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Re: Robert needs our Love

Post by manovlov »

I asked him by message to sign a card for Dianne from me. These moments are some that remind us to what we are. Humans.
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Post by BlackBart »

FireFox31 wrote: 25 Jun 2022, 12:39 Thanks for this context. I know essentially nothing about Robert. What are these tours that he does?
He's been making useful videos for years, fixing his own Volvos (850 mostly I believe). Then he started traveling to help people with their projects / repairs. Then I think that turned into regional loops, where he has several repairs linked together in one area he can get to.

I was unaware he was taking his wife along and caring for her.
He's quite a guy.
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Post by foggydogg »

BlackBart wrote: 25 Jun 2022, 15:33
FireFox31 wrote: 25 Jun 2022, 12:39 Thanks for this context. I know essentially nothing about Robert. What are these tours that he does?
He's been making useful videos for years, fixing his own Volvos (850 mostly I believe). Then he started traveling to help people with their projects / repairs. Then I think that turned into regional loops, where he has several repairs linked together in one area he can get to.

I was unaware he was taking his wife along and caring for her.
He's quite a guy.
A lot of his travel work is lined up in advance - sometimes well in advance - and his specialty is manual conversions. I think he's done four or 5 this trip alone. He has done a couple of revivals of long dormant cars on this trip as well. He does focus on P80s.
Dianne has early-onset dementia, and has traveled with him for several years now. She enjoys the road trips, and likes having Robert with her every evening for dinner.
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Post by foggydogg »

Dianne is now intubated, on a ventilator, and has pneumonia. Robert is increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in her care.
Daughter arrived in Vegas yesterday from Cincinnati.
The situation looks grim.
69 1800s, @500k Death by Rust
94 850 Turbo, T-boned, ambulance for me, crusher for it
97 850T5 project
98 V70R, Junkyard rescue
98 V70GLT x2, parts cars
00 V70xc x2, both now dead
62 122s four door, 2l, FI head, discs up front, ipd swaybars
56 445 Duett basket project
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Post by foggydogg »

The first three minutes or so are an update on Dianne. Sounds like kidney failure has entered the picture.

With the other medical issues existing, Dianne's situation is ever more complicated.
69 1800s, @500k Death by Rust
94 850 Turbo, T-boned, ambulance for me, crusher for it
97 850T5 project
98 V70R, Junkyard rescue
98 V70GLT x2, parts cars
00 V70xc x2, both now dead
62 122s four door, 2l, FI head, discs up front, ipd swaybars
56 445 Duett basket project
1950 Studebaker 2R10 flatbed, T9 crashbox

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Post by manovlov »

Does someone have news about Roberts's wife ?
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Post by foggydogg »

Robert has posted a brief message about the current situation.
Dianne was transferred to a larger facility in Las Vegas two days ago. She is on a ventilator and unresponsive. Daughter Elisabeth is there with Robert, who is understandably not doing well.
This looks a lot like it is end stage organ failure.
69 1800s, @500k Death by Rust
94 850 Turbo, T-boned, ambulance for me, crusher for it
97 850T5 project
98 V70R, Junkyard rescue
98 V70GLT x2, parts cars
00 V70xc x2, both now dead
62 122s four door, 2l, FI head, discs up front, ipd swaybars
56 445 Duett basket project
1950 Studebaker 2R10 flatbed, T9 crashbox

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Post by foggydogg »

First two minutes+ medical update.

Still not sounding good.
69 1800s, @500k Death by Rust
94 850 Turbo, T-boned, ambulance for me, crusher for it
97 850T5 project
98 V70R, Junkyard rescue
98 V70GLT x2, parts cars
00 V70xc x2, both now dead
62 122s four door, 2l, FI head, discs up front, ipd swaybars
56 445 Duett basket project
1950 Studebaker 2R10 flatbed, T9 crashbox

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Post by manovlov »

i'm a bit silly, i didn't think about the fact during these hard moments, Robert doesn't work. I sended him few bocks. I hope it will help.
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Post by FireFox31 »

Wow, the beginning of that video is hard to hear. And yet he keeps on working and helping people. What a strong person.
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