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neilmarr
03-26-2010, 09:24 AM
My body has been no great friend of mine so far this century and has developed the habit of landing me in hospital for long stretches.

And I must admit that this tendency was added motivation to get myself an ebook reading device.

I bought my Sony PRS-505 early last year and have, unfortunately, been in rude good health ever since and not had the chance to discover just how much good it would do me lying in a bed in a country where hospitals carry only small libraries -- and those in a language not my mother tongue.

So -- yipee! -- you can imagine my glee when it was sprung on me this week that I wasn't as healthy as I feared and that I need three rounds of heavy surgery starting on April Fool's Day.

Now I will be able to test my theory that an unlimited supply of good books will aid recovery, make recovery time enjoyable rather than unbearable, or both.

This first time around, I'll be in for only a week to ten days. The other two bouts might mean longer stretches on my back, maybe even a stay in a convalescent clinic in the hills. So this wee Sony PRS-505 is going to be loaded to the gills with books from my lengthy TBR list and put through its paces.

Sadly, I may well have internet access, which would oblige me to do at least some work to avoid a big guilt trip. But whatever, my much extended recreational reading time will make for a dream vacation.

I'll miss MR if I'm out of touch for long, but I promise that I'll now be catching up on many sound recommended reads from my pals here.

And if anyone wants to send me a card, make sure it reads ... Get Well SLOW!

Slainte ba. Neil

HarryT
03-26-2010, 09:41 AM
Enjoy your reading opportunity, Neil and get well, er, slow ;).

Ben Thornton
03-26-2010, 09:46 AM
Hope it all works out for you, Neil. Don't forget your charger!

omk3
03-26-2010, 10:03 AM
Get well slow then, Neil, and enjoy your extended reading 'vacation'!

I hope that after that you will take the time to relax and read once in a while without needing any more health problems.

If you do have internet access, don't use it for work, just log onto MR to let us know how you're doing and what you're reading! :)

All the best and happy reading!

GeoffC
03-26-2010, 10:20 AM
don't forget the charger !!!

(ps make sure there's somewhere to plug it into, and they will let you!)..

enjoy, but I've seen better excuses for getting an ereader!!!!!

GET WELL really slowly !!!!

zelda_pinwheel
03-26-2010, 10:38 AM
get well slow but completely neil ! enjoy your reading and don't let good health stop you from continuing in the future. ;) i spent a couple of days in clinic recently and i was indeed very very happy to have my sony with me. i'm sure you'll also find it makes the experience much more bearable. but that's no reason to drag it out unnecessarily, either...

Patricia
03-26-2010, 10:50 AM
I hope that you get well at whatever pace you want, Neil, and have a complete recovery.

poohbear_nc
03-26-2010, 11:19 AM
Get well SLOW but completely. (You don't want your heirs fighting over your sony do you?)

dsvick
03-26-2010, 02:03 PM
In addition to not forgetting the charger and getting well at your own relaxed pace, most importantly....

Don't forget to load your reader with a gazillion books!!

Enjoy the opportunity Neil!

angelad
03-26-2010, 04:18 PM
Let your eyes rest :)

dreams
03-26-2010, 05:57 PM
Neil, Sorry you have be in the hospital, but happy you finally get to try out your 505!

I'll add one more idea.. maybe, get something to attach to your Reader so that if you fall asleep it can't drop to the floor.

I'll wish you your get well SLOW and read happily. :)

(drop in from time to time to let us know how you are doing-- and keep posting what you are reading. :))

joobies
03-26-2010, 06:04 PM
Best wishes for a complete recovery.

Ea
03-26-2010, 06:47 PM
Festina lente, Neil. Good thing you have your Reader ;)

Treven
03-26-2010, 07:01 PM
The last time I was in the hospital, before e-book reader age, I took my laptop with me. I was lying in bed hooked up to monitors, with my laptop on my chest going over some things. Pretty soon one of the nurses came running in telling me that I couldn't do that!! I guess my laptop interfered with the heart monitors; I wasn't even in the hospital with a heart problem!!; though I had 3 heart attacks prior to that. So I proceded to put my laptop on the bed-side table and continued what I was doing; I guess sitting on the table was far enough away not to interfere with the monitors.
Now if an e-book reader would interfere with monitors would be an interesting issue. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to intentionally go to the hospital, just to try out my thought.

nohmi2
03-26-2010, 07:21 PM
May you get well at a slow but sure pace.

Enjoy your reading.

:2thumbsup

Bilbo1967
03-26-2010, 07:26 PM
Neil, sorry to hear you're ill :(, but happy to hear that you are putting a positive spin on it :2thumbsup.

Enjoy the reading time!

Billjr13
03-27-2010, 02:24 AM
Hang in the Neil and best wishes for a full recovery, whatever the time table may be.

AlexBell
03-27-2010, 04:25 AM
Best wishes, Neil

Regards, Alex

Sparrow
03-27-2010, 05:02 AM
Best wishes for an indolent recovery :).

Seems recently that quite a few MR bods have been mended, or are due to be mended - I hope they all recover as comfortably as possible. :flowers:.

Kevin2960
03-27-2010, 06:02 AM
Get Well VERY VERY Slowly, But totally Painlessly, We'll think of you and miss you, Take Care ....

neilmarr
03-27-2010, 07:00 AM
Many thanks for your notes and advice, folks. That's really cheered me up. I won't forget the charger and thanks for this, Dreams ***get something to attach to your Reader so that if you fall asleep it can't drop to the floor.*** Very sound idea that hadn't crossed me mind. Easily done because I have a TuffLuv flip top cover than has a loop on the back that I can attach a cord to.

This is the first of three rounds of surgery I must have over the course of the year, so I'm gonna be darned well read by 2011, eh? Cheers to everyone. Sorry if I'm out of touch for a while as of next week.

Love and luck to you all. Neil

I'm not sure if I'll get internet access, but I can do some editing and proofing offline. I don't intend to over-do that, though, so the reader will take some hammer.

kennyc
03-27-2010, 07:02 AM
:( :( :(

Oh Man! Sorry to hear it Neil. I hope all goes as smoothly as possible!

GhostHawk
03-27-2010, 10:29 AM
Take the time you need, but you will be missed. Check in when you can, let us know how its going please.

neilmarr
03-27-2010, 03:35 PM
Thanks chaps:

Just to make my week complete, when I tried to open my PC this morning to start work and to save urgent work onto memory sticks to use with this wee netbook, the darned thing wouldn't cooperate.

A tech guy's just been and taken it away. The mother board's kaput, so it means importing a new system from the UK or US (otherwise it would be in French). He'll be able to save my files, I guess, but not all the special software I have in there for my work.

And my big and beautiful Calibre Library will be wiped out, I suppose. That's what I was going to use this weekend to stock up on reading because I only carry a few odds and ends and my current reading book in my 505.

I've just installed Calibre on my netbook, so now it's a matter of downloading some new books. I'll try here at MR first; facing a lot of lost work through hospial time this year and now with a new computer to buy, I'll be conventrating on MR's generous free classics. Any quick reading tips would be appreciated.

Hoots. Neil

kennyc
03-27-2010, 03:48 PM
Thanks chaps:

Just to make my week complete, when I tried to open my PC this morning to start work and to save urgent work onto memory sticks to use with this wee netbook, the darned thing wouldn't cooperate.,,,,

:angry: :angry: :angry:

kindlekitten
03-27-2010, 04:35 PM
my Kindle was a fantastic help with my recent knee surgery. familiarize the nurses with the device so that when you are looking for it they don't think you're hallucinating. I had fallen asleep with my Kindle (which is normal for me), but it had somehow become tangled in the sheets. when the vampire shift nurse came in to draw my blood I was frantically searching for it. she asked what I was doing and I told her I had misplaced my Kindle. "Your Ken doll?" no!!! Kindle. and electric reading device. "an electric what???" finally when she was really close to going for backup I found it. this just isn't a conversation that makes any sense at 4 in the morning!

HorridRedDog
03-27-2010, 10:02 PM
TIPS

1 - Get a non-usb charger
2 - Put some Harlequin romance books on your Sony. The night staff will charge it of you.

VERY IMPORTANT
3 - Put the harlequin romance books on it in installments. The staff will make sure that you have a full, slooooow recovery. :D

Best wishes.

neilmarr
03-28-2010, 10:26 AM
Thanks for the chuckle KindleKitten and for the tips, HorridRedDog: I have the bee's knees in chargers, but I don't think I'd ever be so desperately ill as to download Harlequin, even for the hospital staff's sake. Best wishes well received, though. Be sure I'll cash 'em in. Cheers. Neil (the Karma Santa)

kennyc
03-28-2010, 11:09 AM
.... but I don't think I'd ever be so desperately ill as to download Harlequin, even for the hospital staff's sake. ....


Good Man!

:D

AbFabGab
03-28-2010, 11:28 AM
Neil,

Wishing you an uneventful, peaceful recovery with lots of reading!
Do let us know how it goes.

Warm Regards,
Gabrielle

pendragginp
03-28-2010, 08:36 PM
Joining everyone in wishing you an uneventful recovery, neil. I've so enjoyed reading your posts.

If you do have internet access, don't use it for work, just log onto MR to let us know how you're doing and what you're reading!

Yes! :2thumbsup :)

neilmarr
03-29-2010, 08:30 AM
Thanks to everyone. This will be my last post here ... until the next one. Hope to be back on line and thinking straight before too long, maybe a couple of weeks. Best wishes to everyone. Neil

kennyc
03-29-2010, 08:56 AM
Good Luck! Beaming Good Thoughts your way!

Sweetpea
03-29-2010, 09:15 AM
Good luck, have fun reading and don't mind the surgery too much (just think of all the fun time you'll have with your trusty Sony!)


(I've no idea how it is to lay in a hospital for even one day... The last time I did that, I was 4 or 5 and the only thing I can remember that i got a baguette, with some songbird, while I had a fracture in my jawbone... But then, it was France after all, and those French are strange!)

pendragginp
03-29-2010, 10:08 AM
i got a baguette, with some songbird, while I had a fracture in my jawbone

<wondering what 'songbird' is....>

neilmarr
04-11-2010, 11:09 AM
Thanks folks. Just home. Managed to get through two full manusripts for assessment and three longish books that have been on my fun reading list for what seems like an age (see the recommendation threads). Can't thank you enough for the good vibrations ... they worked! Not felt as well for months. Love and luck, everyone. Good to be back. Neil

kennyc
04-11-2010, 11:31 AM
Glad you're back and at 'em Neil!

GeoffC
04-11-2010, 11:50 AM
welcome back

=X=
04-11-2010, 11:59 AM
Thanks folks. Just home. Managed to get through two full manusripts for assessment and three longish books that have been on my fun reading list for what seems like an age (see the recommendation threads). Can't thank you enough for the good vibrations ... they worked! Not felt as well for months. Love and luck, everyone. Good to be back. Neil

Good to hear! I'm glad your recovering well and enjoying that recovery with some good reads!

Welcome back to MR

TallMomof2
04-11-2010, 12:09 PM
Welcome back! Hope you continue getting stronger each day.

llreader
04-11-2010, 12:31 PM
... but get well!

pendragginp
04-11-2010, 01:46 PM
Good news :)

Patricia
04-11-2010, 04:24 PM
Welcome back, Neil. I hope that you have a smooth convalescence.

WT Sharpe
04-11-2010, 04:36 PM
Welcome back, Neil, and I hope that the strained friendship between you and your body will be resolved and that in the future the two of you will get along splendidly!

neilmarr
04-12-2010, 05:14 AM
Even more thanks, folks. Feeling better by the message. Best. Neil

joobies
04-12-2010, 11:55 AM
Delighted to hear things are going well for you.
Continued success.

Billjr13
04-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Good the see you back Neil, Lots of Love and good Karma to keep you on the healing path.