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A man of the cloth and the steel he wields

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  1. Oh, Ted! So sorry to see you laid up – hope you feel much better soon! We look forward to hearing about all your adventures once you’ve gotten some rest.

  2. Jeez, Ted, I have been missing your usually-frequent and always interesting posts and am sorry to learn it’s for a serious reason and not just too much fun. (Which was a possibility, you must admit.) You don’t look happy there but you do look strong, so we won’t worry until you tell us to, OK? So relax and when you’re back in the saddle, there’ll be a celebration. Cheers.

  3. Ahhhhh shyte….

    Gotta remember I’m in nursing, my friend. I already can tell by your concoction of tablets and lancets, what has happened. As I’m not seeing any syringes, or ‘lizard spit’ injections, I’m guessing that you’ve either discovered you are in earlier stages, or not have just found yourself in a temporary position that they are observing.

    I hope you’re okay.

    1. Turned out to be a severe Potassium/magnesium deficiency that led to pretty bad Hypokalemia. Pretty much complete paralysis of legs/arms, but got caught in time to avoid paralysis of the lungs & heart (whew!).

      Additionally, they finally diagnosed me with Diabetes (I expected that, given my family history and my hummingbird-like diet) and the Neurosurgeon confirmed that my spine is an arthritis-ridden wreck, but also noted that it doesn’t seem to affect me much. I thought I had a pinched nerve in my spine, but that’s not the case at all.

      1. The Potassium deficiency is typical in diabetes, hence why I knew straight away what was going on – particularly when you have the lance set next to it!

        That’s interesting that you had a Hypokalemia episode that potentially threatened your essential organs. I’d imagine you’d have been feeling a substantial amount of pain for a bit prior to this.

        Shame about your back too. That’s a horrible thing to be told! However, arthritis comes in a variety of forms, and there’s a fair bit of great treatment out there at the moment. Let us know how your getting along!

    2. For the moment we’re trying to control his diet through diet and exercise – they will be checking up with him soon to determine if he needs insulin. *fingers crossed*

      1. If he’s not insulin dependent at this point, then everything can be turned around. Which I’m sure you’ve already been told. I’ve always found exercise to be the most effective means of turning around a bad situation, but this isn’t always achievable. If you’re in a position to do both, then you should be alright.

        Long term neglect could have led to some bigger issues like a stroke or cardiac arrest. Glad that neither happened.

  4. On a side note, you’re workshop looks great! And is that a new press of yours? Ohhhhhhh..

    1. Not new by any means – it’s an Itek 975 single-color probably manufactured in the late 70’s to early ’80s. Roughly comparable to a Ryobi 2800 or an AB Dick 360. It’s beat to hell, but still runs good work after around 30 years of daily use and probably a zillion or so impressions. The Japanese made really good machines back then.

  5. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    As to the above photos from the machinery: I am not sure exactly what you are doing, but it is impressive and I am curious as to your explanation of this set-up.

  6. Hang in there, Rev, and take it easy. The Typosphere ain’t going anywhere.

  7. Gee Ted, Sorry that those last 2 pictures are of you not feeling well. I do wish you all the best and a very fast recovery.

    I look forward to hearing more about what you’re doing and Con-7.

    Very nice printing shop. An offset press printing repair tags for Bill Wahl?

    1. Winner winner, chicken dinner! Yep, since Bill’s been keeping my typers healthy, I indulged in a little payback by sneaking into the print shop and working him up some new repair tags and business cards. Luckily, operating an offset press is like riding a bike – once you know how, you pretty much never forget. :D

  8. That stuff does look familiar, no doubt you’ll feel human again soon. thanks for updating us and hope you are fully operational soon!

  9. Ted, sorry to hear (and see!) that you had some health issues, get well quick!

    I didn’t know you owned some serious printing contraptions. At first glance, I thought you just opened a platen re-surfacing business!

  10. Oh WOW, so sorry to see you’ve been in the hospital! May you make a QUICK and complete recovery!

    You’ve been very busy & productive, thanks for bringing us up-to-date, and has already been stated, the Typosphere endures & looks forward to your next post, whenever it happens to be.

    Take care!

    ==Cameron==

  11. Gahk! Sounds like a scary episode and I’m glad you got medical care. Hope you are feeling well soon.

    That’s a really nice thing you’ve done for Bill.

  12. Ted, your health is more important than anything…even typewriters. My thoughts are with you. Do take care of yourself.

    The dark and mysterious arts of offset printing are something that I would love to learn. In my capacity as Newspaper sponsor I send things to the printer all the time, but I have little knowledge of how it all actually works. Maybe when you are feeling 100% you could reveal the secrets of the ages.

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