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Posted on: Nov 25, 2020 at 7:56 AM
To all my classmates from the greatest graduation class from Conard High School. "Yea, Rah, Rah, Class of 65!" I send my best wishes to you and your entire families for a Happy Thanksgiving! We are having a very personal and small gathering of just our little family of 5 - myself, my wife of over 40 years Vivian, my eldest daughter Theresa Marie and her husband Larry, and finally my son Theodore. My wife who is a healthcare provider (Occupational Registered Nurse) at the Department of Justice will be retiring within the next year and I am looking at relocating to Ocala, Florida. We cannot afford the high cost of living in the Washington, D.C. region and impact of state and county income taxes on retirement income. So any of you classmates in Florida have any further info on Ocala, please send me that info so I can make a prudent decision. Thanks and stay safe and well for the next reunion.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2020 at 4:04 PM
Anybody got any "Gorilla Tape"? I feel like I am coming apart, first the orthopedic doctor after consulting with physical therapist that there is no need for A MRI since the the therapy has return my total range of motion; however, after I complained about my left knee they took X Rays from 4 different angles and have determined that I have arthritic knee and gave me three options - 1. Medicine, not recommended due to my kidney ailment, 2. Injection - Steroids, not going in that direction. and 3. Physical Therapy - Tried it on my shoulder and it works so back to the Therapists. By the I am having my stone and stent remove tomorrow morning. Hoping for prayers.
Posted on: Apr 08, 2020 at 9:37 AM
On March 16, 2020 after driving my wife to work at the Department of Justice Headquarters because she didn't want to take public transportation due to the "VIRUS" I was experiencing severe back pains and when I return home (20 miles) I called my wife (who is a Public Healthcare Nurse for DOJ) and told her that I couldn't stand the pain and was heading to the ER. The ER physician exam me and found that I had pain from my left flank to the front of my stomach and she expected to be a Kidney problem so they sent be into CT Scan and discovered a 6 milligram stone blocking the tube from the kidney to the bladder. They called the urologist and that night he inserted a stent to my kidney to relieve the fluid in the kidney. He explained to my wife that while draining the kidney there was pus coming out and he believed that the kidney was inflamed and we were lucky to catch it before there was renal failure. Anyways, the stent and stone are still in but the doctor cannot remove them because of the health crisis and the procedure would be considered non-emergency. I am still suffering minor discomforts; however, the good news is in the past 3 weeks I have lost 18 pounds and down to a weight of 225 which is what I weight 15 years ago when I retire from the Department of the Navy. I was hoping to be below 220 for the reunion but that has gone by the boards. Maybe next year I will come incognito and no one will recognize me.
Posted on: Jan 19, 2020 at 5:57 AM
I am sad to say that nothing exciting has happened to me this year; accept for the passing of my Uncle Mike (who is the father of 3 Conard grads) and my sister Roberta who was a Conard grad. Other than that I am still the same old (now much older) boring self and being a pain (play on words) in the bum (I like British terms) to my wife.
Posted on: Jul 23, 2019 at 4:46 AM
I was just elected as Deputy Grand Knight of the John F Kennedy Knights of Columbus Council #5482 in Accokeek Md. Are there any other brother Knights in our class?
Posted on: Jan 29, 2019 at 8:18 PM
Well, on November 30, 2018 I had Congestive Heart Failure for the second time in 5 years. I woke up that morning and couldn't catch my breath. My RN wife immediately tried to calm me down but it was difficult for me because of my anxiety. She immediately called 911 and a advanced medical ambulance was sent to my home. The paramedic took my blood pressure and it was 190 over 100 and immediately gave me a oral spray of nitro to help bring my pressure. On the way to the hospital he had to give me a second shot of nitro. Anyways, they kept me there overnight and pump me with Lasix to reduce my the water that was built up in my body. Overnight I peed over 3,000 ml of liquid (Over a Gallon). I went into the hospital weighting over 259 pounds (that is twice the size I was in high school or you could say I am twice the man than I was in high school). My doctor put me on a low sodium diet plus I could only drink 1.5 liters of liquids per day. 2 months later I now weigh 240 pounds with a goal of losing 40 more pounds before the 55th reunion.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2018 at 10:54 AM
What a Thanksgiving for this member of "65". On November 23 around 5:30 in the morning while preparing lunch for my wife to take to work. I became short of breath and couldn' t catch it. My wife (who is luckily is a nurse) called 911 for an ambulance. When the EMTs arrived at my home, my blood pressure was 194 over 100 they gave me 2 shots of Nitro to stabilize the blood pressure and when we arrived at the hospital it was down to 166 over 90. To make a long story short, I was admitted overnight they shot me up with Lasix which releases fluids by the urination process (how about those big words Mr. Roberts) and lost over 3,100 cc's of fluid and a total of 11 pounds (I do not recommend this for a quick fix diet). The doctors determined that my present blood pressure medication was not relieving a lot of fluids and so put me on a different drug. Boy, was I lucky. I needed to stay healthy because NUMBER 55 is around the corner.
Posted on: Feb 02, 2018 at 6:01 AM
Since you are reading this message, it is quite clear that this knucklehead has figured out what went wrong. After reading your email I laid in bed thinking what possibility went wrong. I dug back in my systems accounting background and thought about security packages and came to the conclusion that since I use variable sets of my password but it is the same password the system security package was set up to disallow similar passwords. So this morning I went back to the reset option and entered my favorite Boston baseball team as my new password and lo behold here I am. Thanks for you assistance Mike. Talk to you soon. By the way, I like the new features on the page.
Posted on: Sep 11, 2017 at 5:57 AM
Will the Conard 65 classmates who live on the west coast of Florida let us know what impact hurricane Irma had on your life yesterday and today.
Randall, It was Mrs. Boyer I remember her well because she made me so welcomed into my new school. I believe you got her confused with Mr. Baker our 6th grade teacher who had a reputation with the kids as being mean (which I did'nt find much credance).
John and I were classmates since 5th grade when I first moved to Elmwood from Hartford. In Mrs. Boyer's class were classmates as Pete Cohen, Paul Holmes, Richard Galvin, Vinny Motolo, Jim Valitsky, Joanne Fournier, and Linda Bower (If I forgot anybody else please forgive me.). John was always the clown always cracking jokes. I will always remember his smile. Rest in Peace John.
Posted on: Jul 17, 2017 at 5:51 AM
Enjoyed the Courant article on Mr. Lauer. Even though I didn't the voice to have him for a teacher, it still reminds of how fortunate we were to have all the many talented and dedicated teachers at Conard. God Bless You Mr. Lauer.