My time at Erlanger

Passing out at work

Some of you may know I got to spend a week at Erlanger Hospital . For those who don’t. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease . What happened is that I passed out at work at about 2:00 at work. I had lost a lot of blood. My co-workers were great. They immediately called 911. I can’t remember much of what happened as I was in a fog. I do know it scared me. I am 39 and still feel like I am 25. I have never had any serious medical problems before. Thank you’s to all of my co-workers. I still wasn’t sure what was happening. I knew I couldn’t drive and wished my co-workers weren’t making such a big fuss. I didn’t realize I had lost a lot more blood when I passed out. I a needle stuck in the left arm and one in the right courtesy of Hamilton County EMS. They were great.


Emergency Room

Next we arrived at the emergency room. I still felt dizzy like I was going to pass out. I lost some more blood. When I say loosing blood I mean it is coming out my intestine, bright red, and felt like 2 gallons not to be gross but like diarrhea. It was involuntary. After giving me some nexium through the IV they told me I was going to be admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit(CCU). I started crying. What were they not telling me? It turns out the anytime a person has so much intestinal bleeding that’s where you go. You could turn from good to bad if the intestines are leaking out into the body cavity. After a little bit longer we got to go up. This whole time my wife, Angela was with me.

So there I am in the emergency room scared as hell. I am sorry, I am superman, I learned from gentleman jack. Any of you heard of hooters before. Sorry, that’s who sponsored a lot of parties at my high school so I am a little partial. I am pissed that I have grey hair and even more that I have to shave my ears. Back to the story. Oh yeh up above thats my GI Doc.


Well my time in here is good. They nurses were hot except for Josh. Sorry dude I am not gay. But you were the greatest.  The only one I remember(damn meds). There was one that worked with you that stuck the hell out of my arm but she had a cool ear-ring good beach story and I bet could dance. I will show you all how to run soon. Thanks for taking care of me when I was there. One day I may return the favor back stage.

Getting out

Then I went to another floor. One nurse shaved me. Don’t worry girls only on the face. She was great. She had the greatest southern accent and shaved a nervous person. Plus all she bragged on was her husband and I thought that was cool. Then they let me out. I was so glad. I don’t know much about this thing but I will good night you all. So now I am taking a handful of pills and wished I was back on Sebastian Inlet shootin the pier  but up here we will not see the Hose  Classic.

For My Tampa Friends

Me and Angela’s favorite restaurant

Please read my American friends story:

The Capdevila Family emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1962 on the Freedom Flights to Miami, Florida. Maximino and Coralia fled Cuba wanting a better life for their boys after Fidel Castro and communism took over. Even though they did not know the language and they did not have any resources, they knew that if they worked hard they could achieve the American dream. Maximino and Coralia decided to settle in Tampa along with their four boys, Jorge, Luis, Albert, and Maxi, Jr.

Maximino worked eleven years for The Acme Plating Company where he gained the respect of his fellow employees and supervisors. He became the foreman of the company and worked there until a tragic death of a brother in law that die at the company under Max watch. He then left to open his own business. Coralia had worked many long hours and many years at The Tropical Garment Company as a seamstress before she too took on the challenge of a new business with her husband. The two older boys, Jorge and Luis, started working at the age of 9 and 7 selling hot Cuban corn tamales on their bicycles on the streets of Tampa on the weekends, and soon Albert and Maxi followed. Three years later, the boys graduated to their uncle’s meat market. The boys worked weekends and summers for many years until their parents bought their first business “La Teresita Grocery.”

The grocery store was bought with a small down payment and a loan from the Small Business Administration in 1972. Maximino and Coralia, along with their four boys and faith in God, went on to work together to make their American dream a reality. Success came with a big price: they worked from seven in the morning to eleven at night, three hundred and sixty five days a year; year in and year out.

The small grocery store became a supermarket, fish & meat market and a small Coffee & Sandwich Shop with a large customer base. Soon, the restaurant seating was not large enough to meet the customer demand. The family made the decision to buy the Philip 66 gas station across the street on the corner of Lincoln and Columbus Drive. They remodeled and moved the Coffee & Sandwich Shop to the new location with 3 horseshoe-shaped countertops with seating for 50.  It was there that the small restaurant/cafeteria became a landmark and continued to evolve into the popular hot spot from breakfast to late night, serving café con leche, Cuban sandwiches, soups to delicious homemade cooked meals. The demands of the restaurant and its popularity required more attention and Maximino & Coralia decided in 1985 to sell the grocery store. La Teresita continued to flourish being visited by hundreds daily.

In 1993, the Capdevila family once again endeavored on a new project, another dream: a 14,000 square foot, two-story restaurant on properties they had previously purchased next to the existing cafeteria. The new building now holds a sit-down restaurant (Capdevila’s at La Teresita) with tables and booths on the east side of the building, the cafeteria with the horseshoe-shaped counters on the west side and  takeout area, a banquet hall on the 2nd floor. The new project with the Lord’s help became a great success and the Capdevila family has continue to served this community and people from all over the world with great food, reasonable prices, huge portion’s along with a great family atmosphere. La Teresita now serves thousands weekly and has been honored to host and serve Presidents of the United States, governors, senators, mayors, city workers, and peoples and cultures from all walks of life. They all enjoy the world famous “La Teresita” food and traditions

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