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Subject: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 01 May 99 - 02:02 PM

Having become rather bulky I started part two here. Having just learned some more HTML I'll attempt to create a link back to part 1. Yet Another Blue Clicky Thingie that Joe fixed
If it worked fine, if not, will someone please clean the mess out of the litter box?

The news in Mick's post from Connie's e-mail is encouraging. The fact that he looked at Karen and held her hand AND the fact that he saw his Maw-in-Law there and obviously wondered "where in the H did she come from?" is a good sign.
Banjer, you are hereby ordered to attend remedial HTML school - click here
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: bet
Date: 01 May 99 - 02:09 PM

Thanks for the up-date. We'll keep up the prayers that all will work out. bet


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 May 99 - 03:30 PM

That is really encouraging news! Thanks Connie and Mick. Keep it up 'Spaw and Karen and 'Spaw-Mum-in-Law.

kat


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: BK
Date: 01 May 99 - 06:00 PM

Night owl: be glad to help when I can. I live in central Missouri, so I'm not close, alas. I'm not a cardiologist or surgeon - I'm the medical director in a prison -what the military calls a "GMO," (general medical officer; like a battallion or squadron "surgeon")& I also used to do forensics (depressing work) but I'll do what I can.

You can pretty well bet your bottom dollar that there's almost always multiple valid ways to approach medical problems & multiple opinions & detail differences in the reccomendations of even the best, well trained, conscientious & ethical physicians, so the family will likely already be starting to get various options suggested; I don't want to inadvertantly give even more conflicting info from what the treating physicians are suggesting. And also, I'm not privy to the mass of details necessarily missing from our picture of the 'ol 'Spaw as a patient, 'n also I reckon he's at a big enough medical center that the guys & gals on his team probably know very well indeed what they're doin' 'n we don't want to confuse/increase stress on Karen 'n her mom by second guessing.

Having said that, if I can maybe explain some anatomic or medical concepts to help out, I'll be glad to. I don't have time to check here as often asI'd like, so be patient if I'm not responding real fast...

Anyway, I still think there might (hope there will!) come a time when we can flood the 'ol 'Spaw w/tons o' great folkish musical stuff, so he can tell us - like a music critic, ya know, what he thinks of our - no doubt very eclectic - tastes when he gets better.

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: sail
Date: 01 May 99 - 06:25 PM

I want to say ditto to all the previous good wishes and prayers. Penny


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: bill\sables
Date: 01 May 99 - 07:00 PM

It's good to hear the news, It feels like a dark cloud has lifted but with all the good wishes of Mudcat behind him what else could he do but start to recover All the best catspaw Love Bill


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Helen
Date: 01 May 99 - 08:53 PM

I just did a little retrospective research because I wanted to know a little more about catspaw. Apart from finding out his age and where he lives (50, SE Ohio) this is all I could come up with. Kinda reminds me why we love him, don't it?

Cuilionn,

What do those two amazing words mean: "carnaptious" and "slee"? Whatever they are I'm sure I agree with you.

"Carryin' th' weicht o' th' wairld, pretendin' tae be carnaptious an' slee tae obscure yir auld saftie sel' belaw it a'..... Hmph" (Cuilionn, in Part 1 of this thread)) Helen

Subject: RE: What does a mudcatter do? From: catspaw49 Date: 08-Jan-99 - 09:22 PM

Sixties radical who forgot who he was for 25 years; looked in mirror one day and wondered what the hell happened...left Fortune 500 company to raise my kids and became a househusband,child advocate and foster parent, and, as full time as I can, luthier. We'd already been fostering for several years and adopted two boys. When I resigned, my letter stated that I didn't want my life or my sons' to wind up like a Harry Chapin song lyric. I'm sure they had no idea what I was talking about!

catspaw49 Subject: RE: What does a mudcateer look like? (truth opt) From: catspaw49 Date: 15-Mar-99 - 02:16 AM

erica---Glad you passed that explanation on to Rick 'cause you look wonderful but, uh, yeah...........that's one of the screwier shots I've ever seen! Is the one on the left thinking or wiping drool from her mouth? The buzz cut in back...a guy or a Sinead wannabe? The girl to your left looks to be doing a nostril inspection of Paul Bunyan. And lemme' guess, the photographer is a student that wins the praise of every artsy-fartsy type within a 21 mile radius. What do I look like...LEJ old buddy, you say we all might eventually meet and so you refreshed this stupid thread. I avoided this turkey before and much as I love ya' there bro...I'm gonna' pass on it now.

catspaw

Subject: RE: What does a mudcateer look like? (truth opt) From: Lonesome EJ Date: 15-Mar-99 - 02:16 PM

OK catspaw if that's the way you want it. I'm gonna keep on picturing you with red hair and a red beard, probably freckles, perched on your front porch with the Computer sittin on top of the washin machine, you're wearin yer Mudcat t-shirt, overalls, and a big grin. You are tall and lanky, and I bet your wife teases you about yer paunch.You live on a ridge in the hills, and yer kids throw dirt clods at the neighbor's dog. You have a jacuzzi on the back porch, for some reason, and your old Takamine is leanin against the refrigerator, which contains a 12 pack of light beer and some turkey baloney which you like to eat right out of the package. You also would really enjoy a well-marbeled New York Strip, but your wife is against it.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 May 99 - 08:56 PM

helen, thanks for the reminders! we've been 'Spawed!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Susan A-R
Date: 01 May 99 - 11:15 PM

As for me, I begin to wonder what brought this on. Was it an army of Tiple players, or did someone slip a Neil Young cd in the player while the cat was away? I am much relieved to hear that the news is improved. The cafe wouldn't be the same without those little paw tracks. Still praying though, just to keep things on the upswing.

Susan


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 01 May 99 - 11:26 PM

Very good Susan, while we rejoice let us do so with guarded optimism and not let up on our prayers. He needs them now every bit as much as when the news first broke.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 02 May 99 - 12:58 AM

Amen, Banjer. Still doing my equivalent of prayer.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 02 May 99 - 01:26 AM

I have been praying hard for Cats. I'm still having a hard time imagining him not being able to speak- I imagine he'll be making up for lost time in a few days. In the meantime, I am going to visualize sitting at breakfast with him, the waitress serving us up big plates of biscuits, country ham, red eye gravy, black coffee and all the other wonderful country cuisine that Karen and the Doctors will never let him eat again. But I've got a strong feeling that that old boy is feeling well enough by now to know he's damned hungry. Unfortunately it'll be jello ,chicken broth and ginger ale for a while. Anyway, maybe my intense visualization of that breakfast at Thelma's Cafe will get to him and alleviate some of those hunger pangs.

Astrally yours, LEJ


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 May 99 - 01:30 AM

Jeez Lonesome, it's had a hell of an effect on me! Can I join you and "Paw" at that table?


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 02 May 99 - 01:40 AM

Wanna make that Canadian ham, Rick? International cuisine!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Cuilionn
Date: 02 May 99 - 01:49 AM

Sorry tae thraw ye...I kent Auld Catspaw professit a fondness for ma Braid Scots, sae I addit in a wee bit o' mair descriptive language. "Carnaptious" is summat like th' Amurrican derivative, "cantank..." er, "cantanker..." um, "cantanquerous..." BLAST! I canNAE spell in Amurrican!!! Onyway, it means aboot what ye'd expect it tae mean: gruff an' muckle feshin' tae drey...er, hard tae endure. "Slee" means aboot th' same as "pawky"...(Stop bein' sae obscure, lass!!!) er, summat claise tae th' Amurrican waird "sly", but wi' mair connotations.

OCH!!! I'm exhaustit frae ettlin' tae heft sae mony idioms. It's thinkin' I am that I'll jist gae lay ma ainsel' doon...

S'e an amadan a' th' annam! An beannachd leibh, co-dhuibh...

--Cuilionn


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Night Owl
Date: 02 May 99 - 02:52 AM

This is such a neat family (biological and Mudcats)!!!THANKS for the update. (If it helps, want to let you know that my co-worker here, who clung to life by a "thread" for twelve days-three months ago...just got released from the Rehab Hospital and is back home with portable O2.) Banjer's words are important,I think,..it's (hopefully) a long road. I have another favor to ask......could someone puhleeze deliver the toilet paper to Thelma's Cafe quick!!!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Pete M
Date: 02 May 99 - 06:45 AM

I've just got back to the caff after a few days work break. What can I add? No new words, just my hope for a speedy recovery 'Paw, and a reminder that we all appreciate just how much you have given to us all, not just the 'Cat, but to your (non cyber) friends, your community and to humanity. To Karen and Pat, my hope that these wishes are some comfort, and that we will all have even better news soon.

Pete M


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: harpgirl
Date: 02 May 99 - 06:52 AM

Ya''ll are in mind this morning. CatsPaw, I hope you're up today spraying an'a scratching an'a clawing...I'll send you a prayer from church...harpy


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:00 AM

It does help Night Owl, thanks from all of us. You know M'Cateers, modern medicine can really help. Almost two years ago my leaky aortic valve was not doing well, another valve started leaking and my heart was enlarging to try to compensate by working too hard. I started on oxygen therapy because my bod just wasn't getting enough (a lot of the oxygenated blood was leaking back into my heart instead of being pumped out into my body). The o2, along with modified exercise AND weight loss has helped tremendously. The last echocardiogram showed improvement. I have had allergic reactions to every drug they've tried for blood pressure and to help my heart. The last time this happened, I called the doc and told him I wasn't goiing to take it anymore, at all. My goal had been to be off all meds by summer, anyway.

The upshot of all this sharing with you is to let you know there is always hope, as there are so many alternatives. It is never an either or situation. There is always a third, and fourth, etc. Off the meds, stil on o2, but able to go without it for short times when running into the store or whatever, I AM doing MUCH better and my doctor and I fully expect me to be able to let the o2 go, during the daytime, by later this summer.

A lot of my success, I believe, also had to do with working through things on a spiritual level and learning to set boundaries on myself and on others I am involved with. I think it is safe to say that, like me and a lot of you, Catspaw has a "big" heart and wants to right all of the injustices of the world.

It's hard to admit that we cannot and is something I've been struggling with since this all happened. Hardest of all has been limiting myself and some family interaction; I've had to adopt a "protective mode" and learn to let some family members and friends go to learn on their own, for their own growth and because, finally, I had to admit to myself there was nothing left that I could do for them. I've also increased some family interaction, seeking out my dear sister, bet, even more than ever, 'cause positive is the kinda gal she is! Also, if I wanted to be an old woman and continue to wear purple I had to start caring for myself more.

Today, I can clean the house; run errands, in and out of the car; work on writing or jewlery; and still have some energy at the end of the day. Even 4-5 months ago, I was still having a hard time going up the stairs, just doing the dishes, or taking the dog outside. Things continue to improve for me and I know they can for dear 'Spaw.

Now, I know a large part of why I've continued to heal so much, in just the past few months, is ALSO because of you all here at the 'Cat. It has literally saved my sanity and life to be able to be on here and to find such wonderful friends. The meds I was on made me feel like a 90something cripple, which in turn depressed me. There were many days when about all I could do was sit at the computer and try to communicate with everyone who had shown me such outright love and concern. I thank you for that from the bottom of my healthier and improving heart.

Please know that what we all do here, for 'Spaw and each other, isvital and does have a tremendously positive effect. As ever, thanks for leting me ramble. 'Spaw, there's more healing for ya right here, whenever you are ready and able.

Love you all,

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:14 AM

B. Sed and Night Owl: here's the one from the thread game, Seed, that you posted, that NO wanted in here. It's a classic, phoaks, for our dear 'Spaw:

Well, maybe just one more:

Best single lines/About CatsPaw PartII/Master of the Sheepfold

--seed


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Helen
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:47 AM

Cuilionn,

Thanks for the translation. It's close to what I thought you meant, and I agree with you.

katL

You can start wearing purple any old time you choose to - I've been wearing it all my life.

Helen

Warning

by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people's gardens

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Tucker
Date: 02 May 99 - 09:59 AM

Still prayin' for ya Catspaw. I did my gardening yesterday and this year I named it the catspaw garden,....now if my damn critters will just let it grow. God Bless and get well ok?


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:43 AM

Helen,

Thansk for posting that poem. I have been wearing purple all of my life, too. I just meant that I want to continue to be here to continue wearing it.:-)

TuckMudder: that is such a wonderful and sweet thing to do with your garden! I shall do the same when it gets warm enough to plant.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: LEJ
Date: 02 May 99 - 02:43 PM

Now Katlaf, I'm not sure Cats would appreciate being called "Master of the Sheepfold", knowing about you folks in Wyoming and your widespread reputation for holding sheep in, shall we say, "High Regard." As the sheep rancher outside Buffalo, Wyoming, said " since the wife left me, it's been hard to go on, but where there's wool, there's a way." NOI(much)

LEJ in the more cultured state to the south of you


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 02:48 PM

Yup! Why-oh-min: where men are men and sheep are nervous! And donchu EVER tell my daddy I ever said I had ANYTHING AT'ALL to do with Sheep! He's a cattleman, ya know?! His daddy was one of the founders of the Colorado Cattleman's Assoc., so LEJ, I guess I can claim to be a lonesome transplant up here, a'longin' fer my home in Coloradah. Ya know that 'Spaw name fer yew, "Leej" must be going ta yer head! I hear you're strutting around in tights and a codpiece, calling for yer serving wenches and serfs!

Touche!katlaughing


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Tucker
Date: 02 May 99 - 05:28 PM

where men are men and sheep are nervous!!! Love it. Reminds me. I bought a galvanized pail the other day. A woman ask me if I was going to milk cows or billy goats. I told her my cow ran away (I am obviously a city boy) and my Billy didn't take kindyly to being milked.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Llanfair
Date: 02 May 99 - 06:30 PM

So sorry to see that catspaw is poorly, though I am not sure what it has to do with sheep. Did I miss something? Somehow I was sure that those of us in Wales had the monopoly on sheep jokes, there being three sheep to every head of population. Jim and I keep ours handy in the bathroom, but I believe the modern fashion is to keep them by the freezer. I have noticed that my messages have ended the threads I was following. Did I commit an unforgivable breach of etiquette, or was I just too woolly................... Hwyl. Y'all.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:30 PM

LLANFAIR, The sheep is a classic example of what is known here as "thread creep". It has taken on an air of 'Spaws presence, incorparating some humor to an otherwise tense situation. Enjoy it, and like the rest of us, look forward to "Spaws return and then watch all hell break loose.

Tucker, I know little of the Billys likes or dislikes, but perhaps if you scratch him behind the ears and get to know him, he may let you!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:35 PM

Hi friends,

Here is the latest. Looks like good news.


Mick,

Talked to Karen as soon as I got up this a.m. Good news. Her long time ICU nurse and friend fly in from GA yesterday. Assessed the information. Walked into Pat's cubical and softly declared to him that he's going to be ok. They changed meds. for BP and arythmias. As to what begat what--who knows...but the news is his BP and arrythmia has stablized. He asked K as soon as he came out if she went to graduation. SO we're glad that he is not only conscious but also oriented to time, place, and event. I am gratful to GOD.

O.k. Time for church. Then we'll go up to see K and work out some plans.

More Later ~Connie


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:41 PM

Praise the Lord!!! All day I have been waiting to hear something good and this is it!!! The fact that the time orientation is intact and he is able to ask questions tell me he must have been, at least for a while, off the ventilator. GOOD NEWS.....Still keep praying or worshiping each in your own way...I think it's working!!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Mo
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:44 PM

Amen to that...


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Mikal
Date: 02 May 99 - 07:49 PM

OOOOOH! I drop out of the net for a week, and 'Paw goes sick! See what happens when you don't check the Mudcat?

Seriously. I'm praying for you.

Other than that, Little else counts!

Mikal


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:12 PM

Thank you! Thank you! That is such good news! We will keep up the good vibes and, 'Spaw, you keep asking questions and planning on being back here! Blessed Be!

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: bet
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:28 PM

Great news! We'll keep all in our good thoughts. bet


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Susan A-R
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:39 PM

YES! Paw's on the mend!!! So when does he get that laptop??

Susan


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:44 PM

Is he ready for a laptop? Will all his belly laughs and side splitting be good for him this early? What the Hell!, They say laughter is the best medicine....So, Yeah, Paw-Maw-in-Law, where is the laptop you promised?


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Banjer
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:49 PM

Thelma just called, said to hurry with that toilet paper, they are fast running out of napkins and some of the folk are even eyeing the new phone book longingly...


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Alice
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:17 PM

great news! keep it up!


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Mark Roffe
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:23 PM

Catspaw,
It's true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away....IF your aim is good and you throw hard.
A cat may have nine lives, but let's not push things. I miss you, sir. Not only because you often respond to my postings, although I appreciate that, but for the things you say and the way you say them.
It seemed ironic that you would have a catscan -- just don't let them declaw you -- that razor sharp wit is a rare quality.
OK, now quit faking and get home.
...The cat came back, he wouldn't stay away, the cat came back the very next day...

Mark


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:51 PM

The news is encouraging, but let's not let up on all those good thoughts and prayers. You know he's gonna take some time to heal, so let's do what we can to help.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Tucker
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:53 PM

Aye and God be praised. Anyone in me and Catspaw's area interested in a hootenanny, for the fun of it and for Catspaw? . We have a ton of places we could meet, the food could be great, the proceeds to something cool, and the fun of meeting would be wonderful...might even lead to Montana.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 02 May 99 - 10:56 PM

We're all eager to see Paw up and spreadin' litter and stalkin' birds (watch him, Karen--don't let him get too frisky). --seed


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Tucker
Date: 02 May 99 - 11:02 PM

MOST OF ALL GOD BLESS CATSPAW. HOPE YOU'RE DOING WE'LL, TUCKER AND ALL THE OTHER MUDCATTERS. GET WELL SOON


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 May 99 - 11:30 PM

Well said, all. Sandy, good point, let's not rush him.

Blessed be,'Spaw.


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From:
Date: 02 May 99 - 11:34 PM

Well, Catspaw, news of your rally is good news indeed. May you continue to heal. A group of 7 or 8 Mudcatters were standing around this afternoon in the middle of a forest in Northern Virginia (in real life!) and realizing that we didn't get to meet you in person when you didn't come to Washington, DC a couple of months ago for Rick Fielding's concert. And we're all hoping and praying that you get well enough quick enough that we do get a chance to meet you in person in those Virginia woods, or in "Our Nation's Capital" nearby, as soon as you're up to it. Godbless...

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 May 99 - 12:06 AM

To all our dear friends, I am so overwhelmed by all your love and prayers. I can't describe how wonderful it was to come home to all your beautiful messages. I am honored to be considered part of your family. Pat was much better today. His blood pressure is stable, his heart rate has stabilized to around 72bpm, and they are weaning him from the vent. He spends part of the time breathing on his own and then they give him some assistance to avoid tiring him. For the first time today he became alert enough to start asking questions. Pat had no memory of the days leading up to being hospitalized and I filled in the blanks for him. As you can imagine he is a little irritated about not being able to put in his two cents worth, but when the vent comes out tomorrow he'll have plenty to say. His sense of humor is shining through as well as touch of sarcasm. It's amazing what he can do with a pair of brown eyes. I went to media play and bought a portable cd player and two cds from a very meager selection of folk music. I think it would be wonderful if he could hear some of your music and have wanted to ask for a couple of days. I fell in love with Pat the first time we met and within a few days we knew we were going to be together for the rest of our lives. He was the person I did not believe existed and he caught me by surprise. He is a gentle loving soul and the center of my life. There is so much more that I want to say, but my mind seems to be hampered by lack of sleep and the fact that Tristan is behind me throwing up. Ah...Home Sweet Home

Love to everyone, Karen

P.S. Big Mick...Thank you so much for everything you've done


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: BK
Date: 03 May 99 - 12:07 AM

The good news is certainly welcome! Still, we have to remember there's a long way yet to go... He's out of the quicksand, by still in the jungle, so our support can still be very important, and may remain so for a long time...

It's amazing how events change your perceptions and priorities. We had a small disaster here, and the room filled with my computers and instruments got flooded. We pulled out the computers and instruments, and as soon as I could, got a computer set up again & checked the mudcat for any news. Prior to this, I would've waited until tomorrow or the next day to set the computer up.

Prior to 'Spaw's emergency, I probably would have been obsessed by the possibility of harm to my precious guitars and other personal possessions, but this puts it all in perspective.

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: BK
Date: 03 May 99 - 12:14 AM

Fantastic! Karen's post came in while I was typing. Obviously this is even much better news: Karen, can you let us know what address we can send some taped music to?

Thanks for the wonderful good news, BK


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 May 99 - 12:17 AM

Karen,

Now you have done it. I work years to craft the image of a big tough old mick, and you set me tears when I have company in the house. It will be all over West Michigan tomorrow.

Your description of your love for our 'Spaw was wonderful, and now is recorded for posterity. My children will be reading it and hopefully passing it on. We do indeed love you and we are all part of a family that cares. Your husband touched us, sometimes in a difficult way, and we miss him. Sometimes things happen in a funny way. Because of our beloved 'Spaw's illness, we have come to know you, the boys and Wayne and Connie. We are blessed by this. Take care of that man, we will be here for you, and if anything has to be done, don't forget to ask.

Mick


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Subject: RE: About Catspaw - PartII
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 May 99 - 12:18 AM

BK, there was an address in the first thread, if I remember right. Karen, thanks so much for taking the time to share this good news with us. Tell 'Spaw we're all thinking of him and continue to give thanks for his recovery.

katlaughing and sending a cd, right now!


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