Date: 3/28/18 7:11 pm
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hi and a note, and unfortunate news about friend

I want to say hi to all and express my deepest thanks to the many people who have reached out to me, by phone, email plus cards and letters in the mail, and some who have visited me and even taken me out on occasion. All of you already know this, but no group could be more caring, friendly and helpful  than the members of CTbirds.
Please forgive any typos as I,m out of practice and can only proof read with a magnifying  glass.

As many of you know, I had an accident  in the gym on Nov 28, and was totally blinded in both eyes.  In addition, the  front of my face was shattered into several pieces. One doctor described my face to me as like a cracked egg; all the pieces were still there but broken off from each other.
That night and since, I've undergone 7 surgeries, and potentially  will have several more. However, the result of all that so far is that my face is repaired so that no one seems to be able to tell that anything happened,  and even better, I now have considerable sight in one eye, though I am still legally blind.
But as you can see I can now type at  least a bit, and read with the help of a magnifying glass. Actually I can read very large type without it. Unfortunately it is still too tedious to read large blocks of small text as in CTBirds or any other normal   media. Of course I can't drive, and have to have help doing many things.
However, the difference between where I was and where I am now is unbelievable, and I am anything but unhappy, all things considered.  I must say that I consider the doctor who performed my eye surgeries as nothing short of a miracle worker, and when my M.D. saw the results he said exactly the same thing. By the way, he's a retina specialist, which I never even heard of before; Dr. Margolis, with an office in Manchester.
I am sorry to say that I just learned tonight that a good  friend of mine and member of this list who many of you know, Jim Asmuth, has had a major setback. In the middle of February he had a hip replacement (his second),  had been recovering nicely, and was planning to head for vacation in South Carolina last Saturday.
But the previous Tuesday evening (he had visited me earlier in the day) he came down with a high fever and was rushed to the the hospital.   The short of it is that his hip became infected and they had to remove the replacement. He is now recovering, but it will be many weeks before he will be cured and many more before they can try to put in the replacement. I'm sure it would help if  you let him know you're thinking of him as you did for me. His email is <jasmuth...>
Thanks again,  and I'm still hopeful that I may see some of you again out birding, one of these days.
Don Morgan,
Coventry, Ct
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