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From Alex Karasulu <>
Subject [status] Been MIA for a while
Date Wed, 20 Apr 2005 18:36:07 GMT

I read Enrique's email to the PMC list regarding my health situation.  I 
thought I'd openly let you all know that I'm doing fine here now at 
home.  I'm no longer in the hospital.

Just to get the curiosity out of the way I was hospitalized for 16 days 
due to double pneumonia; meaning in both lungs.  It got really serious 
where I spent all my time minus 2 days in the ICU.  Let's just say most 
of the surface area of my lungs used for diffusing oxygen was under 
water and my entire pulminary system was about to fail due to wierd 
stuff with my body over reacting to the pathogen.  Luckily the doctors 
figured out a way to fix things with some wicked drugs.  So I barely 
avoided being on a full respirator.

I made it home a couple days ago and have been resting most of the 
time.  I'm out of commission for about 3 months the doctors say.  I 
wonder what that really means but I will take things seriously since 
this whole experience scared the bejeezus out of me.  That's how bad 
things have been.  I've been resting in bed trying not to exert myself 
too much cuz it costs oxygen.  I should be beyond that in like a week or 
two.  One good thing to know is that typing on my laptop from bed does 
not cost much at all :).  So you'll still hear from me and I will be 
among you helping drive things.  I just will not be doing it like a 
madman up into the wee hours of the morning - at least for a few months ;).

Thanks for all your support and kind words while I was missing in action.



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