Larry Turville: Throat Cancer
Some know and some don’t that the subject of a previous story about a “well known senior tournament player” who has been diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer is our friend Larry Turville.
Larry writes, “I am in Houston now awaiting final decision on my treatment. Looks like I will do several weeks of Chemo followed by radiation. Not going to be fun, but hoping it will knock it out and not leave me too banged up.”
Paul Veltman: Heart
This Monday at Spike’s Wilderness club, I was playing doubles vs. Paul Veltman and after the first game of the second set, he asked, “Does anyone have an aspirin?” When we asked Why?, he said that he was feeling a tightness in his chest and, given his history of a triple bypass in 2014, he wanted to be cautious.
My partner, Dr. Michael Fenster said, “We are stopping play! And you should be checked out!” Paul was convinced to allow us to call 911 and he went to the hospital to be checked out.
They kept him overnight and he did have a heart attack! They had to use a balloon procedure to open up the blockage between one of the by-passes. They have to do the same procedure again in 4-6 weeks depending on how he heals.
He came home yesterday and says he “is feeling fine!” And he will be back on the courts shortly.
I am overwhelmed by the volume of thoughtful and helpful responses to my, by comparison, minor health problem. Here are some of my major take-aways from the good advice …
- If surgery is in the future, do it sooner than later. Do not waste time walking around suffering in pain.
- If doing a full hip replacement, consider the anterior method of going in from the front for a quicker recovery.
- If a candidate for it, consider instead doing a hip resurfacing.
- And most of all … what a great senior tennis “community” we have developed that can help us all move through the hurdles we face moving up the age brackets!
Thanks to all. Other comments, observations, suggestions?
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