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28 Mar 2020
07:04:44pm
As you see I am back from my latest medical adventure.
The last week had been full of increasing distress from, first, discomfort in the chest area that I thought I could handle till this "hoax" virus epidemic had run its course, to increasingly frequent discomfort, and finally to pain that multiple nitroglycerin tablets were barely able to control.
The ride to the Dr's office and later the BSA hospital (Blessed Saint Anthony) was a nightmare and twice we had to stop while I had to slip a "nitro" under my tongue and wait for it to start working. Eventually the cardio guy did the 19th cardio catheterization . The stent they inserted last February 7th had slipped from its planned place and was partly blocking the very artery it was supposed to be keeping open.
So I am home now and ready to raise hell once more.
But first about eight hours sleep. Why is it that after a day or two in a hospital bed I am always so exhausted when I get home that I sleep for almost an entire day?

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The neighbors came over to welcome me home,
so we had a feast of fresh hay. The pony
(Orio) is in the forefront

In Panhandle (The Jewel of North Texas) it is hard to tell whether it is shut down due to the virus or just after 6pm anyway. Amarillo, the nearest large town, is not completely closed and on the way back from the Hospital we were able to get some shrimp and chicken dinners from Red Lobster as they were about the only restaurant open for phone-in take-outs. But once home both Eddie and I were too tired to eat much more than about a quarter of the dish so the rest is saved for today or Sunday.
The hospital is on a security basis and patients who can stand have to see the Doctor at his or her office first.
No family accompaniment beyond the security desk in the entrance lobby, and even there that desk is now at about ten feet from the doors, beyond that, they help the walking wounded to a further temperature check-in desk and finally an admissions desk further inside the lobby. All the hospital staff are masked and gowned, even behind the desk clerks.
When the Dr's nurse called, she said come as soon as you can, as the catheterization lab staff were all assembled and ready to go. And that was true, I was met at the door and shepherded immediately to a pre-op alcove where usually an admissions nurse would handle routine things, but there were three lab people there as well, plus the nurse, (The rest of the area was empty as far as I could see,) and I was stripped naked, a gown passed over my torso, not even buttoned, and rolling down the hallway on a gurney in minutes.
Doctor Cox was just about ready and they were preparing quickly for action.
Of course, the actual procedure took around an hour and a half as adjusting the stent back into position took some time. But the relief from the chest discomfort (pain to some people.) was almost immediate as soon as the blood flow increased.
I did notice that the hospital, (later) despite being at the ready was full of unused rooms. They are ready for an onslaught, but so far Amarillo has only had one Covid case. A few fever patients were in the exam rooms, most of whom are sent home to recover or get worse, to the point of actually needing skilled care.
The beds are ready. The staff are prepared, minor emergencies are being handled efficiently, and of course professionally.
However, just to be safe as possible, I have canceled all routine follow-up appointments at the VA hospital across the street til mid-April or even later and am self quarantined mostly to my stamp room and bed room. I have my own sink, shower and toilet available at this end of the hallway. So if I have not been infected by now I should be okay for a time.
Hospitals in Houston, Dallas, and El Paso are swamped but are several hundred miles away, so for now we are ready and on stand-by.
I hope you are well for now and that the hospitals in your areas are able to handle any tests and procedures you might need.
Quite a lot of hoopty-doo for a "Hoax" virus created by the "Fake News" eh ? Too bad those who have died from a painful virus cannot appreciate that it is all a jape.
Take care of yourself, this damned thing is dangerous for youngsters like us.
I expect it may be a day or so to catch up on mail and sending payments out.
Charlie

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28 Mar 2020
07:29:20pm
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Welcome home, lad.

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28 Mar 2020
08:36:44pm

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Take it easy Charlie. Be safe.

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28 Mar 2020
08:46:37pm

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Glad you are back and safe Charlie.

Take Care.

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28 Mar 2020
08:56:49pm
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Welcome back! Glad you're back to tell the tale!

Just take it easy. Give in to all the sleep and naps you need, and then some!

Fortunately, stamps are very patient and will happily await whatever attention you wish to bestow on them on your own timeframe.

Wishing you a very smooth and uneventful recuperation!

-- Dave

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28 Mar 2020
09:23:35pm
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Very pleased to see you safely home again.

Regards ... Tim.

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29 Mar 2020
12:11:47am

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I'm so happy that you're back 'home' again.

Liz

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29 Mar 2020
07:37:57am

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Hi Charlie
Glad to hear your out of hospital and on the mend .
all the best Brian

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29 Mar 2020
07:52:03am

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Take VERY GOOD care of yourself Charlie!!!

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29 Mar 2020
08:07:11am
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Take care!!!

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29 Mar 2020
08:25:36am
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Relax...rest...recuperate....repost!


Glad you're home and on the mend, Charlie.

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29 Mar 2020
10:47:14am
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Charlie - glad to hear you are home and doing well. Hope you get some good rest and recover quickly.

Interesting to hear your experience as a patient. Think that might be one of the small benefits to having all elective procedures cancelled - true emergencies get seen quickly and without delay.

Enjoyed the photo of your neighbor pony.

Take care. Happy

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29 Mar 2020
11:22:48am
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Glad you are back home young feller, stay safe. The photo looks like a scene from Rawhide, though I could not see Wishbones Chuck wagon .

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29 Mar 2020
12:58:50pm
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Welcome back, Charlie. I am looking forward to the resumption of your erudite dissertations relating to the philatelic state of mind coupled with your philosophic commentary, which always illuminate the discussions here.

May your Machins never have thins.

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Silence in the face of adversity is the father of complicity and collusion, the first cousins of conspiracy..
29 Mar 2020
06:54:56pm
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Thank you all for the many kind words.
I am about ready to work on outbound
mail now. And then to work (play) on
the envelopes that arrived over the
last few days. I appreciate all the
letters and get well notes more than
you all might think. Until you are in
a similar predicament yourselves.
Thanks,
Charlie

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30 Mar 2020
12:21:16pm

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Charlie, thanks for keeping us updated...gas is cheap but we can't go anywhere..might as well sort stamps and browse them on the internet.Happy

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