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Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
So Sorry I haven't been around to support all my dear friends for a while!! I'm still out in the beutiful N.W. w/ my wife and son. We had a great time welcoming the Sailors back from their 6 month deployment on the J.C. Stenis Aircraft Carrier. The Navy Mom's really helped us out w/ all the info and even had a big party the night before the ship came in. How patriotic I felt when that big ship rounded the bend w/ the sailors maning the rails in their dress whites! They had muisic blasting some great music on the pier like Born in the USA by the Boss and America by Ray Charles which brought tears to my eyes. They let of the 67 new Fathers off first to meet their wives and new babies even before the officers! When I saw my son coming through the croud my heart sored and I got all choked up. I'm sooooo proud of him!
The day before he arrived, I had the Great honnor of meeting our own Father John in Seattle!! He is an a AMAZING man to make time to come meet my wife Lisa and I w/ his busy schedule. Thank you so much John!!! It meant so much to both of us to meet and visit w/ you, I'm sorry we didn't have more time together!>> Next time we will be holding flyrods together in some river!!!
My body is starting to fail me with all we are doing on this trip. I'm doing my best to ignor it but my neck, legs and back are in pretty bad shape. My meds help a little but not for very long. Yesterday we took a trip up to Mt. Rainer, WOW, that is a BIG ROCK!! The mountain air felt and tasted great but the lack of oxegen at the high altitude gave me some trouble breathing> dam cigs!!! My wife promissed to try to quit w/ me when we get home. I made it 3 weeks w/o them last time after my neck surgery but that was when she was still smoking, together I believe we can do it!!
Well my wife must be getting up by now and my son will be calling from his Lake house he shares w/ 6 other sailors soon so I should go. I love and miss all of y'all and think of you often. I promiss to get back in the groove when I get back home. 
God bless you and Big Hugz to all!!
Pete
PS> Thanks again FJ, it isn't often when someone gets to meet his HERO face to face like I did!!!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed back to Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 7/12/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't wait to hear more when you get home!
Hope you'll get a low pain day soon...
but for now try to Enjoy...
HUGZ...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Pete))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 2787
   Posted 7/12/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Pete!!!
 
We wanna go to Mt.Ranier too!!!
 
yeah  
 
Take care and be safe
 
*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


fatherjohn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 999
   Posted 7/12/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete the honor was mine. You and your wife Lisa are such wonderful people. You say you are proud of your sons but I will bet they are proud of their dad. You have two sons serving our country and I hope you tell them that we thank them and they are our heroes. It goes to show the great job you and lisa did raising them. We can't make their decisions and even when they do things that we don't like, we still need to be there for them. You and Lisa have done a wonderful job. Even with the health issues and constant pain you still show your priorities. You the man Pete.

anice
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 536
   Posted 7/12/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I am so glad you posted. I have been thinking about you and wondering how  you have been doing. It gave me goosebumps reading about how you described the sailors return and how the music was playing. I know you are so proud of your son. I personally thank him and all the other men and women how are serving our country. And the part you put about the 67 new fathers finally getting to see the babies they haven't seen yet. Wow. That is something I haven't really thought of before... What sacrifices they make!!!! They all make so many sacrifices to serve our country.
 
I am happy for you for metting FatherJohn,too. That was great!!! I wish I could meet so many of you face to face. And didn't you also meet Patti? Or was that FatherJohn? My memory isn't very good here lately!! It is kind of scarey!! I wish we could all get together one day and spend the day together. That sure would be fantastic.
 
My geography is pretty bad. I am embarassed to admit that! So are you in Washington? I had to google Mt.Rainer to find out where that was. The photos I saw are beautiful!!! I haven't been very many places. I was thinking the other day how much I would love to take a real vacation some day and start to see all these places I've never been.
 
It sounds like you are enjoying yourself. And I am glad and happy for you. I am sorry your pain has been increased. It sounds like you have been doing alot. Hopefully when you return, you can get rested up and start to feel a little better. I wish you a low pain day real soon!!!
 
I did get my tens unit, finallly. It really has helped me with my pain. I just wish I would have had it before now. I get aggravated when I think that I could have had it way before now. I had never heard about it before except for what I've learned about it from the forum. The doctors should have perscribed it for me way back when!!! Anyway, I have PT on Monday, the re-evaluation on Tuesday and a doctors' appt on Friday. I should know more then about returning to work...
 
Ok, I am rambling on again. Take care and enjoy yourself to the fullest. Let us know when you get back and get settled. We'll be looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks again for posting and letting us know what is going on. So, is your son home now for good? I know you have missed him. Six months is a long time. Enjoy catching up with him. I know you sure are proud of him. Take care and post again soon.
Anice

PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 7/12/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
It was SO GREAT so read your post! It really brought tears to my eyes - in a good way! We have a lot of other tears on this board, so it's nice for a change when they're tears of happiness to see you having all these meaningful experiences.

I know it's hard on your body. Oh, the tough choices we have to make, but it sounds like this one was worth it. And I truly hope you and your wife commit to quitting and you're right it will be easier together.

And to meet Fatherjohn!! That is SO COOL!

We will wait to hear all your stories when you return!

Hugs and Cheers to you!

PaLady

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3611
   Posted 7/12/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete

What a Lucky Guy you are! To be a father and have two sons serving our country in the Navy! and then to have been able to meet a fellow Forum member, and have it be fatherjohn no less! Well it sure sounds like things are really going your way!

I know first hand how beautiful that part of the country is and especially Mt Rainer, I have friends that live on Puget Sound and have been out there to visit them on a few occassions. My family and I use to fly on military hops, (we would fly free on military cargo planes) I was stationed at Eielson AFB Alaska and we would hop done to Elemendorf AFB in Anchorage and then down to McChord AFB in Seattle! The planes were cold and sitting in a jump seat for hour on end was unpleasant but the price was right! As a retiree I can still do that, but you just have to have plenty of time to be abe to wait for an opening, as it is all standby!
Anyway it was great hearing from you!
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


LLPLUV
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1158
   Posted 7/12/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I;m from Tacoma wahington and yes its a wonderful state to VISIT..lol 27 yrs of rain can bring you down.

Pete : Fatherjohn

You two are some of the most wonderful people in your posts. Both your hearts are pure gold. I'm happy you got to meet each other.

PAlady is correct I even cried but happy tears to know you feel the pride of your children protection our freedoms.

Laurie
Kidney Diseases and Disorders
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39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all


skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 7/12/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pete,

I'm so glad that you were able to make it out west for your son's homecoming! I'm sure that will be a moment you remember forever! You must be so proud! And to meet fatherjohn, too! Wonderful! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip & the flight(s) home isn't too hard on you! We miss you here -- glad to see you posting & in good spirits! I hope your hotel has a nice hot tub that you can relax in & help with your aching body! Or at least somewhere nearby to fish!

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 7/12/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Somehow I could see Pete fishing in the hot tub! :-)

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 7/13/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all my Brothers & Sisters here who posted back!! YES, I am soooo proud of my sons and yesterday my son Pete Jr. called from his ship in the Persian Gulf!! We hadn't heard from him in over two weeks, not even an e-mail and were worrying. He sounded GREAT and told us about jumping off the ship and swimming in the 120 degree heat over there! I can't wait till he gets back, he's my baby boy! Joe, my older son is going to more radar school in Va. Bch Virginia for 3 months when his leave is over and we are really hoping Pete will return before Joe has to go back to Wa. It would be so great to see them both together again. We'll just have to wait and see.
FJ, has your son left yet? Our prayrs are and will be w/ him everyday! I'm hoping we can go out to the Olympic Penninsular today when Lisa & Joe get up and maybe wet a line in a stream or river out there. They are still sleeping after yesterdays' activities. Joe took us onboard the Mighty Aircraft Carrier J.C. Stenis!! WOW, what a ship!!! It's HUGE!! I thought Pete's ship the Bataan was big. Standing on the flight deck and looking at the size of the surface area is really something and to think that this huge ship can go over 60 mph and get to anyplace in the world in 20 days is just unbelievable!! I am hurting pretty good today from climbing around that monster and couldn't stay in bed any longer so I thought I'd come over to the lobby and give Y'all a shout! The weather has turned crappy and it's raining and cold which doesn't help me in the pain dept. but I'm going to just keep going as long as I can. It's going to clear up later today, we hope! Lisa and Joe made reservations to skydive on Weds, the day before we leave. God bless them! I told them I don't have a problem jumping out of the airplane, it's landing that would get me! No jumpers over 220lbs anyway and I'm hovering around 280! Anyway, I hope everyone has a painfree day and here's a big Pete HUG for everyone>>>>!!!
Love Y'all!!!
PS> When I get back, I'll somehow post a pic of FJ & I in Seattle!!!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed back to Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 

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