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Summer Update: Setbacks, Recovery, CDs & Games

Dear Friends,

It was my intention to send out a newsletter in late April and I had it almost finished when I headed to Jefferson Barracks for what was supposed to be a routine colonoscopy; nothing appears to be routine when it comes to me, though.

For all you older folks, you know that in preparation for this procedure, you typically ingest 1 gallon of a laxative/GatorAid mixture, but for some unknown reason, the nursing staff decided I needed 2 gallons. It did me in and I was rushed to the ER where they plied me with magnesium and potassium as well as re-hydrated with IV fluids. I was admitted to a med/surg unit at John Cochrane, which is the other VA hospital here in St. Louis.

Unfortunately, they discontinued my IV fluids when I was admitted and after 5 days in the hospital not getting enough liquid, I developed a mucus plug that dropped my oxygen level down to 50 when 90 is the safe minimum. Linda received a call from the doctor at 1:30 am to let her know that they needed to perform a trachescopy so they could clear an airway. I was placed on a ventilator for 5 days and finally, after 3.5 weeks in the hospital, I came home with a trach placed and on oxygen. Linda and Ashley were able to get me off oxygen after a week and I’m working to get my trach pulled in two weeks. In the meantime, I don’t have much of a voice, but hope to change that with speech therapy that starts this week.

Needless to say, Linda and I have been through another setback caused by negligence at a hospital. Makes us very skittish to want to return to one anytime soon!

On a more pleasant note, I found a company here in St. Louis that will manufacture small orders of CD duplications. Therefore, the following selections are now available in hard copy:

  • The Scotsman
  • I Have Seen The Highlands
  • On The Beaton Path
  • Daft Ditties
  • Halfway Home
  • Songs of Praise/Pipes of Peace
  • Road To The Isles
  • In The Scottish Tradition
  • Christmas Classics
  • The Water Is Wide
  • Kidding Around
  • Over The Border
  • Beaton’s Personal Favorites “Double CD”
  • Live in Concert “Double CD”
  • From the Sea to the Shore
  • And, of course, the triple feature Alex Beaton’s Scotland DVD

Go to Beaton Store for all of my selections. I know many of you will be pleased with this news. Also, many are available as a single track or a complete album as downloads. You can see the selections at

I will be attending the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games ( in North Carolina which are held from July 6-9, 2017. My good friend, Alasdair Fraser, a master Scottish fiddler, along with Natalie Hass on cello, will be performing. It will be on Saturday, the 8th of July, that I will be on MacRae Meadows by the Alex Beaton Stage. It will be wonderful to be there and very emotional. I hope that I will see you there.

I will also be attending the St. Louis Scottish Games ( which are held the last Saturday in September, the 30th.

Hope you have a wonderful summer!




There are 3 comments .

Glen beattie —

Sorry to hear about the setbacks. Glad you are doing better. Now stop being an overachiever and just get better. Looking forward to seeing you again at the Grandfather Mr Games all the best . glen

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Sheila Armstrong —

i am so sorry to hear about your difficulties. Thank God for Linda! It sounds like you are well on the road to recovery now, though. The Grandfather Mountain games sound great, and one day I hope to be able to go. You two enjoy your trip to the games. I know many friends will be there to see you. Count on us to be there with you in spirit. I love you both. Sheila

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Marty Scott —

Alex, I listen to your wonderful music every single day, and have such fond memories of seeing you at Pleasanton and other events when I lived down south. Now I am retired and living up in Rohnert Park, north of San Francisco. Wow, thinking about it, its been a long time, I think I first heard you about 1990, anyway, long ago…Now, as you deal with your life, you inspire me, I certainly will never complain about my minor aches and pains as I think about what you go through! I had a hip replacement 3 months ago, 2 weeks in hospital and nursing facility, and I had wonderful care…I just cannot even imagine what you have to deal with, and with such a cheerful attitude…you are amazing! You are in my thoughts and prayers every day…and one of these days, if you ever get back to CA, I will get down to see you, I promise, it would be grand to see you of luck and love to you from a loving fan, Marty Scott

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