Before I say anything else I am staggered with everyone's reactions - or I would be staggered if I could stand up.I don't think I can ever tell you all how much I love you and thank you. And I'll go a lot more into that when I get back on line (thanks so much huskiebear!).
OK. Wow. Deep breath. Mechanical details. I was at the ark on Saturday at Christine Lavins concert and for the big finale she was going to lead everybody in a reprise of a song they had done earlier (it was very cool, or would have been. More details later) and she called me up on stage. The stage at the ark is 16 or 18 inches high and there was no intermediary step. Stupid me, I tried to lug my big self up there anyway, and when I made the big effort with my left leg, something went pop crackle loudly enough for somebody near me to hear it and I was on the stage. On my back, yelling. EMTs were called, there were doctors in attendance who helped me and Christine said "Well, that was a real showstopper!"
A few years ago I partially tore a quad in my right leg. That was bad, but it could heal on it's own. This can't. Fortunately, it's a very common procedure. Basically re-attatching the ligament or tendon or whatever to the bone. But right now I can not move my left leg below the knee and I can't put any weight on it. So going to cons is right out. I hope that I will be up and moving in time for Gen Con - I think I will be.
Meantime, I'm in the hospital. They are apparently debating whether or not to fix it. I have no idea why they're debating. I can't move and it won't fix itself, so I'm stayin right here til they fix it.
Naturally, there's no net access. As soon as I can I will be back online and give you guys more details and just thank you all for everything. This is a setback, but not a permanent one by any means. Heck, I might even lose some weight! ;)
In any case, you guys are beyond amazing and I can't thank you enough, although when I get moving again, I'm damn sure gonna try. (Special note to janmagicand per_solo, who I haven't spoken to yet: obviously I'm not going to make DuckCon or InconJunction. I'm really sorry and we'll do something special next time.)
Again more thanks and love than I can say. Tom
(transcribed and posted by huskiebear- all typos and grammar mistakes are mine)
Well, we wuvs you, Tom. And I for one was surprised as hell to hear about what happened. (Reminds me of the time a second-level boss of mine was trying to be cute leaving a stage and broke his foot and was laid up for months.) (He, however, was an incredible idiot. You aren't.)
You may end up finding yourself kidnapped by a legion of adoring fans, y'know.
We lurvs ya, Tom. Stand firm (ahem) in insisting they fix you up. We'll all be pulling for you and we'll do what we can to help out. (Shoot, I was going to order the iTom albums *anyway*, but I'll move the schedule *up* a bit. ;-D )
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Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) lone_buddhist: Well Wishes and a dose of Heartfelt sympathy form a caring fan.
I hope nothing but a positive outcome for you with no complications. Your music has become dear to me over the years. I know it will continue to do so in the coming years. Thank you for your efforts to brighten up my days. You are in my prayers and meditations.
Get well soon.
PS: if you are ever in the Roch. NY area, I would be thrilled to meet you IRL.
Make sure you take the time to let it heal right after they rebuild you, okay? No skipping out on physical therapy, no trying to squeak by and soldier on. Just think: you've got the ultimate opportunity to become the 6 Million Dollar Filker. That's got to be worth something, right? *listens to the crickets chirp*
I had to have a knee rebuilt after tripping on a level, carpeted floor. Yeah, I'm graceful that way, but I've at least a vague idea on the pain levels and damage involved. *many gentle hugs* Get better, please. One of these days I'll actually get to meet you. ;)
Wow, that doesn't sound like any fun at all. (I have ligament damage in one leg so I know how painful it can get doing ... well, nothing at all, really.) Lots of healing energy and all that to you. While you know we'll miss you at DucKon, we'd rather you be getting better.
I'm so sorry you were hurt. :-( I hope things heal as quickly as they can.
Is there a help Tom effort being organized? If you're not at Cons, you're not playing and selling CDs. I hate to sound mercenary but how can we help you pay medical bills when you aren't out there earning money?
Holding the healing thoughts out in SoCal. I already own all your albums but they make great gifts, hmmm. Is it a better deal for you if we order through your own website, or through CD Baby or elsewhere?
MAKE them fix it. I have had too many issues with doctors who seem to see obesity as an excuse to abrogate their responsibilities in favor of "lose the weight and everything will fix itself." Sometimes it won't, particularly the structural issues.
I shepherded His Ex-Cellency through the 1999 NaSFIC when he was wheelchair-bound due to an injury. Interesting experience. Lots of places that claimed to be "accessible" weren't. I have no idea how he got in and out of the men's room with that L-shaped access. The wheelchair jousting versus John Creasey was pretty amusing though.
Keeping him fed in a low-carbohydrate regimen also prevented the all-too-common weight gain during convalescence. I recommend this highly. Sorry if this sounds harsh-but-practical, know it's born of concern.
I second her advice -- she also herded me through tearing the quad completely off the right kneecap in '04, and that recovery was horrid because I'd sprained the left quad so badly I was in braces on BOTH legs. Going to the bathroom was a special kind of torture, and it was weeks before I could take a real shower. I hated asking for help, and I'm sure I made SeleneSue's life a special hell during that time -- and yet, she managed to plan and execute my 50th birthday party during it all!
Please go to all your physical therapy appointments, and yeah, losing some weight will help. It's not the be-all and end-all, no, but taking some of the strain off would be A Good Thing.
I wish I had something to send to you to keep you amused during your recovery, as you helped me when I tore up the left arm in '02, or the leg in '04 I don't so I'll settle for sending all the good thoughts I can muster.
This hurts all the worse when it happens to someone I consider a dear friend and would love to see again. Tom, you may know that I sprained my right ankle about 16 days ago, and will probably need help lugging gear around ConTata -- I am using a cane (crutches only for the first five or six days) and will have less ability to carry guitar cases and stuff. Your situation does totally suck, but listen to your doctors, and when the people close to you think you're overextending yourself (two or three weeks down the line) listen to them too. Being more careful is better than less, so you can heal as well as possible. Hugs and moral support --