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January 25th, 2015

Update, The Last Ken

Ken is home now and he’s writing emails. We know this, because we got one already. His friend Ed Matthews has also been being kept informed, and this is his latest dispatch:

Ken has been home 24 plus hours

Got to talk with Diane a little after lunch. Ken was asleep and Roxie, her daughter in law, was out getting groceries to fill their pantry and freezer. She’s a big help right now.

Ken walks where he wants to go and takes Astro outside for nature’s calls. Haven’t heard how DeeDee is doing, but she was on the downish side last I heard. Diane said Astro was about sick while Ken was gone and practically went berserk when he realized Ken was back. Faithful, I’d say.

Ken’s attitude and morale are considerably better than the last time he came home from the hospital. He admitted to her it wasn’t as bad as he had expected, though he hadn’t really told her how bad he was expecting. She said he doesn’t snore now.

His sense of taste didn’t come through unscathed and everything tastes salty now–even his favorite food, Cream of Wheat. That’s going to take some getting used to. She was making him a small steak and mashed potatoes for his lunch (was anybody expecting that so soon?), with no salt at all. I’ll be interested in hearing how that went.

Ken told her his surgeon came in each day and just sat and talked, particularly telling Ken that his recovery was going great. And that Ken must be “some tough [SOB].” None of us here in Internet land would have guessed that, of course.

Ken has told Diane he expects to be driving by next weekend. She’s more than a little uncertain, but I’m not sure he’s going to ask her opinion or permission.

Well, unless there’s a sudden reversal of fortune, that’s going to do it for our updates on his condition. He’s back at his keyboard and he’s writtin’ emails, so we figure that from here on in, if he wants an update on FOSS Force, that fine…but he can write it himself. As for us, we’re just happy he came through and that he’s back to normal.

Well, as normal as can be expected from Ken.

2 comments to Update, The Last Ken

  • Anybody who experienced the 60’s and lived to tell about has to be a tough SOB. But even more important, I believe Ken is genuinely motivated to help others. That’s what keeps him in the game. That’s what keeps him determined.

  • Anybody who experienced the 60’s and lived to tell about it has to be a tough SOB. But even more important, I believe Ken is genuinely motivated to help others. That’s what keeps him in the game. That’s what keeps him determined.