View Full Version : From Mrs. Pippin: News About Pippin

12-09-2010, 02:42 AM
Hi everyone. It's "Pippin's wife. I promised Mickey (aka "Pippin") that I'd let you all know that he didn't fall off the edge of the world but indeed is absent from his computer because he's in the hospital.

It's been a long week, but to summarize: Mickey was admitted on Friday, Dec. 3 for rectal bleeding. He had a colonoscopy on Monday. A tumor was found. Tests ensued… and he had surgery yesterday to remove a part of his colon where the nasty tumor resided. He is in recovery now. We had good news from the results of the CAT scan, X-rays, and bone scan. All were clear. (Praise God!) They took some lymph nodes from around the area where the tumor was and will be testing them. So that's our next hurdle. If you're the praying sort (I'm Catholic and yes, am busy praying my novenas..) please keep Mickey in prayer. It has, as you might imagine, been a trying time for both of us. Yesterday was our ninth wedding anniversary and I simply gave thanks to God that we were together and that the surgery went well. :-)

On a lighter note, Mickey insisted that I bring one of his ukuleles to the hospital on Tuesday and intended on giving one to a nurse who tried to play guitar years ago but her fingers couldn't get around the neck. I'm thinking, "Hon, when on earth are you going to strum your uke? Somewhere in between the blood pressure check and temperature-taking?" He makes me laugh in so many ways but this one really cracked me up. And it showed how the uke is always on his mind. :-)

He wanted me to let you all know that he fully intends on getting another issue of Ukulele Player Magazine out this month. He'll be on short-term disability for a few weeks, probably until the first week of January. He still will be drawing for a uke giveaway, also. You may see me (Mary Rose) a few more times as I respond to folks and act as Mickey's "Gal Friday." He loves this community more than you can imagine and misses it terribly. Meanwhile, let's hope for a quick recovery, a clean slate health-wise, and many more ukulele and guitar posts from our Pippin.

Thanks so much and if you'd like to write to me personally, feel free: maryrose@scrapshotmagazine.com

12-09-2010, 02:46 AM
Prayers sent up for a full recovery, soon.. Keep us posted..

12-09-2010, 02:57 AM
Good vibes and best wishes for a speedy recovery.


12-09-2010, 03:00 AM
Dear Mrs. Pippin --

Thanks for letting us know. I wish him a speedy recovery. Tell him to take care, rest up and get the issue out when it's best or him, not for us.


12-09-2010, 03:01 AM
Sending prayers and good wishes to you both.. I too will be watching for updates... Thanks for checking in with us!

12-09-2010, 03:12 AM
Pippin is a pip - one of the good ones! Prayers for speedy recovery and great health

12-09-2010, 03:15 AM
My prayers go out for both of you. Tell Mickey I said hello and I hope his mending is swift.

Hippie Dribble
12-09-2010, 03:19 AM
Hi Mary Rose

I am a Christian too and therefore partial to a bit of prayer! Very much appreciate you letting us know about Mickey's health problems. He is a much loved and respected member here.

Really pleased for you both that the operation went so well yesterday, and that tests are clear so far.

We will be upholding you both in prayer.

God Bless, Jon.

12-09-2010, 03:41 AM
Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!!!

12-09-2010, 03:46 AM
I will keep you both in my thoughts.

12-09-2010, 03:54 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

12-09-2010, 03:54 AM
Good wishes for a speedy recovery.

Ken Middleton
12-09-2010, 04:20 AM
Thank you so much for letting us know about Mickey's condition.

12-09-2010, 04:22 AM
Thank you for the post. I have a friend that went through the exact same procedure six years ago and is cancer free and doing quite well. My wife had breast cancer last year and a double mastectomy and is cancer free and doing well. My point is believe and rely on your faith as he will come out of this just fine. His attitude and spirit is 90% of the battle. Sounds as though he has an abundance of that!!! Keep us posted. And you are in our prayers. Lozark

12-09-2010, 04:24 AM
It is good to hear that Mickey is doing well and is active!

Best wishes to both of you.

12-09-2010, 04:42 AM
Wow what a ride life just took you two on. Thank you for letting us know. You both have wit and charm I see. You are both in my prayers. I am glad to hear of such a good outcome from what must have been a frightening week.

God bless,

12-09-2010, 04:54 AM
Colon cancer is something that runs in my family, so I am well aware of the affects it can have on everyone involved. I will be praying for the both of you.

As far as the ukulele in the hospital goes, I think that history has shown us that a positve outlook is tantamount in the recovery from any kind of illness. And what better to keep everyone's Aloha spirit up than playing a sweet souinding uke! Hang in there Mickey.

12-09-2010, 04:54 AM
Good thoughts and well wishes sent to your family. Take care.

12-09-2010, 05:07 AM
Thanks for the update. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Keeping both of you in my thoughts.

12-09-2010, 05:43 AM
We'll be keeping him in our thoughts, best wishes!

Miss Michele
12-09-2010, 06:02 AM
Thanks for the update! My thoughts and prayers are with you both!

12-09-2010, 06:12 AM
My sincere and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Remember ukulele can be a valuble tool in recovery.
When I was out of commission a few years ago it was my ukulele that helped me through the crisis.

12-09-2010, 06:16 AM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Positive thoughts are with you both.

12-09-2010, 07:00 AM
Prayers on the way for the "pippin" household.
DAP and family.

12-09-2010, 07:09 AM
Thanks Mrs Pippin for letting us know how he's doing! Mickey contributes so much to the Ukulele community and our thoughts are with you both. Hope all goes well with the tests, and he can go home and convalesce with his ukuleles. They are the best play-in-bed recovery instrument, I think. Let him know there is no pressure on getting the Ukulele Player Magazine out on time... we can wait a little longer if need be. We just want him to rest up and have a full recovery as soon as possible.


12-09-2010, 07:10 AM
wish you to the best and for Mickey to recover quickly.

12-09-2010, 07:32 AM
We're keeping a good thought for you and your family Mickey. Wish you a speedy recovery!

I hope Micky won't mind if I pass this info to his friends over at Harmony Central Acoustic Guitar Forum. He's got pals everywhere!


12-09-2010, 08:24 AM
Sending both of you healing and supportive thoughts. Best to you Pippin, take the time you need to heal and recover!

12-09-2010, 08:53 AM
Here's wishing Pipin a speedy recovery. Please thank him for the work he has done with Ukulele Player magazine and his contributions to the ukulele community.

12-09-2010, 09:13 AM
Thanks for letting us know about Mickey, Mary Rose! You are both in my prayers - Mickey for healing and great test results, you for peace of mind. Take care of him and yourself!

12-09-2010, 09:20 AM
I am happy to hear that the results are positive, my father just went through prostate cancer, and it can be really tough not knowing what will happen. I'm also very glad to see that his spirits are well. He is a smart man and knows that the ukulele has healing powers =)

The best of wishes to you both, and I will be sending good vibrations your way via my ukulele.

12-09-2010, 10:06 AM
Thinking of you both. I hope he's back on his feet in no time!!

12-09-2010, 10:39 AM
You two seem immensely positive, and that seems to be one of the real keys. I'm sure ukuleles really do speed recovery. Does anything boost morale more than our little 4-stringed friends?

Take care, and remember, Mary, you're going through something, too. I think it's easy to forget that.

Be well and happy.

12-09-2010, 10:46 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you a joyful Christmas to spite the worriesome times you are both living through.

12-09-2010, 10:49 AM
Thanks for letting us know :) I'll keep you both in my thoughts

12-09-2010, 10:49 AM
Thank you for letting us know about Mickey.

Sending positive thoughts and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery :)

12-09-2010, 10:54 AM
Adding my voice to the chorus of positive thoughts.

12-09-2010, 11:15 AM
Thank you, Mary Rose, for the update. Mickey is a cherished member of this community. My thoughts are with the both of you in this difficult time. Let's hope the news is as good as can be and you have reason to celebrate this holiday season.


mm stan
12-09-2010, 11:20 AM
Aloha Mary,
Sorry to hear the bad news about your husband and I hope he as a speedy recovery....I am also glad the surgery turned out well and hope his biopsy of the Lymph nodes turns out negative.....I will keep him in my
prayers....Happy 9th Anniversary....anyways, probally one you both will never forget...I'm glad to hear his spirits are up and he wants to play the ukulele...may just be the best thing to do, to distract him from
his serious current health issues and make his mood happy and filled with joy....Music is the great medicine that will pull him through..Tell him to take care and you too to take care in this stressful time..MM Stan

Chris Tarman
12-09-2010, 01:57 PM
Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

12-09-2010, 02:22 PM
Prayers lifted and healing vibes wafted Mickey's way.

12-09-2010, 02:23 PM
So good to hear the "All Clear" result. Prayers for healing, comfort and a swift recovery!

12-09-2010, 02:44 PM
Get well, Pip!

12-09-2010, 03:03 PM
My wish for you, Pippin, is a very speedy recovery. Positive thoughts and enery being sent to both of you. Thanks for letting us know, Mrs. Pippin.

12-09-2010, 03:12 PM
Pippin, we're all pulling for you. Hope you have a swift and complete recovery. :)

12-09-2010, 03:24 PM
Sending positive vibes from Atlanta, GA. Get well soon Pippin!

12-09-2010, 03:28 PM
Oh my gosh, I'm both shocked and heartened, the surgery is tough but what awesome attitudes you both have! What a blessing the both of you must be for those you love and who love you, and also for the good news that the doctors feel they got it all.

Thanks for letting us all know, because the more prayers sent your way the better, there is tremendous power in concentrated prayer sent with love. Science has proved this but for those of us who've seen prayer in action we have all the proof we need. And here we all know the power of the mighty uke to heal.

Adding my prayers for a swift recovery for Pippin and for strength and ease for you.

12-09-2010, 04:31 PM
Sorry to hear your news of Mickeys illness, just want to add my best wishes and a speedy recovery. I was hospitalized this time last year and my wife like you posted my situation on UU and the response of kind hearted replies was overwhelming. I am not a one for prayers but I really do believe that all the kinds words helped me recover, so I really hope it does the same for Pip. Tell him to take his time and get well soon.

12-09-2010, 04:40 PM
Don't know Mickey personally, but I look forward to reading what he writes every month. Prayers offered up for both speedy recovery and peace of mind- thanks for letting us know about his status.

12-09-2010, 05:40 PM
Likewise, Micky, speedy recovery! I'm right with you there, man. I can tell you ukes and colon surgery, like ukes and anything, go great together! Here's me after my colon surgery in October... Oh, and it does get better... Be well :)


12-09-2010, 05:55 PM
Likewise, Micky, speedy recovery! I'm right with you there, man. I can tell you ukes and colon surgery, like ukes and anything, go great together! Here's me after my colon surgery in October... Oh, and it does get better... Be well :)


Was hoping you would be showing up real soon. Uke can be healing as your video showed so well.

12-09-2010, 07:45 PM
Prayers sent for you and yours my brother.

12-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Hugs to Pippin and Mrs. Pippin. You are both in my thoughts.

12-09-2010, 09:30 PM
Prayers sent, Mickey and Mary Rose. Mickey's love for music is keeping his spirits high during this ordeal. I almost lost my wife to a different medical situation earlier this year, but she's recovered quite well. As for the Ukulele Player Magazine, I'm with Lori. It's OK to put it on the backburner, as Mickey recovers and heals. No rush. No worries. Ric

12-09-2010, 09:33 PM
I hope he gets better. Good stuff going your way.

12-10-2010, 03:06 AM
May God give you both peace & comfort as you walk through this together & know that many of "Pippin's" friends on UU are praying for a speedy recovery & comfort along the way.

Isaiah 26:3 - You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.


Jerlial Prophet
12-10-2010, 04:03 AM
Best wishes and prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

Big Bob
12-10-2010, 07:14 AM
My wife and I will keep you in our prayers for a speedy recovery

12-10-2010, 07:41 AM
Be well


12-10-2010, 03:47 PM
I arrived home from the hospital.

Here is the Reader's Digest Condenced Version...

Rectal Bleeding, scared to death, visit to hospital ER, Prep for colonoscopy, discovered problem, biopsy, bone-scan, cat-scan, lymphatic biopsy, chest Xrays.

The noma has turned out to be a polyp in the midst of a conversion to a "cancer". Luckily, all the tests came back clear. Bones are good, blood is good. Brain is good.

The tumor was halfway between a polyp and colon cancer. Since it was still in the conversion process, it has not migrated or grown larger in size. My follow-up visits will be scheduled in order to keep close tabs on my health.

Thanks to all for your prayers, well-wishes, and mojo.
Mrs Pippin appreciates all your encouragement and love. It really helped her through this whole situation.


12-10-2010, 03:57 PM
Good to hear you are home!

12-10-2010, 04:07 PM
Glad you're home. Any uke playing in the hospital? Continue healing and take good care of yourself.

mm stan
12-10-2010, 04:17 PM
Aloha Mickey,
Glad to hear you're home and the good news....Guess you caught it in time....someone was watching over you man!! It is truely a Happy Holidays for you this year!!!!MM Stan...

Hippie Dribble
12-10-2010, 04:25 PM
Great news Mickey. So pleased for you both. You really have something to celebrate this Christmas, eh? Bless you guys.:)

12-10-2010, 04:29 PM
Glad to hear the good news.. something to really celebrate!! May you have more years of good health!!!

12-10-2010, 05:42 PM
Take a break while you are at home, Mickey! I celebrated my 61st this year and hope for a few more to come with my loving wife! Will I see you at NAMM?! Ric

12-10-2010, 06:25 PM
So glad you got good news, and can be home resting now. It is great to be alive, and able appreciate the simple things of life.

12-10-2010, 06:43 PM
good vibes you way! hang in there

12-10-2010, 06:53 PM
Great that you're home! I hope you and Mary Rose have a speedy and uneventful recovery.

12-10-2010, 07:30 PM
Awesome news, Mickey! And so glad you're home. Of course, I'm sure you're glad as hell you're home, too. :p

12-11-2010, 03:07 AM
Thanks for the update Mickey. Wish you well in the recovery process!

12-11-2010, 05:54 PM
I've been out of town and am just catching up.

Praise God everything went well!


12-11-2010, 06:36 PM
Great news on the all clear. I hope you have a peaceful and quiet holiday season and get the rest you need to make a full recovery. All the best. Happy Holidays,

12-11-2010, 06:37 PM
Get well Pippin. Play music.