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  • Maybe we can delete 2009. Not a good year in my family and surrounding freinds. Alot of passings...heres to things looking up!
    "Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck..."

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    • Reno's Annual Christmas Missive

      The third annual posting of the RZ Christmas Letter

      December 22, 2009

      Dear Foo Friends:

      The tree is blinking away from its usual perch atop the round mahogany coffee table that once decorated my parent’s living room. The angel atop the tree is smiling beatifically in spite of the fact she has a branch up her skirt. She knew the job was dangerous when she took it.

      Just finished mopping the kitchen floor and vacuuming the carpet. Seems like I just did that—what ? Two weeks ago ? Last month ? Before the Rehab Hospital or after ? I know it was before the latest trip to ICU land by my wonderful bride, best friend, and cherished partner Mrs Reno.

      * * *

      For those recipients of this annual letter who haven’t been in the loop: my wife suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on the 11th of October. She spent roughly the next six weeks recovering, initially in Intensive Care, following surgery to deal with the bleeding in her brain, and then on to the neurosciences ward of the same facility.

      The stroke left her disabled on her left side, impeded her ability to speak and swallow. She recovered her speech and swallowing reflex but the left side mobility loss appears unyielding though we can continue to hope it gets better.

      From November 16th on, she was undergoing occupational, speech, and physical therapy in a rehabilitation hospital adjacent to the facility that treated her in the initial weeks of her illness. She was to come home December 15th and looked forward to continuing her recovery via at-home and out-patient therapies.

      On the 6th of December, she was referred to the main hospital for a CT scan as a result of acute discomfort in her abdomen. She suffered a severe abscess in the region where a feeding tube had once been placed ( during the period she was unable to swallow) and could no longer rely on nasal gastric tube feeding for her nutritional needs. The abscess required surgery and that subsequently returned her to the ICU ward where this journey began in October.

      She is currently breathing with the aid of a ventilator, takes her nutrition via a nasal gastric tube, and is fighting off various infections. Lab cultures have shown she is positive for VRE and MRSA, two bacteria which give infectious disease caretakers fits.

      Since this episode began, her mother and her sister have spent some time in Reno to be with her and lend their support to our daughter. Cards, letters, emails, Facebook notes and other gestures have helped keep morale up at home. Our neighbors have done what good neighbors do in times like this and their generosity of spirit and hope has been a sustaining steadying presence in a chaotic time.

      Mrs. RZ's co-workers and my colleagues have been kind and understanding. Whatever time I have needed, I have been given. Whatever support she needed for her medical leave and disability paperwork was provided. All of these means and measures of support are greatly appreciated.

      The uncertainty of Mrs. RZ's outcome and the dramatic life change these events have wrought on me and the sole heir can be hard to take at times. But others have gone through worse, sustained larger losses, greater grief, and were made stronger for the experience. All three of us intend to join their ranks.

      * * *
      The kitchen floor is dry and the kitchen stools need to return to their place around the snack bar. The dog is curled up beneath the dining room chair where these thoughts have been composed. Tony Bennett’s cover of “The Christmas Song” paints a soundscape from an iPod playlist assembled over the last few Christmas seasons.

      Familiar tunes that accompany the holiday, musical signposts that evoke memories of better times are as much a part of my holiday 'decor’ as oversized stockings hung from the hearth or an evergreen wreath hung on the front door.

      It’s with the words from one of those songs that I leave you and close this edition of the RenoZag Christmas missive:

      Through the years
      We all will be together,
      If the Fates allow
      Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
      And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.


      Peace to you & yours,

      Reno
      Last edited by RenoZag; 12-23-2010, 09:10 AM.
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      • Originally posted by mee755
        Geeez, Reno. I'm starting to wonder about your Karma.

        Hope 2010 is much better!
        me too, mee, me too.

        Have a very Merry.
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        • Reno should spend more time writing. He might be better at it than he even thinks.
          'I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.'
          - Gandalf the Grey

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          • Eff 2009.


            I like your letter Reno. You made me want to download that Christmas song now! haha
            Allow myself to introduce....myself...

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            • Merry Christmas. Hope you have a good time. You're a cool guy. I'm glad I came to the Foo. It helps me see people in a whole new light. I'm finding out that moderators are real people too.
              Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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              • Originally posted by Reborn View Post
                I'm finding out that moderators are real people too.
                Whoa now! Slow down on that egg nog! You're talking crazy talk now!

                ;-)
                Allow myself to introduce....myself...

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                • Originally posted by RenoZag View Post
                  The third annual posting of the RZ Christmas Letter

                  December 22, 2009

                  Dear Foo Friends:....

                  It’s with the words from one of those songs that I leave you and close this edition of the RenoZag Christmas missive:

                  Through the years
                  We all will be together,
                  If the Fates allow
                  Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
                  And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.


                  Peace to you & yours,

                  Reno


                  Originally posted by RenoZag View Post
                  Dear friends...

                  On Christmas Day, we are driving to CA to join my sister & mother for a Christmas afternoon dinner with my sis, her boys, their wives, their kids, etc....

                  I urge you all to hold the "near and dear" ones in your life as close as possible; you never know when Life will get in the way.

                  Peace,

                  Reno
                  Reno enjoy your Christmas family gathering and be sure to get your spirits and endurance rejuvenated as you are surrounded by your loving family members.

                  Your Gonzaga Nation friends from near and far continue to keep your wonderful bride, your sole heir as well as yourself in their thoughts and prayers.

                  Have a safe drive and have a very Merry Christmas!

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                  • Reno - God bless you and your wonderful family!

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                    • Merry Christmas friend
                      “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” ~Jack Handey~

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                      • Oh, My. . .

                        Originally posted by kitzbuel View Post
                        Reno should spend more time writing. He might be better at it than he even thinks.
                        You made my day, Kitz.

                        The only thing:

                        If what I'm feeling this holiday is a pre-requisite to a decent turn of the phrase, I couldn't survive on a steady diet of that particular Muse.

                        Thank you very much for the notes & good wishes for Mrs. Reno, Sole Heir, and yours truly.

                        Peace to you and yours,

                        Bill
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                        “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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                        • With apologies to The Bard. . .

                          Originally posted by Reborn View Post

                          I'm finding out that moderators are real people too
                          Hath not a Mod eyes?

                          Hath not a Mod hands, organs, dimensions,

                          senses, affections, passions;

                          fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons,

                          subject to the same diseases,

                          heal'd by the same means,

                          warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer as a Fooster is?

                          If you p*r*i*c*k us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?




                          Or some such thing. . .
                          The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

                          “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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                          • Originally posted by RenoZag View Post
                            Hath not a Mod eyes?

                            Hath not a Mod hands, organs, dimensions,

                            senses, affections, passions;

                            fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons,

                            subject to the same diseases,

                            heal'd by the same means,

                            warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer as a Fooster is?

                            If you p*r*i*c*k us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?




                            Or some such thing. . .
                            Gimme a break...You googled that. btw i gotta couple of 4th row tix (OK) in 102 if you gonna be in town.
                            “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” ~Jack Handey~

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                            • Originally posted by JLGutrocks View Post
                              Gimme a break...You googled that. btw i gotta couple of 4th row tix (OK) in 102 if you gonna be in town.
                              I remembered parts of it, but yes, I Wiki'd the exact text.

                              Lisa's status precludes any out-of-town excursions for the near future, though I have already made arrangements to hit the WCC in March and The Masters in April. . .I 'preciate the offer nonethelesss, JL
                              The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

                              “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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                              • My thoughts are with you

                                RenoZag and I wish there were some way I could be of assistance from Idaho.
                                If there is, let me know!
                                Hope to see you in Las Vegas, if you can be there.
                                Be strong! (And I know you are!)

                                ID ZAGFAN

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