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Am I Calling it Quits? Well Some Day Soon, I Think.

Patrick Townson (
Wed, 22 Feb 2006 21:00:00

Earlier today, Wednesday, I had a very bad incident. During the night,
I was up and down a few times, feeling absolutely awful with chest
pains, much shortness of breath and much coughing and gagging. When my
'keepers' came around this morning and saw how absolutely awful I
looked and sounded, they insisted I had to go to the hospital ASAP. So
I was taken to Mercy Hospital here in Independence, where a decision
was reached that (whatever else is wrong with me) I have a very bad
case of bronchitis and my lungs are not in good shape. I was put on
'breathing treatments' with oxygen and ambuterol (?) I have to smoke a
pipe with some liquid pumped into it and an oxygen combination hooked
to a compressor. As if I do not have enough pains in the ass! I had
sincerely hoped to continue my role here as editor _at least_ through
sometime in August, and I will continue as best I am able. But, if you
do not see me around for a few days at a time then it either means I
am back in the hospital again, or else I totally croaked. I hope to
be able to give you a few days notice before the latter, at
least. Those of you who remember me prior to Black Thursday, in
November, 1999 (the aneuyrsm day) will recall I have been continually
dizzy since that time, and am due for a new brain shunt anyway, but
I am not sure if it is worth the time and money for a trip all the way
up to Topeka (or down to Tulsa) -- the nearest brain surgeons -- to
have it done. Anyway, that's where things are at here; I'll try to
stay in touch as much as I can. I am back home from the hospital,
where I was at all day Wednesday. PAT]

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