It's soooooooooo nice to read you ! You're so positive with such an elegant character. Thank you for all the info you give us, and thank you for getting better every day ! You deserve the best ! Bises, Dalal
You're right on, if not ahead, of schedule good bro. See me smile. And, your No.1Fan sure wrote another fabulous set of lyrics to a fabulous song. Keep moving along in this good and proper manner. Yay and Woo hoo!
'Til later and 'til soon, sending lots and lots of love,
As everyone here (in this guestbook) I highly enjoyed reading your tid bits of adventure that summed up perfectly what was going on in your journey. Glad to hear your gown flaps proudly in the breeze as you walk off singing and whistling! You've always had that musical soul.
If we could all meet and have a party for you, here's our song:
Well Hello, Kenny,
It's so nice to have you back
where you belong~
You're lookin' swell, Kenny,
We can tell, Kenny,
You'll be glowin', you'll be crowin'
You'll be goin' strong~
We feel the room swayin'
The band's playin'
One of your old favorite songs
from 'way back when~
So, grab his hat fellas,
Find him another lap fellas,
Kenny'll never go away again. . .
Promise you'll never go away again!
It was great to see you Ken... scars and all!
I hope everything goes (went) smoothly for your "release"! and that you settle in at home and are able to get some more rest in the comfort of your own bed and surroundings. Do NOT try to do everything yourself.... that's what Izzy is there for. If she says" STOP" then please listen.... and let her do it. I will be checking up on you again!!
I hope one of Cathy's gifts was that dark chocolate Donna was recommending. I went on you tube to hear the song "You Can't Take That Away From Me" sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. It was before my time so I wasn't familiar with it. I also went on you tube to see what they had for hospital gowns and dancing. There are an incredible amount of videos of different hospital staff doing dancing and music in the hospitals. It seems to be something of a trend. I would have never thought?! I didn't find anything really amazing yet so I don't have anything worth recommending. I am sure you are looking forward to your exit tomorrow. I hope it will be a sunny day for you. Fortunately here in Alberta we have had 2 really beautiful sunny weeks of summer weather which we are really enjoying. Ariel
Ah, the I.V. stand on wheels, practically the same as Fred Astaire's coat rack. A perfect song and dance prop, indeed!
I've called a local To TV News Crew to video you singing and dancing prior to your departure, so it should hit Canadian News and then YouTube. Ho ho ho ho!
Hey, Ken's No.1Fan, are you ready for international fame as a lyricist?
Ah, this is all a proper celebration for going home tomorrow, Kenny, good bro. I am so very happy you sound so healthy with a renewed vigor. YAYYYYYYYY!
Now, please keep your Journal going for a little more time to chronicle how you are doing at home, for you are still healing up and have physical therapy to do, too, you know. Besides your No.1Fan and I need to put our heads together about more lyrics and Limericks. I need some time to turn my creative juices on. I just got back from the Missoula safari, so gone all day (dermatologist app't -- yeah several actinic keratoses and one barnacle liquid nitrogen frozen).
Hey, Lee needs to join in the song and dance, I do believe. Get ready! Why don't we put on a whole SHOW! Woo hoo!
Tip tap tapping and sing song singing a happy goodnight to you, dear bro.
I wish I could be there when you sing "You
Can't Take That Away From Me". . .your
ICU-issue-gown blowing in the breeze! I
have no song lyrics for you tonite (it's 7:45p
in Palm Springs & I just read your update,
it made me cry). . .you sound soooo happy!
Finally, after a week, it's all good news. I
will miss your friends and family, they have
given ME a gift also, just reading everyday
their words of encouragement to you, & their wild sense of humor.
And thank you
for the compliments on re-writing song
lyrics. . .when you are inspired, the words
just seem to flow. Donna, I hope Ken
doesn't close this wonderful journal before
I can read one of your limricks. . .it's been
Kenny's No. 1 Fan
After one week away with no computer, I read this great news ! I am so pleased. Congratulations ! You should be our example to all of us.
Keep up the good work and continue giving us your news. Cheers and bises, Dalal
Hmmm... dancing in hospital gowns ... I'm sure there's something on youtube about that. I'll have to check it out. Hope the blood work goes well today. I guess we're going to have to start following your no. 1 fan and write you in limericks... something creative to do today.... Ariel
Argh! ANOTHER day! It's probably just retaliation by the doctor for that bad joke about the blood letting.
It's what we hams used to refer to as "Murphy's Law". So far it seems to be manifesting itself at every turn.
You should look on it as just another day to polish your farewell dance routine. I have a mental image of you dancing down the hall sideways in your peek-a-boo, x-rated, hospital gown (open at the back) tapdancing and singing the lyrics of one of the show tunes by your No. 1 fan. It would be a wow finish to a very bad movie!
Hang in there and Illegitimi Non Carborundum.
Lee in Reno (Not your No. 1 Fan, but perhaps your No. 1 Critic).
Suzanne and I have been following your posting and progress with great interest.
Nous espérons que tu pourras venir nous voir pour des petites vacances au bord de la rivière Hudson dès que possible. Nous irons te voir à Toronto à notre prochain voyage.
With all our frienship and toughts.
Pierre (and Suzanne)
I finally figured out how to send you a message after 3 rejections from "reply".
I've followed your daily journal and it has
brought back Jack's bipass so clearly of
25 years ago.
May you have 25 years more to dance.
Wow, Kenny, your No.1Fan is also an expert at Limericks. Fabulous Limericks!
Hey, Ken's No.1Fan, you have a way with words!.
Sorry you have one more night be fore going home, Wzzzz, but sure happy to hear you are feeling healthy.
More L8R. Love and prayers and happy thoughts, dj/bzzzzz
Hi Ken : Glad to hear you are felling betterI knew you would very soon, The A fib undoubtedly a nuisence but it will pass I'm sure, This is sure a great resource for communication but I'm sure you are looking forward to your own Bed again !!!! Take care and I'm sure next time I talk atcha it will be at your home>>>>>gr
It is just 2pm in Palm Springs and I enjoyed
your sisters comments. . .I have changed
from re-writing song lyrics to a limerick, a
coincidence that Donna mentioned her
talents in the same area. Here goes:
There once was a man so rare,
With charm and talent to spare:
He could sing and could dance
If given the chance--
Might even perform on a dare!
There once was a man so inclined,
To having his heart re-aligned:
He was brave through it all
Many walks down the hall--
To dance was his goal. . .so sublime!
Going home he smiled with glee,
Knowing soon he would be pain free,
And his No. 1 Fan
With a dare of a plan. . .sighed:
"Change Partners and Dance with Me!"
Thinking of you today. Glad you will be getting home. That will make you feel better. Take it slow and easy. Kinow dancing just chil out. Wishing you warm
smiles, bright flowers and lots of sunshine.
Great fun reading all your friends' comments, Kenny, my wonderful Bro. Lee's sense of humor is almost identical to mine, however I have been trying to behave myself on this forum. But, yeah, the brute force to yank out the copper wires gave me a huge chuckle. The long slow pull of the drain tubes, too. Not funny to you? Hey, there are old fashioned, non technological techniques that are just simpler and they work! :)
Now to No.1Fan. More "way to go" and great work. Kenny, I am flattered you thought it might be me, and I am ashamed that it is not. I haven't been able to get myself into funny lyrics mode. I also am ashamed that I haven't written you a single Limerick. I'm inundated with promised work to people and in a few minutes I have to go do "doggie duty" to let neighbors' dog out to pee. Oh, well. ANYWAY, I hope you are finding entertainment on this long, slow Sunday for you which is disappearing way too fast for me.
As you and some folks know, I have mitral valve prolapse and sometimes my heart does the most amazing dances and jigs into tachycardia (don't gasp, other readers, it has been doing this all my life and I am still here 73 years and 8 months later). You, Kenny, can't do what I do to make it behave because with your healing incisions it would hurt more than you can possibly want to find out. But, I deeply cough in a way that squeezes on the heart, which is like a slap upside the face of an out of control individual, and. voilá, it starts behaving!
Supplement those meds with 80% (or greater) heart healthy dark chocolate to keep your platelets slippery, your arteries and veins relaxed, your mood elevated, your brain happy, your bio-flavin levels high, and remember that cocoa butter tastes way better than fish oil and does the same thing.
Woo hoo! Laughter keeps the mucous out of your lungs and boosts your immune system, SO, let's have another set of lyrics from your No. 1Fan, and I'll try to write a Limerick in my non-existent free time.
Love you wonderful brother, Wzzzz. dj/bzzzz
Yes, Lee in Reno,... am picking myself up off the floor from some of the descriptions.
I feel for the circumstance, Ken, of your friends being geographically farther away. Skype can add to conversation at least, for those having access to it. Surely Apple has a “beam me up Scotty” application in the making !
One moment at a time to life opening up to whatever wonder is in store for you. I have more faith in what I don’t know than in what I do know; redundant, but...
Signing off for now while my iTunes (computer) radio station plays a country gospel song the chorus of which is “G-d is great, beer is good & people are crazy” :)
Hi Ken, should just about be lunchtime. For me my day has been different, stayed home and made a great big batch of Stir Fry and it's pretty darn tasty if I say so myself. Other than the staff telling you you have A-Fib have you been able to detect it yourself. When my A-Fib kicks in I feel lightheaded and a bit dizzy and today I woke up with it and it's still going even after my meds. Enjoy your day and I'll CUL.
(Post script to my message within a message to Isa:..... I'm mixed up on what day it is!!! Today is already Sunday.... so call me if you can make it up to my place later today, maybe stay for dinner and you can be back at the apartment by 9pm). .. If that's not stealing you from Ken for too long!
Glad to hear you are doing so well and that all those scary sounding issues are "normal" for what you've been thru! Sounds like a good thing that Izzy is bringing in some better tasting food for you and coming in lots to see you... that's why she came after all!
I wish I could have come to visit you in hospital but that just isn't in the cards. Speaking of cards.... do you have a deck? (Are you playing with a full one?? LOL!) Are you up to some light amusements like that yet? Ask Izzy to bring some in if you like, even if you just play crazy 8's or old maid!
I shall come and have another visit with you and Izzy at the apartment once you are home and feeling up to some company. I left a little something to welcome you home.
Interesting lyrics to some of those songs by No. 1 Fan....
Keep up the "good work" of recovering. I remember my Mom having to use the spirometer thingy when she had pneumonia last year. I'm sure it must still hurt to cough or laugh, but laughter is the best medicine! "How many Canadians does it take to change a lightbulb?.....
None. Canadians don't change it.... they accept the lightbulb for what it is!!!" (Hear that on radio yesterday).
Ok.... I'll leave you with that!
(Isa: call me later.... I'd love to have you come up to our place if Ken is not coming home till Monday, maybe you can come for the day tomorrow? or later today and stay till lunch tomorrow? Let me know)
Your No. 1Fan has done it again! Fantastic! You must sing that to the staff, too.
Too bad the food quality reverted to typical hospital fare. Oh, well. Hooray for the East Indian food Izzy brought. That's yummy!
Glad the Atrial Fibrillation is easily controlled and an expected occurrence for your procedure, so not super scary. The visit with the shrinks sounds interesting. This whole "valve job" is a complete adventure in so many ways.
Onwards and forwards to complete recovery and back to slaying dragons! Love you good brother mine. dj/bzzzz
Glad to hear you had a good egg. I believe eggs are a comfort food and I still enjoy them often. See if they have some bananas too - those can really hit the spot too. I made some delicious banana oatmeal muffins yesterday and banana blueberry cake this morning. I'm sending you a piece by wish mail! Thanks for the updates. How long do you have to stay there? Ariel