A short update about C_PLUS_Woodworker. Please pray for him.

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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 11-11-2015 11:05 AM 671 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 11:05 AM

I received a short message from Bruce Ahsworht aka CPLUSWoodworker this morning.
Here it is:
Just met with the surgeons for their last update. My cardiologist

tagged along as well. The sole purpose, it appears, is that the

cardiologist (with whom we have many years of interaction)

wanted and felt the need to tell Michele and I that not electing for

this surgery left with me a 2-month +/- life expectancy. The

cardiologist with whom we had the many years of contact knew we

need the big truth up front and wanted to humor that to the end.

What wonderful people I have caring for me.

Dr. Griffin is going to do an exploratory vascular stunt bypass.

The plastic shunt will actually be a new vessel and will hopefully

tap into the vessel now collecting the fluid now gathering in my

pleural cavity and will run it about 14 inches down into a major

vessel that will distribute the fluid through normal circulation

where the shunt attaches to the bottom of the vessel. Interesting

note, at the bottom of the plastic shunt will be reservoir that will

collect any fluid not being pushed through the shunt. The reservoir

will be inside my ribs, but accessible from the outside and if the

reservoir fills up then the shunt reservoir has a primer,, jut like on

our lawnmowers and weed eaters and I will be responsible for

manually pumping that small amount of collected fluid through the

shunt. Gonna cut through 2-4 ribs based on what he finds

accessing the bottom of the vein where the bottom of the shunt


Concerns are surprisingly: #1 surviving anesthesia #2 accounts

for problems he finds while finding the spots to attach both ends of

the shunt. #3 Predicting several sever problems down the road as

my body accepts this new vessels and new way of doing things.

I have a good attitude, but what is elective about a procedure

without which I have 2 months to live?

Just a matter of time, guys……. Getting close

Knowing I could just tough it out and be gone in a couple of

months, circumventing all the pain and difficulty post op this

surgery, particularly knowing post-op problems are going to

occur……………… has been a difficult decision for me to make.

I hope it is the right thing to do. I will end up in the same place

sooner or later anyway and probably not much later if I take the

hard road.

The surgery is today.
Please pray for him.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 11:31 AM

I’ll pray for he and his family right now. Thanks for sharing Bert

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 01:19 PM

Thank you Kaleb

-- Bert

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 01:44 PM

Bruce is a great guy! You can tell he has lived a good solid life! I to hope and pray that he can continue to share his experiences with the world. He has taken the time to teach me several things and whats cool is how he slipped in some life lessons along the way.
We are all pulling for you Bruce including my Michelle!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 01:54 PM

I do not think that Bruce will read this post, you might want to send him a PM to tell him that you think about him.
I believe that he would find encouragement and comfort in these messages.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 01:54 PM

double posting

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 02:12 PM

Pullin for ya Bruce.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 04:04 PM

Prayers for your friend and his family, Bert, and for you.

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 04:13 PM

God speed for you Bruce.

Thank you Bert

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#9 posted 11-11-2015 04:23 PM

Thank you all.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 05:32 PM

Prayer to C+ coming from Ga …. I’ve added him to our church prayer list as well.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 11-11-2015 05:52 PM

Thank you Joe

-- Bert

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#12 posted 11-12-2015 09:00 AM

God speed Bruce were pulling for ya to be back in the saw dust ASAP!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 11-12-2015 04:40 PM

Thank you Ken.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 11-12-2015 05:38 PM

Bruce and I served together in Viet Nam back in the late ‘60s….I was with the 1st. Bat. 27th Infanrty, and he was in the 2nd. Bat. 27th….We both were boogered up pretty bad, so it’s not unusal for the years to take the toll on guys like us…..Bad things going on back in them days, like Agent Orange, malaria, battle fatigue, in the bush too long, etc….Bruce and I “found each other” here on LJs a couple of years ago, and have kept in contact through emails, and PMs….I got worried when I didn’t hear from him for so long, and now I know why…I sure hope he makes a speedy recovery from all his problems, and is back with us soon…..Hang in there, old pal….!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#15 posted 11-12-2015 06:06 PM

Thank you Rick.
Because I believe that he will not read this post you might want to send him a personal message.
I am sure that that would do him a lot of good to hear from you.

-- Bert

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