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OT - Brain Surgery Me
Nadine Redd, Photographer
Kansas City | KS | USA | Posted: 8:00 AM on 12.17.07
->> Yes it is true, I find out this morning if the surgery will be tomorrow or Thursday. Sooner the better is all I can say. My concern besides the obvious, is how soon can I start shooting again?

I went to the emergency room and then was admitted in the hospital on Friday. As I laid in the bed the light on the TV bothered me so I buried my head and listened to the HY-VEE Shootout basketball tournament visioning me at certain point courtside during the game taking photographs.

After I was dismissed on Sat. I asked my friend what she wanted to do, well in her mind there was no place but home she was taking me, she turned to me and asked “And why do you ask that question?”

I just laughed and replied “Well there is the Hy-Vee Basketball Shootout still going on, and I do have my camera with us.” Needless to say we went home and I was ordered to rest.

We shaved the head yesterday in preparation – Told Kona we might as well have some fun with it all. Recovery time is 1-2 months, with me being in the hospital about 4-5 days.

Kona has started a blog to keep family and friends updated here is that link:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nadineredd

Keep us all in your thoughts and I will post the day of surgery in a few hours.
As many know me I am always looking for a project, so my brain surgery will also be a project titled “Through your eyes” I am having my friends that visit me photograph what they see and after I am home getting better I am going to lay and look through all the work my friends have done and make it a project in their honors.

It is going to be amazing just wait lol.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 8:18 AM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine, good luck.
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Bradley Newton, Photographer
Carrollton | TX | | Posted: 10:00 AM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine

You are in my prayers.
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Dominic Hanna, Photographer
Bear | DE | United States | Posted: 10:20 AM on 12.17.07
->> Good Luck Nadine, get better soon!
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Dave Pawlak, Photographer
Soquel | Ca | USA | Posted: 11:15 AM on 12.17.07
->> Wow! Good luck and my prayers are with you and your family. I hope you have a safe and speedy recovery!

My grandfather had brain surgery a couple of years ago and he recovered much faster than they had anticipated. A co-worker's brother recently had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Again, he's doing much better and is recovering much faster than anticipated.
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Hassel Weems, Photographer
Locust Grove (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 12:12 PM on 12.17.07
->> Here's hoping your recovery is quick. I admire your attitude and humor, Zipper Head. (read the blog)
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Jean Finley, Photo Editor, Photographer
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 12:44 PM on 12.17.07
->> We'll be here waiting for your speedy return!

Do what the doctors tell you.

You're in our prayers.
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Nadine Redd, Photographer
Kansas City | KS | USA | Posted: 3:00 PM on 12.17.07
->> Surgery time 7:30 tomorrow morning.

I expect a speedy recovery as well Dave.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 3:00 PM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine,
I'll be thinking about you. You have such a POSITIVE attitude..what a wonderful way to be.
I have bookmarked your blog.

Debbie
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine... You are in my thoughts. Keep up the positive attitude and we'll see you back to work in no time.

I've bookmarked your blog.

All the best to you and yours over this period.

Rich
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Frank Angileri, Photographer
Downers Grove | IL | USA | Posted: 3:37 PM on 12.17.07
->> My sincerest wishes for speedy and complete recovery Nadine.
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Bruce Omori, Photographer
Hilo | HI | USA | Posted: 4:11 PM on 12.17.07
->> Sorry to hear about your illness, Nadine. I'll be praying for you.

Bruce
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Al Santos, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 4:27 PM on 12.17.07
->> Sending you my thoughts and prayers.

Al
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Mitch Stringer, Photographer
Towson | MD | USA | Posted: 7:34 PM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine,
Approach it like a shoot. Be ready, get there early and see it through. In this case, you are your client so I know you'll be on top of your game. My advice is to use the surgery time to imagine your "perfect shoot". When you wake up and get back on your feet from recovery, make that your goal to get out and make your imagined shoot happen. Best wishes. You'll do great.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 11:30 PM on 12.17.07
->> Nadine;
God Bless and get well soon.

Michael
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Tucson | Az | USA | Posted: 11:41 PM on 12.17.07
->> Hi Nadine, I wish you the best of luck. I know you want to get back to shooting ASAP. Take your time to heal, listen to your doctor and just take it easy. The time will pass and you'll be shooting again before you know it. Take care. Jeff
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Sean Steffen, Photographer
Pittsburg | KS | USA | Posted: 12:01 AM on 12.18.07
->> I also wish you a speedy recovery. Take care and hope you get back to work soon! You are in my prayers. Sean
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George Holland, Photographer
Kent | WA | USA | Posted: 1:36 AM on 12.18.07
->> Nadine, My prayers are with you.
Best wishes.

George
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David M. Russell, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:00 AM on 12.18.07
->> (((Nadine)))
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Alan Schwartz, Photographer
Rochester | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 10:26 AM on 12.18.07
->> Nadine, good luck.
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Richard Orr, Photographer
Longmeadow | MA | USA | Posted: 11:22 AM on 12.18.07
->> You just got added to the prayer list.

Your spirit is a powerful tool. Use it. Focus (no pun intended) and stay positive. You will be amazed how much positive works. Best meds in the world.
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Dianna Russell, Photographer
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 12:26 PM on 12.18.07
->> Nadine, I'm sending you healing thoughts and prayers. You have many friends wishing you the best.

Dianna
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Kirby Yau, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 2:09 PM on 12.18.07
->> Nadine, sending good happy thoughts from Southern California.
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Alan Schwartz, Photographer
Rochester | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 3:10 PM on 12.19.07
->> Has anyone heard how Nadine is doing after her surgery ?
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 3:14 PM on 12.19.07
->> Check out the website, seems she's doing pretty well considering...http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nadineredd
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Alan Schwartz, Photographer
Rochester | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 3:54 PM on 12.19.07
->> Thanks Juliann.
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Nadine Redd, Photographer
Kansas City | KS | USA | Posted: 11:17 AM on 12.29.07
->> Hello it is me finally...... I see this as great progress that I am able to sit at a computer for a short period of time now.

I am trying to be patience but pushed it yesterday. I just so wanted to feel the camera in my hand again. Big mistake..... the pain was so intense that Kona finally took the camera from me and helped me back in the house. I told her next time I would use my mono pod so I would not have to feel the weight. I always laughed at me using a point and shoot camera butI would love to have one now so I could still photograph something :)

I can not thank the SS community enough for your kind words and prayers. Mark who I work with at DSI said he was so moved by the post at caringbridge.org from this community.

I miss photographing so much and fear that the pain I now suffer might be permanent. I keep telling Kona it CAN NOT be permanent if it is it I am not sure what I will do to be able to photograph again. Going outside yesterday and trying to photograph has put major concern in my mind.

I keep complaning to her that I am missing the entire basketball season, but hope to be back up and going to be able to photograph at state for Bob Hovey with rivals.com.

My zipperhead is healing nicely though, no CSF leaking or infection that is the Dr.'s major concern right now.

Off to lay down now. Again I can not thank everyone enough for your support.
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Kevin Sperl, Photographer
Meredith | nh | USA | Posted: 11:27 AM on 12.29.07
->> Next time I complain about what I think is a dumb grip and grin assignment, I'll keep your comments here in mind.
I will tell you that I had a non-arterial bleed a number of years back while I was running and, after a week in the hospital, couldnt get out of a chair.
Then walking across the room was a bear, then walking down the block was impossible, then even thinking of running again felt like a dream. Years later I am back running half-marathons (poorly I might add).
SO, hang in there and be patient.
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Melissa Macatee, Photographer
Dallas | TX | | Posted: 12:46 PM on 12.29.07
->> Nadine,
I am so sorry I have totally missed all you have been going thru. Not sure how, but I have, so please know that I am wishing you a speedy recovery and will keep up with you through the site set up for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Frank Angileri, Photographer
Downers Grove | IL | USA | Posted: 1:27 PM on 12.29.07
->> You're a spunky gal Nadine and that's the perfect attitude to help you with a complete and speedy recovery. Be patient and listen to your medical team, each day forward will be better and better. I'll be watching for more updates from you on these boards.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:13 PM on 12.29.07
->> {{NADINE}}}

Welcome back.
Don't rush it...Basketball WILL always be there. If you miss this season, you'll get it next.
Or maybe...we can even arrange a sportsshooter.com basketball game just for you to shoot!

Trust me, all of us here KNOW you will shoot again. You have determination, passion, will, love.

Rest up with Kona and your family.
I have been reading your journal daily and let me tell you..there have been LOUD shouts of "WOOOOO" coming out of my computer room. Two times my husband asked "what's up" and I said "Nadine went outside today" "Nadine put up a post on sportshooter and his response was "that's terrific."

As everyone said-be patient. I know it's hard but the camera and sports and everything else will be waiting for you.

And in case you don't realize it-you are a TRUE inspiration.

Wishing you all the best in 2008.

Debbie
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Bruce Omori, Photographer
Hilo | HI | USA | Posted: 5:43 PM on 12.29.07
->> Good to hear that you're doing well after your surgery! My prayers are with you for a complete recovery, and may 2008 be filled with a multitude of blessings, including being able to shoot at your heart's content! :) Aloha - Bruce
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Richard Orr, Photographer
Longmeadow | MA | USA | Posted: 11:10 AM on 12.30.07
->> Nadine, when you get all better you are going to have to write an email to my wife. For the past week, she has walked in on my reading your journal and she keeps asking "Who is this woman?" Ha Ha.

(Actually, she works for a hospital and is very interested in the journal system you guys are using. They are looking to install a similar--or identical--system in their hospital.)

Hang in there. It is obvious that you are coming along. Never as fast as the patient wants, but every inch forward is an inch away from the worst.
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 9:50 AM on 06.22.12
->> Good luck with your surf photo adventures, Nadine!
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Nadine Redd, Photographer
Kansas City | KS | USA | Posted: 4:07 AM on 06.24.12
->> Thanks Jack.
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Beaumont | CA | USA | Posted: 1:46 PM on 06.24.12
->> Hey Nadine, how about an update? Do you still experience pain from holding your camera? I know it's been 5 years or so since your surgery, but I would love an update. :-)

P.S. Good luck with your surfing adventure!
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