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« on: April 22, 2019, 01:59:20 PM »

I cross posted this to the rally thread...

Pete had two strokes this week. Each has been "fairly" minor.  (it's not minor for him and nor for me to see happening)  The left side of his body was affected.  At the time of both strokes he loss vision, slurred speech, droopiness on left side of face, severe headache and loss of mobility on his left side.  At the time of writing he is still in the hospital, I hope coming home today.

After long discussions and counseling among friends and family, we’ve made the difficult decision to stop riding.  This decision will include me as well.  While Pete wants me to keep riding there is no way that’s happening.  We are partners and I simply will not go off on a ride while he sits at home and waits for me. 

What does this do to our NY plans, nothing… we will be in NY for the rally.  We want to see our friends and this is as much a part of the rally as riding is, if not more.

What you all need to decide is how you want rides handled.

Do you want me leading rides via a car?
Do one of you wish to lead the rides?
Do you all just want it to be a do your own thing and we gather at night?
Do you want to cancel your plans to come to NY?

I’m going to leave these decisions for you all to decide.

Pete and I both hate that our life decisions affect others but such is life.  Pete is already looking at convertibles (thanks Joan), we shall see is my position at the moment.

Regarding this forum, it will stay,  I consider most here friends before riding friends.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 03:28:29 PM »

Not good news Maggie ... I'll be praying for both you and Pete.  Tough decisions are life's way of keeping us humble I think. But we don't need to be so humble to be forced into humility by such turns in life's path.

Not that I'm likely to be at the rally, but I think you and Pete should lead the rides in a car.  Before I read to the point where a convertible may be in the cards, I was thinking that lead car should be a Miata or something of that style. Maybe it could be carrying a huge flay with your Maxi-Scoots logo on it.

Well if not a flag ... certainly door magnetic signs with the logo.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 06:16:53 PM »

We are so sorry to hear about Pete.  Life can sure deal us a bum hand at times, and Pete has been dealt a number of them.  We will be praying for Pete, and you, as well, Maggie.

Giving up riding isn't an easy decision, particularly when you've been riding for so many years.  Motorcycling isn't just something fun that you do, it becomes a way of life, and shedding one's self of that is a difficult thing to do.  Yet once the decision is made, it's surprisingly easy to adjust, especially if you can replace it with something else.  The convertible things sounds fun.  I'd love to have a Miata, but up here a convertible just doesn't make sense.

Pete, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, as well as our friend who had a stroke recently and has lost some cognitive ability as well as the right side peripheral vision in both eyes.  Life.

Maggie, please do stay here.  You're so invested in it, and yes, I feel the same way, the folks here are friends before riding friends, and I've never actually met anyone in person! 
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 11:47:10 PM »

Really sorry to hear this.  I'll be praying for both of you. 

I wasn't planning on coming to New York but If I was I'd say lead the rides in a car if that's what you want to do.  People can then choose to join you or go on their own ride.  Everyone doesn't have to do every ride together.  As you mentioned, a big part of these rallies is the people.  We are all getting older and I would like to think there is a place for everyone even if they can't ride any longer.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 11:48:32 PM »

Just terrible news about Pete and we all wish him a speedy recover. Whatever you two choose in life I'm certain you will have full support of the members of this forum. Please let us know if you need any help.

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2019, 02:42:47 AM »

Bummer.

Prayers.

Convertible!  Yes!

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2019, 03:55:12 PM »

Sorry to hear.  Having just decided to quit riding myself it is a painful decision, the first time in 60 years I haven't had access to a bike or scooter.  I'm switching my time (and $) to RC cars instead.  Cheaper and less painful when I crash.
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2019, 05:19:57 PM »

How's Pete doing, Maggie?
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2019, 12:55:46 AM »

Still weak on left side,  we are taking each day slowly.  When he gets tired, his gait is off for sure on his left side.  We do therapy etc in the mornings. His speech gets very weak when tired so we have been working to strengthen his throat/swallowing muscles.   Monday we start water therapy, something we can do together and helps me learn how to strengthen what needs done.

We just have to plan our days at the moment around him needing rest.

Thanks for asking.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2019, 05:44:43 PM »

Still weak on left side,  we are taking each day slowly.  When he gets tired, his gait is off for sure on his left side.  We do therapy etc in the mornings. His speech gets very weak when tired so we have been working to strengthen his throat/swallowing muscles.   Monday we start water therapy, something we can do together and helps me learn how to strengthen what needs done.

We just have to plan our days at the moment around him needing rest.

Thanks for asking.

Glad to hear Pete's making progress, even if it's slow.  One day at a time.  Often these things come back, just slowly.  Peggy and I are praying for him.  And you, too.  We trust that it's just a matter of time.  Hang in there.  We pray that God, in His infinite grace and mercy will see you through this.
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2019, 06:14:40 PM »

Slow and steady (with lots of patience) will win "the race" Maggie.  I'm in there with Greg and Peggy Suz in offering prayers for you and Pete.  Most likely, most of the forum members are praying too.

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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 09:25:28 AM »

Hoping for the best for both of you, Maggie.
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2019, 02:01:38 PM »

Thanks, John.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2019, 02:59:41 PM »

....Monday we start water therapy, something we can do together and helps me learn how to strengthen what needs done.

 If you need a break Maggie, I love the water! Hang in there Pete-you're in this for the long haul. Don't get impatient(like that's not happening!). Slow and steady.....
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2019, 02:49:34 PM »

After a long spring and summer of not riding, we have not sold the Spyder or the Burgman 650 Exe.  We did a lot of discussing things last week and for now we are not selling the bikes. We are hoping after a fall and winter of healing that we *might* be able to resume riding in the spring?

Pete had surgery yesterday to install the Watchman into his heart. Everything went perfect!   Now we see how this will help and we think it is our edge back into riding.  We just have one more hump to get over: seeing the results of a bone scan. Fingers crossed that the cancer is not moving in his bones.  His PSA numbers have more than doubled in four months, not good.  However the Dr feels his body has been through so much this year and it could be attributed to that. 

Pete has lived with Stage 4 cancer (with a Gleason score of 9 ) for 8 years now and been a super fighter, we will continue the good fight no matter what! 
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2019, 03:33:41 PM »

Love the good news. Yay!
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2019, 04:01:44 PM »

With this good news both health wise and keeping the rolling assets I say like Joan:  Yay !!!  Prayers will continue for you both and hope to hear the continuation of good news in the short term.  Hang in there Maggie ,,,, we are all behind you for good things to happen.

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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2019, 06:43:56 PM »

Hang in there Pete and keep up the good fight.  Those pesky PSA numbers can be frustrating, as a rise can be attributed to so many different things.  And good deal on the Watchman, too.  But yes, hang onto the bike and Spyder.  Here’s hoping you both can return to riding next season, and prayers go your way.
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2019, 03:53:38 AM »

Prayers & best wishes to you both!
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2019, 06:18:06 PM »

Ya-hoo and PTL for the good news! 

Thoughts and prayers, hopes and best wishes and high fives from a distance:-)

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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2019, 07:20:06 PM »

Some seriously good news from both of you. Keep it coming. Prayers and best wishes continue on their way from here as well!
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2019, 02:43:56 PM »

Thanks all.  The bone scan showed no new cancer growth. Showed normal bone deterioration associated with a "mature" adult.

So based on the conversation with the heart doctor re bleeding etc we are going to hold on to the bikes till spring and make a better decision then.

Cool thing is I get to go helmet shopping as I sold every helmet of mine except one :-)  Three of them I sold for more than I paid for them.   
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2019, 02:47:02 PM »

Good news!!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2019, 03:26:14 PM »

Repost from FB:

Finally some good news to report in Pete’s health journey.

His Watchman surgery went perfect. It will take about 90 days to completely heal into place, Dr Douchi expects no issues as long as Pete follows all the Doctors order given over this time period. (which he will…)

Even better news is the bone scan shows no new cancer growth in his bones, just deterioration associated with a “mature” adult. Dr. Rogers feels Pete's PSA is rising due to all his body has been through the last 12 months. (2 heart issues, seizure, liver cyst operation, pacemaker & 2 small strokes (makes me tired typing all of that))

With all this news and our discussions with Dr. Douchi, we have decided not to sell the Spyder or the Burgman at this time. We will make a decision next spring once we can build Pete’s strength back. We will be able to get back to the gym beginning midweek.

Positive for me, I sold all my helmets but one. Sold three of them for more than I paid for them :-) Therefore, new helmets! Not sure I will build back up to 17 but maybe......

We both thank you all for your support, warm thoughts and prayers. I just want this behind Pete so he can lead a more "normal" life.

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« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2019, 03:47:52 PM »

That one paragraph about the last 12 months included more "stuff" than one person should have to endure in a lifetime.  Glad things are turning around.
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« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2019, 04:45:40 PM »

Tho I do not post here often I want to say, thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. Reading them here does help make me feel better.
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« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2019, 05:22:36 PM »

Tho I do not post here often I want to say, thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. Reading them here does help make me feel better.

Awe Pete!!!! We love you and Maggie.  Glad your doing well.
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2019, 06:05:34 PM »

Tho I do not post here often I want to say, thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. Reading them here does help make me feel better.

Pete, I am so glad things are taking a positive direction for you, healthwise.  The older we get, the tougher it is to battle this junk that happens to us.  Keep on keeping on.
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2019, 09:19:50 PM »

This is great news!
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« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2019, 01:08:38 AM »

Hooray for both of you!
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