Update on the Hatted walking wounded

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Redfokker, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. Redfokker


    Albany Oregon
    Sorry for the long post, but here is my update...Two fingers, hunting and pecking have just not been working out. I just have been in so much pain over the past months with little or no sleep on a daily basis to be coherent on the lounge. Please excuse my sorrow for not keeping up. I really do miss everyone, a lot.

    My back surgery went well, it took away all of the sciatica pain. I was trying to get back into walking for rehab, and was really making some progress to recovery. Then, on Wednesday, 9/11/19, I had a severe fall in my driveway and broke my hand and two ribs. I still had a limp from before the back surgery and had a tendency to drag my left foot. I was walking down our sloped driveway to get something from my car, and my foot caught on the pavement and down I went. I hit the ground like a sack of cement. I was more concerned with saving my Borsalino Featherweight on my head than my own personal injury. The hat survived, I however, did not. Went to the urgent care the next day (Patty forced me to...) and the doctor came in and said "well, you broke some stuff!" I broke the bone in my hand for my little finger and my 6th and 7th ribs. They are the worst of the deal, breathing, coughing, sneezing and moving are very painful. Went to the Orthopedic specialist for my hand and found that they have to put pins in the break (which is near the joint in the wrist).

    The surgery went well, I now have a "catcher's mitt" of a dressing. Pins come out in a month, then lots of PT, both for the back and hand. The hats are still worn everyday, just no photographic evidence. I have been going through a horrible dry spell in my collection.

    On top of everything else, I am Stage Managing two shows right now at our community theater. My cast will not let me do much, but I am still in charge. We just opened "Mama Mia" this weekend, wonderful musical with all ABBA music! Next will be a comedy called "Tuna Does Vegas", two actors that play about 10 characters each. Great fun. I am considering this rehab to get through it.

    My lucky hat for these surgeries has been my late 1950s Stetson Royal Deluxe, super light weight. My wife snapped a shot before they wheeled me in for surgery. I wore my Borsalino Featherweight from Anthony when I found out that I "broke some stuff" (the doctor's words)

    12Sep19 Urgent Care Borsalino 550x.jpg 12Sep19 Urgent Care Borsalino brim 550x.jpg 23Sep19 Surgery Stetson 600x.jpg
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  2. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

    Central California

    We’ve missed you around here, Mike. Sorry for he run of bad luck and health issues...here’s to hoping it’s all behind you.

    Here’s to your quick recovery.

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  3. Redshoes51

    Redshoes51 One of the Regulars

    Mississippi Delta
    I am so sorry to read about your ordeal... I'm glad to hear that you had some degree of relief/success with your back surgery. I retired effective June 30, 2018... and then in less than two weeks, I did a number on my back. I struggled with it for a bit... finally a dr decided that I needed an epidural to try to ease the pain... and that did absolutely nothing... another week of waiting and the dr decided I needed surgery on my L4/L5 discs... that did NOT go well at all... I was in horrible pain... greater than what it was prior to the surgery if possible...

    I struggled with pain and an inability to walk until about the third week in October, 2018, when I finally got better... no pain.. walking great... no drop foot or dragging foot... I thought I had made it.

    On Thuursday, November 8th, of last year, my brother realized that I was not answering my phone... not returning text messages... so he came to check on me... He found me on the floor near death...

    I had developed a staph infection that, when it hit, just took me down... the drs figure I was on the floor for about 3 days...

    I was in ICU for a week... and then in the hospital for another three weeks while they tried to figure out what exact infection I had and how to combat it. I was released, and then had home health care... physical therapy... occupational therapy... I could not walk... I had developed rhabdo in my shoulders and arms... it has been a nightmare.

    On January 28th of this year, the infection returned... and I was back in ICU for about 5 days... went on another antibiotic... I am better... the infection has caused great damage to the vertebrae... the spine has collapsed at the point of damage and is pinching the sciatic nerve for my right leg... so at times, I resemble Frankenstein's monster when i walk...

    I still restricted range of motion with my arms... I am going to have to have reverse shoulder replacements on each shoulder when the infectious disease doc is of the opinion that we have the infection under control... plus at some point, i am going to need another back surgery to brace up the spine where the bone erosion has occurred...

    Needless to say, I am glad to be here... I damn near died...

    RedFokker... I am glad to hear that you survived your fall ok... this getting old is for the birds...

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  4. Redfokker


    Albany Oregon
    Wow, I feel like a piker in comparison to your story. Let's both look forward to a healthy 2020. Thanks my friend.
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  5. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

    New Forest
    Your misfortunes have reached the shores of Europe, we all want to send you our best wishes for a speedy recovery, so come on, there's a musical to produce, get a move on. Now when you done that you're invited to come over to the UK and do a musical based on the 1963 movie: "Beach Party." There's a bevy of beauties in the cast, well they were in 1963, but I reckon that if fine wine improves with age........
    Anyway, what we all want to say is: "Hats off to you."
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  6. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

    Northeast Nebraska, USA

    Good grief gents. Take care of yourselves and best wishes.
  7. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

    Northeast Nebraska, USA
    You're looking good Mike. The hat helps! Take care.
  8. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Call Me a Cab

    Central Texas
    Prayers for you, sir. Get well soon.
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  9. steur


    Wishing you a speedy and smooth recovery, Mike. Maybe you can put your admiring church ladies to work for you and put in a word on your behalf. We want you back here on the lounge.
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  10. Frunobulax


    Funkytown, USA
    Good to see a post from you, Mike. Sorry about your recent troubles. Hope you're back in the game soon.

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  11. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Get well and get a new hat!
  12. Got luck in your recovery & physical therapy, Mike.
  13. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

    Boston area
    The hat looks great, Mike!
    All seriousness aside, please take care of yourself.
  14. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned Practically Family

    The Great Lakes
    Thanks for the update, Mike. Your presence has definitely been noted and missed. Disappointing to hear about the setback, especially after what sounds to finally be some much needed good news and progress for your back. Sending some positive vibes your way for a continued recovery, and more importantly, some new hats for your collection.
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  15. DOGMAN

    DOGMAN One Too Many

    Northeast Ohio
    Been saving up good Karma....Sending it your way.
  16. Dang Mike, you've been through the wringer. Best wishes for a quick recovery. Keep the hat-wearing, it will brightnen your days.
  17. Clifton

    Clifton New in Town

    Along the south coast, UK.
    "this getting old is for the birds"
    Well we're all getting older but when I was young I didn't have a decent 'proper' hat, just baseball caps (and that was before they were fashion items. So, while I have aches, pains and health conditions I have a good hat to wear, especially my Banjo Paterson which is current favourite. Wore it this morning as I exercised my leg and the rain seemed less severe.

    Take care Gents and take heart - you are not alone and I'm sure good thoughts are being telepathed your way. In fact my best friend turned old when he turned 50. 50 year olds= kids!
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  18. A step forward and one back. Glad to hear you are taking it in stride and are on the mend again. Speedy recovery Mike!
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  19. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

    Twin Cities, MN USA

    Shoes, Red; Healing wishes are sent to you both this morning. I echo Charlies words - be safe. Be well. Thinking of you both this morning.

    Best, Eric -
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  20. Steve1857

    Steve1857 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    So great to hear from you again, Mike. You've definitely had more than your fair share of injuries lately. Let's hope the hand was the last.
    I must say, despite surgery and bad news from the doc, you look really good in the Stetson and Borsalino. Once a hatman always a hatman, I guess.
    Take care Red.

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