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UPDATE 5/21/2011 It looks like this may be one of the last updates regarding my Father's surgery and recovery for awhile.

Firstly, he's doing really well overall. The bad news, if you want to call it that (really it's not), is I had to put my Father in extended care, on the 19th, directly after his discharge from the Hospital. Unfortunately he unknowingly picked at (and picked out a few) his incision staples a couple of times, while in the hospital, thus making the healing of the wound a little more complicated and delicate. So really it's only bad news in the fact they he would have been home otherwise. Amusingly ironic is the comment the doctor that performed the surgery dropped on me that in his 20 years of doing surgery my Farther is the ONLY patient that picked at his incision like that... just what I wanted to hear 9_9

As grave as this might sound the incision is healing well with no problems of infection, and he's doing well overall, however he needs a more professional hospital environment for extended recovery than being at home. The incision is wrapped in a binder now so he can't get at it (though I don't see why they didn't do that immediately after the fist time he picked... apparently not). There's also the issue of extensive post surgery water retention swelling that has extremely impaired his mobility. I had hoped they would have gotten that swelling down at the hospital but he still has a little ways to go. So he's also in extended care for physical therapy, which is actually rather common for post surgery of this magnitude.  All said, he's doing great and I expect him to recover fully. What this means for Vulne Pro is, finally, I have some breathing room and time to get things rolling again. I have had no problem, what so ever, with helping my Father through all this at all but, now, I really do need to get things back on track. The studio is a business after all and we really need to get back to work. Expect activity from Vulne Pro to gradually ramp up once again. My deepest thanks for the support from everyone through all of this.

Cheers!

UPDATE 5/11/2011 My Father's surgery apparently went really well with no problems to speak of :) To say that was a relief is an after statement but, oddly, I seemed pretty calm today. I just had a good feeling about it going well. he's in ICU under observation but that's expected to go smoothly as well. Just taking it as it comes. Thank you, sincerely, everyone again. I really appreciate the kind words and support. Now... I shall crash (time for some sleep).

Cheers!


Cross posted from the Vulne Pro blog:

I have kept posting about the situation with my Father's medical issues to a minimum because it would be draining to do so in any frequency matching the continuous weekly developments.  I also imagine it wouldn't be much fun to read on a daily basis as tweets, blog posts, etc. Sure I have noted it in various posts as a factor in delaying or slowing work on some of our projects but details I've tried to keep to a minimum. Naturally it's more fun writing about the work we're doing and sharing it with all of you than posting about endless doctor visit tedium. That said, of course what's been going on is deeply personal and of obvious concern to me so I felt another, more substantial, update was in order.

It's been a Magical Doctor's Fun Club roller coaster ride since my Father fell and broke his arm Thanksgiving eve (which has healed up just fine). That unfortunate event led to future doctor visits discovering an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) which, in turn, led to his admittance into the hospital for just short of a week. All considered the news from the parade of various doctors, during his time in I.C., was continually rather good. Having come through that relatively well the doctor visits continued, along with a truckload of medications including the happy fun-time drug coumadin (blood thinner). Ahh the joys of coumadin with its exciting weekly INR blood tests as part of the package. Blood thinners... making simple cuts potentially more problematic or a fall even more serious than the potential injuries you may incur, 'cause blood takes longer to coagulate being... well, thinn-erd and all.

As these doctor visits continued an ultrasound was scheduled to check my Father's kidneys for possible renal failure. This was scheduled because his blood pressure had dropped to unsafe lows (due to being put on, apparently 3 blood pressure medications which were dropped immediately thankfully). Instead of any problems with his kidneys they discovered an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This led to more exams and a CAT scan. Unfortunately it became apparent surgery was the recommendation so he's scheduled to go under the knife, next week, May 11th. Since the date was set there have been further appointments, exams, and tests including a cardiac stress test in order for him to be cleared for the surgery to occur. The good news is he passed all those exams and tests with flying colors. Prognosis, low risk for surgery so I'm hoping it all goes well.

So it's been a veritable circus of modern medicine excitement (I won't even go into the absurd bills and costs thus far or pending. I imagine anyone familiar with our super awesome health care system knows all too well). The whole thing has been rather exhausting and time consuming for me just simply playing the part of chauffeur and, more or less, care-giver (which is getting off easy as my Father has to endure all the medical issues not me). Now am I complaining? No. I'm glad I'm here to help out my Pop and he's doing better than he would otherwise for it. Sure a situation like this can be disruptive and time consuming but I'd rather my Father be doing well than worry about how much art/freelance I'm getting done. At the end of the day we're just drawing toons and robuts and cool sci stuffs while hoping to spin a good yarn around them and that can wait until time permits. Real life is far less exciting than the fictions we can create but far more important to gracefully face during situations like this.

This blog's focus (along with the DA journals here) is the work, ideas, and observations of this little indy studio Vulne Pro, a studio that had, and has, a lot of plans for 2011. At the moment, more important things have been commanding my time but I, and we, do not plan to quit working away on what we love to do, nor will we stop sharing the work with you. We had started some pretty cool stuff last year and much of it has been delayed or slowed due to the events laid out above. It's been difficult, though not impossible, to take on contract work because of the rather unpredictable schedule at the moment and posts have been sporadic from me personally (or more sporadic than was planned) as I can only work on stuff during moments of calm throughout this storm. I know you folks out there are more than understanding so I'm not worried, none the less I wanted to address this. There's a lot of cool stuff on the way, just sit tight. I expect things to hit a more even keel at some point in the future and work will continue to trickle out until then.

As to my Father's pending surgery, I've noted before that any positive vibes, prayers, well wishes, kind words, etc, I imagine can't hurt so if you wish to extend any, by all means please feel free. I appreciate all the support. As much as it sounds like, "holy crap dude that's a lot to deal with!" I'm pretty sure he'll come through this just fine. My outlook has been pretty positive through all this as well (save the disgust at some of the absurdity in medical costs, especially prescription drugs) as I see little point in not doing so. As overwhelming as all this may seem my Father's been coming through all of this remarkably well so my hope is the surgery, though serious, will follow suit.

Note to folks on DA here: I plan to try to catch up on some of the comments. As you can see a lot has been going on so I haven't had a lot of time to get to that stuff. I enjoy communicating with you guys so thanks for the comments, watches, favs, etc.

My thanks for reading.

Mike

  • Listening to: Mononke-hime OST
  • Reading: Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
  • Watching: Ghost in the Shell 2; Innocence Blu-ray
  • Playing: Just Cause 2
  • Eating: Chili
  • Drinking: tea
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HawkZero Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
I'm glad to hear that your father is finally doing well after all this time!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks, I appreciate it :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad he's going to be alright. Make sure you take care of yourself, too.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Big thanks Mike, I really appreciate you dropping by with some kind words! He's doing really well and looking good for a full recovery. I'm doing well enough. The situation messed with my sleep patterns but it's been manageable. Being things have gone far better than they could have the level of stress was rather minimal as well.

As you can surmise it was due to this situation I never got back to you regarding any possible collaborations. I'd still love to so as time frees up I plan to get with you about something interesting. Take care man and keep producing the kick ass deco works of your own style and vision. Only you do what you do man ;)

Best!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sounds great! We can get in touch on the by and by.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
We'll do and hopefully sooner than later. Things are gradually gaining steam once again.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's good to hear. It might be an interesting direction to adapt one of your designs for 3D, but I'm pretty open.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Gah! Actually missed this one O_o

Yeah things seem to be falling into a gradual order though after my last reply I got sucked into more busy due to all this on top of a freelance gig. Still things are going well and I'm getting to backed up work, more and more.

Yeah, clearly I've had a keen interest in exploring 3D myself but fell of the wagon (as you can surmise from the previous months). I can see any number of possibilities so sounds pretty interesting to me :)

Cheers!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's cool- glad things are getting more normal with you. I'm going to take the next few weeks to get stuff together to start querying this book, but a 3D break sounds good.
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XRAY0128 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Hey, sorry I kinda vanished.

Glad to hear your father is doing alright!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No problem and my thanks :) He's doing pretty well, so far so good!
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Styrox-Art Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I've been reading all of these posts as they've been dropping in my message box, and I must say that I'm glad to hear that your father soon will be okay. I can't imagine how tense and anxious you must have been during this time, but I suppose you too will recover as things start to slow down a little.

I hope the good news keep coming, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Take care!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It's been one hell of a crazy ride but, at the moment, it seems to have hit a reasonable calm. He's doing OK and looks to be on the road to recovery. Though I have more time I've been visiting him every day so gradually getting back to work. New stuff will be showing up soon :)

Thanks!
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Sucks that you have to go through all this shit, but at the same time, it's good to hear he's recovering well!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It's been a maddening ride at times but it could have gone much, MUCH worse so I'm not complaining. Thanks a ton!
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Dtronaustin Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well that's great to hear I'm glad it went well for your father :thumbsup: As for the only patient who was picking at the staples in 20 years...I guess it just means he is a unique guy! :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL Aye, indeed he is a unique fellow :D He's still doing really well. I've been visiting him pretty much every day. My thanks!
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paranthropus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
"Now... I shall crash (time for some sleep)."

I'm glad you explained that. Posting to DA while driving would be unwise. :)

Glad to hear that your dad came through OK.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL I hadn't thought about that when I posted the blog entry, I was just so tired I kinda wrote it in a fog. No auto crashing so all good there. It's been an incredibly time consuming period but it's all worked out rather well, even with the unexpected complication I just noted in the new update today. As much as this consumed my time and obstructed potential opportunities for some work, here and there, I don't regret any of it for a second. I'm glad I was around to ensure it did go well. I think if I wasn't things might have been pretty bad.

Now things are starting to calm down so we'll be getting back to some work. Thanks for dropping in Tom and for the kind words for my Pop :)
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paranthropus Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Speaking of getting back to work, I sent you a note via DA concerning a potential lead.

Check it out if you are not already dealing with a big backlog. It could be an interesting gig.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks Tom, I'll check it out, but, indeed I'm kinda backlogged at the moment.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Best of good luck and good health.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I appreciate it!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Everything will turn out fine. Don't worry; cardiovascular stuff can take an effort to stabilize. The aneurysm can and will be dealt with; they will get it all together.

I'm sorry your dad has suffered complications. It sucks no matter what happens. However, you're staying strong and accompanying him on his journey to full recovery. You deserve a medal for that alone!

Just remember, if you need anything I'm here to help. I'll be in Kalamazoo next month, so I'll be available to meet up with you at your convenience.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks Newton and, overall, I'm not too worried. His prognosis is really good so we're sure he'll come through fine. We're just doing our best tonight to ensure he's prepped and ready. Thanks as well for the support. We're doing well but, always, happy to remain in touch man. We have really chatted enough anyway so we'll try to stay in touch more ;)

Best and thanks again!
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frazamm Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
My prayers go with you and your father.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the kind words, it's appreciated!
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frazamm Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
In a way I know what you're going through.

Sometimes when I remember my late Dad I remember him mostly by his medical ailments.

It's funny (not to mention morbid) how the minds works at times: his first heart attack, his second, being diagnosed with diabetes, his stroke (which he fully recovered from), his abdominal aneurism, his heart problems and attempted angiograms.

So in a way I know what you're going through, yes. I know you will always do your best for him to have the best possible quality of life despite his health problems, and that is all that matters. When it comes to making decisions about his next step, and since you care a lot your opinion will count, always keep in mind quality of life against longevity. We would like to keep them with us, but ...

Hope all goes well.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I hear ya on all that. Seems things have gone pretty well so we're just taking it as it goes. So far so good.

My thanks man.
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frazamm Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Good to hear that. Good luck!
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Seraphiczero Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I'm glad to hear you're being strong and taking care of things well. I'm sure your father and family members are grateful to have you. I hope all turns out for the better.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :) Yeah, I'm glad I'm here to keep an eye on him and ensure this goes smoothly.
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Dtronaustin Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well since your fathers surgery seems to be something they feel they can take care of pretty quick so that's good and I hope all goes well with it. Just keep doing what your doing and you will be back to your plans for Vunle Pro in no time. Stay up man :thumbsup:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks for the kind words, he'll be doing well in no time and we'll be up to speed with Vulne Pro in no time.
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killadroid Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stay strong man. I bet everything will start to ease up in the weeks after his surgery :). And I'm glad you're not bitter about anything, because I know having time kind of taken away from you really sucks :(.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks for the kind words and so far so good. He's looking good for this and we're sure things will go well. The loss of time I have no problem with, tis all good.
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TrueDesknight Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Keep the hope alive~
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks! So far things have gone reasonably well considering the string of events I outlined above. It sounds like he'll come through the procedure OK so we're hoping for the best.
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