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09/22/2017 08:30AM
Ben made it through his surgery yesterday. His sister said that he didn't start until 1 pm. The surgery lasted nine hours and Ben said that the video that he had to watch before hand was a little deceiving as it only lasted 5 minutes.
 
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Savage Voyageur
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09/22/2017 09:44AM
Good news, thanks for the update.
09/22/2017 09:55AM
Yes, thanks. Thoughts and prayers.
09/22/2017 10:03AM
Get better soon, so we can trip next year, even if it's a short one just to get out, I'll even paddle you around in the sundowner.
mastertangler
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09/22/2017 10:20AM
9 hours, wow. I pray for a complete recovery in Jesus name. Now all I need is a second.
09/22/2017 10:40AM
Hey guys, thank you. My butt is kicked right now, but this soon will pass. Don't take even jumping out of bed and walking for granted. Oh boy, that was hard.
09/22/2017 10:57AM
That is great news! Heal up well Ben! I'm using a urinal so I don't have to jump out of bed. It's 19 degrees this morning in Yosemite and too cold to get out of the tent!
andym
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09/22/2017 11:13AM
Heal well. Even if you are just lying around, you're body is working hard. So take the way you feel as evidence of a hard workout. One that will make you better.
09/22/2017 12:16PM
so glad to hear this news, Ben! thanks, KevinL, for keeping us posted.
Now, Ben... you MUST listen to your doctors and any PT you have!! you've got to take cared of this body of yours cuz you still need if for Living stuff!
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09/22/2017 01:38PM
quote Mocha: "so glad to hear this news, Ben! thanks, KevinL, for keeping us posted.
Now, Ben... you MUST listen to your doctors and any PT you have!! you've got to take cared of this body of yours cuz you still need if for Living stuff!"


Yeah, what Mocha said. Glad to hear the surgery is over. Nine hours is long time so now rest and try to relax for as long as you can. Sending good healing thoughts your way, Ben.
missmolly
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09/22/2017 01:46PM
Oh, Ben, your life has been a gantlet for the last few years, but things can get better. Be a good patient and do all the things the docs tell you to do.
09/22/2017 01:46PM
Many thoughts and prayers, Ben. We hope that this will be the beginning of better days ahead for you. The Spartans.
Twins87
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09/22/2017 02:40PM
So glad to hear the news... thanks Kevin for the update and Ben for checking in as well. Been thinking of you yesterday and today.

Rest up... heal up... you've got so much living left to do!!!!!
bapabear
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09/22/2017 02:57PM
Good news. May you heal well and quickly. Suppose the video had been nine hours???
Basspro69
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09/22/2017 03:39PM
Prayers sent your way for a quick recovery Ben, God Bless you !
09/22/2017 03:42PM
quote bapabear: "Good news. May you heal well and quickly. Suppose the video had been nine hours???"



Right before going in I showed him what was done before. He wasn't sure he could do the surgery. Lots of scar tissue to fight through. Reason number 1 to have a quality surgeon do your work. Yeah, I barely made it through the 5 min video. Haha. Thanks all for your thoughts and prayers.
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09/22/2017 04:34PM
Good News!!! Hang in there Ben.
09/22/2017 07:14PM
Glad to hear it. Lots of prayers!
ozarkpaddler
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09/22/2017 08:18PM
quote ducks: "Glad to hear it. Lots of prayers!"

Hope you heal quickly and well!
09/22/2017 08:23PM
What OzPaddler says.... (IA paddler just don't sound as good:}
OneMatch
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09/22/2017 08:23PM
Great news! You'll be jumping out of bed soon, Ben!
09/22/2017 08:58PM
Praise the Lord!
09/22/2017 10:01PM
Hey, you! Thoughts have been with you from all here. Even though none have met you and many were worried that you wanted to eat me, every one of my girls has sent kind thoughts your way. You are always in our thoughts and prayers, Ben!
09/22/2017 11:06PM
Good news, keep up the recovery and good attitude.
jhb8426
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09/23/2017 12:47AM
Hope you have a speedy recovery. Get well soon, winter's coming on...
Pinetree
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09/23/2017 06:40AM
Great news and start healing Ben.
09/23/2017 10:22AM
Get well Ben!!! Your going to be paddling before you know it!!
KarlBAndersen1
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09/23/2017 05:05PM
I wish you well brother.
TomT
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09/23/2017 10:20PM
Get well Ben! Lots of paddling to do.
09/23/2017 10:38PM

Get Well Soon. Hoping for a speedy recovering.
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09/24/2017 02:10AM
Great to hear Ben! Hope you have a speedy recovery and that you finally feel much better. Sorry I missed you and the others a few weeks ago. Had another commitment and an issue to deal with all at the same time.
MagicPaddler
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09/24/2017 06:54AM
Heal fast and well we got some tripping to do.
BWPaddler
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09/24/2017 11:34AM
Hang in there Ben! Put a picture of your happy place nearby, play some northwoods loon calls on a nature CD, and do those exercises or whatever they prescribe to get you strong and ready to go again. I'll be cheering for you! Please don't hesitate to let us know if there's something we can do to help.
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09/25/2017 08:59AM
Many are praying.
pswith5
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09/25/2017 09:24AM
Hey Ben, keep on trucking. I know that's an old expression. Let me know if I can help. ( I know where you live!!) after next week, going to Florida, I will still have a couple days of vacation. I am not real handy but I can still do some labor. Pete
mikedmarsh1
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09/25/2017 02:10PM
Here's to a speedy recovery! We're sending good thoughts and prayers!
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09/25/2017 02:19PM
Heal up and get back out there. Take it a day at a time Ben.
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09/25/2017 02:26PM
Best of luck big guy. Nine hours of knife work. Ouch babe. You must be pretty doped up. Just think, there is a sizable amount of the population who would pay big money to catch a buzz on the drugs you are on now. I hope you have cute nurses. That's big. I still have a crush on Shirah, a Filipino girl who was the sweetest person I ever met. Something about her. So caring and kind. Something sexy about when someone doesn't let you die, and keeps you smiling along the way. Shirah was one of many, another favorite of mine is Margaret, a polok chick who I knew I liked and trusted the first time she spoke to me and I looked her in the eye.
My fav you tube video to listen to late at night when in the hospital was a Gordon Lightfoot concert from '78 I think. Haven't listened to it since. Very mellow. And the Ramones of course. That's a recipe for success. Peace, love, and rock n roll. Get better! Whatever it takes. That's all that counts.
Cheers, your pal, Billy
10/05/2017 07:07AM
I received an email from Ben's sister Jill this morning that Ben is back in the hospital, and asking all of us to keep Ben in our prayers. Thinking of you buddy.
10/05/2017 07:50AM
Praying for you Ben.
MagicPaddler
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10/05/2017 07:56AM
Ben
We are all thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery.
10/05/2017 08:25AM
quote KevinL: "I received an email from Ben's sister Jill this morning that Ben is back in the hospital, and asking all of us to keep Ben in our prayers. Thinking of you buddy. "

Ben is in my prayers. Any more info on what's going on?
Twins87
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10/05/2017 11:10AM
love and healing thoughts sent. thank you for keeping us updated Kevin.
bfurlow
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10/05/2017 11:19AM
Ben,
Sending good thoughts your way.
10/05/2017 11:41AM
Thoughts and prayers from here, too.
10/05/2017 02:27PM
Get well Ben!
andym
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10/05/2017 02:42PM
Thinking of Ben and hoping he is out soon.
10/05/2017 04:12PM
Keep up the healing process Ben! I promise to respond to your texts too! :)
10/05/2017 06:43PM
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10/05/2017 08:37PM
Healing wishes and thoughts for a really great guy.
missmolly
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10/05/2017 09:13PM
Oh, Ben, I want what you want, which is for you to feel better and go home and stay home.
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10/05/2017 09:45PM
Heal up fast. I hope you are back into paddling shape ASAP!
Pinetree
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10/05/2017 11:05PM
Ben I think without a doubt your the most popular person on this forum site. That's good. Keep getting better.
10/06/2017 06:22AM
Praying for you Ben.
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10/06/2017 07:27AM
quote boonie: "quote KevinL: "I received an email from Ben's sister Jill this morning that Ben is back in the hospital, and asking all of us to keep Ben in our prayers. Thinking of you buddy. "
Ben is in my prayers. Any more info on what's going on?"

Agreed. I would call him but don't want to bother him. Any updates would be appreciated. Really.
10/06/2017 08:09AM

Hoping for a speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers coming at you.
10/06/2017 04:10PM
I just got a text from Ben and he is getting to go home. Take it easy Ben.
Twins87
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10/06/2017 04:12PM
quote KevinL: "I just got a text from Ben and he is getting to go home. Take it easy Ben. "

Awesome news... thanks for keeping us updated Kevin. So glad you get to go home again Ben!
10/06/2017 04:16PM
Yep, Take care, and you have a bunch of people sending thoughts and prayers your way!
10/06/2017 04:37PM
Wow, guys. Thanks! Kind of a not so good time in my life. But your friendships make it so much more tolerable. Thanks...
Just want to add... This whole deal is life changing. I will always move forward to possibly get that canoe of mine on some fun trips again. But for now I'm relearning a few things and one is accepting where I'm at with all this. Some of this is so embarrassing you can't imagine. But I've got that wonderful season we call winter. (Which is short for non road construction). So I can hopefully regain some functions and my ability to do the things I love. I know there are some that don't believe this, but I am going to follow every bit of instruction from my doctors and get this all behind me. There was some other stuff that showed up on scans that could be of concern. But, well... We'll deal with it as we have to.
So thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Just know I care a lot for everyone on this board. I better go back to bed. Tomorrow (today) is going to be a big day!
10/06/2017 04:45PM
Good news indeed! Get well my friend.
10/06/2017 05:22PM
I'm glad you get to go home Ben. Will send thought and prayers your way for a speedy recovery.
10/06/2017 05:46PM
Glad to hear you are well enough to go home, Ben. Take care of yourself.
missmolly
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10/06/2017 06:13PM
Home is where you heal, Ben. I spent over a month bedside in hospitals this summer and some nights, you can't even sleep.
andym
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10/06/2017 07:47PM
Enjoy the more pleasant surroundings that are so much more conducive to healing. Hope you have some good views to ponder during this time.
10/07/2017 09:34AM
Ride Easy Ben!! Glad you are headed home.
10/07/2017 09:51AM
I haven't been posting, but I think you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. You have my email address, and if you want to communicate, please feel free. You are definitely on our minds. Just the other day Spartan1 said, "If we lived closer, I would like to go and help organize a "bee" to finish up Ben's house."

We think of you a lot and wish you healing and health.
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10/08/2017 12:46AM
The only times I've been in a hospital is to visit people or to wait for my wife while she underwent minor surgery. I can only imagine what you went thru. Hope you heal thoroughly.
10/08/2017 04:08AM
quote Spartan2: "I haven't been posting, but I think you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. You have my email address, and if you want to communicate, please feel free. You are definitely on our minds. Just the other day Spartan1 said, "If we lived closer, I would like to go and help organize a "bee" to finish up Ben's house."


We think of you a lot and wish you healing and health. "




Thank you Lynda, you and Neil are great examples of the big hearts in this "community". I am blown away by all this support. This was very life changing, humiliating, humbling and quite the challenge. Just like in our communities we live in, we don't really get to know the people around us unless we make an effort to get out there and meet them. That is why our little web site thrives like it does. People can put all else aside and see each other for who they are. So many big hearts in this crowd. There are great people all around us everywhere, but this is a special bunch. Just goes to show the good effects of paddling, right?
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10/08/2017 09:25AM
Hey Ben, positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Enjoy the winter recovery and plan for summer adventures.
10/12/2017 06:42AM
I got back from my 21 day solo to the Kopa Provential Park in Ontario last week and in the process of catching up with what's been going on since I left and read about Ben and his surgery. Man I hope he is doing OK. Any further info would be great. Ben's such a nice guy and such a resource to our board. Take care Ben, heal quick, stay strong, you've got a whole bunch of folks out here who care about you. FRED
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10/12/2017 02:14PM
Hoping to see you next season with a big grin on your face that says you did what you said you'd do, take all the instructions, follow them to a "T" and feel good enough to go out again. Now remember, your first paddle should maybe be a test trip, don't try to do too much, too soon.
10/12/2017 03:28PM
Thanks everyone. I've been having a rough go. But having people like Hawbaker, Kevin L, Housty9 and Lisa checking in on me keeps me going. Mocha too keeps tabs and reminding me to behave. Lynn, if Chris and his son stop in tonight, treat him good. Very nice guy and wow what a nice young man he has with him. Long before spring I hope to be flashing a big smile. Kind words from Fred and everyone. Sure will be good to get back on the giving end. I'm very humbled by everyone. I love you all. And thank you so much. This really is kicking me.
Basspro69
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10/12/2017 03:49PM
Get better soon Ben we are all thinking of you !
VoyageurNorth
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10/12/2017 04:19PM
They did just stop in, thank you for referring VNO! Dillon (the son) is a fine, fun young man. They are going to Mudro for a day trip tomorrow, planning on doing some fishing. John marked their map for them and they will come into tomorrow morning for some fishing ideas/technique ideas.
10/15/2017 12:40AM
quote VoyageurNorth: "They did just stop in, thank you for referring VNO! Dillon (the son) is a fine, fun young man. They are going to Mudro for a day trip tomorrow, planning on doing some fishing. John marked their map for them and they will come into tomorrow morning for some fishing ideas/technique ideas."



How did it go Lynn? I hope this rain quits early today and they have a wonderful time. Dillon's mom is a Bob Dillon fan. I didn't have the courage to ask if the older son s name was Bob.
 
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