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Old 07-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #21
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Have a good week Val. I'll have my cell phone near me at all times. Keep me updated the best you can.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:02 PM   #22
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Hey Val. "Minor surgery" indeed.

Having only read your log it is easy for anyone to see that you are up for this fight and I wish you all the best.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:43 PM   #23
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By the way, I just watched the video of you and BTB. I am glad I live too far away to train with you.
I'm considering moving closer. lol J/K
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:07 PM   #24
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Have a good week Val. I'll have my cell phone near me at all times. Keep me updated the best you can.
Thanks, BTB. I'll try. Although the last text I sent you (as short as it was) took me 45 minutes to execute. It may be easier to call ya. I need to call Tuesday night between 8:15 and midnight in order to get the particulars.

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Hey Val. "Minor surgery" indeed.

Having only read your log it is easy for anyone to see that you are up for this fight and I wish you all the best.
Thanks, tomahawk. I wasn't up for it last night. I had a bona fide panic attack. I was pretty much inconsolable. Neither my wife or I got much for sleep. But yes, I shall beat this. And when I do, hoo boy!


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...and I'll move to South Dakota. Seriously though, after watching your workout with BTB, I'd love to tangle with you.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:49 PM   #25
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Just caught up - hope all is well with you this week!
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:03 PM   #26
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Thanks, Sneezy. It will be well this week. I think I had my "wig out" last night over the stupisest thing. I'm too tired to toss and turn all night tonight.

I'm going to a good place with the best head and neck surgeon in the world performing the operation, and get this... we share the same last name. He told me he HAS to take good care of me. It's just a matter of waiting now. On the other side of the surgery, I may still be in pain for a while, but it won't be any worse than it is now. Besides, I'm sure they'll give me some high-falutin' pain killers.

I've got a six pack of beer in the fridge. I haven't had a drink since March. I bought the six pack for the day that the doc says a) "Mr. Olsen, you're cured.", or b) "Mr. Olsen, you're doomed." One will be a celebratory toast. The other will be the beginning of an epic send-off.

I'm hoping that 48 hours from now the Menace is gone from my body and life for good.

Hey everyone, tomorrow is going to be kind of busy. We're heading over to Rochester, MN as soon as I'm off work. I don't know if I'll get time to post up anything between now and surgery. If nothing else, I will keep BTB advised. I just want to say that I am extremely touched by all the love and support that you have offered. We're almost there. I can't wait to begin enjoying life again.
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You have a good day Val. We'll catch you on the rebound. lol (old CB lingo) lol
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:25 AM   #28
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10-4, good buddy (my dad is an old trucker)! I would also accept "We'll catch you on the flip-flop."

Well, the beer in the fridge is officially for celebratory purposes. It looks like all cancer is gone. I'm having difficulty swallowing on my own, and I'm also being fed through a nose tube. For the next week or so. I have a follow up at Mayo sometime. They'll contact me and set it uip. Now, I just need to recover. So, here's my new workout plan. Feel free to critique as you may.

1) Sip water through a straw. My goal today is one ounce. I'd like to increase that by an ounce per day. (OH MAN, I JUST REALIZED THE POTENTIAL FOR PR'S HERE).

2) Try to wean myself off the saliva suction pump. I think hydration will be the key to keeping saliva thin enough to swallow. This morning I dumped 100 ml out of my pump. My goal is less for tomorrow.

3) I've got to try to keep my arms and hands occupied somehow. I'm restricten on weights for now. My arms and shoulders are already numb and tingly though. I'll appreciate any and all input.

4) At least two walks around the neighborhood each day.

For cardio, I'll try to make it to the restroom in time.

Anyway, I'm home, and I'm showered. Life is good.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:18 PM   #29
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probably put off the weights for a bit! walks sound like a very very good idea just to help get moving. and yes go for those PRs! water intake and saliva reduction. SFS! (Smash effing Saliva) good to hear youre almost back to normal man
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In for lots of PRs.

Well done, Val. Hope you get that celebratory beer soon.
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