Because you asked…

OK, because so many have asked and it’s just too much to try and email over and over, here goes, the most comprehensive rundown of my life to ever hit the web, and not to worry, no ‘fobbits’ will be harmed nor will any national secrets be divulged in the writing of this tale…

According to my dear and glorious physicians, I have apparently been diabetic since I was in my ‘teens, and that was a long time ago, and it also appears that it lay undetected for many years, I was, all things considered, as healthy as a horse until late March of 1994 when I suffered a serious heart attack while on assignment, I was transported to a facility in Seattle and they did a 4x bypass, things went like a dream and 6 weeks to the day I played a full 18 holes of golf at my local club back home in Louisiana, 2 weeks later I was released to lite/moderate duty, a damned desk basically, and 2 weeks later I was told by a brilliant cardiologist that I could return to my FULL set of whatever the hell it was I happened to be up to at the time…

Obviously, he had no real idea of what my job was, I was forced to take medical retirement at the age of 40, I just wasn’t up for the past stress that had put me where I was, so, brilliant me, I went into the trucking business full time, not as a side line, not as a tax write off, oh no, I got seriously into this thing with a major Van Line that had a very secure ‘High Security’ division…

Because of my past experiences I was able to attain the highest of security clearances and I became involved in the transportation of high value electronics, medical equipment, trade shows and then again into the ‘high security’ stuff, my favorite, we got to carry the guns and had U.S. Marshals escort us, had helicopters overhead, all the good stuff, it was a blast and I was in my element once again and loving every minute of it…

Well, things rocked on for a while and life was really good until I had what turned out to be a gall bladder attack in ’99, but even that wasn’t as bad as being found to be severely diabetic but pretty much able to maintain with diet and pills…

August 2002, my world crashed into a huge pile, at least I was in the Dallas area this time and not on the other side of the world, it was HOT, it was mid-day August 28th in Dallas and I had another full blown heart attack, and this was a big one too, any bigger and I’d have gone with Fred Sanford to see Elizabeth…

Being a perpetual optimist I told the wife, 6-8 weeks after surgery and I’ll kick this thing in the ass again, and knowing me and my drive as only she possibly can, she agreed and I went back for another 4x bypass, except this time it didn’t take, only about 70% did, the doctors wrote it off to diabetes not allowing healing, who knows, in any case I had to finally take full retirement and disability, sold my business and equipment and 5 years ago I started doing forums and then my 1st blog and it’s been a blast again…

About 2 weeks ago I thought I was coming down with the flu that’s going around and was taking all the OTC crap and NOT going to the doctor as I should have, things got completely out of balance in my system, sugars went nuts, enzymes, phosphorus, potassium, ALL of it, went completely out of balance and then I had a damned gall bladder attack hit, for real, I mean hurt worse than BOTH heart attacks put together, and to make matters worse, I developed pancreantitus, severe case, it and the gall bladder were tossing bombs at each other and last Monday AM I ended up in the ICU at Baylor Med Center in Garland, spent 2 1/2 days there and 3 full days in a ward, now it’s all balanced back out for now, they have the gall bladder and pancreas cooled off, lots of antibiotics, diet change and so forth, I go in Wednesday morning for a heart stress test and if all is well, in a week or 2 I’ll have an out patient procedure done and the gall bladder will be gone, along with a lot of other problems…

Serious blogging will be on hold for a while yet, but I am working on a very serious article concerning the medical profession in America and who is actually running it, I am, after all, getting a lot of 1st hand knowledge to use…

All the best to my friends, family and readers, we seriously appreciated the calls, notes, comments, emails and visits, thank you all for caring…

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24 Responses to Because you asked…

  1. Ranando says:

    Holy Crow, that’s a bummer.

    Well, at least your here now and that’s what counts. Your really not missing anything, same shit different day.

    The Right stills hate the Left, the Left still hates the Right. We’re going to trade the Chimp in for Monkey Boy or we’re getting the guy who wrote the book on evolution, since he was there at the beginning of time he has first hand knowledge.

    The World’s still spinning, Chaney’s still in a un-disclosed location, I still have a squirrel problem and my wife wants to get some goats. There, you see, same old crap.

    I do have some news on the “Hatcock” project, lot’s of interest, I’m really suprised but it may soon be a go. It would take a good 3 years to put it all together.

    “Life is but a stream I go fishing in”.

    Take care and good luck with the Gall and all that, “The Gall of it all”.

  2. Panhandle Poet says:

    Glad you survived! It sounds like you need to de-stress a bit.

  3. Arden says:

    Growing old ain’t for sissies. A short prayer and best wishes for a quick and speedy recovery. Hang in there. Arden

  4. Jim says:

    Well, yeah, that’s all very interesting but what has happened lately? ‘chuckle’

  5. Basti says:

    Glad you’re home Fred. You can’t seem to catch a break health wise. Keep the rubber side down and keep me posted.


  6. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    You kicked the ass of everything before, you’ll do it again my friend! See, you’re even back to the blog! Hope ALL goes well for you!


  7. Sage says:

    Welcome back Fred !!
    Sure hope things get better soon for you.
    (I was hoping you could divulge some national secrets with this post…haha)

  8. Butch says:

    Welcome back!

  9. ablur says:

    Glad to see you back at the old key board. We missed you.

    Wished I could come down and visit but 1500 miles, two mountain ranges and the requirements of life kept me away. I would love to shake your hand and thank you for being you.

    Need any extra material on the medical front? The wife and I will contribute. We deal with it everyday here.

  10. DragonLady says:

    Glad you’re on the mend. :-)

  11. mrchuck says:

    I knew it would take something like this to knock you down. By habit, I have been checking in daily to see if any info was up.
    You will make it. I also go into Tyler early tomorrow for a heart stress test. Got a failing aortic valve, and want to catch it in time.

  12. Nunoftheabove says:

    Sorry to hear that you have become of victim of the healthcare system. But glad to hear that you are winning the fight.

    I look forward to your post on healthcare. One of my great interests.



  13. cary says:

    Glad to hear (and see) that you are back in the pink again.

    Hey, any day you wake up on the green side of the grass …

  14. BobF says:

    Good to see you back.

  15. RTaylor says:

    Welcome back - we missed you. Looking forward to your insight on our health care system…..

  16. Robert says:

    Glad ya made it bud, Now get that other thing handled and you’ll be pissing off the right and the left just like old times….LMAO..

    Seriously, glad you are ok that was a scary time for those of us that knew what was going on, pass on our thanks to your better half as well for doing double duty, dealing with you and keeping us updated….The Wife was glad to hear you pulled through, she says “He’s to dang ornery to go yet” I had to agree….LOL.

  17. Red-Lee says:

    Sounds like you’re a real trooper with a positive attitude. I’ll keep you in my prayers for the days to come. We love you!

  18. Carl says:

    Glad you’re back, Fred. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you continue to recover. May God bless!

  19. Old Soldier says:

    Sounds like you are doing all of the right things. Hang tough young fella.

  20. Kate says:

    I am SO glad you are back! :)

  21. HCL says:

    Hey Fred,

    Just a bit busy?

    So VERY glad you are recovering, but most of all that you SURVIVED the medical profession during all these activities last few weeks.

    As Ablur said, I am MORE than HAPPY to support you in any way I can regarding your thought provoking article on the medical profesison. I’ve just had one of those days again, where even being a lawyer seems better than what I do for a living (remember i”m an RN in one of those national “revered” HMOs). The Good Lord reminds me that if it weren’t for me, he’d have no control over health care in America at all. Ha. Ha. True to form, actually, many of my patients tell me that if it weren’t for me, they don’t know what they would have done; sometimes it’s the patients that help me drag my butt back at it next day.

    God speed in your continuing recovery.


  22. LittleOleLady says:

    YOU’RE BACK!!!

    Good to see you back in the pilots seat.

    You just take care of yourself and the wife.. we’ve been so worried about you.

    *HUGZIES!* to ya both.

  23. rich glasgow says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive update….hope the stress test went well. Great to have you back online.

    Hope the Gall Bladder op goes great!

  24. Cheryl says:

    Glad you’re feeling better and blogging once again. You were missed.