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Marty Dickerson


mercurycrest

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Just got these five words in an Email from Marty Jr. at 04:19AM, GMT. Marty Sr. had just returned from a long spell in the hospital to open up some arteries to his heart recently. He'd decided at 92 he wasn't going for the full monty because it was too iffy at his age.

"In ICU Simi Valley Hospital"
 

litnman

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I had a long conversation with Marty last week and he sounded upbeat and anxious to get
the operation over with.
He was disappointed not being able to get the blue bike to run like it did in early days.
He concluded it may have been due to the engine being in pieces for 20 plus years and the castings changing shape. The best he could do in 1997 was mid 130s.
 

mercurycrest

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This was in this morning's Email. Sorry, adding the attatchment is above my skill, so just google TAVR if you want.


Well folks,
Had a pretty good scare yesterday, he was in pretty bad shape. His oxygen level hit the floor, his blood pressure hit the roof, hospital found he had fluids everywhere they shouldnt be and he had mild influenza. He was having congestive heart failure.
Sat in ER with him all day, they admitted him and whipped him back into shape. His has severe aortic stenosis, a-fib and just a crazy heartbeat. He dodged the undertaker. He is still strong enough to have the TAVR procedure and is awaiting transport back to USC Med Center to do just that. Without it could he has a couple months to a year or so left.

Please see the attachment in this email if you are so inclined. Best one I found that explains the who, what and where facts about this procedure

Take Care All

 

litnman

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Marty said Dr Ray Matthews who is the top cardiologist in this field will be in charge of his procedure. Just like putting in a stent, well not quite, but definitely better than open heart surgery.
 

mercurycrest

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Today's News:
Well Folks,
This is not a test run, this is the real deal. Dad is being picked up in an hour for the ride to USC. Last time he went for a stint and come home. This time the procedure is being done.
Im sure it will be a couple days till it actually happens, so I will keep you posted. This is what he has chosen so it will be honored. I am praying for the doctors steady hand and his clear mind. He is a teaching Doctor and has done many, many of these procedures, that doesnt make me feel completely at ease, but, it is a start.
 

mercurycrest

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From Marty jr. this morning:
He has elected to go through with the TAVR procedure. Doctor will be doing it Tues 26th 11am. So whatever prayers, good thoughts, mojo, whatever your deal might be, please throw it what ever direction u can
Thanks


 

mercurycrest

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And the good news came this morning:

Well folks,
Just a quick HURRAY to the doctor. Procedure went well. Stroke was something that could of happened while messing around in there. IT DID NOT....HURRAY again.
Seen him after he woke up, he spoke a few words then nodded off, gonna be in ICU for a day or so. Suppose to come home maybe Friday. They did find a major blockage in his neck, which the doctor will be addressing post haste. Dosesnt want his good work to be fouled up by something else.
Time for a nap now, much relief, thanks for all the MOJO and PRAYERS. I'll quit bothering you folks SOON, crises seems to be winding down, for now.

Younger Marty


 

mercurycrest

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And the not so good news was in this mornings mail:
"Well folks,
Not good stuff is going on. Dad is not bouncing back as hoped. The use of the imaging dye to do the procedure has taken some of his kidney function. He had very little, none really to spare. They are talking optimistically, but looks like dialysis is in dads future. Renal doctor has been called in , for sure meds, at first to try to compensate, but he did use the D word.
He has not been eating, at present they have him on IV, for nutrition. I am trying to remain optimistic, he is 92 1/2 years old, well thats it for now. I will be seeing him tomorrow

THANKS"
 

mercurycrest

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This came later today:
Continuing decline in kidney function, putting in a dialysis port today. Short term dialysis might give kidneys a chance to bounce back, thats being optimistic. We will try this for an appropriate amount of time to assess if kidneys will rebound. At that point, to be determined by dad and myself, if we are to continue.
Will keep you posted..........

 

mercurycrest

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Better news this morning:
"Dialysis helped quit a bit........ Starting to eat soft foods ........got up out of bed........Kidney count a bit better .....Took Muriel to visit today !

He had a 100% improvement from yesterday, who he looked liked and his cognitive improvement, talking, joking alittle on the slow side, yesterday was heartbreaking today had a bit of hope.



"
 

Comet

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That is great to read there is some improvement in Marty. Keep going Marty. Best wishes.
 

mercurycrest

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In the
mail this morning was this:

"Going to stay in the moment folks. Your dear friend and my father is still in the race,but may coming closer to the victory lap.

He had a permanent dialysis port put in today. Myself and the hospital are looking for a skilled nursing home for him nearby. The amount of dialysis is yet to be determined. He has tolorated it pretty well at the hospital and I am told is walking a bit now. He is taking everything in stride and would love to come home here, that is not possible. I would love to be able to afford a posh, high end place for him to spend his final days.

There is really no age comparison for people as old as he and how long they can handle dialysis. So, it will be a day to day affair and I will follow dads lead until he says uncle.

Some of you folks have actually spent more quality time with him than I have as an adult. He was always off doing and playing with you guys or just sitting on his little mountaintop in Creston listening to his music and sipping his wine. He was pretty distant as a father and moved away due to divorce. He was all in, when it came to motorcycling but, not so much being close to his family.

I would really love to hear some of stories and tidbits that u folks shared with him. It would be nice, to learn some things I didnt know about him. He did not talk very intimately about his feelings, only when it came to motorcycling.

Until the next time Younger Marty

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genedn

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Thats Marty and I.

He sat with me as I fixed my Comet during the rally in Missoula. We chatted about his racing and other land speed racers. He was intrigued that someone my age was so interested in Vincents. He is a hero of mine for sure.
 

mercurycrest

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Marty Junior sent this out today:
"Just got home from getting the old fart settled in his new short term residence. It has a fancy name Windsor Terrace in Westlake Village, not to far from our old house in Thousand Oaks and he has his own room for the time being, We are praying he rebounds enough to make it back to my place. He is still the old guy that takes everything in stride, calm and cool.

He will be recieving dialysis 3 days per week and physical therapy to get him back up and walking. His mental condition is right up there where it was before all of this happened. He has his cell phone by his side and I am sure he would love to talk to anyone of you. His cell # is 805-297-3986

I was hoping to hear a few more stories from you folks, thats OK. Anyway, thanks for the memories that Dad hold dear in his heart, just thought I could remind him of a couple as he and I go through this ordeal. Blessings to all of you and I will, of course keep u posted on his progress

The Younger one "
 

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