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OK so as some of you know My waterfowl partner Dale, aka the Gander Commander has had a rough few years with an ongoing infection and heart issues.
He went under the knife today to have a valve and part of his aorta replaced. When they got in they also found the root of the infection. it ha taken hold of his heart and created a pocket of infection as well as eating a hole in his heart. Long story short his surgeon(one of the best in Canada) replaced the valve and aorta with state of the art after market parts and carved out the infection and repaired the hole. He is now in ICU recovery till he wakes then on to the ICU ward for a couple of days.
More to come as I get the updated from Miss Kate.
 

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OK so as some of you know My waterfowl partner Dale, aka the Gander Commander has had a rough few years with an ongoing infection and heart issues.
He went under the knife today to have a valve and part of his aorta replaced. When they got in they also found the root of the infection. it ha taken hold of his heart and created a pocket of infection as well as eating a hole in his heart. Long story short his surgeon(one of the best in Canada) replaced the valve and aorta with state of the art after market parts and carved out the infection and repaired the hole. He is now in ICU recovery till he wakes then on to the ICU ward for a couple of days.
More to come as I get the updated from Miss Kate.
Hopefully he'll be able to regain his position of honour with 'the boys' soon.
I've been involved with a tremendous variety of serious issues for many years
with friends, relatives, and even me. It always astounds me how much they can
do and the high level of specialists that call BC home.
 

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wish him well and a speedy recovery from me JIM......
Don't wish illness on anyone....
wife went thru the heart infection business......12 or 13 hours ....2 valves replaced and then opened up again,later that night.......

now she loves beer and swears like a sailor.......doctor says it might have been the ''blood-transfusion'' ?????
have to tell her to ''tone it down'' :OH-OH::harumph: my friends 97 year old mother gets offended easily !!!!
 
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CC just got off the phone with Miss Kate he is out of ICU and in a regular room in the cardiac ward. Complaining already. I was going to go see him Thurs but he's still pretty doped up so may put it off till next week. More updates as they come into the news room
 

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CC and Miss Kate talk daily, I will continue with the updates as they happen. Thanks for your well wishes.
 

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Talked to him tonight. Pretty stoned and in pain but still able to complain so all is as it should be at this point
 

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Speedy recovery Dale. You still have a lot of members here to respectfully torment..............:Heh, heh, heh:
 

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Tell him he has the lot of us in his corner, fighting right along with him....

And also tell him to get his hand off that nurse's butt as she takes his temperature. :Don't Go There:
 

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Wed. he had carrots, mashed potatoes, Meat Loaf and gravy with lemon pudding for desert. Chris went to visit him.
 

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I was going to say,let him know that #4 lead for ducks and #2 lead for geese,switching to copper coated B.B.Lead is the ''only''waterfowl loads that really work.....but then, its probably not the time to get into that...... passing on GOOD WISHES is the best thing to do.....glenn
 

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Tell him I think slugs are the best for pass shooting green heads. That aughta sturr some colorful remarks :Oh Yeah!:
 

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Even talking to him about ducks instead of geese will ruffle Dale's feathers! Can't believe he's lost that much weight so quickly. That hospital food must really be deplorable!
 

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How long is he supposed to be in there before the send him home? Big as he was - i doubt that he will last long, at the rate he's losing weight, if they keep him much longer. :Doh!:

That's a hell of an operation to come back from. Tell him that we congratulate him on being a stubborn olde pharte. :Hi:
 

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Been busy and missed this post in my skimming. Speedy and full recovery Dale.

I have to say that my during week long stay at Kamloops hospital for brain surgery in 2015 the food was nearly all the proper temperature and all but one entre' was very edible.
 

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I guess they will be springing him today. Talked to him and he sounded way stronger. May get to go see him tomorrow we will see how he feels when he gets home and settled
 

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Just got off to the phone with the Commander. He is home he ride took some out of him but he made it. I was headed over tomorrow but he has tests to go in for so he thought Thurs. would be better for him, so we shall see what Wed eve brings.
 

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That will make him blow that new valve. Duck hunting is not in his vocabulary lol
 

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I think it will take a while before he can stumble around in the pre-dawn darkness setting goose dekes out.

Do what the physio docs tell ya. Slow and steady will pay dividends in the long run. :Oh Yeah!:
 

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He was feeling a bit down today when we spoke. Before he went in he was talking about spring goose season. I think it has hit home this will be a long road back and hunting in Feb won't be part of his therapy.
 

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I see he has been back on line here on mu BD thread, hopefully he will post up his own thought and feelings going forward at this point. Straight from the horses mouth so to speak.
 

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I'm wondering if he might be given the OK to just tag along on a hunt this spring? :Maybe:

No work, no shooting, just setting there passing out the coffee, snickers, and cheeseburgers....... :Oh Yeah!:
 

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That would be a bad Idea. Dale would not "just tag along" and being a southpaw a heavy shot recoil over his heart would not be good.
 

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well I made the voyage to see the Commander yesterday. He is coming along all be it very slowly. He told me he ran into Ladner that morning for coffee, didn't go to Timmys at Bass Pro because the run to Ladner was farther. In reality Kate tells me he needs to walk a block a day but can't quite make it yet, who you going to believe lol. Spent an hour and a half with him which was about all he could muster. Another friend dropped in while I was there and we chatted about the seal cull, by the time we both left he was about done. Going to be a long long road back for him but he's a stubborn old cuss so I have no fear he will make it.
 

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Really tuff to sit things out when friends are off enjoying themselves. I hope he is aware of his mortality by now and will listen to the docs and therapists. He needs to know that the road back is going to be a long one - and a hard one on his patience.
 

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Visited a friend who had the same operation as Dale, but they had there back in June, still doing rehab. Cracking open the your chest, cutting all the chest muscles takes along time to heal. Imagine your chest takes all the torque when you fire a gun, pick up something with one hand, it takes 3 months just for the bones to heal back together. Dale needs to take it easy, not much choice in the matter. I think he realizes that know. Hoping to have a talk with him tomorrow and see if he wants some Haggis for Robbie Burns Day.
 

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Sounded really good tonight, even scolded the grand kids while I was on the phone with him. All 53 staples are out incision healing well. sounding stronger every day. I definitely see the progress be it slow.
 
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