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Old 03-26-2010, 09:24 AM   #1
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Get Well Slow

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

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:41 AM   #2
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Enjoy your reading opportunity, Neil and get well, er, slow .
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Hope it all works out for you, Neil. Don't forget your charger!
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:03 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:20 AM   #5
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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 !!!!
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:38 AM   #6
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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...
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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I hope that you get well at whatever pace you want, Neil, and have a complete recovery.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:19 AM   #8
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Get well SLOW but completely. (You don't want your heirs fighting over your sony do you?)
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:03 PM   #9
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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!
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:18 PM   #10
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:57 PM   #11
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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. )
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:47 PM   #13
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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.
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May you get well at a slow but sure pace.

Enjoy your reading.

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