View Full Version : Best Of Luck for Gary Bergman !

Dave Fleming
12-01-2002, 12:27 PM
Will be thinking of you and your pending Surgery this week. Keep us all informed when you can.

Again, Best of Luck.
SWIMPAL and me. smile.gif

Memphis Mike
12-01-2002, 12:34 PM
Good luck Gary!

12-01-2002, 12:37 PM
Yeah, Best Gary. Is this major stuff? Hope it goes smooth as silk.


Gary Bergman
12-01-2002, 12:55 PM
Thanks all. Ish, yeah, the start up again on major reconstruction. Torn Labrum(socket rim cartilage),quadraceps torn from Acromia, Deltoids type 1 tear. Two orthoscopies in shoulder and also a 2 inch inscision to place anchors to sew the Labrum to. Plus back into same elbow a 3rd time since May, another ortho, a 4inch incision to remove junk and scar tissue from July and a repair to the implant they put in then. Pretty major stuff(major=anytime I can't sail my rig) will report back hopefully on Friday.My doc is a boatguy also. He gives me a video shot thru the arthroscope and man, am I gettin' a library! Gore,neat tools, and interesting boating commentatry while placing sutures!

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Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-01-2002, 01:04 PM
We can rebuild him. We have the technology. :D

Best of luck Gary!

12-01-2002, 01:37 PM
Here's wishin' you well Gary. Can you watch? How about posting the pictures?


Gary Bergman
12-01-2002, 01:59 PM
Yeah,Norm, I can watch, an I'll even type, but I already hunt and peck, so one handed, there won't be many caps or punctuation!

Ed Harrow
12-01-2002, 04:18 PM
Bionic Bergman. Has a ring to it. Good luck Gary! Ed

(Boat related??? LOL)

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Dave Fleming
12-01-2002, 04:29 PM
Edwin, he told of his coming ordeal whilst sitting in the cockpit of his boat so...... :D

Scott Rosen
12-01-2002, 04:42 PM
Good luck. I'll be thinking of you.

John Gearing
12-01-2002, 04:43 PM
Hang in there, Gary!! We'll all be thinking about you! ;)

Steve Lansdowne
12-01-2002, 09:19 PM
If it'll help, I've got some left over System 3 that the doc can use to make sure you're shipshape!

12-01-2002, 09:20 PM
Lets see...neck bone connected to th' thigh bone...thigh bone connected to th' arm bone...arm bone connected to th' head bone....
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

..nah, I'll stick to tinkertoys. (Bet you're glad I'm not holdin' the wrench!)

Good luck.

John B
12-01-2002, 10:20 PM
I hope it all works out well, Gary.

12-01-2002, 10:54 PM

Did I miss it? What happened to blow so many gaskets? Did you fall or sumptin? Or is it just lots of parts crapping out at the same time, after long miles?

Anyhoo, it's good the knife jock is a boat guy. I guess...could just mean he's a fool, like the rest of us.

All protective and healing vibes!


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12-01-2002, 11:33 PM
Gary -

Best of luck this week!


John of Phoenix
12-01-2002, 11:38 PM
He gives me a video shot thru the arthroscope and man, am I gettin' a library! Gore,neat tools, and interesting boating commentatry while placing sutures!
I was thinking, "What a neat way to check the bilge." Then I remembered, that's how they checked mine last time. :eek:

Check back soon, Gary. smile.gif

12-02-2002, 12:37 AM
Gary good luck. I was trying to come up with something witty but it didn't work so I'll just leave it at that.


Alan D. Hyde
12-02-2002, 02:59 PM
Good luck, Gary.


12-02-2002, 04:15 PM
Best of luck, Gary.


Gary Bergman
12-02-2002, 07:27 PM
Ish, yeah, you musta missed it. I pt it in a thread somewhere, bt had a bad crane accident in May. Historic Cannery in S.F. Fishermans Wharf area caught fire during a remodel. All 300 year old timbers 20X20 and stuff. We set up two large cranes(299 ton hydro and 300 ton crawler) to do the demo required to put a tower crane in the center of the disaster and complete the demo. Had a skip box(4'x6'w/wire rope 4-way to the crane load block)on the 200 ton rig and myself and 2 laborers were rigging the burned structural members etc to the 300 ton rig as there were no safe 'floors' to work from. Some stability problems unknown to us at the time allowed the outriggers on the building side of the crane to punch thru the street and let the rig fall over 45 degrees or so. Meanwhile, back in the skip box, out of the clear blue comes 3200 pounds of load block and lands on me, throwing one of the laborers out of the box.**** happens. Before I could figure out the best way to get out from under it after realising I was alive, the flyrod effect happened, catapulting the loadblock off of me and hurling the skip box all over hell. The laborer was dangling outside the box, hanging by his safety line, thank God. Before the next bounce, I did the adreneline thing and pulled him back inside, we banged around alot, and I proceeded to get us to an LZ and onto the other crane before the 200 tonner came down the rest of the way.Two days later, the same guys dropped about 1200 lbs. of wood column and beam on my head!A concussion followed, and here I am on workers comp again!Ah.Nafta! I love alla this imported help......sorry for all the typos

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Dave Fleming
12-02-2002, 07:33 PM
Si Senor Gary, mucho trabajo para poquito dinero.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

12-02-2002, 07:38 PM
Still here! A flamin' miracle!

I gotta stop study-en that Dingo.

Best of luck. My advice, surrender to it. Imagine yourself whole and full and strong, the full way through.


Wild Dingo
12-02-2002, 07:50 PM
eh??? somones astudyin me??? geeez Jack your headed for the looneybin sure as god mad little green apples doin that!!

Gary... Best of luck with the witchdocter/butcher/hackeruperer come surgeon... talkin boats while bein carved?? :eek: Damn mah eyes boy yous tough!!! :cool:

Take it easy

Ross Faneuf
12-02-2002, 10:38 PM
Best of luck, Gary. You sound lucky to be still with us at all.

12-04-2002, 02:12 AM
Gary: The best of luck this week. Don't let your boat-type doc use any 5200 to stick you back together. I hope you have a fast and complete recovery. In the meantime, steer clear of knockdowns under Yellow Bluff. Best regards, Clint.

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Gary Bergman
12-04-2002, 10:35 AM
Bayboat, funny you should say that,check this spin out. The last two surgeries have went well but have had infection complications near the end of healing, and here's what my doc has going on.Defective sutures. Wonderful. Seems that 80% of all sutures, no matter what brand name, are made by one company.Sorta like guitar strings.Anyway, these chromex sutures that they used 3-4 layers down in my elbow and forearm were 'sposed to dissolve in 6 days. Been in there now for 5 months! My body attacks them now as foreign bodies and forms scar tissue around them. They gotta go back in and cut out alla the junk around them. I did all of July and August on I.V. antibiotics in my boat, followed by 3 weeks of hyperbaric chamber stuff. The doc and the lawyers are working on that one as 3 more patients had similar adventures. There was a recall on the sutures, and the hospital didn't follow up.But...The first time he went in he used durabond, a antibiotic-glue combo,instead of sutures, and a 5 inch incision that runs thru my tatoo sleeve isn't even visible! It's like the stuff plastic surgeons use on wimmins!Tomorrow though, we've agreed to step back a few decades, and go with steel sutures and go back in two weeks and take 'em out!

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Gary Bergman
12-04-2002, 07:29 PM
oh,oh. looking serious. they just showed up at my slip with this big-ass dang machine to exercise my shoulder with after surgery tomorrow. fills up the whole cockpit! Better go below,roll a fatty an' think this one over...... :( :( :(

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Dave Fleming
12-04-2002, 07:39 PM
Gettin' real cozy in that 35 or so feet ain't it?
I can see you now, its raining like hell and you are out in the cockpit in your Helly Hansons just grunting away on that machine and your neighbors are looking through their porthole with hot buttered rums in their hands just shaking their heads at the crazy human yoyo with the arm in the air. Gotta take some photos Gary!
Speaking of which SWIMPAL got the film developed let me know what ya wanna do about gettin' some?
I could always post one in the Forums, if we don't scare all the children and cats away. :D

gary porter
12-04-2002, 07:43 PM
Gary, good luck with the surgery, hopefully you will soon be on the other side of all this. Let us know how your doing.
Take Care
Gary :rolleyes:

Gary Bergman
12-04-2002, 07:47 PM
Gary, I'll check in by late tomorrow. Dave, I thought 'well' if if jest makes my shoulder go up and down for three hours, couldn't I just take a viagra and take care of it myself? loose all the techno stuff!.....posting one might be good, melt alla the viruses outta everybody's puters! smile.gif

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Dave Fleming
12-04-2002, 08:05 PM
Me and Thee in the cockpit coming up.

Dave Fleming
12-04-2002, 08:24 PM
A disreputable pair if ever there was one.


Ye can see the ***water glass*** bye my side. I was a good lad I was. ;)

Gary Bergman
12-04-2002, 08:53 PM
Look like terrorists to me man!

gunnar I am
12-04-2002, 09:40 PM
web page (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~cmcclure/kling.html) Gary, Just read this thread. Wow! Got a little present for ya. A cute hospital story. When you get this site up scroll down to "Dr. Tippy" and click on it. Most of the other stories won't play unllless you pay for that player thing , but this one is linked to NPR. Good Luck!
Click on the words "web page" I don't know why it came up like that ,but it works.

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Gary Bergman
12-04-2002, 11:19 PM
Thanks all fellow formites for the concern, I'm of the keyboard until I emerge from Chinatown all sewn up and refit.

Gary Bergman
12-06-2002, 09:59 AM
like they say inna movies,'I'm back! orthropaedic overhaul number 9 since '98 complete.as with past procedures, ended up being very complicated[I'm a complicated kinda guy], some new tech, new tools, and yup, plenty of gore.in at 10 a.m., out at 8 p.m.details to follow.ah,cool boats, and doctors who are sailors!didn't do in my tatoos too bad,either.

Gary Bergman
12-06-2002, 11:09 AM
yeah,Donn,two big bottles of 10 grain vicoprofen :D :D alittlekgb, an' ahm smilin'!outta papers,and rusty one handed, but such is life.... p.s. I am gonna let this one outta the closet, but i am really good with the medical marijuana laws and their affect on my injuries pain tolerance. :cool:

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12-07-2002, 02:19 PM
Gary, nice to have that over with, eh? Bull Durham used to market a roll-yer-own machine that as I recall could be operated with one hand. Trouble with it was it made a mighty skinny fag, so you probably wouldn't go for it.
If the painkillers your doc prescribed don't work, I'd be glad to lend you my 6 lb. lignum vitae mallet. One whack over the head and you sleep like a sprout. Guaranteed no pain. All the best, Clint.

Gary Bergman
12-07-2002, 04:11 PM
thanks, but it didn't take long to get back up to speed one handed. yeah,i am glad it's done for a while...still one or two down the road, but now i'll have upper body function[as in sailing]

Roger Stouff
12-07-2002, 06:46 PM
Great to hear from ya, Gary!

Gary Bergman
12-07-2002, 11:33 PM
i can actually move the shoulder a little![not much,10-15 degrees]guess i'll try the armmovingthingymachine tomorrow. and mebbee a varnish brush, gettin' behind.....