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07-15-2010 06:48 PM

Well Alistair is home at last the 3 hour surgery to refix the shattered bones and tissue went well although it was discovered his heart was causing problems and he had to have the operation through a nerve block as he couldn’t be given a general anaesthetic ,this also caused problems and it took many attempts and almost an hour to totally anaesthetise the arm.Surgery has gone very well.The main problem was that his heart was not functioning properly on arrival at the hospital. It is a problem that will have to be monitored for the rest of his life.That is why he stayed in hospital for so long and really,the accident was a blessing in disguise as the heart problem was discovered in the pre-operation tests.They said Alistair was a walking candidate for blood clots or stroke-he is now on Warfarin treatment.Alistair was treated wonderfully in hospital including a private room.Everything was done through the National Health Service so there was no nasty bill at the end of it.Between this site and the engineering site he is on he received more than 300 goodwill messages.I want to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has written to Alistair and obviously he thanks them as well from the bottom of his heart.Please note,Andy,that Alistair will phone you as soon as he is able.
kind wishes to all from

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 06:56 PM

I’m so glad all went well. Tell him we miss him around here.


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#2 posted 07-15-2010 07:02 PM

Very happy to learn that Alistair is back home after a successful surgery. I am sure he will recover fully from the injuries caused by the accident as well as from the heart ailment. Thanks for the update.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 07-15-2010 07:02 PM

This is Great news!

Thanks Bronwen for keeping us up to date.

Get wall soon Alistair, we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-15-2010 07:03 PM

Give him a hug for me .

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#5 posted 07-15-2010 07:12 PM

”Everything was done through the National Health Service so there was no nasty bill at the end of it.”

Thank God for Scotland’s health care system. Here in the USA many of us quite possibly would have had to mortgage the wood shop, or more, to pay for such great care. I know that would have been the case for me. I sure am glad that you all experienced that ”blessing in disguise” of finding the treatable underlying condition. Hopefully that will result in many, many more years of a quality life.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 07-15-2010 07:17 PM

Soooo glad he is home.
We tend to recover so much better in our own home.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 07-15-2010 07:25 PM

Awesome news! I am very glad to hear my friend is doing well. Tell him we are all sending him positive vibes!


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#8 posted 07-15-2010 07:27 PM

Excellent. I hope that hand heals up completely. Thanks again for the update.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 07:35 PM

thank you for this good news .

God does work in mysterious ways ,
and this time He came to alistairs aid well ,
bless you both .
get well bud !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Mary Anne

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#10 posted 07-15-2010 07:40 PM

Good news that Alistair is home with you again, his hand and heart getting the best of care.
Thank you so much for the update.

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#11 posted 07-15-2010 07:41 PM

Great news! I’m sure his bride will be taking care of him now. Do me a favor and put a little cup of sawdust by his bed side.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#12 posted 07-15-2010 07:46 PM

Thank you for the good news update Bronwen, a lot of LJ’s will be relieved to know Alistair is doing well, and also got the other little matter taken care of as well. Give him a wee dram with best wishes from all of us.

Universal Healthcare is a “bad word” in the US with much orchestrated damning criticism voiced against Public Healthcare. Hats off to good old NHS, all the surgeries, treatments and medical accommodation given without the threat of a financial ruin bill to pay. Way to go NHS.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 07-15-2010 07:50 PM

All things considered, I’d say the is excellent news. Please make sure Alistair knows we are all still thinking of him.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 07:55 PM

Great news, Glad to have him back home tell him to get better so he can be back in the shop again :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#15 posted 07-15-2010 08:02 PM

That’s good to hear that things are now going better. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

-- Galootish log blog,

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