Friday – JohnKu – AKA – TGIF and Update

TGIF

Well, it is Friday, and usually, I give Y’all some kind of update on whats going on. I will be very brief but think you should know how the surgery went. I had a small hiccup last Friday in that my Cardiologist didn’t like what he was seeing on the EKG done by the preop internist. He wanted to do one himself. This meant we had to drive to San Antonio (158 miles) Monday morning leaving the house at 7:30. Long story short we made the appointment and the EKG was excellent. We actually had some time left over to go to Costco thus eliminating a second trip.

I checked into the hospital and by 4:00 I am the proud owner of a new knee. I never asked what kind of knee so when people ask I say, “Stromberg 97.” For those in the know, that s the name of a carburetor popular in the late 50s. (yes, we are talking hot rod and mine had two under the hood. I was raised in Detroit after all.)

I came home yesterday after two nights and am now doing physical therapy at home with a tech who arrives each day. I am restricted on activities until the follow-up appointment with the surgeon on August 28th. The treatment takes about ten hours a day so you can imagine there isn’t much time. I’m writing this with my leg elevated and knee surrounded by ice packs. That is about the only free time there is.

As you can see (I hope) I am visiting your posts. I don’t intend to pick mine back up just yet. I have lovely medication, but it does leave me a little slow on the creative side.

So today’s JohnKu celebrates the skill and knowledge of those folks who cared for me and the concern you have expressed throughout the week. Thank you, and I hope you have a great weekend.

A wish by John W.Howell

That is all it takes,

One wish expressed from the heart. . .

Alleviates fear.

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  1. It’s so great to see you, John! I’m happy everything went well with the EKG and the surgery. Take it easy, my friend. Thanks so much for the update! Happy Friday!

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    1. Happy Friday to you, Jill. *Sung to the tune of We Gotta Get Outa This Place by the Animals. Also happy family night.

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  2. Keep getting better John. Slow and easy does it.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, David. The slow and easy part is what I have problems with of sure. I’ll heed your advice, 😀 Happy weekend.

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  3. harmonykent · ·

    So delighted it all went well and that you’re on the mend, John. Have a wonderful weekend 😊

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. I hope you have a wonderful weedend as well. 😀

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  4. I’m so glad to hear everything went well, John. Take it easy and get well. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, so much, Suzanne. Your support is appreciated for sure.

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  5. I’m glad the operation went well, John, and wish you speedy road back to full fitness.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. I really missed the Kreative Kue on Tuesday. Might catch this week if not too fuzzed. 😀

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      1. I shall have to find a specially challenging photo then…

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      2. I love that. Thanks. You bring it on. 😀

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  6. Happy to hear this terrific news, John! All the best Bionic Man!!

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    1. Thank you, GP. A Stromberg 97 knee is Bionic. 😀

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  7. Heal well and quickly! Sending you hugging vibes from NE! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. Very mch appreciated.

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  8. John.you do whatever you need to do to make sure you get well. The blog and everything else can wait. Wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thank you, Andrew. Words of comfort and appreciated. 🙂

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  9. Great knowing the surgery went well and that you’re home again, John. I hope the physio goes well. Thanks for updating us.

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    1. Thank you, John

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  10. By Gods grace I believe you are okay already just time

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    1. I believe you are right. Thank you.

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  11. Great to hear that the surgery went well and the hiccup came to nothing. Good luck with the physical therapy.

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    1. Thank you, Charles. 😀

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  12. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

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    1. Thank you, Pam

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  13. Gwen Plano · ·

    Wonderful news, John. I suspect the recovery process will be arduous, but with a Stromberg 97 knee, you’ll be running in races before long. Sending more prayers your way… 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😀

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  14. It was wonderful seeing your post this morning. I’m glad all went well, and that you have the surgery behind you. I suspect the girls are a little puzzled by the new routines — they’ll be happy to have you back on your feet, too. My wish is that the path to “upright and moving” is trouble free!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. So far so good. :-D. The puppies are very confused. Lucy less so. Bailey is afraid of the equipment. Twiggy wants to play with the tubes.

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  15. No Rochester or Holley? How about a six-pack with three two barrel carbs. So glad everything went well. Plus, bonus trip to Costco.

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    1. I had a 1949 Ford flathead V8 with dual Strombergs( two two barrels) on an Offenhauser manafold, 3/4 cam, Mallory ignition, 53 Ford truck clutch, reverse 3 speed gear box on the floor, Hursht shifter, and dual exhaust with full bypass.The machine rocked. Costco was a bonus. Got our coffee supply up to capacity. The Holly and Rochester carbs were too darned expensive even though Holly had a killer window sticker.

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      1. My 56 Caddy came with a humongous Rochester underneath that oil bath. Got 20 MPG too.

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      2. A four barrel. Those oil bath air cleaners were a pain to self clean. Damn oil went everywhere. I remember the 56 Caddy. Big as a whale. Thanks Craig. Did you have a sadan DeVille or coupe.

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      3. Sedan DeVille. Only had enough room for about twenty of my closest friends. Took it to car shows from Reno to Salt Lake pretty regularly. Then, you know… I got married.

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      4. I understand. Mine ended with the refusal of the insurance company to insure what they called a “Street racing machine.” Wasn’t the interior of the 56 Caddy rolled and pleated vinyl or was that just the convertable?

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      5. Yeah it was rotten vinyl when I got it. Became diamond pattern velvet eventually.

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      6. Sounds interesting. Have any black lights under the dash?

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      7. Nope. Decent stereo for the eighties. Was my daily driver for several years.

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      8. I can see it. 😀

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  16. Your haiku brought me to tears this morning, Butch. Thanks a lot. I know you couldn’t have known. Your poem is lovely.

    So glad you’re going through the steps. Praying for you guys. Sending strength to Mrs. Molly, as she keeps you comfy. Thank God that ticker is strong!!

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    1. Aw tears? Never want to do that unless it is a good thing. Ticker is strong. I think the Cardiologist had to clear his mind that everythig s okay. (also his lawyer made him do it.) Hugs, Audrey

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      1. I’m kinda full of emotions as of late. The world is trying to tell me to sit still I think. Or not. Shall see. 🙂 Thanks, John. So happy you’re doing okay.

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      2. Sit still is a hard order to follow.

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  17. Good news, John! Congratulations on a brand new knee. Thanks for the update. TGIF to you!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. 😀

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  18. John,

    As far as news goes, this is beautiful news indeed! I was thrilled to see you tucked into my reader this morning. It was like an oasis . . .
    I dig the Stromberg ’97 line, Imma have to use that for something or other, it’s too good not to.
    Ten hours a day? Wowza! I can see where your free time is going . . .

    Keep getting better Boss!

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    1. Thanks Marc. Each day gets better. That is all we can ask. Thanks for your good wishes too. 😀

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      1. Peace and love to you.

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      2. Which is what we all need more of for sure. ❤

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      3. It’s what the world needs now, this love . . sweet love.

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      4. It’s the only thing that there’s too little of.

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      5. John and Marco sing songs of love . . .

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      6. A key? What’s that?

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  19. GREAT NEWS! Relax as much as you can and rest! Best wishes. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. I’ll do it. ❤

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  20. Happy to hear everything went well, John! I’m sure the girls are keeping your company. Get some rest.

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    1. The girls gave me a big welcome and have to check on me throughout the day. If is so cute having them wander in on their own.

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  21. Woo Hoo!! Delighted to hear the surgery went well … and that you’re minding the recovery instructions. So many don’t and live to regret it. When my late dad had his knees done (both at the same time), he was ecstatic at no longer having pain. I imagine you will be, too (once everything gets to running the way it should). Don’t fret over not visiting blogs or not posting — recuperating takes time. Meanwhile, thanks for the update, and I’ll keep you on my prayer list!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Your support is appreciated. ❤

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  22. I’m thrilled to know all went well. Will say prayers for your speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. So appreciated. 😀 ❤

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  23. Glad to hear you are on the mend, John. So when are you going to be able to walk the dogs. (they asked me to ask you) 🙂

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    1. I think after I see the doc on the 28th. My wife asked me what I was looking forward to most and a walk on the beach with the dogs was number one. I haven’t done it for about five months.

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      1. I hope you get back to walking on that beach soon.

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      2. Me too. I’m hoping after the visit to the doc. Thanks, Greg.

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  24. Excellent, John! Thanks for the update!

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    1. Thanks for the support, Jan 🙂

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  25. Good to see you up and around, John. We’ll still keep the kind thought flowing your way.

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    1. Always appreciated, Dan. Thank you. 😀

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  26. John, good to know you’re on the mend! PT is the answer to a full recovery! Heal well! 📚 Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I agree. PT does wonders even if it hurts.

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  27. Like the Johnku. Hope your convalescence goes to plan.

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    1. So far so good, Guy. Thanks. Have a good weekend and since I’m forbidden alcohol I wonder if you coud nip down to the pub and have a lovely gin for me. (or a pint if that is better)

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  28. John… Glad to hear that you are back home, recuperating and not missing any limbs due to some paperwork mix-up. Take care of yourself!

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Phillip. The doc signed my leg so there would be no mistake.

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  29. Cheers to the new knee. Just do what the physical therapists say, and you’ll be just like new. Time to train the dogs to bring you things!

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    1. I wish I could train them to fetch a margarita.

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  30. Glad it all went well and hope your recovery is quick and smooth John! Take care1. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Helen. Lotta pain but am working through it. I will take care. ❤

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  31. So wonderful to find your post in my in-box… and surprised too! Thanks for keeping us posted on your “Stromberg 97” – I’m sure it’ll give Steve Austin a run for his money 😉 See what I did there? Such a comedienne am I…
    Do what you need to do, and do it well We want you oot and aboot A.S.A.P….
    Lotsa love from Quebec!
    Dale

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    1. Yes I saw it. Thanks, Dale. I’m doing all my required exercises. (The fastest way to get redempion.) 😀

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  32. So good to hear it all went well, and there’s nothing wrong with your heart! Sending wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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  33. It warms the heart — look at everybody here, cheering you on and wishing you well, John. Awesome. I appreciate you taking time and effort to do this update. Holly Hannah… having to drive 158 miles while thinking about that bad EKG. So glad it was okay.
    I got a kick out of the car reference with your knee — If those meds slow your creativity, I sure can’t tell it. Keep that foot up and knee iced. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m doing all I can to get well soon. Hugs

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  34. Glad the surgery went well, here’s to a speedy recovery!

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    1. Thank you, Val. So far everything is on track.

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  35. Gosh, John, I had no idea the physio therapy and treatment after a knee replacement was so intensive. I hope you are doing well.

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    1. Yes it is. (painful too) Thank you, Robbie.

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  36. Glad to hear it all went well, John. Enjoy the drugs 😉😘

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    1. Thank you, Marie. The hydrocodone makes me feel ill so there is no fear I’ll overdue it.
      😀

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      1. That’s too bad. Usually the only good thing about having surgery is the pleasant haze of recovery 🙂 I hope the pain is manageable in any case. xo

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  37. What a beautifully penned haiku. This is great news on your knee! I am sending you good wishes and positive thoughts from Massachusetts. My best to you, John.

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  38. So glad all is well with the EKG and your new knee, John. I can only imagine how painful it might be.Take care of You, and I hope for a quick recovery…

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. I will take care of me. 😀

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      1. Good to hear 😊😊

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  39. So happy surgery went well. Be sure and give yourself whatever time necessary to heal. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda.

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  40. So glad to hear your EKG was good and that the surgery went well. Behave yourself and get this behind you. I hope you are feeling less pain with each passing day. 🤗

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. Working hard on PT which should pay off.

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  41. Glad everything went well John.. I have got you a special recliner for Brunch on Saturday and everyone will make sure you get plenty to eat!! hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you, Sally. A special recliner comes with a drink holder, right? 😀

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      1. You bet… and a remote control to switch the music down if a little too loud..😆😆

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      2. Wow. Can’t wait.

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