morning report:

The latest news is that the infection, whatever it is, is more or less under control and he possibly has pneumonia in his left lung, but that appears to be under control, too.

He may be going home tomorrow (Wednesday), although one nurse suggested today. Nothing official yet and they have to remove one IV portal ain his neck nd possibly put in another one if they can decide what kind of antibiotics he'll need after he leaves the hospital and how it's to be delivered.

On an entirely different note, got a voicemail yesterday from a woman saying she's seen several stray cats lately and one matches the description of Jazz-min. AND she left a phone number, unlike the two other calls (one of which MAY have been Jazz and the other probably not). So I'm going to give her a call later this morning. McCrillis Road is a ways from Priest Road, but she's been gone for two weeks and it's shorter through the woods.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 09:09 AM

fingers crossed for both returning home!

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 09:59 AM

See? It is all turning around. Now you will have a sick and hungry cat and a sick and cranky husband around you for weeks. heh heh With any luck at all kitty will be pregnant.
Love you,
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: jacqui.c
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 10:24 AM

Linn - if Jazz is pregnant DO NOT LET MARY HAVE ONE OF THE KITTENS!!!!!

Here's hoping that Tom can eascape as soon as possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alba
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for the update Linn ma Dear.

Sounds/Feels like the tide is turning in your favor.
I like Sinsull's take on the 'Homecomings'...*big Smile*

ALL will be well.
Sending my Love and Best Wishes to Tom and Your good self Linn.
More Power to you both.

Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 12:09 PM

Jacqui doesn't want Sins to birth a kitten??!! Closed-minded if ya ask me! **BG**

Linn, I am expecting to see a "and the cat came back" anytime now and Tom, too! Thanks for the update.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 12:39 PM

I called the woman this morning -- we're now playing phone tag. And I'm heading over to the hospital soon.

Sorry, Sins -- Jazz is spayed.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 01:17 PM

Tom called just as I was about to leave -- he said bring his clothes cuz it looks like they're setting him free. (Sorry, free is not exactly the word I should be using here -- let's just say they're turning him loose!)

Gotta go!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 02:21 PM

Well! That is GREAT news!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 03:17 PM

Can't quite see Tom as Mr Humphries from 'Are you being served?'
But I'm sure he'd be happy with his catch phrase.

I'm free!


Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 03:20 PM

Yeah!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: DebC
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 04:02 PM

Glad that Tom is home. We send lots of love, hugs and good thoughts to you both, Linn.

Deb and Kev


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 05:34 PM

Just got home -- without Tom.

False alarm. They did wheel him off while I was there to put another portal for the antibiotic drip he'll have to do twice a day FOR A MONTH!!! (But didn't yet take out the one on his neck that has been serving in that capacity.) And then they have to train him how to do it. And he's off oxygen -- said he had to get used to breathing what the rest of us are stuck with.

Sigh.

But now he's got clothes, so if he needs to make a break in the middle of the night...

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 05:37 PM

You could send him a file cabinet with a cake in it....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 06:29 PM

Rapaire-

;~)

That way he could take his cake and file it?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 09:02 PM

Talked to Tom a little while ago. He's doing well, and it looks like I'll be bringing him home tomorrow afternoon. As they had said originally.

I also talked to the woman who has spotted the cat that meets Jazz's description and she hasn't been able to reach the woman who has been feeding the strays. She said she'll call me either later tonight or first thing in the morning and I can go over and see if it is, indeed, Jazz. Could very well be -- her road is about 3 miles or so from here, but it's a pretty straight shot through the woods. And Jazz has been missing since Memorial Day weekend.

Good night!
Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 10:36 PM

Hang in there Linn - you, Tom and Jazz will ALL make it. If all else fails, I will donate Felicity (our nastiest tempered cat) to be your adoptee...........!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 11:00 PM

No, to help him break outa the joint. Putting a file in a cake could cause you to break a tooth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 12:21 AM

It's all coming together, Linn...don't forget to breathe!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 04:22 AM

He could make a clean gateauway.
G


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Naemanson
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 04:38 AM

I just found this thread. Sorry to be late to the party. I guess I missed the chance to worry excessively about Tom. I hope he's doing better and and that you are holding up Linn.

I'll keep a better eye on this thread now that I know you're having trouble.

And for Tom, remember it's breathe in, breathe out. One always follows the other.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 06:35 AM

I went for a short visit yesterday evening. He seemed to be doing pretty well for being incarcerated. I saw the remains of his food tray and thought, "OMYGOD - ARE THOSE CANNED SQUISHY-FRUIT PEARS/PEACHES!!!" I actually thought it out loud. Tom said they were apples. Otherwise, he might have had an extended stay from the shock of it all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 08:37 AM

Okay, morning update. Just talked to him -- they haven't brought his breakfast yet, but they're letting him have pancakes, so he's happy and curmudging less.

Anywho, he still doesn't know what time they're springing him today, but all he's waiting for is the training on how to do the twice daily 30-minute antiobiotic drip that he'll have to do for the next month.

So probably some time this afternoon.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 08:56 AM

Knock it off, Deborah. Alice is first on the To Be Adopted list.

Linn - think what good company Alice would be for Tom. And she would never run away. (Believe me, I have tried).


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 09:33 AM

Linn-

Best of luck in springing Tom today.

While we're waiting for more updates here's the latest story about our periodically "missing cat." Tejitu, our calico cooncat, has been gone as long as a week in the past. When I returned from the Mystic Sea Music Festival on Monday she was gone again, evidently that morning. There was no sign of her by evening or by the next morning so we sent the usual alerts to the animal shelters, the town animal control officer, and our nearest neighbors. No little flattened cats on the road were reported by Public Works. Her half-sister Tilahun remained unconcerned, with a peculiar smirk on her face. Well, late yesterday afternoon I was making another circuit around a neighbor's house; they were off to a cottage for a few days. I checked their bulkhead, which they'd left unlocked, to see if Tej was down below and she was not. Then I heard a familiar meow from somewhere, and finally determined that it was from within the house. And when I meeowed back, Tej jumped up on the screened open bedroom window sill and appeared quite happy to see me. The screen wasn't locked and I managed, with my handy tack remover, to ease it up enough so that Tej could jump down. The neighbors appeared quite surprised when they returned later that evening after I told them what our "stupid cat" had done. They hadn't a clue how she slipped into their house but I bet it wasn't the first time. Now she's curled up in my lap while I'm trying to type this little story up.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 12:01 PM

Hope all is going well & you'll soon have everyone back in the right place and recovering well. Positive thoughts,
Hil


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 04:45 PM

I am now at home. Thanks to all for positive thoughts and good wishes; I'm sure they helpedto speed things up. Food was typical hospital fill, short os seasoning, bountiful in its blandness. The meatloaf was almost tasty as it had real onions in it. And there were machines capable of producing real coffee with body and flavour.

I really can't think of anything to add, but I will entertain questions as long as they come with their own personal sense of humor.

Now for a wee taste of that amber elixer which was not available at all.

Thanks again -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 05:01 PM

Welcome back!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 05:27 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Micca
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 05:51 PM

Hey 'mudge, glad your home, Have a good "amber elixer" with me, I will toast you in Ardbeg!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 06:53 PM

bland is the most important ingredient in hospital food - otherwise folks would never leave!

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bee
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 07:37 PM

Keep well, then. ;-)

Glad the coffee was OK. The hospitals here all have Tim Horton's outlets in 'em, so as not to have patients going into withdrawals on top of their ills.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 07:44 PM

Welcome home, Tom. Are you taking in the single malt via a tube or sipping it?

When will we celebrate Linn's birthday? I have 8 huge tubs filled with stuff for the yard sale. Any or all of it is hers.

Have a use for several dozen organ pipes, both wood and metal?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Alba
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 07:45 PM

Your right where you should be Tom. HOME
Remember to sip, relax and savor the taste of sweet Freedom..*smile*
My warmest Wishes to Your good self and Linn.
With Love,
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: bbc
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 08:35 PM

Tom, welcome home! Good to hear from yourself. Take care now, ok?

love to you & Linn,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: JudyB
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 09:56 PM

Welcome home! And hoping to see you both on Saturday - but only if the energy from the shanty sing will be significantly more healing than the effort it takes you to get there.

Hugs to you both,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 11:03 PM

Welcome home. Now, dammit, STAY there! Stay, boy! Sit! Stay, you hear me? Stay!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 11:14 PM

Whew!!!! Don't scare us like that..........and regardless of what Mary says, I really meant it about Felicity.........she's meaner than Alice!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Pauline L
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 11:30 PM

Linn and Tom, my best wishes to both of you. This has got to be scary and stressful. It looks like the worst is behind you. Tom, I hope you have a quick, uneventful, and complete recovery.

{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}} to both of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:49 AM

No more smoking Tom, I'm granting myself permission to slap you upside your head if I catch you. Aside from that, I'm glad to see you're out & about again & I was thinking that you might have missed me since I was away when all this happened, "I'm back" so you'll either be getting a kiss or a slap, I don't know which will be worst for you but try smoking & find out. Might see you Friday or Saturday, be forwarned.

Love Ya
Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 07:43 AM

Organ pipes, Mary!

I already have one wooden (A, I think) pipe given to me by a friend who worked for a company that repaired and restored organs. (Now he builds citterns, bouzoukis, and octave mandolins.)

Actually, I'd love a few more to add to the collection.

David Behm used to be able to get overtones when he blew into the pipe -- he had a pretty good set of "pipes" himself!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Micca
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 08:11 AM

hey Linn, with a bunch of pipes you could strategically place them so it looks like you have a pipe organ in the house!! and have visitors trying to work out where the keyboard and power plant are!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:14 AM

Great to here you are home, lad. Take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:18 AM

Put the pipes around the house, rig them so they blow bubbles or make various indiscrete sounds....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: ranger1
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:23 AM

Linn, be careful what you wish for...I was with Mary when she went to pick up those pipes, and there are a lot of them! You will probably end up with all of them if you aren't careful!

Tom - Glad you are home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:41 AM

Sorry I have not been around but I too was "paying penance" for an early dismissal plus dealing with some other family matters. This kept me away except to read a few and I followed your homecoming and finally now get around to saying.........GLAD YOU'RE HOME!!!

Now take care and try to follow the plan. I know that personally I will say damn near anything to get out of the hospital. I'm told I once even agreed to go underwater and fornicate with a flounder if I could get released.   Happily, that one turned out to be a bad trip from the meds I was on, but I think I have been that desperate.   So remember, you have to do what you promised the Docs.........uh, nothing about fish was there?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:42 PM

Did get some bad news this morning -- or rather, disappointing.

The Jazz-min sighting turned out to be a false alarm. The look-alike turned out to be part of a batch of nearly grown kittens -- too young and unspayed to be our girl. That call came first thing this morning, so, besides being exhausted, I'm not in the best of moods today.

Trying to get somewhat caught up and back on schedule at work, right now. Arghhh!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: GUEST,Pamela in Ithaca
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:51 PM

Linn and Tom,

I am *so* glad to hear that things are going well.
Take your medicine as you should (all of it!) and take good
care of each other. It's a relief to come back after
several days away (in lovely Lexington, Virginia)
and hear that all are on the mend... and the cat may
even come back.

cheers, Pamela


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: GUEST,jacqui.c in Albany
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 07:24 PM

Glad you're home Tom - I've just sprung Kendall from the hospital where he had another op on his vocal chord today.

Take care - we'll see you on the 14th. I won't be able to make this Saturday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 08:31 PM

I thought the pipes might make a lovely grotto for our headless Jesus. But if Linn wants all three thousand of them - so be it!
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:04 AM

Linn, I'm sorry to hear that the Jazz look-alike was not the original Jazz.

Jacqui - how long do you have to wait for a report from the surgeon?

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 05:25 PM

See Liposuction thread. Kendall is back.

Tom called to say "Hi" the other night. He sounds really good and not at all curmudgeonly. Welcome back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 10:28 PM

Glad to hear Tom is feeling better.........sorry that the sighting was not Jazz. but -- SAY THE WORD .... and Felicity is yours.....!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM

Tom was looking good at the Press Room shanty/forebitter sing yesterday but judge for yourselves: Click here for a good time!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 05:05 PM

Great pix, Charley, thanks!

Linn...any news on Jazz?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: gnu
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 05:47 PM

I'll second that, kat... Thanks Charley!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 07:05 PM

JudyB took most of the pictures and processed them for the web link.

But Tom does look great considering his recent ordeal!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 11:23 PM

You're all looking great! Shame with Judy taking all the pictures that I couldn't see her in any of them!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon In Hospital - June 9, 2007
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 06:50 AM

I'm so glad Tom is back home and feeling better. Now, Linn- what are you doing to take care of yourself???


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