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Old 12-28-2007, 08:21 PM   #61
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wow, gw and qsis, beth, m^2, andy, and pds, thank you, and truely, thank you all!

i just spoke to the oz, and there's bad and good news. the bad news is he's going in for surgery on monday. it's very risky. the good news is he's going to get some device that should supplement his left ventricle that should keep him alive long enough for a transplant.

and he sounded much better today, both physically and spiritually.



and yes, i wear my hearty on my sleeve. always have, probably always will.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:34 PM   #62
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and yes, i wear my hearty on my sleeve. always have, probably always will.
That's a good thing, bucky, really, and it'll be good for your boy to see that, too.

I'm so glad to hear that you went to see Oz and that you've spoken since. I'm sure it's good for him, and I know it is for you. It was a brave thing you did, reaching out like that after so long.

Hugs to you, friend.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:44 PM   #63
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Buckytom, I am so glad you went to visit your old friend. I know you will be there for him during this difficult time. Keeping you and your friend in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:01 AM   #64
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wow, gw and qsis, beth, m^2, andy, and pds, thank you, and truely, thank you all!

i just spoke to the oz, and there's bad and good news. the bad news is he's going in for surgery on monday. it's very risky. the good news is he's going to get some device that should supplement his left ventricle that should keep him alive long enough for a transplant.

and he sounded much better today, both physically and spiritually.



and yes, i wear my hearty on my sleeve. always have, probably always will.
I see no bad news in your post at all BT!! All surgery is risky, and this op will probably be quicker and easier than the heart transplant op. So while there is a big risk here, it is still less than Oz having to undergo a heart transplant op in the condition he is currently in. It might help him to breathe a lot better too.

Let's just hope that this op on NYE puts him in a good place for 2008. All the best for your mate.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:06 AM   #65
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huh, bucky, I just came around this...
I hope the very best for Ozzy, that he will live another 100years and you will catch up the last years!
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:39 AM   #66
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buckytom, I'm so sorry I haven't been up-to-date with DC lately. I am praying for Ozzie and the surgury and his surgeons. May you and Ozzie have many years to fill with laughter, jokes and good food. My prayers are with the both of you. Give Ozzie, his family and re-found bestest friend hugs from me. Love and Faith, Dawn T :>)
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:17 PM   #67
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That's good news BT. Modern medicine science can sometimes work wonders.
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We're thinking of you and Ozzy. Hope the surgery goes well on Monday. I'm so glad you got to see him.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:43 PM   #69
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Bucky; all sounds good. You have re-connected with Ozzie. I don't know the guy, but wish I did, and that I could be there to give personal support. I'm thinking that he's gonna have to join us and track down Mudbug, and raid the pool.

But all kidding aside, you are there for him and that is a great thing for the both of you. Keep the faith, litterally. Yes, science is a great thing, but when it fails, miracles still happen. I've seen them with my own eyes, and have been a party to some.

You're a good man Charlie Br..., uh, I mean BuckyTom.

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Old 01-02-2008, 02:03 PM   #70
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ok, the update on ozzy.

last friday the hospital determined that he was moving up the transplant list as he grew closer to death, and his tests came back showing that he's a good candidate. on friday morning, the technician reported that his left ventricle was pretty much shot and she could not even take a measurement.
on monday, the docs installed a left venticular assist device, or essentially a pump. the worry was that the right side would not start back up in conjunction.
the operation went smoothly and was a success, and his heart took off fully functioning right away. his dad says he might be able to take calls by tonight, and have visitors by next monday.

ozzy and i talked every day up until his operation, even early that morning as he was getting prepped. it was like old times, even using our stupid old phone greeting "hey mon!" (from the skit on "in living color", about the west indian guys that put each other down for only working 17 jobs that week.)

he should be able to live for a long while with this pump, and in the mean time is ready for a transplant.

so miracles do happen. thank you all for your prayers, and being part of ozzy's miracle.
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