So What Happened?

After having a great time at field day with our club, SDHAMS, I suddenly came down with a fever. On Tuesday I checked myself into the ER in Pierre. They treated me for pneumonia, but I was getting worse so they flew me to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Sanford

At Sanford they ran numerous tests, but did not find anything conclusive. The anabiotic‘s started working and my condition improved. 12 days later I was released and told that I had a minor stroke which will take some time to recover from. My doctor in Pierre believes the stroke was brought on by either encephalitis or meningitis. I had numerous bug bites from camping the weeks before Field Day, so most likely my illness was brought on by something that bit me.

I am resting at home now. I’ll have physical therapy to attend to in the following months and I’ll get back to my routine as soon as possible. Thank you for all your support. I appreciate it very much and I hope to hear you on the air very soon.

Best 73,

Rich, K0PIR

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K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

69 Responses

  1. Malcolm says:

    Hi Rick.
    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Pleased to hear you are on the road to recovery.

    Malcolm VK2AB

  2. Fred Cain says:

    I hope this finds you well on the mend!
    73,
    VE3JMJ

  3. Spence Graham WT8WV says:

    Hope ya get to feeling better FAST! Prayers!

  4. Dave Borchard says:

    Sorry to hear about your medical problems. It sounds like you’re on the road to recovery now!

    Dave KY0L

  5. Miguel Iborra, EA4BAS says:

    Hi Rick, I wish you a quick recovery
    73
    Miguel

  6. Jon Bennett says:

    Rich,
    Go for total recovery. Keep the faith and get plenty of rest. All else can rest and wait till you get your health back in shape. With out good health, we have nothing.. Our prayers are for total
    recovery soon.
    Very best of 73 from Richmond, VA
    Jon
    NQ4A

  7. Thomas Farr says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Rich!

    • Martin Rabbett says:

      Hi Rick hope your recovery continues take it easy looking forward to more interesting articles on the IC7300 regards Martin GI0IOT / EI2KO

  8. tom sprtel, KC9RDG says:

    Wish you a speedy recovery. I too am recouping after a colon resection surgery. Can’t wait to get back to the shack.

  9. MARK, SP2ILQ says:

    Best wishes for complete recovery. Take care and rest up Rich!
    best 73!

  10. Jerry Kitterman says:

    Get well real soon Rich!!
    73’s de Jerry
    W9YJI

  11. Kermit says:

    Get Well Soon!

    73

    KF5VM

  12. 73 , Érico . PP5EF says:

    Hello Rich.
    wish for a great, and a short recovery.
    73,

  13. Tony says:

    Best wishes from across the pond, get well soon. 73s

  14. Jim, AD0YO says:

    Get Well soon! All of our prayers.

  15. Steve says:

    I hate it when modern medicine fails! Bring on the leeches!!
    Get well soon!
    Prayers are with you OM!

    Steve
    KK6NTL

    • Larry Keeran says:

      You did good to get a local diagnosis. A Motorola employee, a ham, and my best friend came down with similar symptoms while in New Mexico and thought it was a cold. When he got back to Chicago, his doctor treated him for a cold. He got worse and lasted two weeks. Moral of the story, get treated by local doctors at the time of the bites. They would know the correct symptoms and solution. You did good. I’m sure the recovery will produce a stronger you. VY 73 k9ORP

  16. Domingo says:

    Salud y rápida recuperación.

  17. Ken Bell says:

    Hope you’re feeling better, soon!

  18. James says:

    Bonjour Rich,

    Best Wishes from The Great White North!!

    Take care!

    de James, VE2KHC
    RAC CEC
    FM35

  19. Terry W4ZQ says:

    Rich
    I was both shocked and saddened to read of your ordeal. It’s so very hard to understand God’s plan when bad things happen to good people but it does bring the best of wishes from so many for your speedy recovery. All the best from Kentucky.

    73 and Best Wishes,
    Terry W4ZQ

  20. Mike Stacklin says:

    Rest easy and listen to your Doctor ! Get well soon !

    73, Mike W8CJJ

  21. Mario Mariani says:

    Wow! Rich get better. I thank you for all your hard work and passing information to us that has help us so much. Now get better because we need your help in the future. 73’s KC2QJJ

  22. Mario Mariani says:

    Wow! Rich get better. I thank you for all your hard work and passing information to us that has help us so much. Now get better because we need your help in the future.

  23. Jan, PA3AAN says:

    Rich,
    Get well soon, listen to you FT and rerain from doing dumb things.
    Get well soon,
    73,
    Jan PA3AAN

  24. Jeff says:

    Rich,

    I am very sorry to hear about your illness and wish you a speedy and full recovery. Please get plenty of rest and focus on your therapy.

    73 Jeff
    KC0KYX

  25. Dennis Kimrey says:

    Rich,

    Glad to hear you are doing ok and back home. Do what the doctor tells you.

    Dennis
    W0HL

  26. Art WB4MNK says:

    Rich,

    Wish you a speedy recovery.

    73,
    Art WB4MNK

  27. Jim Schultz says:

    Hi Rich,

    So sorry to hear of your recent ordeal. I hope you are well on your way to completely mending. Thanks for all of your helpfully informative videos. I look forward to hearing from you again very soon.

    73,
    Jim, AF6N

  28. John Kyriazis N6VEG says:

    Rich,

    I pray you get better and return to your norm.
    It’s sad when the activities that bring us joy can also hurt us.
    May your therapy go well and bring back your health, strength, and stamina.
    Keep us posted as we do care how you are doing.

    Withe respect,
    73’s
    John Kyriazis N6VEG

  29. Bruce Weight says:

    May the God of peace bless and continue to heal you. Good to hear of your release from the hospital. Keep up the good work we all enjoy your articles in ham radio.

    DE KA7QVE

  30. Chris Kepus says:

    Hey Rich,
    Glad to hear you’re on the mend! Great advice from the group – do your physical therapy – first. Will pray for your full recovery.
    73, Chris W7JPG

  31. Billy Lowery says:

    Get well and hope to hear from you soon. We will be missing you.

  32. George says:

    Sorry to hear about your illness. Hope the Doctors have done their job well and that you recover soon. All the best.

    George
    KD4FJ
    Texas

  33. Jerry Nicely says:

    Rich, glad you are on the mend and glad it wasn’t worse. Bet Mr. B really missed you tho LOL.. 73’s Jerry W4DSD

  34. Jeff says:

    Be well Rich. Take care of yourself and will be hearing from you real soon.
    Jeff WB9DAR

  35. James Little K4JUO says:

    Very sorry. Have enjoyed your YouTube contributions

  36. Richard Lindner says:

    Rich,

    Very sorry to read this. I hope your recovery continues and that you take the time to rest as prescribed!

    73,
    Dick
    W0RIF

  37. Bill says:

    Sorry to hear of your illness however so glad to hear you have been released. Take it easy and do what they tell you to do. Hope to hear you back on the air soon.

    73
    Bill
    W0PT

  38. Manfred Schaefer says:

    Rich, I’m sorry to read this. All the best for a complete recovery, soon.
    Manfred, DG7FB

  39. Peter Weatherall says:

    Sorry to hear that Rich hope you have a speedy recovery
    Peter G3MLO

  40. Bob Folmar says:

    Hope you heal soon. Did they rule out the possibility of a tick bite. Here in PA there has been a very large uptake in tick bites this year. A friend went for a walk in the woods and pulled almost a dozen ticks off when got back to the house. Get well soon. Enjoy your information. Bob KB3VS

  41. Ken Hasenbank says:

    So sorry to hear this Rich. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
    Ken, N0IZE

  42. Dan Asbridge says:

    Glad to hear your on the mend Rich! Make sure you get plenty of rest in your recovery. You never know what can happen in this world, you just do your best and have fun in the adventure called life and ham radio is in the list of fun things! 73, Dan AB5VJ

  43. Alastair Macfadyen G3ZHZ says:

    Really sorry to hear your news, Rich, but thankful that it’s been resolved.

    73

  44. Earle W1IPN says:

    We will miss you during your recovery! Your one of the few folks who can explain technical issues so that I can understand them.
    So glad you on the mend, rest and smell the roses.

  45. Roland says:

    Get wel and take care of your self.

  46. Rusty says:

    Rich, I am hoping you recover quickly. In the meantime, DX from home.

  47. "DOC" HOLLIDAY says:

    Rich, thanks for sharing what happened. That is the first I heard of it. I pray that you will be totally healed.

    73,
    Deryl, WB4QIZ

  48. George Gernandt - N0BBG says:

    Hi Rich,
    Sorry you had to go through all of that, I can emplize, I had a quadruple bypass last year and went through months of therapy.
    I hope you recover and return to reg. lifestyle ASAP.
    Please do all the therapy, even the little exercises, like putting the coins in a piggy bank, you’ll need to retrain your muscle memories.
    All of this Radio stuff will still be here when you are better.

  49. Bradford Rehm says:

    Rich, so sorry to hear about your experience of Field Day. I’m glad you’re recovering, though. Strokes don’t begin to match the fun you can have operating outdoors. Do the therapy and get better!

  50. Mark says:

    I wish you a speedy full recovery.

  51. Evans says:

    You have done great work for us and your active efforts will be missed for a while. Get well and get back into tempo. 73

  52. James Crawford says:

    Best wishes to you, Rich!

  53. W9OWO –– Jack –– Auburn, Indiana says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  54. Ernest Grubb says:

    Sorry to hear about your problem Rich. Get well soon. KA4TEV

  55. Phil NW4X says:

    Wishing you all the best! Get well soon my friend and take it easy…. don’t rush things.

  56. Ron Martin says:

    Rich,
    So sorry to hear of your illness. Best wishes for recovery. You are a key educator in this amazing hobby.
    Ron
    WD0END

  57. Spencer Brown says:

    Hi Rich,
    I am very sorry to hear about your pneumonia and stroke. I hope you are getting plenty of rest so you can make a speedy and full recovery.Take good care mate.

    Spencer (VK2SPB)

  58. Rick says:

    Oh man what an ordeal! At least they finally figured out the problem and how best to treat it and you’re home. I know how little fun it is to be in the hospital for that length of time. Been there done that!

    73 and get well!
    Rick, W2JAZ

  59. Scot WA0SD says:

    Rich
    Get well soon!
    73’s Scot
    WA0SD

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