Archive for November, 2007

Dee update and Donovan Baldwin

November 25, 2007

Thanks for all your notes of support.  Mom (Velma Wheeler) now has some pneumonia, but I’m hoping she can overcome it.  She still cannot eat or drink anything.  We’re taking it one day at a time.

I’m copying D. Baldwin’s comments recently received to a post called “Bad Aibling Today”.  I figure most of you probably wouldn’t notice them otherwise.

 ”Good to see the old Field Station again. I was a voice intercept op (98G2LGM) from Sep 67 to Aug 70.

Memories? The night the soldier driving back to post got stuck outside the gate, put his car in gear with a brick on the accelerator and got out and pushed. It hit the guard shack.

The MP’s trying to catch speeders by hiding behind a tree with a stopwatch to measure how long it took to cross two white lines painted on the road.

The night some guys returned from Rosenheim a little the worse for wear and decided to try some midnight basketball at the gym. Unknown to them, part of the parking lot had been converted to an ice skating rink earlier in the day.

Sitting in my buddy’s barracks room singing along with “Alice’s Restaurant”.

Being greeted by a lady I had known in Monterey who had come to Bad Aibling to marry one of my friends. I never told him what I knew about her.

The ham and swiss sandwiches at midnight in the snack bar at the facility.

The night the MP went nuts and fired rounds in the air because people were walking on the grass.

Glad we could serve our country.

Don (OP Sine Sierra Tango)”


Dee’s Thanksgiving

November 23, 2007

I wanted to write and let you all know the latest happenings. My Mom planned on spending the week of Thanksgiving with us and flew here on Tuesday. When I met her airplane, she was in tremendous pain in her abdomen. Shades of Hog last year.

Pat and I took her to emergency in Harrisburg, and it turns out that she had a bowel obstruction and needed immediate surgery. That day we went in at 2 p.m.; she was in the waiting room for 3 hours before there was a bed in emergency for her, and I didn’t leave until 6 the next morning. It was a bad day for her because she was in so much pain, although they did help her out with medication but couldn’t do much of that until they could determine what was causing her pain.

After all of her tests were back around 11 pm, the surgeons came and gave us the worse case scenarios, and she went under the knife at 4 a.m. I waited til after surgery to talk to the doctor and got the word that she had an ulcer that burst and made a hole in her colon.

She’s in the hospital here now and not due to be released until at least the middle of next week. And after that, she’ll need Home Health care with us.

Recovery from this is tough because her bowel leaked into her abdomen, so right now, she has tubes draining her abdominal area, keeping it clean and still. No food, no water.

She’s a tough lady, but this is hard.

I wanted my friends to know. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


Doug’s Bar37 photos

November 4, 2007

 Doug sent these shots from this year’s reunion.  I made them into a slideshow.

Enjoy Doug’s photos here.

Dee’s Honorary

November 3, 2007

Hey guys!  Some of you know that Pat and I have rowed shells for years.  This is the lake where we row, and this is the boat dedicated to me in honor of my years of service to  the club, Susquehanna Rowing Association. I’m thrilled and wanted to share.  Click on View All Images.