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  1. Hope set this up. Working 40+ years in healthcare, she knew exactly who she wanted to do the surgery. During the past five years Mark has missed several windows of opportunity to get the replacement/s done. So I got hold of Hope, and we set this up in such a way that Mark got signed up with healthcare, under the watchfull eye of Hope, with the plan, no matter what, Mark was going to get a hip replacement. Hope did the rest of the footwork, choosing the best surgeon in the area - who volunteered to do the surgery no charge - but with the cavet, it had to be in a teaching environment o
  2. The University of Washington's Dr. Howard Chansky a Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, who's specialty is hip replacements, who's also a specialist in bone and soft tissue tumors, volunteered to do both hip replacements several months ago. He won't proceed without making sure Mark is fully healed and any issues resolved. https://orthop.washington.edu/faculty-profiles/howard-a-chansky-md.html
  3. Hope and I were discussing the very same several weeks ago. Yes - It'll no doubt be months out before he reschedules.
  4. Used my limit of likes for the last 24 hours. Many thanks to all who donated. It would be nice to see that $25K figure met. I set the end date for this GFM at 90 days . Any amount would be appreciated as once he's healed up he's facing a staggered double hip replacement. Mark has a tough road ahead this coming year, and a few of us including Kim would like to get him back out on the water.
  5. No doubt about that ED! It's not for everyone, and takes a different breed of cat to work long hours in the winter with the rain or snow coming down sideways. Piledriving 'Fishery Window' season in the salt waterways is from Aug 15 to February 15. Hobot and I sailed together and he worked in the trade for me at Manson, too. A friction rig or friction crane is a land based lattice boom crane crawler or water based derrick barge or a friction crane crawler on a barge, that uses clutches and foot brakes for load control instead of a hydraulic system as with modern lattice boom cranes. Y
  6. Besides being born a boomer, then working in a trade where we moved around from state to state or country to country if necessary - booming - there's a lot of reasons for the handle, including working around friction rigs and Derrick Barges for 41 years, and active duty Seabees for four years, and 24 years as a Seabee Reservist - and in that trade, sometimes it means working up to our ears in mud or water and sometimes underwater.
  7. It appears as if Hobot is on the road to recovery. He's propped in his hospital bed up and alert, cutting it up with his nurses. He's also being combative with one of his doctors a tall blonde Doctor who Hope says looks like a Barbie Doll, walks around on air, and has total disregard for everyone beneath her including Hope, and ignoring her questions. The one doctor who is down to earth, whom was Hobot's primary care doctor, whom Hobot gets along with. Whom with the nurses was responsible for saving Hobots life, along with the vascular surgeon who clamped off the veins leading to the blee
  8. Quite generous donating blood during this pandemic, when blood banks can use every blood donation they get and as we've seen the use of in this thread. I know several SAers who even before the pandemic, made a habit of donating blood regularly. It's been a while for me, too, and a good reminder to donate.
  9. Scot was already on it! I contacted Scot and he will be adding the GFM link to the SA front page he posted several days ago. This was posted on the front page April 11, 2021
  10. Thanks guys - very much appreciated!
  11. Hobot got COVID-19 over six weeks ago. He's been in the hospital for four weeks. With COVID-19 he got pneumonia in the hospital, and his breathing became labored as he struggled to get oxygen. He was then sedated, then intubated and put on a ventilator. He developed stress ulcers in his stomach, requiring drugs to stop the bleeding and four units of blood, then another unit of blood last week. They cauterized the wound. The intubator was removed and he was taken off the ventilator, to see if he could breath on his own. Then the ulcers started bleeding again, and as they fought save him, he r
  12. Good idea Ed - I'll reach out to Scot, too. SA won't let me like any more posts. Must have to wait 24 hours. Thanks for all the continued donations through the night, your kindness shows through your generosity.
  13. Yes Hope read the thread, and got support from it, and was surprised Hobot had such a large support group of sailors. However with the onslaught of setbacks last week that last through the weekend, she was frustrated and quite a bit overwhelmed. We talked for about an hour and a half today, while we jumped through all the hoops to get the gofundme page set up. Once we were done there was much relief by both of us, as the gofundme site, made what should have been simple, quite difficult. Hope is quite appreciative of the sailing community here on SA, and is still a bit overwhelmed tha
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