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Roger Hicks
04-11-2009, 15:04
Once again, thanks very much indeed. Frances is deeply touched by the fact that she has had good wishes from (at a rough count) 18 countries and 20 states of the Union.

Your kindness and prayers (and candles) seem to be working. She is significantly better today, because the fever broke last night. I was with her for 5 hours today and we took two short walks around the hospital, towing her 3-legged friend with the drips on it.

We hope she'll be out on Tuesday or Wednesday. Here's how she looked today (M8.2, very ratty Summitar with balsam separation and fungus at f/2, ISO 1250). Probably too small/soft to see that she still has the oxygen thing up her nose.

Well, film would have taken too long...

Drat! Can't seem to get the attachment to work. As it's one in the morning I'm off to bed shortly.

Further Edit: OK so it's now ten to two but I love her very much so I hope the attachment worked.

Third Edit: Next to some of the probems that some people face -- such as the breast cancer Frances had in 2000 -- we know that bronchitis is pretty trivial. Which makes us both all the more grateful for the kind thoughts of those who are facing worse things. We both wish our well-wishers the very best too.

Love,

Roger (+ Frances)

Mackinaw
04-11-2009, 15:07
Good news indeed. Hope come Tuesday she's on the way home.

Jim B.

Bingley
04-11-2009, 15:10
Very good news indeed, Roger. Here's to a continued speedy recovery! Best to you both!

lmd91343
04-11-2009, 15:14
That's good news!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Brian Sweeney
04-11-2009, 15:31
I know you are very relieved, as are the rest of us.

That is the "out of the woods" event, and she is on the road to recovery. Getting her into the hospital was definitely the right thing to do.

gm13
04-11-2009, 15:42
Three cheers, good to hear.
Fingers crossed for Tuesday.

Silva Lining
04-11-2009, 15:55
Great news Roger!

Best wishes to Frances for a speedy recovery

aad
04-11-2009, 16:05
Oh, best wishes to you both, Roger and Frances!

hans voralberg
04-11-2009, 16:32
She will definitely get well soon !! Best wishes to you both

JeffGreene
04-11-2009, 16:43
Great news, Roger! I'm glad things have turned positive. As I said earlier, you need to take it easy as well. When we reach a certain point in life we don't bounce back like we used to. I went through a similar issue with my wife of 35 years and definitely empathize with what you've gone through. :<)

35mmdelux
04-11-2009, 17:12
Glad she is feeling better. Please give her our best wishes.

Paul

rbiemer
04-12-2009, 04:36
Happy to hear the good news, Roger.
Rob

Peter_Jones
04-12-2009, 04:49
Good news ! (and a pat on the back for the French medical system)

kshapero
04-12-2009, 05:04
All the best for a speedy recovery.

rlouzan
04-12-2009, 05:41
Great news!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
RLouzan

rogue_designer
04-12-2009, 05:58
Huzzah! Great news.

leica M2 fan
04-12-2009, 06:09
Happy news about Frances, she is already much better and with much rest will be fine. Especially good news on this glorious Easter morning.

drewbarb
04-12-2009, 06:37
This is good news, Roger. I missed the original thread, but after seeing this I went back and found it; I have to add my best wishes and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery!

SolaresLarrave
04-12-2009, 06:46
It's a relief to hear good news. I'm sure she'll come out of it healthier than ever! :)

noimmunity
04-12-2009, 07:00
Best wishes!

Michael Markey
04-12-2009, 23:33
Very pleased.

Chris101
04-13-2009, 00:42
Glad to hear that she'll be out soon! Thanks for keeping us posted Roger.

robert blu
04-13-2009, 06:03
Buona notizia, good news !
rob

newspaperguy
04-13-2009, 06:07
Great news Roger.

Take care of yourself, too.

Frank Petronio
04-13-2009, 06:25
Best wishes to you both

Brian Sweeney
04-13-2009, 07:00
Thank God that you took bronchitis seriously, got her into the hospital, and thus rendered it trivial. That's a happy outcome, and a lesson to be learned. We went through several "24-hr Tummy-bugs" with Nikki that ended up being 3 days on IV's. We learned that these things can get complicated very quickly.

Ahmed Poltroon
04-13-2009, 07:07
People these days need to toughen up. There's nothing that a mustard-plaster, a stiff dose of laudanum and a half bottle of brandy won't cure.

BillBingham2
04-13-2009, 08:28
Bugs these days can do nasty things very quickly. Good move on dragger her in.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You stay healthy!

B2 (;->

novum
04-13-2009, 08:32
Best wishes and love to you both.

Roger Hicks
04-13-2009, 13:25
Thank God that you took bronchitis seriously, got her into the hospital, and thus rendered it trivial. That's a happy outcome, and a lesson to be learned. We went through several "24-hr Tummy-bugs" with Nikki that ended up being 3 days on IV's. We learned that these things can get complicated very quickly.

Dear Brian,

Exactly. She's still on IV (4 days - sorry to trump you) but off the oxygen. Prognosis: out 'in the middle of the week', e.g. possibly Wednesday but probably Thursday. Not just complicated but nasty -- unless, as you say, you take the right action (as much luck as judgement!) to render such things trivial.

See 'Photographic composition' for a light-hearted reaction to some of it.

And (as ever) thanks to everyone else. The response has been heartwarming. Perhaps the internet ain't so bad after all.

Love to all (thanks Novum for using the word too),

Roger

mwooten
04-13-2009, 13:35
All the best thoughts, prayers, love, and wishes to you and your wife. I know I'm not the only one here that thinks of you first as "Roger and Frances" before anything else.

--michael

charjohncarter
04-13-2009, 15:49
Very happy she is better, tell her that I still have her article on 'pushing' film. I don't think I will ever use it, but it was well written, so well written that I almost was tempted to try it. Please feel better Frances.

ron1945
04-14-2009, 08:14
as today is tuesday,i hope this day goes well.reguards to you both ron.

oscroft
04-14-2009, 08:41
That's good news - she's looking a lot better in hospital than I did when I was in :)

Steve Bellayr
04-14-2009, 09:08
Good to hear. Best of luck to the two of you.

dave lackey
04-14-2009, 12:36
Ahhh...vertical is good!;)

Frances, it looks like you are feeling better! Just take it easy as I know too many people, including my wife, who tried to rush it and do too much too soon. It takes a long time to recover from this sort of thing but you are on the mend!

See? Easter prayers and wishes do work....:)

best as always from the both of us,

Soeren
04-14-2009, 21:20
I'm sorry to you have to go through this but it is good she is getting better.
Best wishes to you both.
Søren

skibeerr
04-14-2009, 22:48
We wish you both strenght, happines and good health for the future.

thomasw_
04-14-2009, 22:53
May Frances be granted many years, health and the fullness of joy! I will pray for a full recovery. Good light, TW.

Roger Hicks
04-15-2009, 10:36
WOW! To be remembered in so many peoples' thoughts and prayers. It really is very humbling. It is also very heart-warming. I am very glad to be home. I arrived in the middle of the afternoon.

We have now had dinner (cooked by Roger and Aditi) and now I'm off to get some rest.

Thanks so much for all your good wishes.

Cheers,
Frances

Haigh
04-15-2009, 19:39
All the very best to both of you from this Oz photographer.

cam
04-16-2009, 02:22
so i officially feel horrible now! i've been in my own little world, battling it out with the new (old) M8, coming to grips with the fact that everything now is completely different....

mea culpa for being a selfish little twat and not peeking in here :bang:

gros bisous to you and Frances!

KenD
04-16-2009, 02:27
Roger, tell Francis I am glad she is up and about, and am waiting to hear that she is back in her darkroom soon - the smell of Dektol is known to be restorative! And another plus for soft old lenses, gets rid of those nasal O2 tubes.

dee
05-08-2009, 09:50
I just wished to say that I have not been keeping up with this forum , so did not realise that Frances has been ill - my thouhts go with you both .
dee

Roger Hicks
05-10-2009, 19:13
I just wished to say that I have not been keeping up with this forum , so did not realise that Frances has been ill - my thouhts go with you both .
dee
Dear Dee,

Thanks. She is indeed much better and it seems that her pseudopolyarthritis is on the wane as well.

Cheers,

Roger