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Still Around.....:)

Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:13 pm

Hey, gang......

Just wanted to let ya'll know I'm still around. I just haven't posted much because I've not been well due to having to deal with almost daily headaches that are almost like migraines but not as bad - still, they tend to "down" me for about an hour or more every morning. I've also re-discovered a love for flying R/C planes/helicopters and I've been spending a lot of time watching one of my favorite 1980s television shows, "Airwolf", about that gorgeous Bell 222 black/white helicopter with Jan-Michael Vincent and the late Ernest Borgnine.

There's actually an 800-scale flyable model of Airwolf that has been produced. Some flyers have even tricked out their 'copters to make the side guns actually work which is cool to see!

Here's a video of just the straight model during a factory test flight:

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Re: Still Around.....:)

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:33 pm

Hang in there, and have fun with that model plane!

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Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:15 am

Looks like fun, Tony! Take care; I know all about headaches. It takes the stuffing out of you, you know?


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Re: Still Around.....:)

Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:37 pm

Doc & Robin: Thanks for the kind words, ya'll. I really appreciate them. I'm still without a doctor at this point and i'm very close to running out of my medications. :(

BTW, I'll probably never own that Airwolf helicopter - a fully-loaded model with retractable landing gears and side guns costs nearly $3,000!! Maybe a miracle will come along and I'll have one. Mom keeps saying "There's no way in hell you could ever have something like that!" However, I'll get it even if I have to take out a loan for it!


Re: Still Around.....:)

Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:12 pm

Hey Tony, good to see you over here mate.

Re: Still Around.....:) (Health Update!)

Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:29 pm

londonflash wrote:Hey Tony, good to see you over here mate.

Thanks, dude.

Another update: I went to my new doctor recently and he shocked me by telling me that I am now a diabetic (Adult Onset Type 2). I knew something was wrong but I didn't know it could be that. I had kinda lost my appetite and just wasn't feeling well, in general. Now, I know why.

At least with meds and proper diet, I can control this better with God's help.

Just thought I'd give another update....I've missed you guys and girls!!!

Re: Still Around.....:)

Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:49 pm

....also, I'm having to start using O2 @ night because my oxygen levels have been dropping really low....:(

Re: Still Around.....:)

Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:25 am

Sorry about the oxygen problem, but many of us have type 2 diabetes. It's a struggle, because you get tired of always being so careful about what you eat. But you get used to it.

And, it's easier to watch the foods when you realize the fatigue and general unease when it's out of control. So, that's motivation.

That helicopter sounds interesting. Don't know what to say.

Get well!


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Re: Still Around.....:)

Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:34 pm

rjm wrote:Sorry about the oxygen problem, but many of us have type 2 diabetes. It's a struggle, because you get tired of always being so careful about what you eat. But you get used to it.

And, it's easier to watch the foods when you realize the fatigue and general unease when it's out of control. So, that's motivation.

That helicopter sounds interesting. Don't know what to say.

Get well!


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It's definitely a struggle - especially when you're trying to keep your blood sugar levels within a safe range. My Mom has problems doing that with her Diabetes. My Stepfather is also diabetic. However, I most likely got this from Mom being that it's genetic - and it, heart attacks, strokes and other bad stuff are also on my Mom and my real father's (he passed in 1980 from a massive heart attack @ only 38) side of the family.

I've already had one episode of heart failure, according to my former doctor, when I woke up one afternoon with a heaviness in my chest. Scared me!!

As far as the R/C helicopter, it's modeled after the Bell 222 seen in the 1984-1986 CBS television series, "Airwolf". It's one of the more common models that's reproduced because of the popularity of the show back then. I've added a couple of "before & after" pictures to show what the Bell 222 looked like before and after it's alternation to look like, "Airwolf". Sadly, on June 6, 1992, after being sold to a German hospital, the helicopter crashed during a thunderstorm while on a mercy mission - unfortunately, killing all three on-board the aircraft:

"Airwolf" CBS T.V. Show

Airwolf Bell 222 Helicopter


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Re: Still Around.....:)

Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:57 pm

Hi Tony , good to see you here man :)

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Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:28 pm

california boy wrote:Hi Tony , good to see you here man :)

Thanks, dude. I know I've slacked off again on visiting but - that's only because of being sick. :(

Re: Still Around.....:)

Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:57 pm

Hey, everyone!!!

I wanted to pop in the forum and, first, apologize for not being around this past weekend. Until last night, I had been in Mission-Memorial hospital in Asheville, NC due to low oxygen levels and very low potassium levels.

The reason for the low O2 levels are due to a vein that has grown in my chest near my heart over the last thirty-eight years which is not allowing the oxygen to regenerate in my lungs to fresh oxygen and it's "shunting" the blood, itself, back in to the right side of my heart - which, normally, shouldn't be happening.

I am supposed to be going to Atlanta, GA (here in the U.S.. where I live) to Emory University in the very near future to have a heart catherization done to see exactly what's going on and they're thinking that they can possibly....POSSIBLY fix the problem during the heart cath without opening me up....but that's a wait-and-see process at the moment. After either the heart catheterization or any surgery that may need to be done, I should expect to be feeling at least 50% better than I do now - which will be a huge improvement!!

I've missed everyone SO much here!! It's good to be back for at least a little while!! You guys and ladies are awesome people and awesome friends!!

Take Care/God Bless,
Tony Trout

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:33 pm

Hey, gang.

First of all, I've not heard anything back yet from the doctors in Atlanta. However, I wanted to give a bit of a better explanation as to what's going on with me health wise regarding the low oxygen and energy levels:

I know I mentioned that the blood in my body is not flowing correctly in the heart like it should. It's moving from right-to-left in stead of left-to-right. Here's what happens when that occurs:

When blood moves inappropriately from right-to-left, it causes serious problems for the body. Blood in the right side of the heart is supposed to be pumped to the lungs to pick up oxygen, but if it’s diverted, it can get sent back out to the body’s tissues and fail to provide adequate oxygen. This can result in cyanosis, or low oxygen levels, that correspond to symptoms like poor energy, a blue tone to the skin, and eventual heart failure.

To me, of course, that's a damn scary thing to read - knowing that if not treated, this could lead to heart failure. I've already experienced it once this year and I was lucky to make it.

However, I don't want it happening again to where the reverse happens and I wind up deceased - that's why I'm so impatient about hearing back from the doctors in Atlanta, GA about the heart cathererization.

Re: Still Around.....:)

Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:17 pm

I'm very late posting this but....

I finally heard back from the doctors in Atlanta, Georgia @ Emory University and they have me set for a consultation appointment on January 6, 2015. After that, they will decide what to do about this rogue vein that is causing my breathing difficulties and my having to use oxygen 24/7.

However, after they repair it, I can rid myself of the 24/7 oxygen use and go back to being a normal person!!

Just thought I'd update everybody!!


Re: Still Around.....:)

Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:26 am

Best wishes Tony

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Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:10 am

Merry Christmas, Tony. All the best!

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Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:17 am

I hope you had a Merry Christmas in spite of all this. It will be cleared up. A heart thing is always very scary. I know. But usually they are very good, and you'll be just fine! Better!


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Re: Still Around.....:)

Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:30 pm

Just got in very late yesterday from a LONG day in Atlanta, GA. The traffic was absolutely HORRIBLE!! I'm glad and thankful that I don't live down there....WHEW!!


I had an Scho & EKG done and the doctors are still working on finding a solution to my problem. According to the main doctor I saw, and nixing what a doctor at MMC said, I was NOT born with this "defect" - it's something that's happened over the years as I've gotten older. We discussed options and, yes, surgery was one but - the doctor doesn't think I'm strong enough for open-heart surgery so we nixed that idea. However, he is going to talk with the specialists that he works with that do these kinds of things to see what options are open. One is to do the heart catheterization and see if this can't be fixed that way - another option is to just leave it alone and not to do anything - which, of course, I don't wanna take that chance. I want to feel better and get rid of the daily use of the O2 - and I told the doctor this - and he understands.

I will be going back on February 2, 2015 and the doctor will discuss options with me. Until then, what I have posted is all that I know for now. Just please be praying/saying good thoughts that we'll/I'll make the right decision with the Lord's help.