Joaquin Torres (
Fri, 25 Aug 2000 19:07:26 -0400

Hey -Z-,

Sorry to hear you're ill. Hopefully, now that you've had the angioplasty and have
been diagnosed for the diabetes, you can start down the road to feeling better.
I've known some people who've been diagnosed with diabetes later in life, and after
they began treatment for it, they've noticed themselves feeling much better.

Take it easy. Get some rest. Listen to your doctors regarding lifestyle
changes...particularly for your heart. Had a coworker go into the hospital multiple
times because he wouldn't listen to his doctor's advice for taking care of his
ticker. However, you're a smart fella, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Here's hoping you're feeling better,

Joaquin Torres

-Z- wrote:

> Dear Friends:
> On Friday, 18 August 2000, I was stricken with a mild heart attack, a blockage
> of a blood vessel known as angina pectoris. This was quickly and easily
> corrected with an angioplasty procedure, a sort of "roto-rooter" removal of the
> blockage, followed by the insertion of a "stent" or tubular reinforcement of the
> arterial wall. So far, so good, but during my hospitalization I was also
> diagnosed as having diabetes, which may indeed have been the proximiate cause of
> my coronary problem. The diabetic imbalance is quites advanced, having gone
> undetected for at least 18 months and possibly a full two years. The
> combination of the two has kept me in the hospital until just yesterday and
> looks to keep me on bed rest and rehabilitation for at least the next month.
> The upshot of all this is that my online activity is being severely rationed if
> not altogether curtailed for the next two to six weeks and will have to be
> limited to no more than a few hours per day thereafter. I currently have 396
> unread messages from this list and it's not likely that I'll be reading any but
> the most select few. My postings will likely be few and far between and not
> nearly as in-depth as is my wont, but it's still one of my favorite pastimes, so
> you will still be hearing from me to whatever degree I'm able to participate.
> Near-death experiences have a way of making one appreciate the joys in one's
> life all the more and you lot, for all that signal to noise ratio can sometimes
> veer tediously into the noisy end of the spectrum, have long been one a joy in
> mine. You can help me keep my hand in by making a conscious effort to keep
> things on the signal end and make every post count.
> Be good to one another and let your enthusiam unite, not divide, you all. I,
> myself, now regret some of the things that I've posted here.
> I'm quite tired now, so I'll probably have to work through 500 message tomorrow
> instead of the nearly 400 already on hand today, but I'll get through them
> eventually.
> Please make it worth my time.
> -Z-
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