It was time for The Away Team to get together and have lunch.
Only... one of us was missing.
John went into the Hospital on Wednesday and is in critical but stable condition. They thought it was congestive heart failure as his lungs filled-up, but now they know his heart is fine but he may be having a reaction to one of his numerous and strange infections. He's on a respirator and he's kind of fighting it.
This guy has had a hard life, including polio as a child. And if I remember correctly, he has a birthday this week. And if memory serves me correctly, something always happens on his birthday (he's had two heart attacks on his birthday) or something happens around it. here's another year to chalk up.
Hopefully he'll get better - people sounded reservedly optimistic, but jeez. How much can this guy bear? He was supposed to retire in 2004. He was going to be our here when he did that. Instead, he was at work, working out in the exercise room we had, and something triggered a breathing problem. Thank God someone was there with him who called 911 - they still had to bag him when the paramedics got there because his breathing went hell in a handbasket.