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March 03, 2006

I'm Back (Part I)

Just a quick note to say that I've arrived home from the hospital on Monday afternoon and have been 'recoverying' since then. Lots of sleep, lots of attempting to navigate my house unlike before the stroke, and having to somewhat re-learn some of the more basic skills of life - the hard way.

I havne't had a chance to read all of the blog entries on my blog that were made by Da Goddess or Smash or Pixy but from what Goddess and Smash told me in the hospital, there has been a LOT of people sending good thoughts my way and I wanted to say that I appreciate that more than you'll ever know or I'll ever be able to convey in words.

Thank You!!

DG already posted a quick synopsis of what happened, which is a good thing since I had absolutely NO idea what was happening during all of this; I'm not really sure as to exactly when I was told that I had suffered a stroke (obviously it would be after I had been awoken from the induced coma)....the entire ordeal seems like a bad collection of dreams - you know, like when you've got the flu and you keep having weird dreams while you sleep that all are connected by a weird 'theme', except that I didn't know what was going on.

The 'situation' was so bad that as DG wrote a whilte back, I was convinced that there were ducks standing behind my wife on day in the ICU room....I was convinced that one of the physical therapists helping me was on 'loaner duty' from the FBI.....I was convinced that the ICU room I was in was really one of the small houses in Chula VIsta that I initially lived in when I seperated from the Navy back in the late-90's.

Pretty deranged stuff - serious enough that they had to keep me grounded in reality, but with enough goofiness that there was a definite chuckle somewhere in there.

These 'facts' were so serious to me (in the state of mind I was in) that the nurses would always be asking those cognitive questions all the time:

After a while, the questions got annoying so I started making up answers to mess with their heads, have a little fun, and to work on honing my inner smart-ass with responses such as:As I was sittng here trying to remember some of my more.....smart-ass type responses, my wife told me of my first attempt at being a smart-ass: when asked where I was, I responded: Japan, of course. The nurses started to make a note in the chart as to my (obvious) inaccurate response and I blurted out after about three seconds I'm joking!!....apparently, their note accustomed to my style of humor.

They're obviously inferior intellectually.....

I appear to have escaped any sort of permenant damage, i.e., no paralysis, no apparent dain bramage (other than really wanting to figure out the bassline to Foreigner's That Was Yesterday.) That's why I'm getting my Fender P-Bass repaired ASAP - playing bass through my amp as revenge upon my neigbors for their noisy kid and the concrete shoes that insists on running around upstairs at close to midnight.

Muhahahhhhhahahahaaaahahahaha!!!

(Money permitting)

This is one of those steps that I'm taking to reclaim my life - doing some of the things that I used to do before I decided that there more 'important' things in life.

No more.

It's now my mission to not only teach my daughter right from wrong, but to teach her some of the more 'classic' music from the late 70's/early-80's (Kiss, Rush, Supertramp, etc) lest she be brainwashed by todays' *cough* music (insert gag reflex here).

It's Old School or no school. Grrrrr.

One of my friends - we'll call him Bob - is coming out here this summer from Ohio and suggested that we put together another 'reunion tour' of our garage band Asylum Bound; he also suggested that we call it the 'I Need Another Reunion Tour Like I Need Anouther Hole In My Head' Tour. It's a bit long.....we'll work on refining it. All we really need to do is find a place to jam that will also rent him a drum kit. I'll have to dig my amp out of storage (the one that I bought in Saudi Arabia back in 1992....the one that runs off 220VAC) and I'll have to convince our guitarist to start honing his chops or die trying.

That's about it for the moment - it's taken me over two days to compose this post (as opposed to 38 minutes pre-stroke) and I'll have to indulge in my typical activity since coming home - sleep.

Thank you to everyone that sent me good thoughts & prayers - I'm still alive & kicking, so they must have worked. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone for their support - especially to those that helped my wife & daughter while this happened.


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Excerpt: He's baaaack! And, honestly, I couldn't be happier. The guy's been through so much. Go say hello and let him know what a miracle he is....

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Comments on I'm Back (Part I)

[insert sigh of relief]

So awesome to have you back in the land of the smart-asses! You had us pretty freaked out for a while-- in the future, you really don't need to go to such extremes for attention.

Welcome back!!!!

|| Posted by nathalie, March 3, 2006 01:38 PM ||

Welcome back my precious friend. It's so nice to "see" you.

I'll call this weekend.

All my love to Mrs. Mikey and Mini Mikey...and an extra special hug to you.

Love always,
Gracie

|| Posted by Gracie, March 3, 2006 02:20 PM ||

ha! Too evil to go!

Alright.

|| Posted by chris Muir, March 3, 2006 03:01 PM ||

Yay!

I was pretty sure you went home on Monday but none of you returned my calls. Pout!

Really though, I figured you were readjusting to life at home and nesting with your family (as you should be).

I'm so glad you're home and writing and okay.

|| Posted by Da Goddess, March 3, 2006 03:46 PM ||

Mikey, It sure is a happy day seeing you posting again.

|| Posted by Al, March 3, 2006 04:01 PM ||

Mikey's back! Hooray!

|| Posted by Davey, March 3, 2006 04:51 PM ||

YAY!

Welcome back Mikey. I'm so glad you're back. I missed you a lot, and I'm glad things keep getting better :)

|| Posted by caltechgirl, March 3, 2006 11:32 PM ||

I take it you managed to 86 the spellchecker as well?

|| Posted by Yogimus, March 4, 2006 01:01 AM ||

welcome back mikey-i knew they couldnt keep a good man down.
semper fi j

|| Posted by j, March 4, 2006 03:30 AM ||

Spellchecker?

I spell goodly....

|| Posted by Mad Mikey, March 4, 2006 06:50 AM ||

Welcome back to the blogosphere, Mikey! I'm so glad your recovery is going well. :D

|| Posted by La Shawn, March 4, 2006 07:31 AM ||

Welcome home, Darlin'.

I initially had it pegged for February 14th, but... this'll do fine.

Actually, your timing is PERFECT.
I was just about to beat myself to death because of a truly maddening situation currently taking place in my house (making it "not my HOME" for now), BUT... you just blew alla that shit right outta the water...

Love ya, Mikey...
(And, don't be doin' that scary shit no mo'... 'kay?)

*big smooch on ya*

|| Posted by Stevie, March 4, 2006 08:01 AM ||

damn good to have you back Mikey. SMASH did a bang-up job of keeping us updated on your progress.

The "Day by Day" cartoon dedicated to you had me in stiches.

Here's to you being up and blogging full time sooner rather than later.

|| Posted by John Noonan, March 4, 2006 12:04 PM ||

Good luck man

|| Posted by Stew, March 4, 2006 08:40 PM ||

Mikey, while tears of laughter are running down my cheeks, tis much better than the relief ones from Smash's earlier posts. Kiss the wife and daughter. Thank you for your service, I truly hope the rest of your time on earth are less eventful!

|| Posted by Kathianne, March 5, 2006 12:57 PM ||

G_d Bless and welcome back!!!

|| Posted by Jude, March 5, 2006 03:00 PM ||

I drop out of the Blogverse for a bit, and all hell breaks loose. I am thrilled to know that you are home and doing well. It's also good to find another rush fan! Hope the rest of your recoop is quiet and easy.

|| Posted by Ethne, March 5, 2006 04:06 PM ||

Welcome Back Buddy! Now we need to work on gettin ya transplanted! Seriously!

My wife & I just got back from Hawaii, and being able to take a real vacation after about 3 years of hell was a true blessing!

Email me sometime, if ya need something...
I'm glad you're out of the hospital!

|| Posted by Tetzman, March 6, 2006 08:41 AM ||

Woohoo! Welcome home!

|| Posted by Pixy Misa, March 6, 2006 04:15 PM ||

Mikey. you don't know me but I came across your info on a forum that I post on. one of our members reads your blog. I'm glad to see that you are back. It took me almost a year after my stroke to get back on a cpu. You seem to be recovering well. And I am glad to hear it.I know exactly what you mean about being a smart ass when they kept asking you the same questions over and over again. I think that was the only way I stayed sane during my stay in two different hospitals but especialy the day of my stroke. I was talkin shit to everybody within earshot. And I did not care who heard me. Take care friend should you ever wish to speak with me Just jump over to the R. Lee Ermey Sound Off Forums and register then shoot me a PM [private message] I'd be glad to speak with you. here is a link to the topic where we have been talking about you over the last few months
http://rleeermey.org/viewtopic.php?p=112715#112715
My screen name there is OUTSIDER You will fnd me fairly easily from the mink that I posted. I'll be checking here from time to time. Take care Stay strong and never ever let the bad days get you down. I'm pulling for you.
You may need to copy and paste the link to your browser if it is not a clickable link here, reguards,
OUTSIDER

|| Posted by OUTSIDER, March 6, 2006 09:05 PM ||

Shipmate - Good to see you back at home. Don't forget to add a little Led Zep to the old school mix for the daughter.

Keep a steady strain. . .

|| Posted by MCPO Airdale, March 7, 2006 08:29 AM ||

Mikey sez: "I was convinced that one of the physical therapists helping me was on 'loaner duty' from the FBI"

Remember - just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you!

|| Posted by The Den Mother, March 7, 2006 12:24 PM ||

Congratulations from the Protest Warriors in Houston. Welcome back.

|| Posted by Zelda, March 8, 2006 08:16 PM ||

Wow, I've been out of town, come back, and you're posting up a storm! It's wonderful to see. I'll go squish a kitty right now in thanksgiving for your return to the blog world.

|| Posted by Cait, March 9, 2006 04:13 AM ||

Cheers, sir.

|| Posted by Victor, March 10, 2006 10:29 AM ||

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