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John Greenewald, Jr. Home From The Hospital

From: John Greenewald <john.nul>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 11:18:31 -0700
Fwd Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 07:43:49 -0400
Subject: John Greenewald, Jr. Home From The Hospital

Hello everyone,

First and foremost - thank you to everyone for their letters and
phone calls regarding my status. It means a lot to me that all
of you care as much as you do!

For those of you who do not know, last Friday I was taken to the
emergency room with extremely intense chest and later stomach
pains. I quickly came to discover that my appendix was about to
blow, and I was rushed into an emergency surgery Friday night.

Let me tell you, never in my life have I experience such pain.
What was supposed to be a routine surgery turned into a slighter
greater ordeal than doctors anticipated. I was only supposed to
have three holes to remove my appendix, but rather according to
the doctors, the appendix was extremely infected and required a
longer incision for the surgery.

An hour later, I woke up in recovery (which seemed like a blink
of an eye) and then the pain started. The pain meds helped to a
point, but then a couple of hours later my fever turned into a
concern as it went above 103.6, then peaked I believed at 103.7.
All of my vitals set off the alarms all night long, including my
blood pressure, high heart rate from the pain, and even my
oxygen fell so I was put on oxygen.

My fever was so high they packed my in ice (literally) and
started pumping me full of morphine for the pain. (I had to wait
out the fever since I couldn't drink anything for 12 hours)  It
took a few days, but my temperature came back to normal, and my
pain meds were reduced to pill form in lieu of my morphine

I was discharged from the hospital on Monday, and have been home
ever since. My girlfriend has been absolutely amazing, along
with my mother who flew in from taking care of my grandfather up
north. They have been angels with this, as I have had a TOUGH
time down this road to recovery.

But for the most part, here I am a little over a week since the
surgery and doing quite well. Still enjoying my pain meds as
the pain does get a bit much at times, but am now able to stand
and walk on my own without assistance.

Let me tell you, this has been quite a humbling experience.
When I (still at the writing of this e-mail) can not even put on
my shoes - it makes you realize how lucky many of us are. I
understand what it is like to be physically unable to get out of
bed, put on my pants, or even go to the bathroom unassisted.
Its embarassing, but I realized I had people like my girlfriend,
mother, father, sister and many others who were there to support
me in so many ways - even many of you who learned of this from
my dad and sent in letters and called my parents house.

I should be back to work on Monday - taking it easy of course,
but realizing how lucky I am to return to work.

As I don't want to seem overly dramatic - my reason for feeling
this way is simple. Many would say it was a miracle the
appendix didn't burst by the time of surgery. Although that is
up for debate, late last year, I had the exact same thing happen
when I was uninsured, and I ended up NOT going to the hospital.
I believed until last Friday it was simply a blockage in my
system that passed, but realize now after talking with the
doctor, that too was my appendix. It was just a stroke of good
luck it didn't blow up, and subsided on its own - only to
return a couple of months later. (When I was insured)

Count your blessing everyone - I am.

I hope to continue Black Vault Radio shortly, and return to some
sense of normalcy. Again, thank you all for your concerns and
letters throughout all of this - it means more to me than you


John Greenewald, Jr.

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