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Postby glowface » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:17 pm

I'm so relieved to read Thunt's post. Well done, gods of brainy recoveries! I can't even imagine how someone (and how someone's Danielle) can go through an experience like this, and hope I will never have to learn for real. All I can say: take care, and wish you all the spare lucks you can find!
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Krulle » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:50 am

@Thunt_goblins wrote:It's been a few days since my brain surgery and I've been trying to blow up people's heads with my mind. No success. I'm starting to worry that it hasn't given me any super powers at all.
@Thunt_goblins, about three hours later wrote:Okay, this not being able to walk without help, get in and out of bed on my own or dress myself, is getting beyond frustrating. I just need to whine here in this tweet for a moment because this sucks. I'm exhausted and angry. It's all temporary, but still. Sucks.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Lurks_In_Shadows » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:17 am

Key is not to give up and do nothing. Nerves need to be stimulated to repair. Very much a case of if you don't use it, you lose it. They're also a bit...slow. While Thunt can expect a reasonably fast recovery in the initial stages over the next 3 months, it can take up to a full year for everything to settle down. Endurance is going to be an issue for a while. That's normal.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Aegis J Hyena » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:49 pm

I just read the entire post on the front page and was speechless for a good ten minutes.

Ok, Thunt. Out with it. Just HOW many natural 20s did you roll in a row for that? Good to see you're still with us. I never thought I'd see the day someone out-resilienced a certain pro wrestler from some 15-20 years ago...
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby STNeish » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:10 am

I read about the ordeal, and I am beyond delighted that all is well.

I believe I can speak for everyone when I say, take all the time you need to recover. Your health and well being come entirely first, and we your fans will be happy to wait until you feel up to carrying on your work.

SO glad all is well. Rest, and recover.


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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby BuildsLegos » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:06 pm

Next in the medical troubles of Thunt: a bad case of Black Death only manages to kill his cancer.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby WearsHats » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:47 pm

Yeah, he had to roll a natural 1 to develop the fistula in the first place, but then 20s to get the hemorrhage just right.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby WearsHats » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:26 pm

Update on mah brain: Just got back from spending a half day in the hospital. CT scan says everything is okay, but my increasing headaches are concerning the doctors a bit. I have to go back to the hospital tomorrow morning for more tests. I'm sure I'll be back home same day.
I'm sure this isn't anything serious. It's just a bit of a speed bump on the road to healing.


I hope he's right. I'm glad he's being careful.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby WearsHats » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:48 pm

Update on mah brain: I've had three CT Scans in the last two days and everything is looking good so far.


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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby thinkslogically » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:58 pm

Quite! That's good news :) Glad they're keeping a close eye on him, and I hope the headaches are just a temporary hiccup in the healing process.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Aegis J Hyena » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:15 am

CTs... that's the one where they put you in a long tunnel for half an hour, right? Or am I thinking of an MRI (which as far as I know does the same thing...)
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby WearsHats » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:08 am

CT, MRI, and PET scans are similar, but use different types of electromagnetism and can see different things. (I've had a few types over the years, and they're very similar from the patient's perspective.) They do sometimes involve lying inside a narrow tube, but more recent versions of the machines are more open and can do scans while you're seated or standing.

But, yeah, it's a non-invasive scan that creates a 3D digital map of the brain (or other targeted area).
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Postby Lurks_In_Shadows » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:14 am

MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Uses a big souped up electromagnet to make the water molecules vibrate at a certain frequency and then detects that vibration. Can be used to look at soft tissue in a fair amount of detail. Typical MRI of the head takes about 30-45 minutes depending on if contrast is used or not. Narrow tube (unless an open MRI is being done) with a lot of noise. No radiation.

CT scan: Computed tomography. A series of thin slice x-rays used to build a 3 D model of the part being scanned. Takes about 5 minutes in a fairly open tube. Fair amount of radiation (typical CT is about the equivalent of 50 x-rays). Good for looking at acute injury and checking for bleeding. Can be with or without contrast.

PET scan: Positron Emission Test: Uses a tagged form of glucose (a low level radioactive charge). Essentially a specialized nuclear scan. Used for checking for metabolic hot spots where cellular activity is high. Typically used to check for metastatic cancers, but can be used to check for brain activity. Will actually demonstrate a difference in people with depression from normal for example (the depressed brain is typically much less active metabolically). Takes about 45 minutes to do. Fairly open scanner. Small amount of radiation, but fairly expensive. Will also show inflammation such as arthritis.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby rwstyles » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:39 am

Having people come in and demand that I identify objects would have been SO tempting. First arrange for someone to bring you some bananas. Wait for someone to ask you to identify therm. Answer "It's a small off duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden".

Google "Red Dwarf banana".
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Aegis J Hyena » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:29 pm

I was about to go "oh hey a fellow Freefall reader" but I guess the joke is originally from Red Dwarf then...
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby WearsHats » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm

My favorite thing about the PET scan is that I had antimatter in my blood for a day. Heck, as someone here pointed out a while back, I had a positronic brain!

But, like Thunt, I'm very disappointed that being flooded with high intensity magnetic fields, bombarded with x-rays, injected with radioactive glucose, infused with an artificial isotope that emits antimatter, and everything else I've been through has still failed to give me super powers. I just have the mutant healing factor that started the whole mess in the first place.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Krulle » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:41 am

@Thunt_Goblins wrote:It is my strong hope that Goblins updates will resume Monday, Jan 22nd. This is what I'm carefully aiming for.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Wolfie » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:06 am

Krulle wrote:
@Thunt_Goblins wrote:It is my strong hope that Goblins updates will resume Monday, Jan 22nd. This is what I'm carefully aiming for.


Squeeeee!

Although, I hope he's not pushing himself too soon.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Krulle » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:35 pm

Your're not the only one who has expressed this concern.

@Thunt_Goblins wrote:
David wrote:You can take forever and I'd still be a fan. Yes we all would love updates, but your health should come first. Don't need fans that don't care about you and your family.
I spend my days trying to find distractions from the ouchiness. As I'm able to sit up and focus for longer, drawing is becoming a more viable distraction. I promise to be careful. :)

@Thunt_Goblins wrote:Thank you everyone for being so incredibly nice about this and sending positive vibes. This is definitely the hardest thing @dragonturtle and I ever gone through.


@Thunt_Goblins wrote:2014: Nervous breakdown
2015: Gallbladder removed
2016: Surgery on my face
2017: Brain hemorrhage & Brain surgery

I don't know what you have in store for me 2018, but I'm ready. Bring it on.

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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby RocketScientist » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:00 pm

Great to hear he's doing better. I guess we have to take him at his word that he's not pushing too hard. (And trust that Danielle will hide his tech if he does try to push too hard. :-P)
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Matney X » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:21 am

I feel like "too hard" to Thunt is the equivalent of "so hard it would literally kill a normal man" to the rest of us.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Krulle » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:34 pm

@Thunt_Goblins wrote:I'm supposed to gradually add more movement to my days. I picked up Sparc on PSVR for this. It's the perfect amount of very light "exercise". I can only play for about 10 minutes before I need to sit down, but this is amazing for making me move my arms and torso.
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Excercises are good!

But, some 16 hours later:

@Thunt_Goblins wrote:Spent last night in the hospital again, where I had a weird kinda seizure thing and blacked out for maybe 10 seconds or so. I'm starting to feel like that trope, where a guy was bit by a zombie, but keeps assuring everyone he'll be fine.
@Thunt_Goblins wrote:Okay, that tweet sounded a bit darker than I meant it to. Honestly, I'm getting better, it's just an un-fun process.

Poor @DragonTurtle is beyond exhausted. She's been doing nothing be taking care of me and worrying, for the past month.

Yeah, getting better is a rollercoaster by itself.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Lurks_In_Shadows » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:55 pm

Not entirely unexpected. Any neurologic injury in the brain has the potential to trigger seizure like activity, particularly in the first month or so after an event. :shrug: Look at it as part of the healing process. Sometimes happens when the nerves are busy reconnecting. Just don't plan on any driving for a few months. (My state has a 6 month medical suspension from date of stroke or last seizure/blackout. It's mainly justified.)
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby BuildsLegos » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:56 pm

I'm not surprised that drawing will help him recover; when I bent my left foot too many degrees inward while visiting yard sales one Oct 2014 afternoon, I spent several minutes screaming in pain and an hour hopping home on the other foot. After a week for the swelling to subside, my doctor said recovery takes several weeks and I should keep going on walks to better heal. Fortunately for me, there was a lot of walking to do visiting more yard sales and both shortly before and during the pizza party that my cousin threw for me and my parents on our visit to her just 1 month after the injury.

The brain shouldn't be any different: put the damaged body-part to use to better heal it. The part about "being careful" also parallels: During all those walks, I was of course limping.
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Re: Twitter: [now] Thunt hospitalized!

Postby Aegis J Hyena » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:42 am

When I had my arm broken in a mugging, the only way I found to focus on getting movement back was to try to use it to type or to flex it. Keepin' it active is important...
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