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Posted On: 11/10/2014 at 10:55 PM

I have been in contact with Findan's family, thought I would fill everyone one in on what I currently know. As Fog mentioned earlier, Findan was in a car accident over the weekend, he is in ICU and will be for a week (or more). He is still unconscious and on a ventilator, he is active and moving around, responding to the nurses.Dr's have ordered a number of tests and regular MRI's to asses what is going on.

More information to come as I receive it. 

I will try to find out information on the hospital, see if things can be sent to him after he leaves ICU.

 

 

 

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Thank you for keeping us updated!

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Thank you so much for letting us know!  He is a great friend! Prayers are going his way.

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Thank you, Choarissa, for the update. If you can, please pass along my thoughts and prayers for our dear friend Findan. My heart goes out to him, he must be so scared and confused, as well as to his family.

Please get well Findan! There are so many that care. I hope you can feel the love and support we all share for you and for a healthy, speedy recovery.

Sending healing thoughts your way <3

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Replied On: 11/11/2014 at 08:40 AM PST

Thank you for the update. I'm glad someone had a way to contact his family to find out more. Please do keep us updated. I know personally there are many of us who care greatly for him. This has been a shock to us all and we wish there were more we could do. Until we can do more, our prayers and thoughts for healing are what we will offer up.

 

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Replied On: 11/11/2014 at 09:36 AM PST

I have passed on all of the messages of love, well wishes and support. :)

 

... darn time zones make it difficult to catch up with his family, the last thing I heard is Fin has been sedated for a cardio exam. .. which leads me to believe he has gained conciousness. 

I'm hoping i can find out more information tonight.

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Replied On: 11/11/2014 at 01:22 PM PST

Is there somewhere we can send cards etc ?

And thank you for the update!

 

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Replied On: 11/11/2014 at 08:24 PM PST

Newest update ... 

He has had a major stroke caused by a clot released by the DVT (deep vein thrombosus) in his leg. It was the stroke that caused the accident. So now they are trying to thin the blood clots but that is causing blood to build pressure on the brain. ...

He is heavily sedated now, ie a medically induced coma... All we can do at this point is wait... I wish I had better news for you.  :(

 

 

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Tell his family and him that he is in my prayers and thoughts and that I am praying for him to make a quick recovery :)

i dont know what to say.. other than That we miss him and hopes he makes a full recovery 

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I can't seem to find the words to say how hard I am praying that Fin recovers completely. I don't think there is anyone in the guild who he hasn't affected in some way, he is beloved by all, and I hope he can return to us as soon as he is able

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Thank you for keeping us up-to-date about our dearest Findan. As hard as it is to read this news it must be so much harder to deliver it. We are all praying he gets through this, he has to. There is no other acceptable outcome.

Findan, we are all praying for you. You CAN get through this! And we await for your joyous return!

<3 <3 <3

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Thank you very for the information and updates. All of us at Hope are pulling for him. I haven't been playing but I do remember his happiness when he caught the WvW bug. Much love.

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Yes, as many others have said, thank you for the update. Words escape me as to what to say. There isn't a moment that I'm not thinking about, and strongly praying for, him. So many of us love and adore him. It just isn't the same without him around. And, to know he's going through this, and that we can't be with him other than in spirit is so hard. 

Fin, hang in there. Please. We want you well and back with us. But most of all, we want you well and ok. (I know I do. I miss you.)

-Rayne

 

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Replied On: 11/12/2014 at 08:15 AM PST

From Fin's family:

Oh my. It is awesome all the support he has. Being in ICU makes it tricky for sending things to him but you can send it to me and I'll show them to him when he wakes up.

Address updated. Please use the one below. :)

The address is Suite number 139, Private Bag x2 Northriding, GT 2162 South Africa



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» Edited on: 2014-11-12 09:15:27

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Please forgive, but what name should we list in the address when we send?

 

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Replied On: 11/12/2014 at 12:06 PM PST

I told his family to look for Findan, since that is what we know him as. :)

 

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Thank you Choarissa. It is much appreciated.

 

 

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Thank you Choarissa so very much for keeping us updated. He is loved by all of us. We just want him to get better and please let him know again, that we are sending him all our love, support and prayers.

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Really appreciate the updates and address info, Choarissa. We are pulling for him over at Hope and sincerely want him to feel the love we all have for him. Thank you again.  - Tor

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By the way I want to express  my deepest thanks to Gaiscioch for providing a home for Findan while a lot of us have not been playing as much. His calm charming manner and voice has been a welcome companion every time we played together for many years, and I was happy to hear that he has touched so many of you as well as I'm certain he found joy playing with you folks too.

Today explaining to a co-worker, I compared these friendships we make in-game to something like a long-distance pen-pal with a voice. We share an interest, we talk about it, we talk about other things, and we become friends, and we miss each other and wish we could be there when things like this happen. But since we can't, mail & computer messages are the next best thing.

Love & cheers.

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May the winds guide him back to us with great aim as well as his personal life.....

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Lt you hit the nail on its head. For the longest time nobody would believe me that people I met in game were my friends, that even if they did not live in my state, My City or my country, I consider them my friends because that is what they are too me. And your story is what i try to explain. that people start off as a long distance pen pal and then slowly they become your friend or even more. 

And even though I did not know Flindan Personally, A part of me knows him because of the stories you guys tell of him. of what he has done and Accomplish and though that I learned who he was and he is a great person and a great Commander. And I am praying and wishing for the best for him :)

 

 

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Replied On: 11/14/2014 at 12:10 PM PST

UPDATE: No changes yet. They are going to do another mri at the beginning of next week. He has a slight lung infection from the ventilator that they are treating...

I admit, I barely know Fin. We had been communicating for a very short time when this tragedy struck. But, I have learned a lot about him as a person through the show of love and support offered by all of you. 

Imagine if you will, the effect online friendships have on not just us as players, but our families as well. In the past week I went from getting to know Fin as a friend outside of the game, to gaining new friends through his family.  I can not express enough gratitude to his family for not only letting me  know what happened, but giving me updates that I can pass on to you.

This has been a real life learning experience... :)



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Replied On: 11/14/2014 at 12:18 PM PST

Thanks For these updates Choarissa. I really miss Findan and wish him a speedy recovery. WvW simply isn't the same without him. Findan when you see this know that I miss you and am praying for you. <3 get well soon!

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This is really sad news, i really want to go and visit him, so if anyone has info on which hospital he is in, please please let me know so i can go and pay him a visit and send him best wishes on behalf of myself and the guild

 

thank you

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Wolvain, are you in Johannesburg? I don't know the hospital name, but the address above is a mailing address for his family to gather cards & well wishes.

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Replied On: 11/14/2014 at 08:21 PM PST

Because he is in ICU, I'm not sure if he can have visitors. But, I will ask next time Fins family contacts me.

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Choarissa, you have no idea how much getting these updates from you mean to many of us, myself included.  Yes, I am worried sick about Fin, but it would be even worse if you weren't able to provide us with something.  Thank you more than words can ever express.

Fin, you have a whole bunch of people praying for you, even people who have never met you, but care about you because of what they have learned about you through us.  We do love and miss you.  And we so look forward to the day when you can return to us.

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Quotes about Well_Wishes

 

 



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Thank you for keeping us updated.

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Eloquence is not my forte so - Thank you so very much for the updates on Fin.  Thank you also to everyone who said what I couldn't fine the words for.  I was running with Fin last year doing map clears and later when I discovered WvW.

The Lord's Will before mine.  I pray several times a day for a full recovery for Findan, one of the nicest people I've met here   <3  

 

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Thank you again, Choarissa for keeping us all updated on Fin, as you can see he is a good friend to many of us here.  Please let us know how the tests go this week and any developments as you hear them. 

Fin, you are missed and warm thoughts, wishes & prayers for you and your family are being kept close in many hearts. 

From your Firran friends ... "May the Wind God blow away all ills, may the warm breeze of healing caress you with comfort, may his breath fill your body and spirit with joy and vigor, and the open plains resound with the song of our hearts when you return once more."

 

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Cho thank you for keeping us updated, LT you said it so very well ( I MISSS YOUUUU!!!!! and I guess I miss that pain of a husband of yours too!). 

 

Fin, your a fighter so stay strong, keep fighting for us and we will keep supporting you through prayers and love to pull through. <3 

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Mixa, Thank you so much for the update. All of us have been eagerly awaiting any new information, and this helps, a lot.  Thank you for being there for him.

 

Fin, we continue to pray for you and send you thoughts of healing. Get better and come back to us, but of most importance is get better.  You are loved and greatly missed.

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This is wonderful news!  Thank you Mixa.  We know it is the first step on a long path but it is still very good news.

 

When you can, let Findan know we all care and are sending prayers and healing his way.   We miss our friend and your update helps greatly, tyvm.

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Thank you, Mixa.  As you can see Findan is very cared about in this online 'family' of ours.  So warm greetings, Findan's 'brother'.  :)

 

Thank you so very much again for the update.  This is great news!  We know it will take time, and slow and cautious is much better when dealing with things of this nature, but to know Fin is on the path to recovery is a great help.  Please continue to update us as you can.  Please also let Fin know we will be here, continuing our own vigil of thoughts, prayers, and wishes for his well-being and recovery.

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Thank you so much for the update on Findan, Mixa. We love him dearly and miss him very much.

This is wonderful news and we pray so much for his well-being and recovery, as Aislinne said.

Please let him know that he is in our thoughts and prayers daily.

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Thank you Mixa for letting us know - I did mail a get well card to him. I hope he gets it soon. :-) This makes me very happy....

 

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This is wonderful news! Thank you so much Mixa for taking the time to update us about our dear friend Findan. I don't need to tell you how special he is, you already know that first hand. And you also know that his warmth, kindness and laughter are just a few of the things that make him special. This time without him has really brought home just how much he means to so many people, and how much he is loved and missed.

P.S. Welcome to the family! *huggs* Thank you again!!

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Thanks for the update Mixa! We love Findan and wish for his speedy recovery. 

 

P.S. Where is the screenshot posted?

 

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Please give him a hug from all of us... a big hug.   and say to him "Be Well Findan"  from all of Gaiscioch. 

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There was a second screen shot of all of us in the skritt cave ... I have never seen that one posted yet.

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Thank you for the update. It is much appreciated. 

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Hello Findan's Brother thank you very much For the updates!! we really appreciate it, These are the image files Of what the guild did so it will be simpler to print i was going to possibly mail him the prints if you would print them and give them to him i would appreciate that so much! thank you again!

 

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the event !

I'm very sorry i could not get the second photo done quicker they are up now on the other post Here

                                                                                                    The Link to all the Raw Photos is Here



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Oh I'm so happy to hear this Mixa!! =D  

 

Much love to Findan!

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This makes me so happy!!! Thank you so much for the update Mixa!!! It just got a little brighter here too!!! :D

We are with you in thought, spirit and prayer Fin!! <3 <3 <3

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TY Mixa!!  I am probably showing my age here but the song "Here Comes the Sun" just popped into my head! :)  Come to think of it, the lyrics are somewhat appropriate. 

TY again Mixa for being there for our mutual friend.  Fin, when you see this I hope it brings a smile to your spirit ... not only do so many care, but you briing the sun (and songs!) into their lives. :D  Hugs and Bright Blessings!

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Awesome news!  Thanks for keeping the family posted.

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that is so amazing!! this just made my day!!

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Mixa, as you have heard so many times, Thank you so much for this happy news.

Fin, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.  -Rayne

 

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Get well soon Fin!

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Fantastic news!  That definitely sounds like the Findan we know and love.  :D

 

Thanks Mixa for the news!

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Thanks great news! Thanks again for keeping updated Mixa!

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Such great news! I am glad he is awake and getting better. :) Thank you very much for the update. 

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Go Team Findan...woohooo!!!



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lol I've never heard Fin tell someone to shut up before. 

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LOL he's probably asking them to "please quiet down" He's far too nice to say "shut up"

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Mixa, this is fantastic news. Though I must admit, I've never heard Fin tell someone to shut up. Lol. 

 

Fin, hang in there, my friend. I know the metal you are made of. I know the man you are. You will come through this, and you will win this battle, too. We love you, and we are praying and pulling for you. 

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Sounds like he's being a "good" patient!  :)

Take it easy on the nurses Fin. We know you like to do things for yourself, but sometimes we need a little help from our friends... and family. :)

Miss you sweety, can't wait to say good morning to you again. :)

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I am doin the Happy Dance! Thanks for the news Mixa!

Happy Dance

 

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Findan,

I'm sure you will be up and about in no time, and you will need a nice Pair of new Bunny Slippers! I think I found some - send me a message with your US shoe size and an address to send them to.

- Marco (Tam)

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TY Mixa for the news.  Our family is praying for yours.  Please let Fin know we miss him.

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Tell Findan that I am very glad to hear he's recovering so well.  I enjoyed dropping in on his events every now and then, he's one of the few members that could last out in WvW as long as I could, so his events would run until someone else started theirs,  LOL! 

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Any more news on Fin??? Thinking about you buddy...

can you come out and play?

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Findan!!!!! I miss you :(

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That is amazing news !. I am so happy now that he is getting better each and every day !. He is truly a fighter and i can not wait until his return !



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I feel as if I've received a Christmas present early! Thank you so much for this fantastic update on Fin.  I am literally beyond words to be able to describe how much joy this information has brought to my heart.

Fin, you would be absolutely amazed to know how many people are constantly asking how you are doing.  It's just staggering. You are so well liked and loved by so many.  We miss you, we want you better, and we look so forward to the day when you can return to us. 

Mixa, thank you so much for the updates!  Such simple words that cannot convey the true level of appreciation so many of us feel for your thoughtfulness, and willingness, to take time out of your busy day to keep us apprised of Fin's condition and progress.  We miss him terribly, but to be able to hear that he is doing so well,...well, for me, it is an early Christmas present.  And it's awesome!

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Thank you so much Mixa, this is wonderful news!  I'm so happy he likes the posters that we made him :D i hope he looks at those and see's us standing right behind him ready with support and prayers!

 

 

Also as Rayne said this truly means allot Mixa i can not express that enough!



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Mixa, thank you so much for this wonderful news! I'm at work right now and do not have much time to reply but I will say this, this really is a Christmas miracle :D

<3 <3 <3

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Go Findan! :D  As we have seen before, the Fin we know and love is a fighter - and never tell him the odds because he'll just come back and find a way around, over, thru ....  It will take time and effort, Fin, but as you've shown/taught so many of us, persistence, heart and teamwork will get one thru.  By now you know your friends are here for you as much as we can be via distance and our words only convey a small portion of what is in our thoughts and hearts for you. 

Mixa, thank you so much for continuing to update us all, and especially for being Fin's brother-in-friendship.  Aiden & I do realize just how special that friendship is, and Fin is very lucky to have you there with him.  Please do continue to update us as you can - as you can see we are a 'family' of friends here.

Hugs and Bright Blessings!

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I hate to be a pain in the butt but would there be any updated news? I need my Findan fix!

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Same here, I need news about Findan! :3

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Same here Summer.

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Well, hope that infection is going away, thank you for the update!

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Mixa,

Thank you for the update.  "His doctors are amazed at his speed of recovery" this is outstanding to hear!  He has so many people that care about him and are sending healing his way that this is not surprising but still very good to hear.  Any chance Findan will have access to a laptop once he is out of the ICU or will he need some dexterity therapy before we see him back on-line with us?

Please let Findan know how much support he has and again, thank you so much for keeping us up to date.

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Thank you again for the update.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

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Thank you mixa, the fact that there is improvement on his right side is a very good sign, that's awesome we miss him a lot! Findan you can do it!!!

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Mixa, as so many have already said, time and again, thank you for the update and updates. Without you giving us these updates we wouldn't know how our dear Fin is doing. You have been, and are, a blessing to all of us.

Fin, there isn't a day go by, or an hour for many of us, when we don't think of you. We miss, miss, miss you. Terribly. My words always seem so cold, so formal, when I'm communicating in writing. They never seem to say what I'm trying to say. But, if I could be, I would be there, in person, for you. And I know many of us feel the same way. So, even while we can't be physically there, we are with you in spirit, every moment, and every step of the way. You have encouraged us, cheered us on, and lead us to great victories. And, as strange as it may seem, while we are trying to encourage you and cheer you on to a great victory, you continue to do the same for us. Just by being who you are.

 

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Fin,

I pray that you will once again be at our side, in game! I look forward to hearing your "british-smile" accent.  Our efforts on the battlefield seem so small without your smiling face alongside us. My friend, you are missed and we all have you in our prayers.

 

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Sounds like our hopes and prayers are being answered - and as others have stated... Thanks for the updates... I shall keep sending happy - healing thoughts to him as well as mental /hugs :)

 

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Sounds like he is doing remarkably well considering what happened.  I'll keep praying for him and I'm sure we'll see him post some crazy thing here directly himself very soon.

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I'm missing his voice on teamspeak/raidcall and the sweet "hello user! :D" he used to say.

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Thank you for the update Mixa. It's good to know he's improving, even if there are minor setbacks along the way. 

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Thank you, Mixa, for making time for us with the continued updates and for being there for Findan.  It's good to know plans are going forward and we all will look forward to the post here where you tell us he has moved out of ICU and into Rehab. 

Findan, hang in there and keep on getting better. You really don't want us to get impatient and assault the hospital with golems, rams and catapults. It has a tendency to make quite a mess and I'm pretty sure the hospital won't appreciate the bill either.  :p

 

 

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Hello my friends,

this is a short note to give everyone an update to how I am doing. Firstly the overwhelming messages of support from everyone has touched my heart and given me the courage to continue the fight when I want to give up. Each and every one of you mean so much to me and words cannot express the feelings of sincere gratitude I have for all of you.  

 A quick update on how I am doing physically. Firstly, I have been fitted with a feeding peg. This is a small tube on my stomach which allows the nurses to feed me the same way as the nose tube but here there is no tube. Second I have some really great news. Today I did my first small steps for mankind! In my second physio therapy session today I actually made it from the chair to the bed side (about 3 steps but still).

Well that's about all I can manage in about 45 minute so I'm signing off for now. I wish every one and their families a great Christmas and happy new year.

findan!

 

 

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Findan:

            I'm happy to hear you're making progress in your recovery.  It sounds extremely difficult, but if anyone can make it through this it is you.  You are badly missed by all who know you, and we are praying for your continued recovery.  God Bless.

 

 

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Findan-  Congratulations on your first steps! It is great to read a post from you.  Have a merry Christmas and an excellent New Year!    

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Very happy to hear you are doing better and the recovery is coming along.

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FINDAN! I've been on this web page like a hawk since I heard what happened. I'm so happy you are doing well. I hope you continue to recover speedily and return to us in wvw. We have missed you much friend.

 

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Findan!!

Well, this is my biggest Christmas present already! I am so happy to see your words that I have tears in my eyes.

God Bless dearest friend and keep getting better every day. We all miss you so very much and you are in my prayers every day, as well.

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Above all else believe in yourself... your body, your mind, your spirit... to be able to achieve what you might think is impossible.  Impossible things happen all the time and it is because of the human spirit's will to go on that this happens.  There is never a "get" well - or "I will be better" - that is the future... think in the present.   "I am healthy"  "I am happy" the body will adjust to fit your spirit.... so, dear Findan...  Be Well!

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FINDAN!!!!!!

Your post was the best present i could ever ask for! You are always in my prayers, and in my churches prayers as well.  There is a Void on guild wars that only Findan can fill!!!! we miss you a great deal, and we will Revel in your return! and if the road ahead gets rough know that we are all here for you, you are forever in our thoughts!

 

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FINDAN!!  We are all so very glad to hear from you.  Best wishes and prayers for your continued recovery.  We miss you lots!

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you and yours.

 

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WOO GO FIN!!! You got 3 Steps Next step is walking! :P Keep on Fighting Fin. We ALL miss you and me Especially. Looking forward to seeing you on! Have a good Christmas!

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Welcome back buddy. Glad to hear your doing well and making progress. My holiday just got brighter :)

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WOOT Fin go :) good news my friend. great news indeed. Keep on trucking.

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Replied On: 12/23/2014 at 08:11 PM PST

Fin!! Fin! Fin! Fiiiiin!

Oh my goodness my friend it is so good to hear from you!! And that is awesome! 3 steps! That is just so wonderful! I'm beaming!

I got Christmas early!!!!  I'm beyond words! Oh, it's good to hear from you!!!!!

-Rayne  :D :D :D :D

 

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Findan,

It is so good to hear from you, and to see your sense of humor is intact. This is outstanding, 3 steps is huge!  It is the small victories that add up to winning the battle.  We miss you and we are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year. 

Bright and Happy Holidays, and may you have a blessed new year,

Aiden & Aislinne

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It is awesome to hear from you Fin!  Merry Christmas to you and know that you are in my prayers.  

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Findan!!! It's so wonderful to see you posting again. How I've missed you!! We've ALL missed you!! From the sounds of it you will be running around chasing the nurses in no time! Indeed Christmas has gotten so much brighter with this fantastic new!!

Huggs, huggs, huggs!!!!!

Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings ahead!

Summer <3 <3 <3

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Merry Christmas Findan !   I am so glad to see your comments and hope for your speedy recovery and return to both  Gaiscioch and your family! 

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Hey Fin I have waited a long time to post this buddy. It's so great to hear that you have been improving so much. Keep your head up and look forward. It will only get better from here. I am praying for you and when you are able get your arse back in game son!!!!! I miss running with ya. I would have responded sooner but being in the medical field and quite aware of exactly what you are going through I felt I should wait until good news came our way. I war seriously worried about you man. I even went to one of our radiologists and gave him the scoop on your situation and he was like......lets just say we are both glad you are recovering so well.

 

So in closing Fin take your time and do not push yourself past your limits. I know you want to get better asap but you know what I am talking about. Going to fast could set you back a ways!!!! We will be here for you man no matter what. We will have to throw you a big celebration when you log in. Maybe a huge photo shoot with as many people as we can with you in front as we cheer your return......yeah that sounds awesome.........

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Very Proud of you!!!  My continued thoughts and prayers are with you!!

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Findan! Yay!!! I am so happy to hear you are doing well. I have my entire church praying for you too :3 This bit of news is the best birthday present I could have ever gotten! I miss you so much my friend and I will continue to pray that you continue to recover!

 

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Merry Christmas Findan!  I'm glad to hear that you're improving.  Just remember, that if recovery was easy, it wouldn't be called "recovery".  The universe has a certain yin and yang to it, so their counters will always balance (mostly).

Come Spring, you'll be back to capping Keeps and stomping reds with us again.  :)

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FINDAN!!!! I am sooo excited that you are doing so much better! You have a long road ahead of you but know that each and everyone of us are right by your side cheering you on every single step of the way! Don't give up! We love you Fin!!

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So so so Happy to hear you are doing so much better.  Thank God!! 

You've a huge family here waiting to know how our bro is doing and getting along.  We all miss you so much and hope your pain is as minimal as possible. 

you are constantly in our prayers!!!!!!  (hugs to you and your family)  

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Oh Hallelujah! I think I can breathe again. Darling Fin, I know how very hard this is, but I also know you can do it. You are so loved by so many people that you must know that we're here to lift you up when you need it. My heart is right there with you and even though we miss you like mad, we know you are going to continue improving and come back to us when you are able.  Hugs and much love from Tor and the gang.

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Amen! So happy to hear from you and to hear of your progress. We love you! Happy New Year to you dear sir. CHEERS!!!

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Fantastic to hear you're getting up and taking those first steps, Fin. Prayers and best wishes for your continued recovery and here's to new beginnings and a Happy New Year in 2015 for you and your family!

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Findan! :D

Get better soon! We miss you lots!!

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dang bro this is great news ,, hopefully your holiday season went well,,, im hoping that over the next couple of months as you progress that there might be a small chance that we will see more of you...

 

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Hey everyone

Just thought I'd give you all an update on my progress. The first 2 days of the New Year have been a really great start for me. Things have kicked into the next level in terms of my healing. Where do I even begin.

Day 1: So yesterday I woke up like any other day blah blah. Then the physio comes to do my morning session. He does the usual beating of my chest to clear out the gunk. Then he starts working my right leg (for those who don't know, it's that leg that has the injury). He calls for me to move the leg and I move the leg all the way up to the vertical position (if you can picture an upside down "V". The physio is like "woah what did you have for dinner last night". Then he asked me to repeat it and I did another 9 times!

Then physio asks me to get to the edge of the bed and I managed to get that done too! Then he gets me out of bed and we do some test try steps on the spot which go smoothly. Finally he says now put it to practice and you guessed it, I managed 5 full steps away from the bed and 3 shaky steps back towards the chair that I'm sitting in during the morning. Success!

Day 2: Today proved to even better! Physio came around for his usual beating. This time for the exercises he got me to move to the bedside again which I duly did. Then we stood and we did some foot movements more of the same from yesterday. Then we did the walk test again. And this time I gave it stick. I put everything into it. I pumped my right leg to prepare for the steps to follow (and if you understand anything about my injury it's really difficult to pump the leg).

So anyway there I was leg pumped and ready. And the physio says the word and I take the first proper proper step forward. I mean proper as in fully formed step foot lifted and stepped forward. Then I took another, and another 5 steps in total forward and 5 steps total backwards along the same vein. Woohoo. Then late afternoon session we did a different kind of exercise. He made me do 20 small unassisted tip toes and crouches. Another success.

So now all I have left is my right arm which is still lame but coming along little by little. The leg is nicely on it's way to recovery now so I can focus more on the arm now which will be tougher to heal. Oh and my vocal cords needs to be sorted out too but that will come in time. So I'm definitely not out the park by a long shot.

Anyway that's my news for now. I'll update you all more again when I have more. Take care everyone and thanks for all the resounding messages of love and support they really have made me heaps stronger.



» Edited on: 2015-01-02 12:22:10

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I'm SO glad to hear you're doing so well Fin! That is fantastic progress and indeed the very best news of this new year! Still praying for your healing and progress and miss you dearly. 

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That's brilliant Findan! Many years ago I worked in ICU, so I understand just how amazing your progress has been. Congratulations and best wishes for the rest of your recovery!

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Awesome new Findan! I'm proud of you and can't wait to see you back on the battlefield.

 

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Findan, this is great news!  Happy 2015, and a continued swift recovery to you!

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So glad to read this Findan, it brings a tear to my eyes with the progress you have made. We look forward to you being back even if it is just to move around in game or talk/ type to us in RC. I look forward to future updates.

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Fin,

Okay Tears again...of happiness but still. So very happy to hear the news and from you to boot dear friend. We adore you so much!! Each step is a milestone:) Awesome progress from a true fighter, you will back with skritt bells on in no time^^. However, don't overdue it either hon, take your rest when you need it too!!

 

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Amazing progress!! We should expect no less from the awesome Findan!!!! I'm glad this new year is treating you good, Happy new years my friend!

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Awesome news Fin!!

I'm happy to hear of your progress. Wishing you much success and Happy New Year!

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good god this is fabulous news bro ,, keep up at this pace and youll be running laps around the hospital by the end of the week.. as to the arm.. like you said. little by little bro ,, if all else fails and you want a good exercise for it  find a good practice sword and work with that a bit each day -)

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We're all thinking of you during this time while you're getting better in hospital. Here is wishing you a speedy recovery and hope to see more news as you continue to progress in your therapy.

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This is awesome.  So you aren't out of the park yet, but you are starting to play in the park!  =)  

BTW, I know about lame arms.  My left arm has a lot of issues due to MS and I never know when it will be happy I did something with it or it gets cranky because I held a piece of paper too long.  HA!  I get people laughing because I ask, "You know how people tell you to talk to the hand?  Well, I do it all the time."  I hold up the left hand (it's never right even if the arm isn't doing bad), point at it and say, "Get with the program!"  Then I look back at the person (people) around me.  "Nope, it still isn't listening."  Yeah, I'm weird, but a crazy sense of humor does wonders.  I also joke with my friend with Parkison's disease who has issues with his right side from it that together I'm the right side and he is the left side.

Glad your new year is starting off great and in no time you will be kicking butt.  ::chuckles::

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Fin, this is astounding news! Just awesome! Wow. And yes, I'm with Leslie, I was crying again.  Miss you heaps and heaps.  Every time we hear another piece of good news about you I always wish we could throw you a party, but of course I'd want you to be there too.  You are simply amazing my friend. Hang in there, but do remember to keep everything in balance.  Happy New Year! 

 

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FINTASTIC news!  :D  Good to 'hear' from you and to know you are doing so amazing. Those ICU pros don't know who they are dealing with, but then they have never seen you lead your squad over cliffs and thru cannon and arrowcart fire to attain a goal. ;)  TY so much for updating us, and we will second others - push your limits, but within balance.  We want you well.  And yes, as Ltol said - a practice sword or shinai can be an excellent exercise, just ask Aiden. :p

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Keep it up!  When it's tough, grit your teeth and remember, you killed a dragon!

 

 

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Such great news Findan! It sounds like you have a positive attitude and that is so important at times like these.

Keep up the good work my friend!

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FINDAN!!! Happy New Year!!! This is such wonderful news! Wow! You are really doing so well! I am so proud of you! I need to make this quick as my computer keeps crashing - I had a whole reply typed out to you and it crashed taking my reply with it, ugh. But I wanted to be sure to get in here and say how happy I am that your progress is moving along so nicely. I miss you terribly and think of you every day, wishing you well. This has really made my day!

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Well, I'm with Rayne and Leslie. Tears of happiness reading your last update. Miss you and think about you everyday and know that you are going to get better and stronger everyday. Praying that your voice issues are healed as well. Hugs and lots of love coming your way dear Findan. 

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Hey everyone, another update from yours truly. It's a bit of a long one due to the amount of things that have happened. Its a bit of a mixed bag so bare with me...

First off some good news: it started last this past weekend, on Saturday, my physio came thru at about 12pm for his usual session. But unbeknownst to me he brought an oxygen tank along with him. We were taking a walk. What you guys don't know is at the time, I was on the t-piece (which for those how don't know, its a smaller version of the ventilator with only an oxygen cable attached). So we took off all the excess cables, put on the oxygen tank and stood up. At first Josh just stood and let me gain my balance. Then we took our first step, then our second, then another, and another, until I was standing at my ICU door. Then I took my first step outside ICU. Success! But it didn't stop there. I persevered, and continued one small step at a time, until the unthinkable happened. I ended up half way down the corridor, about 35 paces in total. Josh gave me a chair to rest on, I had done it, further than I have walked in the past. After some relaxing, I began the same journey back, one small step at a time. I made it back to the ICU and back into the chair I sit in during the day.

Then Sunday comes along, Josh shows up for our 4pm session. This time he sends my nurse out to get the oxygen tank. We were going for another walk. Josh preps me in the mean time, and the nurse returns with the oxygen. Again, I stand up, catch my breath and I'm off.. One small step at a time. I reach my ICU door and take my second step outside ICU. Success again. Now the real journey begins. One small step at a time, I make my way down the passage again, to the same spot I rested at the previous day. After a bit of a break, I stand again, but this time, I head even further out. Further and further out until I have walked twice then distance than the previous day! Success again. Then the great trek back to the mid point a quick rest then a slow walk back to ICU.

Now for some so-so news. As you know I've been waiting for some time now for a biopsy to be done on a lump they found in my chest. So 3 days ago I go into theatre to have the biopsy done. For those who don't know, what that means is putting me under what I thought would be local anesthetic, and then a small cut is made in my side. Then a small probe is sent thru the cut, up to the lump and it takes a small sample of it for analysis. Anyway, I am wheeled into the surgery and they begin. What they discover next is that my lung is fused onto the rib cage. So the surgeon had to slice the lung off of the rib cage. I now have a drainage pipe inside of me draining off the excess fluid.

The results of the biopsy itself is that the lung is full of clots. That I suppose in itself is a blessing, as it could have been worse like cancer or something. I'm now black on clot treatment to clears up the lung. There is a risk tho that the blood thinner could cause my brain to bleed again so I am going to ask each and every one of you to please keep me in your prayers that this does not happen.I need all the support I can get.and

In other news, I've had some success with my hand now too.. It's starting out the same way as the foot did, with little twitches here and there. But today, I had a rolled up pillow case inside my hand, and after much "talking to the hand" there was movement! I squeezed the pillow case about 20 times in total. Very small movements to start, but like the leg, it also started the same way. So that at least is another success.

Any who, I'm keeping as positive as I can considering all the new issues. Please just keep thinking of me too. Well that's my news for now, I did promise it would be a long one.. I will continue to update you as things develop.

Take care for now everyone.

Findan



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Findan,

 

I am so glad to hear that so much has improved lately.  We all miss you very much your leadership, and friendship is something that we all treaure!  Hang in there, it will take awhile but I trust that very soon we will be seeing you in WvW again.  Just be patient, even though I am sure that is very hard for you right now, but things will continue to improve. Afterall you didn't reach level 80 overnight, it will take a bit of time to get back in the swing of things also.

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Great news on the progress Fin! It makes me really happy to hear that you're conquering this recovery like a boss. You've always been in my prayers, and always will be. Keep up the good work. You'll be back before you know it!

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Keep the faith Fin, that is amazing news about your hand that makes me very happy! and the progress with your leg is phenomenal! I promise you that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and every chance i get i request prayer for you at my church, you are in their hearts and prayers as well. I know by experience health issues are not only a challenge on the physical they are a mental battle as well, keep your mind on the positive, keep it on the people around you who care about you, keep it on the good new, and keep it on your progress. and if one day there is no progress just remind yourself that you were given one more day to fight, one more day to prove that you are not so easily defeated, i know its easier to say than to do, but i also know that you are strong! Despite all that has happened, you are here and you are still fighting! Take it day by day, and keep us in your thoughts while we will keep you in ours!

 

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Appreciate the update!

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Hey Findan,

Good to hear from you. :) Glad to hear the leg is doing so much better and sorry about the lung complications. I'll be hoping that the blood thinners don't cause you any problems and that you continue getting better. :)

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Fin, you are doing so well and still taking more and more small steps!! Very happy that the leg and even your hand is showing progress. There is No way I will ever stop thinking about you dear friend and you are in my prayers every day. We all miss you and care about you deeply. I will say an xtra prayer for your blood thinners not to cause any complications and that you continue to get better each day.

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Whooooooooot I think says it all... man every update is full of great news bro ,, only  down side with this one was the clots in your lungs but even still I view it as a small thing compared to where you were only a month ago ,,,, just keep taking it one day at a time, one small step at a time and soon enough instead of walking across that floor youll be running across it,,, as always  youll be in my thoughts bro ,,,, not get your self well we miss ya bud

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Glad to read your update.  Congrats on the amazing progress with walking and now your hand!  Sorry to hear about the lung/clots..  Sending you good thoughts from the Pacific Northwest of the US.

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Great news Findan and you are in my thoughts... be positive since it does work wonders.   Now just repeat before you go to sleep and when you wake up...

"I am healthy in mind, body, spirit, and emotion!"  taking a slow, deep breath as you say it.   (As deep as possible).  Visualize walking down that corridor.. out through that door - and leaving the hospital.  It is happening!

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So happy to hear things are improving :D You are doing so well! You are always in my prayers and thoughts; that never stops. Praying that these clots go away too, without issue and that it's smoother sailing from here on out!

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Nice to see that you are improving Fin!  

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I'd been praying since reading of your accident. I am thrilled you are making such progress! I hope the clots clear up nicely. It's so wonderful that you've regained so much movement. I know therapy is HARD work (I did it after 2 knee replacements--those therapists can be little sadists! :D ), but you're doing beautifully, so keep it up!

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I miss you Findan.  Keep plugging away.  I'll keep them under control till you get back.

 

 

 

 

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Still thinking of you Findan .. How's that lung coming? Terrifying that it was in that condition but yes, happy it was "just" clots. Hoping for good news soon.

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FIN!!!  PLEASE, PLEASE UPDATE SO I KNOW HOW YOU ARE!  Sorry for the Caps there, but that is how it sounds in my mind as I frantically check for updates.  But yeah, it would do my mind some good to have an update.  Every time I do a Jumping Puzzle I think of you... When I'm off running around in WvW I think of you.  When I'm chilling in some city area I see people dressed in white or with wings and ... I think of you. (And generally about how you pull it off way better than they do :D )  

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Fin I miss u dearly buddy I hope u recovery fast I will always pray buddy much love man

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thanks for letting us all know 

 

Fin I'm glad I know u man and I know u are healing one by one and I miss u Man U are like a brother to me :) I've been taking some towers and keeps for u in wvw and doing dungeons in your honor and no one will ever replace u we love u buddy and Godspeed and hope u recovery soon your friend

 

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Quick little update for everyone.

 

Fin is staying steady right now, He had a minor setback last week with a lung infection and was given antibiotics for it. This is not uncommon with the type of treatments he is getting for his breathing. Sis tells him that instead of looking at it as a setback in his recovery...think of it like the Cha-Cha. Hes taking two steps forward and one step back in his dance to recovery!

 

 

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Thanks for the update Bel & Cho.  Glad to hear the cha-cha is continuing to carry his recovery forward. :)

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Thank you for the update Bel. He is in our prayers every day. I know his movement is doing much better, even though it is slow and I am so happy about that. I have been very concerned about his lungs. Please let him know that extra prayers and love are being sent to him steady from his Family.

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Thanks for the update.  I've been keeping him in my thoughts and am sending well wishes.

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Hello all,

Just a quick little update for everyone. Firstly my apologies for the delay between last update and this one. Let's see, what's changed since the last update. Well first off I've had a couple of infections since my last update, all affecting my chest. And yes I do like Cho's description of doing the Cha-Cha. But the past few weeks have been a battle for me, with a lot of ups and downs. 

I've been playing hopscotch with drip sites too. In the last 2 weeks alone I've had 4 separate drip sites coz the veins have popped. What I'm struggling with now is the chest still. They are trying to get me back to breathing on the spiggot (breathing without any assistance). So the latest doctors directive is that I'm on the trachea mask during the day (to nebulize my chest) and then the t-piece at night.

In other news, my leg is getting super strong now. I can vertical lift the leg at will now. I can lean on it, walk properly on it, and I can now walk properly for short distances, no more shuffling along like before. My arm is making more progress too. But its gonna take a lot longer for my hand to recover fully. The good news is I'm eating again! And the speech therapist says come Monday I'll probably start on fizzy liquids too. Oh and I can talk with the trachea mask too. Not 100% but enough the people understand me.

So that's my latest update. Take care for now all, I'll post another update when I have more info for ya.

Much love to all,

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Awesome! good job Fin! You'll be back on the field in no time.  Your extended family loves and misses you.

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/cheer

/me gives Fin a big hug and says, "FIN!  I'm so glad to hear from you, and I suppose that as long as you get your 2 steps forward in it's ok to take one back."

 

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We miss you lots, it was scary not hearing from you Findan :3

I can't wait to travel the Silverwaste and getting all sort of achievements with the family :D

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Keep up the great work! I miss you terribly and want you back as soon as humanly possible!

Always keeping you in my prayers,

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Findan, thanks for the update. Hoping your success continues, we're pulling for you.

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Thankyou soo much fin for the update! I was soo worried about you. Please hang in there for all of us. Take as much time as you need. Miss seeing you and look forward to the next time i do!

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Good to hear from you old man.

 

I'm working my butt off keeping these guys in check.  Not sure how long I can continue.  You keep working on moving forward and I'll keep working on stealling all the girls while you're gone.

 

 

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Findan!

So wonderful to hear from you again!! We do miss you terribly and I think about you every day. Great news on the leg, kudos^^. I am praying for your chest to heal so much! Very happy you are eating and I know you will enjoy the fizzy drinks:P.

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Yay for improvements! As you're able to get moving more, the chest will hopefully get better, too. Feel better soon. :)

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Findan,

 

I always enjoyed your events, sending prayers and well wishes to you. You're a great guy and I know that you will make it through this!

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Ladies and Gentlemen....Fin is officially off the breathing machine and they have closed up the Trachea site!!!!!

 

HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!

 

 

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*is happy* This awesome news! Good job Fin.

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Awesome!  Always glad to hear that things like this!

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That is indeed awesome.  Another step towards recovery and the ability to step out for more adventuring!

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Yay for great news!!! I will make sure to spread the word. =D

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Hey all,

I have a bit of bad news regarding the procedure I had on Friday morning. At first everything was on track and the tracheotomy was sealed up at about 9am. Around 8pm Friday night tragedy struck.

I started having breathing problems. I felt as though my airway was being restricted. Every breath I took would be more difficult than the last. Eventually I was straining every muscle just to get breath. I was audibaly breathing thru a very thin airway. The head nurse came and sat with me for a long time calming me down and getting me back to regular breathing. But it didn't last long. I had another fit, and another, each time the nurse doing everything she could to calm me down.

Sometime in the middle of the night I'm not sure what happened, whether I lost consciousness or was knocked out by meds, but next thing I remember is waking up early Saturday evening with a new tracheotomy. It turns out that my vocal chords are partially paralyzed and that is what was blocking my airway. So I'm afraid that for now I'm back to square one on the tracheotomy thing. *edit* turns ou a new tracheotomy was done in the early hours of Saturday morning as an emergency operation, under local anaesthetic because they couldn't risk knocking me out. The surgeon apparently felt reallly bad doing a procedure like that under local anaesthetic! *edit*

There is some good news that came out of all this. About 1 month ago, my left lung was a swirling mess of white gunk. My physio showed me a pic of my lungs a few days ago and the difference is astonishing. Its looking nice and black with just a small amount of white swirling mess!

Anyway, that's the update for now.. I'll give further updates as time progresses.

Take care for now,

Findan



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So sorry to hear about the setback, that sounds incredibly frustrating. The left lung is excellent news though, and should help speed recovery when you do reach the tracheotomy milestone. Thinking of you!

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Hang in there buddy. All of Sanctum of Rall is cheering for you and you have a mountain of well wishing coming your way.

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*hugs Findan* Sorry to hear about the trach. But awesome news about the lung clearing up! We're still praying for you.

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I am also sorry to hear about the setback, but thank you for keeping us updated, and you know we are all praying for you to get better soon. :) Glad your lung is at least more cleared up now!

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Recovery can sometimes be 2 steps forward and 1 step back... 1 step forward 2 steps back... 3 steps forward... then a big jump forward.  Stay positive, stay strong, be well!  /hug

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Hi Findan, I do not have the pleasure to know you but do wish you a continued positive recovery! Hang in there!

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I've already told you this many times, but keep on keeping on friend. Some times it's just baby steps, but baby steps still get you to the finish line. 

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Continuing to pray for your recovery, Findan. You can make it!

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Findan, remember the baby steps. You have come a long way and keep improving steadily. You are also a very strong person and have a huge support group on your side. They are looking after you on your end and you have all of us praying for you on this end. I know I will see my glowing Commander Findan on the Battlefields in game again. However, please don't push yourself too hard. It is great news that the lung is so much better! Stay strong dear friend, hugs and much love.

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Findan,

 

I am still praying for your recovery. You have never left my heart or my mind. I miss you so much and I am so glad you are still alive and getting better. But yes, my dear sir, baby steps. It is going to take some time, but I know you will pull through! Love and miss you lots and lots!!!

 

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Even with the setback it sounds like you are still headed in the right direction.  Hang in there and soon those vocal cords are going to cooperate, too!  They may just need a little more coaxing from the parts that are getting with the program.  =)

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Hey everyone,

Just an update on my progress..

Wow where do I start. Let's start with the leg.. I'm now walking twice a day! Early morning and lunch time! Distance wise, I walk as far as the coffee shop! That is about 220 meters there and back. And I do that at every walking session. As for my recovery after exertion, it takes me a minute or two and I've almost fully recovered! On Sunday I spent 2 hours having lunch outside ICU, at the coffee shop, and then taking a stroll outside in the wheelchair. Just to have sunshine on my face was bliss!

On to my arm.. Wow, my arm in the last 3 days has just suddenly woken up. The mobility I'm getting now is amazing. Still a long way off being fully recovered but its quite impressive. I can raise may arm straight out in front of me, elbow locked straight, and raise my wrist from limp hanging to about 30 degrees above the wrist. I have so much more control in the shoulder too. My fingers are a little sluggish still, but they are getting there.

My vocal chords: the last update mentioned my vocal chords were paralyzed. Well upon further investigation from speech therapy, it turns out its not paralyzed per we, but more in a state of parastheses (spelling). In other words, the right hand vocal chord it stuck in the closed position. This is a blessing because the left one still moves, which is why I can still speak, but also because if it was stuck in open position, I would be aspirating food and liquids all the time. The way it is now, i can eat fine, and I have full voice! The prognosis is that the vocal chord will recover, and the speech therapist has me on a machine to assist with that!

Well that's my update for now. I'm feeling so much more positive this week, and I owe a lot to all of you too, for keeping me in your prayers and hearts. So thank you to all of you too, for never giving up on me! It means so much to me to have so much support behind me.

Findan



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Fin this is absolutely AMAZING i am bubbling witg energy after hearing it. Everyone has you in there thoughts amd hearts so just keep on the progression even if it means "doing the cha cha" 

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Sounds like everything is going well, glad to hear it Fin!

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Great news Fin, and very glad to hear about the vocal chords! As you say, partially stuck closed is far better for a quicker recovery with minimal risk of aspiration pneumonia. Also glad to hear about the arm (hey, maybe you can get the physios to swap out the standard rehab equipment for a gaming mouse! xD). Thanks for the update, we're all thinking of you and it's great to hear how you're doing.

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Awesome news! You'll be back on the battlefield in no time.

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Keep on pushing my friend! :)

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That's fantastic news Fin. I'm glad to hear your vocal chord issue is temporary and that you're regaining your mobility :) Keep on fighting, we're still waiting for you. Your castle awaits.

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This is awesome news Fin!! I am actually smiling right now and going Yeah!!! Everything is so positive and while it is still going to take you time to fully recover, it sounds like you are well on the way now. Still remember the baby steps, do not push too hard. Eating in the coffee shop and having that blissful sunshine on your face makes me so happy, not to mention the rest of your update:). We are here for you and a day never goes by without you in my prayers. Stay positive and well dear friend.

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I'm so happy findan :) that's AWESOME news :) Keep kicking budy and remember don't push yourself to hard

 

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Wow, it looks like you have been through quite a lot Fin.

 

I had been awhile for some time so i did a lot of back-reading in this thread; -what an ordeal, reading all of this has really moved me and it's hard to imagine a person going through all of this, but you did, and you have a wonderful circle of people here who i believe truly care deeply for you and your well-being.

 

I can tell from all of this that you're a strong, passionate person; (i hope this isn't gushing with a bed of roses, hehe) and that passion and strength is equally matched with the strong bonds you have cultivated and fostered here at Gaiscioch.

 

With that said, you are in my prayers Fin, and i look forward to adventuring along side you once you are battle-ready! 

 

 

 

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I'm glad to hear your continued recovery is going extremely well. Keep at it :D

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Hey Fin,

 

I'm glad to hear of all these updates -- and I appreciate you updating us all. I'm a pharmacist and I've seen similar cases to yours, and your situation sounds like its progressing well.  My prayers and thoughts continue to go to you and your family. Fight on buddy!

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Awesome news!  :D

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So glad to hear about your continued recovery, Fin, sounds like you're getting stronger all the time! My thoughts and prayers will keep heading your way.

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Thank you for the updates, Fin. Glad to hear you are able to get around and into the sunshine a bit. We will all keep pulling for you as you push onward in recovery. <3

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Thanks for updating us on your progress. Stay positive and keep up the hard work.

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That is amazing findan, still praying for you, and you are always in my thoughts. Always take one step at a time, recovery is a long road and we are all here to help you down it :)

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Hi all

Just wanted to give you all another update on my progress. Its official. I got the green light this morning to go to rehab!! After nearly 5 months sitting in a glass fishbowl, the wait is finally over. The bed was booked, medical aid gave authorization, and as of right now I am officially in the rehab center!

Thank you again to everyone for your kind words over the last 5 months. Back in the beginning the doctors were not hopeful that I would make it thru the first week. But with all the support i got, i turned my life around from being in a medical coma to up and walking in just short of 5 months. Now begins the next chapter on my road to recovery!!

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Woot woot!!! This is awesome news Findan!

You keep on trucking and take no prisoners:)! We're all there behind you, beside you and everywhere else too!

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WOOHOO!  You aren't a fish anymore, but a Rehabbie!  ::chuckles::

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GO TEAM FIN. 

Fin this is the most fantabolous news yet!

Keep on going we are all behind you!

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*happy tears* congrats Fin!

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Great news mate!  Hopeing to hear more good news soon!

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That's amazing news Fin! Give em hell at the rehab center.

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Awesome News Findan! Hope to have you back 100% in no time

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That's brilliant, Fin, congratulations!!!

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I'm thrilled to hear your recovery is taking yet another step forward, Findan! Keep up the great work, your strength and perseverance is inspiring :)

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Fantastic news Findan!! I want to do a cartwheel down the hallway right now but I would probably break a few bones:). I am so happy and overwhelmed with joy. A huge step forward love, hugs and even kisses^.^ Watch out for the Easter Bunny at the rehab centre and be good. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

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Congratulations for the recovery process, you seem to be doing great! Still waiting for the day I see you in-game again. Good luck on the rehab... Go Findan!



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Woo hoo!  This is fabulous news!   :D  I cannot wait to read your next update.  Sending you tons of positive thoughts and well wishes.

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Fate is what they universe throws at us.... destiny is what we chose to do with it.  Your destiny is to be well.   Be well Findan - Be Well!

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That is great news! So happy for you. I hope everything goes really well in rehab. :)

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I have been settling into the new environment and its taking a bit of time. And what a first week it has been. As you know I arrived here Wednesday last week. I spent the first 4 days just orienting myself to the new environment, and doing a bit of physio. Yesterday and today the real physio began.

Monday I did a walk with physio that was longer than all my previous walks. I walked about 350 metres total. Tuesday I did 3 walks totaling almost 900 metres combined! The longest one being about 400 metres. One in the morning, then one at lunch time, in which I went to the coffee shop for lunch with Peter and his family. And the third one in the afternoon. Other exercises given to me from physio are a blowing and a sucking exercise designed to strengthen the lungs. The blowing on involves blowing thru a container of water. The sucking exercise if you can imagine it, is a plastic device with 3 hollow columns, each one containing a plastic ball, and a pipe on the one side. The idea is to use the mouth piece to suck and get the 3 plastic balls to raise to the top of the columns. So far I have the lung strength to get the first 2 balls up to the top of the columns.

Then there is occupational therapy. Monday and Tuesday we did a fair amount of work on my right arm. Monday we did 2 different exercises. The first one was holding a beach ball out in front of me, with arms straight, and raising it up as high as possible. The second one involved plastic cones. I had to pick the cones up with my right arm and stack them on top of each other. Both exercises I did pretty well at. Tuesday was much of the same, except a third and fourth exercise was added: this time I had to reach for the cones, by straightening my arm, and then stack them on top of each other. And the fourth exercise was reaching for balls in the o.t.'s hand and placing them in a tub. Over and above all these exercises I have to do shoulder exercises too. Today we did similar exercises except I had a much heavier ball to work with and we walked down to the gym to work on the stuff.

So today we had a meeting with the physio, o,t., and speech therapist, and the person in charge of my progress. Just to get an idea on their plan for me. They currently are requesting 10 weeks of therapy from medical aid. The reason for such a lengthy stay is because I have a great prognosis for making a full recovery. They were quite impressed with how far I have come just being in ICU. So I'm afraid I'm possibly gonna be stuck here for another 2.5 months. But it is for the best, coz I prefer to get as much physio now as I can, to improve my arm and and leg.

Let's see, what else? Speech therapy has taken a back seat for now. It appears my current therapist resigned 2 months ago lol. So I'm waiting on another speech therapist to take over from her. Today we did a group activity which involved coming up with a Sunday lunch menu for easter :-p

Well thats about all for now. Take care and I'll update you again when I have more news.

Findan



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So happy to hear you're coming along with the re-hab Bunny!! We miss you and look forward to your return. :)

PS. I'll always know you as Bunny...sorry Fin just hasn't stuck yet. :P



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I'm glad you're making such strides in your rehab Fin! These next 2 and a half months will fly by - just you see. You've made incredible steps in your recovery thus far, I'm pretty sure nothing will stop you now. :)

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Findan, this is wonderful news and it is approaching Easter Weekend, again I dare not try to do a cart wheel down the hallway:) This says it all and I quote, "The reason for such a lengthy stay is because I have a great prognosis for making a full recovery." You are making huge strides and I know in my heart that you Will make a full recovery! I look forward to your next update and may the Easter Bunny shower you with love:). Your friend always, Leslie.

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Hey, Findan!  Great news.  Sounds like you are going in leaps and bounds with things now.  Okay, maybe not ready for a real leap, but 900m of walking in one day is pretty impressive from where you were at not so long ago.  And Happy Easter!

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Hello all

I know you all are interested in my progress in rehab - and I just seem to not have time during the day to reply. I'm so exhausted by the end of the day that I just want to curl up and sleep, lol!

So? You want to know how rehab is going?? Rehab is going very well! But i must say, my physio and my O.T. are plotting together to kill me! Lol! :-) Just today I had to walk about 1.5km and cycle 6km o.O My legs were like jelly! :-) but my stamina is getting better all the time. Also I'm down to about 3 litres per minute of oxygen intake and resting SATs are at between 93 and 95% which is good for my condition.

What else, the speech therapist is trying vital stim again. Today was my first session. I'll keep you posted on how that goes. She doesn't seem to think its the best solution but is willing to try.. And finally my arm is getting better but at a slower rate than the leg. The O.T. is doing a lot of arm and shoulder exercises, and a lot of core exercises to strengthen my core muscles. I swear I am gonna have a set of abs to die for when I am done lol! Doing a lot of ball exercises to strengthen my arm, and also working a lot on my pinch. So the hand is coming along nicely.

And the last thing is I get to go home this weekend for Saturday and Sunday! So I'm going to see my kitties again yay :-) after 6 months of hospital, i getva weekend to spend with my friends. I have a whole bunch of equipment that will go home with me for the weekend. SATs monitor, mobile oxygen unit that extracts oxygen out of the air and give it to me as pure oxygen. A home based condenser as well, which does the same thing as the mobile unit. A mobile suction unit and off all the consumable stuff that goes with all the machines.

So yeah, that's a summary of rehab so far. Good news all around. I'll give you further updates as they happen.

Take care everyone, i'll post more updates when they happen.

Paolo



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awesome to hear!  Enjoy your weekend home!

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Great news!  Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

 

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I am excited for you to be able to have a different environment and the love of kitties :)  Keep up all the hard work

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Brilliant Mate!!!!  Come back to us soon!  We are keeping your commanders seat warm for you!

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Very nice!!  I'll bet you get some attention walking in the door tomorrow!

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Yeah, home at last!! It is only for the weekend but you must be thrilled:). Great news old friend and so happy for you, things are coming along well. Have a wonderful weekend Fin^.^. Looking forward to more happy news in the future.

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Hope you're having a great weekend at home. :)

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Woot! Go Findan go! I'm so happy for you Findan :D. It must be, or have been by the time you read this, wonderful to go home for a few days. Every time I'm away from my family, I have the reassuring thought that the reunion will be that much sweeter. Hopefully soon you can be back with your GSCH family :) We're rooting for you, just keep going!

 

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Amazing progress! thanks fore the updates :D we all like knowing how you are doing, a weekend with your family must have been a welcome change i hope you had tons of fun, i bet your kitties missed you! sounds like your days are filled with hard work, you are going at an incredible pace!

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OMG, FINDAN LOGGED IN TODAY!!!!



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Just wanting to say, it was awesome to see Findan in game today!

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SURPRISE! Was so hard to keep it a secret!! :)

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Glad you made it buddy :)

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Findaaaan! :D

Sorry I missed your log in, I was at a wedding. We missed you so much! :3

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Good to see you in game again Fin. 

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Findan I'm so sorry I missed ya... If I hadn't been at another thing or if it would have been a normal saturday I so would have been on... You'd better get on again as time permits. (or just to get clobbered with loves but ya know) Keep going findan! you can do this!

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Findan!!! It was so awesome to see you in game and talk to you again:). Thanks for the picture Smitty..I wasn't able to stand beside his glowing little self^.^. Lots of hugs going your way and remember, take it slow and steady.

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