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John the Driver
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:57:34 am »
This category is used far too little.  This is partially because we share privately, but mostly because we aren't used to sharing.  Well, I have a need:

I lost contact with one of our drivers Tuesday afternoon, had a little contact with him Wednesday morning, and then while watching his movements through the day on Wednesday he wasn't doing well following my text messages concerning his deliveries.  Because of a late arrival, not his fault, a store closed him out and forced him to come at 8:30 Thursday morning.

Thursday morning I was watching him, and he wasn't doing anything to start work.  He was not moving from sleeper berth to on duty, and it was time for him to be driving.  Worse, he wasn't answering his phone ...How long do you wait before you call the truckstop and ask them to go beat on his door.

At 8:20 he finally answered the phone, and he sounded like he was in a hangover from a three day drunk.  Talked of vomiting all night two nights in a row, cramps, muscle spasms, and no strength.

I finally convinced him that the delivery was not important.  Couldn't talk him into leaving the truck behind, but got him to take his trailer to an LTL we work with, drop his trailer with the last of his deliveries, and I arranged with them to finish the route, and got John to bobtail to urgent care.

He called me at noon that they wanted to admit him to the hospital, to which I convinced him to do.

I talked to him at 7:00 last evening, and it isn't good.  He is St. Joseph's in downtown St. Paul, MN, has a naso-gastric tube, is severely dehydrated, an enlarged spleen, and a bowel obstruction.  He went through tests all yesterday afternoon and has more this morning.

Today, at 10:00am, I take off from Chicago to fly to St. Paul to see him and pick up the truck.  I know he is going to be glad to see me, but not comfortable when I take his (our truck).  We will fly him home when he is able, so we are not dumping him, we just need the equipment.

Pray for John's health and emotional state.  He is extremely lonely and scared being 400 miles from home and not knowing what will happen.
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John the Driver
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:57:34 am »

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 06:11:47 am »
Done.  It's great you care enough to do this.

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 08:42:34 am »
God Bless and prayers for John’s recovery!

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 10:46:13 am »
Prayers indeed.

Being stuck away from home is bad enough.... to be sick and in the hospital is a tough bit.

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 12:17:12 pm »
Please tell him there are people praying for him.

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 01:39:21 pm »
Got it.

If we have anyone near St. Paul, and they were of a mind to, would it be out of place to visit your friend?

Sort of let him know in person there are really folks out here who do care?
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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2018, 11:59:19 am »
This category is used far too little.  This is partially because we share privately, but mostly because we aren't used to sharing. 

Very true.
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."~Patrick Henry

For the Patriots of this country, the Constitution is second only to the Bible for most. For those who love this country, but do not share my personal beliefs, it is their Bible. To them nothing comes before the Constitution of these United States of America. For this we are all labeled potential terrorists. ~ Dean Garrison

"When it comes to the enemy, just because they ain't pullin' a trigger, doesn't mean they ain't totin' ammo for those that are."~PegLeg

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2018, 10:17:49 am »
John was released from the hospital yesterday, and got home last night.

I will get more details later today, but he was one sick man.
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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2018, 10:35:25 am »
Great news!

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Re: John the Driver
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2018, 10:53:41 am »
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."~Patrick Henry

For the Patriots of this country, the Constitution is second only to the Bible for most. For those who love this country, but do not share my personal beliefs, it is their Bible. To them nothing comes before the Constitution of these United States of America. For this we are all labeled potential terrorists. ~ Dean Garrison

"When it comes to the enemy, just because they ain't pullin' a trigger, doesn't mean they ain't totin' ammo for those that are."~PegLeg

"We are far out on a limb......the wind is blowing, people have saws....and the tree is old." ~ PegLeg