I’ll Be Back

One of the most satisfying rewards of being a long time blogger has been the amazing people I’ve met online over the years. In many respects, my online friends are often the equal of those with whom I communicate face to face.

Since I’ve been unable to effectively post to Tech Thoughts this past 45 days or so, I’ve been humbled by the concern shown by so many people from so many places around the World. So many emails, that I’ve found it difficult to respond to all those who deserved  a response.

Until now, I’ve chosen not to burden readers with a personal tale of medical woe – we all have personal loads to carry and sharing my current burden seemed somehow counterproductive, to me. On top of that, I’ve not been entirely comfortable with the idea of posting personal medical data for all the reasons one might consider.

Still, the time is right, I think, to let readers know that I’m out of the saddle only on a temporary basis – although I’m unhappy with the extended timeframe to date.

Initially, I was prepared for a short medical leave from Tech Thoughts –  a week or so – maybe less. But, life can sometimes rearrange the best laid plans. You’ll see what I mean from the following.

Long story short – Checked into the Hospital on December 4, 2015 to have the first of two non-malignant skin cancer surgeries – one small, and one requiring a skin graft. While waiting in pre-op (wired up to various machines), my heart ran out of control (215 beats a minute) – controlled chaos immediately ensued.

Within minutes they shut down my heart and then restarted it – electrical pads, front and back, to get me rolling.

Not the end.

Two days later, while in my “new” Cardiologist’s office, he wired me up to an ECG and then freaked out. Within 3 minutes I’ve got the Fire guys and the Paramedics rushing me to the Hospital which is directly adjacent to the Cardiologist’s office (wouldn’t let me walk). Again organized chaos and, once again, it’s “let’s make Bill dead for a minute.” My rib cage is still paying the price for that one. It still hurts like hell.

Kidding aside – all the people I came into contact with throughout this ordeal were magnificent – I mean “magnificent.” My respect for those involved in high tech emergency medicine knows no bounds.

So, no cancer surgery – both postponed until the ticker ticks and tocks in step. As it is now, I have a rogue circuit in my Heart that needs to be burned out using a micro-surgery technique. Wire into the Heart and sizzle the bad guy. At this point, I’m scheduled to undergo this procedure on February 19 – fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I’m on a couple of drugs that reduce blood flow to various places, including my Brain, which makes me a little stupid. Some might say – “more than a little.” Smile   Example: I can’t hold a continuous thought for more than a few minutes. For a man like me that’s Dante’s Inferno come a calling.

Piled on top of that, I feel like I have the worst flu I’ve every had. The anxiety though, is the worst. But, there’s a pill for that – a pill that reduces the anxiety somewhat but makes me sicker than ever.

Funny thing is – other than this rogue circuit I’m in tip-top shape. Blood pressure averaging 118/78 – resting heart rate of 62 – less than 5 pounds heavier than I was in my 20’s – and, I’ve already passed the 65 milestone.

I’m hopeful that I can get back on board with the “News” by March 1 (or sooner) – I have no intention of just quitting. Truthfully, I can hardly wait to get back in the saddle.

I’ll be back – you can count on that.

Kind regards to all of you,

Bill

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35 responses to “I’ll Be Back

  1. All the best, Bill. You’ve been missed.

    • DAve Revie

      I am glad to find out where you went. I was very concerned.
      Did not know what to do. i missed you and your blog. Did know how to find out what happened to you. I knew something wasn’t right. I missed your blog. I find it very informative. IS that even a word?? I hope your time down will not be long, I do wish you a speedy recovery.
      DAve

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Wow, what a story! You’ve certainly been through the mill my friend. They do say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but I’ll bet you don’t feel that right now. However here you are sounding bullish and clearly determined not to be beaten by this. I wish you all the very best and look forward to reading whatever you decide to put up. I know you’ll be champing at the bit but please make sure you don’t overdo it, or start too soon. Too many people rely on your wisdom.

    I’ll be thinking about you Bill, particularly on February 19.

    Kind regards
    John

  3. Rocco

    Bill, It’s really good to see a post from you albeit not the best news but I will be praying for you. Health comes first and then the site.

    All the best

    TeX

  4. Henry Carreira

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and hopes for no more complications and a speedy recovery, Bil.

  5. Vic Reigel (Rev)

    Hi Bill

    So glad to hear you’re still kicking. I’ve loved your aggregatings and got so much from them. Keep up the fight; I had a successful oblation some years ago and still going strong; age 83. looking forward to March. I’m in Brampton and I suspect some Canadianness informs your very solid perspective.

    All the best
    Vic

  6. jbe

    Great to hear that you will be back. As one great “guy” used to say, “Hasta la vista, Baby”. I was getting plenty worried about you.

  7. Bill Roth

    Bill,
    Glad to hear from you. Thanks for the update. I figured your absence was probably medically related. Hope all goes well next month. Looking forward to your return. Take care.
    Bill in snowy central PA.

  8. vince greco

    I was concerned
    But, now that I know you’re probably in better shape than I am…

    A wakeup call is much better than a funeral-stay well

  9. rrawlins214

    Prayers are with you Bill. Just take whatever time you need.
    Reg

  10. Larry

    Hi Bill,
    Get well soon! I’ll wait for you.
    God bless.

  11. Thank you for this informative update. I’m sorry to hear of your troubles.
    The most important thing is for you to get better. I look forward to your great newsletter to again start up but, not till you are totally better.
    All the best,
    Bob

  12. Skippy2057

    Looking forward to reading your posts again, sorry you had to go through all the scary stuff!!

  13. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon.

  14. Sorry to hear the bad news Bill. Wishing you the very best.

    John

  15. Keith

    Bill, so glad to hear from you!! Just want you to know that you are really loved by myself and I’m sure many others here. You have a great blog and your cool personality shines through! I tell everyone about your blog! I have personally had cancer twice and 2 of the best natural and effective anti-cancer supplements are Curcumin & EGCG (Green Tea Extract). They are both proven to kill Cancer cells, and don’t bother the healthy cells. An excellent book that helped me is “Cancer is not a Disease, it’s a Survival Mechanism” by Andreas Moritz. He has great insights that could be life-saving. Take care friend.

  16. J Gregory Greco

    Bill: Its good to hear that your getting better. Good luck with that.

    Honestly, I thought I did something dumb like unsubscribe. Looking forward to seeing you again. – Greg On Jan 22, 2016 6:46 PM, “Bill Mullins Weblog – Tech Thoughts” wrote:

    > Bill Mullins posted: “One of the most satisfying rewards of being a long > time blogger has been the amazing people I’ve met online over the years. In > many respects, my online friends are often the equal of those with whom I > communicate face to face. Since I’ve been unable to” >

  17. Cliff Truesdell

    Best of luck Bill. I’ve been in EMS for 30 years and sounds like you’ve been given top shelf care. Take care, Cliff

  18. delenn13

    Oh, Bill,

    You scared the #### out of me. Last I heard you were going in for surgery which “Should be quick and without incident. Fingers crossed.” I had just had a very good friend of mine got to England for 6 weeks for a wedding and see family and less than 3 weeks later she dies of liver cancer. So I was really crossing my fingers and praying for you when you didn’t post your newsletter/blog. I just could not have taken any more bad news.

    Missed ya, but take your time coming back. No relapsing allowed.

    Del

  19. Jim Lake

    Your “thoughts” are missed and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  20. Johannes

    My regards, to YOU Bill & in this world …….. always time only will tell (~_~)
    Hope all the best for YOU & family…
    C U soon : J.

  21. RandiO

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!
    Cheers, RandiO

  22. zbob

    Hey Bill,

    You worried us all “A LOT” …well-wishes & Prayers sent your way [not sure where you stand on that concept [no matter] ..net/net my/our faith creates the required power, it’s in the manual, to bring about healing]

    Be well, take good-care of yourself… You got a lot of blogging left in you

    BEST,

    Bob

  23. The blogging heavens are not ready for you my friend. In all seriousness, your absence has been a noticeable void. Be strong, be positive, and you will come out of this with a different outlook. Looking forward to reading the Tech News at Tech Thoughts Soon… Your blogging buddy — Rick

  24. Hi Bill,
    I’ve been so caught up in my own life lately, new job etc, that I haven’t been on-line much at all. So sorry to hear you’ve been ill, my friend. But it’s good to hear you’re being so well taken care of. I wish you a speedy recovery, and God bless you Bill.
    Take care,
    Paul 🙂

  25. Hi Bill, it’s been a while since I have chatted with you. I have followed you from the start. You just take your time, get well. Glad you are getting a little better. I will be waiting for you to come back whenever it is time. Dave Curtis.

  26. Clade

    Hi Bill!
    Sorry for my english. . .
    I’m sorry for all this, but you’re bigger than it. . . And this also it will pass.,. Congratulate you for the excellent work you do in this area.
    All the best

    Clade

  27. Dave B.

    Best wishes Bill, looking forward to your return 🙂

  28. welcom back biil. we really miss u. I wish you a speedy recovery, and God bless you .

  29. Mark

    Jeez Bill, good luck I know you’ll be back.

    Mark Schneider

  30. Hello Bill:

    I’m a HIT-&-MISS reader . . . If I ever get HIT, it’s doubtful if many people at all will MISS me.

    It’s another thing entirely however, when the informative & helpful bus driver is missing from his route, everyone notices! YOU are THAT bus driver! [That is NOT a guilt trip trying to flog you back to servitude . . . simply my heartfelt acknowledgement of your worth to many more than the vocal few on these pages.]

    Due to my reading habits, I didn’t find out until today…3 days after your expected-to-be-successfull procedure(s). I trust that everything has gone according to your physician’s plans? As I get older (though a bit less wise/informed than you) any personal disappointment in people’s disappearence is gently tempered by life experience. I choose not to think the worst OF people, but brace myself that the worst might have happened TO them. I’m glad to hear that so far this has not been the case with you!

    I intend this with the greatest of delicacy: Heart issues are disturbing at the best of times, and mutinous muscles are rarely appreciated in the thick of the action. Much like that “normally expected” firm ground we stand on during an earthquake, we rarely give much thought to this complex muscle which faithfully delivers its payload once per second without complaint for years on end.

    I can recall a nurse instructing me in no uncertain terms that “You need to calm down, sir!” To which I (calmly) responded, “I _am_ calm . . . it’s my _heart_ that’s running a mile a minute”. As I was neither nervous, breathing quickly, nor sweating, she tactfully used her trained observation skills to detect the truth in that statement and relaxed a bit, even though they couldn’t determine what had caused the irregularity.

    Later that week, it was revealled that our family suffers from non-fatal (albeit temporarily terrifying) episodic arryhthmia and tachardia. (Thanks for telling me sooner, Dad!)

    I pray that your medically supervised adventure is short, skillyfully concise & occupies a scant footnote buried deep in your personal journey. I too recommend the benefits of green tea extract and curcumin as a perfectly viable adjunct therapy to whatever they might throw at you.

    Again, THANK YOU (!) for all of your hard/smart work for your readership!

    Heal well, my friend!

    m.

    – – – – Personal setback is an honest opportunity to cutivate renewed respect for the plight of others.

  31. delenn13

    Hey Bill,
    I hope everything is going well for you. Sure do miss you but we all will survive. You just get better..Take your time. We aren’t going any where.We need you ALL BETTER.
    “I can’t hold a continuous thought for more than a few minutes.” I know all about that. Not sure which is worse…..the mind wondering around or the memory loss.
    See ya when we see ya………