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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

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I am back.. Sort of..

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  • I am back.. Sort of..

    Moderators: If this is posted in the wrong spot, please forgive me.

    Some of you may remember me. I know its been well over a year since I have visited the forum.

    Well it has been quite a ride for me over that time period.

    Flash back to April 6th 2018 and I had a massive case of congestive heart failure. Ended up with 17 days in the hospital, quadruple bypass surgery and a starting cost of $267,000.00
    And while they where at it they spotted what they suspected was lung cancer but I was too weak for a full investigation.

    So then my heart started doing some weird stuff, so another round of monitoring and testing. With luck, no device needed, just a weird heart beat that does not have any threat of hurting me but drives the nurse nuts when trying to take my vitals.

    Next after that, Yep... stage 3A lung cancer and emphysema. Woo-Hoo a 2 for one sale..

    So now I am half way through 30 radiation treatments and 7 chemo sessions. Then I get a month off before another round of testing and then possible surgery.

    Oh.. I also went blind in my right eye because of all of this.

    So that is what has happened to me in the last year+

    Anyway, I am back. Starting to do some more with Alpha so I will be visiting the forum from time to time.

    Anyone else think they've had a bad year?

    Dave or anyone that is/was on the skype group. for some reason my skype lost all my user and log in info so I am going to setup a new account and will need to know how to join the group again. Please message me with the info. Thanks.

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    Sorry to hear of your troubles.

    Glad to see you back.
    Al Buchholz
    Bookwood Systems, LTD
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    Occam's Razor - KISS
    Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
    Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
    When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
    "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
    Albert Einstein


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      Re: I am back.. Sort of..

      I hear that there is proverb : If you put your problems in a barrel along with everyone else problems, you will chose yours back.
      Let look forward and have fun....
      Great to hear from you...


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        Welcome back mate, wowo $267k - here that would be a free kick with our public hospital system - under our medicare all Australians are cover what you have been through, anyhow it is what it is and you are back, that's what really matters, we have a famous comedian here Barry Humphries (70+yo) he was sacked in a TV interview once what do you look forward to each day? - waking up he replied i'm with him on that! Look forward to reading your posts.
        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
        Albert Einstein, (attributed)
        US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)