We are posting to share some good news, but before we do that, we wanted to ask the question:
How Rotten is John?
To answer that question, we will share a few photos that we have collected over the years:
20080320_Jamaica_0425 LightingThis one was taken in Jamaica with John's twin brother Coyote Joe. That's right Coyote Joe and Johnny Rotten.
Johnny Rotten Share the SpareJohnny sported a Share the Spare Coozie years ago, before he ever thought about donating. We wanted to play with some HDR techniques, so we did Photoshop the background in.
CJ knifing JohnAfter getting turned down by the University of Iowa and not being able to coordinate the transplant in Maryland, CJ had this bright idea that he might do the procedure. Not sure if that's the right place for the incision.
All kidding aside, we wanted to share news...good news. As reported in our last blog, John had a visit at the Des Moines Hospital that is considering Alex's transplant. We kidded about a psych evaluation, which may have been a part of the day. (We don't know for sure, that Crazy SOB won't say :-) But we do know that they did a physical. As a part of that, John had to have his blood pressure tested. Now, John has good blood pressure, but apparently he gets a little anxious when the folks with the white coats start poking him. He was really excited that he was tested at 122 over 74. THAT is very good news! YES, John, you are a Rock Star.
While we love picking on Brother John, we don't want to forget that this is not about him. He is just "an actor" in this Transplant Drama. This has more to do with the recipient than anything. So, we thought it appropriate to include a few photos of young Alex after his first transplant. We cannot take credit for these. We're thinking Ruth took a couple of them. (Just what the world needs, another Rettenmeier gal taking pictures :-) And, one is from the cover of the University of Iowa's Pacemaker periodical published in June 1992:
Scan280 Minister in HospitalAlex is both blessed, and a blessing to his family and friends.
Scan284 Rick and Al in HospitalAlex and his dad at the UIHC after the first transplant.
PAlex CheeriosNancy loves this photo of Alex. Thankfully for Jeannie and Gary, his ability to handle food and beverages has improved after a rocky start early in life.
Ruth n Al Pacemaker June 1992This is the cover of the UIHC's Pacemaker periodical published June 1992. Classic!
We don't want to create any false expectations; While Wednesday was a good day, and things are moving in the right direction, we don't want anyone to let up on the prayers. As a matter of fact, we're asking that everyone continue to pray for Alex and John until the transplant is complete.
And, for those who are asking about the green wristbands, we had to place another order. We expect to have them in hand by the end of the first week of March. Don't be afraid to ask one of the Rett siblings, and please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Our Chief of Surgery and Editor Extraordinaire, Tanner, can make anyone look good. I mean, look what he did for Rotten :-)
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