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Old 09-05-2021
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Default Sometimes poor life choices get in the way.

To quote an American Humorist, Lewis Grizzard, Elvis is dead, and I don’t feel so good myself. As some of you know I have been battling with COPD for a few years. Emphysema, Bronchitis and Asthma have not been good to me. I guess I could contribute some of it to smoking but I tend to believe it was from the exposure to explosive dust and other chemicals I exposed myself to while in the service. Burning ammo by the tons and blowing up ordinance was exciting, but I think now I’m paying the price. My Air Force EOD career was fun & exciting and I learned alot and enjoyed it very much.
Recently I had to go to the ER due to severe pain in the gut and after a CT scan, blood work and morphine shots for the pain, I was told I had cirrhosis of the liver and should see a gastroenterologist which I did. He scheduled me for an endoscopy and a colonoscopy I had polyps which he removed and varices in the esophagus, which he put bands on to reduce the veins. All related to cirrhosis. I never heard of varices in the esophagus but was told they are like varicose veins in the legs but are life threatening in your esophagus. Which could lead to bleeding out if a vein gets severed by something you swallow. Now I will be scheduled for a liver biopsy. I was told poor diet & life choices were the cause and from now on I have a strict diet to follow. I did have a serious drinking problem while in the service so when I wanted a drink, I had a dozen. As with age and wisdom I have scaled down.
My pulmonologist has put me on oxygen full time, so now I have a degree of limited mobility under extreme heat & high humidity because I’m tethered to the oxygen concentrator or bottle. I want to discuss the Zephyr valves with my pulmonologist. They block off the bad chambers of the lungs so the good one can do better work. Next week I start respiratory therapy but with Medicare I’m limited on the number of sessions I can take before it comes out of pocket. If all works out Fran & I are planning on a winter trip out to the southwest this year. My gastro & lung doctors have contacts out west so I should ok. It may be our last trip but who knows. Thanks in advance for your thoughts & prayers I’m sure all good vibes will help.
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Best of luck to you. I think we all think were are industructalbe in our young years. Later in life is when the reality of those choices or poor choices become real.
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Don’t like to hear this news. We wish you the best John.
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John, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will see you at Pine Mountain.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you on the road soon.
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Hi John,

Sorry to hear about your health issues.
Nancy and I wish you and Fran the best.
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John...

This news is difficult to deal with at the very least. The reality of facing your past choices can be a smack in the face. I believe that maintaining a positive attitude in meeting these challenges will be beneficial. I wish you all the best with the necessary life modifications. I am sure those closest to you will continue to be of great support.

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John,
You know we think the world of you and Fran. Follow doctors orders and get better!
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John you and Fran will be in Michele and my thoughts as you face this challenge. You know if you need anything all you have to do is call me. I will do what I can to help. We will be thinking of you often and in our prayers. This is getting to be a habit of hearing bad news from my friends, here on WOG and others I have. But what do I expect when my next big milestone is 75! I know it ain't gonna get better. Take care and call me if you need me.
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