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13/02/2015

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I HAD A STROKE SUNDAY MORNING (8TH FEBRUARY) despite being 100% fit beforehand.....paralyzed lh side..am in Hospital...

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  1. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!

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    1. am unlikely to walk again (could easily walk 20+ miles) speech is like Alfred Hitchcock...
      big hifi/record collection - mostly will now go to waste !!

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  2. take care of yourself. wish you full recovery as soon, as possible.

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    1. i was in tears when i read my blog entry..

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  3. Hoping that you return to good health soon. Thank you for the great shares. Enjoy your big hifi record collection.

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  4. if i survive i guess much will be on ebay..don't want it to otherwise sell for peanuts (only 2 days before saw a 1985 Grumiaux/mozart Philips 5lp box had gone for <$900 odd..
    ...many of the lp's would be inaccessible in my 'new' condition!!!

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  5. So sorry to hear. Wish you well and a healthy recovery. Thanks for all the shares on your blog. All my best wishes to you.
    pburton

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  6. O terrible! Hope you recover soon! Best wishes to you.

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  7. Thanks for your interesting blog. I hope you will recover very soon .

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  8. i'm in an NHS hospital - so would 'recover' better @ home - as need a vast amount of physiotherapy - and am getting none except what I do myself 'in bed'1

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  9. So sorry to read about this TinEar. get well soon, and no matter how it seems, they are probably doing their best for you. Also, in spite of what you think, you will probably make a good recovery: most stroke victims do - it just seems hopeless to begin with. A journey of 20 miles begins with one step.
    Andrew Smith

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  10. Well, a very kind Philipine guy who does blood presssure, et al, just gave me a litre carton of Cranberry Juice + lots of ice/water - but I'll need much more than that to recover - one new patient has just walked out !!! (Addenbrookes, Cambridge)
    Frank......

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  11. All the best Tin Ear for a successful recovery, and don't worry about the initial lack of progress. You will get there!
    Mark

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  12. Thanks so much for all your previous work and get better-- it will take some time. We will be waiting for your return.
    Ray Pratt, Bozeman, Montana.

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  13. I'm sure I speak for all of us -- and for everyone who writes there are many, many more out there -- who appreciate your wonderful work and look forward to when you'll feel able to resume.

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  14. Frank,
    I'll be forever grateful for the many recordings you shared with us. Hope that you are able to recover and enjoy many more years of listening to your collection. Please keep us informed of your progress.

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  15. Very sorry to hear this Frank, I'm with you and I hope that you can have a complete recover. Please keep in touch to let us informed about your progress.
    All the best for you.

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  16. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

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  17. So sorry to hear this. I think your work is important. I hope you have found it satisfying in a way that sustains you through a recovery.

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  18. Tin,
    I am greatly saddened by news of your stroke. Your typing here doesn't sound like Alfred so keep after the recovery process. You are sorely missed!

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  19. I'm a stroke survivor.
    Went to bed fit and well - woke up hemiplegic (intracranial h'age).
    Walked out of hospital 6 weeks later, made a complete recovery in 6 months.
    Don't despair - music heals.
    Get Well Soon.

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  20. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

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  21. Frank, I really hope you recover your old health. Keep at the physio, that's the most important thing. Thinking of you,
    Maestro

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  22. Sorry to learn about this. Your shares have been marvellous (my favourite has been the Beethoven Quartets with the Busch). All the best for a speedy and full recovery.
    Louis

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  23. Dear Frank, it's normal to be disillusioned in the beginning. But once you feel that your body is picking up momentum again, your spirits will follow. Maybe your body was just telling you to take it easy for a while. You WILL be getting better, you WILL recover! Believe in it! you will be able to enjoy your collection as you did before. What are a few months recovery compared to many years of lifetime? Just an interruption! We are all thinking of you! Good luck! Gogolino

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  24. Sorry to hear that. My father had three. He recovered each time. He didn't like hospital though... The food was terrible, he said. But then he was happy to be back home. Take heart! Doctors do wonders now. And a big big thanks for all the wonderful recordings you've given us.

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  25. very many thanks for the kind messages of support; it was more than i'd expected tbh.
    i'll have to ration laptop time as need to do my 'diy' physio - i'm otherwise being left to rot!
    it seems i had two strokes - the first was in the morning and was transient - my lh side became ok as did speech - then later on in hospital it all reversed and back to the start situation.
    the problemo for me is that i couldn't face 25/30 years in this state (which is, however, very slowly 'unfreezing' due to my efforts) - as need to be able to walk around unaided..something one takes for granted.....but at the moment i'm very weak - can't use my left hand - and topple-over if i try to walk....i'm a big strapping lad, so the visual effect is dramatic!

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  26. So sorry to hear of your illness. Best wishes for a full recovery.

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  27. Very sorry to hear that ! Best wishes for a speedy recovery !

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  28. I hope you recover quicly and without sequels.

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  29. Sad to hear this - i shall pray for your recovery and also for strength to endure the ordeal.

    And many thanks for your recent generous uploads (and especially, the Beecham set!)

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  30. Sorry and saddened to hear about you "incident." With luck and hard work it will remain an incident - my dad had his first stroke at 50 and several more in subsequent years, but lived to be 87, full of life until the last couple of months. Meanwhile I join all the others in thanking you for your sharing and your generosity, not just a matter of generosity with recordings but a generosity of spirit. It's long been evident that you are a feisty character, so that will stand you in good stead.

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  31. The news you gave was a shock. After a bad car accident and after the doctors did their reassembly work, it just took time for the physiotherapists to put me back into motion. All of the many physiotherapists I've worked with have this wonderful sort of attitude: you CAN do it AND you have to work at it! They never give up! So, please press ahead and return to posting the things we all love. With thanks, best regards and, of course, best wishes,
    David Mendes

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  32. Terrible that this has happened to you. As you can see, you have a lot of fans wishing you a full and speedy recovery. We are all very grateful for the recordings that you have shared with us and look forward to more. Please don't let the frustration of the slow recovery get the better of you. Better days are to come.

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  33. Tin Ear,

    I shan't lie, after reading this news you have been in my thoughts/prayers for a recovery from these strokes, as I'm positive everybody here can attest to.
    Time heals all wounds and with diligence you'll be just as strapping/healthy as before.
    Hopefully there is some way to listen to music in the hospital, albeit not HiFi.
    Keep us updated on your progress if you can.

    Kindest Regards.

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  34. I hate to hear of you having a stroke. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you a quick and full recovery.

    Rich

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  35. I was saddened to read about your stroke and obviously send you my best wishes for a full and prompt recovery. Besides your obvious technical skills your posts have often revealed your highly developed sense of humour. I hope that this will help you cope with any longeurs or irritants that you may encounter during the course of your treatment.

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  36. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Tin Ear. Our thoughts are with you.
    Daniel

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  37. I wish you full recovery soon!

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  38. Sorry sorry to hear this! Keep thinking of all the good music and we'll keep the thoughts of a full recovery your way! Thanks for all of the beautiful efforts with chapter 1 here....awaiting chapter 2!

    Neal

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  39. So sorry to hear that and wishing a prompt recovery.

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  40. Herbert Pauls17 February, 2015

    Very sorry to hear. I hope that all will go well with your recovery during this difficult time.

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  41. Sorry to hear that. I wish you a quick recovery.

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  42. Best wishes for a safe and full recovery, and much appreciation for all of your kind efforts and hard work

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  43. Awful news. I met a stroke victim the other day who had thought he'd never walk again. He's now making an excellent recover, so fingers crossed. If the goodwill sent from all your followers counted for anything, you'll be on the swift road to recovery in no time.

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  44. Hope you recover soon, best wishes from Brazil

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  45. Prayers for your recovery, and many thanks for the wonderful recordings you have shared!

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  46. I am really sorry to read this. Apart from downloading some wonderful old recordings, I have never made any contact with you before. I really and truly wish you well and hope you have a speady recovery.

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  47. Very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Longtime admirer of what you do here and have enjoyed several downloads. Christopher

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  48. Best wishes for recovery. All the best. Christian

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  49. Hoping your return, I send you my best wishes and my congratulations for your wonderful job. Gabriel

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  50. Very saddened by the bad news. Wishing you the best from Florida.

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  51. Best wishes and many thanks.
    Ciao from Rome

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  52. I think that you can harness your fighting spirit to come back from this. Best wishes & sincere thanks for your excellent work.

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  53. I think that you can harness your fighting spirit to come back from this. Best wishes & sincere thanks for your excellent work.

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  54. My goodness, I hope you'll recover soon.

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  55. Like many others I am very sorry to hear about your stroke. I hope you make a full and speedy recovery. Many thanks for all your work over the years.

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  56. Tin Ear, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. We miss you and wish you the best.

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  57. I'm very glad to read that you're improving every day, and hope the whole process of revalidation leads to much more independence than you experience at this moment!
    Best wishes!

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  58. I am glad you are getting better! Please take all the time you need, be patient, do your rehab and you'll be back before you know it!

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  59. Great news. My best wishes.

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  60. Great to hear you are on the mend!

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  61. Bit like mending a Rag Doll for the LH side !!
    Not sure it'll be a 100% recovery (was previously contemplating a 100% mortality..)..but am 'working on the repair'.
    Will log-on a few times a day ..as it gives my leg/s some exercise!

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  62. Hi TE - you're beginning to read like the curmudgeon we all know and love, so you must be improving. As you have discovered, the initial feeling of despair and utter helplessness starts to wear off, and you begin to notice improvements. I can think of no reason to visit an nhs hospital dining room apart from wifi access - and I used to work for one! Don't try to leave before you are ready but they'll have you out of there as soon as they can - they need the bed!
    Andrew

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  63. Although the assumption is that the NHS want the bed-spaces, my experience here (Addenbrookes) is entirely the opposite; as it's very relaxed with no turfing folks out.
    Actually the food has been very good; but was only alerted to this computer by The Doc mentioning my laptop..
    Will see him tomorrow - *have* to go home before the 16th - but it seems patients can take a short break and return again...but am going to give my wandering leg a work-out before then.
    As you say; ones mood does lighten when improvements occur..judging by what I've seen, mine seems quite speedy; but I started exercising almost at once (ie when still completely paralysed) instead of just laying in bed and doing very infrequent rehab..which they seem quite OK about..but which I suspect misses opportunities.
    Otherwise, am only on 3 tablets a day..blood pressure-aspirin type-statin..but it appears they can find no 'smoking gun' for the actual attack...I've now been told that there was only the one..so rather a mystery why the stroke effects 'passed' within 3 hours - but then returned.

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  64. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. I hope that it continues quickly.

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  65. Thanks so much for all the excellent transfers. Wishing you a speedy recovery from Oklahoma.

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  66. Very sorry to hear of your health problems. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery. Take care.

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    1. The cause isn't precisely known, but The Doc today said it's suspected high blood pressure (which I was told about 12 years back when last visiting a doctor!!).
      Walking improves my strength, so hope to be even better in 10days, or so.

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  67. It is great to read of your progress. Possibly the unusually high standard of food at Addenbrookes may be playing a part!

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    1. Put on 800grams weight, the past week..but reading Wikipedia was dispiriting...longevity after one year was just 50%..so must make some plans..
      ..maybe I should now listen to the, mostly unplayed, LP collection?

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    2. You should spend more time listening (rather than editing) your records, now doubt about it. We will be.

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    3. We will be here, I promise you.

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  68. Very shocked to hear of your illness. I can only echo the comments previously posted and wish you all the very best for a speedy recovery. Take care. Regards, Graham.

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    1. P.S. Please do yourself a big favour and don't base your prognosis on Wikipedia. You can't rely on something (especailly medical information) when you don't even know who wrote the stupid article! Get youself some quality data - preferably from more than one source. Best wishes G :)

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    2. It appears my blood-pressure was very high upon admission (170 over 'something'), and am now below the Wiki figures of max: 140 over 90...

      The Doc, this morning said much the same re: Wiki..but the stroke affected the part of the brain controlling motor function (lh/or rh)..so although can walk nearly pretty ok the lh leg muscles are 'weak-ish' and can be erratic -and the fingers remain mostly as above; with some improvement...

      So, maybe some time to 'fully' recover...and as most records need to be manually washed before editing - there will likely be quite a hiatus before the next LP post.

      Am returning home under 10days time; mainly as the physio offered in hospital is no more than I can do by myself...

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  69. With all due respect Frank, nuts to the LP posts for now! Your health is the priority. Just relax and get better, no matter how long it takes.

    Have another go at 'Turings Cathedral'. We'll both have another stab at it together if you like, and maybe discuss the parts that foxed us this time around. :)

    Good to hear about your forthcoming discharge, take care of yourself. All the best.

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  70. A friend had a similar stroke. With physical therapy, he is back somewhere between 90 and 95% of where he was before it occurred. My best wishes for you to have at least as good a recovery as his.

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  71. Here's to continuing improvement! Get well soon, and thank you for your invaluable posts.

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  72. Hello,

    So pleased that you are recovering well and presumably in the process getting a well-earned rest.

    I guess that you are enjoying the "peace" away from your music.

    We have just been on holiday and on my return it was nice to get back to listening to music again - "refreshes the ears".

    Looking forward to welcoming you back again.

    All the very best,

    Cheers,

    Douglas (UK)

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  73. Hope I haven't been burgled! [going back tomorrow for a couple of hours - then presumably discharged Friday - or will 'escape']
    Not listened to many LP's the past 5 years - mostly those, repeatedly, for the blogs - so have quite a backlog.
    The main attention is now on the hand - which is not fully mobile/'free'/strong...

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  74. Robert from Australia14 March, 2015

    What dreadful news (which I've only just discovered). Best wishes for a full recovery; your website has taught me a great deal about classic recordings.

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  75. Frank,
    Good to hear that you're home.
    Keep up the recovery, and thank you for many great recordings
    Cheers, John

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  76. Frank - I hope I'm allowed the familiarity by now - congratulations on your escape. As long as you can get the therapy you need, you will make much better progress in a familiar environment. Make sure you concentrate on yourself, forget the blog for now, but do some listening for your own pleasure. Don't overdo things but make sure we get progress reports.
    Andrew

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  77. Thanks for these additional comments.
    As I got next to useless/nothing 'therapy' in Hospital then I'm not expecting anything in that dept. now!

    Mainly the home support would be 'carers' (less than sure they're required)...but I had to leave Alcatraz without that having been arranged - so did some arm-twisting to be 'allowed' to leave yesterday.....

    Broadly, I'm relatively stable on my 'pins'...my hand is still slightly numb/fingers stiff/'connected' ((somewhat akin to when you scald them in water and they 'stiffen up') - but are also improved; however Hospital is hardly the best place to do press-ups,etc to strengthen the arm/body..so that's what I will be attempting..but suppose the recovery is somewhat remarkable in such a short time...many others would leave hospital in wheelchairs - still unable to speak properly (mines mostly OK..apparently any problems are due to 'a stiff upper lip' -part of slight facial numbness which occurs if I'm tired)...which is the position that I'd anticipated when posting this on 13 February..

    At least I wasn't burgled!!

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  78. Perhaps being at home will heighten the recovery! Best wishes!

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  79. Nice to hear that your escape from Hospital works! Now, try to face your recovery process with much patiance. I have a facial paralysis 8 years ago (virus + stress) and took me a long year and a half to recover from that incident. One thing I learn was that the worst thing you can do is press you so much trying to acelerate the process, be calm, be patience, don't stress your self. All the best for you!!

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    1. The cause of my stroke, apparently, was undiagnosed hypertension/a faulty narrowed artery...also..looking in the mirror this morning, I've a slight, but noticeable, 'facial droop' ..the corner of the mouth crease now extended by about 15-20mm..so any 'tips' for that aspect would be welcome..it's probably part of the problem causing some 'slurring' I still sometimes get!
      Since going home since Friday, my hand has noticeably improved due to now using it 'normally'

      It could be interesting to compete with Mr Pristine's Horenstein Brahms 1..which is from a cheap RCA Gold Seal.. (incidentally that, and the Bruch, are still in copyright!).and I also have the 2 albums of the Gotterdamurung 78's - 'mint'....but my hearing may have altered slightly..can still hear to at least 16kHz...but, overall, it's now more 'midrange'/possibly subdued in dynamics ...so maybe I should 'call it a day' ..in all aspects!!!!.

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    2. Your honesty & toughness are a model for all of us aging sorts. Love your work, but take care of yourself first!

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    3. I think I slightly exaggerated the 'droop'...but have been using a (dormant for over a decade) 'Pifco'/Carmen massager (the design goes back to the 50's) to vibrate the LH facial muscles.
      Being totally honest, the 3 tablets (AmLODipine/atorvastatin/clopidogrel) potentially have side-effects including: breast enlargement/'impotence/hearing loss...so am not keen to use them 'indefinitely', as suggested in hospital, as, before this I took absolutely no medication!

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    4. Hello TE,
      I was so glad to hear that you are on the mend. I only recently caught up with your blog entry. Having had (diagnosed) high blood pressure for about 8 yrs now and been checked out at hospital for angina pains,(tests negative thank goodness), I am also on Amlodipine, Atorvastatin, and a beta-blocker (not really necessary so am trying to get the doc to drop it.) Anyway, I am not aware of any side effects over the 8 years, but my wife insists that I do miss things that she says and listening to dialogue in a noisy room can be difficult to distinguish. I am not aware of any deterioration where music is concerned. I am over 70 so maybe this is to be expected anyway. Cause for optimism I think.
      I join with all the rest of your many friends and wish you many years more of good health and enjoyment from music. Whether you continue with this blog and your wonderful posts is not really a priority. We have splendid library of your transcriptions for continued enjoyment.
      My very best wishes to you for progress to a full recovery.
      Howard

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    5. Hello Howard,
      Thanks for your good wishes.
      Every day there's been an improvement, but not really anticipating it will be 100%..but who knows??
      Fortunately I'd adopted a 'pro-active' approach - otherwise am certain I'd still be in hospital - and less than 'on the mend'; plus a subsequent 3 month NHS waiting list for the 'home physiotherapist'.
      I'm not too surprised that you've obtained 'a splendid library' from these 'ere parts! [depending on various circumstances there may be still more...]

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  80. It's great to read that you are home..and haven't been burgled !!! My best wishes for further developments in your recovery

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    1. Being burgled would at least have solved the problem of how to dispose of vast amounts of HiFi....
      Getting better quite quick (fingers crossed) used a fork in my Left Hand today..probably 30-40% 'success rate' in getting food into my mouth, first try!

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  81. Frank, If your hypertension was undiagnosed it was probably because like most men, you are reluctant to go to the GP, and somehow have not had the regular check ups that mature gentlemen are supposed to get. DO NOT read the 'possible side effects' part of the leaflets - they are there to cover the drug company's collective backsides (is that plural or singular?), and it means that a vanishingly small % of patients (or possibly even lab rats) have experienced them. That combination is unusual, but do make sure you get regular follow-ups to monitor your condition. Lecture over, but if you get a District Nurse or a Therapist round there this harangue will seem mild!

    a hero: (shame about the music) http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31874121

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  82. CORRECTION: I meant that combination is NOT unusual, ie its quite usual

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  83. Mentioned previous that a blood pressure test (only in 2003) noted mine was high..but had no 'official warning'..and prior day had walked nearly 30miles!
    Wasn't a 'mature gentleman' until February 8...hardly 'half my chronological age'.
    Oh well...probably boring to snuff it at the time one's 'past it'..which I feel @ the moment...not sure about the extent of the recovery..walking to/back my new doctors surgery today (2 blocks) was quite enough...I'm not really the patient/hopeful type...

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  84. I see you've posted to the R3 Forum re Sibelius 4. A good sign. Let me welcome back your critical faculties!
    Andrew

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    1. Well..I didn't wish the opportunity to pass!!!
      Had anyway been haunting the "From Miles to Mozart" (RH links, below) even whilst in hospital
      Recovery is going fairly nicely, but now have a raging toothache..far too much sugary fruit juice/desserts in hospital..
      Problem is that a new kitchen was installed; the sink taps are 'spray' types - so can't us them for rinsing LP's...and I'm not paying something like £1500 for an LP cleaning machine....so unless I can do a 'work-around' the blogs are kaput!!

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  85. So happy to see you again at work!Keep going for your family,friends and us !

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    1. I'll keep going for a) me...b) 'you'
      But you are right to class this as 'work'....

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  86. HI TE, hope you are improving nicely. If you've seen a mini-flurry of ancient post downloads its possibly me - I mislaid a few files recently so I'm trying to recoup them.
    regards Andrew

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