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Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012

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Subject: Art Thieme-hospital may take 'bird'
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 05:22 PM

I just got a call from Art Thieme. He is just headed out to the hospital to have surgery on his right hand, specifically his middle finger. It seems a while ago he smashed his hand and it has been being treated. Seems the treatment on that finger masked some infection which travels up to his elbow. During the surgery they may have to remove the middle finger. He sounded in good spirits and was even joking with me about not being able to flip anyone off should that happen and also about learning how to do things in a different way such as opening his fly.

This is a couple or so weeks after Carol had surgery for right knee replacement. She is doing well, going through physical therapy and, if all continues to go well, she should be home in a couple of weeks.

Because she was in another town, it has been difficult for Art to see her. His few visits have depended on available transportation. I know after 45 years this coming January it must be very difficult for them to be apart.

He wanted me to be sure to let all of you know about his surgery. I assured him we would all be sending him our love and best wishes for the best possible outcome.

If you'd like to send him a card he will be at the Illinois Community Hospital at 925 West Street | Peru, Illinois 61354. I will probably be getting updates from their son Chris via e-mail. When I do I'll be sure to post. In the meantime please join me in sending your best wishes and support to Art and Carol.

I give thanks for a swift and successful surgery for Art and I give thanks that he and Carol are reunited at home safe and healed. I give thanks for this or something better for the highest good of all concerned. So mote it be!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-hospital may take 'bird'
From: skipy
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 05:31 PM

I assured him we would all be sending him our love and best wishes for the best possible outcome.

& THEN SOME!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-hospital may take 'bird'
From: gnu
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 05:35 PM

Yo Art, if they take off yer middle finger I'll give you mine.

Best of luck Bud.

Best to Carol too.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-hospital may take 'bird'
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 05:35 PM

Thanks for letting us know Kat. By the time a card reached Art from here I'm hoping he'll be home and recuperating well! Please pass on every good wish from me. I'll be thinking of him.

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: olddude
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 06:49 PM

Give Art and Carol my love Kat. Art is a wonderful friend and I am sorry to hear this ... he is in my prayers ... I know .. like I tell Art, it can't hurt anything ...

he is a great friend, love them and hope they both get better real soon


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: sian, west wales
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:00 PM

Give them my best as well, will you?

sian


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:20 PM

Mine too, Kat.

May Art's recovery be fast and full, and Carol's too.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:33 PM

As long as he still has his left left.

Art...get the HELL outa there! Hospitals are full of sickies and there's better food at McDonald's.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: kendall
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:48 PM

And I was complaining that I broke the nail on that finger and can not frail the banjo.
You have my warmest best wishes my friend.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: CapriUni
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:59 PM

Ouch!

All the best coming from me, as well.

...Though, if he gets a prosthetic, he may be able to flip those who deserve it a spectacularly artistic bird! >;-)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Wesley S
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 07:59 PM

Take care and hurry back Art. We need you around here. It's no pun without you.

And you could always learn to flip off folks with your other hand.

May this inspire you!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 08:27 PM

I'm trying to imagine what Art will come up with for describing this experience, other than giving his finger to the medical system that cares for us so well.

Best of luck with this round.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 10:25 PM

adding my best wishes to the mix heading his way & sending similar to Carol

love to you both
sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 10:29 PM

So Art........If you need to flip someone off, just let me know........and you will be in my thoughts til you are better.......................of course they'll be really dirty thoughts...........................................Take it easy but take it!(;<))


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 10 Oct 11 - 11:17 PM

Aw, shucks! I wish Art and Carol healthier days ahead.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: EBarnacle
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 09:04 AM

Damn, we're falling apart as we get older. Get better soon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: fat B****rd
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 09:14 AM

All the very best from Charlie in Dunfermline, Art.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Will Fly
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 09:19 AM

Art, if you need your fly fastening and unfastening, I'm just the man to do it...

Signed,

Edward Scissorhands
:-)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 10:21 AM

Art, that would only make people believe that you can't cheat at poker.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 10:23 AM

Good Lord, Art! It just occurred to me! This is your BIG CHANCE to literally give the White Sox the finger!


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Subject: UPDATE FROM CHRIS
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 07:45 PM

Just got these:

With Dad now. Medicated and on antibiotics. Antibiotics have the body wide infection down. X-rays taken yesterday to determine the extent of the damage. The doctor is due by sometime this afternoon to deliver the options.

As for Mom, she's understandably nervous about all this. Won't be able to visit her today.

Chris


and,

Dad is going into surgery. No ETA. No timeline yet.

Please keep Art, Carol and Chris and family in your thoughts etc.

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 08:00 PM

Thinking healing thoughts...


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 08:14 PM

All the best thoughts I have are heading over Illinois way.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Bobert
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 08:56 PM

Hope all turns out well, Art-T...

B~


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 09:12 PM

I hope Art gives this the finger (figuratively).


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 10:50 PM

Hope all goes well.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 11 - 11:31 PM

Well, they didn't waste any time. Just in from Chris:

Dad is out of surgery. He is doing well but sleepy. Bandaged up pretty good, so he doesn't know the extent of the surgery, but thinks it was relatively minor. The basis for that comparison is yet to be established.

Let's hope it was minor! Thanks folks.

G'night,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 03:48 AM

sleep well, Art & family

love from sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: JennieG
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 04:18 AM

Best wishes to Art and Carol and the rest of the family.......hope all goes well for them.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: open mike
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 06:23 AM

(((((Art, Carol and Chris)))))


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 08:53 AM

C'mon buddy. I've got you square in my prayer sights.

Much love,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 08:58 AM

Minor?
Get out of that hospital, Art. They are no place for sick people.
Prayers here.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 09:47 AM

I'm with Mick!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 10:50 AM

...and me! (or should that be I?)

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: olddude
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 10:53 AM

Art
can you ebay your finger? maybe the mojo of your incredible playing will rub off on the winner ...

seriously, get better soon my friend


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: saulgoldie
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 12:03 PM

Best wishes, Art.

Saul


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 12:53 PM

Hoping for the best.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: olddude
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 01:09 PM

But Art will still be able to moon people Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 02:39 PM

I think Art downplayed the extent of this a bit. Here's what Chris sent, today:

Just talked to both Mom and Dad. Dad had his hand unwrapped today. They had to do a large amount of cutting into the hand to remove the infected areas. The recovery time and the extent of the recovery is not known. I'm attempting to contact social services at the hospital to make sure he isn't released without appropriate support and care especially if they stick to this four-day timeline they were talking about. Personally, I don't see that as practical considering the circumstances. It will be coordinated correctly. Mom is doing relatively well but is a bit under the weather. I'm worried that we may have dropped off this cold that is running through the kids when we visited last.

Thank you all for your continued support.
Chris


From what I know of Chris, he is their best advocate and will get things done.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 02:51 PM

Not what I (we, I suppose) was hoping to hear but reasonable news, under the circumstances.

Too bad about the cold.

Thanks for the updates kat.

Heal soon and well Art.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: scouse
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 02:57 PM

Good thoughts from over here in dear "Cloggieland." Derroll spoke of you mamy times.Take care Art

As Aye,

Phil.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 04:38 PM

Remembering how great a job Chris has done before, I know he'll be right on top of it all.

So Dan.......If Art became a grand master at mooning, would that also make him a crack addict?


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 05:06 PM

Yer a grand master baiter.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: olddude
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 05:15 PM

Give him my love Kat ... and Yes Spaw you are the grand master


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 05:35 PM

If, after all this, the finger is alas lost, all is not over.

Over here in the south of England many will favourably think of the playing of "Mac" - who lost what you Americans call "the bird" on his left (fingering) hand and Paul Hurst who lost the same on his right (plucking) hand. Mac's timing was rather personal, but that was more a matter of substance abuse and he could wring more notes out of a guitar than most. The latter is immortalised by a line in a humourous song from 'catter "Wild Rover" (Clive Lever - aka Clever Evil - himself almost the archetypal pyrotechnic blind keyboard player).

"His fingers like nine dancing maggots on acid"

Don't give up, Art, whatever happens.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Janie
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 06:01 PM

Heal well, Art. Thinking of you.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 06:26 PM

Bet it hurts.
Heal, Art.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 07:34 PM

SINS!!!! That's terrible!!! But it struck me funny as hell! Ya got a REALLY wierd sense a humour. I like that! I am sure Art will appreciate it as well.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 08:36 PM

Heal, Art! Down boy! Heal! Heal, dammit!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 09:53 PM

Oh, no! The surgery sounds more extensive than what I'd hoped for. However, I am still wishing for good, quick healing and recovery.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 10:11 PM

Art, heal or I smack you with a rolled-up newspaper!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 06:34 AM

Art, dear friend, best wishes from Elaine and me. Best to Carol also. We wish you both speedy and complete recoveries. Well done to Chris for all the updates.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 07:48 AM

Being rotten at thinking up witty things to say, I just wish for the best for all concerned.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: jacqui.c
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 10:21 AM

Good thoughts here from Maine. I hope that both Art and Carol are healing now.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rex
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 12:05 PM

Thanks to Kat for keeping us posted and staying in touch with Art and his family. May Art heal well and quickly. Art, there are many in your camp. This ol picker is happy to be one of them.

I don't generally follow the non-music threads but just saw this at the top. I think this is worthy to be a music thread on the main line.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 12:18 PM

Good luck with this, Art.

I can only think what despair Shane would be in if he lost the middle finger on his right hand and was only able to flip people off with the left one...


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Morticia
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 12:42 PM

thinking of you Art and Carol x


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 01:26 PM

No news, yet, today, folks, but Chris knows you all are sending lots of thoughts, etc. and, I am sure, has passed that on to Art.

Thanks to you all.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Fortunato
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 01:34 PM

Art,
Best wishes for quick, sure and certain recovery.

best always,
Chance


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: bbc
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 02:30 PM

Kat, thanks for keeping us in the loop, as usual. I just opened up & read this. I'm so sorry Art has to go through this! Here's hoping & praying that they got all of the infection & things go well from here on in!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 04:36 PM

Hoping for at least "better."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 08:57 PM

Art, best wishes to you and Carol for a speedy recovery.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 09:30 PM

Art and Carol, I hope everything heals well. We're all keeping lookout here for more news.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 09:54 PM

I'll echo what others have posted and send my all best wishes and healing thoughts for a complete, thorough and speedy recovery.


Jay


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: GUEST,from Tokyo
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 10:35 PM

hope all goes well

tokyo folklore center


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: GUEST,from Tokyo
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 10:37 PM

hope all goes well

tokyo folklore center


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:09 PM

This SUCKS!

I am sorry for your trouble, and sending best wishes for recovery.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: open mike
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:10 PM

There was once this guitar (and banjo) player who was missing a finger from a wood chopping accident ... http://www.thisnext.com/item/B5D433D9/Jerry-Garcias-Hand-Print-Pick

http://the9daysofjerry.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: GUEST,harpgirl
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:19 PM

Art and Carol, Chris and family.....Love and light from Abby


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:34 PM

No news, today, which, I hope, means good news. I've just sent Chris a note passing on your good wishes and thoughts. I'll let you know as soon as I hear more.

Thanks, folks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Elijah Browning
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 12:40 AM

Had a hard time getting hold of Dad or a nurse all day today, but talked to his social worker at the hospital. Finally talked to a nurse and then to Dad after 9:00 p.m. Moving in the best direction possible considering the circumstances. Here's the latest update. Kat, thanks for getting these out there. I don't know how often I'll be able to get on here, so please keep passing them on as you can. I'm passing the word back to Dad. Means a lot to him. I'll know things are OK when the hand puns start flying. Just Saturday we were tossing corn puns back and forth. "The more things change, the more they get different."

Just an update on Dad. It was confirmed that he has a bacterial infection that they are fighting with antibiotics. He's doing well, and we had a good talk tonight, but he gets tired pretty quickly and the meds have left him a bit cloudy. Thanks for all your good thoughts. I'm passing them on to Dad, and it means a lot to him.

Mom's knee has gotten pretty tight. I'm trying to find out more and see where her physical therapy is. She's worried about Dad, of course. They both miss eachother.

I'll keep you all posted as I find out more. I'm trying to establish contact directly with their doctors.
Chris


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 01:41 AM

thanks for the update

sending more hugs to Art & Carol

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: JedMarum
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 02:05 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with them both. May they heal well and quickly.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: JedMarum
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 02:08 AM

... oh and I must pass on one more thought; if he did lose the finger afterall, and if he ever found himself inclined to use the gesture that requires that digit, he could simply hold up the modified hand and ask, "What's missing?"


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for the updates Chris.

We are all here supporting you, Art and Carol.

Best as ever,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 10:52 PM

Thanks for the update. Still hoping!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 11:35 PM

Elijah... thanks. (And to kat too, darlin.)

Just thanks. Art means a lot to a lot of people here. Updates are seriously "welcome". The more the better even though there might not be anything new to report. Sorry if that seems pushy.

Art... HEAL! Right f'in now! Don't piss aroun wit it. Git it done me zon, me zon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 09:39 AM

Wishing you a swift and complete recovery!
Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Cool Beans
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 11:18 AM

All good wishes to you, Art and Carol. you have so many people who care about you.
Marty


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 11:56 AM

It's been said that there's a Art to healing, and he'd better get on with it! Oh! Just tell him the Cubs are going to the pennant race and he's got a seat behind the screen behind home plate.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 12:24 PM

Wishes for quick and thorough healing flying to ya from Alaska.

Eb


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 07:20 PM

Haven't heard anything new, so I hope that means all is well and maybe the four-day plan is working? At least we know our thoughts, etc. mean a great deal and DO help.:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 09:09 PM

I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything goes well and they'll be together again soon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 11:47 PM

Well, since it is Art after all: I must say that my first bemused thought upon seeing the title of this thread was wondering whether there was a euphemism with which I was not familiar... Sorry, Art. :)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 08:43 AM

Still a checking in and sending good wishes to Art and Carol.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 10:22 AM

Just to give them a little "lift"...I hope to hear something, today.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 01:04 PM

Well, Ebbie, I have one with reference to a recent post that even I won't post EVENING knowing Art would probably appreciate it. I am sure it has crossed others minds and if Spaw sees it...

If you are able to look in, Art, I hope things are going okay.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Mark Clark
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 01:23 PM

I just saw this. We've been pretty busy and I haven't looked in here in a while.

As many of you know, I've known Art since 1963 and though we don't see much of each other any more, I still consider him a good friend. Would someone please drop me a PM and let me know which hospitals Art and Carol are in? I'm within four hours of Peru, IL, and Art and I have been talking about my going to visit. Maybe I could visit their hospitals.

Thanks,

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 01:35 PM

That would be great, Mark! Just sent you the info I have. Thanks!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Oct 11 - 12:34 PM

Still no news. Sending lots of love and strength.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Amos
Date: 18 Oct 11 - 02:46 PM

May your middle finger be golden, Art. It's really unfair that it should get infected just when you were learning how to use it in society.

We're rooting for you, sir!!


A


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Janie
Date: 18 Oct 11 - 07:18 PM

Hey Art, checking in every day in case there is news of how you and your family are faring, and wishing I had something witty to add as means of conveying my continued good thoughts and concern.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 10:07 AM

I found Chris' phone number and just left him a message. I was trying to hold off as I didn't want to be a bother, but haven't heard anything since the 13th, so figured it was about time. I hope everything is all right and they are just busy getting set up back home with PT appts. etc.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 10:34 AM

Thanks Kat,

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 01:50 PM

I'll second that.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 07:32 PM

How are things?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 07:52 PM

Not a clue. I know he's not at the hospital as I called there asking to ring through to his room. He was not listed as a patient, so I suspect he's probably in a rehab center or something. I left a message on his phone, tonight. Not sure if he has it with him, though. There was some mix-up with cell phones when Carol went in for surgery and rehab for her knee. I hope they are just getting things sorted out and will let us know, shortly.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 08:24 PM

thanks for the reports, kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: deepdoc1
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 09:52 PM

My very best regards and wishes to Art and family. You are a generous spirit and I vote that the universe gives back some measure of that generosity...and be damn quick about it! ;)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- may lose 'bird' Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 10:39 PM

Oh, good! His finger is being rehabbed!


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Subject: UPDATE!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 11:53 PM

Latest email from Chris:

Hello,

Thanks for being patient. A lot has changed since the last update. Regarding Mom, she is getting around with a walker. Her knee is healing up. She'll be staying an additional four weeks at the nursing home. I'll explain that part in a minute. Dad has been released from the hospital in Peru. They moved him down to the same nursing home in Toluca where Mom is. He needs a lot of assistance and will be there at least four weeks (hence my Mom's stay for four weeks). His infection is under control. He is off the IV antibiotic and is on regular antibiotics now. His fever never became terrible, but it was worrisome. They were considering further surgery, but as long as the infection continues to back down, they don't feel it is necessary. Still, that could change.

Mom and Dad were supposed to move into a shared room today, but that has been postponed till tomorrow. I'll get down to visit them soon, but it sounds like they have what they need most which is each other in a good place for now. I'm waiting to hear back from Dad's doctor as I want a report directly from him. I've started the research into assisted care living facilities. Here's where I could use help if anyone has insight. Their situation isn't simple, so there are considerations to include when looking at care. Obviously, it has to take Medicare/Medicaid, have mental health capabilities (for Mom) and have a nursing staff or some form of assistance program. Assisted living seems to be the middle ground between what they have currently and a nursing home. Many of the places that include mental health services can get rather rough. The way this is usually kept under control is by having an age limit of 65. Mom is about to turn 63, so that makes this aspect difficult without special consideration. Add to that a wait list, and we've got some work to do. Many of you have more experience with this than I do, so I'm asking...

They'd love to hear from you, but aren't up for much. They don't have Internet yet and aren't really interested in getting it right now. They would love to get a letter (remember how to do those? I don't.), a card or even a visit if you happen to be in a cornfield near them. Below is the address and the Google Maps link. They do not have a phone in the room, and it is an ordeal to get them on the line at the front desk. For now, please just drop a letter to them. You're also welcome to write to me. I plan on printing out the Mudcat thread for Dad and can do the same for any emails you send my way.

Chris

Write to:

Art and Carol Thieme
c/o Asta Care of Toluca
101 East Vía Ghiglieri
Toluca, IL 61369-9596
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Took out link to google maps. It's easy to look up, anyway.:-)

THANK YOU, CHRIS!!

Art & Carol,

Much, much love to you both. We've been very concerned. Now, heal!**bg**

luvyakat & Rog


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 01:26 AM

I have quite literally just returned from a few days away with Karen and this is the first place I came on the net. Thanks katmyluv and thank you Chris for the update!

Our love and best to Art and Carol. That "being together" stuff is what the whole thing is all about..............Much Love,


Pat and Karen


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 01:50 AM

Hey Thiemes...we love you both and send our best wishes. And we miss the puns, even though we can still listen to the music!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: BK Lick
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 03:21 AM

Chris -- Here are some places to contact for advice:
Illinois Department on Aging
Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging
WIAAA Comprehensive Care Coordination


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: My guru always said
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 03:24 AM

Just caught up with this, sending positive thoughts!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:28 AM

good to get the report & address

love from Sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:29 AM

Thanks Chris & kat.

Great to hear you and Carol are on the mend, Art. My best to youse guys eh.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 07:39 AM

Thanks so much for keeping us posted. Sending love to the whole family (that includes the Cat!)

Allison


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 08:37 AM

Kat-

Thanks for the update.

Sounds like a lot of tough sledding to go but at least the journey is on the way.

This getting older is not all that it's cracked up to be.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 10:12 AM

BK, thanks for the links. I have emailed them to Chris in case he doesn't come in here for a day or two.

So, anyone here remember how to do snail mail?*bg* Let's get those cards and letters going!:-)

Thanks, all,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 01:23 PM

Charley... "This getting older is not all that it's cracked up to be."

It's CRACKED!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: MAG
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 02:12 PM

As they say, it's not the golden years, it's the rusty years -- we do the best we can; let us know if Art and Carol can do with a little whatever --


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 02:49 PM

Card going out today.
Thanks for the update, Chris. Thanks for passing it on, kat.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 02:56 PM

Best regards from Charlie in Scotland.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: olddude
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 03:08 PM

all my love please get better both of you soon
Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 03:14 PM

If and/or when Art is ready to be online, again, I'm thinking a copy of DragonNaturallySpeaking might be a good idea. I don't want to push it just yet, but it wouldn't take much from a several of us to get the version I have from Amazon. It was about 70 dollars and I love using it.

Early days, yet, so will let it percolate for a bit.:-)

Cards will be most welcome, I am sure. Thanks, Sins!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:00 PM

I love youse guys! Someone has already offered to buy the program for Art, so I've just emailed Chris to please let me know if and/or when it would be appropriate and we'll go from there.

Thanks a bunch!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: GUEST,babypix
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:09 PM

Dear Chris--

Thanks for the update. Please send the following to your dad from Deborah & Larry Hanks:

Dear Art--

Knew something was wrong when we didn't get you on the phone a few days ago! You've been on our minds constantly. So sorry to hear about all the mishagos-- PLEASE let us know if there's anything at all we can do to help-- we're good at making phone calls and helping get through red-tape--

Meanwhile, we're sending out healing thoughts and love to you and Carol for the best possible outcome of your combined recoveries.

With deep love and admiration from your friends,

Deborah & Larry Hanks


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: babypix
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:14 PM

(Chris--wasn't "signed in" before-- here's our e-mail address:

deborahrobins@rocketmail.com

Please keep us posted.

Love from Deborah & Larry Hanks


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Mrrzy
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:33 PM

I've not heard good things about DragonSpeak, would love to though.

Art & Carol, loveya!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 05:42 PM

Dragon Naturally Speaking is pretty good. Perhaps you could contibute to the voice recognition software thread. Just filter "recognition".


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 08:45 PM

Sounds like good news to me. I hope they move into a suitable home soon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: bbc
Date: 20 Oct 11 - 08:56 PM

Glad to get this update! Sending my best wishes & love from New York.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 03:26 AM

So many folks are sending you and Carol healing thoughts Art! All we need to do is to keep 'em coming. All you have to do is to keep ducking low bridges, remember to collect your sea boots and get well soon!

Best as ever,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 05:14 AM

Just came across this... what a lot to be going through!
Glad you two are back together at last...
And may the Theme(s) of this thread just get better and better!

Best wishes from Sheffield, UK... card on the way.

Vikki Appleton Fielden
who used to enjoy seeing & hearing Art at various festivals -- when I lived in the Midwest/Rust Belt


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 10:01 AM

I'm glad they're back together as a Thieme.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 10:38 AM

my card is on it's way.

Tonight Guest Gerry brought a card to my folk club & a few Catters & an exCatters signed it, so did some audience members & it will be on it's way soon

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: kendall
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 10:46 AM

Still keeping you in my thoughts old pal.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Stringsinger
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 01:01 PM

Art, I echo the sentiments of people on Mudcat. I'm so sorry. But we think about you and wish for your immediate recovery.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 02:59 PM

I check this thread everytime I see another post has been made. I am sure many others do the same.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 01:51 PM

Indeed we do!

Hope the cards are building up on the mat!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 06:46 PM

That's neat, Sandra. I think the care home is going to be a bit surprised at the number of cards AND the far-flung places they come from when the mail is delivered. We're sending one I hope makes him smile and, maybe groan.:-) I wanted to send one of those musical cards, but the tunes were all wrong, so we settled on one with the Hamster Dance, which was quite the thing around here years ago. I was hoping for one with the Hokey-Pokey, but maybe this one will be worth a smile for a punster like Art.

Thanks, folks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 07:16 PM

love those dancers!

I has a postcard with a drop bear (but not this one!) unfortunately I couldn't spell when writing on it (oops, silly me!) so I sent another card

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Oct 11 - 08:31 AM

The $#@!-reduction candle series will start up as soon as
I get home from work today. Good thoughts and prayers flowing to the westward until then for all of you,


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 08:18 AM

Its OK Art, I've got you!

...nearly fell off the bottom of the page then!

.....No news is good news.....


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 03:38 PM

But... not good ENOUGH EH! >;-)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 26 Oct 11 - 02:57 PM

We're still here Art. Wishing you were here too.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: maeve
Date: 26 Oct 11 - 03:32 PM

Watching and waiting in Maine, Art and Carol...with a card in progress.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: open mike
Date: 27 Oct 11 - 12:13 AM

best wishes to ART and CAROL
hoping that being together
brings you happiness!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Oct 11 - 09:25 PM

Back up where it belongs!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 11 - 10:07 PM

Hi Art and Carol,

Too dull-witted to offer amusement or diversion, but directing loving kindness to you daily.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 09:43 AM

Same here.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 10:47 AM

I just sent Chris an email. Hope he'll answer or come in here, soon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 11:00 AM

Hey Art - pull my finger!! And keep it if you need it.
Get well soon.
And Carol, I really want to do this in person - I want to kneel in front of you and address your knee.
I want to say "What's a joint like you doing in a girl like this?"

All heal, both of you.

Seamuas


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 02:06 PM

Now THAT's a Seamus.

But I DID chuckle.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: skarpi
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 02:39 PM

get well , I hope the recovery will be good .


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Severn
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 04:21 PM

The best wishes that I can send are coming your way as long as they may be needed!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: gnu
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 11:27 PM

Just checkin in before I hit the fart sack, Art. I am worn out from the loooong day. Nice to see some 'Cats not letting this thread fall off the page. Warms my heart... hope it warms your heart too.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 29 Oct 11 - 07:13 AM

Just found this and will try to get a card out- lots of love to Art and Carol!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 19 Oct. 2011
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 06:57 AM

back to the top!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-in hospital- UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 11:25 PM

An update from Chris! Sounds as if we need to really fire up the Mudcat Mojo and help them find a new place to live!

Hello,

Just a quick update. Mom's meds are being reviewed by social services as we think they aren't being regulated or prescribed properly. Working with social services on short and long term care but one thing for sure is that we need to get them out of the current place. Have one appointment to look at a facility next week but mostly playing phone tag with places to find out they won't work for us. Accomplished finding out who not to ask this week. Will move on to next group next week. However we are rapidly losing the little bit of faith in the place they are in now. Will let you know as we talk to social services. On a positive note Dad's finger is healing up nicely and his infection has not come back.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 11:34 PM

Got my mojo working, and it's gonna work on you....


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 03:16 AM

adding to the mojo heading their way!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: kendall
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 08:09 AM

I'm crossing almost everything!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: wendyg
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 08:32 AM

So sorry to hear about all this medical fu for Carol and Art. Haven't seen them for so many years...

wg


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 08:50 AM

magical mojo flowing your way!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: SINSULL
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 10:04 AM

In the immortal words of Dorothy "There's no place like home..."
Thanks for the update Chris and Kat. How many times have we heard the same story - facilities that just don't get it right.
Hang in there, Art. By your thumbs if you have to.

Seamus! CELLAR!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 10:20 AM

I know, Sins. It's so disheartening. I was really glad to read that last bit, though:

On a positive note Dad's finger is healing up nicely and his infection has not come back.

I *think* that means he kept his bird!*bg*


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Acme
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:17 AM

Good wishes to all of you in finding a comfortable place soon. Are you trying to stay in the Peru area, or looking around a larger area?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:38 AM

Hi Art, More good wishes from across the sea from the Harris Family. We think of you every day, and hope that things start going your way very soon. Love from Roy & Elaine.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: gnu
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 01:57 PM

Great news about the finger and infection.

I hope a good spot is found for them soon... if not sooner.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 04:19 PM

The $#@!-reduction candle series continues for all you Thiemes. Love, Mary


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:13 PM

My prayers and positive thoughts are continuing, too. I am sorry that their current residence is not working and like everyone else hope something better can be found soon.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: bbc
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:18 PM

Well, glad to hear the finger is healing. Hope the other things work out well, too!

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Crowhugger
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:54 PM

I'm singing often for both of you!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 03:53 AM

Life should get easier when you're older and yet that doesn't seem to be the way of it for many of us..............So look.....I dunno at what but just look here dammit!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 08:52 AM

Good thoughts still heading out from Maine.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Rex
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 01:21 PM

Yep, I'm wishing for strength and healing for Art and Carol.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Maryrrf
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 03:28 PM

Adding my best wishes for Art and Carole.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 05:03 PM

And more crossed fingers, good thoughts and best wishes from the UK...


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 05:06 PM

All of the places from around the world from which good wishes are flowing, brought to mind:

He's got the whole world in his hands, etc.:-)

Might seem like when he gets to looking at the return addys!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 02 Nov 11 - 06:05 PM

Art deserves it! Keep those good wishes flowing!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: GUEST,George Stephens (lamarca'sOM)
Date: 02 Nov 11 - 09:38 PM

One more voice from long ago and far away pulling for my (unknowing) mentor and family. Thanks, Art.

George


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Nov 11 - 10:02 PM

UP she rises!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 04 Nov 11 - 11:38 PM

When I read the post from katlaughing about "He's got the whole world in his hands, etc.," I thought, "and the whole world's got him in its hands."

Still praying a good place for Carol and Art to live.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 30 Oct. 2011-C'mon M'cat mojo!
From: gnu
Date: 05 Nov 11 - 07:44 AM

I look for this thread every time I am here, hoping for a good update.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE THE LATEST
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 11:37 PM

Just received the following from Chris. I cannot imagine Art and Carol having to live apart, so let's all send as much energy, etc. as we can to help Chris out with the Resistance! I don't like the sounds of this at all. There has to be a way for this to work out.

It's been a busy week. Mom and Dad got moved to a new and smaller room. Not clear as to why. More importantly, Mom's anxiety has been high. Social services found a difference between her previous meds and the current, and that is in for review. We should know Monday or Tuesday if they fixed that issue. We are looking at an interim place in Ottawa, and I am waiting on a call back from there. I am also checking out a place near us on Monday. There is a Care Plan meeting on November 17th for both my parents. We'll know then what direction the facility is looking at and see if that coincides with ours. I keep steering this towards them being in the same place. The path of least resistance is to have them live separately. I'm putting up resistance to that path.

Thanks to all for your support through this.
Chris


I just emailed Chris to ask if the same addy applies for cards, etc. and also if things were being forwarded from their home in Peru. I don't know if he'll have time to answer any time, soon, but will let you know if and when he does.

I give thanks that Art and Carol are living together, with the best of care, nearby Chris and his family. I give thanks for this, or something better, for the highest good of all concerned. So mote it be!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:40 AM

the plan to separate them reminds me of a report & drawing of the Workhouse days in UK - a very old couple walking up the road to the Workhouse, her to go to Female Section & him to Male Section, never to meet again.

I second kat's thanksgiving

sandra



Ware Union Workhouse/Western House


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 09:30 AM

refresh...can't let this one fall down


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 11:52 AM

Art and Carol, our Mudcat Mojo is redoubled!

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: gnu
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 02:29 PM

Ottawa?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Janie
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 03:50 PM

What Dan said.

Each State determines it's own definition of "assisted living" for Medicare and Medicaid purposes and I have no idea how Illinois defines such facilities.

Art, Carol, Chris and any other family, my most fervent good thoughts and intentions are locked on and steadily beaming your way.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 04:12 PM

I've been saying a nightly prayer since this thread started. I hope all this mojo starts working soon for the whole family. My thoughts are with the two of you.

B


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 07:46 PM

Ottawa is a town in Illinois, 17 miles from Peru


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 08:56 PM

Cities in Illinois include Athens, Batavia, Cairo (pronounced, Cay-ro), Carthage, Cuba, Geneva, Genoa, Havana, Lebanon, Marseilles, Metropolis, Mount Carmel, Mount Olive, Orient, Ottawa, Paris, Pekin, Peru, Troy, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Waterloo, and Zion. Very cosmopolitan place, Illinois.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 09:13 PM

Athens in Illinois is pronounced AYE-thens. My brother lives there.

There's also San Jose (San Josie).


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 11:25 PM

Praying for them, too.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 12:02 PM

I can't imagine a scenario where they would be better off apart.
Praying for what is best.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 12:24 PM

I know Sins but sadly I can imagine how the ins/medicare folks could make it almost impossible too. I was wondering if some form of letter writing might help? Either a single letter/email from one of us but for all of us or individual e-mails. All of us here "know" Art and how devoted they are to each other. Also how important he is to us here and the entire folk community in general. They went through all those times together and now should be no different.

I dunno'........I just want to do some damn thing or another and I can't see what can be done except to support Chris and hope for the best.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: gnu
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 01:34 PM

Thanks Sandra.

What about Letters to the Editors of various newspapers with the names of the HMOs, insurance companies, government departments IF things don't trurn out well? Of course, it has to be thought out by and approved by Chris as sometimes such efforts can have negative results, especially before a a decision is made.

I am with you Spaw.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 11:55 AM

Chris would have to decide on any campaign. Meantime, is the snail mail the same?
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: olddude
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 02:56 PM

Both of you are in my thoughts my heart and my prayers ... My God separating them ... how can a state be so cruel ... I hate our non existent health care system. This is what the golden years is ... nothing golden about it in the States anymore.

God forbid ... anything Art .. you know I love you my friend


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 04:14 PM

Sins et al, as far as I know the addy is the same, for now. No word back from Chris. I called one time, but I don't want to do that, again. Didn't get an answer. I am sure this is consuming all the energy he can muster from what 's left after work and tending to his own beautiful family. I do know he has been keen on getting them moved closer to him and his family, so I hope he can make that happen. Art and Carol always get such joy when they get to see their grandchildren.

I keep thinking of the strong lessons I have learned from Art to roll with the punches and stay positive, see the humour, and walk on, so to speak. "Onward and upward" as he always says. I hope he's still saying it.

I'm with the rest of you, hard to see any situation which would be "better/best" with them apart. I will send Chris another email and ask if writing in would help or not.

love you folks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 06:00 PM

Chris must be overwhelmed, kat. Let'd make sure we're not making his job harder.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 06:42 PM

Agreed, Sins, no problem.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 10:53 PM

I'll pray they don't have to be separated. I'm facing the same with my folks and working to keep them together for now.

"Where've you been...I've looked for you forever and a day. Where've you been, I'm just not myself when you're away...."

love harpy


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 6 Nov. 2011-Keep them together!
From: Janie
Date: 09 Nov 11 - 11:27 PM

HG,

Keeping you and your parents in my thoughts also.

These are hard rows to hoe. May we all know grace and retain the capacity to find joy or serenity in the moment, no matter what the realities of life at any given point in time happen to be.


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Subject: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 09:48 AM

This just in from Chris re' our letter-writing question:

Thanks to all, Kat. I'm finding options that will keep them together. There are good people out in the system if you just keep digging!

Yeah!!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 12:02 PM

GREAAAAT NEWS!!!!!

So says "gnu," right?:-)
mod


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: GUEST,Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 02:33 PM

All the best to y'all, Art and Carol. We've been through 2 knee replacements (Ginny) and various other hassles connected with getting old(er) and can't think of any printable words or even puns that accurately describe the experiences of the "golden" years. May your drama soon have a happy act! Love to you both - Tracy and Ginny


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: gnu
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 02:46 PM

Date: 10 Nov 11 - 12:02 PM

GREAAAAT NEWS!!!!!
So says "gnu," right?:-)
mod

Yup... tossed my cookie... had to get rid of a virus and just fired the whole clip when I was locked and loaded. Sorry mod.

No worries, gnu, just making sure 'twas you.
mod


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 03:16 PM

AWWWWW HELL! Just slid across the room in gnu's cookie toss.



Such good news. Well done Chris.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 10:54 PM

Yes! Still continuing with prayers for their healing and avoiding or overcoming other obstacles which may be placed in their way.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: BK Lick
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 11:45 PM

I do know he has been keen on getting them moved closer to him and his family... -- kat
If that might mean being closer to Chicago, I would purely love to be part of their support team.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: Acme
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 11:46 PM

Good work, Chris, you have the mudcat community rooting for you and your parents!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Nov 11 - 12:43 AM

I think it does mean closer to Chicago, BK.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Nov 11 - 01:11 AM

wonderful news -


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 12:04 AM

Encouraging news!

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: GUEST,Wally Macnow
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 06:55 AM

I hadn't checked in to Mudcat in ages. I was looking for the lyrics that Art sings to What Does The Deep Sea Say? and found this thread. I am so sorry to hear about the travails of the family. I miss Art, his humor and his music a great deal and sincerely wish for the best possible outcome in all things. Get better my friend.

Wally


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 10 Nov. 2011-It's working!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for keeping us updated on the 'Cat, Kat. The $#@!-reduction candles continue apace.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011-Movin'OnUp!
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 11:59 AM

It's mypleasure and honour, Hollowfox, thank you. And, now for the GOOD NEWS!! This just in from Chris:

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e've decided on a place in Crystal Lake. Mom and Dad are very excited. I'm going over on Sunday to sign some papers to reserve the room. It is a nursing home, but all indications point towards much better conditions. Plus the fact that it takes a little over a half-hour to get there means I can respond first hand instead of trying to reach doctors by phone that never call back or through nurses that don't pass on information from the night before. The director is the one that really convinced me that this was the best possible option. There are aspects of the place ranging from medical care facilities in the building to simple things that show the staff and administration cares. Tonight, when I told the director that we had decided on their facility, the first thing he did was make sure I had his cell phone number. The facility is old, but there are many things that made this look like the best option. It isn't rated as highly as I'd like but it is average or above average as far as the State of Illinois goes. Then again, the State of Illinois kind of sucks as a whole. It's a strange system. I've found places with plenty of beds that are adequate and places that are rated poorly but have a two year waiting list. One place told me Mom and Dad could come together, but Mom would have to be in a separate ward where Dad could visit her during the day. Curiouser and curiouser.

Mom is highly anxious and still hasn't had her medications adjusted. Dad has developed a bed sore that is keeping him from even being able to use his wheel chair. Time to get them out of there. The director is working on figuring out their transportation options. Once that is settled, we'll move them up, perhaps as soon as next week. Then there's the apartment to contend with. One thing at a time.

A step, but a positive one.
Chris
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Yee-Haw!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 12:03 PM

Whew! The $#@!-reduction candle series is continuing anyway. You might want to check and see if the federal government is still inspecting nursing homes. My father worked for that agency back in the 1970's.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 12:18 PM

Get 'em outa there! They need to be together. It's about Thieme.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Acme
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 01:00 PM

Careful with bedsores - they can kill you. As soon as you get them moved I think things will begin to improve incredibly for them. I hope you can set up a computer so we can stay in touch with them.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: olddude
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 01:02 PM

Thank you God


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Nancy King
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 02:17 PM

Sounds good! Glad this seems to be working out. As Stilly said, do be careful about that bedsore -- it is NOT a trivial matter! Make sure all of the staff at the new place knows about it and knows how to treat it.

Chris, you're earning stars for your crown!

--Nancy


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: gnu
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 02:23 PM

Thank goodness!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 02:51 PM

Get a hold of your rep to congress! Damn the bureaucracy.I don't hold with praying but I'm sending some positive energy old friend.

Er, is this the real Tracy Schwarz?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 02:57 PM

All good news (except for the bed sore). Even Chris gets the best of all worlds with this choice.
Thanks, kat.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 03:07 PM

Well, all right! I hope their move goes well and they get excellent care in their new place.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 03:22 PM

I am going to send Chris info on some miracle cream for bedsores and other problems. It's called "Amerigel" and my docs even called what it did "miraculous" when I had an open, weeping wound on my leg. My sore went from the size of a quarter to a dime in a week using Amerigel after months of the docs' treatments failing. It was cleared up within a couple of weeks. It works for all kinds of stuff and they have other products which are also helpful.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 03:33 PM

This is all good news. Still rooting for all three of you here in rural Suffol, England. Keep the good news coming!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 04:39 PM

Oh, what good news. May the move be soon and easy, and may their settling in be smooth and comfortable.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 05:51 PM

So glad to learn this positive news. When they are settled and the time is right, could Kat or someone please post their new address for cards and well-wishes? Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Janie
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 05:54 PM

Glad for some very good news about living and care arrangements.

Wish I was smart and sassy enough, Art, to frame this in light-hearted terms, but I'm not. Very concerned for your medical well-being upon learning of the bedsore.    Even more light and love directed toward you.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 08:25 PM

Nothing is harder than trying to work through things like this from a distance so I hope this will resolve somewhere much closer to Chris. I used to work for Sun Electric Corp.(automotive test equipment) that was headquartered in Crystal Lake. For Art and Carol's sake I hope the water has improved....worst taste and smell known to man. LOL....But if that's the least of the problems, everyone will be overjoyed!

Hang in there Chris!!! You're doing great!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 11:08 PM

luck, prayers, good wishes or whatever is working.

when Art & Carol are settled, Chris can rest, too

sending more love & hugs

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: GUEST,Rex on the road
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 04:22 PM

It is encouraging that Chris has found a better place for Art and Carol to heal up. Art, I am grateful for the songs you have saved for all of us. I am among many that are keeping them going now. Particularly the Cowboy's Barbara Allen. Thank you for finding that gem. I'll be checking on you the next time I get near a computer.

Rex
from a library computer on Colorado's Western slope


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 04:32 PM

Sounds like a better place all around.

Great work!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: babypix
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 10:13 PM

Yay, Chris! Well done. The sooner the better. One thing we know, when Carol's happy, Art is happier! So, let the games begin (so to speak), and please send our love to dearest friend Art and Carol, too. Let us know if you need us (or any other like-minded friends) to flood the switchboard at some infernal gov't agency, until we get what is needed here.

xxx

Tell Art, we won't rest 'til the sheep they is ALL brung in!!!!

Love from Deborah Robins & Larry Hanks


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 10:18 PM

Good to hear this is working out. If Chris is able to oversee things, it will make life easier for everyone!

Best wishes to all concerned.

(My secret wish is for Art to get access to a computer again when he is up to it.)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 02:49 AM

I also miss Art's posts


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 01:18 PM

Speaking of...a long time ago, with Art's permission, I started copying and filing away certain posts of us, the ones of stories, puns, memories, etc., with the thought of one day putting them into book form. Life got in the way and I haven't kept up with it as I meant to, but I this is one I saved. It's one of his very first posts. As you can see, he's been around these parts for a long time:

From: Art Thieme - PM

Date: 17 Oct 98 - 12:43 AM

In The Mudcat Shop: GIVING BACK

Max,

Given an amount of personal isolation recently that I never thought I'd experience, this site has kept me able to be puttin' my two cents into the folk world in a way that keeps me giving back stuff that I've so graciously been handed for free by so many selfless mentors and womentors over the last 40 years. The give and take--the yin and the yang of it---the karma---that's what's happening here. Every time we give, we get! Hell, Mudcat is more fun than chocolate. And much less fattening. You'd think I could learn that better than I have!!!

Love to y'all,

Art

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May the GOOD karma keep on happening for Art and Carol!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 12 Nov. 2011- GREAT NEWS!!
From: Elijah Browning
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 02:01 PM

Hello All,

Just taking a few moments to put out a word of thanks and some updates. Mom and Dad are excited about this move. On several levels, many spot-on to what Janie wrote in the PM, this is the right thing to do. Ultimately, it would be great to get them into independent living again, but this is a positive step. I have a mountain of paperwork and details to figure out. I've got two weeks. One to move them. One to move all their stuff.

"If it wasn't for time, we'd have to do everything all at once."

C.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 14 Nov. 2011-two weeks to go!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 10:17 PM

One to move all their stuff. - if they have half as much as I have, one week wouldn't be enough!

Good to hear from you again, Chris

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 14 Nov. 2011-two weeks to go!
From: Janie
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 11:12 PM

Hope we are a bit of the "wind beneath your wings," Chris, Art and Carol.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 14 Nov. 2011-two weeks to go!
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 09:34 AM

Even better news! Art if finally going to have a fast WiFi connection once they get settled and a real telephone!! This just in from Chris. Looks like we better keep up the energy for Chris esp. as he packs things up etc.:

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Hello,

Up paying some bills. I have a mountain of paperwork to get through tonight. Sorry if I'm repeating myself, but I'm having a hard time lately remembering whom I told what to. In any case, they are moving Sunday to Crystal Pines in Crystal Lake, IL. I have this week through the weekend to get their move done. I have next week to pack and move their apartment. Mom and Dad are really looking forward to the move. Things have been hard for both of them in the Toluca place but particularly on my Mom lately. Good news on the new facility. They'll have their cell to start, but the reception will hopefully be better. Also, we'll be able to set them up with an real phone through AT&T. In addition, WiFi is included with the room, so we'll get Dad on-line a.s.a.p. They were in the process of "deep cleaning" their room today, and are getting ready for their arrival. On the other end, Asta Care will have them ready to go Sunday. The only missing piece at this point is transportation. We're trying to arrange transport for them. If not, I'll be going to get them. I have a minivan (having reached that point in my life) so it won't be a hard ride or fit. As for their apartment next week, I'll face that monstrosity when I get them safely in their new home.

Chris

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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 10:24 AM

Hope Chris has some help with the packing. Any chance of hiring movers to do the bulk of it?
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Acme
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 11:06 AM

Are there any mudcatters close by who could help with that move? I suspect the compression factor from an apartment to a room in a facility is so extreme that almost everything will need to go into storage for a while.

You've made great progress getting them situated, Chris - it's a difficult job.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 01:05 PM

I couldn't be happier. Art, all the best to you in your move - I'm glad you two are going to a good place.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: gnu
Date: 15 Nov 11 - 02:05 PM

Great news. And... WiFi... WooHoo!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 12:32 AM

adding my cheers!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 03:58 AM

Best wishes to Art and Carol on their move to more suitable accommodation. Is this a permanent move from their apartment in Peru or a temporary move for rehabilitation and recovery?

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 04:00 AM

.....and mine!

We remembered Art at the UK CD launch.

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 07:46 AM

Chris......Your parents have much to be proud of. You're doing a great job. Yeah.......a very great job.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: bbc
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 08:23 AM

Good news! Thanks for the updates!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 08:57 AM

Art + high speed wifi...the mind boggles.

Good on ya, Chris! Good luck and God bless y'all!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 11:50 AM

Dear Art & Carol, So glad to hear good news. All best wishes from the Harris family. And also, BRAVO CHRIS!, a son to be proud of. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 01:01 PM

Stewie, as I understand it, they are moving out of the Peru apt. for good. I *think,* from what Art has said over the years, they have whittled things down a bit. I know they had to when they moved to Peru, so I hope that means not as much for Chris to deal with..though I have seen pictures with books and music in the background.:-)

All of these years in Peru, Art never could get any better internet connection than dial-up. I think it might take him a day or three or maybe more to get used to the speed, THEN he might get lost in youtube! But, I am sure, he'll come to Mudcat first.

(With apologies to Jimmy Buffet)

Come Sunday, it'll be alright,
Come Sunday, they'll be such a sight,
It's been over a month in a unhealthy maze
And we just want them back by our side.

luvya'llkat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: gnu
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 01:57 PM

I echo those who have lauded Chris and I once again say thanks, Chris, for keeping us updated. As you are WELL aware, your parents' well-being is held dear in the hearts of many.

I doubt if you have time to read m/any of these posts, but "they are there" and they are heartfelt.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 05:21 PM

Thanks, kat.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 17 Nov 11 - 09:33 PM

WiFi! Wish I had that! Continued wishes for a smooth move.
Refresh!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Nov 11 - 10:22 AM

Only one more day and they get to move "onward and upward!"

Here's to a smooth moove!:-)


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE 15 Nov 2011-phone & WiFi coming!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Nov 11 - 12:17 AM

thread bounce, but a smooth lift for Art & Carol


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Nov 2011-new home sweet hom
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Nov 11 - 11:58 PM

This just in from Chris:

Hello,

Phase one of the Great Thieme Migration went well today. Mom and Dad got up to Crystal Lake. The ride went fine. Mom is in a lot of pain and there's a lot to process for both of them. This coming Friday, we're hitting the apartment with help from Mike and Linda (Thank You!). There's wireless in the building, so I'll bring an adapter for Dad's computer. We'll figure out how to set that up next week. We're getting them a regular phone line. I have to make arrangements for that and will keep you posted. Dad will also be getting a new email address with this move. I'll be sure to update the Mudcatters. Till then,

Art and Carol Thieme
Crystal Pines - Room 103
335 N. Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Isn't that just the greatest, folks?! Let's keep the energy going for Chris and family and friends who are helping with the move and isn't it going to be great When Art, himself, signs on again?! Yee Haw!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: Janie
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 12:06 AM

Indeed!

And Chris, strength your way....


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 12:18 AM

To Chris, two words...Well Done!!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: Acme
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 12:42 AM

Chris - set up a Gmail account for Art and he won't have to change accounts when he changes addresses. That's the beauty of web-based accounts. But it can still be downloaded into Thunderbird (Mozilla) if he wants it in his computer (that's what I do.)

Good work, and thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

SRS


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 04:39 AM

I second what Stilly said - even the bit about gmail!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 10:39 AM

Wonderful news!
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 10:50 AM

Excellent!

Well done Chris.

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 12:37 PM

This is excellent news! They've needed a better place to be for a long time, and I'm glad to hear it's happening!

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 12:44 PM

Me, too, Dan, they sure have!

No worries on the gmail etc., folks. Chris is a canny fellow in lots of ways and quite familiar with gmail, etc.:-)

thanks,

kat


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 01:05 PM

Good news!


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From: gnu
Date: 23 Nov 11 - 11:22 AM

Great news!!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, (New) Sweet, Home!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 11:01 AM

I figure this is the last day for Chris and friends to clear out the apt. Thinking of them and hope next week sees Art zipping around on WiFi and them with a landline phone. No pressures, Chris, just had enough of an Artless Mudcat!**BG**


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From: Hollowfox
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 11:37 AM

Thank you all who have helped with this exodus. I wish I lived closer, so I could at least help with the gruntwork. I hope the finishing-up is going smoothly. the $#@!-reduction candle series continues.


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From: gnu
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 03:10 PM

Anticipating Art's return here.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE -More good News!
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 09:31 AM

From Chris this morning:

Hello,

The weekend was a success. Thanks to Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike, the apartment was packed and loaded. Some went to donation and the rest is in my garage right now. Mom and Dad are doing well. There is a meeting this week (either Tuesday or Thursday) to go over their care plan. I'll send out an update after that.

Also, just so everyone has the address:
Art and Carol Thieme
Crystal Pines - Room 103
335 N. Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Whoo-hoo!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: Acme
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 09:54 AM

Great news! Thanks to all who were able to help with this huge move!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 12:35 PM

Thanks for the update, Chris.

Excellent.

Looking forward to Art getting back on-line.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 01:37 PM

All good. Thanks for the update.
M


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 02:18 PM

Art should receive his set of This is Us today.
Now, does anyone have Jean Ritchie's current snail-mail address?


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From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 03:39 PM

I think Big Mick has it, Dick. That's great about Art getting his set.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 07:50 PM

Good news is good news! I'm glad they are in their new home and hope they settle in easily.


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From: dick greenhaus
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 08:34 PM

Mick--???


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From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 09:21 PM

wibbly wobbly wu!

He's a humdinger
Folksinger!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: kendall
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 09:24 PM

Welcome news indeed!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 09:25 PM

it will be wonderful to have Art back when he & Carol have settled into their new home

sandra


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From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 29 Nov 11 - 08:49 PM

Hooray!


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From: gnu
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 01:52 PM

Charley... I'll bet Art is looking forward to it also!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE Home, More Good News!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 11:03 PM

Haven't heard anything new, but I don't want Art to have to hunt this up when he does get back on, so...we're still here, Art & Carol, and missing you, very much! Hope all is well as can be. Remember what you always tell us: onward and upward!

luvyakat & Rog


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From: Waddon Pete
Date: 08 Dec 11 - 05:32 AM

...and up to the top we go!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They've got a phone #!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 11 - 07:19 PM

This from Chris:

Hello all,

Many of you are already in touch with my folks. They really appreciate the cards, calls and visits. Just to make sure all on the list have the full contact info:

Crystal Pines
335 N. Illinois St. Rm 103
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
XXX-XXX-XXXX (PM katlaughing for number, please)

Dad will have email soon. I'm going to make sure he is set up and digitally caught up, then I'll send out the new email address.

Thank you all for your support through this transition.
Chris


Isn't that great?!!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Dec 11 - 07:37 PM

lucky 'Catters who live near enough to visit!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 09 Dec 11 - 09:39 PM

Yes, it is great!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Mark Ross
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 01:27 PM

Just talked to Art on the phone. They are all settled in, and he expects to be back on line (and visiting Mudcat) sometime this weekend.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 12:15 PM

I spoke to Art, last night, also. His voice was a little raspy which he said is due to medications and the dryness there. I never knew anywhere in Illinois could be so dry. :-) He did sound relieved and said they were doing is best as could be. He said Carol is doing well although she still has pain in her new knee and the other one. The place they are in is much better than the last. It sounds as though it was a bit of a nightmare.

I told him the original title of this thread was about him possibly losing his "bird" which got a chuckle out of him. As it is, he said he only lost part of the finger. The real trouble apparently was the infection and getting rid of it. Unfortunately he said the medicines they had to give him exacerbated the MS. He is doing better now, though, in a wheelchair, but looking at getting a scooter! He said they have friends that live only two or three blocks away, so with the scooter maybe he could go over and visit.

He said folks have just been wonderful and to tell you all how very much he appreciates you and your care and concern for him and Carol.

I didn't want to wear him out and it was almost supper time for him so we said goodbye for now.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 07:41 AM

good news


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 10:26 AM

if anyone else still needs his phone number, please PM stillyRiverSage. I won't be on very much for a few days. thanks!

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 08:06 PM

Go to it, Art! Run over their toes!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Janie
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 09:38 PM

Thanks so much for keeping us updated Kat.

Art, I don't post here very much but check in several times a week to see if there is news, and fwiw, send good vibes through the ether daily.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Dec 11 - 10:19 PM

My pleasure, Janie, thanks.

I missed a call from him, tonight, and it was too late, his time, to call back, but I *think* he may be connected because he asked about the name of this thread. So...

here's a REFRESH just for you, Our FINE ART! Hope we seeyasoon. The new place sounds really nice and MUCH better!

luvyyakat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 01:01 AM

Wow!!! I just finished reading this entire thread. You all are the very best of what this Internet is all about. Thanks so very much for all of it...

Yes, Chris my son and absolutely my best friend in this world,is place for us.

Yes, we are in this quite nice facility now in Crystal Lake, Illinois; and it is enough for me to say that, compared to the other place in Toluca, IL, this is heaven, and that was hell. (Indeed, the Internet gave the Asta Care Care facility in Toluca just a one star rating.)

My finger is about an inch shorter now.The whole thing was my own fault. I was in my wheelchair, trying to close the door to our easement. I put my hand behind the door and pushed it to swing the door closed from behind the door-near the hinge. Please remember my hands are totally numb fro my Multiple Sclerosis. When the door nob got close to me, I pulled the door closed hard. That is what busted my finger. Figuring on losing the nail, I spent two plus monthe trying to heal the finger.It looked good to me. It healed over nicely and completely-I thught. The finger was now three times t's oriinal size. Maybe,I though, it might be time to lt the doc seeit


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From: maeve
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 05:03 AM

Welcome back, Art! You've made my day!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 05:06 AM

Made mine too, Art. I'm happy for you both with the new set-up, but sad about the amputation. However, it's great to know things have worked out.

Bruce M


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 09:32 AM

it's wonderful to see you here again, Art

sandra


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From: Waddon Pete
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 10:09 AM

Made my day too! Welcome back Art!

Best as ever,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - They Have a Phone!!
From: Acme
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 10:15 AM

Self-inflicted wounds are the worst, Art, but you turn yourself into your own worst enemy by trying to treat it yourself! If you're not sure about a trip to the doctor in the future, mention it to someone (even here at Mudcat will do fine) and we'll prompt you to take care of yourself!

I'm relieved to read that you're in a good facility now, and back online here at Mudcat. Hugs to Chris for restoring you to us!

Maggie


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From: Mark Ross
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 10:51 AM

Great to have you back Art!

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: gnu
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:06 PM

Great to have you posting again, Art!


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From: Crowhugger
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:12 PM

Welcome home, glad you're back!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:21 PM

What a pleasure to have you back Art! Welcome home!

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:33 PM

Welcome back, Art. You've missed a lot - you've got some catching up to do! - and you've BEEN missed a lot, too!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:36 PM

Great great news that you're back! So good to see you -

B xxx


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 12:42 PM

Art-

Welcome back!

We've certainly missed you posts. Things have gotten woefully boring in the Mudcat litterbox.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 01:05 PM

Glad you're back. Had surgery Wed. and can't type much more right now.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Rex
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 01:37 PM

Art, it is mighty good to see you here on these pages again.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Maryrrf
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 01:43 PM

Welcome back, Art! So glad it all worked out. What a blessing to have a son like Chris.


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From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 02:00 PM

Good on you my old friend!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 02:01 PM

Good to have you back Art my friend. All best wishes to you and family. Roy & Elaine.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: frogprince
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 02:36 PM

Yesss; it's been way too long without your pearls of wisdom!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: BK Lick
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 05:36 PM

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
Welcome home, Art!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 05:41 PM

I just returned Art's phone call from last night. He sounded pretty good. He said he had typed up a new post to kind of clarify what he'd written, but it got lost. I told him we all knew what he meant anyway that he didn't need to worry about it.

He had a great time today with PT, actually walked 100 paces with a walker! Their goal is to optimize what he is able to do for more mobility, etc.

I don't want to steal all of what he has to tell us but, friends who live nearby are picking them up and taking them to dinner at their house. They both sound very excited about the thought of getting out and about for the first time in ages.

He also sounded pretty tickled that the nursing home folks have learned that he had "another life"...some of them were fans and let the others know. I told him he better watch out they'll have him singing or telling tall tales any time. His voice is still rough from medications, but I told him if we all start beaming our Mudcat mojo at his throat, ya never know what might open up!

It is so good to have him back and to be able to visit with him. I know he'll be back soon for another posting. Sure made him happy to come back and read all of your postings and see that the same wonderful people are still good members in standing at the Mudcat Café!*bg*

kat


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From: bbc
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 06:02 PM

Hi, Art. How great to hear your "voice" again! And how wonderful that Chris was able to you get you & Carol into a good living situation! I'm glad the finger is no worse than it is. Settle in for the holidays & enjoy, my friend! And kat, thank you so much for keeping us informed!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Janie
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 06:38 PM

Hi Art!!!!!!!!!


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From: Stewie
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 08:09 PM

Art, great to know you're back. Best wishes to you and Carol in your new accommodation. Onya, mate.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 09:48 PM

Welcome back from me, too. I'm glad your living situation has improved.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Dec 11 - 10:52 PM

crystal Lake ......sounds kinda sexy.....!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 10:42 AM

Good morning, Art & Carol!


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From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 11:40 AM

So good to "see" you here again! WELCOME BACK!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 10:58 AM

Welcome back indeed!

Crystal Lake looks great on Google Earth - we can even see (I think) the place where you live (other 'catters: see Katlaughing's post 09 Dec 11 - 07:19 PM for address and post - sorry ZIP - code).

Almost feels like we can project our good thoughts straight to you from all over the world. Best wishes to you both, Pete.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 11:02 AM

Together and back. Wonderful news.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 11:59 AM

So, Jerry Art -- you're settled in before Xmas. Celebrate!!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: BK Lick
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 09:49 PM

In case anyone doesn't understand Rapparee's last post, it has to do with another celebrated picker's abbreviated digit.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: babypix
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 11:24 PM

Yay! Art and Carol! Can't wait to come see you again this summer when we're motoring through on our U.S. Tour! Will look forward to exchanging personal e-mails again with you, when you're up and running. Larry (Hanks) has been going through old photos and has discovered some beauties...Also, Barry O'Neill's been posting some great old 'uns on Facebook, so be sure to check that out as well.

We love ya, buddy. Gonna send you out our brand spankin' new CD (of brand spankin' OLD songs!) called "Old Days". It's just back from manufacturer.

Here's a big hug from me and hubba hubby Hanks!

Love always from your friends, Deborah & Larry Hanks


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 09:18 AM

Congrats! Art, from across the pond.

So nice to see your post, we really missed you.

Wishing you and yours go from strength to strength from now on.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: gnu
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 03:29 PM

Sooo... how she gowan eh, Art?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 03:40 PM

Oh what a Mighty Theime! You can't stop Art, can you?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 04:22 PM

WELCOME BACK, ART AND CAROL! FLOURISH AND PROSPER!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Jan 12 - 11:04 AM

I just spoke to Carol. Art is going to therapy three times per day and is doing better, though he gets tired out because of the MS. He was out when I called, at therapy. Carol sounded really good and positive about her knee and their new digs. They get to see a LOT more of their son and his family which will be increased by one sometime in July! Carol says their grandchildren are very loving, being read Shakespeare and the seven year old is even quoting from memory. Wonder where she gets that from?**BG**

They did indeed just have their 45th. It was on the 3rd. I only missed the date by a few days. More later after Art calls back.

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Jan 12 - 04:30 PM

Well, Art called me back. He was a little dismayed because he didn't have very strong of a voice, but still sounded like the Art we all know and love. It seems there's been a bad cold running through the place catching up with folks. About two weeks ago all he could do was whisper. They now have him on antibiotics and it seems to be getting better.

He said he heard on the news that they announced a cure for MS. He's going to be following that closely. I told him we keep up our Mudcat mojo and see it happening.

They have him walking every day down the hallway with a walker which is good. With his indomitable way of looking at the bright side of life, he joked about having a 20-year-old girl give him his shower this morning. LOL

With the constant therapy and complications/aggravations of MS, his energy is pretty well spent by the end of the day, or even earlier. So, not much time is spent on the computer. We talked about how it is when our bodies are recovering and trying to mend...the energy just isn't there to interact much. I am sure cards, letters, etc. are welcome and go a long way in helping. Grandkids do even more...he's really proud of them and his son and daughter-in-law.

Holding Art and Carol in the light and in our hearts,

kat & Rog


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Janie
Date: 07 Jan 12 - 07:22 PM

Thanks for the update, Kat.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: gnu
Date: 07 Jan 12 - 08:30 PM

Second that.

I haven't had a twenty year old lass help me out in the shower for 35 years. Sounds like yer doin okay.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 12:23 AM

clever grandkids = clever parents = clever grandparents!!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Acme
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 01:49 AM

I agree, Sandra!

Welcome back, Art! Drop us a line in the morning when you're fresh and before the 20-year-olds have gotten their hands on you. ;-D

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: topical tom
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 08:46 PM

All best wishes to you both for a speedy recovery.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 12:39 PM

YO ART!!! Whaddyat dose days buddy?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 12:01 AM

Just to let Art know we're thinking of him. It's been awhile since he posted. I hope the therapy is going well. Has anyone spoken to him, recently? I thought I'd give him a call later in the week.

Anywho, Art, if you read this, "Hello! to you and Carol!"

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Acme
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 12:13 AM

I've also wondered if Art is "punishing" those around him with his wicked humor. Keep in touch, Art!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 12:16 AM

we need you back here (when you have time!)

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 07:16 AM

Yes, Art and Carol have been in my thoughts too.

It's always good to 'hear' Art on the forum as well as on CD!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 08:39 AM

Brother, where art thou?


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - He's BACK!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 06:56 PM

Well, he is still there and doing okay. Ups and downs, but glad to hear from you all via my phone call (I read him your messages.) Carol was asleep. He said she's had her ups and downs but they have really good psychiatric help and, when he has a tough day, he keeps reminding himself it is the best place for them both to be. Friends in town (the Donnellys? I know they've posted to this) have had him over to their house and brought in live music for St. Patrick's Day.

He esp. was glad I called because he wanted me to pass on a message. His computer went nuts, they think because of Norton, so his son, Chris, has it at home to talk some sense into it. He is still going to PT and does find it difficult to type, but doesn't think a VOC program would be much help because of his inconsistent voice quality and ability. It sounds like short phone calls are the best way to stay in touch, for now.

He said, they used to tell him 70 was old and, now...he knows it! He and Carol just had their 45th anniversary in January.

That's all for now,

kat


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: Janie
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 09:01 PM

Thanks for the update, Kat. Sounds trite, but it is very sincerely when I say Best regards, Art and Carol.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 09:02 PM

Blessings on them both!

I still listen to my collection Art Thieme CDs. They are especially good company on my long drives.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: open mike
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 09:09 PM

best wishes and anniversary congrats!


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 11:17 PM

God to hear your update. Thanks, Kat.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 05:01 AM

thanks for maintaining contact, Kat

congratulations to Carole & Art & many good wishes for better health asap

sandra


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 10:42 PM

I was wondering and now I know. There's gotta be something.... I'm going to do some poking around....


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: bbc
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 10:58 PM

Nice to hear an update! Thanks, kat!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: Amos
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 11:21 PM

Keep trucking, Art!! We're much happier when our days are Artful.


A


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: GUEST,999
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 12:00 AM

I'm with Amos on that.


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: Fortunato
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 08:49 AM

Best wishes, Art. I don't sign on here much, so I'm late, but wish you all the best.

Chance Shiver


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 09:06 AM

Hello to Art from an Old Chicagoan (No Exit).

Have a great year, Art and Carol!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Art Thieme-UPDATE - 20 March 2012
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 09:28 AM

Hiya Art & Carol, All best wishes from this side of the pond, Roy & Elaine.


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