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garym
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T,

Strange, it has been but a few short months, I have yet to see your face or learn your name, and still I have come to know you as more than a friend. You are one of a kind, your intellect, humor, and selfless desire to help others when most would be concerned with self is an inspiration and example for us all. You set the bar very high. I have mixed emotions, both glad and sad that you are here, you make this journey more bearable for everyone.

I'll be thinking of you Friday as you cross swords with the beast once again. If thoughts, well wishes, prayers, etc. were enough, you would be healed many times over by those of us here. Please let your wife know that the "extended family" is thinking of her as well. I wish I could be there in person to lend you both a hand or shoulder as needed.

My wish for you is smooth sailing in the days, weeks, months, and yes, YEARS to come. Remember, you can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails. I know, a golf metaphor would be more apropos, but I like what this says.

Your brother in spirit,

Gary

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Gary, nothing I can add, the "feeling" is there though. TW, there is nothing I can offer more than what you already know, but I know you know that we wish you well.
R.

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My sentiments echo what Gary wrote. Wish you the best TW, you will be in my prayers. I look forward to see your postings very soon.

Health and Happiness to all,
Wayne

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Add me to the list of Tex's admirers. Hoping and praying that all turns out well.
Mike

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Absolutely everything Gary says goes for me also. T-W you are more than a friend. I constantly think of you and your upcoming weight loss procedure. Make your caregivers laugh and share your enthusiasm with them. You have lessened everyone else's load and will continue to do so without a doubt.
FLY,
Fox loves ya.

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http://www.omkarananda-ashram.org/Publications/mahamrityunjaya_mantra.htm

May the intelligence of the all pervasive omnipotent intelligence of the universe guide their hands during your surgery.

As you get closer, know this, you are protected.

I am saying it, and I need to learn this the most. We often speak what we need to hear the most. I am cognizant of it.

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Was in a pub the other night and saw two rather

large girls sitting at the bar.

They both had strange accents so I said "Hello,

are you two girls from Scotland?"

One of them gave me a dirty look and said, “It’s WALES you bloody idiot!"

So I immediately apologized and said "Sorry, are you two whales from Scotland?”

I get out of hospital tomorrow…

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By the way Texas,That ringing in you your ear ,well that's me limelife 50 wishing and praying for the best outcome on your surgery,heck if I could I would be your caddie for a day,so take care and keep us posted.

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Gary, your sentiments are beautifully expressed. I'm sure we all have Friday noted in our calendars to think of and pray for our friend Tex.

Tex, we've only been conversing for four short weeks! Every time in those four weeks when I have been starting to feel anxious or depressed over my new cancer diagnosis I have thought of coming on this board and sharing those feelings. Then I would log on and you would be there answering EVERY thread with helpful research, compassion and insightful advice. And I would pick myself up by my bootstraps and try to follow your example by offering advice and encouragement where I could instead of sharing my negative emotions. After all, I really am One Lucky Girl. And I have also been thoroughly enjoying the friendly banter :-).

On Friday I'll be thinking of you and your wife and daughter. We will be very eager to hear from you once you're feeling up to it.

Much love,

OLG xoxo

adobe
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All of us need you, so as soon as you can put your fingers on the computer keyboard, send a message so we know you have conquered the day!!

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TW, you do have a special gift. I will be praying for positive outcomes both tomorrow on the golf course and on Friday!

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...Good luck my friend! I'm sure you are NPO after midnight. So, just to be funny, make sure you eat your refried bean burritos about 11:30. What the heck. The doctors wear masks anyway. They will all start looking at each other. Each thinking the other one did it!

do us proud T-W!

Fox

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And wash it down with Guinness for some extra power.

Celtic Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.

Long and straight, fairways and greens,

Gary

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All a bit over the top, folks. But there's a saying on the golf course that's apt here - when someone's hit a good shot, you say 'You won't want that back!' and I won't ask anyone here to take anything above back! In fact it makes me all the more determined to come back for more :)

Yesterday I was giving shots on holes 2 and 3 (winter hole order) and got too tense against a seasoned old campaigner (he followed Ben Hogan round when the latter famously won the Open at Carnoustie in 1953). I lost the first 5 holes. The weather was perfect and it was played in great sporting spirit, with plenty of anecdotes and golfing banter.

I won the 13th 14th and 15th to go 2 down with 3 to play and I then played a 5 wood on the 16th (notoriously the most difficult par 3 in world championship golf - Tom Watson won the Open there without ever making par on it [see http://www.golftoday.co.uk/tours/tours99/open/preview15.html ]
There was a strong following wind and I reckoned my opponent would drive right through the green (the pin was at the back) in his zeal to stop the rot and see me off. In fact he played a peach of a shot to 5 feet below the pin so it was 'Thank you and goodnight'! He bought me a pint in the clubhouse - he had beer, I had lime and soda.

However, my crucial game is the big one tomorrow and I'll be in touch again as soon as I can - hopefully via this medium and not the other kind!

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You will be in my thoughts and prayers..

Little darling..

NanaLou
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Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Sending blessings, good thoughts and many prayers your way!!! Hope to hear good news from you soon!!!!
Nancy

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I hope your surgery goes smoothly for you tomorrow, I will be thinking of you and your family & will be waiting to hear good news from you.

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Hello all,

This is TW's daughter sneakily stealing his keyboard while he's getting ready for his op.

I was touched when Dad mentioned GaryM had created a good luck thread, but I had no idea what heartfelt, and beautifully expressed, wishes I'd see from so many people (and some truly terrible/wonderful jokes :) )

I am overwhelmed to read the kind words about the dad I know and love. I, obviously, think the glowing descriptions are spot on, but it's wonderful to know he has such good friends to cherish him and keep him company on his journey, with the experience (although I wish none of you had that) to give him good advice just when he needs it.

Much much appreciation to you all,

TW's darling daughter and dear wife

PS I'll pop into this thread and let you know as soon as he's out.

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Hi there!

Thank you all for your good wishes. Your support and kindness have been important to our whole family

Kindest regards to you all,

TW's dear wife

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Keep on breathing TW, with the best Wishes from the other side of the Earth. I’m following your path, waiting to be cut open and taken part of my lung out the 3rd time next Monday.

Jon

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Thanks for your message. Will your op be in Taipei? I imagine they will have all the top technology there!

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Hello all, TW's daughter here again,

I'm pleased to tell you we've just called the hospital and they've said he's not only out of surgery (early!) but sitting up and having some tea!

Thanks again for all your wonderful support.

TW's DD

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Great news! Now tell him to avoid the hospital spinach like the plague and get back here as soon as he can.
Mike

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Thank you for the update, seems like I've been holding my breath all day. Lets hope they got the last of it this time or at least no more surgeries for years instead of months. Tell him I'll be downing a Guinness in his honor tonight. Gary

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Have a speedy recovery TW, expect to hear that you will be swinging a club soon!

Best wishes,
Wayne

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Best wishes and prayers coming to you and your family..

littledarlin...

j_rod
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Tell him we all said hi!

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Thanks one and all. Turns out Fox was spot on - morphine-induced histamine release is too transient to account for the rash I had first time around so it was almost certainly due to the antibiotic. Sorry to have given a bum steer on that one. I hope I haven't destroyed my credibility here (at least I did say I couldn't be dogmatic about it).

My Wife and Daughter have just left after vouchsafing the . information that last time they could hardly recognise me on the first day. They did an unbelievable job in snowing me. Apparently my face and hands were hugely bloated, I looked shrunken, senile (there's a lovely Scots word - glaikit) and at least 90 years old. My Daughter reported that my Wife was terrified at having to leave my bedside!
They TELL me I'm totally different this time and I must say I feel it. Moral support here was greatly appreciated by us all.
Mike, my pulse was up at 71, BP 2 minutes ago was 116/65, O2 saturation 95, without using oxygen for several hours and creatinine, which was previously 53 , is over 60.

Bad news is that I haven't been offered any spinach so far so I'll need to get home ASAP.

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Hi Tex,
I guess it's true, you just can't keep a good man down.
My wife told me that I looked haggard and old when they wheeled me from post-op to my room. Maybe not 90 like you but then again you start out five years ahead of me. Wow, that pulse and BP are terrific. I'm guessing your creatinine is down and GFR up because you are well-hydrated. That's helpful to know. Either that or you are Superman. Rest, rest, rest and mend.
Good to have you back after such a long absence.
Mike

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Mike, haven't seen ourDaughter for a while and we all talked into the small hours and I had to get the ladies breakfast at 5:30 a.m. so only got three hours sleep! So, put it down to lack of concrntration when I called my eGFR figure creatinine.

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Mike, I'm a bit uneasy after going AWOL (by exceeding permitted time-frame) until I get reliable information that the biker gang isn't coming to get me.

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I'm really happy to hear all is going so well Tex -- I can't believe you're writing online already! Many thanks to your wife and daughter for keeping us updated. Sending you my very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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They say you can't keep a good man down.So glad to hear you doing so well.Very inspiring for all of us waiting to have our first go at it.

Will be looking for your next update.
littledarlin

dl650a
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T_W,
Welcome back to the post op recovery. I'm only 2 weeks post op and feeling better day by day. Good luck and keep the faith.

Ed

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Thank you and your daughter for letting us know. I believe anyone who has had the benefit of TW's postings were feeling butterflies and anxious. I'm so glad he came through the surgery so well. Thanks again.

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Like everyone else I've been waiting to hear how you've done. Wonderful news! And here you are online already!

Much thanks to your dear daughter for keeping us informed!

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See. NTI. Nothing to it. Glad you are OK. Now get better.

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See. NTI. Nothing to it. Glad you are OK. Now get better. Guess I stuttered.

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I am glad you are up and about already. Get rested up so you can get those golf clubs out again.

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I thought about you a lot today and am so relieved you are awake, alert, and recovering!

God bless!

Paula

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...everything went well, as we knew it would.

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Thanks everyone. I guess I may hear a summary from the surgeon tomorrow. If I'm very lucky it could be problem over. If not, then it could be a long hard road, or a short one but I"ll cope anyway the chips fall. We"re having glorious golfing weather lately but apparently snow may be not far away.

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TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

Good to have you back!!

Fishknees
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Your sounding great Tex. I hope you are feeling better soon and out golfing.
Fishie

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Unfortunately I'm a bit on the back foot today with more pain - they maybe tried to cut my meds too quickly - will discuss with the Pain Team later.
Had been anticipating going home today but may have to stay longer. We've had a few inches of snow overnight and it's continuing to fall steadily. Must thank my Wife again for buying me a Kindle Fire to read books in hospital.

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I was in my back yard trying to launch a kite.
I threw the kite up in the air, the wind would catch it for a few
seconds, then it would come crashing back down to earth.
I tried this a few more times with no success.

All the while, my wife was watching from the kitchen window,
Muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything.

She opens the window and yelled to me,
'You need a piece of tail.'

I turned with a confused look on my face and yelled back,
'Make up your mind. Last night, you told me to go fly a kite

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Nearly burst my latest stitches!!!
As the welcomer on duty, Gary, maybe you can point lerizon to a more accessible place where she can be part of the current action?
My cabin fever is nearly over - other half picking me up from the ward this evening, with a suitable new supply of painkillers - Tramadol and paracetamol this time round. They took me off morphine immediately this time and I've not needed an antibiotic. I got some itching from the morphine but no rash so, apart from continuing discomfort, my only problem has been the inevitable constipation.

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Kinda like being a greeter at Walmart ha, ha. (You probably don't have Walmarts over there do you?)

Good to hear you are headed home and don't need the morphine this time around, I'll take that as a good indication that your recovery will be speedy and you'll be back "on course" ahead of schedule.

Per suggestion, I have encouraged lerixon to start a new thread for better visibility.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

Great recovery advice as well.

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Now ensconced in front of my iMac again, at home - so much pleasanter than being in a hospital!!

We have a bottom end supermarket called ASDA which was acquired by Walmart a few years ago but I don't think they have 'greeters' . (By the way, 'greeting' is a lovely Scots word meaning grizzling!)

I may be "on course" Gary, but probably not for a while, if only because of snow. It was 1C when my Wife picked me up from the ward a couple of hours ago and we have predictions of a possible -8C tonight. This is amazing because only a week ago we were having temps. in the mid 20s Centigrade - breaking all records for hottest weather in March.

So I shall now make a nightcap to take my painkillers with and then retire to dream about playing golf again on somewhat warmer days.

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Glad to have you home T-W! Settle into your recliner and watch the Masters this weekend. And GET BETTER!
Fox

Fishknees
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I am so glad you are home. You will be ready for that golf soon. If you can;t play right now, it is great to dream about it. Sweet dreams!!!!!

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