[nfbwatlk] Health Inquiry

Prows, Bennett (HHS/OCR) Bennett.Prows at HHS.GOV
Mon Apr 21 14:17:20 UTC 2014

Hi Lauren,

Wow, sounds like you've been through the ringer. Please know that we're all on your side, and thinking of you during your recovery. Glad to hear things worked out well.


Bennett Prows

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Lauren Merryfield
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:14 PM
To: 'Mike Freeman'
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Health Inquiry


Mike, I appreciate your contacting me about my current health condition.
Sorry I didn't get back to you guys. 


My surgery went very well and I've had very little pain especially compared to the blockage attacks. The dr. said I had quite a complicated twisting in my bowel and any of those attacks I'd had could have been fatal. So I was the time bomb I thought I was for 2 years, 5 months. As of today, I have gone 2 weeks without an attack and that is the longest I've gone in a long time. I had a bariatric surgeon perform the surgery and he said that the twisted bowel, adhesions/scar tissue and internal hernia that he fixed are all common complications of gastric bypass. I am ten years out on that. I'm sure glad the dr. was able to help!


I have quite a bit of bruising and swelling so I am off work for a while.  I caught a hospital cold and it's in the bronchitis phase. I hope I can sing tomorrow for Easter without coughing too much. 


My kitties are spoiled having me home. They were sympathetic when I first came home from surgery. But now they hav had it with that stuff and are ornery about it. 


I am wondering how Duane Smith has been doing. I tried emailing him but it came back undelivered. 


Hope you guys are all doing well. Happy Easter!!



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From: Mike Freeman [mailto:k7uij at panix.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:00 PM
To: 'Lauren Merryfield'
Subject: Health Inquiry


Hi, Lauren.


It's been a few days since your surgery. How are you feeling? Are you recovering well? I certainly hope so.


Take care.


Mike Freeman


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