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Subject: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:40 AM

Not trying to impinge upon the attention on Kendall's surgery yesterday, but Tom is actually on his way to Mass General (by train, solo) right now for his meeting with the anesthesiologist to make sure his long postponed second vocal cord procedure is back on track.

This will be on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd -- Dr. Zeitels will remove the remaining cancer on Tom's left vocal cord (which was left after the first surgery so it wouldn't grow together with the area of the right vocal fold during healing) and start on the rebuilding process by injecting Tom's body fat into the area of his right vocal fold.

We got just enough snow late yesterday to be a major annoyance this morning. My boss sent me home at 5:30 (instead of making me stay to close at 8) after the snow started to get serious. He closed as soon as the doctor's last patient had gone. It took me two hours to make the usual 30 minute drive. Visibility sucked and on the Spaulding Turnpike and Rte. 4 I never went faster than 30 mph. Then came to a (thankfully not screaming) halt west of Lee Circle. Sat for 45 minutes not knowing what was blocking traffic ahead. Finally eastbound traffic started coming through, then we got to move ahead a bit, etcet etcet. Finally pulled past a petroleum tank truck in the middle of the road and it was more or less free sailing home. (I'd been painfully close to my turnoff when traffic stopped.) Got home after 7:30 but before the need to pee got desperate.

We both had to leap out of bed at 5 this morning. Let me rephrase that. I had to leap out of bed and immediately get dressed and out to shovel the deck, trudge to the head of the driveway and clear Tom's car of the snow stuck to all sides of it. Then shovel out the front (our plow guy had been by and cleared between the cars and the road) of his car and pull it forward so I could clean off the passenger side.

Tom is moving very slowly because of the defib adjustment, but he was out of the house, armed with my cell phone, a card with his destination at Mass General on it so the driver of the Partners bus could get him there from North Station (in Boston traffic, etc. Tom wouldn't be able to vocally make himself understood), Advair and cane. Took him a bit to get up our long uphill driveway but I had the car warmed up for him to rest in before he left, more or less on time, to get the Downeaster train in Durham.

After I got my car shovelled out, I went and got some McFood and McCoffee at the Circle and had a delightful conversation with a gentleman who was convinced that he was older than I was (we were reminiscing about winter weather past) and startled to find I'm 60 and have some years on him. He thought I was in my 40s.

Just got my feet and gloves soaked yet again getting in some more firewood. And when my feet thaw out, I'll go out and get some more. My car isn't blocking the driveway, so our plow guy can clear it at his convenience.

Meanwhile, I won't relax until Tom is safely home again later today and I'm not sure exactly when that will be. I hope he gets a chance to stop in and see Kendall and Jacqui when he's there.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:42 AM

Here's the link to the previous thread --

Curmudgeon's Winter Medical Woes


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: maeve
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:44 AM

Thank you for the update, Linn. Love to you both as the story unfolds.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:48 AM

I am picturing a pair of grumpy curmudgeons neither able to speak trying to hold a conversation. LOL The snow missed Portland; South Portland got an inch. South and west got dumped on - up to 11 inches.
The roads were icy last night and I was glad to reach my driveway in one piece. Seamus of course loves it. Buries his nose in and snorts. He's like a puppy in the snow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 09:03 AM

We got less than 6 inches and it wasn't too heavy. The roads (Rte. 4) today are covered with cobbled ice. I haven't been able to find out yet exactly what the accident was that shut down Rte. 4 on my way home last night.

Right now I'm resting my frigid and soaked feet on a slab of soapstone that's been warming on the woodstove. Old New Hampshire technology meets new (computer) technology. I've also got a furry lap warmer "helping" me and complicating typing right now.

I'm waiting until it's a decent hour in Milwaukee to call my sister.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 11:11 AM

I'm glad Tom got on his way- and you sound as though you're taking care of yourself in the good old way- keep us posted!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 11:43 AM

"I am picturing a pair of grumpy curmudgeons neither able to speak trying to hold a conversation." Sins

A lot of misty-eyed smiles, no doubt. The best of outcomes to Tom.

I just remembered a funny conversation I overheard years ago: A Frenchman and a Japanese woman trying to converse in English.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 12:24 PM

Hi Linn

Putting my 2 bits of thinking about y'll in this here thread. Keep well girl. That cold feet stuff can get ya into trouble.

Hugs to you both and fingers, toes, knees and eyes crossed for positive outcome of the pre surgery check for Tom.





p.s. Don't know if I like this flashy adverts inside the actual threads. Some are downright inappropriate to the topic. Is this a new addition by Max?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 01:27 PM

Just got a phone message from Tom (I was talking to my sister in Milwaukee at the time) -- he'll be getting the 3 pm bus from North Station and will be home about 5. He sounded in good spirits, so I guess the meeting with the anesthesiologist went well.

I feel better, too, just knowing he's okay navigating Boston on his own. Don't know if he was able to look up Kendall and Jacqui while he was there.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:21 PM

Linn-

Nice to get an update and know that Tom is on the long road home.

Will we see you at the Press Room this Saturday?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:25 PM

Another hurdle navigated. Great!
If Kendall is still in the ICU I doubt Tom would have been allowed in. If he is now in a room, I bet Jacqui is still trying to find him. Hospitals are wonderful for that.
Good news.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:45 PM

Sounds cool so far. Still holding you both close.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:55 PM

Anxious to hear what Tom says but it sounds pretty good at this point!

I promise not to jam the thread with posts but you guys know I am following closely and expecting nothing but the best.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:55 PM

The ad above is for Rock Hero. Is there something Tom isn't sharing with us?
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 04:11 PM

I dunno' Sins.....The ad I see now is for "Queer As Folk."

I'm serious here!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 04:22 PM

Nope -- Twilight Saga and Food, Inc. Uh huh. (Or is it, "Hmmmmmm..."?)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 04:50 PM

Now it's a toothless Johnny Cash. What does Tom get up to while you're at work, Linn? Surfing the net?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 06:15 PM

Nope -- "Hollywood Causes Cancer"...well, Tom did run Cinematheque -- but that shop specialized in foreign films and classics and indies.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 07:00 PM

Tom and LInn -- the Mayor and I send you our very very best......you are an amazing woman. I wouldn't shovel out a car if my life depended on it but then I am a princess.......


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 07:57 PM

I don't suppose they could save a lot of us the trouble of following both threads and both men by putting them in the same room if their stays overlap, and make sure there's WiFi in the room?

Stay warm, Linn. I have an antique slab of stone like that, with a metal bail on one end, for warming on a stovetop and using as a foot warmer in bed. The aunt whose house it came from used to have a place in Maine. Maybe it's the same kind of stone or came from the same manufacturer.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:47 PM

Good idea, SRS. And when CURMUDGEONLINESS hits critical mass, we can allwatch it on FOX News. LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:50 AM

Thinking of you both and sending positive thoughts from here!
Love & Hugs,
Hil x


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 08:11 AM

Tom's next procedure on Tuesday won't require a hospital stay -- they'll turn him loose as soon as he's recovered from the anesthesia. He seems to think he's going to hop on a train bound for New Hampshire as soon as he can get to North Station, but I think we'll probably be spending the night at the Holiday Inn a block away from the hospital (as we will be the night before) and heading home on Wednesday morning.

Tom's got an appointment with Dr. Z on Monday right after we hit town and then a CAT scan later, but at some point Tom and Kendall should be able to curmudge at each other (and Jacqui and I can commiserate).

Mass General, by the way, is a city in itself. Yesterday Tom was in Jackson, where assistance is slight, and he couldn't find out where Kendall was without walking all over hell and gone, which is very difficult for him right now. So they couldn't get together yesterday. We'll fix that on Monday.

Stilly, same thingy. It's soapstone which holds heat very very well. Mine is lacking the bail. Old New England solution to a problem that doesn't go away. Wrapped in a towel, it will warm the bed. Plunked on the floor in our woodstove heated home with my damp, frozen feet resting on it, an absolute joy.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 08:21 AM

Very wise to stay the night in a hotel, Linn. Remember Kendall's drug reaction that would have been on a bus bound for Maine had it set in ten minutes later.
Kendall is still in the ICU. I don't know how keen they are on visitors but hopefully by next week he will be in a room. There' a cute nurse in the ICU who is delaying his recovery, I believe.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:02 AM

iT'S OK, Sins, they are giving me meds to make the swelling go down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:22 AM

Appreciatethe time you take to keep us updated, Linn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:38 AM

argaiV?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:20 AM

LOLOLOL... one extra point for Giok!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Carly
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:01 PM

Love and hugs to you both. Thanks, Linn, for your messages; please do take care of yourself. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 04:30 PM

Refresh
Join Kendall at the top. Dr. Zeitel will be putting his kids thru college via Mudcat patients at this rate.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 05:10 PM

Thanks for the updates, Linn. Sounds like all that firewood hauling, snow-shovelling, and climbing the driveway have taken years off your age...young fellers chatting you up and all...the bright side of it all, eh?

Kendall!**bg**

Much love to all,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 08:14 AM

Tom FINALLY got a date to renew the defibrillator battery -- Wednesday, March 10th. (So I don't have to take yet another day off from work.)

is cardiologist wanted the okay (and how long after his throat surgery) from Dr. Z. The interesting thing is, his cardiologist doesn't understand the type of throat surgery or what it requires, and Dr.Z. doesn't really know about the battery change procedure.

But everything, AT LAST!, seems to be on track.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 08:28 AM

Hurray!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Judy Cook
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 11:21 AM

Sending good thoughts your way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 12:01 PM

Good thoughts coming - I'll let you know if Kendall's up for visiting on Monday. Kendall's making progress but isn't really up for company right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:37 AM

Tom, when we get all back together with all parts working, what are we going to bitch bout? Lets form a duo, the hoarse bros.?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:28 AM

LOL!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:39 AM

Good name for the duo - The Ponies - As you are BOTH a little horse


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:46 AM

Countdown to getting this crap over with. Less than two days. WHOO WHOO!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:08 PM

I spoke with Tom earlier. Linn was at work. He sounds really good and eager to get the whole business behind them. His surgery is 6AM (yeah, right) on Tuesday so get your candles, gongs and assorted paraphernalia at the ready.
Good luck, Tom. I have complete confidence in Dr. Z. You're in the best care possible.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: maeve
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:11 PM

Thinking of you, Tom and Linn.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:33 PM

Less than 2 days to the throat procedure part of the crap. I can't relax until that damned battery is renewed.

Geez, am I the only woman in the world whose husband runs on batteries?!?

(Oh, gawd...I can hear the comments now.)

(But I need some laughs!)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:01 PM

Well...not exactly a husband. More a Mr. WOnderful.
Thanks for asking. LOL
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:52 PM

Does he use the Energizer ones?

(Breathe, Linn, deep and slow:-)

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 11:24 PM

Well......
No, I will behave, (but Linn I'll sing a verse of BOB just for a laugh or two)....

Still waiting and breathing with you all


tinker


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 12:09 AM

me too

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:09 AM

Tom said he was setting the alarm today for 6:00 -- and I was dressed, packed, etc. before I realized it was only 5:45. Tomorrow he definitely has to be up at 5.

Anywho, McDonald's for breakfast on the way to the train, train just before 9:00, North Station at 10:30, Dr. Zeitels' at 11:30. Then he has to get over to Mass Eye and Ear for a CAT scan. Then maybe we can get the small bag to the hotel (Holiday Inn Beacon Hill a block away from the hospital) and check in. Or maybe we can do that on the way to Mass Eye and Ear -- depends on whether we can get a Partners van or have to hoof it. Maybe we can get together with Kendall or, if he's not up to visitors, at least see Jacqui.

Tomorrow he has to be at Mass General at 6:00, surgery at 8:00. Don't know what time they'll turn him loose. We'll prolly eat mac and cheese for dinner tomorrow night at Au Bon Pain on the corner, but I'll probably get to have lunch at Mass General's Eat Street Cafe which has GREAT soups and breads (and other stuff). Not sure where we're having dinner tonight, but Tom doesn't want to go to Phoenicia (a lovely little Lebanese restaurant) this time or the pub across Cambridge St. (which is loud and plays the wrong kind of music).

Cab to North Station Wednesday morning -- home by noon-ish. Hope it doesn't snow too much tomorrow.

I'll keep everyone posted via the computer in the business center at the hotel.

Thanks for all the good thoughts, prayers and white light!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: maeve
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:11 AM

May the day go well, Tom and Linn.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:38 AM

Thinking of you...


(and maeve, shadowing you, apparently!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:17 AM

Thinking of you both, will have candle lit. Love & Hugs,
Hil xx


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:26 AM

Jacqui and I had lunch at Phoenicia on Saturday. Great food. And they seem to enjoy having you sit and chat forever. Prices are reasonable as well.

Good luck, guys. I will be thinking of you.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 09:09 AM

Adding my thoughts....

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 09:46 AM

Thoughts and prayers from Elaine and me. Burl


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Nancy King
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 09:55 AM

Sounds like you've got everything pretty well planned out -- hope it all goes well!

Keeping you in my thoughts --

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: ClaireBear
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM

Hope and all sorts of good thoughts winging their way to you from my part of the world


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:27 PM

Still here, hoping.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: MikeL2
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:39 PM

Hi

Thinking of you both. Hope all goes well

love

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 02:43 PM

Kendall is off the feeding tube and relishing his first meal in days. Linn and Tom are on site and ready to go. Critical mass at Mass General.
Good luck tomorrow. I will be thinking of you.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 03:05 PM

As will I.......and my battery is still got a pretty strong charge with another year to go before changing. So NO Linn, karen's husband also runs on battery!

Good luck.....but you won't need that; you've got the right Doc obviously.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 03:19 PM

sending virtual hugs and good wishes from over t'pond.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: KathWestra
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 05:26 PM

Holding you both close in my heart. We'll count on the amaze-o Dr. Z. to do for Tom what he just did for Kendall! Hang in there, Linn. You've been juggling an astonishing amount with great grace and humor. I'm in awe.
Love to you! Kathy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 06:48 PM

sending more good wishes & hugs from this side of the big pond

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:33 PM

************NEWSFLASH************


Responding to the phone message: Your coffee pot is off. It wasn't, but there was still liquid in it and it obviously thought you were gonna drink it. (I've had crunchy stuff in mine before.)

Take care, enjoy dinner and sleep well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:37 PM

Just finished (if you want to call it that) a meal at The Hill Tavern. Tom had the Cubana and I had half of a pulled pork sandwich. Couldn't finish the other half OR the salad. (Finished the Guinness, though!)Tom wanted fried food and beer and something different than The Phoenicia where we usually eat when we're here.

A rather full, exhausting day. Took the T from North Station to Dr. Zeitels' office -- actually less walking than the Partners bus as the Blue Line ends at Bowdoin Square, right in front of the building the Voice Center is in. And for the first time ever, we had to wait...and wait... Didn't see Dr. Z until about an hour after we were scheduled. Took more pics down Tom's nostril -- and Dr. Z is very pleased with what he saw. Not only is the area where he took the cancer last October looking really really good, but the cancer on the left vocal fold, while it HAS grown through all this postponement, has grown OUT, not into tissue. So Tom's in good shape for tomorrow morning.

And the Partners shuttle dropped us off right at the door of Mass Eye and Ear for Tom's CT scan, even though officially he should have dropped us a bit further away at Yawkey -- it was on the driver's way home. And after the scan, he got a wheelchair ride through the back catacombs over to Eat Street in Mass General's basement. By this time it was after 2:30 and breakfast had long since worn off. So Tom got his coffee. Then on through the maze at Mass General to get some blood work done.

Then we went back to the main desk and found out where they had Kendall stashed. Made our way up to his room and got to spend a few minutes with Kendall and Jacqui. Kendall's looking good (they got the tube out!) and SOUNDING a lot better than he has in a long time.

We finally got over to the hotel by around 4:30. It was great to get outside -- it was so hot in the hospital, even without my jacket which I took off at every opportunity. (But we were shlepping jackets, small suitcase, my purse, his cane, etcet etcet -- and I had to push his wheelchair after we got to Mass General proper. And I don't have a license to drive one of those things. (Warned people -- managed not to kill anybody.)

I'm tired. I think Tom is, too. And he has to be at the hospital at 6 tomorrow morning.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: maeve
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:41 PM

Have a good night, Linn and Tom.

Good save, Jeri.

m


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: open mike
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:42 PM

best wishes...to one of the Pony Brothers...
hope all goes well Cur- MUD-geon
fingers , toes and various appendages crossed,
candles, gongs etc. at the ready!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:43 PM

Oh, forgot to mention a funny incident (musical, actually) on the train this morning as we were pulling into Boston. The conductor had just mentioned that "Charlie" cards -- cards for using the Boston MTA -- were available on the train and a woman on her way to some sort of conference asked her friend across the aisle, "Why do they call them Charlie cards?" and we had to explain (her friend knew) about "Charlie on the MTA" and started singing the chorus. (So why exactly didn't Charlie's wife hand him some change instead of his lunch when he came through the station?!?) Then explained that it was originally a campaign song in the mayoral race, etcet etcet.

Sometimes I'm just amazed what people don't know or remember or have any reference to.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 07:51 PM

Thanks, Jeri! We were halfway to Durham and Tom said, "I don't think I turned the coffee pot off..."

I knew it would hold up okay until you'd be able to get to it. REALLY appreciated you shutting it off, though.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:00 PM

Fight the fare increase
Vote for George O'Brien
Get poor Charley off the MTA


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:06 PM

But he was not the man who never returned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:33 PM

Good good news.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 08:39 PM

I'm thinking of you both on this night, wishing you peaceful rest, a calm morning and excellent care for tomorrow.

Much love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 09:07 PM

Pulled pork? You ate it?Tom, DONT PISS HER OFF!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Nancy King
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 09:17 PM

Jeez, Kendall, you ARE feeling better, aren't you?

Hey, Tom and Linn -- Looks like you're next in the barrell! You're certainly in my thoughts, and obviously those of a whole bunch of other folks. The report from Dr. Z's examination sounds pretty promising. See if you can get some sleep tonight, and then be ready for the big day. May it turn out spectacularly well!

Love to both of you,
Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Jennifer (Knitpick)
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:27 AM

Much love to you both, and hope everything goes as well as Kendall's has, if not even better!

Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

jennifer (& bob)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 02:10 AM

You two are in my thoughts.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 02:30 AM

With you today!
Hil x

I cannot imagine what pulled pork is, I dread to think......


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 02:45 AM

MGAS -
Pulled pork is a form of barbecue originating in Mexico. It is known as Carnitas in Mexico. It is a method of preparation in which pork, usually shoulder cut (sometimes referred to as Boston butt) or mixed cuts, is cooked using a low-heat, long-cook method. With these extended times at low temperatures, the meat becomes tender enough that its weakened connective tissue allows the meat to be "pulled", or easily broken into individual pieces. Pulled pork is found around the world in a variety of forms.

LINN and TOM

Good thoughts pinging at you today. Sending empowering thoughts to you both and to the medicos working on Tom today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 05:44 AM

Thinking of you this morning.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 05:48 AM

more good thoughts heading your way

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:15 AM

Thinking of you right now...


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:18 AM

Sending light and love....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:09 AM

Tom's day has begun. Linn can sit and wait and maybe settle down a bit. Once again, we wait. Getting almost good at it.
Good luck, my friend.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: freda underhill
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:18 AM

Good luck, Tom and Linn

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 09:57 AM

May this day pass swiftly and with brighter skies on the other side.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:19 AM

Thinking of you both.
It's that hospital I feel sorry for, with that pair in there, both 'Mudgeing' away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:39 AM

Surgery over for today. I guess he got into surgery about 8:35. Dr. Z came out to talk to me at about 11. We'd been in the hospital about five hours at that point -- I'd gotten breakfast downstairs, was almost finished with last month's Vanity Fair, and having a lot of trouble trying to keep my eyes open -- but I responded immediately to "Mrs. Hall", despite being pretty unused to being called that. (Tom kept his "maiden name" so I did, too.)

Anywho, it was just about a half hour ago I talked with Dr. Z right after the surgery. Things couldn't be much better. Dr. Zeitels didn't start the restoration process during this procedure (injecting Tom's body fat into the area of the right vocal cord to rebuild it), but the cancer is now GONE! And what he removed this morning, though it had grown since it was originally scheduled to be removed last December, grew OUTWARD, not into tissue and, here's the really lucky thing, it grew BELOW the vocal cord, so Tom's left vocal cord is pretty much intact. Dr. Z also said that the area of the right vocal cord has healed amazingly well.

Everyone's prayers, white light, reduction candles, healing thoughts, etcet etcet are WORKING! Thank you, every one, so much!

Oh, and he also said he was impressed at Kendall's rate of recovery -- he might not have to stick around the hospital with sick people too much longer.

I'm at the hotel's biz center, but will go back to the hospital in about an hour so I'll be there when he's out of recovery and they turn him loose. Dr. Z said, too, that we should stay here in Boston tonight and head home to Nottingham tomorrow. And he won't need to see Tom for about a month -- Tom will be back on the healing diet -- no caffeine, alcohol, carbonation, tomatoes, onions, peppers, citrus, etc. But Tom will cope -- he know's it's for a finite amount of time and it works.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:42 AM

Still thinking about you and Linn.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:42 AM

Great news!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:49 AM

That is wonderful news!! Thanks for letting us know so quickly, Linn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:52 AM

More good news. Thanks for the update, Linn. Good work!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: KathWestra
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:15 PM

What's the surgeon's equivalent of a Grammy? Dr Z certainly deserves recognition for the award-winning work he's done on our buddies these past two weeks. Great good news, Linn and Tom! Sending lots of love. Kath


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:17 PM

Excellent news!

My favorite kind of news, in fact.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:25 PM

Thanks for letting us know so quickly, Linn. Big sigh of relief.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: maeve
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:27 PM

Thank you, Linn. Wonderful news indeed.

m


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Nancy King
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 12:51 PM

Wow -- I really didn't expect any news so soon, but thought I'd check anyhow, and there it is! And great news at that! I'm so very glad things have gone so well -- may they continue to do so!

Hope you can both get some rest this afternoon and tonight. Linn, that includes you!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bupkes
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 01:00 PM

Linn, thanks for the good news report!

Check the Boston weather report for traveling: snow starting this afternoon, could be heavy by morning, so consider that in deciding if you should stay overnight.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: jacqui.c
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 01:25 PM

Good news Linn. I am so glad. Love to you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: ClaireBear
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 01:32 PM

"Oh wonderful wonderful and again most wonderful wonderful!" as a Shakespeare character once said. Hugs all 'round.

Claire


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 03:37 PM

Thanks Linn. Good news.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: mouldy
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 04:00 PM

Excellent news!
I think the power of the Mudcat has been proved once more.

Now get some rest!!!

Andrea x


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for the news on the surgery! (The news on the bland diet isn't so heartening, but we understand. Grits and oatmeal it is. . . )

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 06:28 PM

Ah well, please bear with me. What I'd really like to do right now is scream -- but there's certainly no place private around here to do that.

Tom is still in PACU and it looks like they are going to keep him overnight, but that hasn't been decided quite yet, nor where he will be when they DO decide.

Thanks at least partially to that defib suck, etc., they've decided he took a bit too long to come out of the anesthesia and is more tired than he should be (though it's the same degree of tired he's been since they readjusted the defib). And his oxygen levels have been low -- that's the main thing, I guess. He's been on oxygen all day and the level sinks when they take him off. He was on a nebulizer when I left a little while ago.

I'm exhausted -- waiting is exhausting, and that's what I've been doing all day. First in Wang 309, then Gray, then back to Wang. Dr. Z only talks to people at Wang 309. Then I came back to the hotel for a bit. Then I went back to Wang 309 where they told me there hadn't been room for Tom to come back from surgery there, so he was in PACU. So I went there -- couldn't take Tom's stuff with me because they said it was too heavy for me to carry (bulky jacket, etc.). So up to PACU. Tom was awake, but just -- and, of course, not particularly talkative. So another hour went by waiting for Tom's gear. Finally I decided I might as well go get it since I didn't have to deal with my own jacket, purse, etc. Did so -- over to Wang 309, then back to PACU. Keep in mind, the whole Mass General complex is like 3-D chess so I'm up one elevator, down another, schlep halfway across the hospital (well, closer to 3/4 of the way), up another elevator; repeat backwards.

In between I decided to pay Kendall and Jacqui a visit. Kendall was resting, but Jacqui and I had some quiet conversation. And I got to admire the view of Boston and the Charles River from the 19th floor -- spectacular. Before I went back down to Tom, I stopped at the patients' lounge, too, on 19 and admired the wraparound view there. Wonderful.

Then back to Tom. He's restless, but his O2 levels still not great and they can't decide whether to do an x-ray and some other analysis, etc.

They kicked me across the hall into the waiting room for awhile (gee, is that waiting room 3 or 4?) and then let me back in 45 minutes later -- they'd forgotten about me.

I guess it got down to whether he'd be under the responsibility of the surgical team or the medical team -- in a room somewhere. I think it was finally decided the medical team, but then the medical team had an emergency to deal with and said they'd get back to the PACU.

Sooooooo...here I am again at the hotel's biz center and it's now almost 6:30. I've been up since 4:14, was at the hospital at 5:45. Spent the whole day there with a short trip over here (twice). Got to call them at some point here and find out where he's going to be and then go over and see Tom again before I can come back here and collapse into bed.

Who knows when he'll finally get out of there tomorrow -- and what train we'll be able to catch home. I probably need to take another clonazapam, but I'm afraid I'll fall asleep on the spot and I can't do that yet, no matter how much I'd like to.

Sorry for the whining, but I am really really tired.

Stopped to pick up something to eat before I got to the hotel -- got a Thai chicken wrap that turned out not only to have not really been "wrapped" but wasn't cut in half either. (If if it had been, I suppose, I'd have two halves that weren't wrapped. Sigh.)

Gotta go. Maybe eat some more of that unwrapped wrap. Call the PACU and find out where my darlin' is.

I certainly hope I can give you all more info tomorrow morning.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 06:30 PM

Oh, and nobody LISTENS to him because his voice is low and breathy. Sometimes it's as if he doesn't exist.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 06:59 PM

Linn,
My experience with these surgeries is that things develop minute by minute. Like Kendall's feeding tube last week. You are exhausted. Tom is honestly in the best hands possible. If they are concerned about his oxygen levels, then there are real reasons to be concerned. He is safe where he is. "Can't decide" means they are waiting to see if he can recover on his own. If not, then they'll do some xrays, tests, etc and figure out what the next step is.
Breathe, girl. The whole business if frustrating and frightening but you need to stay level-headed, take notes, and ask questions.
Eating crap is the worst thing you can do - you won't be able to sleep tonight.
Tom is there for the night either in the PACU or in a room. Plan on spending the night in the hotel. Plan to sit down with a glass of wine and a hot meal. Take care of yourself.
Don't be surprised if they decide to keep him for a day or two. Again, these things happen minute by minute and honest - Tom's well being is everyone's first priority.
I am sorry you are down there alone. Jacqui had Kendall's daughters to share the misery. Had we known this would happen we could have arranged some company for you.
PM with a number and I will call later.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:20 PM

Linn, I feel your pain.......or rather Karen does. My last trip to the hospital was a lot like you are experiencing. I still can't see what the problem was with changing Tom's ICD battery before the surgery because anasthesia can screw up your systtem all by itself.

It always seemed as though the Docs were arguing among themselves over me with very little input from Karen and with the motivation being more to cover their ass if I checked out.

Hang in, get some rest and go for it tomorrow as Sins said.

We love you both.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:33 PM

Hang tough kiddo. Hang tough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:49 PM

Linn and Thomas my heart is with you. I agree with previous, he is in good hands. It is hard not to worry and hard not to have any control over the situation. Take good care of yourself Linn, enjoy what little bits you can. enjoy the bath tub and get room service and a good book, tomorrow is another day. Tom is a tough guy, he needs some rest to heal and what a better place than where he is. xo Rita


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 07:57 PM

Sorry, Sins -- already ate the unwrapped Thai wrap. It wasn't warm, but wasn't spozed to be. Sprite will have to do instead of wine, but I'm taking a handful (exageration) of aspirins (I've got a raging headache) and a benedryl and will drift off to sleep soon. (Yeah, drift with a loud THUD!)

Ran into (almost literally -- I was coming out of one door and they were coming out of another and we got a couple paces past each other before the collective brains recognized each other) Dr. Zeitels and Dr. Bryson. They'd been called in for an emergency (not Tom!), the emergency that kept Tom from getting a room until just a little while ago. So...the three of us went in to see Tom, still in the PACU. Tom was feeling better -- he'd finally had something to eat (last meal was last night), he was definitely awake and recovered from the anesthesia.

I'd talked to a doctor on the phone just before I went back over and she said she had compared his oxygen levels last time he was here (last October) and now and wondered if I knew why there was such a difference. I said the defib setting; she said that "shouldn't" have affected it; and I said, both the breathlessness and the tiredness arrived at exactly the same time -- when they readjusted the damned defibrillator! She said that was useful information. Sigh. Just what we'd been saying all day. Tom thinks they just saw numbers that didn't look right and forgot that he just came out of anesthesia, etc. Well, I can't blame them for wanting to be careful.

Looks like we'll be able to get a train home tomorrow morning as planned -- as long as Tom keeps reminding them that we need to be out of the hospital and to North Station by 10:30.

Heading upstairs to bed REAL SOON. Will check in tomorrow morning after I've talked to Tom.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:34 PM

Hope for a GOOD resolution in the morning !!
But if he is off caffeine AND alcohol , he may as well stay in the Hospital !
Good Thoughts from London !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:56 PM

Terry! CELLAR!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 08:59 PM

When I went to see my gynecologist about some test results and her recommendation on a hysterectomy, I interrupted her and said "Either you remove it or I will but I will have a hysterectomy." There was no further discussion; a date was set.

i am beginning to feel the same way about Tom's battery. Do it or I will!

Rest easy Linn.
Let us know what tomorrow brings.

AND EAT A DECENT BREAKFAST!
Auntie SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 09:38 PM

Linn, hopefully by now you are wrapped in the arms of Morpheus (since Tom can't be there with you...) and things will look better by the light of day. You've had an incredibly stressful time, but we are all here with you and will continue to be here.

And thanks for keeping us posted!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 07:20 AM

Well, Sins, I don't know about GOOD, but I've just had two really really good (and satisfying) cheese danishes (or as an old friend would say, "cheese norwegians" -- just like danishes only better) and I'm working on the coffee. Probably not as "good" as the almond roll, fruit & cottage cheese and smoothie I had yesterday morning at Eat Street.

Too early to call Tom yet, so I'm here momentarily. (Fellow here to output something so I'm going back up to the room to call Tom.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 08:18 AM

wot a saga.

sending more love & hugs

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 08:36 AM

Comfort food is good. The temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s so hopefully you can get Tom out and home.
Deep breaths and remember things change by the minute at Mass General - sometimes for the better.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 08:40 AM

Arghhhhhh!!!!

Called Tom -- no answer. Called his nurse. She said she knew nothing about him leaving today to get train home and hadn't actually seen him yet this morning, but she'd talk to the doctors -- call back in 10 minutes.

In the meantime, I tried Tom again. He was not really awake, but that's how he's been in the mornings since the defib adjustment -- takes him forever to wake up, get dressed, etc.

Called the nurse back. She said she'd talked to the doctors and they didn't want to release him today. No other information. They wouldn't recommend we leave, but could sign a paper taking responsibility and then get him home. She couldn't make any suggestions as to what I should do.

I called Tom -- told him what the nurse said. Basically told him to start waking up seriously if he wanted to come home today.

Then called his cardiologist in York, Maine. Lynn, his nurse and the person who knows everything about everything, won't be in until 9, when I'll give her a call.

I don't want to go to the hospital until I check out of the hotel, but I may have to -- I can then come back and use computer, etc. until checkout at noon.

Got people waiting for the computer now.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Rominy
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 09:16 AM

Am following thread Linn and will have Will update me later with it while I am at work so Jeff and I know what to expect Thurs also. Glad surgery went so well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 09:59 AM

Deep breaths and remember things change by the minute at Mass General - sometimes for the better.
Getting him home today is not nearly as critical as getting home safely and healthy. Talk to the doctors.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess in Boston
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 11:35 AM

Okay, there was the grand convocation of doctors, etc. in Tom's room about a half hour ago, where they went over everything -- and I corrected some of the stuff they had wrong (he's not diabetic and never has been) and filled in some other stuff (details since the biopsy, through vascular issues, Plavix debacle, blood infection, and into yesterday's surgery and recovery).

They intend to find out what the REAL problem is with his lethargy and breathlessness -- if it's not the defibrillator/pacemaker battery issue. He's at Mass General -- one of the finest hospitals in the country -- so maybe we'll finally get stuff sorted out.

I'm checking out of here (hotel) at noon, having lunch and heading back over to Tom where I'll hang out until a bit after 2:00 and then find my way over to North Station and get the 3 o'clock home -- bus rather than train, so I'll see some different scenery.

Will be in Durham (and my car) around 5, and then home to a cold house and attention-starved cats. Hope there isn't too much snow. It's raining in Boston and I suppose in Portsmouth, but inland there's snow, I guess. Haven't checked the weather report since earlier this morning.

That's it. Tom's feeling fine, just tired. As much as he'd like to be home, he says he's happy with what's going on.

Got phone calls, etc. to place tomorrow morning before I go to work, but, Rominy, if you're paying attention to this thread, I should be to work Thursday at the regular time. I'll keep you posted!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 11:43 AM

Good, Linn. I have been watching to see how this is playing out. Tom is in excellent hands. They will sort it out and maybe even replace the battery before I have to.
Hang in there, girl.
It is raining in Maine and along the coast. Have a safe trip.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 12:00 PM

I'm so glad that meeting happened and you were there to participate. Let's hope they sort this out.

Stay warm and dry and get enough rest!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Nancy King
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 12:53 PM

Really glad you had a chance to meet with the docs -- and glad they've decided to deal with problems, even if it does mean Tom staying in the hospital a while longer. MUCH better than getting home with problems still ongoing, then having to come back.

Hope you have a chance to relax tonight! After stoking the fire, feeding the kitties, etc., etc. Don't forget to pick up some wine on the way home...

Love to both of you!
Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 01:19 PM

Linn-

We're all hanging in there with you and Tom.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 01:56 PM

Eyup.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: jacqui.c
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 02:12 PM

I'm keeping an eye on this thread - this is hard going, I know.

Here's hoping they sort out what the problem is in a timely manner ad do something about it.

xxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Tinker
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 02:31 PM

Linn, hopefully the weather will cooperate and by the time you read this, you will have attention starved cats keeping you company.

like others have said I am very relieved that they are now looking for the cause of the breathlessness and fatigue. Sending light and love and just lots of good thoughts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 02:31 PM

I'm glad the confab is happening. I'm pulling for you here in the snowy Monadnock region- 15" and still falling fast!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 05:14 PM

mee too.. watching with the others. wishing someone could already be warming your house for you... what about near neighbours helping out while you are travelling to and fro?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 06:03 PM

Would have been nice if the heat fairies had the house warm and waiting when I walked through the door dripping wet bearing a spinach and feta calzone which I have yet to tuck into.

The wine is in the car -- and I really need to go out and clear the slush off the deck (it evidently snowed a bit before it turned to rain), ash it so it's not slippery if it freezes, and get the rest of the stuff out of the car.

A fire is started -- first quick attempt didn't take despite two charred pieces still in the firebox. Should this go round.

Need to call Tom, too, and let him know I'm home safe, sound (well, that's a matter of opinion), but sopping wet. Can't get into something dry until I finish the outside things. (And I think I want to heat the calzone up a bit more.)

My up-the-hill neighbor piled a bunch of firewood on the deck which will make my life a LOT easier for the next few days. Thanks, Izo!

I really felt like I was inside a game of 3-D chess at Mass General. Wish I knew how many miles I put on, both in the hospital and making multiple runs between the hospital and the hotel. Despite all the waiting, I DID get a bunch of exercise the past three days.

Got to see Kendall again before I left. Tom wasn't particularly great company and I didn't want to head to North Station before 2, so I decided the patients' lounge on Kendall's floor would be a great place to just look out over Boston (from 19 floors up) and either think about the current situation...or not. A friendly student nurse even took me up to (card only floor) 20 to use their lounge, then I went back down and talked to Kendall for a few minutes before heading back to White 11 where Tom is.

Gotta go do stuff. Will be back later.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 06:43 PM

The house really isn't uncomfortable -- temperatures in Nottingham must have been pretty moderate the past couple days.

Wine brought in (but not poured yet). Groceries brought in (but not the extra kindling).

Fire in stove has finally caught.

Found out it was Izo, and Drew & Sabrina who stacked the wood on the deck -- thanks, everyone!

Tried to call Tom -- got message that "patient you have tried to reach is out of the room or unavailable" -- so I'll try later.

Right now I think I'll pour a glass of wine, take a hot shower (my hair is still dripping very cold right now), crawl into some sweats, and go change the bed. Didn't have time to before we left, and staying in a hotel does spoil one, doesn't it?

Later,
Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 06:54 PM

Sorry--the heat fairy was at work today.
Got your phone message. Welcome home, Linn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 08:01 PM

Welcome home, my dear. Enjoy your wine, have a bath, pamper yourself a bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 08:51 PM

Stove stuffed, bed changed, more wine gotten and about to head back upstairs to bed, to read, try to slow down enough to sleep.

Tried to call Tom several times, but he wasn't answering. Finally called his nurse -- Tom was sleeping soundly. I'm not going to disturb his slumbers. Will call him in the morning.

Took a hot shower and washed my already sopping wet hair, but this time with HOT water. Talked to my sister for quite awhile -- she follows the updates here.

Put some frankincense and myrrh on the stove -- wonderful.

Shutting down the house for the night -- tomorrow is another day.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Nancy King
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 11:50 PM

Jeez, Linn -- you know we love and appreciate the updates (really!), but it's NOT necessary to log on and report before unloading the car, getting the fire started, showering, eating your dinner, etc. etc....
Might want to think about your priorities!

That said, it is good to hear that you're home safe. Sleep well, please.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 04:12 AM

So glad that they're having a serious look at Tom to get the whole kit&caboodle sorted out!!

This thread is obviously more like a lifeline for Linn, with grit and determination and friends like these she'll hold on till Tom gets home and then she'll be able to truly relax. Meanwhile please try to look after yourself Linn, eat a proper meal now and again!

Still sending positive thoughts to you both and thanks to all those good friends who are able to give practical assistance whenever they are able.

Love & hugs,
Hil x


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 07:32 AM

I don't know what I'd do without this thread, without the help and encouragement of you, dear friends.

Yesterday I felt probably more alone than I ever have. In some ways this whole ordeal (starting when the surgery was postponed last December) has been worse than when Tom had his heart surgery in 2004.

I think it might be safe for me to call him now -- I really missed not being able to talk to him yesterday after I got home -- couldn't even say "goodnight".

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 08:01 AM

Linn-

It's not exactly a new and brighter day around here this morning either but I hpe things go better for you and Tom.

Charley Noble, with a stalled out furnace


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 08:16 AM

Give him a (verbal) hug from us!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 09:19 AM

Finally got through to Tom -- had to call his nurse first. Yes, he has been asleep a lot, but also a couple times he hasn't been able to reach the phone before the message kicks in (and if he gets on the line then, there's no one there).

They've sent off the usual fluids for analysis -- I guess his white blood cell count is up. Maybe there's another infection. I'll call later and see if there's any more info.

I tried to call Tom's primary care doctor, but he's on vacation. Left a synopsis and contact names and numbers, but not sure if he'll get them before Monday.

Now I need to go upstairs and touch base with Tom's cardiologist's office and let them know what's going on.

I feel a lot better now that I've talked to Tom.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 11:18 AM

Okay, just talked to EVERYBODY including the doctor in charge of the floor. They're listening to him, by the way, about what he says about the defib adjustment. They're treating fluid in the lungs and checking out the possible infection, but the white count isn't that elevated and they don't seem to be worried about it.

Looks like he'll be coming home tomorrow or Saturday and I'm going to see if a friend can pick him up so he doesn't have to deal with the train, etc.

Got a call from Mass General saying he needs to set up an appointment with his cardiologist in two weeks -- but he already is scheduled for the battery thing on the 10th and I got a message yesterday saying his earlier appointment was rescheduled for the 18th. Let his cardiologist's nurse know all about everything.

All of Tom's local doctors seem to be out of their offices for the week.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 11:29 AM

Linn, it will be nice to have him home and at least take some of the travel out of your daily routine. I wish we could send you some nicer weather, but all that Texas seems to manage lately is to pass long winter snow and ice. So I'll keep that here.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Jennifer (Knitpick)
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 12:59 PM

Oh I wish I lived near you guys, I'd make you dinner and bring it by so you'd eat well! Take good care of yourself -- I know your taking good care of Tom!

Hope things go better, and Tom gets home TOMORROW!

much love

jennifer


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: ClaireBear
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 01:16 PM

Good wishes seem inadequate, but as I can't be there in person, they will have to make do yet again. Hoping and praying for the best possible outcome: two rugged, eccentric, entwined souls in the best of health, garnished with warm, purring, happy cats!

Love,
Claire


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 02:45 PM

"My up-the-hill neighbor piled a bunch of firewood on the deck..." Funny what will bring a tear to an eye.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 03:39 PM

god! those conveniently missing in action medicos must be driving you around the bend.

glad neighour helped out with the fire wood. hope you can find someone to give Tom a lift home.

It is Tom's turn now for some good news and happy outcomes.

Doubling up on the energy waves towards you folks now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 05:25 PM

The plan today was to stop in and see Tom before we picked up Kendall. Then Jacqui found out about a final scoping that had to be done at another office in Boston. It felt a little like that riddle - a fox, a hen, and a bag of grain...Jacqui had it all organized. But it didn't leave us time for a visit.

Glad you'll be home tomorrow or Saturday, Tom. But watch the weather. 8-9" of rain expected here then snow through Saturday. Time to power up the wood stove and snuggle with a good book...or Linn. Jacqui and Kendall looked so relieved to be home together.
Your turn now.
Love, Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 09:23 PM

Just talked to Tom and he sound SOOOOOOO much better -- more energy, etc. So I feel so much better, too.

He thinks they'll turn him loose tomorrow (I guess he layed down the law -- do something or let me out of here) -- there's a friend in Cambridge who can probably get him to North Station if they won't let him leave alone. We have friends up here who are ready and willing to come get him, but he really wants to come home by train and I can pick him up in Durham.

Jacqui, we understand completely about not having time to fit in a visit to Tom -- we had the same schedule with Tom's last surgery, having to get over to 1 Bowdoin Square after leaving the hospital for a last check by Dr. Z (AND Sonny!) -- and probably Dr. Bryson.

It is POURING outside! Drive home was tricky thanks to the gusting wind blowing rain -- I THINK a bit of hail -- and visibility was horrible. The driveway is a sea of mud. Hope the mail doesn't wash away before morning cuz no way was I stopping to pick it up.

Bedtime now -- lots of phone calls before I have to open at work tomorrow. I'm not lighting a fire in the stove -- warm enough in here and I just don't want to fight with it. This is NOT February in New Hampshuh weather, but I'm not complaining. At least it's not snowing!!!

And the other good news of the day is I was secret shopped (at the store I was filling in at, not my usual store) and got an excellent rating. The secret shopper must have been impressed with my juggling of multiple customers while maintaining a sense of humor.

G'night, all!
Linn

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:15 PM

Rest well, Linn. Have a good journey home, Tom, after a good night's rest yourself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:22 PM

Sleep is good for the blood. (Old Bugs Bunny cartoon.)

Yes. That is all I got.

Besides continued Ts&Ps.

Sleep well and renew.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 12:10 AM

close to the end of the hospital saga

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 12:53 AM

I'm tired from just reading all of the stuff you're doing, Linn. I hope you'll take it easy for a while so we can rest up. ;-D

Good luck with the trip home, Curmudgeon!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 08:48 AM

Pneumonia, possible infection, is this causing the breathing problems? Makes sense.
Take it one day at a time, Tom. Don't rush going home if it means you'll be back in the ER in a week.
Mentime, sllep. It makes the time go faster.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 09:33 AM

That's right Tom, can't beat that mentime sllep;>)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 10:20 AM

I need some sllep myself. LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 10:26 AM

That may be a good call, Sins. Pneumonia can sure take it out of ya.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 06:21 PM

I haven't talked to Linn, but we got smacked by a mini-hurricane last night. She doesn't have power and I don't. Judging by the big friggin' trees (and I mean HUGE ones!) hanging off of power-line spaghetti, it might be a few days for me. Luckily, it's pretty warm. Not at all like last year's ice storm. Except for the no power thing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 06:38 PM

"Mentime sllep", you say? Is this code?   Sounds like code to me. Please provide the key.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Tinker
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 06:52 PM

Jeri, thanks for letting us know about the lack of power, which of course has a direct effect on Linn using the internet.... I'm glad the temperatures are okay your way. New Jerseyans have no idea how to drive on snow covered roads so this weeks storm is causing havoc hear abouts.

Keeping all of you in warmth and light ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 09:15 PM

Sending along a hug and all good thoughts for the both of you!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: bbc
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 09:34 PM

Oh, Linn. I'm so sorry you & Tom are having to go through all this! I just checked in & read the whole thread. I hope Tom came home today & things will get more or less back to normal. How's the weather in Maine? We've had snow for about 5 days.

Hugs to both,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Feb 10 - 09:41 PM

Not good Barb from the sound of things from Jeri.

We're all still here and will be waiting to hear some good news!

This winter is just the pits. Ohio gets a fair amount of cold and snow but this year has gone waaaayyyyy past anything in years. I think we've had snow almost every day in February and it sucks really big out there tonight............

Getting better is a lot easier on bright clear spring days. btw.....If you see that damn groudhog....KILL IT!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 01:18 AM

Well, I have many times pondered the amount of labor involved for Linn to get and keep the woodstove burning. Right now, however, they are proving the worth of that effort.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 11:00 AM

I just called the hospital and Tom was discharged yesterday. Left a message at their home number. Maybe Jeri knows more.
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 11:32 AM

I'm glad that they at least have wood for heat! We have no backup when electric goes out.

*Thinking warm thoughts and send bet wishes for a couple of good folks who have had way more than their share of hassles.*


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 12:10 PM

Cancer is hard enough to deal with. Surgery is a monumental challenge all by itself. And then there's this winter, which has presented so many challenges that everyone is putting in personal bests in snow shoveling, stormy driving, mud navigation, and fire building. Having all three simultaneously is mind boggling.

One day at a time, Linn and Tom.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 12:34 PM

Linn called me a little while ago. Tom is out and they were at a restaurant eating breakfast. I asked how he was, and she said "fine".
I don't have a wood stove, but it's 50° and I don't feel too cold. I went down to the basement, which is warmer, and a mosquito nailed me. Anyway, word in the 'hood is that power should be restored by Monday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 05:04 PM

Jeri-

Thanks for the update and I do hope your own power is restored soon. Hot buttered rum can carry you only so long.

We had mostly gale force winds up here in the midcoast of Maine, played havoc with the trees, and thousands lost power. But it wasn't compounded with snow to speak of.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 05:31 PM

NH Co-op is now saying 'thousands' without power instead of sumpthinty thousand without power. I'm one of 'em. I can do one more night here. Tom & Linn will be nice and toasty-warm, but no lights, and cooking on a wood stove is a challenge.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 05:59 PM

Jeri, what are you running your computer on? Hamsters in a wheel ala BillD years ago?:-)

Thanks for the update.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 07:42 PM

Kat, they have these new things called 'batteries' that you can use in laptops. I went down to McD's today and got McCoffee for me and a McCharge for my battery. Will probably do the same tomorrow as I only have 35 minutes remaining.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 07:50 PM

Did you take a McPoopie while you were there? No sense fouling up your own place!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: gnu
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 08:43 PM

McPoopie? You mean those deep fried chicken shits?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: bbc
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 09:33 PM

Wow! Sorry to hear about the power outage! We've had some snow, but, thankfully, my electricity has stayed on. What a welcome home!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 10:24 PM

Oh, duh, Jeri, I forgot!**bg** My Rog says you could plug an AC converter in your car and charge things that way. He says you could even run a power cord from it into the house to do a few things. Only catch is, you'd probably have to go to a truck stop to find one. He also just told me Harbor Freight, here, has neat little gas powered generators for about $150. I never knew they could be that inexpensive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 10:35 PM

If the phone lines are still up they would have power, so if the computer is running on a battery then dialup is possible, or DSL, over the phone line, if a modem isn't involved.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 01:12 AM

I'm glad he's home. Keep us updated, ye who know what's happening.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:24 AM

We got our power back; hope yours is up soon! We also have a woodstove AND a spare bed, if you care to make the drive! Maybe this is the time!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:32 AM

Tom & Linn might be able to do a dial-up if they had a laptop with a battery. I'm here charging mine and charging my MiFi (which I can do in the car) and providing service to a guy who can"t find McD's WiFi.

At some point, I'm off to the gym for a workout and A SHOWER!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:41 AM

And Spaw, no. Time and tide wait for no man, and I don't trust poopie to last 10 miles. Got a bucket and an un-frozen seasonal run-off stream and I can flush.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: CET
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 09:55 AM

Linn and Tom: I haven't been posting much but you have both been in my thoughts every day. All my best to the both of you.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 04:41 PM

The house concerts and sing arounds wouldn't be the same without you two!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 07:14 PM

I drove over to their house and Linn's car wasn't there so I didn't stop. There were trucks and crews working on my street. There was a lot more damage along the route the power cables take. One pole with a transformer snapped in half like a stick and lines still lying by the side of the road. I figured I might have power back tonight, but might not and I'd had enough and I'm sitting in the Dover Day's Inn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: kendall
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:33 PM

So, why don't you come here? there is always a bed for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Tinker
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:25 PM

Jeri, thanks for checking in.... Here's hoping the crews get you back in order sooner rather than later....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: curmudgeon
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:06 PM

Hi!

Power just came back. After watching three crews with new poles, I thought it might; better than the Wed. predictions,

Got out of Mass. Misery on Friday after doing nothing but hang around waiting for paperwork for six hours. Road conditions slowed the travel down only a bit.

However, the C is all gone, and once I can see my dr. we"ll deal with the other problems, real or imagined. Don't forget, with very few exceptions, they're all still practising!

Thanks again - Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:14 PM

Welcome back to the 21st century! I don't think I'd survive in a world without the internet, TV, lights and a reasonable amount of heat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:26 PM

Welcome back and thanks for letting us know. C all gone. Yippee!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:02 PM

Tom and Linn-

Nice to have you back on line, and since you're there, you might as well tally on the fall:

Oh the black bird get up
ay-ah!
She break she tail
ay-ah!
and the white bird get up
ay-ah!
she do the same
ay-ah!
Sing oh me Donna
ay-ah!
Ummm Emalina
ay-ah!
Oh me Donna
ay-ah!
Girl come go with me!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:44 PM

Besides no electricity, we had no phone as ours is through Comcast -- I think there's 4 hours worth of power on the modem. My antique laptop doesn't have a battery and I couldn't get wi-fi to work last time I tried (during Tom's surgery in October).

My cell, which I use only for travel (like while in Boston) or emergencies, won't work at home or in the vicinity, so I spent a lot of time in parking lots at MacFred's or Market Basket. Got smart Friday night and, while Tom was ordering supper at Pizza Spinners, went next door to Radio Shack and bought a car charger for the cell.

My car wasn't at home on Sunday because I was at WORK!

By the way, Fox Run Mall in Newington, NH (for all practical purposes, Portsmouth) was closed Friday because of no power. I got to Sears Optical where I work at 9 to discover that. Could use the ladies' room (thank goodness!) but not the POS system or the register, or the phones. From what I heard, the power was back on at 3 that afternoon. When I left it looked as if Sears was planning on selling generators no matter what.

I felt like doggie doo this morning -- I think last week finally caught up with me. (I'll spare you the details.) But I had to get dressed and drive to Lee Circle to phone in sick. And then my phone wouldn't work -- evidently something didn't register when Tom topped it off last week (every 90 days) after I got the email alert. Called in on the phone at Radio Shack and then went back out into the parking lot to top off AGAIN with Virgin Mobile. Sigh. (Ain't technology grand?)

Just to set the record straight on our weather -- it poured Wednesday and Thursday, but it was the wind Thursday evening that caused all the power outages. Ours went out 10:30 Thursday night after I had posted here. I got home early evening on Wednesday and didn't bother to light the woodstove because it really wasn't cold. Didn't bother to light it, actually, until just before I went to pick Tom up on Friday afternoon. But then Saturday morning we woke up to snow -- only and inch or two of heavy wet stuff. More annoying than anything. With water and mud underneath it, of course. Had no problem driving out of the driveway (200' uphill to the road) in my Subaru, but left some pretty serious ruts half way up, so currently not using the driveway -- it's Mud Season a bit early this year. (In New England this is a whole separate season -- one fine April sunshiney day when my car was stuck part way to the road and I was waiting for a tow truck, I watched my curious cat sink into the mud when he tried to approach the car...)

You guys in DC and New Jersey and Virginia, etcet have gotten all of our snow this year -- we've had very little. We did have some pretty cold weather a few stretches, but for the past week or so it's been in the 40s. We've had some flooding, though, because of rain and some roads are still closed due to both flooding and downed trees and wires.

I'm still feeling headache-ish, etc. but hope to feel better by morning. Having power back DOES help. It's late -- gotta go to bed.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:51 PM

I figured out you were at work after I posted that message. Had a migraine today myself, and it's still hovering. Sleep well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 02:16 AM

Once upon a time I saw some snow when I visited a friend who had moved to Cooma, close to the Snowy Mountains. It was good to visit for a weekend - I threw a snowball, saw a snowman & slid in the snow, but I wouldn't want to live there! And the Australian snow season is a lot less then the east coast USA snow season. Our Winter Olympians have to live in Europe or Northern America to get enough snow to train.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 08:41 AM

So glad to hear all the good news and that your power's back on. I feel like we're wimps across the pond when I hear of your trials & tribulations with weather and power!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Tinker
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 08:44 AM

So glad you've all got power sorted out again. Now treat yourselves to a well deserved recovery rest. (Or at least as much of one as real life allows)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 10:26 AM

This weather-related power outage, while fairly large, was a walk in the park compared to December 2008's ice storm which brought New Hampshire to a standstill. We got our power back then after "only" 6 days -- some people waited two weeks.

I was also living in Cape Porpoise during the January 1978 storms -- we were an island for a few hours when Back Cove and Porpoise Cove met. The Lord's Point Inn washed out to sea and Wells Beach could well have burned if it hadn't been for the valiant efforts of the Fire Dept. -- Mile Road going over the marsh was under water. The exceptionally high tides went straight through beach houses, picked up ice in the marshes behind and slammed that ice through the backs of the beach houses. Lots of carpenters at work for quite awhile that Spring.

A huge chunk of granite landed in the GWH Bush living room at Walker's Point.

In April of 1982, Tom and I were snowed in for 3 days before the town got a huge front end loader through -- had to; the town clerk was our up-the-hill neighbor so the town of Nottingham was CLOSED.

Three years ago, the year I broke my arm, we had to have the driveway plowed every three days because of continual snow storms.

I'm not complaining about this winter's weather. Don't mind the occasional "open" winter, though a snow cover is good insulation for gardens.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 01:33 PM

YOU may have little snow but we got it all: 24 inches last week!

And I'm so glad it was me, not you, so you could deal with the other little miseries without it being compounded by snow.

Grateful that Tom's home, glad to see the two of you sounding so good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 09:53 PM

As Animaterra said, it is very fine to hear both of you sounding good!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Janie
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 09:53 PM

Now, keep that up!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: bbc
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:45 AM

I hope this means that things are improving now?

Best to all in the frozen North,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 08:58 AM

Well, Tom sees his primary care doc on Friday and his defib battery won't be replaced until next Wednesday...but I brought my car down to the house last night. Kinda hairy (hairy mud?!?) halfway down, but it's a bit colder today so shouldn't have any problems driving out. Tom's follow-up with Dr. Z is in about 3 weeks.

Should prolly wrap up this thread (or, as a non-Mudcat friend refers to it as, my blog), but I HAVE to share the card (huge foot square Hoops&Yoyo from Hallmark) we got from my sister the other day. I laugh just thinking about it -- wish you could HEAR it.

On the outside it says, "Ever feel like you're in the middle of a big ol' stress sandwich? We've been there, friend, and we know just how to solve allll your problems..."

Inside, "Flush 'em! Twice if you have to! I'm here for you. I'll even bring a plunger," and the sound chip has first a HUGE toilet flushing sound, then "Bye bye worries, there they go...they look so cute when they're just swirling down there...wave to 'em...bye!"

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 09:09 AM

That's what I refer to euphemistically as, 'Seeing an old friend off to the coast', Linn.
So much more tasteful than saying, I'm going for a crap ;)

If somehow, I could flush all my troubles,
And turn them all to poo
I would lose them, they know how to use them
Just turn them all to poo. ♫♪


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 09:16 AM

Reminds me of the old jingle on tv, was it for Liquid Plumber? Something about "use LP, that's the thing(?) and/it will wash your troubles down the drain, LP"


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 10:05 AM

Use Roto Rooter
That's the name
And away go troubles
Down the drain.
Roto Rooter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: My guru always said
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 01:03 PM

Looks like this thread is going down the pan....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 10 Mar 10 - 11:58 PM

No - GONE down the pan!!


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