Please welcome Michael, VA3MW as Community Mayor Pro Tem

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Starting tomorrow afternoon, I will be taking a temporary medical leave of absence for several weeks and Michael, VA3MW will be the Community Mayor Pro Tem in my absence.  I have no doubt that Michael will perform spectacularly in his new Community role.  This role will be a secondary responsibility for him as he is the primary salesperson for FlexRadio, so his Community responses may not be as timely as mine. Please be patient and show him the same respect and kindness as you extend to me. 

In that regard, I have a few reminders.  First, do not violate the "First Rule of Holes", which is if you find yourself in one, stop digging; meaning if you are not getting a sufficient remedy to your issues via the Community, please use the HelpDesk.  Opening a HelpDesk support ticket, particularly if you believe your issue may be hardware related or an issue with our software, is the official way to receive support from FlexRadio Systems.  But be mindful, the HelpDesk is not your ham radio elmer, that is the primary function of the Community.

Also, this is not a time to go crazy like you probably did when a substitute teacher taught your class in school.  Michael has full authority to manage the Community based on our common sense guidelines and etiquette.  As a friendly reminder, I have posted them below for your review.

When using the Community always show respect to others regardless of their opinions. Give people the benefit of the doubt, just like you would if talking to them in person. Posts that include personal attacks, overtly negative comments, non-constructive criticism, falsehoods, defamation of character, libelous speech, or gratuitous profanity will be removed, as they do not contribute to the community atmosphere we want to maintain. Any pattern of poor behavior may result in losing your Community posting privileges.

Now you may be wondering why I am taking a short-term medical leave of absence.  It is nothing too serious or life-threatening. I performed an unplanned experiment to test the intensity of the gravity well created by the Earth and in the process dislocated my shoulder.  That resulted in tearing three tendons in my shoulder that I must have surgically repaired. As I heal from surgery, I'll be back on station, more and more frequently until I am 100%.

So be nice to Michael.  If I have to help him out while in a narcotic fog, there is no telling what I may say or do ;-)

73.
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David Livingston

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Sending prayers and best wishes...!!
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thank you, David.
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Jd Dupuy

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You should be writing for a magazine. Great writing skills and sense of humor. I'm LMAO now! Get well Tim.
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Roy - W5TKZ

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Wishing you the best recovery cuz. (Don't do that again.)

Roy Ellison Storey - W5TKZ
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thanks, Roy.  I do not plan to replicate this successful experiment, regardless of the Scientific Method teaches us to do.  BTW, my grandfather was Roy J. Ellison :-)
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Hope you have a safe surgery and fast recovery.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thanks, David.
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Take care of yourself Tim.

Dave wo2x
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Brad A. Steffler

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Tim,

We will pray for your safe and rapid recovery.
My advice, as an M.D., take all the opiates you want. I have seen a lot of rotator cuff tear MRI's and I have seen only 3 0r 4  three tendon rotator cuff tears (out of four possible tendons). My specialty?
Radiology, of course.

Brad
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thanks for the advice and I will heed it.  My ortho surgeon commented that "you did a number on that thing".  The MRI had a lot of white areas that should not have been white. 
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Thanks, Dave.
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kd5foy

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Speedy recovery, I have been down that street several times with one surgery to repair the damage.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thank you.
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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Prayers for a quick recovery, Tim.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thanks, Rick
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I guess you finally learned the hard way that you need to use safety equipment when climbing towers.. or did you slip on a banana peel?.  Hi Hi..

BTW.. the doctors tell you it wont hurt too much.. They Lie...

Get well soon..

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Missed the one and only step off my back deck while taking our Sheltie out for his evening business.  The XYL suggested putting me in a bubble wrap cocoon.
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I blew my back out lifting furniture the end of January last year and spent February in a wheelchair waiting for surgery.  Once they got me in, I was a new man in a very few hours.  Hope yours goes as well.
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Rick, I hope it will be uneventful.  Looks like I am going to be in a sling for 6 weeks, so I have been getting prepared to switch from right to left-handed.  We'll see how it works out.
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Good luck...  if its too difficult feeding yourself left handed the XYL can stand you in the corner and feed you with a slingshot.... 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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HA HA! 
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WW1SS - Steve

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Good luck to you Tim . . . We'll take it easy on Mike.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thanks you, Steve
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Tim good luck on your surgery I'm sure everything will go fine
work hard on your physical therapy take care.
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Thanks, Ed
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Tim,
Take Care and a speedy recovery.

Al / NN4ZZ 
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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Thanks a lot, Al.
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Get well soon. Looking forward to you getting back Tim.
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Thanks, Rich.
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Best wishes Tim!
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Tim, it sounds like you are doing rotator cuff repair.  If so, been there, done that.  Need to talk, ping me!
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That is part of it.  And I tore the bicep tendon too.  My doc did a good job of telling me it's going to be really "uncomfortable" for while and based on the drugs they prescribed, wasn't exaggerating. 
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Pain for me wasn't the issue.  I tore my RC 98% away.  So the surgery while it could be done through 3 holes involved Kevlar and an lots of little other things.

Pain for me was gone by second day but I got tired of the sling I had to wear in 10 seconds.

What saved my butt was I was a phreak about the rehab.  I started the next day with the PT and had one of those arm exerciser chairs in the house and I'd sit in that thing for 8+ hours each day.

Doc at one point said wow... you are recovering very fast.  Normally it is 6 weeks before they want you to try any muscle motion.  I was doing it in 4.  At 6 weeks I was lifting 1/2 a pound.  8 weeks, lifting 2 pounds.  I'd work on the stretching and the lifting until I'd get sore then stop.

But I will say that the first 4 weeks were pretty hellish.   No pain killers for me as they make me sick.  So day one out of surgery with PT was grin and bear it.  I could not sleep flat.  I slept in an easy boy chair we bought specifically for the surgery.  

It seemed though that even though I was wearing the sling that bad things would happen.  In Macys department store a girl in very tall heels slipped and fell right into me and I of course tried to catch her.  Thought I'd ripped everything out again.  My wife was laughing so hard, mostly at the idiot girl in the heels.  

Then two weeks later the wind was really whipping and I went out to look at this old fence we had and sure enough while I'm standing there it blows over at me.  Of course I put up both arms to protect and figured I'd ripped everything out again.

But now years later that arm is just fine.  Strong, usable but if I tear my left one I think I will just live with it.  The surgery and recovery are just not fun.
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GL, heal quickly and be well!

Thoughts and prayers with you!

73

Steve
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Thanks, Steve.
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I appreciate you humorous description of an obviously painful situation. It shows a good, positive spirit.


God be with you in your recovery.get some rest, read a good book, heal up quickly so you come back and clean up the mess. (I hope it isn’t too big!). Ha!


I hope FRS has a good health care plan!


Ken - NM9P
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Trusting all goes well for you Tim.
I will be looking for you at Dayton...

PS:  Right or Left,   some times it makes a difference 

Ken  W9IE
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Thank you Ken.  I appreciate the thoughts and prayers.
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Ken, it is my right shoulder and I am right handed.  It's going to be "fun"!

At this point, I am probably a no go for Dayton, but we'll see.
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Bummer. Dayton is iffy for me too, at present. May not know till April....
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I’m sure V*A*3MW will be disappointed ;)

Seriously Tim, I wish you the best for a speedy and thorough recovery. Falling is easy. Landing is not.
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Whoops.  See what happens when to right arm does respond well ;-)
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Get well soon Tim.
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Thanks John
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Get well soon, Tim!
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Thank you, David.
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Tim. God speed on your recovery. Recovery process takes time be patient. After a bit you will be ambidextrous (maybe)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Thank you, Bob.  I will definitely be more left hand dominant.
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Ouch!  Gravity can pretty rude at times.  Hope all goes well with recovery and is as painless as possible.  The XYL and I have you in our prayers!  

---Gary WB8ROL
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Gary, thank you for the prayers.  They are appreciated.
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Heal well, Tim. Quickly, too. They don’t let you have the good drugs for too long these days!
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No kidding on the duration of the pain meds, but I'll manage.  Thanks, George.
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Tim,
  You've got a lot of good energy out here.  I'll add my thoughts and prayers for your recovery.  
Ted
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Yes, I am blessed to get so many well wishes.  Thank you, Ted.
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Tim, I am confident that all will go well with your surgery.  You will be in our prayers.
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Thanks, Doug. I appreciate the prayers.
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Good luck Tim! (No need the respond)
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Brian, I appreciate the well wishes.  Thank you.
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Get well Tim soon. Flex has a Maestro which might help you when recovering to stay on the air. If you need information about the Maestro I suggest you contact Michael VA3MW.

:)

Jim

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Thanks, Jim.  I have a few Maestros laying around the house, but they are all designed for right-handed people!  I have my iPad too.
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New Product . . . Left Handed Maestro . . . Hi Hi
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I've been involved in thousands of shoulder surgeries over the years.  The key to successful surgery is post op physical therapy.  Keep the faith OM

73  W9OY 
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Thanks, Lee.  That is what my research has turned up too.  Don't do anything to prolong the initial healing (aka "wear the arm sling as instructed") and faithfully do the PT.
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Speedy recovery Tim   Rick, K2RB
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Wish you the best Tim, heal up nicely and take it easy for sure.  We will miss your wisdom on the questions asked here.....   
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Hope your recovery is moving aling well...