Get Well Wishes To Teddy Atkins
August 15, 2011 at 4:18 AM (PT)
HIT PARADE RADIO Pres. JOHN ROOK writes on his site, "Bad News! Our thoughts are with our friend TED ATKINS, rushed via ambulance from his home in PITTSBURGH to Shadyside Hospital for four more hours of surgery following complications from recent surgery." ROOK also shares an email with ALL ACCESS from former KHJ/LOS ANGELES PD, WTAE/PITTSBURGH PD and GM TEDDY ATKINS.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation By Teddy Atkins
My vacation was a thrill a minute. I had emergency surgery on JUNE 24th when my initial surgery from last APRIL ruptured. Let me tell you...it's better than a ride at KENNYWOOD: riding in the back of an ambulance on PITTSBURGH's pot-holed streets. Thought I would die (more on that later). Two weeks in intensive care and after I was moved to a regular room I had an immediate relapse and it was back to ICU. I developed very severe pneumonia, went on a vent, and right after the 4th of JULY it was touch and go. You know it's serious when the doctors advised KAREN to maybe make plans to 'gather the family.' I really don't know how she stood up through all of this. She never missed a day visiting all while working fulltime. I spent an additional three weeks in intensive care before being transferred to a physical rehabilitation facility to learn how to walk again. Being bed-ridden for so long made me extremely week and I couldn't even stand up. I returned home this past WEDNESDAY along with a visiting nurse and a couple of medical devices to help my breathing. Weekly doctor visits and treatments remain ahead. Obviously the chemo clinical trial for pancreatic cancer I was participating in was shelved and the doctors are still undecided as to whether to resume my initial chemo treatments for my own problem. We'll see...
As an aside: my total medical bills from JANUARY 1st to the present are somewhere around $1.1 million. I've had copays of around $1,500. Guess I can't complain, huh?
Came home to 2 cats I'm not sure still recognized me and a corrupt computer. Bought a new one FRIDAY and a tech set it all up for me TODAY including transferring a ton of stuff from the old rig. This is my first mail on my new toy. Over 300 Emails sitting in here going back to late JUNE. That'll keep me busy for awhile but considering the alternative...
As always, my sincere thanks for all your support and prayers during this summer of my discontent. I thank God for getting me through this. God bless KAREN and God bless each of you.
And how was YOUR summer vacation???
Your obedient and humble pupil,
Reach out to ROOK via his website at johnrook.com.