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Username: mica

Post Number: 6798
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

Anyone that's phoned me in the last 2 or 3 months knows I sound like I smoke 2 packs a day, though I've never smoked in my life. Finally the coughing was too much to take and I went to the doctor today. Apparently I have incredibly bad allergies, resulting in near whooping-caliber cough attacks. I had one at the office visit, and he was surprised it took me so long to come in with a hack like that.

Started new medicine to treat the symptoms, so I hope to feel much better next week. Some rest would be great! If I'm feeling better, I'll be at a class on Monday with my dad learning all about TEX and LaTEX. Come Tuesday, I should be back to posting pictures I've collected around the shop, answering serial number requests and catching up on emails.
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1191
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hope you're feeling better soon Mica!

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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1092
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 6:07 pm:   Edit Post

Mica , I send you my sincere wish's for a thorough recovery from these respiratory complications.


(Message edited by sonicus on June 25, 2010)
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 668
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Everyone who answers the phone over there these sounds like they need a stiff course of antibiotics, daily inhalations of ravensara and a month off!

Get well soon, all of you Wickershams!

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Username: slawie

Post Number: 224
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 7:18 pm:   Edit Post

Look after yourself Mica. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Good health is invaluable (speaking from experience)


(Message edited by slawie on June 25, 2010)
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1410
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post

You've got E S S : Expensive Sawdust Syndrome ! And you've been sniffing glue all these years !

Get well soon, kiddo ! ! My best to your Mom and Dad.

J o e y
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1436
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 7:07 am:   Edit Post

Accept my hopes and best wishes for a speedy recovery and full restoration of health.
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 765
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 7:50 am:   Edit Post

Too much wood dust Mica???
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Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1271
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

Made me think of Cool Hand Luke. Not the egg part, just the there are some men you just can't reach part.

Best of health and recovery to you!
Username: rjmsteel

Post Number: 74
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 9:35 pm:   Edit Post

Totally understand:
I had pneumonia going up to our cabin during last years vacation, same week in June as now, (we just returned from there today for this years stay), driving for seven hours, and me and the clinic up there didn`t know it until returning home after seeing our local doctor. Three weeks of that! Very careful now.

Hope you feel better SOON!

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Username: dfung60

Post Number: 432
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 3:24 pm:   Edit Post

Mica -

Best wishes for a quick recovery.

Folks mentioned this somewhat lightheartedly here, but you probably should tell your doctor that you do have regular exposure to exotic wood dust as part of his consideration of your case. Many of the rosewoods and other exotics lead to high allergic reactions when the oils in the wood are released into the air (can't think of the right term, but I'm pretty sure it's not "aerobicized"!). There have been a number of luthiers who have developed severe allergic reactions due to years of breathing rosewood and ebony dust - Bozo Podunavac who made Leo Kottke's guitars stopped for many years, and I believe that the late Tony Zemaitis had wood allergies as well.

You've got at least a double whammy there, since you've been around this stuff for at least your entire life and probably had indirect exposure before you were born as well! Not to mention that Alembic sets the high bar on access to really rare and exotic wood.

And are you guys getting ready to print a textbook or something? I haven't heard anybody mention TeX in a long time other than in the layout of mathematical formulae. I had the great pleasure of taking classes from Don Knuth at Stanford when he was actively teaching (and before I stopped actively learning). He was actively working on TeX at the time. He and your dad are very similar - quiet and modest guys with more individual brainpower than a room full of smart guys.

David Fung
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1413
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 5:25 pm:   Edit Post

From the OTHER end of the brainpower scale . . . . what is TEX and LaTEX?

J o e y
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2476
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 7:19 pm:   Edit Post

Take care, Mica!

David, I suspect that Mica is well aware of the issues associated with wood dust and I would be shocked if her doctor wasn't aware of her occupation and exposure to it. That said, it never hurts to be sure.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9415
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 7:20 pm:   Edit Post


Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9416
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 7:26 pm:   Edit Post

Joey; pretty much outside my level of comprehension.
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2633
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

Get well soon Mica.

Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 21
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:42 am:   Edit Post

Mica, move to a dryer climate.
Username: alemberic

Post Number: 98
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

Mica--hope you'll be feeling better very soon. Best wishes to you.

Username: mica

Post Number: 6799
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 3:37 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the well wishes! I'm actually feeling (and sounding) much much better now! It's amazing what not coughing all day and waking up to cough all night can do for a person.

It's not the dust, it's the pollen. We live in an area that makes lots of pollen, and the weather cycle this year of lots of rain, then lots of heat and repeat has made the pollen counts extremely high. Having never suffered from allergies before, it took a while to finally drag myself into the doctor too see what the matter was.

I was reminded by my mom that it's actually been closer to 5 months that I've been coughing, it's just that it got worse and worse the more time went on.

My doctor is aware of my modest exposure to wood dust. If I do more than just a walk through in the shop it's on with the particle mask. I have developed a contact sensitivity to Rosewoods - I'm fine as long as I wash my hands within a half hour of touching the raw wood. I just use gloves when I'm buying wood or picking through the pile.

Anyway, I'm glad to be feeling much better and hope that allows me to start playing catch up a little. Thanks again for all the kind wishes.

And David, how wonderful to have learned directly from Don Knuth. It's not a textbook, TeX is good for regular ol' words too :-) The Superfilter manual is going to get an upgrade very soon, and the other manuals will follow suit. I've got too much catching up to go to the TeX banquet tomorrow night, with special guest Mr. Knuth of course.
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1262
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 9:15 pm:   Edit Post


I think the word you're looking for is aerosolized, or aerosolised for our friends on the other side of the pond.

Mica, best wishes on a speedy recovery (from TeX!) :-)


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