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Old 06-23-2011, 07:23 PM
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Hi my fellow geeks
I just thought I had better update you as quiet a few geeks have been asking other geeks why I have been quiet or why I have not been around for a while.
I have been around but just have not posted much.
I will back date this so you can all get the full picture.

my other half has been very ill it all started a few months ago with diabetes
she was on tablet form to control her diabetes now she is on insulin.
( that is the good part )
with our travels to different hospital my other half has renal failure
but at the present time the kidneys are stable

so that is sorted well sort off the next thing we know I had paramedics here because my other half blacked out so back to hospital again she was taken to our local hospital she had test after test she was hooked up to a heart monitor.... the alarm went off on the heart monitor all the time so all the hospital staff done was turned the alarm off 5 hours later she was sent home with the all clear... well the next morning I had the paramedics here again because her heart rate was very slow so back to hospital again this time she was taken to another hospital and they picked up she had a very low heart rate and that she may need to go to one of out major hospitals for a pace maker.
well a long story short because of her slow heart rate she was placed in ICU because her heart stopped beating twice for 5 seconds at a time she was then flown to one of our major hospitals two days later she had a pace maker fitted two days later I picked her up from hospital again and she was really well.
the next day she was fantastic that same night she went bad again I called the paramedics again and yes back to hospital again one of her kidneys was huge and badly infected so she was then flown back to one of out major hospitals again had an operation to unblock her kidney in hospital for a while
I had an argument with one of the doctors because they would not let my other half go home until her kidneys were 100 % I told the doctor that she has renal failure and that her kidney will never be normal.

so after a while she came home then she had to go back after a month so the doctors could look at her bad kidney again

to cut a long story shorter my other half has renal failure and we just found out she has weak heart muscles as well so things are not to good

I just thought i had better up date you all
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Fred - I'm sorry that you and your other half have been having a hard time. I will send up a prayer for you both!

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So very sorry to hear of your troubles. I will say prayers for her.
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*hug* I am sorry you are both having to go through this. Hope her heart and kidneys toughen up real soon.
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Oh, Fred. So sorry to hear that. We just went through the same thing, and its not easy. I hope things get better for you and yours. I'd like to give you a big hug, but this will have to do...
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Thank you for sharing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your other half.
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Just hang in there Fred...be brave: you must weather this calmly. I feel for you. I just didnt know diabetes had two things that comes with...Heart and kidney is double trouble; I always thought it comes with one either: hypertention, heart, kidney or joint arthralgia or eye (retinopathy) your other half got two! heart ailment and kidney ailment! That is really tough. I hope your other half will get stable and continue with a life that is bearable.
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It is always hard to face any hardship in life, more so when it involves someone we care for deeply. It has been said to me and I have been able to say it to others, you never have to deal with it alone and I feel we were never meant to deal with it alone. Thanks to your very hard work on this forum it is never more true, we are all friends and family and soul mates, we share a kindred spirit that binds us together, our Orchids and each other. No matter how tough it gets you hang in there, your better half is counting on you and when you need us, you can count on us. My prayers are with you and yours, now go buy your better half an Orchid, you'll both feel a little better
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Fred,
Thanks for letting us know what's going on. I'm so sorry to hear this its so scaryy. You are a very strong man for your other half, you other half needs you to be for both of you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you both and for your fasmilies. Virtual hug giving some strength for you to be strong Fred
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Fred Greybeard is right. We are family here. If one of us is going through, something we are all touched by it. Our hearts and prayers and hugs surround you and your better half tonight. May Gods love embrace her and grant her total healing in the name of Jesus. Blessings in abundance to you and your loved ones. Have faith, stay strong, dont worry about the site. You have people here more than willing to help in any way.
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thank you all for your kind words
i have always been around its just I have not said much because I was dealing with tough news and trying to keep my other half in focus I almost lost her twice very sad the good news is she is a fighter although that has been put to the test as well.

I have always known the site is in good hands I got Kevin ( kmarch ) made admin as he has more powers as Chief of Staff had.

there was only 2 geeks that knew what was going on about my other half
are things better ? in a way they are but what is not good news is the weak heart muscles and the renal failure doctors have said that my other half needs Dialysis she has said No to that...
so i take one day at a time and I do what ever I can for my other half and to try and keep her happy.

life is very tough some times sadly
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Hello Fred

Sorry to hear of the tough times, but thanks for keeping us in the loop. My Mother survived on a dialysis machine for seven years, I know it is not very pleasant but does do the job. We are all very thankful for all you do for us, but as you said Kevin is more than capable so concentrate on yourself and the Boss.

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Hello Fred,
May the prayers from the entire orchidgeeks family provide both of you with comfort.

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Thanks Fred, we were all concerned and it's good to hear from you.

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Fred...as always...you and your other half are in my thoughts and prayers.

We miss you here but taking care of her is priority...Kevin and the rest of us can handle things around here.
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hey fred, thanks for taking the time to talk to us all, i wish the best of luck to you both and i hope your other half gets better, or as good as possible. if you feel down in the dumos then hopefully you'll remember that all us geeks are here thinking of the both of you and wishing you both the speediest of recoveries possible (i say you both because no doubt you are feeling stressed or in some way down in the dumps).
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So many thoughts and prayers for you and yours. My Grandma is in a very similar condition, but has agreed to dialysis. Such hard decisions, may all things turn out well.
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Really sorry to hear of all that is going on. It is never easy when a loved one has to go through what yours is and all we can do is be supportive. I know she appreciates all you are doing and as others have said, you have our support and prayers as well. I will kee p you in my thoughts and prayers.
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Fred, It's never easy when someone you love is sick or in pain. It sounds like you are doing exactly what you are supposed to do in these situations...Love and support your loved one. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and I hope everything turns out well.
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Hi Fred, thanks for the update. Sorry you and your wife are experiencing such difficult times. I hope she pulls through soon!
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Hey Fred,

Thanks for taking the time to share with us about your family. Nothing is quite so taxing as prolonged battles with your health. I hope everything gets better for you both very soon.

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Fred, sorry to hear you are still going through such tough time.....
I hope and wish things change around soon and your wife feels better.
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Fred, just to echo the sentiments of everyone here. Thank you so much for the information. My good thoughts are with you and your other half. I know going through something like this is worse than having it happening to your own body. You sometimes feel helpless. Just know that you are certainly not alone and as an online family, we are with you in your time of stress. As always, family first, Fred. Stay well and stay strong.

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Fred, I am too am very sorry to hear you are going through such a hard time. My thoughts & prayers too are with you and your wife.
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I know how tough it is when you have a very ill spouse. Please remember you need to take care of yourself physically & mentally. Seek counseling/groups, they can be helpful. Sending prayers for you and your wife. Hang in there!!
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Am so sorry and am sending up prayers for you and your family.
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thank you all for your support all of you are a fantastic bunch of caring geeks.

I really could not talk about this any sooner because it involved a fair bit of traveling to and back from Hospital that is 200 ks away I went to the hospital every day to be with my other half.
the memory of my mother being terminally ill all came back to me when my other half got ill as well.
thanks God my other half does not have cancer but with renal failure and weak heart muscles things do not look that good for her.
she is at a point in life where she does not wish to go into hospital again for any surgery
all she wants is to be with me she has been told what will happen with renal failure she has excepted that.
all I can do is support her decisions after all it is her body.
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Dear Fred, the human spirit is an amazing thing. Your other half has decided how to meet this difficult challenge, and your own strength will help her to continue with resolution in the way that she thinks best. I hope she knows that there is a large network of geeks sending strength to both of you.
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Very sorry to hear that Fred!
I wish you and your other half the best and i hope everything is going better soon!
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