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How is Zack Doing?

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  • Started 6 months ago by flmason
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    flmason

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    Has anyone heard an update on Zack?

    I hope his healing is going very well and that his doctors are giving him positive news during visits for medical care.

    Doug

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Ditto. Bump.

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    He seems to be doing better from his posts on Facebook. He hasn't posted since last Friday, but he looked to be on the mend. Maybe he will drop by today and see this thread.

    Michael
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I've been following his posts on Facebook and he's doing great and looks great... Speaking of looking great, so does his wife. Greta is a honey!

    Pipestud
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Glad he's on the mend. Boy, what a way to spend the holidays.

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    Speaking of looking great, so does his wife. Greta is a honey!

    Yeah, yeah.... She always looks fabulous!

    I'm actually feeling good now- if you missed all the drama, the short version is I inhaled a small piece of steakbone maybe a year ago. That caused a massive infection in the left lung, Beginning in Nov, I had a fever for a month before it was diagnosed, had 6 hours of lung surgery to fix it, and the entire ordeal took about two months to sort out. I finally had the two drain tubes for the lung removed 2 weeks ago and the line for the IV antibiotics came out last week. They figure If I had waited 4 more days the infection would have spread and we wouldn't be having this conversation....

    I'm still aggressively rehabbing- 30 minutes a day on the stationary bike, and just started light weights until the 11" incision in the back heals a little better...and the lung function is now 80% and improving...

    ...and the exciting part for me- I'll be back making pipes next weekend wearing a really expensive mask....and if the lung function is normal when I have a followup CT scan in 6 weeks, I'll fire up a bowl....:)

    Lessons to be learned- sometimes, it's the stuff ya don't see coming that will kill you....

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    Sounds like you had a rough go of it..Really glad you're on the mend.

    Life's most valuable treasure is..Love
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    Glad to hear your on the mend!......... Day by day.............

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
    Willy Wonka
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    That's really good to hear, Zack. Glad things are really on the rebound.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Mighty glad to hear that Zack, I’ve been under the weather with a very bad cold, haven’t smoked in 2 weeks. We missed you.

    The Old Cajun
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Dude, inhaling your food is supposed to be a figure of speech...

    Props to pipestud for talking about Mrs. Zack to get Zack to weigh in here.

    Glad you are on the mend. I am excited to hear you are going to make pipes again. I love my morta author and still have an idea for a pipe I want you to think about once I have money.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Wow that is a freak accident. Glad you are on the mend.
    Send future t-bones this way!

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Glad you are on the downhill side Zack, keep it up.

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    Thanks Guys! It was a really weird deal that left the docs shaking their heads...The worse part is that I was in such good shape from 80 miles a week on the bike and weight lifting daily, that I completely faked the docs out- I looked really good until I completely hit the wall. If I had been single, I would have held out for a few days for the 2nd scheduled XRay and it would have been too late. Greta raised Hell with everyone and move up all the appointments by a week...They had me scheduled for a 90 minute surgery- it ran 6 hours...and I was one grumpy bastard when I came out...great hallucinations...(I thought this was a hysterical video- can't post it on Facebook because I have a lot of clients there...)

    https://vimeo.com/310215583

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    That was a close one for you. After seeing that video, I'd say you certainly have a sense of humour. Glad you are on the mend. Will you be considering a vegan lifestyle in the future?

    “I've been treating you with courtesy and respect because that's the way I choose to treat everyone. But never, ever mistake kindness with weakness.”
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    Will you be considering a vegan lifestyle in the future?

    I'd rather die a miserable death than to give up a good porterhouse steak....actually, the most common problem of people inhaling foreign objects in the lung is from eating peanuts. The difference is I didn't know I had inhaled something, so it sat inside and gradually created a problem...

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    I will chew my food more carefully in the future, especially peanuts. I inhaled a plastic bullet into my lungs (bronchial tube) when I was a kid. The spring-loaded toy gun didn't fire, so I stuck it in my mouth and inhaled. Ya, dumb, but I was probably 7 yrs old. Doctor had to go in with a long pair of forceps and feel around. As a parent, I was very conscious of my kids and small items, let me tell you.

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    You guys can believe Zack's story if you want...

    Me? I'm thinkin' he just wanted Greta nearby more hours of the day (smart man!), endless trays of delectable goodies within easy reach, and cable TV Oprah re-runs 24/7.

    Dogs live such short lives... and spend most it waiting for us to come home
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    endless trays of delectable goodies within easy reach

    You're right there...I was going through 5 servings of chocolate ice cream a day...

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Eh, just switch to SpaceSteak. It's just like regular steak, but de-boned, pureed, and packaged in a Capri Sun pouch. Mmmm, good! Glad you're doing well.

    A man who serves his country is a patriot. A man who serves his government is an employee. The two are not always the same thing.
    Posted 6 months ago #

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