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From: Rex (rcclark99)11/13/19 5:53 PM 
To: cookly  (811 of 815) 
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Thank you for your response Rae. I have and have had a wonderful life. 

Yes, I’m going through Issues with my health but we all do. Nothing is perfect but my life is and has been an adventure everyday.

i have recently joined two PSC forums on Facebook, one of which is a closed group and its made me realize how much worse it could be. There are folks much worse off than me and some as young as 10 years old. I am extremely lucky to have not been diagnosed until late in life. As I look back on things I think the disease has been present for at least 10-12 years but not as serious as over the last 2-3 years. The average age of diagnosis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis seems to be about 40-50 years of age and while rare worldwide seems to be more prevalent in Northern Europe and Scandinavian countries. I’ll just continue to live my life and make the best of everyday. Fatigue is a problem as is being constantly on guard for recurring bouts with sepsis but I am getting pretty good at recognizing early symptoms of those so I go to the hospital as soon as I feel one coming on.

Thank you again for your thoughts. I hope your day is wonderful........mine is.


From: Rex (rcclark99)3/29/20 6:38 PM 
To: All  (812 of 815) 
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Hello All,

I've thought about you all for awhile now and decided I would come in and say hello. Life is very strange here right now as I'm sure it is where many of you are also. Judy and I are well physically and strangely enough doing pretty well emotionally also. We in Indiana are under a partial travel ban as are many states so we don't get out much and of course all the restaurants, bars, churches, schools and anywhere else non-essential are closed down. 

Our family business qualifies as an essential business under our governors proclamation so we are still open and running. I go into the office four mornings a week for about four hours a day. There are only three of us allowed in the office and we have virtually no one from the outside world come in. Our four guys in the shop are all doing well and while some of them are a little concerned about working during the pandemic, they all are appreciative of still having an income. My son and daughter have one or two meetings a week with them to stress how important it is to follow the rules they've set down for cleanliness and remain aware of their own health and if they don't feel well in any way to stay home and self-quarantine.

I turned 73 years of age a couple of weeks ago and have made it through the winter without a hospital stay since last October. I'm scheduled to go back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in July barring any complications before then.

I haven't thought about drinking for several years so that is no longer a problem. I passed my 10 year sobriety mark last November.

It is early spring here in the midwestern U.S. and we've actually had a very mild winter with very little snow. Judy and I have walked outside lately when we can since all the gyms and health clubs are closed. We did get a week of sunshine a couple of  weeks ago when we spent a week in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area. We ended our stay early when the Covid19 situation worsened and we flew back home in a full plane with many college-age spring breakers. All were mannerly, respectful and well-behaved. Mostly they were just interested in sleeping and they served no alcohol on the plane.

My vintage cars are still in storage and now of course we have no idea of if and when there will be car and hot rod shows this year. Both Chicago baseball teams were looking forward to fielding good teams this season and now that is on hold for months. 

Since I was diagnosed with my autoimmune liver disease I tend to look at things differently. I stress out over very little. I'm grateful for each new day and each new experience and don't think much about the long-term. I appreciate alone time and spend as much of it as I can. I get to spend a few hours every week working with my two kids who've both grown into kind, thoughtful middle-age human beings. Judy and I have a great relationship and respect each others boundaries as we've discovered what exactly they are. 

I hope everyone here is well. I intend to catchup by reading the many posts here that I have missed and replying to some that would be appropriate. Stay well and love to you all.


From: MaryLouise33/30/20 3:51 AM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (813 of 815) 
 3053.813 in reply to 3053.812 

Good to read you here, Rex, although we're connected on FB so I get your news there.

We're doing well here, in strict lockdown and  nobody leaves home unless they have to get basic food supplies or medical help. We have army and police patrols and so far it all seems quite orderly and peaceful.

Busy developing a sourdough starter, growing herbs, writing and editing. Not very different from my usual life -- neighbours all looking out for one another and especially the elderly here.

I'm so glad to hear you're doing well as regards health -- love to Judy.



From: Brian (BrianB125)3/30/20 9:26 AM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (814 of 815) 
 3053.814 in reply to 3053.812 

Good to see every things going well.  We are all hunkered down here not doing much.



From: Elsie (Elsiek)3/31/20 6:55 AM 
To: Rex (rcclark99)  (815 of 815) 
 3053.815 in reply to 3053.812 

Nice to hear your news Rex, it is really the most bizarre time isn't it? We take so much for granted. Take care of yourselves and keep safe.

E xx


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