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Family crisis

July 26, 2010 — BarryK
Just to let everyone know, I am somewhat pre-occupied right now, since Saturday. Still doing a bit of Puppy development but offline.

A close relative had a stroke, speech became jumbled, etc. We called an ambulance and have taken turns keeping him company, first in an emergency ward then in an intensive care ward. He needs an operation on the brain, but first has to wait until blood-thinning medications get out of his system.

I'm at his place tonight, using his computer. I booted Puppy off a CD, as I never like using anyone's Windows system -- don't want to risk typing my passwords into unknown Windows-based systems.


Username: timremy
mr barry my wife and me will keep you in our prayers, along with you family member. in Jesus's name timremy Username: 26 Jul 2010, 20:38
"01739"'Bust hopes"grumpywolfe"It is good of you to help a family member in there time of need and I am sure all in the puppy community will understand and hope for the best."26 Jul 2010, 20:56"01739"'Understand your efforts"gcmartin"Having been in this situation and having witnessed this, I understand the stress this places on a family. I hope you're in a country that has a health card plan. It helps in both treatment and impact on family day-to-day fortunes. You're doing the right thing!"27 Jul 2010, 2:43"01739"'Best wishes to all"Tony"Puppy will still be there when you get back, just spend time with your loved ones All the best Username: 27 Jul 2010, 4:14
"01739"'Re health card plan"BarryK"Australia is one of those fortunate countries that has a national health support system. The public hospital system is free and quite good. However, my relative has private cover -- which is an interesting situation as he is being treated in a public hospital. His private cover entitles him to a private specialist surgeon rather than one of the in-hospital doctors. He also may be able to get a private room later on, a complimentary toiletry pack, $5 free phone calls, complimentary meal for a visitor! ...though I was never offered a meal while sitting there :happy: His intensive care ward is pretty good, he is quite cheerful and is enjoying all the attention from the nurses. Username: 27 Jul 2010, 8:22
"01739"'Best of luck"Jyo"Brand new Puppy Linux user here -- just installed it today to breathe new life into an inherited 2003 laptop. (It's working great, though I haven't quite mastered the learning curve. Thanks!) I'm sorry to hear the news -- best wishes to you and your family."27 Jul 2010, 9:18"01739"'Prayers!"edoc"Sure will pray in-agreement for excellent care and God's hand of healing. We lost an uncle to something similar a few weeks ago - but he was in his 80's and a high-stress guy all of his life. Your relative is blessed to have close family to help -- and that your government-care allows private insurance -- the countries that don't have real problems (no incentive for excellence). Family first! The Puppy will still be there smiling and wagging his tail when you return from your more-important duties."27 Jul 2010, 10:28"01739"'My prayer with you and your relative"jamesbond"My prayer with you and your relative. Hope everything will get better soon. God bless."27 Jul 2010, 18:51"01739"'Take the time"JustGreg"Please take the time to help your relative. It is more important to look after your relative. Just take a day at a time. May God bless you and your family."27 Jul 2010, 19:33"01739"'Elephant power"Lobster"I am doing a special 40 day sadhana (practice) to Ganesha, the Hindu Elephant God. I will send your father some elephant healing. Ganesha especially adores chocolates, so he is open to sanctified bribery. :) [b]Aum ganadhyakshaya namah[/b]"27 Jul 2010, 22:56"01739"'Priorities"wombat01"Your family and friends are your priority. Please give them the attention they require. Puppy will wait, he is a good dog. Best wishes."28 Jul 2010, 7:07"01739"'Best Wishes"WN2A"You have your priorities right, Barry. Everything else is small potatoes. God bless you and your family. "28 Jul 2010, 9:14"01739"'My good wishes..."russoodle"..thoughts and hopes for a successful recovery for your family member, Barry. As wombat01 commented, 'Puppy will wait, he's a good dog', and we'll still be here, too. Take care of you and yours."28 Jul 2010, 18:35"01739"'Foiled again"aarf""I'm at his place tonight, using his computer. I booted Puppy off a CD, as I never like using anyone's Windows system -- don't want to risk typing my passwords into unknown Windows-based systems." Rats! Foiled again:("29 Jul 2010, 2:39"01739"'Gibran / Haskell"FeodorF"Find out the best in a person and tell him about it. We all need that. I have grown up on praise - and it has made me humble. It will always make a person long to deserve the praise. And any real consciousness is aware of something much greater than itself. Praise means understanding. We all are fine and great, fundamentally; overestimation of one another is impossible. Learn to see the greatness and the loveliness in one another - and to tell one another of it when we see it. Mary Haskell’s Journal [January 14th, 1922]"30 Jul 2010, 8:57"01739"'Aspirin"Raffy"I hope that meds/aspirin (and the nurses!) do wonders for his immediate cure!"1 Aug 2010, 11:57"01739"'Improving"BarryK"Yeah, he likes the attention from the nurses! He is getting better, was able to say complete sentences today. A few of days ago it was mostly scrambled, his writing too, plus partial paralysis, and confusion. I'm still minding his place, but managing to do a bit of work on the Woof scripts. Underlying stuff, that might not be much noticeable in the final built puppy. Username: 1 Aug 2010, 19:41
"01739"'You're doing the right thing"Béèm"Priority should go to family. Glad to hear there is some improvement and hope full recovery will be there after all."2 Aug 2010, 17:26"01739"'Praying as well"Bones01"Barry, when I occasionally look at your blog, I'm amazed at what you are able to do. But I join with the others in knowing that there are more important matters. Praying for you in Vic. Brian "3 Aug 2010, 14:15"01739"'

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