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Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008, 02:10 pm
A message from Tom

My God.

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)

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
jimhines

Youch! I'm sorry to hear that, Tom. I hope they hurry up with their debate and start fixing soon. Sending good thoughts for quick healing, and I'll hope to see you at GenCon.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
jrittenhouse

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.

Crapsky on you not being at Duck.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
mrgoodwraith

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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Fri, Oct. 17th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
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Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
herminia

Oh no! :-/ I hope you'll be okay soon.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
omimouse

Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.

Massive amounts of hugs and you take care of yourself and let other folks take care of you, you hear me?

Fri, Oct. 17th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
jaimegotsmann

You need to rest, you need to take care of yourself. You’re no good to anyone if you become run down or sick from not taking care of yourself.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
artpaulrocks

That is sad Tom

I'll be praying for you-Art Paul

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
ionicaq

*hugs* Feel better soon!

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.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
allisona

Lots of healing hugs, Tom!

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
elisabeth

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. ;)

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
selenesue

6 Million Dollar Filker, I think that is Dr. Harry Brener, with the bionic feet.

No, I'm not kidding.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
awfulhorrid

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.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
kshandra

Nothing to add, here...I just thought our icons should hang out.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
janetmiles

I can't begin to imagine how that must hurt, but I know it does. I'm over here hoping for good surgeons, sensible physical therapists, and a complete recovery.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
jcw_da_dmg

I am sorry that I will miss you at DucK and I hope the healing goes well!

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
naomi_de_plume

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?

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
awfulhorrid

There's always here. Buy CDs or just click on the guitar case to donate directly.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
per_solo

*HUGS* Get to feeling better, take care of yourself, and I'll see you when I next can. Will pass the word along.

As I've said, real life takes precedence, and I can't even imagine how this feels.

As normal, if there's anything I can do, please let me know.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
selenesue

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.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
firedrake_mor

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.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
scifantasy

Ow, ow ow ow ow.

Much love back atcha, Tom; you'll be missed at Contata.

Quick healing, and best wishes.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
solarbird: Oh for the love of

Tom, you know when somebody says "BREAK A LEG?" They don't mean it literally. Jesus.

(Get better soon, eh? ^_^ )

Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
dan_ad_nauseam: Re: Oh for the love of


Tom, you know when somebody says "BREAK A LEG?" They don't mean it literally. Jesus.


Ook!

Wishing a reasonably rapid recovery.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
andpuff

Thinking of you!

::zen hugs::
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Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
hms42: Re: Pain and stuff

Just ask us for help @ Contata. We will give it.

Harold S.
Contata Staff

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
annathepiper

Take care of yourself, Tom! Rest up, and we'll be here when you have regular access again. :)

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
fajrdrako

Oh dear - I hope it's fixed soon, with minimal hassle!

I am recovering slowly from a broken ankle. I can relate.

*gentle healing hugs*

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
jmthane

That's why hsapiens, wendyzski, and I adopted "Stub a toe!" as a replacement for "Break a leg!" - *much* less damaging!

Seriously - make 'em fix it, or make 'em tell you why they're hemming and hawing about it. And if it's weight-related - hit 'em!

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
shsilver

Musician, heal thyself.

Well, maybe not. But get better soon and don't push the recovery too hard.