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BS: Kendall's had another operation(update)

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Subject: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: jacqui.c
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:01 AM

This time his surgeon is trying to give him more of a voice than he has had for quite some time. He took a little 'fascia' from behind Kendall's ear and used it to fill the right vocal chord, to bring it up to meet with the left VC.

We had to go to Albany NY for the procedure, which took place on the 7th December. The same surgeon did the original laser surgery back in 2004 and is one of the best in his field for this kind of work. With the pre-op exam and a night in hospital post op we travelled down on the 6th and came back yesterday.

Mary came with us to do the driving and keep me company while the Old Guy was on the table and I was very glad of her company. She and I were talking about our fears and both agreed that the worst thing about Kendall croaking on the table would have been the logistics of getting the body back to Maine. We agreed that we would have had him cremated and brought the ashes back - takes up less room in a crowded van as Kendall pointed out this morning.

Anyway, he now has to keep silent for about 72 hours from the op and then to speak very little for the next few days. I have told locals - no visits please until at least the middle of the week as he finds it highly frustrating only being able to communicate by writing.

The surgeon says that we won't hear the full result until, probably, the New Year and he isn't making any promises as to what kind of voice Kendall will have then. All he will say is that it should give him a voice. We're probably back down in Albany in about three weeks time for the check up and we'll see then how successful this has been.

So, anyone who wants to put up a prayer, to any God you believe in, we would welcome the good energy here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:04 AM

Positive vibrations are being sent your way.

I hope the operation was successful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Micca
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:05 AM

Well, I am in there and cheering him on, mate, and any healing thoughts or action or support and good wishes I can offer, I Gladly do, to all three of you, Micca


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:07 AM

So, like, is he in competition with Spaw for Bionic Man? Good wishes, and light seas, Cap'n!


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Big Mick
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:09 AM

He's in my prayers, as he has been since this started. C'mon buddy, do what they tell you.

By the way, the picture of you in the kilt is on my desktop. The girls think you have cute knees. No standards these days.

LOL.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: David C. Carter
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:11 AM

Sail on,sail on.
Courage to you all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:14 AM

I do hope it improves life for him, he's so frustrated with things the way they've been, and his voice is so much a part of his persona.
Whatever happens there is the consolation that it's not going to make things any worse whatever.
Rest up, and take it easy Cap'n we're thinking of you over here in Scotland.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:23 AM

Ashes? You're in Maine - surely you know some folks with Lobster traps. (He's eaten enough of THEM.)

Kendall: love, healing, and success. And SHHHHHHHH!
Jacqui: patience. Maybe some duct tape. I can't imagine him staying quiet for longer than... I can't imagine him staying quiet.

I'll see y'all New Year's Eve, I hope.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Alba
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:28 AM

YOU GOT IT KENDALL AND JACQUI

Nothing but LOVE, LIGHT and HEALING THOUGHTS being directed YOUR WAY


Much Love and {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}} to you both
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: bfdk
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:31 AM

Positive thoughts speeding your way from rainsodden Denmark!!!

LOL, I can just picture you two "Aunties" discussing how to best dispose of the body... :-))

Glad to hear you did get the "Grumpy Old Git" back with you, and in a condition where he's supposedly still capable of kicking (albeit not screaming at the present time).

72 hours of silence, huh? Must have been sheer agony keeping quiet for that amount of time... How about issuing the poor bugger with a selection of squeaky toys, so he can make his presence felt that way? If Seamus won't donate, I'm sure I could dig out a few from Milloup's box of belongings :o)

Anyroads, I'm glad to hear all has gone well so far and I keep my fingers crossed that the end result will be up to or exceeding expectations. Looking forward to hearing more of this, as the healing progresses.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas (whispering "Silent Night"), and a Happy New Year with lots of "volume".

Best wishes,

Bente

PS please tell Auntie Sins that her Christmas package arrived today. I haven't peeked, just put it on top of my SS pressie for both to await such time as it shall be right and proper to open them


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: jeffp
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:36 AM

You've got my prayers, folks! Not only for Kendall, but for Jacqui having to put up with him.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a new voice for the New Year.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:38 AM

Rise again, rise again,
So his sound won't be lost to the knowledge of men
All those who love him best
And were with him through the pain
Will make The Cap'n's sound rise again!


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:53 AM

And I have the attention span of a gnat????? Did we not have a three day discussion about not mentioning this until we knew what sort of a voice the Captain would finally have? Did we not talk about surprising everyone on New Year's Eve by having him sing?

A very long three days with no sleep and too many "noises" in that damn waiting room. Why do they think Christmas Carols should be warbled while adding fifteen notes to every one? beep beep beep beep beep

Have Kendall tell them about the nursing assistant who was none too bright. Catspaw will appreciate that one.

Kendall's eyes speak volumes. He will be OK for a few days as long as he has his remote and his dog.

Bente - I only mailed the package. It is not a Christmas gift and you will have to open it to see who it's from (from whom it is?)

For anyone interested, the hospital in Albany could not have treated us better. Jacqui and I were looked after by some very caring people who kept us updated on his surgery, provided coffee and orange juice and most of all sympathy and a sense of humor. They even managed to get us on the road by 10:30 when they learned we were driving back to Maine.

Glad to be home.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Alba
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 09:58 AM

Glad you all are back safe and sound....or in Kendall's case, soundless for 72 HOURS!!
Loads of Love to you All,
Jude

Mary, I am the current President of the ASOAGA (Attention span of a gnat association). I would highly value just one other member other than myself....**Grin** wanna join me?


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:15 AM

I'll send this around to the Prayer Chain as well.

Ssssshhhh! Man at work, do not disturb! (Healing IS work)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: kendall
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:15 AM

I had a nurse assistant who came in with a series of questions. Over my bed was a huge sign that said TOTAL VOICE REST. At first I answered the yes and no questions, but they became more complex, so I handed her a note saying I was unable to speak. She apologized and started writing her questions! At first I was amused, but then it got silly and I had to tell her I wasn't deaf.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Deckman
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:20 AM

Kendall ... that's waaaay too funny (about the assistant). Try to enjoy your quiet time as much as possible. Best wishes from ussens on the west Coast. Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Bobert
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:21 AM

Oh, geeze...

The operation from hell... Now we ain't gonna get the Capt'n to shut up 'cause he's got a lot of lost time to make up... He's gonna be non-stop...

You should have asked the doctor to install a switch while he was at it, jacqui...

Awww, jus' funnin'...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:25 AM

Which hospital? My mom did time in Albany Medical Center.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:31 AM

Thanksgivings for a completely healed and, ahem....*pleasant* voice being sent out from here to you, Kendalldarlin'...also to Seamus for his part in keeping you quiet. He does know how to bark out orders for you, right?**bg** What a pair you've got looking after you!

Sins, Jacqui, thanks for telling us and for getting back safely. Sorry you missed out on the BBQ!**RBSEG**

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:33 AM

Oh my god.

They need to have an alert system for any hospital you're heading to, Kendall. They must have saved that woman for a long time to send her right to your bedside.

I've got my fingers crossed for you, and will be thinking of you New Year's Eve.

Don't listen to Mick. You have lovely knees. Or so I am told ; )

Dani, with warm hugs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Maryrrf
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:47 AM

I just saw this thread. I want to add my wishes for the best of results for Kendall.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:00 AM

What BBQ? I am still recovering from lack of sleep and slow on the uptake.
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Big Mick
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:02 AM

Captain ..... you owe me a new keyboard. I can clean the monitor.

There is a song, nay a whole comedy bit, contained just in those few short sentences. I can see the look on your face as she was writing the questions.......... ROFLMAO.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:11 AM

Best wishes Kendall. A voice will be better than no voice whatever it's like, but with the number of people putting their thoughts to it, it will probably be even better than the old one!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Alice
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:19 AM

Did they have a patient feedback comment form at that hospital? Maybe they should do an IQ test for new employees?
Best recovery wishes from here!

Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:22 AM

Uh, Sins...cremation = BBQ? *groan* I know it's bad...I need sleep, too!:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Megan L
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:36 AM

Thoughts and prayers with you both,


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Becca72
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:48 AM

Bente, ROFLMAO to the squeaky toys!! Great idea!

If only that nurse's assitant is around for the follow-up visit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Sooz
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 11:50 AM

Everything crossed here in Gainsborough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: bbc
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:21 PM

All the best to both of you. Wish you'd come to see me; I'm just an hour from Albany & go to visit my kids there frequently.

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Ebbie
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:30 PM

With Sins and Jacqui and Seamus and the whole Mudcat crowding into your home, my best guess is that the first sound you make, Cap'n, will be a guffaw.

My best healing thoughts are traveling across the miles even as we speak...


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: kendall
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:45 PM

Somehow the word got around that I'm a humorist, so the whole staff came by to see.

Another incident... one of the nurses came in to do her thing, and at the same time one of the other attendants was there doing his thing. They were in each other's way, and finally the nurse said to the assistant, "Would it be easier if I get into the bed with him"? he said "No, it might be harder" I gave her a note that said "If you get into this bed, it WILL be harder."

All in all, it was a pleasant visit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: jacqui.c
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:47 PM

KENDALL!!!!

CELLAR!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:51 PM

I will send much of the abundant good wishes that helped me get through my recent trauma. Tawmmie and I wish you the very best, Captain. Get well and sing loud and strong.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: kendall
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:53 PM

You can't shoot a guy for thinking.

Jeri, it was the Albany Medical Center. They were excellent all around.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 12:59 PM

A cremation is good for toasting weenies (pun intended) and marshmallows but no where near long enough for a BBQ.
I'll shut up now.
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 01:13 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a completely successful surgery.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 01:16 PM

WOW...new parameters on the voice, huh? I hope they didn't mess with the "Dialect Nodes"...those Maine Stories would be weird with a Gawgia accent! Get well and keep us up to date!

(LOVE the stories about the hospital and nurse's aid....you know, Reader's Digest pays $$$$ for stuff like that!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 01:37 PM

LOL....Kendall, what makes the first story so funny to me is that the same thing happened to me.

My wonderful friend Wayne is about as empathic as a person can get and has been in emergency med for most of his life. When I had the bypass, he stayed with me in recovery while Karen attended to things only she could do. I was on a vent and I awakened with Wayne's hand on mine. I wanted to know where Karen was but obviously could not talk. Both of us know some ASL thru Connie but neither of us is too great. I'm trying to ask him and pointing at my ring finger, etc. HE on the other hand is signing back, also quite badly. The silly part for us was that this went on for about 5 minutes before he heanded me a piece of paper and a pencil. I wrote in large letters, "YOU CAN TALK DUMBASS"............at which point he looked both chagrined and then started to laugh. My problem then was that you can't laugh on a vent and I went into a coughing frenzy.

It's become a great piece of family folklore.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 02:24 PM

Sins, maybe it should have been BBK?LOL

Great stories, Kendall and Spaw!


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 03:13 PM

Kendall-

You've certainly cheered me up this morning. Keep 'em coming!

Oh, and yes, I do hope the operation is a success, and we're back to the problem of how to shut you up.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: gnu
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 03:38 PM

Ah, Cap'n... great stuff. As usual. Always, you bring a smile. May the Great Spirit smile as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: number 6
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 03:49 PM

Good to see your up about and your spirits are kickin' too.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 03:57 PM

Wow! I beat Bill D to a pun. . .

The appropriate audience response to Kendall's future performances will be "'ear 'ear!"

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: MaineDog
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 04:00 PM

I understand that nurse's assistant. Last time I saw Kendall he was still whispering, so I got the urge to whisper also! Anyway, laughter is great medicine, and Kendall has my permission to laugh at me, but not out loud.
MD


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: Deda
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 04:02 PM

I've been off mudcat for so long that I'm sure I've been forgotten entirely. But for this thread, I just wanted to add my own wishes for full and fast recovery, and thanks for the great stories. (IMO, Maine is the greatest state in the union, though I don't get back there anymore. I can't imagine anything more valuable, more needed in this world than a Maine folksinger--especially Kendall.) Be well, be well.

Deda
(Amos' kid sister


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: fat B****rd
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 04:02 PM

Good luck to you sir.


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 04:23 PM

Can't wait to hear you use that voice again.......; I wish I could be there New Tear's Eve to hear the inaugural concert but -- visitors from overseas who (horror) don't like folk music!!!! Perhaps if the voice is well (ish) you can sing for us on Boxing Day?


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Subject: RE: BS: Kendall's had another operation
From: jacqui.c
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 04:27 PM

Right now we're hoping for a speaking voice. There was scarring and rigidity to the right chord and that will probably affect the tone of Kendall's voice.

However, knowing the power of the Mudcat - lots of good wishes can't hurt, can they?


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