A Proposal part 2. A Monkey Wrench in the works…

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February 1, 2010

Ok last week I wrote of my plans for traveling down to Okefenokee Swamp to propose to my “Co-planner” of trips, Pamela.  Several of you have responded with some wonderful ideas for my proposal.

So far my favorite bit of advice has been “Good luck, and remember: going down on 1 knee is proposing, going down on 2 knees is begging.” Thank you GK for that bit of advice. Right now I am leaning towards the sunset proposal at the observation tower / nature trail. But either way I want to thank all the wonderful blog readers for reading and giving me some wonderful advice and encouragement.

The final reservations were made on Saturday, and plans were being made for the final packing and menus. In short the usual for a big trip.

However today a Monkey Wrench has been thrown in the works. Last week at a routine check up with my Doctor (Thank you Dr. “Lisa”) I told her I thought I some kind of bug bite on my leg with swelling and some minor pain. She was concerned because of the location and my history of DVT’s (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or blood clots and requested that if in a few days if it wasn’t better I have a Ultrasound done on my leg. She also put me on a antibotic and anti-inflamatories for the weekend. The weekend was uneventful but little change was noted to my leg. Well this morning I still wasn’t happy with my leg and came to the Hospital to be checked out.

So as I am writing this blog for my readers I am laying in the bed of room 2764! I do have 2 small DVT’s in my left leg. I have a IV in my left hand and Heprin and Saline are running. I have been started on Coumadin or Warfarin. (which Happens to be the main active ingredient of Rat Poison!) I will find more about what the near future holds tomorrow. I have threatened to sign out AMA (against Medical Advice) if I have to to go on vacation! I am a terrible patient as are most of us in the Health Care fields! But I am trying to be good and to get better as soon as possible.

So right now all my planning (it has been a Year in the planning) seems to be for naught, but I am not giving up on my plans for our vacation but am worried to say the least.

I do want to thank Clarion Hospital for having a public acces WiFi to the internet so I don’t go totally crazy and can write this article for you.

Keep me in your prayers and I will try to keep everyone up to date with what is happening.

Your Obedient Servant,

Gary Smith, Jr.

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  8. James

    I’m afraid I don’t know much about your condition. I see it 2 ways though, you can still do the trip after you’re done at hospital (unless condition prevents it). Or you can come up with new plan. Even if new plan isn’t as spectacular, you could always show your new bride to be the forum as to show her the original plan…I’m sure she’ll appreciate the effort, even if you weren’t able to follow the original plan.

    best wishes to both of you.

  9. Thomas Becher

    Hope you get well sooner than later. My Doc wanted me walking to get that blood moving? You forgot to mention the Mosquito Repellant. You’ve been there before, The mosquitos are like hummingbirds. I was bitten so bad that I ended up in the emergency room.Got some sort of infection from those things. Never again without plenty of bug spray. Wonderful seeing all those Alligators though, Right?

  10. Linda

    Gary, my husband, Cliff, had a large DVT in his left leg as well. He is now on Coumadin (rat poison) for the rest of his life. He was found to have a positive Factor Five, a genetic blood clotting problem, that can lead to repeat DVT’s. Since this is your second bout with the DVT you may want to ask your MD for the genetic test for Factor Five for your blood clotting. My husband now takes Coumadin daily for the rest of his life. The only downside to this is that he now has to go monthly to have his blood tested. If that is what it takes to keep him with me, so be it, it is a small price to pay for his life. I do hope you will read this!

    I wish you well for your recovery and a long life with your intended, Pam.

  11. DAN

    take care of that leg…
    you could loose it…
    or worse.

  12. PeteB


    If anything else I do wish you all the best. Man, hang in there. The doctors know what they are doing and you jumping the gun would or will never ever bring you any closer to your loved ONE … until you’re well enough to stand healthily on your own two feet to propose to her in any which way you might deem appropriate. Time in that matter is not relevant: things happen when their time comes about. Sure an unexpected curve ball does not really ever mean the end of the game, but you have to stand tall at home plate, hang in there as much and as long as you can till you either swing out because you wanted to or the referee overrules you. As far as I am concerned, you’re still the one, and only one, that has his destiny in his own hands.You just have to make the best of it! What’s a day or two (maybe a week or so) behind schedule when there is so much to live for ahead for the both of you? Plans are made to be modified and adjustable, that’s the real beauty of being alive!!!

  13. Jallen

    Hey Gary,
    Thanks for the update. Good luck to you, my friend.
    I guess there were some of us who would have been somewhat interested in the details of your trip to propose to your lady. But that was all the reality that I was looking for.
    I, for one, am genuinely sorry that you’ve been stricken by such an horrific malady, and truly hope for your speedy recovery. I have some ailments of my own, and can empathize with your fear and discomfort.
    Now that your exciting proposal event is delayed somewhat, I really do HOPE YOU WILL CURTAIL any further updates focusing on your ailments on this RV Blog, though.
    Not intending to be mean or callous, but please understand that many of us have ailments of our own and among our families and close friends, and we get so many chances to hear those descriptions from people whom we actually know! Don’t take this the wrong way, because I empathize immensely. Believe it or not, we can get enough detail on ailments afflicting people whom we know…and also from millions of others internationally whom we don’t.

    Take care,

  14. I agree with Christina, just stay put and get better, Then you can propose anywhere you want to!! Better late than DEAD! Rest!! Fred

  15. Gary,

    I know how frustrated you must be: I had DVT in my arm 5 years ago and had the same treatments. But you won’t be much good to your beloved if you’re dead! You should already know how serious the condition is, so you’d better stay put until things clear up. As horrible as it is to sit idle when you have so much you want to do, it’ll be better for both of you in the long run. 🙂 I’ll be praying for you!