Richard’s sick

I’m going into the hospital for emergency surgery in a few minutes. Not a big deal at all but a major inconvenience and always a tremendous hassle. There is never a good time to be sick. I know I’ve neglected this site since my trip to Vietnam, and it’s held up only thanks to the incredibly good work of the guest bloggers, who I want to beg to keep it going. I had a good time in Beijing, but it was kind of ruined when, on Friday night, I began to feel acute pain that’s basically kept me immobile. The trip also forced me to take a hard look at my life and my dreams and ambitions, and as soon as I can function fully, I’ll talk about it here. But right now all I’m focused on is getting better. Thanks again for your patience, and sorry for the long period of radio silence.

Update: I am back at least for a while. I need to go back to the hospital for test results on Wednesday. Meanwhile, I feel like I’m being kicked in the stomach, but stuff like that’s never stopped me from posting in the past…

The Discussion: 36 Comments

hey…. sorry, get well soon. i’ll get in touch with my coz… see if he can get you anything

November 13, 2006 @ 8:10 am | Comment

Oh, yikes! best wishes, feel better, we miss you!

November 13, 2006 @ 9:35 am | Comment

Sorry to hear it – get well soon!

November 13, 2006 @ 9:38 am | Comment

Dirty Beijing will do that to you – get better soon Richard!

November 13, 2006 @ 11:32 am | Comment

Dirty Beijing will do that to you – get better soon Richard!

November 13, 2006 @ 11:33 am | Comment

Hey – the guest bloggers are great…but they are what they are, guests. YOU THE MAN! Get better and get back…soon!

November 13, 2006 @ 11:44 am | Comment

Richard, I’m still recovery from my illness so I can understand how you feel right now. I’ll try to keep up with what’s happening at TPD and post more comments as soon as I feel better. It’s a promise. Take care and have plenty of rest.

November 13, 2006 @ 3:07 pm | Comment

May the Great Duck In The Sky lay his healing webbed foot upon you.

November 13, 2006 @ 5:43 pm | Comment

By the way, why do I have the feeling that if someone posted a thread called, “Ivan is sick”, everyone would assume it meant something entirely different? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

November 13, 2006 @ 5:57 pm | Comment

Take it easy, Richard. Having been sick in Beijing and experienced the hospitals there, I think you are fortunate to be in Taipei. Get well soon.

November 13, 2006 @ 9:05 pm | Comment

Take care!

November 13, 2006 @ 9:08 pm | Comment

Get well soon, Richard.

November 13, 2006 @ 9:34 pm | Comment

Get well, Richard!

November 13, 2006 @ 10:04 pm | Comment

Hope you have a swift recovery, mate.

November 13, 2006 @ 11:44 pm | Comment

Taibei hospitals are filthy, but the people are so nice. I had an ingrown toenail removed, and the table I was on still had some blood on it from the previous person. But the doctor was far kinder than any I’d had in the states. Told me jokes the whole time, very pleasant guy. The bill was way cheap too!

November 14, 2006 @ 1:15 am | Comment

I’ve seen doctors smoking in the hallway in a hospital in Xinjiang… so I hope the hospital you’re going to is better than that!

November 14, 2006 @ 2:36 am | Comment

Good thoughts to you, Richard. I wish you all the best.
la pine, or, usa

November 14, 2006 @ 2:58 am | Comment

good luck getting past your medical problems (and the Chinese medical system). Look forward to seeing you back.

November 14, 2006 @ 3:44 am | Comment

Feel better, get better soon, Richard!

November 14, 2006 @ 4:48 am | Comment

Get well, duck baker!!

November 14, 2006 @ 5:45 am | Comment

Add my signature to the get well thread! Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, Richard!

November 14, 2006 @ 6:56 am | Comment

Thanks everyone – I won’t know what’s going on until tomorrow, but I am responding well to the drugs they gave me and hope to avoid surgery. I went to Tai-Da hospital – very clean and very good. I went there after getting fed up with the circus over at Cathay hospital. NTU is way better.

November 14, 2006 @ 8:18 am | Comment

Be a good patient Richard. If you have any problems at NTU tell them you know a lot of bloggers that could make it known how they treat patients. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And when you do go home take it easy for a few days!

November 14, 2006 @ 10:06 am | Comment


Get well! Be well!

~ DJ

November 14, 2006 @ 10:09 am | Comment

Advice #1: Make sure the doctors and nurses wash their hands before they touch you.

Advice#2: Give a few days advance notice if you want bloggers to riot in your hospital to avenge bad medical tratment. Travel time, you know…

November 14, 2006 @ 10:27 am | Comment

Glad to hear that you’re responding well to the drugs, Richard.

By the way, why do I have the feeling that if someone posted a thread called, “Ivan is sick”, everyone would assume it meant something entirely different? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by: Ivan at November 13, 2006 05:57 PM

Look out! The quacking canards are revolting!

November 14, 2006 @ 11:47 am | Comment

Feel better dude.

November 14, 2006 @ 12:59 pm | Comment

Responding well to the drugs? COOL!

“By the time we got to Beijing, the drugs were beginning to take effect….”

November 14, 2006 @ 1:36 pm | Comment

Ivan — now that would be a good blog post! “Revulsion and Loathing in Beijing.”

November 14, 2006 @ 3:34 pm | Comment

Wasn’t that the name of that blog that just closed? Oh, right – that was Talk Talk China. (Just kidding.)

November 14, 2006 @ 3:51 pm | Comment

hope you feel better soon richard

November 14, 2006 @ 4:38 pm | Comment

best wishes from me too.

November 14, 2006 @ 5:31 pm | Comment

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Richard!

November 14, 2006 @ 6:45 pm | Comment

Here’s a radiological scan of what’s going on in Richard’s brain as he responds to drugs:

November 14, 2006 @ 8:07 pm | Comment

Good luck and best wishes.

November 16, 2006 @ 3:03 pm | Comment


Get well and take care.

Ames Tiedeman

November 19, 2006 @ 9:07 pm | Comment

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