Just in case I don't post any more...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by SgtWookie, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. SgtWookie

    Thread Starter Expert

    Jul 17, 2007
    ... I'd like to thank the owners of AAC for providing this place I've frequented for a number of years now, and enabling me to interact with people all over the planet.

    Thanks to the Moderators for keeping the "riff-raff" at bay, and for your friendship.

    And thanks to everyone else for sharing your ideas, friendship and cameraderie; it's been a lot of fun.

    I haven't mentioned it to anyone on here before now, because I didn't want to cause any undue alarm.

    I am blessed with high cholesterol, as my father was, and so was his father. I have a couple of blocked arteries in my heart; it's been giving me difficulties for months now. In the morning, I'm going in the hospital for a cardiac catheterization & angioplasty, to hopefully get those blockages cleared. I'm scheduled to go in at 10AM. The procedure is supposed to take less than an hour, and I may be released as soon as 4pm, or a total of six hours. Sometimes, they will keep a patient overnight, but cardiac catheterization is basically outpatient surgery nowadays.

    I'm really quite fortunate that they have advanced this particular type of surgery as far as it has been. Angioplasty was conceived of in 1964, but the first experimental balloon wasn't made until 1974. The procedure was approved just in time to save my Dad back in 1985. I had to have it performed on myself some 10 years later, when I suddenly found myself not being able to get up off the floor.

    Having gone through it before, I'm no stranger to the procedure. At worst, there are moments of moderate discomfort, you have to stay lying flat for hours on end, and I wound up with a rather large and nasty looking bruise on my inner thigh that took weeks to go away.

    But, they have improved the procedure even more in the intervening years, and I look forward to even less discomfort than the last time. I'll be very glad to have this procedure behind me, as I have had very little energy, trouble sleeping, and have not been thinking clearly for several months. This should take care of all these issues.

    Even with such well-established procedures, there are always things that can go wrong. I'm not anticipating any difficulties, and I should be back at the latest within several days.

    But if I'm not, you'll have an idea what happened.

    Best wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year, and many more to come.
  2. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Sgt, wishing you a successful op. You will be in our thoughts all day and we're all rooting for you.
    Speedy recovery.
  3. VoodooMojo

    Active Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Semper Fi Sgt, We are pulling for you...
  4. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
    Thoughts and prayers for you Wookie.

    You'll be alright, Marines don't have permission to die. :)

    In the worse case, it's been an honor knowing and conversing with you, post where you'll be and I'll send some flowers.

    Once this is all blown over, you'll only be absent a couple hours a day for the PT you've been putting off, and all will be right with the world.
  5. Zazoo


    Jul 27, 2011
    I haven't been a member long, but even in my short time here it has become clear that you are a very important part of AAC. I'm sure you'll be back to offer even more of your knowledge and wisdom. Good luck and good wishes!
  6. debe

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 21, 2010
    Pretty good procedure these days, im sure you will be back soon.
  7. loosewire

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    I won't try to put it into words, Good Luck and speedy recovery.
  8. strantor

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 3, 2010
    Thanks for the heads up. see you soon!
  9. nerdegutta


    Dec 15, 2009
    Oh man....

    Good luck, and I'll see you soon!
  10. steveb

    Senior Member

    Jul 3, 2008

    I really don't know you personally. I only know of you, - much the same way I know of Hercules. I wish you strength and good luck in this next challenge.

    If I someday achieve the level of energy, clarity of thought, and productivity you now view as subpar, I'll consider myself doing very well.

    I expect you will pull through this procedure just fine, but since you are sending this message in case of an unlikely event, I'll take this opportunity to say that you are appreciated by those of us that you have helped and admired by those of us that have witnessed your dedication in helping others.
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  11. JoeJester

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 26, 2005
    Good luck Sgt. Your in my prayers.
  12. pilko

    Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Good luck Wookie, although you don't need it, as people like you live forever.

  13. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Wookie, you are one of my better friends, so words do not come easily. I'm praying for you.
  14. KJ6EAD

    Senior Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Sarge, just think about soldering as they wheel you into the O.R. and you'll be fine.
  15. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    Is soldering relaxing? Sounds like work to me. I'd probably be thinking about that pretty nurse. ;)

    Good luck SgtWookie, you'll be fine of course! I hope you don't get too bored in the recovery phase.
  16. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Estaré esperando para saber nuevamente de vos. Good luck.
  17. gopalyajur

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Goodluck Sgt!!!
  18. debjit625

    Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    God always help people who help others,God is always with people like you Wookie...
    I will pray for you .Wishing you a speedy recovery...and a happy new year.

    I don't like health problems, but we can't avoid it...

    Good Luck
  19. Adjuster

    Late Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    I am very sorry to hear about your health problem. Naturally I hope that the procedure is successful and goes smoothly with no complications, so that you will soon be able to tell us of improved well-being and energy.

    You will be in my prayers too.
  20. Alberto

    Active Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    Good luck Wookie, wishing you a quick recover and still back to your normal life.