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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759526 12/17/18 12:21 am
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So far, so good ! Thanks for the update Lannis.


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759528 12/17/18 1:07 am
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Hello, Dick & Barb,

Wow, just reading Lannis' post about the surgery makes me feel... well damn lucky for one thing. Still thinking about you (nw Im thinking about both of you) and I know the family is all rallied around you guys.
I wish you and yours a lovely Christmas and to Dick, happy healing and a complete recovery.

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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759530 12/17/18 1:56 am
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Thank you so much Lannis for the update. So very glad all went well. We'll continue to pray that the recovery goes smoothly.
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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759563 12/17/18 12:34 pm
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Good grief...........I can't get past the part "without anesthesia". Mr Harris......that (beside worry) HAS to be the worst part over with.....you sir are a better man than I am (that was already a given).......they would have HAD to gag and hog tie me and I betcha I still would have given them hell.

You sir.........you CAN beat this......show em you can. They can't keep a man like you down.

See you at the next OSMR in the fall, your friend in NC Gordon Gray

Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759643 12/17/18 10:39 pm
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Lannis - Thanks for the update. I hope you can do it again periodically, as the Harris family doesn't need to be bombarded by all of us, certainly with well-wishes for Dick and all of them. I too hope to ride with Dick again. Bob Kent - OVBSAOC #3


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759655 12/17/18 11:57 pm
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So there's a possibility now that the now-dead tumor could "swell" before it starts shrinking, and Dick has to stay in the neurological ICU so the doctors can monitor the size of the tumor as it breaks down. IF the swelling gets bad, the doctors would have to open the skull to relieve the pressure on the brain, and that is a dangerous operation. So everyone's hoping that won't be necessary


Been through this with my daughter. Her swelling was caused by Eastern Equine Encephalitis and swelling of the brain is no laughing matter. They can control some short term brain swelling without surgery by using diuretics. They also use what a layman would call a bolt that is placed in the skull. It contains a transducer that allows them to observe the pressure in real time. IMHO it is a much safer way of observing the pressure than using a lumbar puncture. All of this is tricky stuff and I sure hope Dick is in good hands.


Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: John Healy] #759661 12/18/18 12:42 am
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So there's a possibility now that the now-dead tumor could "swell" before it starts shrinking, and Dick has to stay in the neurological ICU so the doctors can monitor the size of the tumor as it breaks down. IF the swelling gets bad, the doctors would have to open the skull to relieve the pressure on the brain, and that is a dangerous operation. So everyone's hoping that won't be necessary


Been through this with my daughter. Her swelling was caused by Eastern Equine Encephalitis and swelling of the brain is no laughing matter. They can control some short term brain swelling without surgery by using diuretics. They also use what a layman would call a bolt that is placed in the skull. It contains a transducer that allows them to observe the pressure in real time. IMHO it is a much safer way of observing the pressure than using a lumbar puncture. All of this is tricky stuff and I sure hope Dick is in good hands.


John - The issues are similar, I suspect, in that the pressure on the brain has to be controlled. In Dick's case, his brain is healthy, but the grapefruit-sized tumor attempting to share skull space with the brain is what's causing the pressure. According to Barb, when the tumor is cut off from its blood supply, it "dies" and begins to break down, and in that process, the tumor can swell due to internal gases and such, and there's no room for that to happen. I didn't ask the specifics of how they're monitoring pressure - I'm sure Dick will give us the full story when he gets out of 'ospital, but they are doing regular brain scans to see how it's going, hence the extended NICU stay.

I'm guessing it's been a really tough week ...

Lannis


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759700 12/18/18 1:26 pm
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I'm sure it's tough going.
I was reading up on anesthesia-free brain surgery. The brain itself of course, has no pain receptors- however all the stuff they have to get thru to access the brain does have pain receptors. Apparently, once they get in there the surgeon or team interacts with the patient to ensure they aren't damaging important brain functions as they work; asking questions, having the patient identify and talk about things etc.

I find this particularly and alternately chilling and enthralling. Hang in there, Dick -we are all pulling for you, sir!


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #759758 12/19/18 4:11 am
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Thanks for keeping us updated, Lannis.

Dick - I've been keeping you in my thoughts this past week. I look forward to a time when we can visit with each other at a rally again.

I'm posting a couple of photos from an old thread we were on, with you and your trusty '70 Triumph that you took 'cross country (more than once I bet!). All the best to you and your family and to a successful recovery.

Warm regards,

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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: JubeePrince] #760774 12/29/18 6:12 am
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Hello is there any word on how Dick is doing? Jeff

Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: jfligg] #760796 12/29/18 1:33 pm
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My friend Jim called Dick on 12/21, about a week ago. Dick answered the phone but said he was a bit tired. So he is obviously home and recovering. So, good news but I'm sure he could still use our prayers.
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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: Al Eckstadt] #760830 12/29/18 9:30 pm
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Thanks Al

Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #760834 12/29/18 10:39 pm
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well...that explains why i,ve been thinking about him for the last month.
the last 2 times a friend came to mind i saw their obits the following day.
(i was very afraid to ask on here)
so..guess no more wheelies there dick!!!!!

Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #760894 12/30/18 6:18 pm
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Talked to Dick just now, he's sounding good, going through recovery, has to go get another scan this week to make sure things inside are going the way they're supposed to. I told him there's a lot of people going to be looking for him at a rally somewhere this year and he says that's his plan too! So here's to a strong constitution, a good state of mind, and modern medical expertise ... !

Lannis


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: Lannis] #763861 01/29/19 1:17 pm
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Dick writes and says that things are continuing to go well - the tumor is shrinking according to plan so far, and he has another MRI in three weeks to make sure it continues that way! It's tough having the inside of your head messed with but he's hanging in there and I know we all hope to see him this rally season ....

Lannis


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #763864 01/29/19 1:28 pm
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For some reason he came to mind yesterday, thanks for the update Lannis


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Great news, thanks for the update Lannis. He was mentioned fondly during lunch at the White Rose on Sunday.....

Cheers,

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Very positive news Thanks

Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #763918 01/29/19 10:17 pm
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Thank you for sharing this bit of good news Lannis.


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Re: Well wishes needed for Dick Harris [Re: wadeschields] #763928 01/30/19 12:37 am
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Thanks again Lannis. Maybe we'll see Dick at Wintercycle Therapy at the Curtiss Museum.


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