Spidey returns!

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Spidey returns!

Postby LongWay2go » March 17th, 2005, 6:27 am

Hello all,

Thank you all so much for your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. I spoke with the thin and fabulous Leopard Woman yesterday evening upon my return home to let her know I am back and I will try to catch up with life as quickly as I can. I hope to be back into my routine in a month or so.

I had three surgeries for what turned out to be a form of flesh eating virus so things were a little touch-and-go. The doctor said had I waited 2 more days to go in to the ER, I would have been months and months in recovery.

From what I've been told, most people with the level of illness I had are in the hospital 6-8 weeks at a minimum, so I consider 3 weeks to be a blessing and am healing quickly. I am receiving care from the VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) and am on a wound vac for 3-4 more weeks if I continue to heal at my current rate. The original estimate was 16 weeks for recovery but things are moving right along.

I'm understandably weak and taking things as easy as I can but wanted to let everyone know I am back and will catch up as quickly as I can!

Gerald aka Spidey
on hiatus until "Vic the Vac" goes away!

WARNING: Don't try this at home, kids...
Euphoria may result!
Is this fun, or WHAT?!?
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Postby dlr2424 » March 17th, 2005, 6:35 am

Spidey.......WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........I'm not far from you so if there is ANYTHING you need please pm me. I have lived the past 14 years in & out of hospitals with my husband so I've learned to enjoy going. My prayers go out to you as health challenges are grueling...but you have incredible strength and God will see you thru to where you are to be. Keep up the positive attitude and keep us posted with your health. May God bless you always and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!!!! :mrgreen:


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Postby scrabbler7 » March 17th, 2005, 6:59 am


So glad to hear that you are recovering and are at home. We all missed you!!!!
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Postby raederle » March 17th, 2005, 7:04 am

YAY!!! I'm so glad you're back and doing so remarkably well-- sounds like you're beating all the odds and breaking all the land speed records for recovery time! That's just wonderful. It just hasn't been the same here without you!

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Postby kassilou » March 17th, 2005, 7:07 am

I'm glad you are doing better and are out of the hospital. How horrible! You must be so glad to be home.

Take everything nice and easy. Welcome back!
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Postby Unca_Tim » March 17th, 2005, 7:27 am

Yikes Spidey!!

I wont try that one at home :redhead:

Get well soon.... :D
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Postby monkeymom » March 17th, 2005, 7:27 am

Yay.........so glad to see you back Spidey. I hope the hospital is forwarding your mail to you for a bit cause I think my card got in the mail a little late :(

What a great attitude you have Gerald, that will surely carry you through this ordeal with flying colors!!!

Take care and God bless. We will all be looking forward to seeing more of you here very soon :)
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Postby 24KaratGold » March 17th, 2005, 8:24 am

Oh Spidey, we were so worried about you! I'm glad you're home, and working on getting better now. And thank goodness you had taken off all that weight -- that could only have been a benefit given the medical treatment you had.

I, too, hope the hospital is forwarding your mail; my card went out of here a couple of days ago, from the other side of the country.

It's nice to see you around these parts again.

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Postby TamiL » March 17th, 2005, 8:33 am

Hey Gerald
WELCOME HOME!! Wish you a speedy recovery....Will keep you in my prayers!! If ya need anything at all....Im just a hop skip and jump away...PM me and let me know!! ;) Good to see you posting again...we missed you!!
NOW...where is MIKE???????? :shock: :?: :?: :?:
our Guido's have been absent!! but not forgotten!!

Speedy recovery to you.....


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Postby itsgonnaworkthistime » March 17th, 2005, 8:43 am

Welcome back Spidey!!!!

We are all so glad you are back and recovering in a spidey way!

Take it easy and listen to those nurses!!!

Hey maybe that wound vac could work as a liposuction!! (just kidding, but wouldn't that be cool!)

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Postby junglejane » March 17th, 2005, 8:49 am


I'm rather new to the forum but I have been drawn into the lives of all the
wonderful people here. Your illness touched me and I hope to see you in full recovery! I will drink all my shakes in honor of you until your body is healed! I will call all the pounds I lose the "Spidey Pounds" in your honor!

God Bless and keep the spirit up!

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Postby raederle » March 17th, 2005, 9:23 am

Jane, that's a great idea! Why don't we all dedicate our lost flabbage at this Sunday's roll call to Spidey? Of course, we wouldn't want to *give* it to him, exactly, but you know what I mean. Let's see how many pounds we can lose for Gerald this week!

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Postby Karen » March 17th, 2005, 2:12 pm

Welcome home Spidey. Tis good to see you on here again. Wound Vacs work miracles. Drink lots of protein and you will heal in no time!
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Postby cthrn007 » March 17th, 2005, 3:30 pm

I too have been following the updates and keeping you in my thoughts Gerald!! Isn't that funny to think about... all of us Newbies that didn't have the pleasure of the prior Spidey exchanges have been reading your old posts and following along with the updates and are all involved in your life now!! We have kept you in our prayers and missed you and your Spidey self!!

Soooo glad to hear you are feeling better and please know you have people spread out all over the place that are praying for your health and happiness!!

Best Wishes & Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
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Postby joysea » March 17th, 2005, 3:37 pm

Spidey, my face lit up when I saw that you returned! I, too, am new to this group and feel like I know you from reading all of your posts!

I am so glad you are on the mend...you will be in my prayers. I, too, will dedicate all pounds lost this week in your honor. You don't realize all the people you touch on this great website.

I am really, really happy you're back!


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