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Offline thunter34

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Under the Knife
« on: January 21, 2007, 07:53:08 PM »
My Dad is going into surgery again in the morning.  A stint in his kidneys.  He has had numerous surgeries over the years.  Cross your fingers, say a prayer, wish on a star...just send a thought.  Whatever. 

He is due in at 6:30 am.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007, 07:54:09 PM »
::wishes lots of luck::
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007, 07:54:53 PM »
::appreciates it greatly::

thunterwhore34   ;)
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Offline JeffInNYC

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2007, 07:55:42 PM »
Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

My mom is very ill so I understand what youre going through.  No matter how old our parents may get, I dont think we can ever be prepared for something happening to them.

Offline aupointillimite

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2007, 07:56:02 PM »
Fingers crossed, Tim.

I hope all goes well.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2007, 07:56:46 PM »
Oh... and it's nasty here, so I can't see a star to wish on... I shall wish on some sleet.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007, 08:00:24 PM »
thanks, guys.  and sleet works fine.  it's the wishing that matters.

i have been up and down on this roller coaster for years with him.  been right on the edge a few times.  he seems to be in a pretty good shape for it at the moment, but he has some things (like congestive heart failure and stuff) that are ongoing and will not get better- just treated to slow the deterioration.  he is a tough old bird (his words).  

whatever happens, he and i are in a better place one with another than we ever have been before.  i'm still hoping for the best.

love the man.
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Offline marco23

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007, 08:35:59 PM »
Fingers are crossed...thoughts and prayers are with you tonight...
Don't hide your hurt, pain and feelings inside..for they will harden your heart.

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2007, 08:43:59 PM »
Good luck, and I hope he awakens to see the people who love him.
Floating through the void in the caress of two giant pink lobsters named Esmerelda and Keith.

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2007, 08:49:20 PM »
Best of luck to your Dad tomorrow - so cool to hear you two are in a good place with each other now.  Let us know how your both doing tomorrow.

Believe it or not - no stars to wish on here either.....it's actually snowing these gigantic snow flakes!  (Always a sign of good things though when it snows in the desert)
And I wished for guidance, and I wished for peace
I could see the lightning; somewhere in the east
And I wished for affection, and I wished for calm
As I lay there - Nervous in the light of dawn

Offline Teresa

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2007, 09:44:53 PM »
Hope all goes well with the surgery. You and your Dad are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs
Teresa
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2007, 11:24:29 PM »
Thanks, everybody!  I am gonna be trying to put it to bed here in a few minutes (if I can sleep) so that I can be ready to get up at about 4:30 to help get him down there.

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2007, 11:50:34 PM »
Thunter~~ I'm sending you all the best wishes I can muster.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2007, 12:10:35 AM »
I hope all goes well.

Offline Robert

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2007, 02:07:58 AM »
I hope all goes well too thunter.  My prayers with you and your pa.

robert
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2007, 04:08:35 AM »
Dearest Tim

It's 10.10pm on Monday night here in NZ and it's a beautiful clear night, so I'm wishing on a million stars tonight, my fingers are crossed and I'm sending you both love and a prayer.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2007, 05:09:02 AM »
OK, folks...here goes.  About to leave from Pa's to the hospital.


Thanks again to all for the well wishes! 


Tim
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2007, 06:38:38 AM »
Tim,

I'm sorry I did not see this thread last night. I hope all goes well this morning. You & your Pa will be in my thoughts today! No stars here to wish upon, but there are snowflakes... they look like stars.  :)

(((BIG HUGS)))
Nadine

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 08:52:14 AM »
HEY TIM....
SENDING GREAT BEAMS OF LIGHT TO YOUR FATHER, YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND EACH PERSON WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS......MAY EVERYONE BE GUIDED WITH INTEGRITY, PERFECTION, AND LOVE!!

BE WELL....

CRAIG
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--ACIM

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 09:19:29 AM »
Hey Tim,

I'm kinda late replying, but I hope things went well for your dad. 

David
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06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
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10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
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05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
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08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2007, 09:34:48 AM »
Tim, I've had stints put in. It wasn't a big deal. I was put out and it was over with. I had to have mine for 30 days and then went back in put out again and it was removed. Didn't feel a thing. He will be limited on how much weight he can pick up. If he over does it he'll piss blood but it isn't something to get alarmed about. He'll just have to be careful.

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2007, 09:39:31 AM »
Big hugs and best wishes to you Tim and to your Dad.

We'll be waiting for your reports.

Cheers, buddy.
Andy Velez

Offline bear60

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2007, 09:43:15 AM »
I hope your father does well in surgery and has a speedy recovery, Tim. Keep us posted.
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2007, 09:51:23 AM »
TH

Hope things go well for your dad.  Try not to stress to much and remember you've got a lot of people here sending you positive thoughts and well wishes.

RAB

Offline woodshere

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2007, 10:01:49 AM »
Best to your dad and you.

Woods
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Offline Life

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2007, 10:14:43 AM »
Very common proceedure Tim..  By now its all over with...   Pray that it all went as planned for Daddy..  Way to be a good Son!

Love,

Offline pozguy75

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2007, 10:19:10 AM »
Hey Tim, I have you both in my heart today!! Let us know how he does!

Love you!
J
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2007, 12:22:13 PM »
Hope all went well with your Dad. Prayers and good thoughts going out to you and your family.
Christine
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2007, 01:34:26 PM »
here's a prayer for your Dad Tim:

"Strengthen your servant  O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to usefulness in your world with a thankful heart.   And so it is...."
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2007, 02:01:51 PM »
Hi Tim, I have your Dad and you in my prayers, hope everything is fine, let us know how was the procedure wenever you can, love you  :-*

Javier

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2007, 02:04:02 PM »
Here's hoping that your dad comes out healthy and quickly!
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #31 on: January 22, 2007, 04:55:56 PM »
Tim, i'm sorry that i just saw this thread....

hopefully things have gone perfectly fine and your Dad is recovering nicely.  you have my positive thoughts and wishes for you, your father and your family.

John

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2007, 01:46:04 AM »
Tim, I haven't seen this til now either. I hope everything went as planned and that you're just hanging at the folks house tonite eating them out of house and home!

Love,
Paul
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8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2007, 06:44:22 AM »
Sending major positive thoughts your way !! 

Keep us posted.  We here with you as you have been with us.
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2007, 07:32:58 PM »
Thank you so much everyone for all the well wishes and prayers.  Turns out that he is fine-  rather, they didn't need to put the stint in after all.  The downside is that he does have some diminished kidney function of indeterminate origin, but it is not due to the artery blockage to his kidney.  It has been revealed that he actually has extra arteries going to his kidneys than the average joe has, so there was no need for the stint.  He needs to now go the kidney specialist to do more tests to find out what is causing the loss of function.
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2007, 07:42:13 PM »
Tim, glad to hear he is doing okay!! Thanks for the update!!

Glad to see back buddy!
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2007, 08:00:37 PM »
Oh, Tim:
               I just happen to read this thread with my heart pounding faster as I was reaching the end. What a relief to see your reply about the outcome! Thank God everything went well. My thoughts and best wishes would have been with you anyways. Keep in touch.
Catman

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2007, 08:04:41 PM »
Tim,

Glad to hear he didn't need the stint. I will still be wishing on our snowflakes (still no stars here) for a good outcome at the kidney specialist.

Take care!

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2007, 08:09:04 PM »
Thanks for the update Tim. Glad he has extra arteries hanging around, and hopefully the specialist will have the answers~
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2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2007, 08:11:44 PM »
FANTASTIC NEWS....GOOD TO HEAR THAT ALL WENT WELL....CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR AN ANSWER REGARDING THE DIMINISHED KIDNEY FUNCTION....AND A CELEBRATION FOR THE EXTRA ARTERIES!!

BE WELL....

CRAIG
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #40 on: January 23, 2007, 08:20:27 PM »
AHEM, I just want to say that it is called a "stent" not a "stint". Believe me, that little device is part of my job at the company.
Catman

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #41 on: January 23, 2007, 08:25:19 PM »
It never is fun is it Tim?  I am so glad that Dad is up and around.  That bonding thing just keeps going and going....

Love,

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2007, 06:55:17 AM »
Glad to hear it .. !
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2007, 01:54:40 PM »
Tim glad everything went well, love you  :-*

J.

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #44 on: January 24, 2007, 06:01:00 PM »
he actually has extra arteries going to his kidneys than the average joe has, so there was no need for the stint. 

pretty amazing!  ;D

thanks for this favorable update

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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2007, 06:11:47 PM »
Thanks to everyone!  It's meant a lot to have your support- really. 

My Dad is so funny!  He just had to say:


"Well, at least there was one area where I wasn't born physically deficient!"
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Re: Under the Knife
« Reply #46 on: January 24, 2007, 08:49:41 PM »
Glad things went better than you expected and your Dad has a good sense of humor.
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