Life after the Blog

Just a quick update on what Ive up too the last couple weeks.

Lungs
I’ve pretty much fully recovered from that last exacerbation and hospital stint. I think the intubation is what caused me to get so sick in the first place. An endotracheal tube is the perfect conduit for introducing bacteria and viruses deep into the lungs. I was coughing up stuff for almost a month, something which is unheard of for me. The intubation also disqualified from participating in the 8 month NIH study in Maryland. The criteria says you have to be intubation free for 6-12 months. Oh well, probably would have got sick from all the air travel back and forth to Maryland.

Thanks to a good word put in by Dr Wenzel, a highly recommended and popular local Pulmonologist, whom it’s been impossible to get an appointment with, has agreed to take me on as a full time patient. I’m gonna give her a try and see if we click. First appt with the new doc is July 20th.

Everything Respiratory Magazine
I’m flattered to have my story featured in this magazine.

Walking
I may not be walking as much as I did prior to Boston, but I’m still walking everyday for an average of 21 miles a week. Ive had to cut back on my 5 mile bridge walks from 5 days to 3 days a week, as my lungs just can’t handle it anymore. In October I’m hoping to a half marathon in Sacramento. I was supposed to do it last year, but I ended up in the slammer that weekend.

Travel
It’s no secret that I love traveling overseas and if my lungs cooperate, I plan to do just that. In November I’ll be spending a couple weeks in England ( which Ive never been too ) and next March I hope to return to Italy to visit friends and family.

Music
For those of you who don’t know, one of my biggest passions and pleasures in life is music. In fact, if wasn’t for music I probably would not have taken up walking. I can’t tell you important my Mp3 player was in getting me to Boston.

As a young child I played the trumpet and actually became pretty good at it, even won a couple of talent shows. When the Beatles came out, I switched to piano and eventually to acoustic bass and finally bass guitar. In my early 20′s I became so fascinated with audio production that I my put my RT career on hold and got a job in a prominent recording studio in south Florida. I started by working as a roadie for local mobile sound production company and worked my way up to recording engineer and music producer. Unfortunately, that lifestyle ( at least in the early 80′s) wasn’t very conducive to good lung health, so after a couple of years I ended up going back to Respiratory therapy. Well, here it is 30 years later and I’m going back to what I really love, playing the bass.

I purchased a couple vintage Spector basses, one 4 a stinger and one a 5 stringer. The instruments themselves are like little works of art . Almost as fun to look at as they are to play. Of course it’s been a quarter of a century since Ive had a guitar in my hand, but modern technology has made it much easier to get back on track with all the cool digital tools that are available now. Being old school can have it’s advantages too, because early on I learned to read music…a rarity among bassists. No, I’m not going to join a band or anything like that. I play for the joy of playing learning and having fun.

On Location
For the last few days, the town of Crockett has been inundated with huge Movie production trucks and personal. They’re actually filming right across the street from my house right now. They’re are lots of vintage 1930′s cars and props lining the neighborhoods streets and tons production people milling around. It’s a movie by Paul Thomas Anderson (who did Boogie Nights and Magnolia and a bunch of other hits) The story is about a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the lead character. Oh…and I didn’t recognize him at first, but Joaquin Phoenix who is also in the movie, walked right past me (still in character) and say’s… how’s it going? . Pretty cool!

Well, that’s the latest. Hope everyone is staying reasonably healthy and enjoying their summer.

Cheers!

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4 Comments

  1. James says:

    Great to hear that you got in with the doctor, I hope you two click. Nice write up in the magazine. Although, it is frightening what you have to endure sometimes. Keep on having fun… :-)

  2. kerri says:

    Oooh, I need to see pictures of those basses to geek out over, please :-)

    Have you ever had a chance to play with Garage Band for Mac? Not as fun as a real band, of course ;-), but it's pretty rad.

    • I don\’t have a mac, but Ive used the pc equivalent \”Band -in-a -box\” and \”Mixcraft\” which are used mostly for recording.

      I\’m actually selling my 5 string. It\’s a Spector Q5 Pro from about 2001. Ive played a 4 string for so long, I cant get used to a 5 stringer. You have to be super agile to keep that extra B string from vibrating.The guitar also has a plucking ramp which I don\’t care for. I\’ll send you a pic.

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