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My awesome wife returns to work next week, so I’m experimenting with transporting myself home tonight ?

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:57 pm GMT -6

Can’t wait to be back here

pic posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -6

Never wanted a hot dog more

pic posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -6

Today would’ve been my grandfather’s 99th birthday ? ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 24th, 2018 06:28 pm GMT -6

Brunch by kid one with kid two

pic posted Saturday, November 24th, 2018 12:56 pm GMT -6

Good thing I’m in the balcony tonight

pic posted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 08:47 pm GMT -6

I really don’t know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack. It was almost as if they were…organized!

- Les Nessman

quoted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 07:05 pm GMT -6

Successful visit to the eye doctor – my eyepatch days should be over

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 02:39 pm GMT -6

David Schmillen – now with Prism

pic posted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 02:34 pm GMT -6

Meal #1 with the Kane side

pic posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 12:58 pm GMT -6

Don’t even know where to begin today: ?? ? ?‍♀️ ? ?‍⚕️ ?‍⚕️ ??‍?‍?‍?❤️??

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 10:29 am GMT -6

Stacks!

pic posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 09:32 am GMT -6

Nice to be back

pic posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 07:37 pm GMT -6

Thumbs up on Ralph 2

pic posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 04:59 pm GMT -6

Really looking forward to my first approved Wild game tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 10:47 am GMT -6

Free breakfast bingo

pic posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 12:40 pm GMT -6

Four hours of tough therapy this morning, but now I feel like I could build a rocket and decode the Enigma cipher in my head

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 19th, 2018 01:32 pm GMT -6

Riding the Express bus

pic posted Monday, November 19th, 2018 01:05 pm GMT -6

This stuff is so good

pic posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -6

Speak only if it improves upon the silence…

- Mahatma Gandhi

quoted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 12:30 am GMT -6

Charlie and I could talk recovery

pic posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 12:28 am GMT -6

My return to live music is going well so far

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 17th, 2018 08:26 pm GMT -6

Watch out internet, I’m attempting to code with one eye open (and a brain injury)

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 17th, 2018 11:27 am GMT -6

Last of the egg white bread

pic posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -6

Week Three Update

story posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 06:03 pm GMT -6

The third week out of the ICU started with lots of family time and a return to HCMC to meet with a neurosurgeon P.A. to have the sutures removed from the top of my head. Since we were so close, I also stopped in at the office for a short visit. It was so great to see everyone (and get more hugs than I can ever remember). After Colleen’s excellent suggestion, I also took the opportunity to clean out my office refrigerator and empty the trash and recycling cans. During my appointment, I was cleared to attend sporting events and concerts, so I hope to return soon for the basketball classic (as a fan) and get back to the Xcel Center with my uncle to catch a Wild game. My first concert should be a perfect one to ease back into live music – Charlie Parr tomorrow night at the Palace Theater up the street.

I was hoping the Monday appointment would be more definitive on determining clearance to return to a number of things, but that was not the case. It was great to get the sutures out (which didn’t even register on the pain scale compared to things in the ICU); a return to work estimate will have to wait until next month. We added some new future appointments and had to reschedule a few others, so now I have a pretty full schedule the next few weeks. It looks like spring will be a fine goal for a return to driving (seizure risk) and biking (warmer, head injury risk). My planned 50th birthday ski trip will have to wait a season, but truly just glad to have a 50th birthday. Haven’t talked much yet about a return to running…

My brother flew up from Orlando last weekend and my sister came down from Duluth, so we spent a lot of time together. We had Carbone’s for lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house on Saturday and my brother wanted to take us out to one of his restaurants in St. Louis Park Saturday night (Yard House). He’s now with Darden Concepts as a corporate trainer and really seems to like the company. Colleen, SK and I introduced him to the magic that is Raising Cane’s the day before he flew home. Also on the foodie radar this past week: lunch with another aunt and uncle at Handsome Hog, lunch with my friend and mentor Doug at Buttered Tin and SK’s first solo server shift at Saint Dinette. I’m really spoiled with so many great options within walking distance of our place (and to have so many kind offers to buy us lunch).

It’s been very strange defining my weekdays by Price Is Right in the mornings and Jeopardy in the afternoons, but I have been working on things other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. I designed some new personal business cards and the thank you cards with SK’s custom artwork arrived this week. Finding addresses and hand writing cards takes a long time, but is actually great therapy for me. I also rolled out the artwork on all the social media platforms, as there are so many people to thank (and I don’t have all those mailing addresses). I’m just amazed at all the communities who have supported us throughout this medical emergency:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium colleagues
  • Allina Health colleagues
  • Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority staff
  • Minnesota Vikings staff
  • National Football League IT staff
  • Hennepin Healthcare doctors, nurses, EMT and support staff
  • Metro Transit Police
  • Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments
  • Fortune Bay and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • High School for Recording Arts
  • Northwest Airlines alumni
  • St. Paul Central and Ramsey Junior High alumni
  • WeRunMpls and the online running community
  • MMR

This whole time period has felt like soccer’s stoppage time – I feel like every day I get beyond Oct. 8, 2018, is a bonus. It seems crazy to me that this could be one month or another 50 years. Appointments next week include the long-awaited ophthalmology session on Friday with Dr. Chang to discuss my daily occupational therapy eye exercises (see above) and options for prism glasses to help resolve the double vision.

Cheers, DK

Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update
Brains!

The cinematography in the first three minutes of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is incredible

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 16th, 2018 11:46 am GMT -6

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future…

- Fly Like An Eagle

quoted Friday, November 16th, 2018 10:14 am GMT -6

Man, he was only 57

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -6

First solo shifts for SK

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 08:41 pm GMT -6

Hey therapists, check this out

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 06:53 pm GMT -6

Thanks DJP!

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -6

To all my tweeps, thank you for all the love and support after my aneurysm ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 08:20 pm GMT -6

Thanks Jeff and Joyce!

pic posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 02:13 pm GMT -6

I could be wrong, but selling 100,000 $45 tickets to the 3M Open on a holiday weekend in MN seems like a tough job

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 10:15 am GMT -6

Heartbreaking news about the Zup’s fire in Cook – hope they can get back up and running soon

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 11:42 pm GMT -6

Love my neighborhood

pic posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 07:22 pm GMT -6

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do. They’re really saying I love you…

- Louis Armstrong

quoted Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 01:45 pm GMT -6

Great to see everyone

pic posted Monday, November 12th, 2018 05:15 pm GMT -6

Introduced the Floridian to Cane’s

pic posted Monday, November 12th, 2018 11:41 am GMT -6

West 7th is historic, but Woodbury is #1

pic posted Sunday, November 11th, 2018 06:19 pm GMT -6

Successfully increased my treadmill physical therapy today, while keeping heart rate in line

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 11th, 2018 04:35 pm GMT -6

You be you, Bears

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 11th, 2018 01:04 pm GMT -6

The Darden exec is in town

pic posted Saturday, November 10th, 2018 08:34 pm GMT -6

It wouldn’t be St. Paul without Carbone’s

pic posted Saturday, November 10th, 2018 12:48 pm GMT -6

Second Week at Home

story posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 10:46 pm GMT -6

The second week out of the ICU was (thankfully) low-key. I had no outpatient appointments at HCMC and my vision is to the point where I have one eye that’s really good at close-up screens and one that can watch TV clearly. I’ve done my occupational therapy eye exercises every day and ordered a cheap pair of standard glasses from Amazon that I’ll bring to my ophthalmologist appointment on Black Friday – they want to customize the plain lenses to help correct my double vision. On Monday, I’ll return to see the neurosurgeon for an incision check (and hopefully the removal of the two sutures on the top of my head).

I should be getting my AARP card in the mail any day now, since I now have not one, but two daily pill boxes full of medications (see above). It’s actually not too bad – four pills in the morning and two at night, but it’s still a big change from the rest of my life (always had a goal of no pills). Only had to take Tylenol one day this week, when I woke up with a fairly intense headache. Last night I decided to elevate my head more with a second pillow and that seemed to help. Today was the first day I felt tired at the end of the day, but I really didn’t do much physical therapy-type activities.

Yesterday and today friends visited me at home, which was really nice. I have a fairly full schedule next week, but please let me know if you’d like to swing by Lowertown (a person can only watch so much Netflix per week). I received two awesome gifts this week: One from HSRA (big thanks to TC, Saintanne and crew) and one from my good friends at MSFA. My custom artwork thank you cards should arrive tomorrow, so that will be another project to start working on while I’m home. My brother flew up from Florida tonight, and I’ll be visiting lots of family this weekend. Nice to see the Wild playing good hockey too…

Week 1 Update
Brains!

Megan gets it – thanks!

pic posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 04:29 pm GMT -6

iPhone upgrade day for MK

pic posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 04:12 pm GMT -6

Youngest visitor yet

pic posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 04:10 pm GMT -6

Pizza night

pic posted Thursday, November 8th, 2018 06:46 pm GMT -6

Amazon Prime video finally has Justified season 6 for free – love Sam Elliott’s voice, Timothy Olyphant’s acting and Ava and Boyd Crowder

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 8th, 2018 06:03 pm GMT -6

Doing my own laundry has never felt so satisfying

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 02:00 pm GMT -6

Election 2018

story posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 10:42 am GMT -6

Still don’t like to talk politics or religion, but thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the 2018 election. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, there are currently 4,064,389 eligible voters in the state. That site is not at 100% reporting across the board yet, but the governor’s race had 2,586,298 total votes recorded, while the two U.S. Senate races had 2,596,877 (Klobuchar/Newberger) and 2,587,320 (Smith/Housley) total votes cast. The would indicate a 63.6% turnout for a midterm election – more than 13% higher than the last midterm in 2014 (which is great, but still kinda sad overall).

Not going to provide detailed opinions on any of the races locally or nationally, but I will say this is the first time I’ve ever had a perfect ballot – every person and issue I voted for won… ??

Shut up, you American. You Americans, all you do is talk, and talk, and say “let me tell you something” and “I just wanna say.” Well, you’re dead now, so shut up!

- The Meaning of Life

quoted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 09:23 am GMT -6

Another 20 minutes of treadmill time for PT – this time with some new D on the headphones

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 07:29 pm GMT -6

Big fluffy flakes outside and these in the oven ❄️ ?

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 04:34 pm GMT -6

First flakes of the season

pic posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 04:28 pm GMT -6

David Schmillen

pic posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 01:40 pm GMT -6

Free fries taste better

pic posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 11:01 am GMT -6

Planned to use Shutterfly for my cards, but Simply to Impress had better editing tools and options (and cost just slightly more)

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 5th, 2018 02:07 pm GMT -6

My therapy dog

pic posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 06:58 pm GMT -6

Thank you, MSFA

pic posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 02:05 pm GMT -6

Last (working) brunch

pic posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 12:48 pm GMT -6

Thanks to @T_McKee and @lorinzinter for teaching Sasha so much the past year at Octo

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -6

So proud of my favorite team in the league – can’t wait to join you again ❤️?

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 12:02 pm GMT -6

Good luck to @angelakay629, who is about to run New York today with Team Bright Pink in honor of her sister Melissa

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 10:05 am GMT -6

First Week at Home

story posted Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 09:44 pm GMT -6

It’s been awesome to be home this week, but there are still some big challenges. My primary remaining issue is double vision, which I’m dealing with via eye patches and occupational therapy exercises (I’ll see a developmental ophthalmologist the day after Thanksgiving). Thankfully, I haven’t had any headaches or stroke symptoms, which would mean another trip to the emergency room. Today was the first day in three days that I took Tylenol (mainly eye pain). My hearing issues are gone and most food tastes normal again (VERY thankful for this). I’ve been trying to keep up with a modest walking schedule and started wearing my Apple Watch again. I’m anxious to get back to work, but I’m also mindful of the process to be cleared to return to work, which will include more outpatient therapy and reminders from my physician team to not rush things.

I’d like to take a minute to thank all of you who have been following along with this adventure – it’s so heartwarming to read comments, emails and texts, along with phone calls and in-person visits from people I’ve known for years and people I haven’t had contact with in years. With assistance from my very talented daughter, we should have some cool things to mail out to people in the next few weeks. The financial support shown in the GoFundMe campaign is greatly appreciated and has helped relieve my anxiety about what’s going to happen between now and my return to work. And Colleen, Sasha and Marisa have been amazing – much love to the three of them. ❤️

Brains!

Haven’t watched a Wild game like this in quite a long time – nice job down in St. Louis

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 09:34 pm GMT -6

Wait, is this heaven?

pic posted Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 10:27 am GMT -6

Gremlin Days

story posted Friday, November 2nd, 2018 08:17 pm GMT -6

According to reports, I wasn’t exactly myself the first few days in the ICU. Thankfully, some of my supposed quotes were written down:

There was also a reported exchange with Colleen about my favorite Prince song (“You *might* be right.”).

Sigh.

 

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