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Journal Entry: Tue Sep 21, 2010, 10:00 AM


I am now in recovery from my bypass surgery. I underwent a femoral bypass about 10 days ago, as many of you know from my last journal entry.

It went well. All of the symptoms directly associated with the reduced blood delivery to my right leg and foot have been relieved. The limb is rosy and warm. I have far less problems with my leg and foot "going to sleep", pins and needles, cramping, etc.

Some symptoms remain. They are from damage that was done to both the nerves and tissue in my right calf and foot last year when the femoral artery first became occluded (blocked off). My surgeon then related to me the likelihood that some damage would be permanent. The symptoms I still endure are from that permanent damage. If they remain the only symptoms I have to endure, they are quite manageable.

As I have related in the past, this disease is progressive and has no "cure". Eventually, no matter what is done, or what changes I make in my life style, the disease will cause further problems. In fact, I can feel symptoms in my left leg now which will eventually likely lead to additional surgeries in the future. Far into the future, it is to be hoped.

But, for now, I am better, and healing nicely.

To everyone who had kind and supportive words for me during this process, my wife and I would like to say that there simply are no words to express how touched we were. The web is replete with so-called "communities"... so much so that to say the word is over-used is to understate the situation completely. Here on DA, not only have I made true friends that have real personal meaning for me, I have come, over the now nearly three years of my membership to the site, to feel a deep sense of belonging, to a real community, of like-minded, classy, intelligent... as well as supportive and dedicated people form all around the world.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: I first began using the internet in 1991 in Tallahassee, Florida. I joined a service offered by Florida State University. It cost $25.99 a month then (about $50-60 dollars in today's money), and the maximum speed of data transfer when I joined was 14.4 kilobytes per second. Loading a page with simple text and perhaps a few very small images could take 5 minutes or longer! Most sites were text only, and the number of commercial sites was extremely low.

I was one of the first 10,000 people to have a profile on what was then a new and mostly unknown service called YAHOO... I've had a profile on Yahoo continuously since early 1991.

19 years on the web. Long enough to have been a member of hundreds of forums and communities. Only a few of which I still subscribe to.

In all that time, Deviant Art is my favorite, and the one that has come to hold the deepest meaning for me. I care about this site. I participate in it actively and regularly. I cultivate relationships with fellow members. From all around the planet. Checking my "inbox" here at DA is a permanent part of my daily routine.

In other words, the community here, and all of you guys, are a big, important part of my world and my life. So, when I say that your notes to me, of encouragement and support meant the world to me, I mean it with all my heart.

Thank you, my friends.

  • Listening to: myself snore
  • Reading: The Romulan War by Maichael Martin
  • Watching: Sons Of Anarchy, Hawaaii 5-0, and my lovely wifey
  • Playing: Dragon Age Awakenings, Singularity, Torchlight
  • Eating: Crab stuffed Flounder, bar-b-qued baby back ribs
  • Drinking: sun tea, Sobe flavored water, Snapple
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loupo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
It's great to hear that you're safely the other side of the op and recovering well. Fingers crossed that further need for ops is a long time away.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks loupo...

Went to Disney this past weekend. walked 3 parks in one day. Haven't done that in 5 years. Was a good day...:)
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loupo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
My kids would be so jealous! Half of the reason for my working is the promise that one day we will afford to haul the five of them out to Disneyland. Great to hear that you're up and about in style. I hope you got on the rides too?!

Just popping in. I'm doing some sample pieces for an art firm wanting to plug their glass paints which is fun.

I hope you're still getting the chance to outlet that creative guilt. Great to see you back on here.

Lou
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Lou!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thrilled to hear you are doing well! Now, do something with a pen or pencil in the "downtime." :lol:
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Did a little drawing based on the Res Evil contest thing that was going on a while back. About 2 weeks ago now, I guess. Its in my gallery if you want to take a peek.

Thanks a bunch for the kind words, old friend.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am glad to hear the surgery went smoothly and you are recovering - continue to be well! :)
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks tons, cerulean...
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I give praise to God, for you and your doctors, Rob!
My hope is that all will be well for you and any progression of the disease will be manageable so that you enjoy the best of life!
I'm really glad you're okay, buddy! Continued prayers! :)
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch, Eth...
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wildhaggisis Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
good to here your surgury went well. hopefully you wont have to deal with this again for a very long time.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thx!:)
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celestriastars Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
So glad to hear that your surgery went well. I was wondering how you were doing and hoping things were going OK for you.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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SiteLine6 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to here the sturgery went well
:ahoy: Caviar n crackers! crab n flounder and a large Dram of chilled Snapple to ya!
and of the sorts to be writing and playing Dragon age, good game that! play it myself
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Grim
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SiteLine6 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
how you progressing?
up and about yet?
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Actually doing splendidly. The wounds from the surgery are healing very fast. The blood flow is clearly much improved. I'm weak, and need time to get my sea legs back, so to speak, but all in all, I feel like the surgery went brilliantly well.

:)
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SiteLine6 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
good to here things are moving along nicely
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Blades-123 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear you are feeling better, hope you continue to do so. Take care of yourself. :)
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words, Blades.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish you all the best with the remaining recovery from the surgery and lots of luck of slowing down the rest!
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thx!:)
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