I have been asked to report my status,so here it is .My surgery to remove Esophagus is scheduled for July 3..It will be a long(6-8 hours)surgery.Recovery is expected to take 2-3 months and I will be in hospital 10-30 days. I will try to check back in when I can. Thanks for all the prayers and concern.
Jack: Having trust in your surgeon and his team is more than half the concerns of surgery. Keep a positive outlook even though there may be rough times ahead. You will have our prayers and please do check in when possible.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jack. Be strong and a wish for a speedy recovery.
Jack - You're in our prayers for a fast recovery.
Jack, the traditional Dutch wish when someone is facing difficult times is "Sterkte!" It means "Strength!" It is the most important thing I can wish you, I think. I will pray for a favorable and rapid recovery.
Thanks all. I just wish it was over.
Jack you are and will be in our thoughts and prayers.
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First i heard about this? I hope all goes well sir.
You've been dealt a tough one, Jack. Fight!
Best wishes Jack.
My prayers are with you.
Hang in there, Uncle Jack. You can do this. And I'm sure Sue will give you all the support you need.
Best wishes my friend, and a speedy recovery. Get well. JP
I wish you well with your procedure and a good solid recovery. I had 5 inches of my esophagus and 2/3 of my stomach removed 6 years ago and all is well today. Hang tough it will get better. If you would like a first hand account form someone who went through the surgery feel free to contact me and I would be happy to talk to you. I will be thinking about you and wish you the best.
It's annoying when you get old and they start cutting off parts of you, but for me so far it beats the alternative. Hang in there. We missed you in Okieland this year, so I want to see you there next March.
This is the first I heard of this and I'm so sorry. This procedure sounds pretty radical and downright scary, but I know you would not be having it done unless it was absolutely necessary.
May I make a suggestion? You have about 10 days until this operation, so you have some time. If this operation will be affecting your voice box and your voice, please consider making numerous video tape recordings of yourself and your voice each day for several hours per day until the operation.
So many times, young parents neglect to record how their toddlers sounded when they were very little and once the child grows older and matures into a new voice, their childhood voice is gone forever, so that the only way to recall the way they sounded is in their memory, which is not nearly as good as a recording.
If you have a nice singing voice, video tape yourself singing some of your favorite songs, If you have grandchildren, record yourself reading to them, their favorite stories from a story book. If you have children, reminisce about your childhood, your youth, your adventures, the Model T, sage advice you have learned from life along the way. If you have a wife, tell her how much she means to you and how much you love her.
Don't let your voice be just a memory, save it so that your stories and thoughts, told by you, in the voice everyone knows will be enjoyed far into the future by those who love you and even those yet to be born who will know you by the stories told by your loved ones. I don't think you will regret it. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless and keep you.
That's a great idea, not only for when we're still here but with a different voice, but also when we're gone. Recently I came across a recording from 1986 with my mom, her sister, and several cousins (one of them born in 1891) talking about life on the farm in the old days. It was wonderful to hear them again.
Can't find ref to it now, but I believe there's a program that records special phrases, then creates a large vocabulary of words as you would say them.
Jack: Having never had a chance to see or meet you except on the Forum, I send my deepest prayers and best wishes. Just tell the "Doc" go over to the hardware store and buy some flex pipe and graft it in and shucks you will be like new in the 10 to 20 or 30 days. Your breath and voice may not be quit the same but at least you are looking a the grass from the top side.
GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND for a speedy recovery
Jack, I'm still praying for you. Wishing you the best.
Jack, I, like so many others, am saddened by your difficulty.
During my life, I have been blessed to know several people that faced similar VERY SERIOUS life threatening problems. What they all taught me is that the most important thing is your attitude. Survive through it, live beyond it, and make the most of all the days you have! The right attitude can turn a poor prognosis into decades of joy!
Actually, it is good advice for everyone, sick or not. I just wish I could get my family to learn that.
Wishing you the best in surgery and hopefully a fine recovery, You have our thoughts and prayers.
We'll be praying for you in New York,Uncle Jack.
My Grandpa, who was born in 1897, passed away in 1973 of lung cancer at the age of 76. He is the one who used to tell me stories about his Model T and was so excited when I purchased my 1926 Model T coupe in 1970 and finished it in time to give him a ride in it just before he died.
Fortunately, his voice is not just a memory. In 1966, he started taking guitar lessons from a local country singing celebrity named Ernie Lee, who had an early morning TV show on WTVT in Tampa. Grandpa would drive from Lakeland to Tampa, twice a week for his lessons at the WTVT studio and took his tape recorder with him to record each lesson on cassette tapes so he could listen to them and transpose the words of Ernie's songs onto paper, have his secretary type them up, then take them back to Ernie to add the chords. There were 5 Grandsons who he bought guitars for and he taught us all how to play and mailed us the songs to practice and we would all get together and sing these songs at family get togethers. Needless to say, I have hours and hours of my Grandpa and Ernie Lee joking and singing, as well as a 12" tall stack of the old country songs he transposed to paper. When I listen to the recordings, it brings him back and reminds me what a smart, fun loving, life loving Grandpa he was. Jim Patrick
Dang, Jack, that's some serious stuff. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Wish this topic had a different title than "OT - status". I had been skipping over it thinking it was another Model K thread.
All the best to you for a rapid recovery too after your procedure,.... many more Chickasha's to do!
Amen to the suggestion of recording your voice and thought for posterity.
My Dad passed in 1999 and I still have the cassette tape from his telephone answering machine "... Please speak slowly as we cannot hear very fast."
Jack, Our thoughts and prayers will be with you through this ordeal. John
Jack, we're all pulling and praying for you.
(Ken, I resemble that remark)
My prayers are with you.
We are all pulling for you buddy. My prayers are with you too.
Thoughts and prayers. Hang in there, Jack.
Jack, Carol and I send our very best wishes for a speedy and healthful recovery. Take good care.
Jack Karen and I wish you the best, HANG TOUGH buddy, my prayers go out to you and the family
I talked to Jack this morning and he said his computer was down. Sounded very optimistic.
Jack you and your family are in my prayers. Keep a great attitude, listen to the Doc and heal up quick. No pressure but Mike and I are expecting you at Chickasha in March, otherwise I don't know how we can afford to keep our spot.
Jack, prayer for ease, strength, healing, no complications from here in Vancouver to you and yours good Sir.
Jack, Hang in there, were all rooting for you!!
Jack.. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Looking forward to our next day in your T shop..
I am praying for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. I only know you through your postings and I bought a very nice coil box from you last winter.
I always enjoy your postings, short and to the point.
Thanks to everyone. Wouldn't you know in the middle of all this,my router for high speed internet gave up the ghost.Just installed the new one they sent,so I'm back online.
Glad u got it going.
Jack, I hope you will do well. Our prayers are for you.
Jack, hang in there! My oldest daughter went through a bout with a very serious cancer early this spring and came through great. Obviously a lot of pain for a while, but they got it all and she didn't have to go through chemo or any other treatments. We're pullin' for ya!!. Dave