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I'm back, sort of...

Posted by outthere, Feb 14, 2016.

One of these days I'll be back to normal and be able to open a bottle of wine and savor it like never before. In the meantime I'm just happy to even have the possibility come up. It's been a rough week to say the least. Is this what it's like to get old? If so I don't recommend it.

I try to do the right things. Eat right, get my flu shot, stay active, but that isn't enough sometimes. What started as a basic chest cold turned in a matter of a day into Pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Failure, Bronchospasms and Severe Sepsis. I was powering through a morning at work when my breathing started getting really shallow, painful, my joints started aching and. I started getting dizzy. No bueno. Texted the Wifey at 10:02 and told her something was wrong and I was going to emergency. 20 minutes later I was in an emergency bed breathing steroids, wrapped in warm blankets shivering. Respiration was nearly 100, BP was 215/112 and the staff was frantically trying to get my hydration up so they could find a vein to pull blood which they finally did. My lactic acid level was up around 3.5 so they put me on a couple IV anti-biotics and kept me on the steroid inhaler.  They were telling me what I had assumed, that I had Pneumonia, but that the high lactic level was due to an infection called Sepsis. Sepsis can cause blood clots, heart failure, stroke so they put me on blood thinners. After the next round of blood tests came back my lactics had risen to 4.7.  They were about to put me in a room when this news arrived. They then changed their minds and brought me to ICU where I spent the next 3-1/2 days.

Stabilized but not out of the woods.

To make a long story shorter I have now been home for 1-1/2 days. And am on the slow road to recovery. I've never been sick like this before to where I require so much rest and time to regain strength. Last Saturday I was on a ladder with my chainsaw trimming trees. Yesterday I walked halfway down my driveway, pulled a tarp off of a pile of baserock to dry it out and then had to come in and lay down for a few hours.  Who knows when I'll be able to open another bottle of wine. One thing is for sure, it won't be a Cab Sauv paired with Salmon and BBQ Sauce. ;-) 

This Tri-Tip Sando that my buddy Mike brought me from Buster's in Calistoga was one of the highlights of my stay.

Anyhow, this whole ordeal has really gave me a front row seat to mortality. Time to appreciate everything in life a whole lot more moving forward. Hope to be joining you all in a celebratory glass sooner than later!

In my happy place.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 14, 2016.

OT, that's some scary sh*t, glad to hear you're on the mend. Not sure when we'll be back in your area but when we are we'll be sure to open some of the good stuff to share with you and D!  Get better soon.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 14, 2016.

It's a wonder to see how going pure vegan hastened your road to recovery! That diet combined with evidence of sincere appreciation of efforts by staff and photographers demonstrates truly mindful purification of body and soul!!  

And what did I say about staying away from sheetrock/bedrock projects??

Lawn's lookin' real good, and I can imagine you walking barefoot on it, scrunching the blades with your toes, looking up through the oak branches to the blue late-winter sky. 

And thinking of tri-tip with a good syrah? Or more??

Glad to have you back, even if temporarily weakened.

Reply by EMark, Feb 14, 2016.

OT, we are so glad to see you back.  That last pic is truly great.

Stuff happens, we all have either experienced it or are close to people who have experienced it.  The good news is that you are close to a happy ending.

I have to say that in spite of your circumstances, your reports were all positive and showed wonderful humor.  Also, the above picture of the Oximeter is, I'm sure, instructive to future health care professionals.

Don't rush it.  You'll be back to 100% soon enough.

Reply by outthere, Feb 14, 2016.

Purification is for drinking water. I was merely saluting my Berserker and Snooth buddies in the best way I know. When I do eventually pass I want all my friends to gather together, laugh, eat and drink all my wine. Sadness is over-rated.

Felt good to spend a hour out in the sun this morning pulling weeds and killing ants in my garden. Now it's nap time!

Reply by Really Big Al, Feb 14, 2016.

OT, Sandra and I are also very pleased to see you didn't succumb to the sickness.  On a side note though, just how many cabs are in your cellar right now?  

Reply by jamessulis, Feb 14, 2016.

Wow, nobody likes to see a big guy get put down by a sudden illness. I'm sure you are now on the mend as your post indicates.

I know we all have that positive attitude that says, "I'll never get sick" but out of the blue it occasionally to our amazement,  happens and sacks us.

One thing I couldn't help but noticing that you're giving the 1 gun salute to your doctors, atta boy OT  !! 

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by dvogler, Feb 14, 2016.


I'll probably be pilloried for saying this, but there's more to life than wine.  If it turns out that you'll be healthier without wine, you'll be just fine.

Sorry to hear, but heck ,at least you walked out of the joint.  Get well Pal.

Reply by GregT, Feb 14, 2016.

Welcome back OT! I've had a cold for like three weeks now that doesn't seem to want to leave and I was feeling sorry for myself but it's nothing like you. Damn! Any idea what triggered it? Just random? Anything to stay away from?

Reply by outthere, Feb 15, 2016.

DV, wine had nothing to do with my hospital stay. Thanks for your concern though.

Greg, they basically told me an infectious organism. Yeah pretty vague. Either way it was something my body could not fight off given the amount of help I gave it. I'm self-employed. I can't let something like a cold stop me from running my business. I work until my body tells me I can't. Has worked for me in the past. In the future, based on new experiences, I will take things a little more seriously when it comes to my health. I can't tell you what it was or what to stay away from but I can share that if you become short of breath doing common yard work you best call the doctor and not shrug it off and sit for a while. I pushed myself too hard and my body rejected it. In the future I'll listen to my body closer and not try to be such a hard ass.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 15, 2016.

Growing up, I always thought 'blood poisoning' was a mysterious and horrible thing.

Even with all that good Sonoma syrah and zin in the bloodstream? Whatever the organism was, it was a tough one...

Reply by outthere, Feb 15, 2016.

We're doing a scientific test tonight. See if I can enjoy a glass of wine over an evening. Tomorrow is a work day mind you. Had to make it something worthwhile. It was actually opened last night in an attempt to get it time to open up some. 

Damn this tastes good.

Reply by dvogler, Feb 15, 2016.

Nice start. 

Reply by napagirl68, Feb 15, 2016.

Omg!!!! Hated to log on and see this.  Please, please get better soon!   My dad had sepsis and it was not pretty.  Wait until u are off all antibiotics before popping that Windy Oaks.  Prayers to you....

Reply by napagirl68, Feb 15, 2016.

Reply by jamessulis, Feb 16, 2016.

Happy to see that you're getting better by giving your taste buds a treat.

Remember (i'm sure you will) go easy.

Happy to see one of our best and most informative members of Snooth back in the saddle again.

Good Luck,

Lefty The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by JonDerry, Feb 16, 2016.

Belated welcome back OT, look forward to seeing you back on the Watcha Drinkin trail soon.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 16, 2016.

Oh, crap, I go away for a weekend and miss a chance to visit my pal in the hospital! 

Yow, sepsis is serious.  My mother did some research when she was in biotech into some cures.  It's tough, because the "cures" can release more of the toxins when they bust up the bacteria.  It's the contents of the bacteria that apparently cause the insane inflammatory responses.  Glad you made it through, but take it slow coming back.  Yes, every day away from the business is lost revenue, but it's added life.  And, frankly, you have other working options and you know it.

Nice of Mike to look out for your diet; after all, it wasn't a heart attack that felled you (and it's not clear that eating meat has that much impact anyway). 

I'll hoist one in your honor tonight..

Reply by outthere, Feb 16, 2016.

He asked me if I wanted him to bring me anything. I replied Busters. What a guy!

Went to work today for about 4hrs. Then went to the bank and grocery store. I'm beat.

Reply by EMark, Feb 16, 2016.

Plesae keep going slowly, OT.  I want to look forward to many more years of stealing from your research.

The UPS man delivered my Limerick Lanes today.  Tonight with my leftover flank steak sandwiches (I guess I'm going to have to somehow check out this Buster's place, but on my annual trip up there I don't normally get to Calistoga which is where I think it is.) I'm going for the Zin.


It's examples like this that keep reinforcing my belief that I should never look for Zinfandels outside of Sonoma County.  Light hit of blackberry (and cranberry?) on entry, but it is fresh fruit--not jammy lke a lot of people describe Zinfandel.  Solid tannin.  Sufficient acid--which, I am sure, enhances the "freshness."  Not a world beater, but a darned good wine.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 16, 2016.

OT - Just getting caught up and happy to see you are doing OK.  Here's to a speedy recovery.  I hope the Barolo helps. :-)

i was thinking of Sonoma and making a visit this summer.  Now you are giving me extra motivation to come down and share a glass of wine (or two) with you.

To your health!

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