Here I am, as promised. Jim is doing well. That is to say he’s doing what’s needed. Exactly what he’s supposed to be doing. I guess the right way to say it is, he’s having the reactions they want to see. When they annoy him he twitches. Sounds bad, actually good.
He’ll still be out at least another week. If they can close the belly wound, as hoped around Monday (next, not tomorrow) they’ll let him come to consciousness. Then we’ll see what else, if anything, is wrong.
He’s got his color back, his “numbers” are improving.He’s better every day . So for now, it’s all good.
Talk to you Wednesday.
My dear readers know me well enough by now, to realize that I am not one to bash any sort of safety effort, be it in the form of someone teaching a safety class, publish an article or simply share news, which in many cases can help a confused, or not so confused, air(wo)man in making better decisions…
When I opened my last email from FAASafety.gov the subject line revealed an interesting subject:
“FAASafety.gov – General Information “What’s all the flap about?
I fully expected to read either an interesting dissertation on flap hinge inspections, or partial flap blockage, maybe some wisdom laden article on how we tend to use flaps to early, to late, or how we sometimes not have them at all. Maybe someone would go into the details of a regular training airplanes abuse and shape of flaps, how much play they should have, or simply something we did not think about lately, in the general context of these barn doors, we nonchalantly call flaps. However, what I found was the equivalent of a monstrous article that leaves the reader gasping for air (shortly after picking oneself up from the cold and hard tiles) wondering what may have happened on the authors desk, today! There must have been an interruption, such as lunch, a meeting, maybe even worse! Whatever it may have been, the sheer size and content not only blew yours truly away, it also left him scratching his head… Buckle up & pay attention, here it comes:
— FAASafety.gov ——————————————————–
What’s all the flap about?
Notice Number: NOTC2324
Never retract the flaps to correct for undershooting an approach since this will suddenly decrease the lift and cause the airplane to sink even more rapidly.
This notice is being sent to you because you selected “General Information” in your preferences on FAASafety.gov.
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My apologies for this unsolicited attack on humor…it won’t happen again!
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Bruce Hinds, President of Washington SPA furnishes regular updates in regards to the health status of Jim Poel, a retired airline captain who recently got badly hurt in the crash of one of aviation’s oldest flying machines. I do hope his recovery and healing keeps on improving and Jim will soon be busy reading and smiling about a bunch of get well soon cards!
Cards can be sent to:
Jim Poel, Patient
c/o Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY 14642
Here the promised update from Lovada, Jim’s wife.
Hi Everyone,You just keep us going with all the good wishes.Today was okay. They decided to start backing him off the paralytic today. Big surprise. They weren’t going to do it this soon. Good surprise. It will be replaced with plenty of sedation and pain relievers. So as I said yesterday, the only difference will be he can move. I won’t be having a conversation with him anytime soon. But that’s okay. I talk to him a lot. Some people believe in it, some don’t. Doesn’t matter. They do say he won’t remember any of it. Maybe, maybe not. I’d just rather talk to him than about him. And if they’re so sure he doesn’t hear a word of it, how come they tell him whatever procedure they’re performing? That’s not for me. I’m sitting there. So. . .Today was supposed to be a “happy” day. Well, not so much. They took x-rays for an hour which requires turning him. And that’s not so happy for him. But, they gotta do what they gotta do. Don’t really know more than that. They’re just getting him settled down from the last surgery and getting ready for Thursday’s surgery, which is to start repair on him pelvis and maybe even his broken arm. They’re never really sure how far they’ll be able to go.Tomorrow his agenda will contain another cleansing of his wound. Doing all possible to prevent infection.Those who notice these things will see the time I writing this. There was so much activity in his room I thought I’d take the night off. (I mention this for you kind people worried about me) He was pretty peaceful, resting up from all that’s happened. Of course, the paralytic isn’t entirely out of his system yet. But he’s starting to stir.See you tomorrow.Lovada