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From: Brian (BrianB125) Posted by host4/20/19 6:12 AM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (791 of 815) 
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Great to here from you Rex.  Hope they can figure out where the infection is coming from - University of Chicago and Mayo should be able to do that.  Other than that, it sounds like you are doing really well.

My newest thing is learning how to braise aluminum. - learning new things does keep you young - at least I hope so.



From: Rex (rcclark99)4/20/19 4:50 PM 
To: Brian (BrianB125)  (792 of 815) 
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Learning new things is a great joy to me these days and I'm happy to hear about your aluminum brazing. 

Yes, if I could get past these health issues I would be in a very great place right now. About the time I get seemingly well and strong along comes a new case of septic shock and I end up with a 1-2 week hospital stay. I've cheated death several times here and I know the odds are turning against me if we don't get this ship righted. So, on we go continuing to seek the answers we're looking for. 

Thank you for your thoughts Brian. I hope spring is coming to your part of the country. It's trying to come here too but it's been a struggle to chase old man winter away.


From: MaryLouise34/25/19 5:24 AM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (793 of 815) 
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Rex, how good to find a long  message from you! as you know, I'm following your health progress on FB and hoping they sort out the bacteremia soon. And I hope you get spring warmth and colour soon.  I'd love to do ballroom dancing, such fun!

We're in autumn here -- lovely time of year and if we get decent winter rains I'll be very happy. A close friend of mine died suddenly a couple of weeks ago and I have been missing her and grieving, but not wanting to anaesthetise the sadness -- as you say, those days are long behind us!

I popped in here a few days ago and the site was down, not sure if that was Delphi or me. I'd love to see more posts on this forum, but I notice a dwindling interest in forums generally across the Internet. Many of us are connected on social media or LifeRing lists so we will stay in touch.

All love to you and Judy, Rex. Stay well.



From: MaryLouise34/25/19 5:27 AM 
To: Brian (BrianB125)  (794 of 815) 
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Brian, what does it mean to braise aluminium? Do you mean in metalwork, a kind of heat brushing or melting?

I agree that energies get renewed with new learning skills. I'm busy looking at obscure and impossibly difficult poetry (Alice Notley, Barbara Guest) with some very smart people online and that keeps me on my toes!



From: Brian (BrianB125) Posted by host4/25/19 7:08 AM 
To: MaryLouise3  (795 of 815) 
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Braising is a technique just short of welding.  When you weld, the two pieces of metal actually melt and flow together and you often use a filler rod, which is just a rod with an alloy of steel,  to add a little more material to strengthen the weld.   When you braise, the two pieces of metal do not melt, they just get really hot, but the braising rod does melt and forms a bond with the two pieces of metal - holding them together.  Braising isn't as strong as welding, but it is useful for many purposes.  The problem with braising aluminium is that aluminum  doesn't change color as it gets hot the way steel does.  It's fairly easy to tell how hot a piece of steel is by just seeing the color.  This doesn't work with aluminum and the danger is that it will just melt and run in to a big puddle.  The difference is temperature between when the braise will work and when the aluminum will melt is not all that great, so this is a real danger - at least for me.

I've also been reading Dickens.  I reread Great Expectations and am not almost done with Oliver Twist.  It's somewhat like seeing Shakespeare, all these characters that have entered the common language.    Ellen and I are going on a car trip later this year and we are going to listen to Bleak House.

I also read A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum, about a Palestinian woman growing up in a very traditional family is Detroit, Michigan.  It's a fantastic book, though very hard to read because of the subject - it reinforces all my prejudices against traditional cultures no matter where they are.

Wonderful spring here in Washington - somewhat cool so everything is spread out they way they should be - dogwoods then redbuds, daffodils the tulips - but my nose is paying the price, allergies are bad.  It will be time to start working in the garden in West Virginia is a couple of weeks, that will be good.

Good to see you back.



From: MaryLouise34/27/19 4:45 AM 
To: Brian (BrianB125)  (796 of 815) 
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Hi Brian

I've bookmarked that Etaf Rum novel to order through the library. And I might reread some Dickens myself this coming winter. Have you read Peter Ackroyd's biography of Dickens (not new)? It is also a biography of 19th-century London and for me it shed light on  the dirty half-concealed London shown in Bleak House, the Inns of Chancery, Holborn, the law courts, the slow-moving legal system so implacably dominating matters of money, legacy, death  for so many.

Love to see garden pics on Facebook when you've done some work in the garden. And now I know what braising aluminium involves and the risks! Do take care.



From: Brian (BrianB125) Posted by host4/27/19 7:15 AM 
To: MaryLouise3  (797 of 815) 
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I'll look up Peter Acroyd's book.   Oliver Twist is much more "political" than Great Expectations - much more condemning of the poor houses, the legal system and just the treatment of the "lower" classes.  The Artful Dodger gets transported for stealing a snuff box.    The other things about Oliver Twist is that it is much more visual than Great Expectations.  You could trace some of the movements through the city - if you made a movie you wouldn't need story boards to describe the movements.  I'm really glad a reread Great Expectations and rediscovered Dickens.

It will be a while for garden pics, can't plant until after May 15 because of the danger of frost.



From: mkh1064/29/19 10:24 PM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (798 of 815) 
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hi Rex,

just saw this post....and i am soooo sending best wishes for a resolution to the repeating sepsis. whoa, that is dangerous and exhausting. my dad had it once and it just wiped him out for quite a while.

sounds like you are and will be in good hands as far as medical help.


From: Rex (rcclark99)5/3/19 2:00 PM 
To: mkh106 unread  (799 of 815) 
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hi margit! 

It's great to hear from you. I did go to the University of Chicago hospital again last week and then to my infectious disease doctor two days ago. Both have agreed that despite all the tests, scans and mri's that I've had that they cannot locate the source of my recurring bouts with severe sepsis. My next stop is to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My doctors here have sent them a referral so right now the ball's in their court.

Yes, each of my severe sepsis attacks have been life threatening and difficult to recover from as your dad experienced. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.

Thank you for your thoughts. It means a lot to me.


From: Rex (rcclark99)6/29/19 11:28 AM 
To: All  (800 of 815) 
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Hi All,

I am at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and have been since last Wednesday. Judy and I will be here in Rochester until at least through next Wednesday, July 3. We are not in the hospital but spend a good part of each day in the hospital complex. It is indeed an unbelievable facility with some of the best doctors in the world. We stay in a local hotel which provides free shuttle buses making round trips all day long on a hourly basis.

After one day here we had narrowed the source of my recurring sepsis to three possible sources. By Friday afternoon, we have declared a winner. The problem seems to be a narrowing in some of the passageways in my liver which drains bile into my ducts which in turn supplies bile to my duodenum for digestion. When this bile gets backed and clogged in these narrowed passageways it allow bacteria to grow and eventually be released into my bloodstream which of courses causes my bouts with bacteremia.

I will be having tests over the next three days (mon-tues-wed) to determine how we fix it now. I also have to come back here to Minnesota for another procedure on July 11 at which time we will determine a treatment plan to go forward with. Worst case scenario is to remove part of my liver in open surgery here at Mayo, which is about 450 miles from our home but we do what we need to do. There are some less drastic measures which might be effective but we just won't know until after the ERCP test o July 11.

I am of course still sober, soon going on 10 years and appreciate the support and aid that my life partner Judy has provided over these stressful last 18 months or so. She's a trooper and I don't know how I would have managed without her.

I don't post often but think of you all often and especially who were here when I first came here and are still here. You are so special to me.


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