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Subject: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 03:55 PM

Hi 'Catters.
I got a call from Alaska Mike's wife Tawmmie letting me know that he's in critical condition in hospital in Anchorage. ( I don't know which hospital).
He's been in since Monday with a herniated twisted intestine, and has been heavily sedated.
The good news is that they took him off dialysis this morning, although he's still unconscious.
Tawmmie asked me to post this so that prayers/good thoughts/positive vibes/healing light can be directed his way.
When he comes out of sedation and can sit up, Tawmmie will bring his laptop in to him, so we can get all the gory details from Mike himself.

OK, 'Catters, let's help him get well.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 03:58 PM

crankin' the prayer wheels of my mind at full speed. For Mike AND Tawmmie -


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 03:58 PM

Thanks for letting us know.

Mike and Tawmmie, holding you close in thought and in prayer.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 03:59 PM

All the very best thoughts from across the ocean


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 03:59 PM

But who's taking him the REAL cure-- porter?

Be assured Hardi and I are on the case and I also am taking the liberty of firing this URL off to the prayer chain.

Seamus, do try not to worry too much, and if you have a chance to let Tawmmie know, we will all be thinking of her!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:00 PM

OK, Mike, UP and AT em!!!! We will NOT let this get you down!!!! Think Un Twisted thoughts! (yea, I know that is difficult)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bfdk
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:00 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery coming your way from across the pond, Mike!

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:00 PM

Wow, totally shit news Mikey my friend, hope you get better really soon. That must be so bloody painful too, I wish you all the very best from Scotland.
Tawmmie keep your chin up girl and give him a hug from me, my arms won't reach that far.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skarpi
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:01 PM

hallo , Mike I send you all my thoughts and prays over the ocean I hope it will get there to you get well soon

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bassic
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:02 PM

Mike and Tawmmie, best wishes for a speedy recovery, thinking of you both.

G.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jeffp
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:04 PM

Prayers going up from here.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:08 PM

Cut the bullshit, buddy! We have more rambles to take. I haven't shown you near enough of the backroads.

Prayers on full throttle,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barb'ry
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:10 PM

Lots of love and hugs to both of you.
Barb'ry and Andy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: kendall
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:11 PM

Son of a bitch! Sending healing energy from Maine my friend!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:12 PM

Good luck, Mike & Tawmmie. It's good to hear you're off the dialysis machine, it's must've been bad. I hope this means you're on the mend. We can't have you going anywhere, we need more of your songs & you need to contiue writing them for us. We all need & want you. Best of luck to ya.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:13 PM

Thnaks for letting us know Seamus. Very serious situation and I send you both my very best thoughts for a full recovery. Tawmmie, that means you too!

Karen and I got to figuring the other day and over the past ten years, I've spent almost a full year in hospitals....and they just ain't no place to be for long! But when you need them, well that's another story.

Light, Energy, Good Thoughts, and Vibes

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:25 PM

Hey Mike: you're just not allowed to be THIS ill. OK, you can have the odd cold but that's it! You hear me?

Seriously, positive thoughts winging their way to Alaska for both of you.

Luv

Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:30 PM

Positive thoughts from this side of the pond - lighting a candle,
Hil


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:31 PM

Hey, we need you out here, so get well & get back to your computer - SOON!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:45 PM

Positive thoughts coming from here, too!

Can't wait till you're feeling well enough to write a hilarious song about your hospital stay...

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:45 PM

Please post updates as often as possible????? Semaus?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:53 PM

I hope you didn't do this just to get a *straight man* posting from Spaw!*bg*

May the healing light surround and enfold you in peace, free from pain and on the mend. May it be this, or something better, for the highest good of all concerned.

All of our good thoughts and hugs to you, Mike, and Tawmmie.

luvyakat

P.S. Thanks, Susan, for letting me know about this.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:16 PM

Mike, please continue to improve at a rapid pace. This must be a truly miserable thing to go through. I'll be thinking of you and Tawmmie.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Micca
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:18 PM

all of the above , and special thoughts from your friend in London UK, and good thoughts to Tawmmie also,


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:20 PM

to both of you our best thoughts and prayers winging their way from scotland


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:25 PM

And I thought my day was crappy.... take care little man....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Peace
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:26 PM

Get well, Mike. Soon.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:35 PM

All the best wishes for recovery from Laurel Maryland from someone who is still kicking himself because didn't get to meet him personally at Getaway-before-last. even though I sat next to him a couple of times, and then later got to greatly enjoy talking to him in Chat on many occaiaions. Hang in there, Mike!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tig
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:37 PM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Tig
xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:52 PM

Whoa!!! Take care, and get yerself home soon.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:54 PM

Untwisting and healing vibes full bore to Big Mike.


A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 06:37 PM

ALL the above in Spades mate !!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Col K
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 06:57 PM

Hope you are starting to get better and that you will soon be back on your feet.
Thinking of you and all your family
All the very best
Your pal
Colin


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Lanfranc
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:16 PM

Good thoughts are Alaska bound from here too.

Alan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:20 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Mike!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:31 PM

My thoughts are with you and Tawmmie and hopes for a full and speedy recovery.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST, Ebbie
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:33 PM

A BIG job for a BIG man; luckily your frame can comfortably hold all the good stuff hurtling to you.

Reminds me- when a horse gets its gut twisted the old treatment is to roll it back and forth on the ground. It'll take several good men to do it for you, Mike- let them do the work.

Seriously good thoughts to you and Tawmmie.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:50 PM

All the best Mike and Tawmmie.

Here now, Mr. Mike, there's guitars to be played and songs to be sung. The hospital's no place for a folksinger, there's sick people all over the place in there.

So get yourself up and out in that brisk Alaskan air.

get well soon,
chance shiver


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:57 PM

Wishing you the best, Mike. Speedy and complete recovery.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: The Shambles
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:58 PM

The United States of America flag first flew over Alaska on this date in 1867 in Sitka, a coastal town and heretofor a Russian garrison. Castle Hill, a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was the site of the ceremonious lowering of the Russian standard and the raising of Old Glory.

Get well soon.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:18 PM

I didn't think intestines were supposed to do that.
Best wishes for a speedy compete recovery.
We're thinking of you now, and when the Getaway comes around, it will be impossible for the collected multitude NOT to think of you there and then.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,The Banjoest
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:38 PM

Get well soon big guy.

Hugh


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Deckman
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:01 PM

GEEZE LOUISE MIKE! Get well soon ... so you can make another BIG SPLASH in Ballard. All our best, Bob abd Judy!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:08 PM

Wow!...I do NOT approve of one of the nicest guys around getting his insides in a twist! Please know how much we need your humor, songs and presence in working order!

Get well, and we'll all tell stories about our miseries next time we meet!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:13 PM

Mudcat is a terrible place.

You get to meet up with really nice people, chat with them on-line, and then you find out that they have been struck down medically.

Sad!

Robin

Oh, I did say struck down, not off, didn't I?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:17 PM

Yeah Bill,

I've heard of people getting their knickers in a knot,but this is ridiculous!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:20 PM

Mike and Tawmmie, best wishes from Vanessa and me for a speedy recovery. Mike, You Are A Rock, don't go pebble on us now!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Maryrrf
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:23 PM

Best wishes to Mike. I haven't had a chance to meet him, but I've heard so much about him I feel like I know him. Good vibes heading north.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ron Davies
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:24 PM

Hey, I haven't heard you sing the song about the Iditarod (nor do I know how to spell it)--and lots of your other great songs. You and KT write such delightful songs--Alaska must provide some wonderful raw material--maybe that's part of it. You have to get well soon--and come back to the Getaway--or tell us where in Alaska to have the Getaway--and we'll come to you.

Seriously, we'll miss you this year--and hope to see you soon again.

But get well soon.

Ron


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bobad
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:27 PM

You're supposed to get your knickers in a knot, not your kishka.

Get well soon.

"May the long time sun
    shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
    within you
Guide you all the way on."


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:28 PM

Prayers, healthy thoughts and hugs sent, in abundance.

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Metchosin
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:49 PM

Good grief! Here's good thoughts, on little cat feet, swirling all the way up to you from this soggy part of the coast.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:59 PM

Holy moley, he's missing hunting season up there! Crank up the prayers, git them rosary beads moving and the novenas novenaing!

Goodness gracious! Good thoughts coming north to Alaska from Idaho!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 11:19 PM

Ah! The Getaway in Alaska! Should we call it the AlaskaWay? (Don't dwell on the Alas.)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:32 AM

best wishes coming from the other end of the globe

sandra


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: RangerSteve
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:42 AM

You're in my prayers, too, Mike. Get well soon.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:59 AM

"Alaska Way" is something only a girl would say. Real men don't ask for directions.

Rootin' for ya, Mike.


A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MBSLynne
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 02:55 AM

Oh no! Every good thought and wish is going his way from me now!

Blessed be Mike. The Mudcat safety net is in action again

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 04:18 AM

Oh dear!!! Thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 04:38 AM

More good wishes coming from Oz too - we didn't get to meet in Alaska, but maybe next time?

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 09:15 AM

Damn Mike! Get out of that bed!
Tawmmie, Take care of yourself. And for heaven's sake don't try carrying him to the bathroom or you will both be in bed.
So sorry. A candle is lit for you today.
It is hard to imagine Big Booming Mike ill.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 09:18 AM

all the very best Mike xx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 09:42 AM

Lots of love and good wishes from Maine, Mike and Tawmmie.

Mike - do exactly what the doctors tell you and don't get out of that bed until they say you can!

Tawmmie - take care of yourself, get as much sleep as you can manage and a little alone time to keep your own energy topped up.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 09:56 AM

Any updates?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:51 AM

They all said it much better than I could. I look forward to your speedy recovery and a song or two about hospitals, doctors and nurses, and twisted innards. I'll drink to your health---and not with Budweiser, either!    Jim Hickam

And don't you have to get better anyway? Aren't you scheduled to go on that winter cruise and keep Seamus under control?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Mrs Cobble
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 01:09 PM

Blessings to you both...Mike and Tawmmie

Get well real soon


Mrs C


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 02:02 PM

Much love and positive thoughts to you both, Mike and Tawmmie.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 02:56 PM

Hi gang.
I'm just off the phone with Tawmmie.
Mike is still unconscious, still critical.
But his vital signs have stabilized, but he's very swollen with fluid retention.
In fact, his kids are calling him 'Jabba the Dad'.
Tawmmie is very grateful for all the prayers and good wishes, and remains upbeat though she herself was hoarse and sounded exhausted.
He is in the Alaska Regional CCU Center, Room 12, but of course, he cannot have phone calls........yet.
So keep those thoughts and prayers coming 'Catters.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 03:04 PM

Shit, c'mon buddy. You are making me nervous here.

Seamus, thanks a million for keeping us up to date.

C'mon, Mike. I'm praying hard for you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 03:12 PM

Seamus - Thanks for the updates

Hugs to Tawmmie and the girls;

Mike - dammit - How am I gonna sing 'Back in the clydesdale' this weekend unless I know you're on the mend?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 03:18 PM

I don't think I have ever maet a man more full of life and relaxed vitality than out Mike. I'm just picturing him as a big ole bear, hibernating with a few more spectators than usual, who will no doubt wonder what the party is about when he wakes up and sees us all cavorting in hysterical relief.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 03:53 PM

Get very well very soon


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 03:57 PM

If horses have this kinda thing you can sometimes roll them around and they'll untwist themselves, if you guess the right direction.

Have they tried that?

I sure would like him better soon, just like we all would, which is why I posted that tip.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: number 6
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 04:11 PM

Hang in there and get well soon!

sIx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: emjay
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 04:20 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 12:49 AM

Thanks for the update, Seamus. I don't like the sounds of it, BUT I know things can get better, esp. when Mudcatters put their minds and hearts to it!

Light, Life, and Love to Mike, Tawmmie and family.

kat


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:00 AM

Thanks Seamus.....Sounds like we all need to turn the volume up a bit. Is he in a medically induced coma? They do that at times because it makes it easier to treat conditions and keep the vitals in line.

Tawmmie, get all the rest you possibly can and I know that's not easy but when he comes around he'll feel worse if you look as though he has worn you out too. I know I always do. This last time around, I also was ready to give it all up as I came around but Karen cranked up her strength and her anger and made threats.......so I got better instead.

Everything I got coming your way.......Karen sends her best as well.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:05 AM

You married way above yourself there, son. But we are all glad you stuck around too.

Tawmmie is a special gal. I loved watching Mike sing, big old boisterous Scot, belting out songs, with Tawmmie sitting behind him quietly knitting. Mike would get hung up on a lyric, Tawmmie would quietly cue him without ever looking up, he would keep right on going like nothing happened. Yep, she is a special one, that gal.

C'mon, Mike. Cut the shit. You are making this woman tired. Pull it together.

Still prayin',

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:29 AM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ENERGY AND HUGS FROM OZ}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

These are coming from the warm end of the world where it's late spring and everything's getting all fired up to grow. Take as much of that energy as you need!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Joybell
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:43 AM

My wishes and thoughts too. Joy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 02:19 AM

Spaw, I can't answer your question. I'm just passing on what Tawmmie told me. But I sense that it is a medically induced coma.
Apparently the big guy had gastric bypass surgery, and this may be related to that.
I told her about the 'Catters' wishing both her and Mike well, and she was glad to hear it.
She doesn't know how to use a computer to see for herself all the get-wells, so unless Tracy or one of their other kids logs on to the 'Cat, we'll just have to wait for Mikey his own bad self to tell us all is well.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skarpi
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 02:27 AM

more thoughts and prays .......
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 03:30 AM

C'mon, Mike, You can do it!! Rest easy, heal swiftly and know you're being held by good folks from all over the world! Thinking of you, too Tawmmie....take good care, now.
KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 05:26 AM

Can anyone forward the address for this site to one of Mike's kids? Then Tawmmie will be able to read the messages. It must be a dreadful time for her and the kids and I would like her to read how much we all love them both and sending healing thoughts from all over the world.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 07:28 AM

DOUBLE thoughts and prayers for Mike, Tawmmie and kids.   

C'mon, Mike... kick this here crittercal in the ass. I'll even give up Bud for a week!!! (This offer includes weekdays only. Not valid where prohibited by poor taste. Must be of minimum swilling age.)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 07:54 AM

Hey, Alaska Mike, you big, talented, kind, good hearted man - been getting yourself in a twist? GET WELL SOON! and let's hope you hear some wonderful music during a peaceful recovery..

all my love and best wishes to you and your family -

freda


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Morticia
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 08:12 AM

Well, damn, first time I look in for weeks only to find this news. Mike, we need you better. We will brook no excuses.Make it so.

love and hugs to you and to all your family.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 08:49 AM

Come on Mike you can do it if only for the fun of seeing the darlin beuy on the wagon for a week.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 09:24 AM

It doesn't really matter exactly why Mike in trouble, or that Tawmmie can't be Mudcatting for herself to see our posts as they come in.

What matters is that we just do what she asked, and trust her to know what help she needed when she called, Seamus, and trust Seamus to know that we will do exactly as he asked.

The rest is our worried distraction-- and folks, please, don't let your worry and your desire to understand distract you from just holding the good thoughts we all have in our hearts for our dear Mike.

Here's Seamus' message, again:

Hi 'Catters.
I got a call from Alaska Mike's wife Tawmmie letting me know that he's in critical condition in hospital in Anchorage. ( I don't know which hospital).
He's been in since Monday with a herniated twisted intestine, and has been heavily sedated.
The good news is that they took him off dialysis this morning, although he's still unconscious.
Tawmmie asked me to post this so that prayers/good thoughts/positive vibes/healing light can be directed his way.
When he comes out of sedation and can sit up, Tawmmie will bring his laptop in to him, so we can get all the gory details from Mike himself.

OK, 'Catters, let's help him get well.

Seamus



I'm sure the sedation is just to keep him under while the incredibly painful event heals. I'm sure the twist has been addressed and the herniation resolved. The intervention must surely be over, and the healing underway.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 09:48 AM

Our thoughts are with you as well.

Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie (Alaska Mike's Lovely Wife)
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:27 PM

Hi everyone,

You are all marvelous fun people and we thank you SO MUCH for all your thoughts and prayers. I have printed out this thread and we will read it to mike in the hospital. He's currently listening to a fabulous selection of his favorite music (himself) on his brand new ipod.

The hospital staff (alaska regional critical care unit rm#12) is still keeping Mike sedated. They cut out the sedation completely for a while yesterday to see if he'd wake up. He didn't, so they put him back under completely and will try again later.

I've got all my kids and grandkids up here with me this week taking good care of me and cooking weird food.

I will try to keep up with this board, but be aware that updates may be far between and sketchy as I'm currently dictating this email through my daughter.

Thank you all!
Love,
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:35 PM

Tawmmie and all. hey - if it is easier to call someone to post an update - do it that way. whatevcer works best for *YOU*

the priorities are:

1) Mike
2) TAWMMIE
3) the rest of the family (sorry guys - it's the truth!)

then - maybe, updating us.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:37 PM

Let me add a bit to our Tawmmie's post. Seamus called me with an update after talking to Tawmmie and the kids.

Mike is doing as well as can be expected. As you all know, he got the twisted bowel, and there was a rupture. He has been on an intensive antibiotic regimen, and yesterday they reduced the level of antibiotics substantially. They are not too concerned over his not waking just yet.

Seamus taught the kids how to log on to Mudcat, so presumably the posts will all be printed and read to the big galoot.

Keep up the prayers and posts. As Spawzer can tell you, it is a tremendous pickup to know folks are thinking of you.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:47 PM

Susan I wasn't taking anything away at all and sometimes it helps to understand a bit...maybe not. No one is being forced to tell me a thing! Gastric Torsion was a major topic around here at one point as it is one of the more serious and tougher possible side effects of gastric bypass.

Besides, I'm trying to get my medical degree from I-Got-It University (;<))

Once again Tawmmie, both you and Mike have our best thoughts and wishes for as quick a healing and as fast a recovery as possible.

Spaw (Pat and Karen Patterson)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:58 PM

Tawmmie--You are so very kind to take time in the midst of all this update us.

Continuing to keep all you in my thoughts and prayers.

janie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tinker
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 02:47 PM

Now Mike I have to say you are one of the easiest people to visualize as strong and vibrant and ready; for life. When I was asked to do a workshop on happy endings the first songs that came to mind were some of yours. Of course I make a pretty silly Mexican Cowboy, but Salmon Love definatelly fits the bill and Little Jim comes through some harrowing times quite intact.

I expect another amazing happy ending. ( And a song of course)

Love and light and Blessings headed out to all of you

Love Ya,

Tink


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 03:04 PM

It's good to know that the Hospital Staff are 'not too concerned' (reading between the lines) but keeping a good eye on him ! We want the old bugger back over here doing some more singing , so keep your chin up ! We are all here for you both !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 03:49 PM

Thanks for the update, Tawmmie. Try to rest and eat some proper food.
I will keep a candle lit.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 07:35 PM

Off to Oggies with you in my thoughts and prayers, Mike. This is the last thread I check tonight and the first thread I check tomorrow. I pray tomorrow is a good day.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: karen k
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 02:08 AM

Mike,
Don't look at the BS threads too much so I've missed this until now. It really gave me a shock to see that you are doing poorly. I've been through something similar so I understand. My thoughts are with you, Tawmmie and your kids. I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. Be well. Start singing again soon. Tawmmie, hang in there and take care of yourself.

Regards,
karen kobela


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 03:35 AM

Positive thoughts from over the pond. Get well very soon.
love
Pat xx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 03:47 AM

Get well soon and positive thoughts for you and your family, Cllr


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: open mike
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 10:47 AM

sorry to hear this..
i will be sending
good thoughts and
chekcing here to
see the good news..

hang in there.

Laruel


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Carly
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 03:39 PM

Mike and Tawmmie, you are in my thoughts and in my heart; I am sending northward everything positive that I can muster. Rest and heal, Mike; try to take care of yourself and get some rest, too, Tawmmie.

Much Love
Carly


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 04:13 PM

Thanks for the update Tawmmie. Give our love to Mike please.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 05:00 PM

Well I just got throwed out of hospital today, so it's Mike's turn next.
Hey c'mon shorty get your arse in gear.
Giok ☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 05:01 PM

Mike, thoughts and prayers coming your way from Cardiff. Get well soon. Blessings on your wife and family. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 06:48 PM

Good thoughts and prayers to you all from the far Southeast. Take good care of each other and yourselves.

Ebbie, I just should know better than to drink at my desk. I should know better by now. The thought of it... I am speechless! Hope they take it easier than THAT on you, Mike!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 06:52 PM

Hi everyone, Thank you all soooo much for all your good thoughts. I just got back from the hospital, (or as some of you say - from hospital)
Mike had a good night. They're keeping him on dialysis cause it's just doing such a good job cleaning out his blood. They took him off the sedation medication yesterday morning and he doesn't want to wake up yet. Not to worry. John, his RN said they want to check his cognitive responses and then they they will put him back to sleep a few days longer. They need to make sure he can breathe completely on his own before they take him off the respirator. His skin is much better today, a bit more elasticity, not quite so turgid.
I've just about lost my voice but i just need to make sure I'm drinking my water.
My daughter Tina and her husband left to go home to Arizona last night. Tracy and Gayatri have to leave tonight back to Chicago. Mike's brother and sister leave Mon night back to Arizona and my son, Alex with wife and daughter have to leave Tuesday evening, Michigan.
I think I'll go back to work Wed.   I've used up a lot of leave that I was saving for our vacation. Oh well, I'll just have to use LWOP, I don't care. Mike WILL be with me end of Jan for the cruise, right, Seamus?
Again thank you all so much. I'll try to keep you posted. Love to you all.   Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: CET
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 06:57 PM

Thinking of you and praying for you, Mike, and for Tawmmie as well.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: rock chick
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 07:22 PM

Healing, positive thoughts coming your way Mike, keep strong Tawmmie.

Shelagh


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 12:34 AM

Mike's nurse, John, tried to wake him up tonight. I rubbed his feet which he hates, anything to irritate him. Actually, John said to try anything till he wakes up then go to the soothe mode. Well, he didn't want to wake yet so he will try again later. Good news, his kidneys are putting out gallens of urine. Yea!!!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 12:51 AM

Where do you work? Perhaps there is a pool that people can donate sick leave to? We have one at the university where I work, and I was able to get a few hours from there when I had a lengthy absense after surgery a few years ago. Our sick leave works for the employee or when we have to care for an immediate family member (I took my sick leave most of this week to stay with my daughter who was in the hospital). It might be worth checking out.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 12:57 AM

This is good news & it sounds like it's gonna keep getting better. Tawmmie, you make sure you take good care of yourself too. It's often that it's easier on us bedridden "Drama Queens" than it is on those that keep us going, many who don't even realize that they've been drained until they fall down with exhaustion. You'll need the vacation after he's better. Tell him I called him a "Drama Queen" too. That'll get his blood count & white cells up there. Better wait till he's feeling a bit better though & you might as well tell 'em when he's awake. No sense wasting a good ribbing on him if it's not gonna get him percolating.
Best of Luck
Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bet
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 01:07 AM

Just heard the news Tawmmie and Mike. I've not been checking in as much since I went back to teaching music.

Good thoughts are coming your way from the North Pole. Even if they are a little late. Glad to see the up dates looking like things are better. I still hope to get to Anchorage and meet you. Mike was my first touch of a folkster here in Alaska.

Both of you take care. bet


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 01:33 AM


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 04:04 AM

Thanks for keepng us updated, Tawmmie. It really does sound as though things are getting better now that his kidneys are working. Healing thoughts still winging across the miles.

Luv

Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: My guru always said
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 04:28 AM

Many thanks for taking time out to update us Tawmmie, still sending positive thoughts from here to there for Mike, you and all your family.
Hil


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 04:40 AM

Nice to know it's not just me that hates having his feet touched, especially the soles. Ooh makes my toes curl just thinking about it!
Keep on truckin' Mike!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Naemanson
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 05:52 AM

Here I am whining about my troubles and he is so much worse off. I hope all goes well. Good luck.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: rumanci
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 08:20 AM

Fond thoughts of get well soon wishes and strength for you both
Delightful company for real. Good people.
Love and gentle hugs
rum


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 08:36 AM

Though a tad late to this thread, ditto on all the good thoughts others have expressed plus...

... more prayers and good thoughts for ya, big guy...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 10:21 AM

Really, really glad to hear his kidneys are back at work! Thanks, Tawmmie. Steady light and love coming your way.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 03:49 PM

I'm another who "never" reads the BS threads but today I just thought I'd take a look.... Glad I did.

Mike and Tawmmie, you are extraordinary people and so very well loved. Of course I will be sending good thoughts, healing light and prayers for you both. For the long haul, as well as these next few weeks.

Rita F


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 04:30 PM

I met Mike some time back on one of his trips to Seattle. He was here weighing and/or measuring something, and he took some time out to get together and swap a few songs with some of us (including Bob [Deckman] Nelson and few others) at Bob and Judy's place in Everett as I recall, and then again at Barbara's and my apartment in Seattle. Great voice, great songs! He laid a couple of his CDs on me, bless him!

Tawmmie, tell him he's got to get well soon, because we need to swap some more songs at the nearest opportunity. You come, too!

Best of thoughts and prayers from the bunch down here. We're pulling for you!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Col K
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 06:03 PM

Its good to hear good news. Keep up the improvement and thanks Tawmmie for the updates. Look after yourself properly during his illness, we don't want him having to look after you next.
All the very best to you both from over here
Colin


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 06:55 PM

Tawmmie: Tell him that if he doesn't get better VERY soon we won't take him to Sherwood Forest again. So there!

Rhiannon, Mick and Max


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 11:47 PM

Just got back from (the) hospital. Mike is trying to wake up. When we say his name he will open his eyes. Still no finger squeezing. He lifts his arms, shrugs his shoulders, moves his legs. They have his ventilater set at only 700 (somethings) and most of his breaths are coming in at 1100 to 1500. That means he doesn't really need the machine anymore but they can't take the tube out till he really wakes up. He was off the kidney dialysis machine tonight. Kidneys AND bowles working great now. There doesn't appear to be any leakage and they will probably take the 4 drainage tubes out tomorrow. Another week in ICU then down to a regular room for a week or two. So, thank you all again for your good vibes. Love you all, Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Janie
Date: 22 Oct 06 - 11:53 PM

Great news Tawmmie,

Continuing to send good thoughts and energy your way. Take care of yourself, you hear!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: karen k
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:04 AM

Keep up the good work, Miike.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:16 AM

Attaboy Mike! Pissing like a racehorse, eh?
And a good dump too!
Tawmmie, try pulling his finger instead of squeezing it.
It'll make him fart... oh no, this is turning into a 'Spaw thread.
I'm really glad to hear the good news, ma'am; take care of yourself and give the big lug a hug and a kiss for me.
Use the tongue, and tell him it's from me.
That ought to wake him up!
ALl my best to you both.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:29 AM

Good gracious. I'm getting blubby here. Glad.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: suzi
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 02:18 AM

Great news ...love and blessings to you all.. x


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 03:21 AM

Thanks for the updates, Tawmmie, and full of such good news! Keep it up now, Mike~! Best to you both!!

KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 06:21 AM

So glad to hear about the improvement and the prognosis. Continued thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 06:21 AM

Positive news at times like this is defiantely what we want ! glad to hear things ARE looking up Tawmmie !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Splott Man
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 06:41 AM

Late but sincere best wishes to both of you from me and Pat Spoons (We shared a sunset on the Gower Peninsula).

Splott Man


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 07:03 AM

So good to hear the news... there's nothing better than that first 'movement'.... and you KNOW we aren't talking Mozart here!

Have you tried blowing in his ear? That usually wakes up an acquaintance of mine.... he dozes off at his desk occasionally and a gentle puff in his ear will always get his attention.

Mind you...... it used to get the attention of an old boyfriend of mine, in a COMPLETELY different way so maybe that might not be a good idea.

Give him a hug and a slobbery kiss from Plaistow and tell him to get his ass over here again soon!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 07:06 AM

It's about time, ya big galoot. I was getting worried about you gaining enough layabout time to possibly start a competing firm of layabouts. Tawmmie, don't let him have too many bowel movements until he wakes up. He has developed a reputation for being full of shit. As another of those known for this, I can tell you one must be awake and at full faculative (howzat for a word, Seamus??? Top that!!) capacity in order to maintain just the right amount of shit to keep one's reputation. He doesn't have the full of "piss and vinegar" worry, that is a young man's condition, so feel free to let him pee all he wants.

Hug that big sucker for me. Anything you do beyond that, blame on Seamus.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 07:26 AM

So glad to hear the news Tawmmie. Many thanks for taking time out to keep us updated.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 08:13 AM

No longer full of it, eh? Hard to believe! Good to hear that everything is more or less on track, and I hope it stays that way. Best from New Mexico.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: vectis
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 08:45 AM

I'm soooo glad he's starting to come out of it. Healing vibes at full power for Mike. Just think of them as a huge hug on a hot Broadstairs summer day. Give him a smacker (kiss) from me.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 09:14 AM

great news tawmmie

Dauvit says if ye want mike to wake up in a hurry just whisper softly in his ear "Darling i was doing a little shopping today iM just wondering where the pram will sit best."

HE HE GNU you now owe one week of bud free life to st jude


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 09:16 AM

Tell him I said, "Do't make me come up there!"

No, wait, I do want to come up there. I like Alaska. Ah, tell him I said "Don't make me come down there." Doesn't make much sense, though.

Oh, heck, just make something up but don't frighten him into remission. He'd have to suck all that output back in and the hospital probably didn't keep it around.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 11:48 AM

Tell him that the medics from the Idaho Legion stand (more or less) ready to minister to him at a moment's notice (more or less).

If THAT doesn't frighten him back into good health ain't nothing will!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: open mike
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:42 PM

here's hoping that mike will soon have all systems "go"
i know the sense ofr hearing is often working when other
ones seem to not be--so be careful what you say!!

best of luck in the recovery


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 02:38 PM

Megan.... I am holding Saint Jude to nothing short of payment in full for the Novenas. I want Mike up and singing.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skarpi
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 04:59 PM

So he listen up there , to all our prays , thank you god .
Mike take care , may you have good recovery , may god be with you all .


All the best Skapri Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 08:19 AM

Okay, GIT this back up where it belongs. And git AK Mike back up where he belongs, too.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 09:26 AM

Whew! That's a relief! Lots of love Mike...

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tig
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 09:38 AM

Great news.

Lots of hugs still coming your way for the pair of you Tawmmie. Hang in there - coping with him when he gets tetchy cos he's getting better will no doubt give you some grief! :-)

Lots of love and hugs
Tig
xxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barb'ry
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 01:13 PM

So glad he's on the mend. We've found some new castles for you to visit so get well and get over here! Love to all of you,
Andy and Barb'ry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 09:42 AM

That'd be new OLD castles, Barb'ry? :0)

Great news, Tawmmie. Love to you both xxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:02 AM

I got the following e-mail from Mike & Tawmmie's friend, Alaskan singer Robin Hopper, last night.

I talked with Tawmmie this evening. Mike continues to improve bit by bit - still very ill, but the doctors are feeling more and more encouraged. He's off dialysis now, and his kidneys are working on their own, which is very good. He opens his eyes when he's asked to, but there's no real response or recognition yet. Tawwmie thinks that's probably because he's on a heavy dose of morphine right now. He's still on a respirator, because he needs to fully conscious and responsive before it can be removed.

Will post further as I hear more. Let's keep pulling for the big fella.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JudyB
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for the update, Seamus. Positive thoughts continue to flow.

Hugs to Mike & Tawmmie,
JudyB & Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 12:05 PM

If he don't hurry up and git outa that bed he's gonna miss Fur Rondy.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ferrara
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 12:11 PM

Sending you good thoughts, Tawmmie and Mike. So glad to hear the signs of progress.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 05:10 PM

That eye response is excellent news. As for "responding", well, the morphine will definitely screw that up. Sounds positive... continued thoughts and prayers for you and yours Big Guy!!!

BTW. As for giving up the Bud for a week... one fellow 'Cat has made an excellent suggestion for a substitute.... beer.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 05:32 PM

It is hard to imagine Mike being this ill. He and Tawmmie remain in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she is making time to take care of herself.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 06:23 PM

Thanks for the update, Seamus. Continuing to send thanks for complete recovery, ease and peace to all.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: momnopp
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:43 PM

Mike

GET VERY WELL VERY SOON

Much love to you and all of yours - sending you light and love.

Peace,

JudyO/momnopp (and Dylan)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:51 PM

The news continues to improve and my best thoughts sent.......Take care of yourself Tawmmie.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: coldjam
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 12:00 AM

Yikes! I don't come round for a while and things go right to hades...MIKE WAKE UP!! We're all praying for you!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:05 AM

Mike and Tawmmie....still with you.....in thoughts and prayers....

KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:38 PM

I haven't been in to see Mike yet today. I tried to go back to work yesterday. Worked half the day and was doing just fine. Then kinda suddenly I started to get confused. Then I had no memory except of the people around me, crying profusely. My supervisor, Jenn, was trying to help out with the memory and called my daughter Lori. She came over and had to walk me through the last 9 days. I had absolutely no memory of it all. I tried to get up and my legs collapsed. Sat for awhile longer. Then collapsed again walking down the hallway. They called 911, yep, my co-workers were a bit scared. Well these two really cute guys took my blood pressure, 214 over 100+. A tad high so they suggested I go over to the emergency room to be checked out. Lori and Jenn drove me over. BP still high but the doctor said everything else was ok. He gave me some half tablets to take before bedtime. He also suggested I have my BP checked every day for awhile and let my primary Dr know. I feel good now but still get quite veklempt alot. I miss my man. We're heading over there in a few minutes. They are going to try to take him off the ventilator today. :)
Keep up the positive vibes. Love you all.
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:41 PM

Keeping taking deep breaths, Tawmmie -- Mike is on the way back. We're all cheering for him and for you.

A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:44 PM

Don't make me come over there, woman.

You need to take care of yourself, Tawmmie. You are helping no one by running yourself into the hospital, love. When Mike wakes, think about what he will see. Most importantly, suppose you end up in the hospital, or ruin your health. He is in very good hands, and you need to trust that. I would imagine your kids are very scared just now. Please take care of yourself. Please.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:48 PM

What Mick said. Especially the last six words.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: rumanci
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:52 PM

those last six words from me too
rum x


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:57 PM

Yes.... please take care of yourself as well as you can. Extra prayers tonight, for all of you.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 03:03 PM

I'm not too surprised girl, you've been through a lot of worries, and kept us posted, and yourself going. Time comes when it catches up with you, go easy, and share the burden, you can't carry it on your own.
As Amos says, you got hundreds of people pulling for you here, and no doubt elsewhere too.
Love to you both.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Cobble
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 03:29 PM

We sent out for Mike at our healers gathering last night. Lots of positive thoughts for Mike and yourself.      

            Love and Light Cobble.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JudyB
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 03:35 PM

There's a saying from the old radical days - "It's politically sound to take care of yourself!" I'd recommend some dark chocolate and the silliest movie you can rent - or whatever will give you a little break. As the other folks have said, we're all pulling for the both of you, so there's room for you to take a little time off to take care of yourself.

Hugs,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 03:43 PM

You know, when this is over you and what's his name need to take a vacation somewhere. Someplace nice and warm. Maybe Juneau or even Ketchikan. Picture it: laying on the beach in Ketchikan, the exotic native dancers, the coconuts, the warm breezes off the ocean*....




*Well, compared to Bethel or Kodiak anyway....


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 04:10 PM

You're not listening Tawmmie.......It is so easy to get run down and have many of the problems you are having. You have us here but I hope you have someone close at hand as a support structure. I can't begin to tell you what Karen has gone through with me over the past ten years but she would tell you that close at hand support structure is very important and keeping yourself as fit as possible too.

ANything we can do from this cyber community we will do......ANy way we can help?   Just ask and don't be afraid to do so.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 04:27 PM

I don't do pray, but I do do positive thoughts, I'm doing them now and will continue to do so. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE look after yourself, he is going to need your help for a while when you get him home and you don't want him upset thinking that he made you ill.
With Love,
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 04:53 PM

May the good health goddess (I think that's Hygeia) take care of both of you!! I know from my own experience what a wonderful thing a supportive partner is when one is ill, and we are all so very glad that Mike has you to keep him propped up. Take care of yourself.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tinker
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 04:54 PM

Tawmmie, gee lady you sure do know how to get our attention. I think I'm going to spend some serious time visualizing a hot bubble bath with a couple of candles, a glass of your favorite indulgence, very mellow music and perhaps a few rose pedals floating in the water to mellow out the room wtih fragrance. Now we don't want Mike's blood pressure rising so perhaps that's not the visual to be sharing with him.

Okay i guess you've twisted my arm and I'll have to get a package together... perhaps the Ladies from Maine will have a few things to drop in....Perhaps I'll finish the assembly at Getaway... hmmm ...

Love and Hugs all aound

tinker


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 05:18 PM

Tinker, if you'll be at the Getaway, check me for some red chili brittle and some baklava to put in.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 05:27 PM

Yikes, Tawmmie, it's really scary what stress can do to a person, isn't it? Please, please, please take care of yourself -- don't try to do too much!

Glad to hear Mike's doing better! Still sending positive thoughts your way!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 05:53 PM

Oh Tawmmie! I am not surprised either. You nearly lost Mike and it has scared the shit out of you. Dear sweet lady, for his sake, take care of yourself. Eat whatever appeals to you. Sleep when the opportunity arises. And lean on anyone and everyone who is at hand.
Stay strong.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 08:25 PM

Tawmmie, it does not surprise me to know that, on autopilot these last days, you came through like a champ for Mike. Now trust that autopilot a little longer, and hear that it is suggesting you fall down a bit for a break.

OK? It's safe now. It's OK to let go for a little bit. He'll need you well-rested when he perks up.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 09:21 PM

Tawmmie, that's scary stuff, and proof positive you need to look after yourself as well as care for your family.

love & hugs from Sandra


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:13 PM

WOW !!! WHEE!!! WHOOPEE!!! Lori and I went in today and the tube down his throat was gone. He looked at and recognized us. The first thing he said to me was "Are we still going on our trip?" I assurred him, yes. We are taking the Seamus cruise in January and then 2 more weeks in Isla Margarita off the Northern coast of Venezuela. He'll have the best looking scar on the beach. I kissed him and asked him if he wanted another kiss. He nodded yes so I kissed him again and he kinda kissed me back. He said he loved me. We were talking and the subject came up and he whispered, "I'm tough". I just know he's going to be moved out of CCU in a few days. I helped the nurse, Pedro, take the catheter from his neck that was a direct line to his heart.
Jacqui from Maine, thank you so much for the scarf. It is really beautiful and I wore it today. Today was our first day of snow, it's been snowing all day.
I'm better too today. Blood pressure down to 147/96. My doctor wants me to come in for a check up. Will do.
Keep the thoughts coming. Love you all.
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:16 PM

Tawmmie, m'love, you have made my day. We now have a new Mudcat baby on the way, and our big galoot from Alaska is on the mend. Now,.... if you would just take a little better care of yourself, so's we can all quit worryin' aboutcha, that would be perfect.

Give my ramblin' buddy a big hug from the Mick. Anything you do beyond that is on you.

Love to all,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:22 PM

Yes Tawmmie - what everyone else has said! I can understand how this has happened. Just let others around you take some of the load. As well as those you can see, there are all of us pulling for you both. As some here can attest, the power of Mudcat healing is legendary! It sounds like you have turned the corner with Mike. You want to be there when he wakes up properly, don't you.

So go and spoil yourself for a while - the bubble bath, some good music, a funny movie. For the funny movie, can I recommend "The Party" or "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" - both with Peter Sellers. I'm a strong believer in that saying 'Laughter is the best medicine.'

Sending lots of healing energy from Oz -

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{MIKE AND TAWMMIE}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:27 PM

Hurrah!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:34 PM

Happy sigh.....

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 10:37 PM

Well, there ya go! What did I just say about that Mudcat healing energy? Things improved while I was composing my last post! I'll still keep sending some though!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 11:23 PM

Bravo! Welcome back, Mike! Tawmmie, rejoicing with you! Rest easy now, both of you!
KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 11:29 PM

Great great news. Happys day Mike. Tawmmie, get some rest now, now that the oaf's finally awake.
LOL
Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 11:41 PM

Phew!! Good news...keep it up, both of you!! We'll keep sending the good thoughts, thanksgivings, etc.!!

(My husband has a lot of experience working and living on Margarita off Venezuela. He still has a good friend who lives there. Have fun!)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 11:58 PM

BIG SIGH OF RELIEF!
Welcome back, Mike. Now both of you relax and recover.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:04 AM

Goldang it! I got sompn in my eye or sompn.

....Both of 'em.



A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:04 AM

Sending all my best from the SF Bay Area.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:42 AM

Just sent Michael to bed so I could check this thread and I will sleep better now knoing things are on the mend for you BOTH. Tawmmie, make sure you keep that Doctor appointment. Mike has all the help he needs and he needs to see you strong and ready to have him home.

Much Love and continued good thoughts to you both.....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 02:12 AM

Mike, welcome back. Did you have a nice snooze? Rested, are you?
Okay buddy, it's Tawmmie's turn to nap.
Get your ass outta that bed and give the womana a break! *G*

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 02:17 AM

Lori and I talked with him tonight. He has a time lapse problem. He is still asking if we're going on the cruise. Also asked where I was staying, wasn't quite sure where he was. Asked what they did to him. Most of all, he wants to go home, right now. He asked for a cell phone. When I asked who he wanted to call he said, anyone. He doesn't like his nurse tonight. Said she wouldn't give him any water. I told him that was the doctor's orders, so I swabbed out his mouth for him. He is almost back to his crotchety self again. He told us how much he likes Bruce. I asked Bruce who. Bruce Hopper. I asked if he had come to see him. Guess so, thank you so much. He wants visitors. Good to have my man back.
Love you all, Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 02:43 AM

Wonderful news to hear, Tawmmie. Does much better than this cup of coffee to set the day straight and right. I'm sure a whole lot of folks are going into their days (or whatever's going on in the time zone of Mike's worldwide friend and fan base) feeling better as well.
Hang in there. Here's just another set of good thoughts in a sea of them going out to you, Mike and family.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 03:02 AM

(Thanks, up there)
Great news, Tawmmie, and thank you for keeping us up to date so diligently throughout. I understand about the dry mouth problems he's having - perhaps French kissing might help (but clearly not from his nurse whom he doesn't like!). Just for medical care purposes, you understand.

Now, tell him to stop pissing about, listen to his docs, stay put till he's 100% well, or I'll be after him with that Ulu knife.

Much, much love from Nessie and me.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 03:46 AM

I can't even begin to imagine the songs that are going to come out of this experience. Bob


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Hawker
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 04:21 AM

Lots of love from Cornwall for a speedy and full recovery, kindest thoughts and prayers winging their way daily!
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 04:21 AM

Bloody great!!!!
I have the same eye problems as Amos seems to be suffering from, and a bloody great lump in my throat too.☻
To a Campbell, from a MacKenzie, get well soon and let's have a real gathering of the clans. Now we have something to celebrate.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 04:26 AM

that eye problem is catching.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 04:39 AM

Same as Amos & Giok!
Got to go now, need a tissue.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 05:29 AM

I have no eye problems nor lumpy throat, I'm just so glad to get some good news in what has been a week of ARGH!.

Keep it together Tawmmie, things can only get better!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 06:25 AM

I know what's in both my eyes... tears of JOY!!!!! For Mike and for 147/96.

Well... looks like time to clean out the fridge, thank goodness!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 06:43 AM

I believe the confusion's somewhat normal after being unconscious for a while and coming off some heavy-duty drugs. It takes a few days for some drugs to clear out of the body.

Tawmmie, this is wonderful news, and I can only imagine the relief you must feel. It's a great start to MY day too! May all things just get better from here.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 06:45 AM

Huzzah!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tinker
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 07:45 AM

Impatient men, they always seem to want to move things along too fast for their own good... Tawmmie, even if you have to sit on that man, you tell him it's time to slow down and enjoy.

tink


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 08:19 AM

Tawmmie and Mike, I agree about Bruce. He's a treasure! So's Robin! And the whole family for that matter!!

So glad to hear you're both doing better. To celebrate, what say we ALL join you and Seamus on that cruise!!

KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 08:21 AM

What wonderful news! Please give him a big hug from us in Maine!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: kendall
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 08:23 AM

That's GREAT news! I was very worried because I had a friend who's dog had that problem and it killed her.(The dog) The vet said it was quite common in dogs. NO I'm not saying Mike is a dog!
Tawmmie, give him a hug for me, willya?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: nutty
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 08:28 AM

Although I've not previously posted I've checked this thread daily.

So pleased to hear good news ,,,, I'm thinking of you both and hoping for another cuddle next time Mike comes to the UK.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:05 AM

He'll need travellin' clothes. An Alaskan Tuxedo is de rigeur anywhere in the world, but especially on a cruise ship with Seamus. I suggest a green one.

Ladies, on the other hand, look exquisite in anything.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:20 AM

GUEST,Tawmmie, My prayers are with you and Mike. I read about your collapse at work and it sounded very familiar to me.

A few years ago, before I went in to treatment for Chronic Pain management, I was severely sleep deprived as you must have been. Sometimes, when sleep deprivation goes beyond a few days and into weeks, you can have some odd symptons such as you did. It can be very disconcerting to those around you and even doctors can mistake it for onset of a mental illness or onset of a numer of physical conditions. When it happened to me, my lood pressure would sometimes and inexplicaly get so high I thought I was having a heart attack.

The good thing is, your doc gave you something for it, you seemed to have gotten some sleep and are back on track. Mike is doing better and in time, both of you will be fine. Just remember that you need to take care of your own self too so that you can be in tip top shape to care for Mike when he comes home.

So, don't forget to eat and sleep! Sounds silly but those are two things spouses and family members neglect when a loved one is critically ill. When I am so stressed that I cannot sleep, I listen to a special cassette tape I made when going thru biofeedback training. My instructor told me to choose music that I knew note for note and that I found soothing. He said the familiarity was important because it enables you to not have to actively listen.

I chose a few Roger Eno compositions that I have always loved. I made a 45 minute continious tape of them back to back which is more than enough. I just put earbuds in, switch it on, put a lavender eye-pollow over my eyes (the slight weight seems to help), lay down and then go into my biofeedack routine. You don't need to really have a routine but if you do, it works faster. Within 6 to 10 minutes, my blood pressure and pulse drop significantly and I either drift into sleep or in to a meditative state. Using the tape works for lowering pain too.

You may not need to come up with a sleep aid such as I've described but there it is in case you do. At least your doctor is aware that it was a prolem and will likely be supportive if you need help in the future.

Take care and keep us posted on Mike's progress. We are holding you oth in our hearts.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: rock chick
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:35 AM

Wonderful new, keep improving Mike, and take care Tawmmie.

shelagh x


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JudyB
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:47 AM

Great news!

Hugs to you both,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 10:07 AM

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 10:29 AM

Great news


1. Take care of YOU you are special and very necessary just now so make time for yourself do something nice totaly unrelated to what is going on. you will both feel better for it.

2. If he grumps threaten to put him over you knee.It will either scare him into behaving or cause him to heal quickly with a gleam in his eye.

thoughts and prayers
Dauvitt and his Meg


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: karen k
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 10:48 AM

Welcome back Mike! I can breathe now. I'm so glad that you are awake and on the mend. We need you around, my friend. Tawmmie, I'll join the throngs that have been saying, "Take care of yourself." Glad the blood pressure is down and that you will see your doc. We need you both back on the east coast for the Getaway next year or definitely the year after. Be well both of you and I'll keep watching for more good news.

love to you both,
karen


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 11:16 AM

OK, he's earned another trip to Sherwood Forest!

Glad to hear the news, Tawmmie. Look after each other.

Luv

Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:14 PM

Mike, I have been offline for over a week, so I have missed everything up to now. I am looking forward to having you back as much as anyone. There's a good heart in there and we want it back here soon. Good to hear you are on the road to recovery.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Carly
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:23 PM

Such great news! Tawmmie, I will add my voice to the choir; take care of yourself. Mike is going to need to have you fit and happy while he recuperates.

Don't worry right now about memory problems; fever and drugs can do strange things to your mind, as can extreme stress, but they are temporary. I know how it feels; I spent several weeks once on VERY heavy antibiotics and who-knows-what-else, and at one point I could not remember my mother's name, or that the thing I wanted to eat soup with was called a spoon!

Much Love
Carly


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:38 PM

Relief !!!!!!!!! Glad he is REALLY on the up now !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:39 PM

"An Alaskan Tuxedo is de rigeur"

But, Mike already HAS an Alaskan tuxedo!

This what we want, Mike! Get MUCH better very soon! The world needs your sense of fashion.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 01:04 PM

Hee hee, I'm still chuckling at the mental picture of Tawmmie with Mike over her knee, I envisage two broken legs at least would be the outcome of that, our Mike's a big guy!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Don Firth
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 01:12 PM

EXCELLENT!!!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 02:16 PM

It's good to find progressively happier news in this thread. When I did my hospital chaplaincy we were always encouraged when the patients started to get grumpy. If they're annoyed at their nurse, doctor, etc., it's usually because they're annoyed at the illness, and now have the energy to combat it emotionally as well as physically.

And Tawmmie - remember to eat, even when you're not hungry, and sleep as best you can. Things will get stressful anew when he gets home, and you need to be rested. As we sometimes used to say, "Don't just do something - stand there!"

Good luck and good wishes. I'm so sorry you all have to go through this, but glad things are going as well as possible.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Melani
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 03:19 PM

All the best, Mike. Get well soon!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 03:23 PM

It is amazing, some days we can (well some of us) be an aruging bunch of vitriolic pratts, then something happens to one of "ours" whom most of us don't know and we pull out the stops and hold our collective breath, we prey, we hope, we read, we sit with fingers crossed, in the sometimes desperate hope that something will go right for a stranger on the other side of the planet. I'M PROUD to be a member of this caring community. Thank God (your God, that is if you have one) that we seem to have won this one.
Now what do you want to argue about?
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:12 PM

Happy news, friends!

How much sweeter your trip will be.

You deserve it, and each other.

Hugs.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 09:20 PM

Tawmmie-

Thanks again for keeping us up to date. We do also care about the big lug and it's hard not to worry what happens to those we love who are "captive" in hospitals. However, it certainly seems as if Mike is getting good care.

When you get a chance to collect, there's a three-lobster special waiting for you and Mike in Maine.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 11:29 PM

Great news Tawmmie!
You and Mike both take care!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Janie
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:18 AM

What everyone else has said, Tawmmie and Mike.

Will keep holding all of you in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 02:02 AM

The long sleep isn't to bad Tawmmie, don't you forget to have your rest too. I was put under for 12 days & Mike sounds typical of what happens when one finially comes slowly out of it. He's probably had some strange dreams that'll take a while to remember & he'll most likely have things backwards & upside down for a short while too but he'll be none the worst for it & he'll probably find a lot of writing material too. Those will be some strange songs. When he's up see that he streches, the big stiff has been vertical for too long. Do treat yourself often & rest up, it's a tough go for the care giver. Real glad to hear the progress he's making.
Give him a hug for , will ya.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 04:04 AM

Make sure those care packages contain notebooks and pens chaps!!!

So glad to hear things are getting better.... may this be the first step on the road.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 09:25 AM

Before Mike is released, I suggest he have the doctor go back and double-stich everything with his strongest thread because if they are going on a January cruis with !!!SEAMUS!!! he may be in danger of popping the incision. Two and a half months is not enough healing time. In fact, a person who never had any surgery might be in danger of hurting himself if Seamus is performing!

The best to both of you. We are pulling for you here in Missouri.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:20 PM

Relieved to hear the good news! Big hugs for both of you and continued good thoughts. Tell Mike I'll make sure to sing "Iditarod" at the Getaway. 8-)

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:29 PM

Geez, you guys! Don't even know what an Alaskan Tuxedo is!

Everybody who is everybody in Alaska, male and female, has one. And Mike and Tawmmie undoubtedly have matching ones.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: open mike
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:41 PM

like Rip Van Winkle...waking after the long sleep
did his beard grow down to his knees??

welcome back...and maybe he needs a computer connection
so he can catch up on all the threads on here!!

when daylight savings time ends we will all gain an hour..
(for those who live where the clocks change...)

so he can add that extra hour to those he lost track of.
and Tawmmie, you can sleep in for an extra hour!!

best wishes for healingn and i guess yo udon't needto roll
around after all...like they do with horses.

when i read "I'll join the throngs that have been saying,
"Take care of yourself.""
at first i thought it said soon he will be wearing a thong..
perhaps in a tartan plaid....i would think flannel would be nice!!

looking forsard to the day......send pix!!

Laurel


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:55 PM

Perhaps when you take him home you could find a piper to play "The Campbells Are Coming."


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 01:06 PM

She should check with the doctor first...he may need a longer period of quiet bed rest.....


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 01:21 PM

I looked at your link, Rapaire, and all I can say is that there is not a single item depicted there that would take one through the winter.

As a matter of fact, about 4 years ago one of the 'big' houses did a shoot on Mendenhall Glacier. They did the shoot, all right, but the crew nearly died from the cold and the house came downtown and bought winter coats from Foggy Mountain Shop for them.

The models, however, had to wear E - oops, I almost mentioned the name...


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 01:30 PM

(well, it got a mite chilly when Mike was at the Getaway, and he seldom deviated from his Hawaiian version of an Alaskan Tux...I seem to remember him admitting he 'would' consider covering up more if it really got cold....which I took to mean "when the sled dogs wrapped their tails around their faces")


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 03:11 PM

But remember, Bill- he did eventually put on some socks.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 03:21 PM

Alaskan Tuxedo--A sturdy wool work suit available in gray, brown or green. When brushed off, it is acceptable attire for anything from a wedding to a wake. The suit is most popular among oldtimers, who often wear it with gold nugget jewelry and a bolo tie.

                   Mike Doogan, ed. How To Speak Alaskan (1993)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bet
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 11:58 PM

Gtreat News! Stay tough and take care. bet


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: vectis
Date: 29 Oct 06 - 11:21 AM

I'm very relieved that he is making good progress. Save that super hug for when he's fitter.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 29 Oct 06 - 12:25 PM

I hope and assume that, since he works for the state, his health insurance will be covering all of this. However, on the off chance that somebody doesn't have them all, Mike's CDs may be purchased here.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 29 Oct 06 - 10:06 PM

I spoke to Mike tonight at about 8:30 East coast time, and he was very groggy indeed, and his voice was weak. He recognized my voice, and we joshed a little bit, and then he was tired and we quit.
He's not 100% yet, but it's good to have him back among us.
I don't think I/we should call him again until we hear from Tawmmie or one of this daughters that he's able to carry on a conversation.
Thanks, 'Catters.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 06 - 10:07 PM

Thanks, Seamus. We'll leave him in peace till we get the word.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 03:12 AM

Whoa, as Seamus said he is not 100%. Physically he is healing but mentally he seems to be having problems. As I gather, this is common, but it sure is disconcerting. Now he is in a dungeon being held captive by the lady who runs the hospital. Until I got there tonight after the Bill Stains concert, he would not allow the nurses to touch him, much less take a blood sample, or blood pressure. They all seemed scared of him. What, my big teddy bear?
I'm doing fine now, thank you everyone for your thoughts.
I'll keep you posted.
Love to you all, including those Maine Lobsters.
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 06:28 AM

Glad to hear you are doing fine, Tawmmie and thanks for the update. I know it is another chore you don't need at this time, but it sure means a lot to me, as I am sure it does to the rest of the 'Cats.

Thanks to Seamus as well.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 07:11 AM

I agree wit gnu - this is one of the threads I look for each time I go into the 'Cat.

Many thanks Tawmmie and Seamus for keeping us updated.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 07:20 AM

Me too - Always check on how the big bugger is gettin on - Tawmmie - We are all rooting for him !!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 07:23 AM

Hey Tawmmie.....On one of my journeys through the various fields of medical problems, I had an aortic aneurysm of a type called an aortic dissection (what killed John Ritter---only difference was that mine ended 3 inches from the heart and his didn't). I went downhill quickly after entering the hospital and as a pain killer during diagnosis was given "Versed," the drug of choice nowadays. Turns out I am allergic to it and became combative and exceedingly violent. This was a rare reaction. The main vascular Doc came out and was obviously fearful asking my wife if I was a violent man. Karen was dumbfounded...like Mike, I'm a big Teddy Bear...but something triggered the reaction. Months later when I went to see that Doc at his office, he kept his distance as if he still wasn't sure about me.

POINT IS----Many times the combinations of drugs used in serious cases or sometimes even just one drug during a specific time period can cause some strange problems. I'm sure they are looking at him carefully and keeping the good vitals but don't be afraid to ask them what they think is causing the abnormal reactions. It's easy to feel such gratitude to those working with Mike and saving his life that you hate to bother them or make them feel you don't trust them. But don't be afraid to ask when things aren't quite right. I have loved most of my Docs but they too are simply human......and the best ones never feel that "M.D." stands for Major Deity.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 09:08 AM

My late FIL spent 28 days in the hospital and during the last couple weeks he only wanted OUT!! NOW!! He became uncooperative at times because of this -- and an NG tube, an IV into his neck, and other things were, to say the least, uncomfortable.

Maybe Mike isn't hallucinating -- maybe he's extremely uncomfortable, not quite in touch yet, and feels like a he's been captured.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 11:32 AM

Or else he's dreaming he's back at scout camp....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 02:29 PM

Dear Tawmmie,

Although we've never met I've followed this thread & thinking of you both at this awful time. I feel very much for you & hope that Mike now continues to improve.

So many Mudcatters, are such good friends & support to you both.

You've been strong & brave through this, but do take care & rest when you can, look after yourself as well as devoting all you can give to Mike.

With hope & love for you both,

Rosie S xx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Col K
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 06:45 PM

Still thinking about both of you and sending healing thoughts from this side of the pond.The news seems to be getting better all the time, keep it up.
Make sure you are fully fit for when he gets home Tawmmie, he will no doubt be hard work for a while. Meantime give him a great big hug from and have one yourself as well.
All the very best
Colin


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 06:50 PM

New thread time? Bob


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 05:23 AM

Why? I'd sooner monitor just one thread, myself, but if you have a better suggestion, I'm game.

Good morning Alaska! In a while.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 10:57 AM

And Good Morning back to you, gnu!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bet
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 11:32 AM

Checking in daily. Glad things are going well. bet


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 12:42 PM

Sorry I'm so late coming to this, but I was temporarily distracted by issues of my own. WEe're sending prayers up to you folks and hope that a healing is in progress.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 01:29 PM

Oh Mikey...Mikey...time to go home.
Please get your large Alaskan derriere in gear, and
give your darlin' wife a break.


Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 02:23 PM

This must be really hard for you, Tawmmie. I can't imagine Mike being unpleasant never mind nasty.
Patience, lady.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 02:49 PM

He ain't himself. It's the drugs talking. It's, you know, like a bad trip, ya know? Like when the table starts talkin' to ya and just then the cops find yer stash and...well, maybe you don't know.

Anyway, tell him he'd better get up and around or Seamus will have to come up there.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 03:13 PM

Rao sicking Seamus onto Mike reminds me of my daughter's remark. She was three and her cousin, Opal, was 6 months older. Opal had a bad habit of biting when provoked.

So one day we three were in the car and I said something teasingly that both girls disagreed with. After a pause, my daughter said, You want Opal to bite you, Mama?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 04:42 PM

Haven't had the time to monitor this thread as much as I'd've liked, but there's been a lot of prayers, healthy thoughts and white light being directed your way from the middle of the woods in New Hampshuh, too.

Tawmmie -- I'll add my 2 cents worth, too, on the necessity of taking care of yourself. It's going to take you awhile to recover from the stress level -- even after Mike is up and back to whatever passes for normal. (I'm not sure I know any normal people...)

The advice I usually give in these situations can be summed up in one word -- "peanut butter cheese crackers" (well, one thought, at least). Good to carry in the car for when you find yourself on the way home from the hospital and it occurs to you that you've forgotten to eat all day. Worrying about your darlin' and keeping the family's body & soul together takes its toll.

Now that Mike's on the mend, we certainly don't need you getting sick.

Love, prayers, and white light still directed your way.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 11:53 AM

If I hear that you are surviving on peanut butter cheese crackers, I will come out there myself and handle things. Fresh fruit, green salads, and chocolate.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 01:25 PM

Hi Tawmmie
That big teddy bear's probably just having a bad dream. While I was comma-ed for 12 days the only dreams I remembered were real like nightmare's (not that Mike's having any, I've been told since that you're able to read the face if a nightmare's happening). I was getting a new (2nd) liver & dreaming that I was kidnapped by organ harvester's all the time thinking what a bunch of idiots to harvest organs from me, no problem outsmarting this gang. Well I was fighting for my life, come to find out later that I kicked one of my nurses during one of my many attempted escapes.
I'm not violent either.
Good luck & take good care of you too.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Hollowfox
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 08:37 PM

I've been busy at work, so I've only had time for a quick read, and no time to post on this thread. *However* I've had a series of gen-u-ine puerbred Midwestern $#@!-reduction candles going for you two since I first heard about all this. Tawmmie, keep hydrated, fed, and get more sleep. Really. This is when you'll have time to crash and sleep; Mike's being watched over at the hospital so you can get your sleep. It's the best thing for both you and Mike.(My we're a bossy lot, aren't we?) Rest well, you are loved. Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SunnySister
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 12:52 PM

Sending my best-- hoping this finds Mike and Tawmmie doing better and better. As Mary stated earlier, please take care of yourself Tawmmie as this isn't easy for either of you.

Loving healing thoughts sent out-
-- SunnySister


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 01:11 PM

Tawmmie if he is no behavin gie him a skelp if yer no fit the noo gie me a call I've become expert at dealin wie big lads in mudchat :) jist ask Gnu


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Kaleea
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 01:35 PM

I am visualizing healing light surrounding you, Mike & Tawmmie, & your whole family, & believing that you are revitalized and renewed. You are one with the healing power of the Universe, your mind is calm and your emotions are healed so that your body is able to renew itself so that you now walk in perfect health.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 03 Nov 06 - 03:40 PM

Almost five days since the last update, right? I am shufflin my shoes rather vigorously.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Nov 06 - 03:49 PM

I figured when Tawmmie didn't post for a while, it was because she was spending time with Mike, and it was a GOOD thing. It would still be nice to have an update. Until then, know that I think of you both oftent.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Nov 06 - 05:23 PM

Perhaps the weekend will bring an update.

Hoping for better!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Nov 06 - 05:24 PM

Betcha they're both at Getaway...



















or would like to be.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 11:54 AM

Any news?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 12:53 PM

Seamus is out of town, so that may account for some of the news gap.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 02:15 PM

She posted this on the secret santa thread so it sounds better



HELP!
Mike got a card from his SS. I didn't even think about SS with all that's happening. How do I find out who he has so I can tell him and we can get something going.
Mike is doing better but still has another week at least. It seems that he has an infection where guys don't want one. I left him a few minutes ago high on demerol and getting ready for sleep. He will have a minor surgery in the morning for this new infection.
He is still very weak, can walk tho, once around the nurse's station and he's exhausted.
His mind is back in the normal world now, thank goodness. He is actually getting some sleep, not much, but some.
Hi everyone.
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 02:45 PM

Oh thank goodness!!! I have been on pins and needles.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 03:13 PM

Mike was not forgotten at Getaway, where at least three of his songs were sung that I know of during the weekend.

Many peoples' thoughts are with him and his prescence was greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: kendall
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for the update Tawmmie. We need to know how he is doing, and also, how you are holding up.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 05:09 PM

Better is BETTER!

I'd settle for that.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:09 PM

We are still out here for you.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tinker
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:28 PM

Hopefully some of the amazing Getaway Energy made it up to the far north. Tell Mike he was missed not only for his own renditions of his songs, but I kept picturing him at the DoWop session... and the Comic songs session... and during the Ladies of the Club Number .... well take a little peak ---View of the Show

Now next year SINSULL is already planning a role for both of you in the next comic releif production. So save up a little of that energy to come "recuperate" down here.

Blessings and Light


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:35 PM

Good luck for the op tomorrow, Mike.

Tawmmie, look after yourself.

Luv

Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 01:10 AM

Today's surgery. So far so good, we're not calling him lefty yet.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 04:39 AM

:) well done Tawmmie I hope everything settles down for you both soon.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 05:48 AM

I copy ZN,
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 07:18 AM

me three

sandra


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 07:20 AM

Good luck for today. Keep on taking care of yourself Tawmmie.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 08:02 AM

Positive news is what we have been waiting for Tawmmie ! All the best !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 08:14 AM

I know from others we are thinking of Mike from South Wales uk.
Don't forget yourself Tawmmie.
Lots of love Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 08:18 AM

Warn him for me, either he stops this nonsense and gets better or I'll send Seamus up there!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 10:47 AM

I'm currently in Ireland and have been out of touch.
Glad to hear the big guy is on the mend. Attagirl, Tawmmie! Go Mikey!

Hey Rap, quit threatening to use me as a WMD - Weapon of Mike Discharge.

Wait a minute - I meant Discharge as being released from hospital and not as the ailment that Tawmmie referred to....

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 11:16 AM

Okay...Mike either gets better quick or I won't send Seamus up there!

(How's that?)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 02:23 PM

"Weapon Of Mike Discharge"...........uh, yeah..............I got a weapon of Spaw Discharge myself. I imagine any number of fellers got them a weapon like that.......Wanna' compare calibers? Muzzle velocities? Magazine capacities? Accuracy? Reloading times?

.......geez.............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 10:58 PM

Poor Mike. Poor Tawmmie.
Poor Pattersons!
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 02:32 AM

Just in case Tawmmie didn't see it on the Secret Santa thread -

Just lie back and enjoy the ride Tawmmie and Mike - there is no need to worry about any Secret Santa stuff.... just consider it a 'special delivery' for the old git.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 11:07 AM

My machine went "kablooie", and I've been off line for a week. The first thing I did when I got my new one was to check this thread, and I'm glad things are looking up. Now I've got to go back and renew my "cookie".
Hang in there, Mike. I'll be playing a couple of your songs on the radio in the near future (again).


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:40 AM

Hey guys, wanna see if we can get this thread up to 400 posts and keep the big guy busy when he gets out?

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:43 AM

That shouldn't be a problem. Wanna go for the big five-oh-oh?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:46 AM

Seamus - there shouldn't be any problem getting to 400 or 500 or more...and once he posts "live" is suspect this thing will REALLY take off.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 09:52 AM

The more people thinking good thoughts about Mike , The better !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 01:32 PM

With the combined thoughts and prayers and wishes of all, Mike's spirit can't help but be buoyed and supported while his body heals. Let's send a goodly amount to Tawmmie too- we don't want her system to weaken.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 01:38 PM

Remember what happened to Little Jim when he went to sleep Mike!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 01:39 PM

BTW - I hope everyone is aware that they can order Mike's Cd's here and he accepts PayPal.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 03:45 PM

And, let's not forget that his CD's are well done and very entertaining. I was lucky enough to win the entire bunch in the Mudcat auction a while back and I love them. You will too, when YOU GET THEM!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 03:48 PM

Just back from the Getaway with a houseful of people and remembering when you and Tawmmie pulled into the driveway for a visit and some lobsters. Still haven't found anyone tall enough to change the battery in the smoke detector.
Get out of that bed and back on the road, Mike.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bet
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 11:20 PM

Come on Mike, up and at it. I'm still going to get down there and meet you and Tawmmie but it would be best if you both where rested and really ready for company. Ugh, I hate to think of myself as company, how about mudcat family. Good thoughts still heading south. bet


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 11:30 PM

I want ALL the gory details.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Nov 06 - 11:07 PM

I wanted to refresh this one as I know many of us are still sending our best thoughts and energy to Mike and we're hoping to hear some even better news soon.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 02:35 AM

Had another surgery today. Came thru great. Sewed him back together and NO, we don't get to call him lefty. They've got something called a VAC hooked up to his abdominal wound. They cut a filter/sponge to fit, then make it airtight and hook up a vac. This only gets changed Mon, Wed, Fri. Less discomfort for Mike than the twice daily bandage changing. This sucks out any drainage and quickens the healing process. He's talking coming home sometime next week. Whee. Can't wait to get my man home.
Thank you for refreshing this thread. I came on yesterday to post and it was gone. :( Of course I didn't know how to find it. Anyway, I only saw Mike for a couple of minutes today. I took a day off and went to the movies, 3 actually.
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 04:21 AM

Thats great news Lass it will be good to get him home it takes of some of the pressure. but mind on and no pit up wie ony noncense from him when he gets back :) they can be awfy grumpy bairns when they are recovering LOL


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 10:15 AM

Cheers Mike!! Keep climbing, man!!


A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 10:40 AM

Good for you, Tawmmie. Good for you, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 11:16 AM

What SINSULL said.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ferrara
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 02:52 PM

Well that is wonderful news that he is expected to go home soon. Know it's gotta be cheering him up, and you too, Tawmmie.

Love,
Rita F


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 03:00 PM

Great news to hear that Mike will be home in the next week.I am sure from us all on here it will be good to have Mike back on the threads again.
Scooby


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 03:43 PM

Hey, when you get him back home and he's all comfortable and everything -- tell him not to do this again, okay?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 04:21 PM

Mike & Tawmmie, there are a lot of us still praying and holding you in our thoughts. Even if we don't post often, we check in and keep wishing you well-wards.

Love ya!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the update. I check several times every day for one. And I send thoughts and prayers every tine I do.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennieG
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 06:51 PM

That is good to hear! Tawmmie, don't forget to have your 'time out' occasionally - you will need it, and Mike can stay home and grumble on his own! *grin*

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: freda underhill
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 01:40 AM

It's repair and maintenance time of life, Mike. I'm glad to hear those pipes, tubes and clips will be removed and you'll be free.

best wishes to you both

freda


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 04:23 AM

Had anything else from Santa recently???

*BG* : ]

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 05:40 AM

Tell Mike that I am very glad to hear that the Harmony Slut will be back in business.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 07:17 AM

good news, Tawmmie - the bit about you seeing 3 movies, I mean!

sandra


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 08:56 AM

Great to keep coming on this thread and finidng good news. Betst to you both!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Vectis Incognito
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 04:36 PM

Glad to hear that things are going right for the big fellah.
Add another hug to the earlier one.
Well done Tawmmie you have to look after yourself so you can look after himself when he comes home.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 03:46 PM

Get up, big man, get up!
Don't give me all that crap.
You're not allowed to leave us yet - you'd leave too big a gap.
So skip the nap, put on a wrap,
And don't be swayed by any sap,
And come and play so we can say "For he's a splendid chap!"


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 04:24 PM

...So skip the nap, put on a wrap,
And don't be swayed by any sap,
And come and play so we can say "That dude does totally rap!"


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 06:02 AM

Any news of his escape yet?

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: open mike
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 12:29 PM

you gonna hook him up to the VACUUM CLEANER when he gets home?

can you bring movies to the room and watch with him on the t.v.?

glad to hear about the progress reports...keep 'em coming!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: My guru always said
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 03:28 PM

Positive thoughts still coming for Mike & Tawwmie from Surrey!
Hil


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: coldjam
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 09:37 PM

Wonderful news!
Love and knishes,
Coldjam


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MuddleC
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 09:43 PM

Tell Mike he'll have to get an electric start for his skidoo instead of a kicker!

all the best from last years secret santa


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 10:06 PM

Any news? Seamus?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 10:53 PM

I just got back from Ireland.
Ain't heard nothin' else yet.

Hi Tawmmie! Great news!

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Tawmmie
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 01:41 AM

Looks like they're going to attach a wound vac to his, yep, his manly parts. The vac is doing a fantastic job on the stomach where they had to open him up again. So they want to do another, "down there". We should get him home Monday? If the Vac works. His mind is at 99%, can't ask for more than that. Hell, I probably only had 95 before. I can't tell you all how I feel, getting him back. That was as close as I ever want to come again.
Love to you all,
Tawmmie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 02:54 AM

Wound vac, manly parts, home on Monday I just deleated what I started to write, I ain't touching that with nut-tings. It's great that he's up to 99% he was writing some real gems at only 65% before, can't wait for what's in store. If he keeps it up "Doc will I be able to play the fiddle after this" who knows what he'll be playing when he's up to it after the mend.
Really, I'm tickled to hear he's headinng for home.
Best wishes to you both.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 04:07 AM

Great to hear the good news, Tawmmie.

Give the big bear our love and tell him his advice on dealing with the Nibbling Max has worked and he has turned into a rather charming dog.

Luv to you both

Rhiannon and Mick
(and Max as well of course)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:00 AM

Great news! This vac...will he also be doing carpets?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:00 AM

Thats great news tawmmie :)   now mind on he beahaves himself when he gets back don't put up with any noncense :) aye lass they are a lot of bother but it taks something like this tae know we widny swap the big lumoxes fur onything :)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:15 AM

WHOOPPPEEEEE!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:15 AM

Tawmmie-

Thanks for the update. We know Mike's gonna make it home but that doesn't make the process of waiting much easier. I can easily imagine the other projects in your life piling up, and hopefully some local kind friends are taking care of Thanksgiving.

Do you need a Mudcat team to fly in and do a clean sweep of the house before Mike arrives? He probably will be just happy to escape the "institutional care."

As folks have said, do try to take care of yourself.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:15 AM

Wound vac - manly parts - no more kids, right?

Good to hear he is doing so well, and I hope he does get home next week. With the move these days toward "home recuperation", make sure they don't release him too soon...he's kinda a big guy for you to be doing all of that personal care stuff yourself.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:18 AM

Great news.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 10:17 AM

wonderful news, Tawmmie! There will be a very audible, collective sigh of relief when we hear this guy is home! "And a sigh was heard around the world...."

KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 10:23 AM

Wound vac on his manly parts? There may be a business in the works there.

Get some rest, Tawmmie. Wish you were closer. I would even be willing to vacuum your house (but not your man. Have to draw the line somewhere.) Mine is insulated with feline and canine tumbleweed.

Home for Thanksgiving?
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 11:57 AM

Put a little Y-shaped diverter on the vac and he can do the carpets AND the wound. Put 'im to work, I say!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 12:08 PM

Always remember the old saying gal, "Fact is stranger than suction"
I ain't even going to go a smidgeon further on that one Tawmmie, get him better, and the real jokes come later.
Slainthe Mike.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 01:25 PM

Tawmmie - wound vac, manly parts?

Sounds like some of the - er, how shall I put this? -enlargement spam ads I keep getting in my e-mail.
Well, whatever it takes...
99%, eh? I think most 'Catters would take that for themselves!

Give Mikey my best, and make sure you get a little break yourself.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 08:43 PM

more good news, yah


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 08:51 PM

Gee, Seamus. How do they know to send those ads to you?    :-D

Mike, keep on keeping on. Half the world is keeping an eye on this thread. We all wish you a speedy recovery---January is on its way, and you are going to need to be in the best shape possible to survive the cruise with Seamus. Make sure all the stitches are removed and the doctors have OKed serious sessions of laughter.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 08:56 PM

Don't pay the bill until the stitches have been evaluated by a Quilt Guild. If it ain't good sewin', don't pay for it!

And lissen, if you get down this way and you want to do my carpets, well, just let me know....

(Tawmmie, you take care of yourself. When he's home and he says, "Aargh, I could sure use a _________________" don't feel guilty about sayin' "I could too -- why don't you get us both one?"


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 08:57 PM

Looking fwd. to the day that you declare that this is all behind you, as it WILL be, hopefully SOON.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:05 PM

Great God in heaven, Rapaire, that hurt just laughing about it ; )

...diverter, indeed.

I'm just glad he's breathing, the vacuuming can wait!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 01:06 AM

I am home. Finally!! Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, cards letters and phone calls. I can't express all the love and gratitude I have for each and every one of you. My typing skills are not up to snuff yet, but I will try to bring you the first hand experience tomorrow when I have time to type slow. This is the best group of friends anyone could possibly hope for. Talk to you again tomorrow.

Love, Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:29 AM

Welcome back Mike ....dont know you but have been following your progress....take it easy and love to you and your family...x


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: suzi
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:32 AM

OOPs guest above was me...


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:43 AM

Welcome home, Mike. It's scrumptious to hear your 'voice'.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:47 AM

Mike, it's a real relief to hear from you. Welcome back, and have a speedy recovery.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:34 AM

Welcome home lad
Now you behave yersel and be good tae that wunderfu wumin who has had tae pit up wie us as well as you :)

I've warned her if ye don't behave tae tell me. don't mak all five foot two and threequarters of me come ower there :)

God bless ye both

Dauvitt's meg


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bfdk
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:50 AM

Good to hear you're finally back home, Mike.

Now take it easy and slow and let recovery take its time. And, if need be, I shall lend my strength to that of Meg, only *I'm* all of 5'4", so together we should be able to sort you out, if you don't behave :-))

Get mending, and that's an order!

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:13 AM

Oh Mike - it's such a relief to have you home again. Tawmmie has been brilliant keeping us up to date. Look after each other and get plenty of rest.

Luv

Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:21 AM

Good for you Mike !! Take it easy , and come and chat some time soon !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:24 AM

Grand to have you back, Mike. A big cuddle to you and Tawmmie from me and Nessie.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 06:20 AM

Hot Damn!!! I shall be clearing the Bud from the fridge today! Oh HAPPY day!! I can't type very well either... got joy in me eyes. It's a great way to start a day.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:04 AM

Great news Mike, you must both feel so relieved. It's been a long hard haul, and you're on the home straight now, take it easy and convalesce properly. Mending is best done slowly mate.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: CET
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:26 AM

All right! Harmonies at the Getaway next year?

All the best.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:35 AM

Welcome back Mike - it is so good to hear from you again.

Both of you take it very easy and look after each other.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:02 AM

Wow! Fantastic to see your name on a post again! It's all onward and upward from now on. Love and energy to you both, from sunny Oz.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:11 AM

OHMAHFRIGGINGAWD!!!!!!! We must have a song thread, the composition being along the lines of "The Ballad of Alaska Mike and the Vacuumed Manly Parts". I will be giving thanks to all powers that be for the gift of having this on my big buddy!!! You may never live this one down, big guy. Start writin' folks.

Glad you are home! I suggest you read this thread top to bottom. I know you are aware of what a special partner you have in Tawmmie, but this thread will confirm more of that feeling.

And one more thing ..... don't get to ornery. She might give you a hidin' such as you get to Donnybrook. And then Seamus and I will come up there and give you another.

I am relieved you are getting through this, my friend. Just keep mending and you mights as well write a few tunes while you are at it.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:39 AM

OK here's the story. In July, I had gastric bypass surgery to overcome the health problems of being a "jolly giant". My weight loss was coming along great, but I began to experience some problems in September. On October 16th, I drove myself to the emergency room because I was feeling a bit lousy and wanted to see if anything was really wrong. After arriving at the ER, I was quickly diagnosed as being a "sick SOB" and whisked off to surgery.

The doctors determined that the gastric bypass surgery had come unravelled. I had burst the surgical connections where my stomach reattaches to my intestines and several liters of undigested food, gastric fluids and bowel contents were released into my abdominal cavity. Everything was infected, parts of my gut already contained dead tissue, and I was on the very fine edge of death. No one knows how I was able to drive myself to the hospital in the condition I was in.

For the next 10 days I was enjoying a magnificent coma. I was kidnapped by the North Koreans, got into trouble with the authorities in Caracas, Venezuela, and was tortured (hung upside down in the hold of a ship). I don't recall why all these things happened, but you should know that I was victorious in all actions.

As I started to come out of my coma, even more wonderful events occurred. HBO offered me a multi-concert performance contract to be televised and syndicated. I was a bit confused by all this interest in my music since I was unable to sing or play or even keep my bowels contained, but I gladly accepted the offer. For the next week or so I happily told everyone about my HBO deal until somebody finally told me that I was halucinating. Then I got depressed.

But its hard to stay depressed with all the miraculous drugs available in modern hospitals these days. As reality fought its way back into my brain, I gradually came to realize what had happened to me and so began my slow and painful recuperation. I worked hard with the physical therapists to learn how to walk again, I started doing crossword puzzles and sudokus to improve my brain function and I redoubled my efforts to do what ever needed to be done to leave the hospital.

Now I am finally home. Its 4:00 am and I can't get to sleep, but I'm feeling nearly like my old self again. When I arrived home, I read through this thread and was overwhelmed by the love and caring that you all have shared. I cannot thank you enough for the help you provided to Tawmmie during these dark days. I was too far gone to help in her suffering, but you were there to give her the support she needed. You are truly great friends. My love and sincere appreciation go out to each of you. I've got a couple months of recuperation before I can return to work, so I will keep you posted on stuff that comes up.

Love to you all, Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:52 AM

Well, Mike, that bursting guts sounds not too good, but the trouble in Caracas and being tortured hanging upside in the ship: now, that is real suffering.And I'm really sorry the multi-concert tour had to be cancelled: treat it as postponed, it'll probably happen soon.
And,seriously, I am seriously glad how things are turning out. Good wishes to you both.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:53 AM

Good to hear that you are home, if not exactly up and about. Herself (the OT) wants to know if you managed to loose 50 pounds while you were laid up? If so, than it may be true that every cloud has a silver lining. Don't try to do too much too soon and listen to your therapists as well as she who must be obeyed...we missed you at the Getaway and are looking forward to meeting you in the flesh one of these days.

Art and Jenn Brooks


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: rumanci
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:56 AM

Welcome Home Mike

Love and hugs to you both
rum


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:17 AM

Welcome home, Mike. Hope your health rebounds as fast as possible. You and Tawmmie were greatly missed at the Getaway.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:27 AM

What a relief!!!!! Happy Dance!!!! More songs!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:29 AM

Wow! Wasn't sure if we'd get to hear from you, again. Glad the miracles of modern medicine helped to pull you through! Welcome back and TAKE CARE!

All the best and lots of healing,

kat


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: DonMeixner
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:38 AM

For over a year, perhaps two I have avoided this side of the forum. I decided I won't be embroiled in politics again for any reason. The bad part is I missed this thread.

Mike I am sorry for your late health problems. I have a close friend who had the same problems as yours only his out come hasn't be as good as yours. The good part is there must surely be a song in this somewhere.

I'm sorry I wasn't here to wish you well but I do so now.

Be well.

Don Meixner


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:48 AM

Mike, listen to me. Listen carefully while I explain something.

"Bust a gut" is only an expression, not a command. When someone says to you, "I nearly bust a gut laughing" it means that they laughed hard and long. If your boss says, "I want you to bust a gut getting this done" it means to really work on something. It do NOT mean to literally bust a gut.

In the future, don't take everything so literally, okay? If you're confused, ask the Mudcat and we'll all help you to either understanding or confusion.

Now get those floors vacuumed!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Deckman
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:49 AM

Welcome back Mike! Have you got the title yet for the song you'll write about this adventure? CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:53 AM

************HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE****************************

I'm so glad you are finally home...you have been dearly missed by all!

Lots of love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:09 AM

Mike-

Your experience and escape is certainly worth several new verses of "Rise Again!"

Maybe, after you have some time to mediate, consume a steak or whatever you would like to sink your teeth into, you would initiate such a song challenge. Or I would be happy to do the honors.

Welcome back!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:10 AM

Of course, "welcome back" means not just to Mudcat, but to your life.

And of course we supported Tawmmie (clearly the better half)-- you didn't give us the option of doing much for YOU!

~Susan
President, HBO
(Seamus was set to host your special till you bailed on the project and deprived him of that glory)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:17 AM

Hey Mike! Great news...HBO offered me a multi-concert performance contract to be televised and syndicated.

I'll need guest performers.

Welcome back!

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Nancy King
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:24 AM

Mike, it's SO great to hear from you! We've all been terribly worried, and it's wonderful to know you're getting back to whatever passes for normal now. I trust you're accepting virtual hugs -- be assured they're on their way! Some of 'em are for Tawmmie, too -- she's earned them!

We'll be expecting to hear that song at next year's Getaway!

Love to you both,
Nancy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 12:05 PM

Oh, WELCOME BACK MIKE!!

It's so good to know you're well and whole.

That's the problem with the Getaway. You get to meet these people, hug 'em, hear their songs, meet their loves, and next thing you know you're damn well caring about real people who are SO far away.

The joy we all are feeling in mudcat land must be magnified many times in your lovely wife and family.

Wait 'til you're still around the house a few weeks from now, though, it'll wear off ; )

Dani


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Don Firth
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 12:53 PM

Whew!! We can all start breathing again! Welcome back, Mike!

Ye gawds, what an ordeal. But it sounds like you got enough material for a couple of spy novels, a possible plot treatment for a James Bond movie, and a whole batch of songs out of it. As Monty Python says, "Always look on the bright side of life."

We're looking forward to swapping a few more songs more when you're down this way again.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 02:21 PM

Welcome Home Mike!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 12:03 AM

That is great news, so glad you are back! A big hug from Oz, for you and for Tawmmie, especially for Tawwmie - when are you having her medal struck? She deserves one!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 01:08 AM

Excuse      typing,    jumping       down    joy.
      untidy       I am       up and       for

Now tell us about the little vac thingy in your nether regions. Precisely how was it used?

Loadsaluv


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 03:40 AM

So glad your on the mend

take care,
love
Pat xxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 04:01 AM

My favourite get-well card says "Get Well Soon, You'll feel better"

and you do!

Keep up the good work

Love to you & Tawmmie

sandra (wishing you another concert deal, but no repeats on the oher experiences)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 06:58 AM

Good to see you back Mike - will look forward to you in chat again - when you can get there.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 09:16 AM

goog,good,good. I will feed a clydesdale some bud in your honour.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SussexCarole
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 09:45 AM

Wonderful news! Love & Hugs to you both xxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 09:50 AM

Will Alaskan Amber help get things back to (ab)normal? If so, I'll send her around with some.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: KT
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 01:36 PM

Bravo, Mike! Bravo!!!!

Welcome back!! This will be some Thanksgiving for you and your family this year!

Love to you and Tawmmie ~

KT


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 01:48 PM

Omagosh! He's still probably gotta go shoot a turkey or at least a moose, because That's The Alaskan Way.

Oh, wait. He lives in Anchorage. Nevermind. Just truck on down to Fred's on Northern Lights and buy one.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 01:50 PM

MAGIC!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 05:38 PM

Glad you are home once again, Mike. Now SUCK IT UP and get on with your life. There are dust bunnies under the bed and apparently in your knickers.
Much love to you and Tawmmie,
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Col K
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 06:15 PM

Great news that you are now at home.2 months R&R sounds good, plenty of new songs to tell us all about your halucinations, there must be plenty of inspiration there.
Love to you and Tawmmie
Col


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ferrara
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 09:15 PM

Oh Mike, great joy to know that you're back home again. What Dani said.... You meet these people and get really attached to 'em, then they go and get themselves in trouble when we're too far away even to cook and bring over a casserole for Tawmmie. But we could send good thoughts to you both, and we did, and we are. And smiling, smiling to know you're out of the hospital and back in your home.

Love you both,
Rita


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 10:34 PM

I rather like it that he hasn't posted again yet, unless I missed it-- sleeping, I bet! Healing is hard physical work.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tinker
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 11:16 PM

What a wonderful treat at the end of a long day. More amazed hugs and scattered dance steps flitting here abouts. Now I would highly recommend you actually write that manly parts song about the vacumn before some of these other gits gets to it -- you've probably got a little bit before they figure you're fair game again.

but please review that Getaway video on Youtube before you think they have any grounds to go around poking fun at other folks assorted parts..... Hmmmmmm .....

Take it easy, but enjoy every minute.

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 12:26 AM

Welcome back, Mike. As you slowly return to the lands of reality, we can only hope that in the midst your hallucinations you were taught some wonderful songs by those North Koreans and Venezuelans and HBO execs that you can eventually recover and share with the rest of us. Recover at whatever pace you can--take it easy, but take it! And maybe next year, we'll get to hear those songs at the Getaway. Love to you and Tawmie.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 01:01 AM

Sorry to have stayed silent, but these past 3 days have been filled with pills, injections, sleep and trying to figure out how to use the potty extender. I'm still on crutches, but I'm working out on my excercise bike and my legs are getting stronger each day. My hands are still shaky which makes it hard to type but I'm following the physical therapist's instructions and I'm sure things will steady up as time goes by. All in all I'm still in pretty sad shape, but each day gets better.

As for the vaccuming of manly parts, let me explain. There is a wonderful invention called a wound vac that applies negative pressure to an open wound in order to increase the speed of recovery. I've had 3 surguries to remove infected tissue from my right side "manly" part and the wound vac is keeping it sterile and helping it heal. So go ahead Mick, give it your best shot. I can hardly wait to hear what you come up with.

I've got to touch bases with my employer tommorow and see what they will require before I can come back to work. I'm thinking at least 4-6 weeks before I can perform my duties again. I've still got plenty of leave time so the paychecks will keep coming in.

I hope all of you are having a great November. I will try to write more often.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 01:34 AM

Hi Mike
Glad to see you're on the keyboard,, & making sense too, that's gotta be a real good thing. Forget about what Mick's gonna say, with his mouth I don't think he's gonna wanna say a thing about your manly parts.
And about the wound vac, you don't need to explain a thing to any of us here, we're just happy you had a good time for yourself & that you're on the better part of the mend now.
How you're voice doing? I imagine they've been sticking tubes & flutes down it & asking you to play those too. Hospitals, nasty places to spend your vacation at, rest up a bit & lay off your good wife, you can't put her through that kind of termoil anymore. Snap out of it & get better.
Best of luck
Barry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:27 AM

Is it me or has the screen gone blurry?

Mike and Tawmmee - so glad to hear the news... keep breathing in and out... and don't fret about the little things.

Take care both of you.

LTS

XX


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:39 AM

Mike - Don't you go worrying about that Big Mick. If he causes you any grief my friend Mary and I will be on his case BIG TIME!

So far we've managed to get a gorilla in his bedroom that watches him every time he tries to... (enough information already) and we've got him to admit to having a big bum - when he was getting into the horse outfit. Trust me, between the two of us we can deal with his Irishness.

Glad to hear that you are doing so well - I think that the whole of Mudcat land was holding its breath for a while there.You will be making it to the next Getaway, won't you? Don't make Mary and me have to come up there and drag you down by force.......

Love to Tawmmie - that lady deserves all the good wishes going. Not only did she cope with what was going on in the hospital but she found time to learn how to access the 'Cat and keep the rest of us informed. I really look forward to meeting her AT THE GETAWAY THIS YEAR!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:45 AM

Huummm...Tawmmie and old whats-his-face there might be enough to get us back to the Getaway next year.....


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:58 AM

Mike, I was telling my John (jack halyard), who is a singer, songwriter and occasional reciter of poems and tall stories, the sad story of what happened to you, and he immediately thought of one of the Aussie poems he is fond of reciting, and suggested I should post it here. And you thought you had problems!!!.....

       The Inside Story

       I was reading in a paper that was wrapped around the cheese
       How the miracles of med'cine have become realities;
       How women wanting babies can obtain them by the dozen
       From the local doctor's cold-room... all conveniently frozen.
       And I must confess the notion left me feeling rather cold,
       For I much preferred the method that we used in days of old.

       But the skillful city surgeon and his art must surely pale
       When you see the stockmen operate out in the post and rail;
       Stitching up dog-ravaged wethers, and a mulga stick for breaks,
       While the kids still have their ear lopped to survive the bite of snakes;
       Shot-gun dentists, cures with castor oil, I guess I've seen the lot,
       And the drastic use of stock-knives to control the barcoo rot.

       I pointed out this very fact last christmas on the phone
       To a mate of mine, Ken Cooper, who was working down near Scone;
       And he told me of an accident... the solemn truth, he swore
       (In the land of cornstalk promises, that matters any more?
       But Ken lived in Queensland, and that's good enough for me,
       So I reckon he's the barnard of the outback surgery).

       Ken was working on a fence-line with a bloke called Slogger Brown;
       He was running out the wire while his mate was cutting down.
       A mob of sheep stood waiting for the foliage to land... when a crooked
       Branch jumped back, and knocked the chain-saw from his hand!
       Oh, god! it was a shocking sight to turn your limbs to jelly...
       The whirring blade came down across the bushman's hairy belly!

       Ken told me all the details, but my tears were soon in flood
       For the ear-piece of the telephone was slowly oozing blood...
       But, before he grabbed the throttle, and could get the thing controlled,
       His mate... his sole companion... was completely disembowelled;
       And it wasn't just a matter of where this or that part fits...
       His whole internal mechanism was chopped in little bits!

       My friend had been a butcher when he worked the Queensland scene;
       A lot of 'reverse surgery'... if you know what I mean
       He knew it would be seconds before Slogger breathed his last
       So he had to do some surgery, and do it bloody fast!
       He grabbed a ewe around the throat and slit its nether hide...
       He hauled the streaming entrails out, and pushed them all inside.

       Though he lacked finesse and finish, he was long on common sense,
       For he drew the gash together with some staples from the fence;
       And joining veins and sinews is quite simple when you know how
       A bit of gum-tree gumption... and a twitch from Cobb & Co
       What's it matter in a stomach... upside down or front to back?
       Guts are guts... they gain no glamour from the neatness of the pack.

       Anyhow he did some plumbing, so the inlet soon aligned;
       The outlet quickly took its place with stitches unrefined.
       He used a roll of tie-wire, but he must have hit the mark,
       'Cos old Slogger picked a crow-bar up and went to strip the bark;
       So Ken retrieved the chain-saw, and wiped the blood away;
       And they stood another twenty posts before the close of day.

       Well, for weeks I've sat and wondered if his tale was really true
       I've heard a lot of stories of what lonely bushmen do
       So I rang Ken up the other day, and I mention on the side
       "I suppose you miss old Slogger... I presume the poor cow died."
       "Oh, you'll never kill old Slogger," Ken said. "he's as tough as teak...
       "He's out fencing on Urella... and he had a lamb last week!"

       Charlee Marshall


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bobert
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 09:08 AM

Danged, Mike!!! Daily evacuation of your "manly parts"... Where do I sign up???

Awww, jus' a little hillbilly humor...

(yeah, very little, Bobert...)

Nevermind the manly parts comment, Big Guy... Glad to see ya on the mend...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 09:49 AM

Mike:

Welcome, welcome, welcome back to the madhouse called reality. It sounds to me like a number of fine songs could bemade from your delightful adventures in Wonderland. You could have a whole CD made of "Songs from a Coma"!! :D HBO might go for it too!

A


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 10:09 AM

Welcome Home!!!!!!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 10:14 AM

Hey Tawmmie! Now that Mike's back - don't think you can be a stranger - we expect you to pop in accasionally and let us know just how tall the tales Mike is telling are....

May you two and your family have a great Holiday season ---the kids should pamper you both...you deserve it.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 11:41 AM

Really glad to have you back Mike. I don't know when we will meet in the real world, but it has to happen. Keep us posted on your recovery.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Barb'ry at work
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 01:28 PM

We are soooo pleased and relieved! Keep up the good work, Mike and carry on being the perfect patient..
Love and hugs to you and Tawmmie
Andy and Barb'ry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 07:36 PM

So when is this trip with Seamus?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:08 PM

Now we have a genuine problem. We already have a Lefty. How about we call you Southpaw?

Get weller each day, Mike. You have had us worried. And make sure Tawmmie gets her rest. She has earned it.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:10 PM

great to have you home!...No ski lessons or walrus wrestling for awhile,...ok?

...now, about that doctor whose stitches didn't hold the first time.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 08:10 PM

Ease up on him, guys. He's taking the fall for alla y'all.

Raise your hands, ladies (Tawmie included) if you remember packing ice on your nether regions after giving birth and maybe (God forbid) watching them stitch it up nice and neat!

Be honest: how many of you thought, "if he only knew......"

Now Mike does, and y'all better shut up and let him tell it.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 02:57 AM

I thought I would share the first song to have blossomed from this strange experience. I wrote this yesterday and today. It will still need some tweeking before its done, but its has a nice feel to it so far.

Friends
by Mike Campbell � 2006
                                
When problems are many and troubles are deep,
And life seems like darkness and blight.
It's the friendships we've formed that will help see us through,
Good friends never waver in shining their light.
        So lift up your glasses and give a good cheer,
        Our friends form the rock where we stand,
        And friendship is worth a good song and a beer,
        Its our friends that make living so grand.

I'm a lucky old fellow, I've friends by the score,
And they're all the most wonderful kind.
They stand by me whenever the wolf's at my door,
And they don't seem to care when I'm losing my mind.
        So lift up your glasses and give a good cheer,
        Our friends form the rock where we stand,
        And friendship is worth a good song and a beer,
        Its our friends that make living so grand.

(Instrumental break)

Friends of fair weather are easy to find,
But they're there only when times are high.
It's the friends that stick by you in hurricane winds,
They're the ones you should measures friends by.
        So lift up your glasses and give a good cheer,
        Our friends form the rock where we stand,
        And friendship is worth a good song and a beer,
        Its our friends that make living so grand.

(Repeat chorus ad nauseum)



Thanks once again to all my friends at Mudcat.
Mike.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:16 AM

Mike i haven't had the chance to meet you yet but some folks around here tell me you are a giant among men. somehow i dont think they just meant in size.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:28 AM

Damn! This teary-eyed stuff is becoming a habit. Can't wait to hear you sing it, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:48 AM

Not just back, but in great form as well! Many of us can really relate to that sentiment.....outstanding!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 07:52 AM

That's my boy!!! Lyric looks great, Mike, looking forward to hearing it. I want you to continue to give me examples of great songwriting, so's I can sharpen my skills. I have the very important song to write, with the working title of "The Ballad of Alaska Mike and the Vacuumed Manly Bits". They meter and rhyme of this one will be a bit dodgy, but I am helped by being able to introduce some reference to "lefty" in there. A thought just hits me, I can have a character in the song called "one eyed Johnson". This ditty might rival that sterling bit of songcraft written a few years ago by the Shellbacks known as "The Jamb on Jeri's Stump".

Keep on the mend, ramblin' buddy. I am pulling for you. Whoa, poor choice of words. Maybe "rootin", that won't work either. On your side? No, not the left side. Shit. I will do my best.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 08:52 AM

My doctors are geniusly talented folk,
And my wound vac is working just fine.
So don't call me "Lefty" old ramblin friend,
My right side is holding the line.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 08:52 AM

Blurry eyed and goose pimply at the words of the song Mike.

Can't wait to hear it AT THE 2007 GETAWAY!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:11 AM

As much as we would love to attend next year's Getaway, Jacqui, the timing doesn't work. When not in a coma, I always spend my Novembers out in the Aleutian Islands working at the port of Dutch Harbor. So unless the Getaway changes back to October, I will have to postpone my next visit until retirement.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:13 AM

2008. First weekend in October - the camp is already reserved.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:24 AM

First thread this AM and I am misty-eyed. Enough of this sentimental claptrap, I want to hear how you escaped the North Koreans ans talked the Venezuelans into a conceret tour.

It is beautiful, Mike.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:29 AM

2008 in October - YES! That's the Getaway I'm going to try and get to. Have you had any Ozcats at the Getaway before?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:30 AM

OK - you get a reprieve until 2008 - then, no excuses!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:17 AM

There's the much-talked about Western....

Hey, if you're in Dutch drop by the library and say "Hi!" to the Director for me.

Wait, that somehow doesn't seem quite right....


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:19 AM

And in the meantime, SEND TAWMMIE. We know how to treat a girl right!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:27 AM

Whatareyoutalkinabout, WYS????? You haven't been to the Getaway yet either. You hounded me to stop by the Mudcat Retreat for several years (for which I am grateful, as I thoroughly enjoyed the visit), yet you can't take the jaunt across PA, drop down 95 and make Getaway???? Enough of your blather, get off your royal backside and get down to Getaway next year.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:38 AM

And in the meantime, I'll just send Hardi. It should work out nicely, don't you think? If he can't Getaway, there's always Faulkner. I might be able to send him with Mmario. I think the Getaway needs a good dog and Leadfingers says he'd make a lovely pub dog.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bet
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 11:14 AM

Glad to hear from you. We've got to get together sometime. I'm anxious to meet Tawmmie and you. Take care, bet


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 03:20 PM

Mike, good to see you back songwriting again;
things are definitely on the upswing for you.
Keep on getting well.
Big Mick - your Ballad of Alaska Mike sounds like a Robert Service poem.
Maybe that's the direction you oughtta take it.
Can we get this thread to the 500 mark?

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 03:22 PM

We sure can.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 03:44 PM

It is great to hear, my friend
That your gut is on the mend
And your private vacuum hose is doing its job
Once again you wrote a song
And I know it won't be long
Until you straighten out this noisy mob


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:00 PM

On the way, Seamus...450


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:06 PM

can't wait to steal hear the tune for this. and I won't even have to re-vamp the lyrics to use this one at faire!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 06:56 PM

Oh, them wound vacuums
Oh, them wound vacuums
Them wound vacuums I'm gonna wear
Beneath my under wear....


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 07:15 PM

Seamus wants to get this thread to 500 posts huh? Well, lemmee see here................

Hey Mike! That VAC works a champ doesn't it? But ya' know, since you're home now maybe you ought to try some magnetic healing. I know you've seen the ads for the bracelets and such, even a magnetic bra out there. I never could see it myself but then Cletus, Paw, Buford, and the Reg Boys got an idea for a "magnetic cure" and one thing led to another.   I've told this story before but in case you might be thinking of alternative therapies here's some good info on magnetic healing!

Paw's flattulence when combined with his passion for 'shine and hot wings used to be a big problem for him whenever his 'roids would flare up....so to speak...and it got to the point that the little rubber donut pillows and Preparation H just weren't doing the job anymore. Clete's 6th wife was into all the weird and wacky cures so Cletus was always coming to Paw with his suggestions that he'd heard from her. When Cletus told Paw about acupuncture, he disappeared for about two weeks and I'll be damned if anyone could find him.

The Reg Boys too had their share of wacky cures for everything from the Great White North of Canada, but most of them involved bear grease and other vile and foamy liquids. Then it happened. The whole lot of them were watching TV down in my den one night when I couldn't seem to get them homeward bound. That happened way too often back then. Anyway, they had been subjected to at least nine hours of infomercials while they slugged down Iron City. I had learned from experience to unplug the phone and hide my credit cards on these nights which only took place when Karen was gone. I'm still paying for that quonset hut in the Aleutian Islands and I have the complete collection of Pan Flute Favorites but I have learned......albeit slowly. I think the one that finally got me was the "Great Michigan Getaway Weekend" which they bought and gave to Karen and I for an anniversary present. It was a month before I found out that they had billed it to my Visa and when we went for "rest and relaxation" in beautiful Michigan, it turned out to be clapped out motel run by a Pakistani in downtown Flint, just across from a closed GM factory.

I guess it was about 5:30 AM when Cletus woke me up and said they had the cure for Paw's hemorrhoids. This was more than I wanted or needed to know at 5:30 so after verifying that it wouldn't cost me anything, I said have at it and went back to sleep. When I woke up about 7 I had one of those vague feelings of dread. You know what I mean? Nothing was wrong that I could think of and yet I just felt the world was going to come after me that day. It turned out to be Old Man Rafferty instead....but I'll come to that.

The "boys" arrived back at my place about noon having already left when I woke at 7. They were lugging some huge electric motors into my garage and looking about for tools when I walked in and asked what the hell was going on. Cletus then launched into their "cure" and the reasoning behind it. It seems they had watched an infomercial about the "healing power of magnetism" and saw immediately that this was the way to fix Paw's 'roids. Slowly it all began to come together for me and I began to wonder how in the hell these guys could even remember how to breathe!

In any case, they'd picked up the motors from out back of Bernie's Electrical Supply and were now going to remove the large magnets inside. They idea was to cut a slit in Paw's rubber donut, insert the magnets, and then duct tape the thing back together. I noticed that Buford had an old jockstrap (with cup) that they evidently were going to use to strap the magnets to Paw's ass, again using liberal amounts of duct tape. Listening to Cletus explain all of this and their newfound theory made me begin to question my own existence, as though I really didn't exist in the world I had come to know, but was simply a bit player in a leftover Rod Serling story.

Things started going downhill pretty quickly as the magnets were removed and now were flying across my garage, affixing themselves to various steel things....like my van, my lawnmower, my golf clubs, and a little steel reinforced concrete rabbit that someone had once given us as a joke. I figured that I was going to be better off if they'd finish up somewhere else so I suggested they take all the stuff and head for the pleasant little roadside picnic area on the edge of the village where they could finish rigging Paw up and with any luck, I'd never know anything more about it. After removing the magnets, scratching the hell out of my van, breaking off the head of a 5 iron and the left ear of the rabbit, they left. The picnic area was only about a half mile off, just a bit down Rt.664 and I told them to let me know how it all worked out.

Curiosity is a terrible thing sometimes and about an hour later I grabbed my Weimaraner and his leash and set out as though I were just walking the dog. As I turned on 664 I saw the Boys all walking towards me from the little picnic grove. Paw's ass seemed to be a bit large and he was walking funny, but from a distance I could tell they must have done a good job circling his ass in magnets because outside of a slight limp and a big bulge at the rear of his bibs, Paw looked pretty normal. Then it happened. Trailing the others, Paw walked past Old Man Rafferty's mailbox, a new heavy duty steel one to foil the kids with cars and bats. He first slowed, stopped, then flew backwards and before you could say "dumbfuck" he was hanging from his ass on the mailbox. Ol' Man Rafferty was washing his aging Electra deuce and a quarter and looked up to see what was happening. By that time, Cletus, Buford, and the Reg Boys all were tugging on either Paw or Rafferty's mailbox and though they got him off the mailbox was smashed in and the pole was a goner.

Well I tell you, Rafferty came flying down the drive, gravel spitting up from his shoes, and swearing a blue streak. Paw was laying about 10 foot up the drive where he'd landed after the force of being ripped from the mailbox sent him sailing through the air. Rafferty bent over him and started yelling in his face and Paw was trying to stand up but being weighed down by the Magnetic Ass-Healing Ring. I got up there and tried to get Rafferty to calm down some as the others stood around looking bewildered. Rafferty started blaming me for allowing such "dumbass shitkickers" to stay here and how I should let them rot somewhere else. Before he could say another word, things continued to deteriorate. Paw had gotten to his feet about 15 feet from the Buick and there was a loud clanging thump as one of the hubcaps flew off and affixed itself to Paw's rump. Rafferty grabbed the hubcap and started pulling for all he was worth swinging Paw round and round in a circle. The hubcap folded and broke loose and Paw landed by the side of the road while Rafferty began to rage about his rump-sprung hubcap and twisted mailbox. I got out my checkbook and with a stern look to Cletus asked how much this would cost to keep from calling the police. The sight of my checkbook calmed Rafferty down and my Weimaraner had gone over to the side of the road and was licking Paw's face. Rafferty calculated a sum which I figured was enough to buy a new set of tires and an exhaust system for the Buick and build a brick mailbox, while forcing me nearer to bankruptcy.

Cletus and the rest were circled around me as I handed Rafferty the check and when I turned to go, I saw Paw had gotten to his feet again and was bent over stroking Jaeger's head. The dog has always had a soft spot for Paw and when I whistled for him he reluctantly came back up the drive. Bending over to pick up his leash, I heard Cletus say, "Aw Sheeitt!" Right then I couldn't imagine how things could get worse, but I looked up just in time to see Paw lifted from his feet and his ass attach to the exhaust stack of a passing Peterbilt. I watched as the truck roared off, Paw flailing around and in a blind spot where the driver couldn't see him, and the dumbass Reg boys waving "bye-bye" as the Pete rounded a curve down by the Hopewell place.

We found Paw at the truckstop at Rt.37 and I-70 where the driver had stopped for fuel. When we arrived, the Magnetic Ass-Healing Ring was nowhere to be seen and Paw was sitting on a bag of ice trying to cool the burns from riding 27 miles on an exhaust stack. But I tell you what.....Perhaps it was the scar tissue from the burns that did it, but Paw hasn't had trouble with 'roids since then. Maybe there is something to the power of magnetism.....................Might work for ya' Mike!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:17 PM

LOL... I think I'll stay with the vacuum Spaw. Glad I don't have 'roids.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Amos
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 11:15 PM

Oh, the winds blow hard on the North Plateau
As can freeze you high and low
And the mans a fool who will play it cool
When he's caught in such a blow.
There's flying ice, and in half-a-trice,
It can break a strong man's heart.
But it's far, far worse
When a comely nurse
Tries to vacuum your manly parts.


Rob Outta Service III
Juneau Doggerel


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 02:01 AM

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
To the man who writes the song;
Those Arctic nights 'neath the Northern Lights
Can freeze both short and long.
But colder than all in the winter's thrall -
Than nature's icy darts,
Is when out of a backroom comes a vacuum
Straight towards your manly parts.

Thanks, Amos.- you too, Spaw, I think.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 06:30 AM

Does it hurt when you laugh?

If so, stop it Spaw!

PS... Day 3 today. No joke.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: BaldEagle2
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 03:15 PM

Hi Mike

I have been completely out of touch for the last few weeks so have only just learned of your unhappy episode.

Glad to learn it all seems to have worked out ok in the end, and I hope we get to chat awhile somewhen soon

BE2


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:22 AM

Hey! Get this back up where it belongs!

And Happy Thanksgiving, Tawmmie, I guess. Mike's back, so it might be a mixed blessing. Serve him lime jello instead of turkey.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:28 AM

Excellent poetry, Amos and Seamus! I'm sure Mike will enjoy incorporating those verses in what he delivers to his fans at the next Getaway.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:41 AM

Oh the winds that blow with ice and snow
might freeze you to the core.
And the lone wolf's howl might chill your soul
When it comes outside your door.
But the surgeon's slice, not once but thrice,
Into my manly sack,
Brought pain and a curse, but it would have been worse,
Without my good wound vac.


This is fun, I've always enjoyed Robert Service.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:53 AM

Glad to hear you're taking this the right way.... and I don't mean up the wazzooo!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 10:02 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, Mike and Tawmmie! We have a lot to be thankful for.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 10:15 AM

Indeed Mary, there is much to be thankful for. Life is good and I can't wait to see what lies in store. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 10:44 AM

I think that there should be another holiday, a 'Thank f*%" That's Over' day....

You can look forward to that one when you are 'devaccuumed'.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 11:55 AM

35 to go, folks. Let's get it up (sorry Mike!) to 500.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 12:37 PM

Hoover you with last night
Out in the pale moonlight
It wasn't a Hoover it wasn't that vac
Oh oh oh oh who's sucking your sac

I've heard it said by some
Nature abhors a vac-u-um
But now in your scrotum there's an extra hole
Watch out for you totem pole ♪♫

Giok


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 03:18 PM

Giok..... you REALLY need to adjust your medication!

Thank heavens it's not attached to a Dyson... they don't lose their suction, even when the bag is full!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 04:32 PM

No number of posts here can count the number of good thoughts that have been aimed northward to Mike and those who love him, but what the heck, I'll add this post anyway.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:00 PM

And westward.
G


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Megan L
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:12 PM

I'v always been geographically challenged so i will get ma selkie tae follow gioks thoughts :)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barb'ry
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 06:27 PM

Oh there is a man known to us all
From a place that's more cold than Rockall
He said, 'my name is Mike
And there's nothing better I like
Than vacuuming bits from my ball'

keep the suction going (you know you like it..)
love barb'ry


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 06:58 PM

And the most excellent Alaska Mike, between bouts of Hoovering, sent me the CDs I recently ordered. Wonderful stuff, you multi-tasker you, and there are at least two links above where everyone can order these marvelous examples of the singer-songwriter genre.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: momnopp
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 07:29 PM

WB, Wonderful Alaska Mike!

It is a glorious thing to have such good friends as these luniatic manatics.

You know how the saying goes, "With friends like these, who needs enemas?"

We love you bunches and are pleased and relieved to see you on the mend. Tawmmie, you are a jewel.

Peace,

momnopp/JudyO (and Dylan)


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 08:45 PM

I like the nickname Oreck better than Leftie. Any other ideas? Now that he is feeling better we can go back to abusing him.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: karen k
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 09:05 PM

Mike,
So very glad you are home and on the mend. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

love to you and Tawmmie,

karen


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 09:51 PM

Sins, you feel free to attach any nom de pleume you choose, darlin'. I have given him the one I like. I love the verses written by Shameless Seamus and Ole Amos. I am working on some of my own.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 10:07 PM

Since we're just passing time here, allow me to repost my own best piece of personal song research since I came here in '98. 'Catter khandu got me onto it and helped out a lot. Here it is:

Khandu is indeed Mississippi born and bred. Matter of fact he comes from the same county where the infamous Tallahatchie Bridge is located and provided me with some details when I was researching the song which was originally done many years ago by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. We've had a number of threads discussing them around here. Quite a history! You may not be familiar with this part of their story, but the infamous '60's song by Bobbi Gentry, "Ode to Billie Joe," is directly linked to the Jubilee Singers.

The story of Billie Joe is based in truth but of course "stylized" to some degree. It is an old story, dating back to the the late '40's when the only daughter of John Hatch, a Mississippi Klansman of some note, was in love with the first black attorney in the state of Mississippi. Jubilee Simmons was the grandson of slaves and his parents had named him Jubilee because they had both been members of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers, where they had actually first met and fallen in love. He had gone to law school at the University of Chicago and returned to his family's home state of Mississippi, taking up residence in Carroll county in 1948.

Klansman John Hatch's daughter was known to be a bit wild and young Kelli had already incurred her father's wrath on numerous occasions. Kelli was living with two other 22 year old women in the small town of Campton, Mississippi when she met and began dating Simmons. Her father learned of it a few weeks later and came into town drunk with some Klan buddies to hunt down and kill Simmons. Simmons law offices were across from the county courthouse and through an open window he could hear the drunken invectives hurled his way from across the square. He slipped out a back door and went to Kelli's house to take her away and save them both from the murderous rancor of her father and his equally violent "brethren."

Not finding Jubilee in his office the Klansmen split up to search for him and John Hatch went to his daughter's, presumably to beat her or possibly (and probably) worse. He arrived before the pair had left and headed in the back porch door adjoining the kitchen. Seeing him coming, Simmons grabbed a kitchen knife and jumped atop the counter and then onto the top of the refrigerator that stood by the door. As John Hatch passed, he didn't notice Simmons who then jumped him safely from behind and in the ensuing struggle, Hatch was stabbed with the knife. The lovers bagged his body and threw it off the bridge on their way out of town. They were on their way to Chicago when they were arrested in Clarksville, Tennessee and returned for trial in Mississippi. Jubilee represented both and thanks to the testimony of one of the roommates and Mrs. Hatch, the wife of the deceased and Kelli's mother, who had suffered abuse for years at the hands of her husband, both were acquitted and moved to Chicago where he established a moderately successful practice on the south side.

The original song told the story as it was, but owing to legal considerations, the Gentry version was done instead. The original was titled, "The Day that Jubilee the Barrister Jumped Off of Kelli Hatch's Fridge."












Sorry

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 10:19 PM

Spaw ...... I remember when you first wrote that. I hadn't forgiven you for it yet. Now you post it again. You have been doing that a lot lately. We need to talk...........



And you owe me a keyboard and monitor.

Love,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 10:40 PM

I like the nickname Oreck better than Leftie. Any other ideas? Now that he is feeling better we can go back to abusing him.


[shrugging] OK, it's pretty indelicate, but try, try, try as I might, I just can't help wondering-- does it hum when it runs? (And if not, MudRush to the patent office)

And no, I really do not need to know the answer-- the question alone is enough. I'd assume we are all on a strictly-need-not-to-know basis.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 11:14 PM

Between Catspaw's click and Mike's hum, we have the start of a jug band.

Spaw,
That has earned Tris and Michael a special gift from Auntie Sins.
M


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 12:49 AM

So Alaska.... been getting many letters from Santa?

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 07:40 AM

Hi Liz, I received several cards and an interesting package from Santa through the Royal Mail. We are holding off on opening until closer to the big day, but I keep getting curiouser and curiouser. May not be able to wait too much longer. Tell Santa thanks for the mystery.


Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 08:39 AM

Mike, ya' gotta' beware of some of those packages you get from these folks. Now some are mighty fine and wonderful but there are a few of them that have a really warped sense of humor......which is the only reason I continue to hang out here.

I have this "collection" of annoying and noisy, uh, well........things. I dunno' what else to call them. I have this turkey that gyrates around while singing "Turkey in the Straw"....a really warped version of the energizer bunny......a strange little bear riding a duck with bright lights for eyes and a walk you wouldn't believe.....dumbass Billy Bass......and this friggin' clock that will scare the livin' crap out of you. Geeziz, I can't go on..................if I start thinking of the entire "collection" I'll have nightmares for a month.

Just use caution when opening packages. 'Nuff said.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 09:04 AM

'Spaw - there's a Memorial Lobster in Maine with your name on it!!!

Mike - Santa got a bit worried and decided to include you in a 'special delivery'.... glad to hear the Elves took me up on it!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 08:41 AM

Well... day 7. I might even kick in an extra few days just for good measure. Of course, those poor horses must be awfully bloated.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 09:16 AM

If it hums, it wouldn't be but another step to teaching it to sing. Then he could really make the big time, if the self-duet didn't keep him from it.

The little vac isn't perchance steam-driven, is it? Because it could cause terrible problems if Mike was had high self-steam at the same time he was filled with self-duet.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: frogprince
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 11:10 AM

Good grief, Rapaire, who do you think you are? Art Thieme?
I've been sitting back, watching this, I guess remaining silent because I was thinking "Mike and Tawmmie don't know me or nothin'".
But the singing on that website tells me that Mike is someone I would love to hear live some day, and (some of : ) )the things said by people who know him "out there" tell me that his personality and the heart revealed in his lyrics are of a piece. I'm real glad you're still with us, and on the mend.
                            Dean.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 08:29 PM

Thanks Dean, I'm kind of glad to still be here myself. I have discovered that nearly kicking the bucket causes a person to look closer at life. The joys of being alive and on the mend almost make the illness worth while. I wouldn't recommend anyone try what happened to me, but all of us should take time once in awhile to appreciate the people and things that make us happy.


Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 08:43 PM

......but all of us should take time once in awhile to appreciate the people and things that make us happy.

Excellent and Very True......but if you choose the "near death" route, I personally recommend it be on a one time only basis!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:10 PM

Ya don't know when it's gonna happen, so live like yer gonna croak in the next minute or two. And that means really appreciating everything and everyone around you -- especially the people closest to you.

If I didn't take any lesson away from my time in the Infantry, I took that.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:20 PM

Well said!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:17 PM

Mike, how about a live journal in your day to day recovery? That would keep a golden umbrella over ya.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:33 PM

Some guys just pulled up and hitched their horses to the ramp on my truck. Apparently, there may be massive layoffs at the brewery and I saw one of the horses get real nervous when one the guys sneezed - thought he said "glue". I am concerned for the plight of others, so...

Well, of course not. But, my uncle did drop off a flat of Bud as a thank you for a favour I did for him when he was sick and couldn't tend to one of his apartment buildings. I fixed some plumbing in the middle of the night. And replaced the faulty panel ground on the entrance, which might be what caused the water heater breaker to fry when... hey.. $40 of Bud for a two hundred dollar job? The cheap bastard!

Anyway, I might get back on the wagon after I get off the wagon. Just hope the plumbing holds toninght.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:44 PM

Bastard obviously is not familiar with your music, or he would have brought Guinness. Or maybe he is familiar with your music and is trying to tell you something. One of my favorite cartoons shows a horse drinking out of a bucket with a Guinness label on the side, while simultaneously pissing in a bucket with a Budweiser label on it.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:56 PM

Yes, Mick. Almost like the beer analysis coming back from the laboratory that reads, "We are sorry to inform you that your horse has died from a urinary tract infection."


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:40 PM

"Just hope the plumbing holds toninght." So do I, gnu. Sleep close to a bathroom, though, just in case...


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:54 PM

Hey... my bedroom door is a hallway away from the bathroom door. I live in a convenient bungalow... small being the operative word.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:55 PM

So, Leadfingers aboutst?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Tig
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:29 PM

Hey -can I get 500!

So glad to hear you are on the mend Mike, but please take it slowly cos otherwise you will suffer later.

Lots of love and hugs
Tig
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:33 PM

did someone say 500?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:37 PM

So you got 500, but *I* get the Levi's post!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:38 PM

That's odd.. it said 500 just now... now it's 503.... : (

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: bobad
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:38 PM

Levi 502's?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:41 PM

It occurs to me that if Mike's vac is steam-driven, he could also hook up a calliope to accompany himself.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:44 PM

Just so long as he knows how to play the clarinet....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM

hey...Uillian pipes would be JUST the thing! little built in bellows...but what would we do for a chanter?...hmmmm


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: skipy
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 05:58 PM

I concur with CN!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 06:30 PM

Plug in an ocarina?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 06:30 PM

This could be a whole new concept in one-man bands...so to speak.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 07:43 PM

A trombone might be nice...........


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Mick Tems
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 11:19 PM

Hiya, Mike - best wishes from Llantrisant Folk Club. You did a good set!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 11:39 PM

How about a nice wheezy harmonica?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Sapper at work, still stuck at Bletchley!!
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 06:16 AM

Well done on the recover Mike!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: DaveA
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 08:02 AM

Hi Mike,
I liked your earlier post about the impacts that things have on us & how we have to learn to deal with this. I have been most impressed at your final positive attitude and your earlier stoic take on the whole sordid mess. And I am cheering from the sidelines /albeit Australian ones and hoping that you will return triumphantly to the Getaway next year.

I share a little of your angst. I merely fell down a flight of stairs in my duplex by tripping over some laundry on the stairs. As a surgeon put it, better your arm than your head. I have to differ! The broken wrist has been given a plate & seems OK but the elbow has had 3 seperate operations (the last 2 totalled 7.5 hour).
So now I have 6 more days till I go back to the surgeon and find out if third time the bones have healed.

I can cope with the months of physio once I get the all clear (famous last words) but if there is more surgury to come, followed by the weeks of healing after that I'm not sure that I can cope. I don't want any more aenesthetics, I don't want that endless wait to be taken to theatre and I'm tired of reconstructing myself as the ethet wears off.

So think of me as I have of you on Wed 6th when I will find if the elbow has been fixed or wqhether the surgeon is still completing his training at the expense of my elbow.

And, in case you are wondering, I am self-employed (software testing) and no one is jumping up & down to secure a one armed man.

Enough bleeding - Mike, get very well and continue to be my example!!
Dave From Oz


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 09:23 AM

DaveA, I can very much relate to your story. I went through similar stuff with my wrist a few years ago. It was really smashed, and the initial reaction I got from the first doctor who saw it ("What a mess - it will never be the same again!") did nothing to inspire confidence. It took three operations, lots of angst and lots of physio before it came good - after about 2 years. I was lucky to have an excellent hand surgeon though, and it's back to 95% perfect, which is near enough - it functions so well that I just don't think about it any more.

Don't get discouraged. You may feel like it's too much to cope with at times, but you will cope, and eventually you will get to a stage where you can look back at it and realise that you did cope, and you are stronger for it. I think it's like that for anybody who has been through serious illness or injury. You are more aware of your mortality, but you grow from it.

Whereabouts in Oz are you? I'm in Sydney.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:25 AM

Dave,
Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. I understand your concerns completely. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow with the guy who has operated three times on my right testicle. If he finds any infection he may have to operate again. More anesthesia, more nurses poking and prodding, more pain and a longer recovery. I am hoping the wound is still clean. I've marked December 6th on my calendar and will be keeping you in my thoughts. Best wishes to you on a swift and complete recovery.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:39 AM

Good luck to both of you - hoping for positive outcomes!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:58 AM

Gosh, yes. Got my fingers, and legs, crossed for youse.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 12:03 PM

Dave, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will stay strong, do your best to see this through. You are a good member of this forum. In the three plus years you have been here, I have come to look for your posts. You don't do many, but they are great ones. I remember the post about the folk festival where you managed to play a bootleg Eric Bogle tape, and realized he was behind you (LOL) and also left a Mercedes, with the windows down and with the keys in the ignition, all night long. Great stuff. You are important to have around this place, and you should know that (now that we are aware of your case)we all care about your well being very much.

Michael Campbell ....... keep a stiff upper....no, that won't do ..... don't hang your head ...... nope, that is inappropriate as well ..... Get your Royal arse healed and up and ...... shit, I did it again. Just get well, and don't forget that your old rambling buddy, and all of Mudcat, is right here with with you.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:16 PM

If Tawmmie and Mike make it to next year's Getaway, do you think she will let us see his scars?

Sorry Dave. Hang in there.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:27 PM

Good god, Sins- do you know what you are asking?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: frogprince
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:40 PM

No kidding, Ebbie; that's absolutely nuts !


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 11:15 PM

I think Mike already said that he is otherwise committed for the time frame of the 2007 Getaway but that 2008 was a good possibility...that will give him more time to get used to the idea of "show-and-tell".


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 02:30 AM

groan...


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 03:01 AM

Til then, we'll have to settle for his holiday 45 hit single revival of "I'm Getting Nuttin' Fer Christmas"


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: DaveA
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 08:03 AM

I have just been floored by the emails from Mike, from Jenny O & from Big Mick!!! I am not a major player here to any extent but rather a guy who fell in love with folk music in the 60's and never lost the joy it gave. My daughter forbade me to sing in her presence when she was 15 but has inherited the love of the genre (& her old man as long as he doesn't sing.

So my contributions are mainly tall tales & true from the
Melbourne scene in Australia, with particular references to the new & old Troubadore which ran from 1979 thru to 1990. I was content to grab a table and either appreciate people I knew & loved or to listen to the out of town guests who are increasingly appearing.

Wonderful things happened in those days - John Denver played a warm up gig the night before he opened in a rather swish venue . It was supposed to be about 25 minutes & it filled a 90 minute & still missed the end. We all just cheered & passed up the red wine!!
John took a deep breathe & remarked that he would never drink red wine & perform again.

Goanna, one of our finest folk rock groups, booked the stage at the Troubadore for an anniversary concert. Well, it happened except that the key members of "Daddy Cool" & "Skyhooks" - the two hottest bands in town - joined them on stage for the most incredible performance. There are a few bootlegs around of this - my advice is to sell mother-in-law and all female siblings to get hold of a good copy! There is no better version of "The Times They Are A Changing!

There were other great moments, Joe Dolce's Shut up yer face debuted here & went on to win the talent quest and every thing else.

Bogle, Mike McCellan & Doug Ashdown ruled the roost for several years. Rarely did they perform covers - Bogle's Lochkeeper cover and subsequent tribute to Stan Rogers 'Free In The Harbour" is one example and of course Mike McCellans Mr Bo Jangles (courtesy of Jerry Jeff Walker) qualified.

The thing I have to say tonight is that I have felt the arms of the catters closing round me and have been strengthened by that love. I was not aware that the serious members of the Cat had noticed me, yet alone cared for me and had placed a value on my small number of posts.

I cannot add to the wealth of musical exertise or technique. However, I can comment on performancce & quality of voice & that can be my contribution for the support you gave me!

Alaska Mike, Jenny O and Big Mick all have free accommodation in Melbourne. The designated room has a double bed - "I suggest you bring partners!

And finally, thank you for lifting me from a despairing moment & bringing me back to the the manageability of the one day at a time life style

Love to you all and PMs to follow

Dave





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y much younger daughter asked Doug Ashtown to sing a song that only existed in a bootleg I had grabbed. A class act - he said it was wonderful that 14 year old girls were calling for his obscure songs, and so Boot Hill continued to live.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM

Hey Dave,

I think all of us here in Mudcat feel much the same way as you. We fall in love with folk music at some point and enjoy both new and old songs and singers whenever they appear. Some of us have taken the bit and tried to write and sing songs which will, hopefully, become part of the folk genre after we are gone.

This Mudcat mob is one of the most caring and generous groups I have ever been fortunate enough to be part of. Whenever one of us (I include you) shares their joy or sadness there is always an out pouring of support from fellow members. I have seen this many times. So feel free to share and never doubt that we will be there to stand beside you.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 10:23 AM

Absolutely Mike, I have felt the warmth and support of Mudcatters many times. Have you had your doctor's appointment yet? Fingers crossed for good news!

Glad you're feeling better Dave - although I should say that when you mentioned the double bed in Melbourne I had this wicked thought - what if Big Mick, Mike and I all decided to take you up on your offer at the same time? I'd be a rose between two thorns - and I don't think the bed could stand our combined mass :-)

As it happens Dave, my SO is down in Melbourne now at a family gathering and birthday party for his daughter. You might even know him - or know of him - John Warner. On Mudcat he is jack halyard but he doesn't post very often.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 02:25 PM

I just returned from the doctor's appt. He literally ripped (imagine loss of tiny hairs and skin cells) off the sealed bandage, glanced at the wound, and declared that it is healing nicely. No additional surgery needed. YAY!!!!

A rose between two thorns, eh? I'll have to ponder that statement for awhile. It always amazes me where song ideas come from.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 03:33 PM

Great news, Mike!

Do keep in mind that it would doubtless have been worse if the doc had taken the bandage off s-l-o-o-o-w-w-l-y....

Keep mending!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: DaveA
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 07:50 AM

Mike,

That is wonderful news! I have to admit to preferring the fast ripoff technique rather than the slow agonising tension some doctors use. But it is the state of the wound that counts & you've proved to be a clean healing, clean living guy!! To misquote the Goons "Dammit, have we nothing in common"!!!

One piece of completely good news to pass on. My deeply beloved daughter (currently living in England - Exeter) gave birth to my 1st grandchild on Monday morning my time. Max is feeding greedily, setting new records for soiled nappies and is very keen on being cuddled to sleep rather than being put down! They are all well. So life does go on.

Jenny, I got the giggles over your fantasies re the double bed. If you do all come I'll find a way because such a gathering would be too too good to let logistics get in the way!!! And Mike, let's hope there is a song growing through winter that blooms next spring. Over a certain age, popular wisdom says 'Never waste a hard on". Don't you waste the prickling of your creative streak!

And Mick, I don't know if your papers cover Aussie politics much but the Labour Party - the traditional voice of the working man - is in the process of tearing itself apart in search of a leader who can reverse the string of 4 losses over the last 4 elections. The incumbent is a big cheery bloke from the west who most people like but agree he doesn't have the cojones for the main job or the political savvy of John Howard. So he faces a party room vote Monday our time. We desperately need a new leader & a new team to confront & drive out a master of political expediency who sycophantically follows Bush in Iran (& the overall war on terror)and refuses to be accountable for stuffups & ripoffs by claiming he (&/or his cabinet) were never told what was going on!

Twenty odd years ago, Eric Bogle sang up a storm at the Troubadore after Malcolm Fraser & John Howard lost the election to Bob Hawke. Eric remarked that he was euphoric & shattered. We had a Labour government but he had lost over 30% of his satirical repertory!!!
We need another supreme sacrifice like that.

The very best continuing wishes to Mike and my still stunned reaction to the discovery of the friends I didn't know I had.

As the Terminator said - "I'll be back"

Dave


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 10:03 AM

Great news about your new grandchild, Dave. Funnily enough, I have one grandchild (3 years old now) and his name is Max too. Also I thought I should mention, just in case you have sent me a PM - I have two new ones today sitting waiting for me, but for some reason, my personal page won't load, so I can't look at them.

By the way, Eric Bogle isn't the only writer of political satire to have got a lot of mileage from little johnnie. A friend of ours, John Dengate, also has quite a large part of his repertoire that relies on our prime miniscule for it to be relevant. However, he says he would gladly give that up to see the little *##!**#!** out of office.


Mike, I'm a fan of the fast ripoff with bandages too. That way you don't have time to anticipate the pain or flinch too much. Bet you're glad that bit's over!

Now if you do go to the 2008 Getaway, there's somewhat of a chance I might meet you. When I found out the date of it, I decided that I am going to try and save enough to come. I believe I'll be the first Ozcat to make it if I do. I don't have much money, so it's not going to be easy to do, but that's what I'm aiming for. It would be wonderful to meet so many of the Mudcatters I have only met online, and judging by how it has been when I have met the few 'catters that have made it here, I think it will be like meeting 'old friends'. I've been reading about it year after year, and it sounds very special - I think it would be the experience of a lifetime. I'm certainly keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 11:35 AM

Some good news all round! Congrats both. And, continued thoughts and prayers both.

I, to, have received a great deal of support from this wonderful community on a several occasions. When Mike said, "So feel free to share and never doubt that we will be there to stand beside you.", it sure rang true for me.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: vectis
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 04:17 PM

Very pleased to see that things are starting to go your way again Mike. have a great Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 06:53 PM

Mike,
It's called a Brazilian. If you think the ripping off was bad, wait until "five o'clock" shadow sets in.
M


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: frogprince
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 11:56 PM

Okay you guys; he's much better now, and probably won't die for 40 or 60 years; so stop buttering him up, and give us the lowdown; what's the blighter really like?


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 01:50 AM

Good news, Mike. After all you've been through, a bandage-ripping must have been fairly small potatoes, though nothing you'd ever ask to do for fun. Glad there was nothing under it that shouldn't be there, and that you don't have to go under the knife again. That news was worth the rip-off, yes? thanks for sharing it.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Fortunato
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 02:28 PM

Mike,

Glad to hear your recuperating well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Chance


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 03:36 PM

Here is an update on my condition. I am continuing to heal nicely. Both of my wound vacuums have been removed along with my catheter. So I am now free of tubes and equipment attached to my body. I've developed another infection, but its minor and I have antibiotics to beat it down. My legs are stronger and I no longer need crutches to get around and I am driving myself around instead of being chauffered(sp).

I am playing guitar and singing every day in order to increase my dexterity and breath control. I have written the beginnings of several new songs, but they are not yet ready to share. All in all, I am feeling quite good and looking forward to going on Seamuus Kennedy's Carribean cruise next month. Thanks again to all my friends at Mudcat for your continued support during this traumatic time. You have helped in making my recovery both speedy and enjoyable.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Deckman
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 05:22 PM

GOOD ON YA'! Bob (did you notice that I did NOT mention Shilshole Bay)!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 06:03 PM

If I got messed up like you got messed up, could I go on a Caribbean Cruise with Seamus too? I mean, I'd take my wife along -- I don't think Seamus is "that way."


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 11:27 PM

"Not that there's anything wrong with that."


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:05 PM

Thanks for the update, Mike. Glad to hear things are the upswing.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:53 PM

Great to hear of your progress Mike. Good luck for then future. Enjoy the cruise. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barb'ry
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:06 PM

Have a great Christmas and New Year, Mike and Tawmmie and enjoy that cruise! Just think, now you've been waxed you'll be able to wear that slinky thong in the pool..
Lots of love to you both
Barb'ry and Andy


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:10 PM

Now, I've never actually met Mike in the meat...but I seen pictures. The very thought of him in a thong evokes certain sensations...


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 08:08 PM

I'm shivering myself, Art. Don't worry, Tawmmie would never let me out in just a thong, unless it was under my kilt.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: vectis
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 04:03 PM

Mike in a thong......

Good way to clear a pool so we can have a private party though
(ducks and runs) :-))


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 01:43 AM

Mike, I'm so glad to hear the news... and I agree with the above poster.. the 5 o'clock shadow is FAR worse than any other pain. At least in the kilt you'll have a nice cooling breeze but it does make scratching more obvious - unless you can sneak in under the sporran!

The relief of being tubeless and able to get up to pee when YOU want in a proper bit of porcelain is above and beyond any riches of the Orient.

Take care my dear, don't let anything else happen to you for awhile because we're running out of itchy crotch stories!

Tawmmie - now it's time for you to get the pampering... make sure you get every bit of room service you can on that cruise - and take a picture of him in that thong - we could all use a laugh!


LTS

Oh, and 550!!


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Subject: RE: Alaska Mike needs good thoughts
From: Barry Finn
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 02:13 AM

Hi Mike & Tawmmie, have a great cruise. Tawmmie, you deserve it, Mike's just along to see that you're gonna have a good time, after all he's just been sucking up wind for the past 2 months. TWO MONTHS, gezzzzze, Tawmmie I hope you're going on a long cruise, keep Mike active. Those muscles of his really need to be active & Mike as a former long time bedridden layabout your muscles do really need to be stretched & pulled to keep them pliable & toned & in shape. Now I'm not gonna go into further detail here on an open forum but I don't want to see you stiffening up. (Grins, lots of grins)

All the best
Barry


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