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Back on the Recovery Road

Dear Friends,

After fourteen weeks being confined in my bed due to a pressure sore on my buttock, the wound has finally healed and I am now able to get back in my chair and continue on my road to recovery. Finally, for the first time since moving to St. Peters I am able to get out of my bed and enjoy my new home. I am looking forward to exploring St. Louis and catching a Cardinal game or two with my friend Rev. Millie Slack.

Vocal Chord Surgery Scheduled

One of the many issues that go along with my injury included the partial collapse of my left vocal chord. Fortunately, while living in the Nashville area, I was introduced to one of the finest voice centers in the country located at the Vanderbilt University Hospital and to the renowned otolaryngologist, Dr. Catherine Garrett. She injected a temporary filler to raise my left vocal chord last October. The filler has served its purpose and now I am scheduled for surgery on my vocal chord on August 15 which will be a permanent solution. From comments by two speech pathologists and Dr. Garrett, this procedure is very successful.

Therapy Resuming

My confinement to bed limited my physical and occupational therapy and I have mostly received only range of motion therapy. My spinal chord doctor has given me the green light to be an in-patient for two to three weeks at Jefferson Barracks Hospital here in St. Louis where I will receive intensive therapy to build up my strength. Although I will be receiving full therapy, it is my right arm that they will be concentrating on. It has shown the most response in the past and will enable me to be a bit more independent. Specifically, I will be able to again drive my power chair and hopefully, one day, be able to feed myself.

In Closing …

Finally, as you know this is a catastrophic injury which has been a major life changing event for me and for Linda. I try to keep my spirits high and I couldn’t do it without the loving care of my wife. I am pleased to see that Linda has the support of her son and family here in the St. Louis area.

Thank you for your continued care and support. I am truly grateful for the love you each have conveyed to Linda and me. You have truly given me more than I ever thought I had given you.



P.S. I would like to say that it wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t mention the DVD sale. The DVD and CD package for just $20. Stock up now for holiday gifts! Hurry, this is only available during August and September.

There are 7 comments .

Perry Massey —

Sorry to hear about you set back, but pleased to know that your recovery is back on track…listen to your recordings every day and look forward to your complete recovery…
Perry Massey

Karen Clark McMillan —

Alex, I am so very sorry about your accident. It’s been years since I saw you…I was with the Kentucky Scottish Weekend and remember fondly the fun we all had. Memories of you, David and Jesse still make me smile…particularly when I remember the after-ceilidh parties! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Sharon Scanlan —

Hello, Alex and Linda,
My husband Tom and I are fans of yours after seeing you for years at Estes Park. We DO miss you (and Seamus is good, but we love you better!!). We hope and pray your surgery goes well and you can stay strong. I’m sure it gets discouraging. It was delightful seeing your and Linda’s photo with your winning smiles. Please know we will hold you in prayer and thought. We continue to enjoy your wonderful music.
Our very best to you both. Sharon and Tom

glen beattie —

great to hear that your recovery is still progressing greatly. :-) Hope it continues well. :-) Enjoyed meeting you the several times we did. :-) Hope to see you again soon Take Care :-) All the Best to you both :-) glen and Susan Beattie

Maureen Whitaker Clifton

Alex & Linda….

I am thrilled beyond words! Alex, It seems you are in the correct place for great care & all good things.

I recently found tickets stubs from June 1986 Sacramento State Scottish Games & Ceilidh where you were featured entertainment.

We had a wonderful time partying & my young son enjoyed meeting you & loves your music as do I. I absolutely love
‘From the Sea to the Shore.’ – & all the CDs I have,

I listen to it several times a week while I work on my book.

Keep the faith & God bless you in working so hard in this recovery! May the ‘healing energies’ I continue to ask God to bless you with work to create more..

Take care & do well.

Love to you both….
~Maureen (Ohio)

Misty MacNeill —

Sending you positive energy and well wishes.
Always and Aye.

Claire Rupert —

After a decade of living in Ky., and missing the Festival there, I looked so forward to returning to Colorado and attending the Longs Peak Highland Festival as I had for nearly 20 years as a spinner. I was hoping to introduce my husband to you and to hear you sing your wonderful songs again..Rowan Tree was always my favorite. I am sad to hear of all that has befallen you, and not surprised to see you handling it with such grace. I will keep you in my prayers, and as a nurse, I know that anything is possible, so I expect to see you exceed all expectations! Believe in miracles, and feel all the love that so many are sending you. Blessings aye, Claire and Jack Rupert

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