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Update on Rick Johnson's sickness

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 687EELL, Oct 24, 2009.

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  1. 687EELL

    687EELL TS Member

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    Update on Rick Johnson

    I'm sorry that I have not given an update sooner, but there has been a lot going on.

    After my last message in August about me coming home, my index finger on my left hand started to have some sharp pains when touched in a certain area, like there was something sticking me.

    There was nothing showing for about a month, then the first joint began to swell like there was an infection.

    Went for treatment with antibiotics for almost a month, then my doctor sent me to the hospital for some x-rays.

    The x-rays showed that the first joint bone was gone, so I was operated on by a hand surgeon.

    He took out a tumor that later proved to be the same kind of renal cancer that was in my left kidney which was removed in 2005, and nodules in both lungs.

    Yesterday (Friday-October 23) I had a full body scan to see if there are any more tumors.

    I will get the results sometime next week.

    I still have the drain in my side for at least 6 to 8 more weeks, and I still get dialysis 3 times a week.

    Will try to keep all informed a little better..................Rick Johnson
     
  2. CalvinMD

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    Hang in there pal o' mine...its not been the same shooting without you for quite a time now so I really need you to get well...your shooting brother Cal
     
  3. puablo

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    Rick,
    We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and that God's peace will be with you during your recovery. God bless, puablo/Jeff Philipbar
     
  4. BIGDON

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    Keep fighting my friend.

    Don
     
  5. grunt

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    Rick wishing you a speedy recovery. Dave Bishop
     
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    Hang tough Rick and do what the Dr orders!! Hap
     
  7. BDodd

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    You're in our thoughts, Rick. Hang tough - be strong.....Bob Dodd
     
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    Good Luck Rick.

    BB
     
  9. JACK

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    Take control of your own situation... Get a cleaver... lay hand on a board... Raise cleaver...


    The best Rick. You are one of our stalwarts. Maybe in the top ten... Stay tough and kick us around.

    Jack
     
  10. Two Dogs

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    Hang in there Rick,I'm still kickin my cancer and you will too....
     
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    Our Family will be praying for you also ..

    WesleyB
     
  12. 687EELL

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    Thanks for everyones concerns. How can someone not get better with all these wonderful prayers coming my way? I will keep up the good fight as long as there is breath in this frail body. Just hope that I can shoot at least one more time before passing on. I can feel myself getting weaker by the day, but I do enjoy getting out to some of the winter league shoots with my long time shooting partner, and watching him shoot. He has been closer than a brother for many years, and I thank GOD for him.................Rick Johnson
     
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    Like everyone is saying, Rick, keep up the good fight, as we know you will.

    Our prayers will be with you.

    Hauxfan!
     
  14. WoodsonEnt

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    Rick,

    You are in my prayers!

    Matt Woodson
     
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    Hey, Rick...

    Wish I were there to get out there when you are out shooting with your friend. Kansas is a tad bit too far away for that. You know how Martin and I feel about ya, and you are in our prayers.
     
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    Rick,

    It was great to see you out and about today. Hope it all works out for you.
     
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    Rick,

    I'm sure your ears have been ringing because I have been thinking about you, besides keeping you in our prayers ... Hang tough Buddy ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Thanks for the update, Rick. Best wishes to you!

    Ed
     
  19. Too Tall

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    Hey Ric,

    It was good to see you Sunday. I didn't read this until today, now I know what you meant by it being rough. Hang in there my friend.

    Robert Houston
     
  20. 687EELL

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    Devi,

    I have not fired a shot since last year when you and Martin were at the cherry pie shoot at Quarryville, PA. I had my wife put my shotgun together for me awhile back, but I could not lift it off the table, plus I still have those dialysis tubes in my right shoulder going directly into my juggler vein. As I stated before, I feel like I am getting weaker by the day, and my weight is down to 131-Lbs now. This is less than when I first woke up from the 32 day comma they put me in. Whenever I go to any of the clubs with my long time shooting partner Bill Parker, who is shooting the Heart of Maryland shoot, and the Southern Maryland Winter League, it takes a day or so to rejuvenate my strength back from just walking to the various traps. I tire very easily, but I have to be around some kind of shooting. My only hope at this point in time is to at least shoot one more time before the end...........Rick Johnson
     
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