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My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 28, 2018 08:12PM
...although I did give my "emotional battery" some thought this morning as I lay dozing before I got up.

I was thinking how kind words from friends, most of whom I have never met, could help to recharge my emotional battery. Seeing a cute little girl do her happy dance around the Verizon store as her Mom followed her around, in fact mostly the little kids that I encounter when I am out and about, watching their joy recharges my emotional battery. There are so many things that recharge my emotional battery. Just simple acts of kindness between strangers recharges me.

I started to write what I was feeling about our forum, three times yesterday and each time what I had written was lost, when I was interrupted.
I had been thinking about how much feeling we all share with each other and how special it is to have evolved from a place where we could ask and answer mostly technical questions about our shared involvement with Mac computers to a more personal connection, which after the years of knowing each other has become something much more than, I think, anyone expected.
I know that it was wonderful to get some of our friends together, first when it was only me and Mavis and N-OS X-tasy! and Effin Haole at the Tam O'Shanter in Glendale and then at McKenna's in Long Beach when the MR SoCal Luncheon came together, now that was proof of how great our bond has become.

I sure would love it if it was easier to just get together and hang out. I would have loved to have all of you take advantage of my Birthday Margarita offer. What a party that could have been!
We are all bound together by years of sharing ideas and troubles and joys. We have produced something wonderful, haven't we?
Anyway, my point about each of us having an emotional battery is that we have all reached a point that allows us to reach out on an emotional level and give each other a tremendous amount of support.
I've said it before, I'll say it again, "I LOVE YOU GUYS!"



gl @ Dana Point, CA
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 28, 2018 08:15PM
love you too man!
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Posted by: space-time
Date: October 28, 2018 08:18PM
Surgery went OK?
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Posted by: Winston
Date: October 28, 2018 08:31PM
Been thinking about you a lot. My wife has a nephew in Dana Point. On our one visit there we were tied up with him and his family the whole time (we rarely see them). I still regret that there was no time for a MRF related visit.


Good luck.

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Posted by: DP
Date: October 28, 2018 08:32PM
Always glad when you post, Gene!





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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 28, 2018 08:36PM
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space-time
Surgery went OK?

Actually, no surgery! My doctor came in, as I lay in recovery, and told me that while my other artery that was in question was blocked a bit, it wasn't bad enough to warrant a stent. He said that my heart wasn't as bad as expected, but my tiredness and breathing issues were due to my a-fib.

He wants me to go back to my specialist who deals with heart rhythms. A pacemaker may be in my future?

I don't know anything about this type of technology. I welcome any input based on your experiences.

Thank you!

GeneL



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 28, 2018 08:38PM
Maybe some other time, Winston?



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: October 28, 2018 09:29PM
Keep on keeping on.



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: October 28, 2018 09:55PM
GeneL (and all),

You make me want to come down and visit southern California again.

Seems like a nice time to call out to Lord Buckley,

Ladies and gentlemen, would it embarass you if I told you that I love you very much? - Lord Buckley
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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: Winston
Date: October 28, 2018 10:30PM
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GeneL
Maybe some other time, Winston?

Yes! And here's to getting back on "pace". I friend of mine got a pacemaker in his mid-50s - when needed, they are amazing. Just watch out for the remote hackers, so someone doesn't try to turn you into the Energizer Bunny.

If you've never seen "One Man, Two Guvnors", seek it out.
[www.pacemakerclub.com]
I got to see a wonderful production of this in Atlanta with Aaron Munoz as the lead.


Good luck.

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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 28, 2018 10:38PM
A spacemaker? Aren't those the under counter radios from the 70s?

Or, maybe that's space-time's cloning operation?

Whatever it is, Gene, we're behind you!
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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: Kate
Date: October 28, 2018 10:43PM
I share your feelings about this group, years of support and friendship.

Kate
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Posted by: testcase
Date: October 28, 2018 11:03PM
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DP
Always glad when you post, Gene!


agree smiley


Keep smiling.........


It makes people wonder just what you're up to! wink smiley
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Posted by: Don C
Date: October 28, 2018 11:16PM
Had a guy in my Scottish country dance class who got a pacemaker. At one point the doctor was looking at his record and noticed a spike in heart activity. We decided that what the doctor saw was his response to "Round Reel of Eight." It wasn't life threatening, but we were a little more careful after that.
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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 29, 2018 02:59AM
Gene, lately I've been thinking about taking you up on your Birthday Margarita offer - I believe I've even made mention of it in the forum. Get well soon so we can make that happen.



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 29, 2018 03:32AM
BTW. I'm pretty sure that I have a Lord Buckley album among the LPs that I have stored away. It's among a bunch tha t I brought out from NY when I came to California in 1962. I was wondering the other day, if I had any Professor Irwin Corey in that stack.

Speaking of esoteric albums, years ago when I was still living in New Rochelle in the apartment that I grew up in, I was listening to a Halloween presentation on WBAI FM.
It was a radio presentation of Jean Paul Sartre's play, "No Exit." I would love to get my hands on a copy of that album.

I will have a lot more to learn about pacemakers!



gl @ Dana Point, CA



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Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 29, 2018 03:35AM
Good to hear from you GeneL.
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Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 29, 2018 04:47AM
Get some good rest and enjoy the great hospital food.



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: Frank
Date: October 29, 2018 05:00AM
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GeneL
... Just simple acts of kindness between strangers recharges me....
I had been thinking about how much feeling we all share with each other and how special it is to have evolved from a place where we could ask and answer mostly technical questions about our shared involvement with Mac computers to a more personal connection, which after the years of knowing each other has become something much more than, I think, anyone expected....
Anyway, my point about each of us having an emotional battery is that we have all reached a point that allows us to reach out on an emotional level and give each other a tremendous amount of support.
I've said it before, I'll say it again, "I LOVE YOU GUYS!"

Gene, so well expressed. I feel the same way. Glad to hear that you won't be needing that surgery. Get well soon.
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Posted by: billb
Date: October 29, 2018 05:10AM
If you're healthy enough to be a candidate to survive the surgery and get one you must be doing all right.
Hopefully in a few months you'll feel like an old beat up pickup truck with a new motor. :-)



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Posted by: tortoise
Date: October 29, 2018 08:09AM
Take care of yourself GeneL, and the good news is atrial-fib is mostly easily managed by any number of treatments starting with drugs, and escalating to a pace-maker, and there are even more options beyond that if needed. No heart problems are minor but if we live long enough most of us will experience one or more as the years take their toll on our most essential organ.
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Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 29, 2018 08:51AM
A pacemaker can make a substantial improvement in quality of life. I've seen it literally hundreds of times. I think your physicians are on the right track to giving you some energy and put the joy back in your life.

Keep us informed! We really do care.
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Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: October 29, 2018 10:54AM
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MrNoBody
Good to hear from you GeneL.
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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 29, 2018 11:36AM
tortoise, I have already had several ablations and cardioversions, but they have not been successful.
That is why my cardiologist came to the conclusion that a pacemaker is what is left to try.
Reading about pacemakers, I have seen that there are some dangers. I have to use our microwave every day and I have seen that cellphones can be a problem. Those are just two of the potential dangers that I've read about.

I love it to wake to more thoughts from my friends. Oh how I would enjoy meeting up for coffee at a breakfast place in Dana Point Harbor. There are several that I am sure you all would enjoy.
Well, I have to make myself some breakfast now and some eggs for Precious, as well.
Thank you all for keeping me in your thoughts.

GeneL



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Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: October 29, 2018 11:49AM
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GeneL
Speaking of esoteric albums, years ago when I was still living in New Rochelle in the apartment that I grew up in, I was listening to a Halloween presentation on WBAI FM.
It was a radio presentation of Jean Paul Sartre's play, "No Exit." I would love to get my hands on a copy of that album.

Wow! A quick search found a version on youtube.

Did the version you listened to feature Donald Pleasance and Glenda Jackson? This one does.
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Posted by: Randalls
Date: October 29, 2018 12:40PM
Just thinking about you. Spot on about the forum as they have always supported my dumb questions but the compassion is amazing. Hang in there!
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Posted by: tortoise
Date: October 29, 2018 12:42PM
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GeneL
tortoise, I have already had several ablations and cardioversions, but they have not been successful.
That is why my cardiologist came to the conclusion that a pacemaker is what is left to try.
Reading about pacemakers, I have seen that there are some dangers. I have to use our microwave every day and I have seen that cellphones can be a problem. Those are just two of the potential dangers that I've read about.

I love it to wake to more thoughts from my friends. Oh how I would enjoy meeting up for coffee at a breakfast place in Dana Point Harbor. There are several that I am sure you all would enjoy.
Well, I have to make myself some breakfast now and some eggs for Precious, as well.
Thank you all for keeping me in your thoughts.

GeneL
Hi again Gene and thanks for the update, I came into this late and was not really aware that you had already had several ablations and cardioversions, so what your cardiologist says makes perfect sense now. You will have to forgive me as I am recovering from minor (major to me, but it is all relative) hernia repair surgery a few days ago and honestly am a bit foggy yet from the narcotic haze the pain killer meds provided by my surgeon. Best wishes for a speedy and successful resolution of your cardio issues. So far my only cardio issues at age 74 are minor atherosclerosis that are being well managed with daily statin drugs. As I said if we live long enough we all start to see how lucky we are to live in an age where they can provide solutions to quality of life issues as we meander down the path of the "golden years"
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Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 29, 2018 06:58PM
Todd, thank you for the link, but I listened to just a little and wished that I could find the version I heard years ago.
It will be difficult to match the performances that were so perfect, back when I first heard it.

tortoise, thanks for posting while you're in pain. That is really thoughtful and appreciated. I need to deal with two hernias as well. I just didn't want to add the pain to my other immediate issues.
How long is "normal" recovery for the hernia surgery?

I am getting discouraged with a-fib, dialysis and hernias, it's pretty overwhelming.



gl @ Dana Point, CA



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Posted by: tortoise
Date: October 29, 2018 07:54PM
tortoise, thanks for posting while you're in pain. That is really thoughtful and appreciated. I need to deal with two hernias as well. I just didn't want to add the pain to my other immediate issues.
How long is "normal" recovery for the hernia surgery?

I am getting discouraged with a-fib, dialysis and hernias, it's pretty overwhelming.

Hi again GeneL

My surgeon says one to four weeks depending on one's physical condition. No lifting over twenty Lbs for six weeks and usually by then one is fully recovered. So far it has not been too bad, surgery three days ago and I am just taking it easy around the house reading books and streaming Netflix, etc. Actually sort of like a vacation within retirement, I am free to goof off and not work around the house guilt free!. Don't let it get you down, things can always be worse. I have COPD from smoking 40 years but manage just fine and even ride a bicycle and do 3 miles each morning on treadmill. Just stay positive, the human body is truly an amazing and forgiving creation that can stand up to years of abuse and still keep giving us more chances to mend our ways and have some better years to look forward to. Best of luck to you and remember the glass is half full at all times.
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Posted by: davester
Date: October 29, 2018 10:39PM
Hey Gene,

Glad to hear that you're available to correspond with us so soon after going into the hospital. I guess the no surgery decision is a bit bittersweet...reduced recovery but then no solution at hand. Good luck on the pacemaker thing.

I was down in Long Beach a few months ago, heading out to Catalina, and I thought about that birthday margarita offer (though we were down there for somebody else's birthday, not mine. Maybe one day.

Best wishes, Dave



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Posted by: Pam
Date: October 30, 2018 09:32AM
Glad to hear you're doing well! Pacemakers have done wonders for many and I hope it literally turns your life around!
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Posted by: rjmacs
Date: October 30, 2018 09:57AM
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I share your feelings about this group, years of support and friendship.

Kate

I agree, Kate! Thanks for posting such a heartfelt message, GeneL. Your full-heartedness and openness really does inspire me. I love you and I'm proud of and grateful for what you've helped build here.



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Re: My friends, I havent felt much like writing today...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: October 30, 2018 03:25PM
Dave, I was thinking how great it would be if you had been able to come by. I love the thought!

Pam, your words always mean a lot to me. Thank you!

rjmacs, all I can say is"wow!" You are so kind to say that.

Tomorrow I meet with my heart specialist who deals with rhythm issues. She has already done several ablations and cardioversions that haven't been successful, but she hasn't mentioned anything about a pacemaker before, so I'm entering uncharted waters.

I will start a new thread once I have more information to share. You are all in my thoughts as I navigate my health issues.

Thank you once more,

GeneL



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