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No, AMtech is NOT dead. But it was severely wounded
in late July and early August.
Many of you have either met or talked to Tom and/or Alan. In late
July Tom went into the hospital for some tests which resulted in
some important surgery. While he was in the hospital recovering,
Alan had an accident that first put him immobilized in bed for
several days and eventually resulted (after a lot of details that
won’t be recounted here) from Des Moines, IA to the University of
Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa, for emergency spinal surgery.
Alan’s condition involved spinal stenosis and something called Cauda
equina syndrome. For those of you who are still up on your Latin,
loosely translated this means “horse’s ass syndrome.” We’re sure
there are many who wonder why it took a team of neurosurgeons who
didn’t even KNOW him to figure this out and give it a Latin name,
but such is life.
Alan was under the knife for some seven hours, and when he came out
of surgery he was paralyzed from the waist down. The incision took
42 staples to close and a portion of three of his vertebrae was
removed. Rather than bore you with lots of details, after several
weeks in recovery and what Alan charitably calls “Outpatient
Storage”, he was transferred to a rehab facility where he spent
about three weeks working on training his legs on how to walk again.
He is now staying with relatives and in Outpatient Physical Therapy
and can walk (with a walker), as much as 180ft now at one shot.
Tom is now back at work, and Alan is now set up to be able to
receive and respond to e-mail via the AMtech mail system.
If you have written or called AMtech in August, September or early
October, we apologize. Needless to say, a lot of projects have
gotten set back since Alan was not in a position to make decisions
about anything more than what side to sleep on. We are working to
get things straightened out and back on track…including getting the
26MB newsletter out that has been sitting in Alan’s computer since
Thanks for your understanding. We’re working to get
back on top of things.
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