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Sunday I woke up with two insect bites on my neck near the jugular vein.
Sunday night at work they were itchy and pointed like little pyramids.
When I woke on Monday after sleeping for 12 hours straight, I noticed
the bites were bubbling and had black in the centers under the bubbled
skin. It was red and swollen around them halfway up my neck.
I went in and saw another surgeon who had the results. He said it was
a bacteria. A flesh-eating bacteria. It was not the venom from the bite
that caused the necrosis. Somehow, the bite was infected with this bacteria.
If it was venom, then cutting it out would have made it worse. If it was
bacteria, not cutting it could have let it spread to my organs and death
would have been likely. Somehow, the staff at the VA made the correct
decision and cut it out in time and put me on an antibiotic on Friday
when they knew it was in fact bacteria.
tell you this story for 3 reasons: First, I wanted to let you know where
I've been because I haven't written you for a while. Second, because as
you well know, death can come at you from anywhere at any time. I am glad
you and I know to appreciate everything we have every day. Third, because
I gave time to serve our country, I was given free medical care for life.
So it was scary- it still is. If you google flesh-eating bacteria, it will scare you. The Internet scared me in time to get to the hospital. I haven't told my mother yet because she's in Illinois visiting family and she has just recovered from bone marrow cancer and we lost my sister to cancer so I didn't want her to worry. I'll call her tomorrow if it feels like I am recovering like today.
I'll talk to you soon.
about scary shit. Bugs? I have a problem with certain bugs. Like the Mosquito.
I hate them and the Greenheads. But to almost die from a spider
bite? We all want Johnny boy to have a speedy recovery. Hey check
your beds tonight...and I DO HOPE that the Bed Bugs DON'T BITE!
of Mosquitos. On the street I live on, the town or state, comes by at
night with the Mosquito Spraying vehicle. Now those that really know
me, know that I really, really, really don't like Mosquitos. So when
this vehicle comes along and sprays the snot out of them bugs, it's
time to celebrate. When the kids were little, I'd get them up to have
them watch the truck go up and down the street killing Mosquitos by
the thousands. We'd be high fiveing each other as the dreaded mushroom
cloud of insecticide would engulf the sleeping "Skeeters".
It was a good feeling.
I realize, there are those of you who shudder at the thought of this...and I really can't explain it to you, I can only tell you, that the Mosquito has my number, and we are at war with each other. I don't expect to win, but I am prepared to do battle each year...and I will take my losses with each small victory. Wish me and my family luck.
apologies to anyone who thought that there was going to be surf coming
last week, due to my misinformed prediction. I was going on the words
of wisdom from two different reliable sources. I should of, in hindsight,
paid a little closer attention to the week's surf activity. Sorry...
say it's your birthday? This is the week for local birthdays. Yesterday
was Kevin "Doc" Grondin's b'day. And this coming Saturday
is Kyle Linesman's b'day, and my wife Cory's b'day and
Mike Tyson's b'day and it's also...DAVE CROPPER'S B'day!
So Happy Birthday to all of the above, and we hope you all have a great
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1980's circa-Birthday Boy Dave Cropper at
home in the ocean
3 on the portside sweeping in.
Sole rider from PHAN
1 surveys the situation. Check that hollowness out the back.
Enemy activity reported PHAN
Surf starting to rise. PHAN
2 still engaging.
1-2-3 secure the AO.
Friendly rider approaching.
Col. Craig mystified at wake and possible enemy infiltration.
OK all kidding aside...this is a Nice off the lip, on a rather long looking
Feeling the flow.
-3 securing the area.
Col. Craig. Front and center.
Long glassy pulled back shot.
This is either Douglas or Wally....I think Wally's a Goofyfoot though.
Yea, this is Wally.
Wally wailing on a White hat day.