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21 minutes ago, Gouvernail said:

This forum of thousands  is largely driven by a few dozen stalwarts we count on to play their roles. 

Thack you!  Somtimes ist harde to shoildiere on......             :)

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I have a lot of work ahead of me still. I am and isolation for 2 weeks still at the new facility. I have so much to say to all of you that and so much for Hope and I, My heart has been touched an

Hobot was kept on a drug that put a protective layer over the ulcer yesterday and last night. The bleeding has been stemmed. He was taken off the respirator this morning. However his blood pressure ke

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

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Hobot just called. He talked more fluidly, with his sentences sounding like how Hobot originally talked. He'd accomplished talking normally with breathing exercises. To improve his blood pressure, he's also doing exercises in bed - doing feet exercises and leg lifts before attempting to sit up and then stand out of the bed - so he now stands without getting dizzy. He can now transfer from the bed to the wheelchair or walker on his own. Using his walker, he just finished a half dozen laps up and down his 28' room. This hospital's staff have proven themselves to Hobot, far beyond what he was initally expecting, teaching, cajoling and pushing Hobot to perform. He also sits up to eat with his legs over the side of the bed with every meal.

He said, "I was testing the waters posting the other night." But plans to ease into it. I believe he used voice to type his message. He once again said, "I can't express my gratitude enough to everyone here in the SA community."

His physical therapist arrived for more exercise for Hobot, so we had to cut the phone call short.

Rather then interrupt his schedule, I let Mark call me and let him know so.

When I hear more from him, I'll let you all know.

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This is great, thanks Boomer!

Sounds like Hobot is solidly on the virtuous circle of small gains leading quickly to bigger gains. That last 20% can be a bitch but the first 80% will come quickly if he sticks with the program. 

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My pleasure!

He's fairly serious about sticking to the program - with the reward being, able to go home.

A few shots of Hobot doing bow on Sockeye USA 119, in the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, the King Olav Cup and the US Nationals. Spinnaker USA 122 used aboard Sockeye as a light air "whomper". I don't recall why Pat chose to fly that kite, perhaps we needed a repair on our light air kite, but way to big for Sockeye, as seen in the pic. Pat did pick up a new Kevlar main from North at the end of that season, after all the important races concluded.

 

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10 minutes ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Well at least someone has got their eyes out of the boat, as opposed to trying to open the cooler!

After the race shot, with half a dozen boats in close proximity maneuvering. So yes, Pat was driving and had his eyes on the other boats and/or looking for the signal flag for the next race. I don't recall what we were doing, either clean up, fixing something, packing a chute or ?

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1 minute ago, boomer said:

After the race shot, with half a dozen boats in close proximity maneuvering. So yes, Pat was driving and had his eyes on the other boats or looking for the signal flag for the next race. I don't recall what we were doing, either clean up, fixing something, packing a chute or ?

Should I have used purple font? ;)

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6 hours ago, boomer said:

This hospital's staff have proven themselves to Hobot, far beyond what he was initally expecting, teaching, cajoling and pushing Hobot to perform.

Fan-Fucking-Tastic!

It helps the mental aspect so much when you trust the team around you during recovery, which can make a huge difference in how quickly the physical aspect comes along.

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8 hours ago, boomer said:

My pleasure!

He's fairly serious about sticking to the program - with the reward being, able to go home.

A few shots of Hobot doing bow on Sockeye USA 119, in the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, the King Olav Cup and the US Nationals. Spinnaker USA 122 used aboard Sockeye as a light air "whomper". I don't recall why Pat chose to fly that kite, perhaps we needed a repair on our light air kite, but way to big for Sockeye, as seen in the pic. Pat did pick up a new Kevlar main from North at the end of that season, after all the important races concluded.

 

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Meter boats are gorgeous...

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If I could add a comment from the other end of the planet?

Hobot.... great to hear you're doing ok.  Keep it up

All the best

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On 5/9/2021 at 10:06 PM, NaptimeAgain said:

Welcome back Hobot.  This thread will celebrate collective relief by going straight into the crapper with personal insults in true SA style.  

No it won't, you bastard!

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4 hours ago, Bacchus66 said:

Meter boats are indeed very very pretty. J class boats, OTOH, are gorgeous.

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J's are very very pretty and majestic, but the shape of the bow sort of midway between the mast and the stem seems just a bit too full, with a noticeable effect on the sheer - making them just a tiny bit less than perfect in shape.

Classic meter boats are more balanced to my eye!

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I have launched another Random Pic page. Though I am doing better my coordination and my brain is a bit foggy still and I was laying here thinking that maybe this would be a good exercise for me to do.

I'm having to use my phone to do this so bear with me and I will start pumping out pictures I have saved.

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On 5/12/2021 at 6:37 AM, alphafb552 said:

J's are very very pretty and majestic, but the shape of the bow sort of midway between the mast and the stem seems just a bit too full, with a noticeable effect on the sheer - making them just a tiny bit less than perfect in shape.

Classic meter boats are more balanced to my eye!

We will end up having to agree to disagree on this one. Though I will say that probably the best/fastest ever built (Ranger) is certainly the prettiest J ever. That honor would likely belong to either Endeavour or Valsheda. At least among the ones I have seen the most pictures of.

I will say I like the smaller meter class boats better than the 12's, generally speaking.

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On 5/12/2021 at 12:22 PM, hobot said:

I have launched another Random Pic page. Though I am doing better my coordination and my brain is a bit foggy still and I was laying here thinking that maybe this would be a good exercise for me to do.

I'm having to use my phone to do this so bear with me and I will start pumping out pictures I have saved.

It's great to have you back posting, and I'm all for anything that helps with your focus and mental clarity.

Still, speaking as a long time follower of the random pic thread, and having thoroughly enjoyed the many rabbit holes your photo finds have sent me down, please know that we want you healthy more than we want new posts.

Like I said, as long as it helps you, I'm all for it, just please don't push too hard. Push just hard enough, if you get my meaning.

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a picture Hope took of hobot drifting around in hallucination land.

It's very we ird stuff and it was all extremely realistic, some not fun but at least no Carlos Castaneda stuff which was very fine with me.

I've come a long way since the picture was taken.

:)

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Damn, Hobot. You leaned way out over that edge and looked deep into the abyss. Welcome back to solid ground!

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2 hours ago, Bacchus66 said:

We will end up having to agree to disagree on this one. Though I will say that probably the best/fastest ever built (Ranger) is certainly the prettiest J ever. That honor would likely belong to either Endeavour or Valsheda. At least among the ones I have seen the most pictures of.

I will say I like the smaller meter class boats better than the 12's, generally speaking.

.. is certainly the *not* the prettiest J. Noticed this too late to edit. Ah well.

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41 minutes ago, hobot said:

a picture Hope took of hobot drifting around in hallucination land.

It's very we ird stuff and it was all extremely realistic, some not fun but at least no Carlos Castaneda stuff which was very fine with me.

I've come a long way since the picture was taken.

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Gawd damn.....lab rat much?....:lol:

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Mark is progressing. He's practicing walking with a quad cane since last Friday, Saturday he achieved 20 steps with the quad cane. He's exercising and working hard every day to keep progressing, because apparently he's been given till the 2nd of June by his insurance company. I didn't know there was a time limit on recovery from Covid 19 - Grrrr! 

He says posting pics is fairly easy for him, but texting with a Smart Phone is difficult, and wanted me to relay this to you all.

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Thanks Boomer.

Ins. Co.s suck.

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As if Mark and Hope doesn't have enough to deal with. Hope is in surgery right now having her gall-bladder removed. 

I really feel for Mark and Hope right now, and know Mark is stressing this, till Hope's surgery is finished and she recovers. I know their relationship is being strengthened and  tempered with every  hurdle and adversity. But enough already!

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In my experience, shit comes in lumps.  We just went through a stretch like that, in the last year. I know that this does not make things any easier but I'm sending lots of good vibes their way.  When you're in hell,  just keep going!!!

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4 hours ago, boomer said:

As if Mark and Hope doesn't have enough to deal with. Hope is in surgery right now having her gall-bladder removed. 

I really feel for Mark and Hope right now, and know Mark is stressing this, till Hope's surgery is finished and she recovers. I know their relationship is being strengthened and  tempered with every  hurdle and adversity. But enough already!

god dammit!  JFC, can our peeps get a fuking break here? all the best to Hope.

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4 hours ago, boomer said:

As if Mark and Hope doesn't have enough to deal with. Hope is in surgery right now having her gall-bladder removed. 

I really feel for Mark and Hope right now, and know Mark is stressing this, till Hope's surgery is finished and she recovers. I know their relationship is being strengthened and  tempered with every  hurdle and adversity. But enough already!

Thanks boomer. And everyone else.

The idea that strong connections get made to anonymous strangers on the internet is just plain weird.

But we do make those strong connections and we do care and hope that these internet strangers are safe and well.

Yes, it's just plain weird.

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4 minutes ago, Ease the sheet. said:

Yes, it's just plain weird.

Ist juste plaine 'humane' ist waht it is..................            werre weirde.............           :)

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19 hours ago, boomer said:

As if Mark and Hope doesn't have enough to deal with. Hope is in surgery right now having her gall-bladder removed. 

I really feel for Mark and Hope right now, and know Mark is stressing this, till Hope's surgery is finished and she recovers. I know their relationship is being strengthened and  tempered with every  hurdle and adversity. But enough already!

Mein Gott. When it rains, it hurricanes!

Best of luck Hope and Hobot!

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Hope just called, she's doing remarkably well and will be discharged later today or tomorrow morning. The Doctor just arrived at the end of our phone call, to make a determination for when the discharge happens.

Hope had the Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy), which removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly.

The surgeon inserts a lighted scope attached to a video camera (laparoscope) into one incision near the belly button. The surgeon then uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting surgical instruments into the other small  incisions to remove your gallbladder.

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11 hours ago, boomer said:

Hope just called, she's doing remarkably well and will be discharged later today or tomorrow morning. The Doctor just arrived at the end of our phone call, to make a determination for when the discharge happens.

Hope had the Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy), which removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly.

The surgeon inserts a lighted scope attached to a video camera (laparoscope) into one incision near the belly button. The surgeon then uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting surgical instruments into the other small  incisions to remove your gallbladder.

The fun part is farting all that gas out.  Or, as my wife said as they wheeled her away from recovery.... "better out than it, that's what I always say" brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrap.  She sobered up an hour later and I've never let her live it down.  The nurses thought it was hysterical. 

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On 5/21/2021 at 9:38 PM, boomer said:

As if Mark and Hope doesn't have enough to deal with. Hope is in surgery right now having her gall-bladder removed. 

I really feel for Mark and Hope right now, and know Mark is stressing this, till Hope's surgery is finished and she recovers. I know their relationship is being strengthened and  tempered with every  hurdle and adversity. But enough already!

FFS!

On the upside, and in my survey-of-one experience, the laparoscopic cholecystectomy is an eminently recoverable procedure. (Mine was in July 2019).

I’m sure she’s getting great care so this should be addressed but I recently discovered that I now have Diabetes as a result of damage to my pancreas, related to the gall bladder issue. Possibly could have been prevented or mitigated with closer attention at the time.

Once again, Boomer, please pass on best wishes to the Hobot & Hope Household.

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5 hours ago, 00seven said:

Hobot's in rehab, Hope's in the house sick. Who's looking after Lucy??:o

Hope's son was looking after Lucy. Hobot informed me late yesterday afternoon that Hope is home now.

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54 minutes ago, hobot said:

hobot starting from scratch, learning how to walk again.

Not fun.

 

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So Very Cool!

Congrats, Hobot!  You're kickin' the damn viris's arse!

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2 hours ago, hobot said:

hobot starting from scratch, learning how to walk again.

Not fun.

 

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2 hours ago, IStream said:

Dude, you're above ground and vertical. Keep at it!

I keep reminding SWMBO's soon to be 87 year old Mother;  High Blood Pressure is better than No Blood Pressure!

 

Hang in there, Hobot!  

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Go the Hobot!

I am sure the PT is onerous but remember, you don't have to like it, you just have to do it!

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4 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Go the Hobot!

I am sure the PT is onerous but remember, you don't have to like it, you just have to do it!

Learning to walk again has been the most painful part of the journey. I've always been anti heavy pain medication but I finally gave in and started taking .25 (?) Of an oxycodone pill to help manage it and and it works for about 4 or 5 hours which gets me through physical therapy/walking with crutches. Not saying it eliminates the pain but it definitely dulls it some. Having to wear a mask and breathing in hot air as I start to pant really sucks!

I've done good on everything else and have been discharged from occupational therapy, but I keep up with doing laps around the building in the wheelchair to get an upper body workout and help increase my endurance. I have my operate walker from home with me also and even though I'm much much slower I do laps with it too to get my leg muscles working again. Since I'm able to put my weight on my elbows it relieves the pain of my hips and I'm super happy to have it as a tool to use.

The early a.m. seems to be the time of day to do my laps that the later it gets the more patients, busy nurses and CNA's are busy running around and I don't want to get in their way.

Can't say enough good things about the nurses and CNAs here their compassion is beyond what I've ever thought about and they've taken stellar care of me.

My heart breaks though for the patients here that you hear crying out for help or moaning in pain.

Upon arriving here I was placed in covid-19 isolation for the first two weeks, a very lonely experience, after that I've become just one of the regulars which is fine but at my age I seem to be the youngest one here. While doing my laps and my wheelchair I will take time to talk to some of the seniors that are out in the hallways hanging out as it also gives me time to rest.

Word is I get to go home early next week (I'm so looking forward to seeing my little Lucy again..and Hope too! :D)

:)

P.S.  I cannot express how much it means to me to have so much support from all you anarchists out there, I've always tried to stay in the background and just play the support role in life, I'm trying to find the words to put together to let you all know how much it has helped me to hear from you.

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It's great to have you back, Hobot. I don't know if you're the goal-oriented type, but I'm trying to pull together a very casual SA rendezvous at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. By very casual, I mean anchor within sight of each other if coming by boat and maybe meet up for a beer at a local establishment to put faces to names, no obligation beyond that. 

The Festival is mid-September, which seems far enough off that you could get yourself into reasonably good condition but close enough to be a motivator. 

Just a thought.

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9 hours ago, hobot said:

I'm trying to find the words to put together to let you all know how much it has helped me to hear from you.

We know, man. We're grateful too!

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Hobs, just scanning through the latest pics. I am so glad to be able to know you in the net and I live where your mind and pics take me. Get well. And,,,,,?? Personally, get away from the pain meds as soon as possible. It cost me more the longer I used then. It changes your personality. Are you looking at me?

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On 5/29/2021 at 11:32 AM, hobot said:

 

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P.S.  I cannot express how much it means to me to have so much support from all you anarchists out there, I've always tried to stay in the background and just play the support role in life, I'm trying to find the words to put together to let you all know how much it has helped me to hear from you.

oh shut the fuck up and just keep gettin better!!!!! :) 

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On 5/29/2021 at 9:32 AM, hobot said:

 

, I'm trying to find the words to put together to let you all know how much it has helped me to hear from you.

I’d say you’ve done it. Well said no need for anything further 

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4 minutes ago, boomer said:

Mark messaged me, that he's home!

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Man, he needs a trip to the barber shop!

 

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6 minutes ago, Willin' said:

Man, he needs a trip to the barber shop!

 

Lucy was pretty excited to see him. That pic was after she gave him about a hundred kisses.

The world is a better place at the Hobot homestead.

Just talked with Mark, he's pretty exhausted and will respond after he gets some rest.

 

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3 minutes ago, boomer said:

Lucy was pretty excited to see him. That pic was after she gave him about a hundred kisses.

 

Thank goodness, I thought he'd gone totally Wookiiee on us!

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50 minutes ago, boomer said:

Lucy was pretty excited to see him. That pic was after she gave him about a hundred kisses.

The world is a better place at the Hobot homestead.

Just talked with Mark, he's pretty exhausted and will respond after he gets some rest.

 

No video? :(

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