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Bud Baker

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Good morning, everyone!

It was 35 degrees as I rode to work this morning. Forecast high is 53. It's looking like it's going to be one of those years that February is a lot cooler than January was.

I'm not sure how long I'll be at work this morning. As soon as the personnel people get here this morning, they may send me home until I've been to see the company doctors.

Some of you may remember that I had an MRI on my left shoulder on January 20th. I called my doctor the next week to check on it, but he was out of town. Eternal optimist that I am, I assumed it was fine and never got around to calling him again.

I had my second appointment with a physical therapist yesterday. Armed with the MRI report, she told me it showed three tears in my shoulder, and that I should talk to my primary doctor for a referral to an orthopaedic specialist. As active as I am, it will likely take surgery to fix it.

But the referral will take time, and it's a given that my machine climbing here at work needs to end until it's fixed, so some details will have to be worked out. It's heck getting old.

I'm still in shock about Stephanie. She was still lucid so close to the end, how could any of us be prepared for this? But I guess that's a discussion for a different forum. Back to work for me (although it will just be desk work for now).

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Morning All! Bud, sorry about the tears in your shoulder. I can just image how hard it is for you to consider having something slow you down. Hope you employer cooperates and makes it work for you.

This post can't be anything but sad. I read the news about Stephanie here. Thanks Diane. I went to Grace and read it there, went to the Jello blog and read through to September, back to cancergrace until I could finally release the tears. I won't meet Stephanie in Washington this Spring.

Have lots to do. The new fax is sending, receiving thru email but not back through the phone line. I'll have to call them again which I am dreading.

Have a good day everyone.

Judy in KW

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I am sorry you are having trouble with your shoulder Bud. For someone as active as you, this has got to be very rough. I hope it is an easy fix. I am always in awe at how much you do, me, I am more of a couch potato. If it weren't for my work on the farm, and an occasional cleaning of the house, I would get no exercise!

I am too sad today. Stephanie was so good to me on these boards and, like Judy, I was so so sad that I couldn't get to DC to meet her in May as the conference was the same day as my big goal to make it to my son's college graduation. After his graduation, my oncologist asked me what my new goal was and I said, "to meet Judy and Stephanie in DC next May."

Today I just want to cry and scream and throw things. This sucks.

Our church has a contemplative service tonight. I will go and my prayers will be for Stephanie and all of us.


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