Jan 2, 2020 - Happy New Year !
I hope this year works out better than 2019...
My wife fiinally got away from the nursing home and I was improvikng daily ... woohoo! Then at 9 AM Christmas Eve I suffered a small stroke. There is no obvious deficit, but I am now having shortness of breath and difficulty walking much distance. My goal of getting back on the motorcycle by the end of March may be in jeopardy, but I am proceeding on the assumption that the middle of April will see me in Louisian and Texas visiting veterans memorials. Until then I take it day by day.
Nov 9 - Happy Veterans Day! Returned home Thursday after 18 days out for surgery. All went reasonably well. Have several weeks to go before I am fully mobile again, but at least I am alive. Surgeons estimated I may have had between two and eight days before the blocakges would have developed into a fatal heart attack.
Thanks to the shipmates that called or sent messages before and after surgery. Your support was really helpful and appreciated. I still do not have the stamina requuired to sit here hours at a time updaiting the site with reunion photos, but I promise that I will begin posting as soon as I am able.
Oct 23 - I am currently at VAMC Durham, NC, and will undergo triple bypass surgery this afternoon. If I get through the procedure I expect to be in-patient 10 to 12 days. if I don't survive use the experience to justify your attendance at the next reunion. None of has a guarantee on life...I am happy to have known all of you.
10/25 - Someone else's emergency bumped my surgery. Now on schedule for Monday or Tuesday. Surgeon spent 15 minutes with me yesterday afternoon. He explained the procedure and long term consequences. The grafts last between eight and twelve years. That is a much longer time than I had been facing against cancer.
Oncology said Tuesday that I am still in remission and that if I am still in remission for next six months that Inwould be considered a survivior of pancreatic cancer and statistically at no greater risk than anyone else.
That's all good news...and allows enough time to finish Ride Around America project and a book or two. So, Shipmates, if your civic club or veteran's group would like to book me as a speaker, send me a message. Will be available for speaking dates beginning in February.
Next update probably next Friday after surgery.