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Just Checking In With You – A Sundance Update

Sundanceh's picture
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Hello Everybody!

It’s good to see you all again. I’m sorry I have not been able to get on this board but just once and just to read some PM’s that I received. It’s been very hard to sit up and type at a keyboard.

I can sum it up in one word, Ladies and Gentlemen – PAIN!

My home email keeps notifying me of PMs on the site, so I logged in today and saw all the posts opened for me and everybody’s concern, so I just wanted to take a minute and talk with you so you would know I’m alive and trying to do better each day, but I’m going to need some more time.

I took a pretty good “Lick” with the surgery and it has not been easy during the recovery so far. They “roughed me up” pretty good there.

I’ve been short of breath and the pain has been bad enough as the incsions were in the right spots to make it uncomfortable to be sitting or even laying for long. The pain meds I’m on knock off some of the rough edges, but safe to say, I’ve got aways to go still – I hope the next couple of weeks will see some improvement.

We did an X-ray on my lungs and there are no leaks, and so we’ve been trying to keep my lungs expanded. I have to walk on a treadmill several times a day. I also do breathing exercises with a spirometer, which you suck on and measures your lung capacity – I’m doing a little better there. Sometimes, I get a breathing treatment if I need it with some Albuterol.

We meet back with the surgeon next week or the week after to go over everything and see how I’m doing. I’ll also be meeting with the Public Relations manager there for an interview on the Da Vinci surgery. I’ll see if there will be a link to it,or if I can get a copy of it and will post it.

Thank you all for your patience and for your caring thoughts and prayers. I’m going to try and answer all the PMs that were sent.

As soon as I get some more information and feel better, I’ll send up another post with the whole story. I still may not be on too much, but will try to check in and see what’s going on. Pain is making it difficult to concentrate, but I’m glad I could get this update out to you today.

Thanks for caring about me - sure does help.

You guys take care until we speak again and thank you, Everybody from the bottom of my heart :)


robinvan's picture
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So good to see you and hear from you. Hang in there and return to us when it works for you.

Hoping and praying for your continued healing.

Rob; in Vancouver

idlehunters's picture
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Joined: Apr 2009

So good to hear from you! Was wondering about your status. You go get well. Rest my friend... there is plenty of time to tell your story. We will all be here waiting to hear from you. Love and prayers


angelsbaby's picture
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I wish you weren't in so much pain that makes everything so much worse i hope you will have less pain as time goes on, please no that i am praying for you. Pain was a big issue for angel too and seeing him in pain was very hard for me,But i am glad you posted i was getting a little worried.. So take care and get well soon.


trish07's picture
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Take your time to recover and heal.
Its good to hear from you


lesvanb's picture
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Keep on healing and breathing. Thanks so much for the update and I wish that the pain lessens quickly.

all the best, Leslie

lisa42's picture
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Hi Craig,

I'm so sorry you've been in so much pain- I'll be keeping you in prayer about that.
It certainly is good to hear from you, though- you've been missed!
Hang tough and never give up- you'll come through this fine, I just know it. :)


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Craig, It is great to hear from you! I'm sorry you are having so much pain, but very glad the lungs have no leaks and you are on the road to recovery.

Thanks for updating us - we do all worry about you, and are happy to get some news. Please rest and take care of yourself. Don't worry about answering PM's till you have your strength and concentration back.

Annabelle41415's picture
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Wow it is so wonderful to hear from you and know that you are home recovering. I'm so sorry that you are in so much pain as I was hoping that because it was done by a robot there wouldn't be such extensive procedure. No surgery is ever painless though and I've been thinking of you and hoping that you get better day by day. Thank you for taking the time to update us on how you were doing and you just rest and get better soon.

Hugs! Kim

sfmarie's picture
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We finally heard from you! I am sorry you are in pain, but am glad that you are back on checking e-mails. Take it slow, one day at a time and the next thing you know, you'll be running on that darn treadmill. Hugs, Marie

GOOFYLADIE's picture
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May I send you a healing prayer Gods Speed!!! I am so glad to see you peek in and say hello to all. What a wonderful thing you have done for someone. What great strides will come from your selfless generosity. May you become as strong and healthy as you once were, may God rest his healing hands on you and raise you to great new strengths. You are a vibrant, caring human being, may our heavenly father blow a bit of fresh air your way. Make it a Great Day!!
Goofyladie (Cass)

Fight for my love
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Hi big brother,it is a surprise to see your update.Just please take your time to recover,I hope the pain will go away soon.Please don't exert yourself,it takes time to build up your energy and strength back.Get well soon!Hugsss.

Julie 44
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I am so very glad to hear from you..We were all very worried about you...Sorry you are in so much pain but you are well on your way to recovery and things will look up..What doesn't kill you will make you stronger...(sound familar) Take it easy REST REST REST...Don't give your wife to much trouble and do what she tells you ..lol lol
Talk to you soon....JULIE

just4Brooks's picture
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Boy it sure is good to see you post again. You have been missed by many of us. Hope you feel better soon.

Thake care

cyndi2324's picture
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Craig I am sorry that you are in so much pain. Hope you can get stronger pain relief. Just get to feeling better. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
Take care

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Paula G.
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Sorry you have to go through this. Take time to heal Craig. Look forward to your posts.Paula

thready's picture
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It is so good to hear from you. I am sorry about all the pain, I hope and pray that you will heal quickly and you will have releaf from the pain.

You have been missed, you have been an inspiration to many of us. Take care.

Mike49's picture
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Take it easy and heal. Sounds like my dry socks and warm chow were no magic bullet against the pain. You are working hard and we are all proud of and pulling for you.


Buzzard's picture
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Im not gonna make ya laugh cause I don't want ya to hurt, so hurry up and get healed up, I got a lot of catching up to do with ya....OK Im gonna be serious and you know thats not really my nature so hurry up and get better, we got some BSn to do...........Buzzard

(glad your back buddy)

KFen725's picture
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Sorry to hear that you've had a tough go of it with the pain. :( Hope that you feel much better very soon, and I can't wait to hear GOOD results from the followups!


2bhealed's picture
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Thinking about you and happy to see your thread.

Isn't it something when our life comes down to simply needing to breathe and walk and everything else just falls off the radar.

We'll keep the ACS fires burning for ya when you're back and ready to play.

peace, emily

tootsie1's picture
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I'm so sorry you're still in so much pain.I was hoping to hear that you've been feeling much better! I'm glad to see you on here, though, and I do hope that will be a more regular occurrence soon. Take care of you, and I'll be praying for you.


Kathleen808's picture
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It is so good to hear from you! I'm praying that your pain goes down, better yet goes away.

Get your rest.


shrevebud's picture
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Hey man - it's really great to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to post. I hope you are able to keep that pain under control. Pain is no fun. I'll probably send you another PM - knowing that you'll answer when you are back to your old self - as the saying goes, you can't keep a good man down. Take care. Roy

P_I_T_A's picture
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Great to hear from you. Will be thinking about you, I hope you get to feeling better soon.


luv3jay's picture
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Hey Craig! It's good to hear from you again...finally!! Keep up the good progress with the breathing and we're still praying for you. Take care!


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Oh Craig, sorry to hear you're still in so much pain. Wishing you the speediest recovery possible. You remain in my thoughts and prayers every day as always. Hope to hear that your pain has subsided real soon. Take all the time you need to recover - this is one thing you don't want to rush. Take your time and do it right. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Muzzy's picture
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Glad to see you! the board is just not the same with out you.
Sorry to see your in so much pain. Your already in my prayers.
Just happy to here!!

daydreamer110761's picture
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Hey dude - it's great to see you posting here and thank you for letting us know you are still out there, and getting better every day! Can't wait to see you back here on a usual basis again, your posts are awesome!

Sundanceh's picture
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Thank you, Everybody

Your thoughts make my heart soar like an eagle!

It is comforting to know that you are missed...I hear more from you guys than I do anybody else...one of my friends never even called me before surgery and has not yet - and I told him about it - so you find out who your friends are - and YOU are my FRIENDS, the best ever.

I need you guys, 'cause the meds sure aren't workin' :)

Take care and I hope to creep back time to time until I'm up and ready to go again, this will all seem like a lifetime ago someday.

My continued best to you as always, dear Semis;


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Great to see that you are able to post.

Hopefully your pain will be a thing of the past real soon.

Please keep in touch, keeping us updated, until you are able to return fulltime.

We miss you!



Fight for my love
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Hi dear Craig,I am sure the doctor has other pain killer available.I hope you will go ahead to ask him to switch you to other pain meds.Just hope everything will be under control soon.I have been praying for you for a speedy recovery and no pain.Get well soon.

ittapp's picture
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Hey Craig, I think about you often and really miss your posts, hope you feel better real soon. Post when your ready!!! Love ya, Patti

Annabelle41415's picture
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So sorry that the meds aren't working. Can you call your doctor and ask them to give you something else? There are so many pain meds out there so there should be no reason for you to suffer. You have been through enough and this surely isn't something that you should also be dealing with. I'm sure hoping that you get something that works for you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Hugs! Kim

coolvdub's picture
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Yes you are missed on the boards, but we all understand you need time to heal properly. Please know we are all wishing you the best and praying for the speediest recovery possible for you. It's good to know you are doing well, all things considered. you have been through a great deal and the body knows what it needs, so listen to it and get well.


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what everyone else has posted before me, Craig. Sure sorry that you are having this continued pain. Wish there was something that we could all do for you besides the prayers that you are being offerede in your behalf. And they continue on and on and on and on...

Shayenne's picture
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***ROAR***!!!! Sooooo good to see on here and trying to catch up! I am glad to see you!! I think the doctors need to up your meds on the pain killers though, I hate the thought of you in pain! But, glad to see you are in wonderful spirits, it's hard not to be here at this wonderful place, a week without a pc for me, is driving me nuts already! I hope you get all the rest you need, so you can get use all that energy to get back here on the board soon!


lisa42's picture
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Hi Craig,

Sounds really tough- so sorry you're going through all this, as I'm sure all this pain was not something you thought you'd have to go through (this much, anyhow).
As Donna said, let the lion roar! You keep hanging on- this WILL pass.

Lisa :)

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Good to hear from you again and when you feel better I'd like to read about the Da Vinci procedure.


jillpls's picture
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Thank you so much for sharing even at a time when you are not feel well. I hope and pray your pain subsides very soon and you are on to a full recovery. God bless you

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So good to hear from you - you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry you are in pain .... rest up and take good care of yourself.

Be well,

anothersunrise's picture
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Good to hear from you Craig. You were such an inspiration to me when you replied to my very first post. So sorry to hear you are in such pain. Hang in there and be strong!

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