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Major Detour: but alive and (not quite) kickin'!

Posted by VancePants on Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Just a quick note... away from The Hangout and everything else due to sudden episode of diverticulitis with bowel perforation... leading to partial colectomy with a draining ostomy.  Active lifestyle and walking the beach the day before... spent 15 days in the hospital... finally home yesterday.  Totally drained and dealing with my new "challenges" but, very fortunate to have had successful surgery and good prognosis for bowel re-anastomosis in about 3-4 months.  My wife is exception as well... makes all the differences.

Not sure how to play a banjo as yet with the ostomy bag and healing incision, but ... i'll get something figured out, down the road.

Cheers to all: hope to be back soon!

16 comments on “Major Detour: but alive and (not quite) kickin'!”

rickhayes Says:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @7:29:41 AM

Yikes! Sorry to hear about this but glad the prognosis is good. Best of luck going down the road. Hope you're back playing soon somehow.

GSCarson Says:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @7:46:50 AM

Sorry to hear but hope your recovery is quick and complete. Yikes, 15 days is a long time.... get well!

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @8:44:38 AM

Good luck with your recovery. I hope you can play again soon.

VancePants Says:
Friday, November 3, 2017 @6:00:13 AM

Thank you all for the kindness... yep, 15 days was a VERY long time, especially for an independent, previously active person like me. Best wishes to all... and enjoy every day you have your good health!

banjukebox Says:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @8:49:13 AM

Here's to a quick recovery, Ken (and a quick reversal as well.)

VancePants Says:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @8:53:44 AM

Much appreciated Pat; always enjoy your tunes... best t' ya mate!

guitarman8491 Says:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @2:51:28 PM

Ken, really sorry to hear this. Hope you heal up real soon, I'll be praying for you.

Laurence Diehl Says:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @9:39:42 PM're just walking around, minding your own business and bam! colon blowout time - ouch!!! I do hope you're on the road to recovery Ken, a positive attitude (and good health insurance) will hopefully get you all the way back in shape.

VancePants Says:
Sunday, November 5, 2017 @5:54:46 AM

Thank you Doug... recovery is going pretty well!
Yep Laurence, that's how it went down... the most horrible days i've endured, by far. Emergency surgery after days of intensive medical management failed... and i got worse, post-op... before i slowly got "better". Feelin' almost like myself now... and will be a whole lot better once off the antibiotics (awful metallic taste that leaves me with no appetite).
Onward lads... keep lookin' up!

Dave Gregory Says:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @7:42:04 PM

I don't look into out BHO as often as I used to, or should. I'm sorry I was late in finding out about your situation Mr Ken V. Pants. Just keep positive and take care of your self in body and soul.
As far as playing during your recovery, . . . . . maybe take a lesson from the great Jimmy Hendrix and try a bit of that playing behind the head action, or maybe like the dobro, in the lap steel git box way.
I hope for you and yours a good trouble free recovery.
Thanx for all the music you have shared with us over the years, I can't wait for more to come.

VancePants Says:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @5:14:14 AM

Dave... your comment reflects your thoughtfulness and empathy, which is therapeutic to me. Much obliged friend, and wishing you the best.

banjohack Says:
Friday, November 16, 2018 @8:39:42 PM

Sorry to hear you're having health problems Doc. I hope you have a speedy recovery. You gave me great encouragement when I was battling my health issues. I don't check the hangout that often anymore, but I always check the video section to see what you've been up to when I log in. You have made great progress over the years. Take care and get well buddy!

VancePants Says:
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @4:30:13 AM

Very kind of you, Jeff - i've been slacking on posting new content, though. I did have the bowel "reconnected" this past July... as well as an emergency hospitalization in April (bowel incarceration due to hernia at the ostomy site... grrr!)... and have made a slow, but steady recovery. Thankful to be almost back to "normal" activity-wise. Hope you are in good health and enjoying each day. Cheers friend!

charles grimm Says:
Monday, November 19, 2018 @8:55:41 AM

Get well soon, we miss your music!

VancePants Says:
Monday, November 19, 2018 @11:45:53 AM

Much obliged Charles... gonna tune up yon banjer t'day... got an idea for a tune. Best t' ya!

guitarman8491 Says:
Monday, November 19, 2018 @3:38:53 PM

Ken, my prayers have been with you right along. So glad to hear that you are almost back to your usual activity level. Always look forward to your tunes and performances.
Wishing you all the best..Doug...aka guitarman8491.

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