Lighting a Candle for GPanda

Old Jan 13th, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Sending healing thoughts your way!
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Old Jan 13th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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From a regular, but apparently inattentive, lurker on the Asia board who missed this thread - I'm glad the mentioned surgery went well. Best wishes from Melbourne for continued good results and improvement. Looking forward to more great trip reports in the future.
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 05:06 PM
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today is beth's birthday and we were invited to celebrate it with them.

andy took us to jasper white's summer shack, a renown cambridge eatery.

andy was in the best form i have seen him in during the last few months... he really loved his grilled lobster and sucked every morsel out of it... he continues to have vision problems, but he is loving his books via talking computer--i almost said books on tape.... lets hope that this general condition continues and that the sight improves...

they saw the surgeon yesterday and all seemed totally on track.

keep those candles flickering!!

bob, MD
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 05:10 PM
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Thanks Dr. Bob. What a great update. What did you order?

Happy Birthday Beth!
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 06:03 PM
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I appreciate the update Bob. So glad you all could go out together for Beth's birthday AND that Andy could enjoy the lobster!
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 07:21 PM
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they all had jasper's special grilled lobster... i had a grilled scollop, fresh salsa and rice plate. we had a great waiter: born in the UK, raised in Portugal (Oporto) and has a Spanish dad
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 11:38 PM
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I wonder what suggestions Andy will have for the new initials - MD - behind bob's name.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 05:06 AM
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What a lovely report to read while here in Bangkok. Thank Bob and Happy Birthday Beth, and just so enjoyed hearing that Andy had an appetite and enjoyed his lobster. (and the company of Bob it seems)
I forgot to pack my traveling Thai Lemongrass candle, however, today we went to a wonderful Wat where we were the only Farangs will make a report under my Back in Thailand heading. Andy you were thought of there and with all the ceremony going on, the chanting and offerings, I just thought of you and sent my thoughts and silent prayer for you.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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gpanda,
just read this thread today but I'll light a candle in Naples, FL tonight in gratitude for your successful surgery outcome. Keep on healing and hope you make it to Thailand in the spring!
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Old Jan 20th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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How is GPanda?
Bob and Karen, do you have any news? Did Andy begin more chemo?

I just know he is in many of our thoughts and prayers.

Just knowing how much and how many times he and Beth have enjoyed Thailand, which we are enjoying now, I think of both of them often as fellow travellers ,and am thankful for all the comedic yet informative info that they have imparted to us.

Sending positive thoughts Andy's way.
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Old Jan 20th, 2011, 09:11 AM
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we just got back from nh and tons of snow and have not talked to them.... i do know that he saw his dr last week and everything seemed the same at that point and that he was put back on the chemo...

i will let you know of any changes or things of interest...
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Old Jan 20th, 2011, 02:19 PM
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Sue, when I was in BKK just weeks ago, everytime I walked by the Erewan Shrine (by Hyatt) I stopped and said a silent prayer. Thanks for the reminder...

And Bob, do keeps us posted.
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Old Jan 20th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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Bob is he still planning on coming over here?

Carol - wow I've done the same thing at the Shrine!
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Old Jan 20th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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i think any travel plans are on hold until at least mid-march when he has his next major scan....
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Old Jan 21st, 2011, 04:08 AM
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Friday evening- Thailand
Appreciate the update Bob.
There is an amazing peaceful shrine in the middle of a lake here (Phuket Marriott) it is 300 steps from our villa. You can walk out on an elevated platform. I shall be out there in the early morning (Sat) with some orchids and a time of silence and thoughts for Andy.
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I talked to Andy yesterday...He had been to the surgeon. Every thing is good as far as he is concerned. There is still hope that some of his sight will return. In the mean time, he is very up beat and enjoying his I pad listening to books on that as reading is hard. Beth is working , so life goes on for the present. Next scan is March 8. I think travel plans depend on what that shows.
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Old Jan 21st, 2011, 05:48 AM
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Both updates are much appreciated. When you talk with Andy and Beth, please let them know that the fodorville 'community' sends its best wishes!
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Old Feb 11th, 2011, 09:47 PM
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You may have read about our visit to the Golden Teak Temple in BKK last week and the three headed elephant where you make a wish. The wish was for you GPanda, and for your return (First Class) to Bangkok.
Thinking of you and sending many prayers your way for a very positive outcome for the next scan.
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Thinking of you Andy; hoping all is going well.

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andy is about the same.... listening to lots of books on his ipod, etc....watching sports on tv and spending most of his time at home in warmest cambridge... his sight has not improved after the 2nd operation but he is making do with what he has.

we hope to have dinner with them one night this week
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