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Topic: Son Jason fighting for his life...
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 23, 2008 08:15AM)
All was well. Jason, (my oldest) his family, wife and two daughters and son were coming out for a visit from Florida next week. For about a week, he didn't feel too well, thought it was a stomach flu or some such, no biggie. Finally went to the Doctor yesterday and it was determined his apendix had burst sometime during last week. Prior to emergency surgery last night he said he never felt a thing like a 'bursting' was supposed to feel like. Blood work even showed normal but his Doctor had suspicions.

He is in intensive care this morning. he's a very good man with a terrific family. So whatever you do on an Easter Sunday...do it.

For those who collect coincidences, I received the call last night while we were watching The Ten Commandments...it was the scene where the First Born are being 'taken'. Surreal.
Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Mar 23, 2008 08:30AM)
Doug, my thoughts are with you, Jason, and your family.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Mar 23, 2008 08:37AM)
Doug, I'm not a praying type, but I'll say one for Jason.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Mar 23, 2008 09:09AM)
Hey Doug,

Sorry to hear about this. Prayers, thoughts, good vibes - sent his way for sure!

Message: Posted by: trickytrav (Mar 23, 2008 09:17AM)
Prayers and thoughts with you and your family
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Mar 23, 2008 09:40AM)
Doug, sorry to hear this; best wishes for you and your son and his family. I hope everything turns out okay.

-Erik (day 23)
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 23, 2008 09:46AM)

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Mar 23, 2008 09:49AM)
Hi Doug,

Best wishes from Ireland.I'll be thinking of you and Jason along with the rest of the family.

Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Mar 23, 2008 09:54AM)
My prayers wouldn't help. You're in my thoughts bud!
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Mar 23, 2008 09:55AM)
All by best Doug to both you and Jason. Hang in there.


Message: Posted by: Jaz (Mar 23, 2008 10:07AM)
Hi Doug,

In the mid-70s I began feeling sick to my stomach and stubborn as I can be spent a couple of days on the couch, getting worse, unable to move much. Finally I went to the doctor.
What had happened was that my appendix didn't 'burst' per se but somehow perforated, was slowly getting gangrenous and poisoning me.

I was immediately put in the hospital and operated on.
Later they had to pump my stomach because, again being stubborn, I drank water when I wasn't supposed to.

I see no reason why Jason won't be back to normal soon.
Message: Posted by: Hoff Man (Mar 23, 2008 10:27AM)

Thankfully, your son went to the doctor when he did.

Hoping that your son has an uncomplicated recovery and that very soon
your family will breath that ever so precious sigh of relief.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Mar 23, 2008 10:56AM)
Thoughts and prayers are with you, Doug. Jim
Message: Posted by: abc (Mar 23, 2008 11:06AM)
Prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery. keep us updated.
Message: Posted by: Jay Buchanan (Mar 23, 2008 11:14AM)
Doug, your whole family is in our prayers here.
May he pull through this and feel better real soon!

Hang in there.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Mar 23, 2008 11:34AM)
Doug -

Please add mine to all the positive thoughts & good wishes from those who reached this thread before I did.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Mar 23, 2008 01:30PM)
Good luck and thank goodness for modern drugs. I've known only one guy who had his appendix rupture and he went three days with it before he was found passed out and they had a few days of grave concern then they got everything in control and he recovered. So keep up hope he'll be fine.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Mar 23, 2008 01:33PM)
I couldn't survive without prayer, so I will add you to my prayer list.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 23, 2008 02:08PM)
I wish you all the best and hope things turn out OK.
Message: Posted by: Jim Davis (Mar 23, 2008 02:26PM)
My family will be praying for him..
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Mar 23, 2008 03:02PM)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank God they caught it in time.

When I was in the Navy, while out to sea two of my shipmates had burst apendix. One guy had to be airlifted to Perth Austrailia When we were in the Indian Ocean. The second guy, when we were pulling into Pearl Harbor. The only thing I remember was one of them had a bloted abdomin, I think?

Oh well...speedy recovery.

23 (psalm???)
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Mar 23, 2008 03:25PM)
All my best wishes are with You and your son and family.
Message: Posted by: nucinud (Mar 23, 2008 04:22PM)
All the best wishes.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hallahan (Mar 23, 2008 05:03PM)
Doug, I'll keep your son in my prayers. I hope he gets all better.
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Mar 23, 2008 05:09PM)

I wish your son a speedy and full recovery.

Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 23, 2008 05:18PM)
Doug - Add my name to those wishing for your son's speedy recovery.

I'd like to add that there has to be a happy medium between "toughing it out" and being thought a "hypochondriac." (sp?)

The case of Jim Henson who decided to work through his "annoying little cold" and ended up dying of a virual infection!
Message: Posted by: Tom Bartlett (Mar 23, 2008 05:48PM)

Your whole family is in our prayers, God Bless.

Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Mar 23, 2008 06:04PM)
Best wishes to you all Doug.

God bless,
Message: Posted by: Johnnie Blaze (Mar 23, 2008 06:50PM)
Wishing all involved my very best... may your son have a speed and full recovery Doug
all the best
Message: Posted by: Big Jeff (Mar 23, 2008 08:43PM)
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Mar 23, 2008 09:41PM)
I'll say a prayer.
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Mar 23, 2008 10:05PM)

As a friend, I'll definitely take you and your son into my good thoughts! My best, my friend!

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Mar 23, 2008 10:16PM)
Doug, just prayed for you and Jason.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 24, 2008 08:48AM)
Hanging in there this morning. Still touch and go untill the threat of massive infection passes. The med team seems highly proficient which is a blessing for sure.

I worry as well about my Daughter in law, who is to the max in her engineering biz and who yesterday also had the youngest (Johnathan) in the hospital with the Mumps. Geez. Good training for the oldest daughter (Rebecca) who is getting set to go off to Medical school to become a Pediatrics Doctor specializing in BABY people.

This is an incredibally STRONG and tight knit family group and I couldn't be more proud of them.

Slim knows...he played a Birthday Party a few weeks ago for Rebecca's 18th and Bev Bergeron did my other Grandaughter's (Mindy) 8th birthday last year.

Your thougths mean a great deal so thank you for EVERY one!

I figure in another couple of days it will all be OK.

Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Mar 24, 2008 09:12AM)
Your family will remain in our thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Mar 24, 2008 09:52AM)

I will be praying for Jason's speedy recovery, and I send my regards to you and your family.


Day 24
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Mar 24, 2008 10:07AM)
Good news, Doug! I'll continue with the good vibes!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 25, 2008 08:20AM)
All I got yesterday in a phone call was hat there was a regression. Still fighting though but not exactly gettring through this easily.

Should here more today.

Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Mar 25, 2008 08:50AM)
Still praying for you guys. I wish the best, Doug, I know that this is hard on all of you. I hope for good news today.


Day 25
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Mar 25, 2008 08:20PM)
You have my best wishes that he'll recover as well.


Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 26, 2008 04:29AM)
News last night not so good. Still in Critcal condition and evidently regressing 2 or 3 steps for every one forward. A battle is underway. Really rough on the family there. My Daughter in law was told of all your thoughts and prayers and being a religious person was more than appreciative and thanks you all deeply. Me too.
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Mar 26, 2008 07:23AM)
I'll be praying for Jason and the family, Doug.

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Mar 26, 2008 07:45AM)
We are praying for you and your family, my friend.
Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Mar 26, 2008 09:42AM)
I am so sorry to hear about what you all are going through. I can't offer prayers as it is not my thing, but I will keep your family in my thoughts.
Even though we are a long ways away, let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do. That is not just a saying to me. I mean it. Anything.
Message: Posted by: abc (Mar 26, 2008 12:36PM)
Again all the best and you and your family are in my prayers.
Keep us updated.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 27, 2008 08:19AM)
Again thank you!

Better news yesterday (late)...Some improvement. She began to get into details (as in DETAILS) and grossed me out...so all I know is 'improvement' since I cut her off. I'm not very 'detail' oriented when it comes to internal affairs. :)

Let's hope it continues this time. He needs another couple of days of 'that' word, improvement. Temperature was stable though and normal.
Message: Posted by: abc (Mar 27, 2008 10:03AM)
Good to hear that.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Mar 27, 2008 10:39AM)
So very glad to hear it!
Continued improvement Jason!
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Mar 27, 2008 10:45AM)
Delighted to hear the good news!
Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Mar 27, 2008 01:24PM)
Great to hear some positive news!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 27, 2008 03:14PM)
My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family, Doug. I'm glad to hear the latest news was better.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 27, 2008 07:38PM)
Just got a call and talked to him and there was one of those miraculous turn arounds today. He sounded good, normal even, where yesterday he could not speak more than two words to anyone. Looks good and if ok tomorow maybe can go home on Saturday. He says thanks to all you folks for the grweat support...looks like he dodged a real nasty bullet...of course he is already blaming the lousy Hospital jello substitute for keeping him down so long. :)
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Mar 27, 2008 08:24PM)
Great news! The lack of my prayers seems to be working. I'll continue to not pray.

BTW is jello substitute made from press on nails?
Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Mar 27, 2008 08:36PM)
I do think it was Josh's non-praying that did it, and he beat me to the punchline.

Anyway, it's great news, Doug.

Message: Posted by: Brian S. Tanner (Mar 27, 2008 09:22PM)
Doug, This is really wonderful news ! I'll continue to keep you, your son, and the rest of your family in my prayers.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Mar 28, 2008 06:11AM)
I hope all the great positive energy we're sending his (and your) way is doing some good, my friend!

Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Mar 29, 2008 03:34AM)
Thank you all so much! I got a call yesterday afternoon and Jason was HOME! Wednesday was iffy if he'd make it, still Critical condition. Thursday was a complete turnaround. And Friday they released him! Boy, he must have been a real pain in the ass about that jello stuff!

Didn't get to talk to him but will today (Saturday) I reckon. So you can all go back to thinking about Boobs again.

What a great bunch!

Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Mar 29, 2008 05:56AM)

Boobs Boobs Boobs Boobs

Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Mar 29, 2008 06:07AM)
That's Great new Doug!!! Delighted to hear! :)
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Mar 29, 2008 07:26AM)
Great news.
Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Mar 29, 2008 07:27AM)
Awesome news, Doug! What a relief.

Now, back to boobs......
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Mar 29, 2008 08:33AM)
Hi Doug:

Prayers or no prayers, this is great news - and a good reminder for all of us about the gift of life and making the most of it.

Message: Posted by: Tom Bartlett (Mar 29, 2008 09:25PM)

Miricles happen! Great news, God bless you all.

Message: Posted by: Turk (Apr 2, 2008 03:24AM)
Great news, Doug. I'm so glad everything is improving so dramatically.


P.S. I read your post about being grossed out when your daughter-in-law was giving you all the gory details. I immediately thought about your museum and mummy-heads, etc.--and had to chuckle. (grin).
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Apr 7, 2008 10:49AM)
Man, it's nice to hear something turn out good...
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 8, 2008 02:33PM)
How did I miss this entire thread! I feel totally stupid. Miracles happen without me knowing. if I had anything to do with it God would SMITE US ALL (Sorry about that)
I'll email or call the family today.
They are a GREAT FAMILY. We didn't want to leave the gig. we stayed around and chatted with everyone. It was so fun. The little guy all over the place and the girls were so pleasant.
I'll call Sherri right now!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 20, 2008 07:54AM)
Hi Slim...I tried to PM you but your box was full. I figured you'ld fall on the thread anyway. :)

He is fully recovered so all is well. Thanks to all.

Turk: Yep. Mummies are DRY.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (May 12, 2008 08:35AM)
Hey Doug just came upon ths post great to hear good news
this happend to me some 20 years ago