Mark Flanders is a "REAL" Pain in the Neck!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Most of you know my trusty sidekick, Mark Flanders(aka "Buckwheat"). We're both Moderators for the ActiveRain Community, and currently maintain the Top 2 spots here in the State of Washington. We also jointly run our 'other' blogsite, www.SoundBiteBlog.com

 As many of you are aware, Mark has been noticeably absent from the Rain for the past several weeks. Many years ago, he was involved in a rather substantial auto accident that affected his neck. Every once in a while, this neck injury acts up, but it usually subsides in short order. A couple weeks ago, it flared up again, but this time, it lingered, and eventually became acutely painful. Mark went in for an MRI, but he was in such pain, he couldn't lie down long enough for the procedure. Finally, they were able to medicate him enough to do the MRI.

Yesterday, Mark went to see a specialist in Seattle. The Doctor took one look at the film and told Mark he would perform surgery THAT day. Evidently, had his condition continued, there was a good chance Mark would have been paralyzed!

So, Mark had surgery yesterday. Everything went fine. He is supposed to be released either today or tomorrow, and will be out convalescing for another 2 weeks.

I thought it would be really cool if everyone (and I mean EVERYONE!) would send him a "Get Well" card so when he gets back to his office, the mountain of love mail from the 'Rain' would be there to greet him.

His address is:

Mark Flanders, Olympic Northwest Mortgage

1480 NW Sid Uhinck Dr., Ste. 200, Silverdale, WA 98383

Please help spread the word and let Mark know how much we care and miss him! Thanks!

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Tony Marriott
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Rich - Thanks for letting us know - a card from Suzanne and me will be on it's way as soon as possible.  Please pass on my regards to Mark.
Apr 27, 2007 10:03 PM #47
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Kristal Kraft
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Thanks for the Update Rich.  I'm so happy to hear he's on the mend.  I'll be sending him a cool card from the Garden State...

kk

Apr 27, 2007 10:35 PM #48
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Laura Cerrano
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I just saw this post, my card will go out in the morning for him...along with lots of blessings for a speedy recovery.  I hope he gets a "ton" of cards as well.  Thank you for posting and letting us know.
Apr 27, 2007 11:16 PM #49
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Ray Saenz
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Rich, I am sorry to read that, hope that he will be ok soon and be with all of us again :)  we miss him :)

my best wishes to him, you can spread my best wishes to him :)

Apr 27, 2007 11:42 PM #51
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Herb Hamilton
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Rich, Thanks so much for the update. I really have missed Marks posts.
Apr 28, 2007 12:56 AM #52
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Cyndee Haydon
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Rich,

What a great idea - a card is in the mail from us too. Having been in 3 car accidents last year (none my fault I might add :-)) I feel blessed to have gotten away with minimal damage to me (my car's didn't fair so well;-( - Wishing Mark a speedy recovery!

 

Apr 28, 2007 02:06 AM #53
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Randy Prothero
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Thank you for letting us know.  I will get a card in the mail also.
Apr 28, 2007 04:09 AM #54
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Allison Stewart
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Thanks for the update- We have all missed him very much!  Hope he is on the mend shortly and has a successful recovery. Great idea for us ALL to send hima  card..count me in
Apr 28, 2007 06:07 AM #55
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
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I hope his situation wasn't exacerbated by ActiveRainers.  My best to Mark for a quick recovery.
Apr 28, 2007 02:35 PM #56
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Jim & Maria Hart
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I'm off to get a card in the mail for Mark.  He's going to be so thrilled with your thoughtfulness in getting us all so actively involved with his recovery :)  We'll be sure to shout out a prayer, too.

Apr 28, 2007 04:25 PM #57
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Debi Braulik
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I thought it was odd that you were pulling so far ahead of him in points. You were always neck and neck. Now I know why.

I will put a card in the mail to him today.

Apr 28, 2007 04:28 PM #58
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Laura Monroe
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Rich~ Leave it to you to come up with this great idea! I'll put in a card as well, ans send him get well wishes!
Apr 28, 2007 11:21 PM #59
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Ed Vogt
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Thanks for letting us know - will keep him in our prayers and send a card today.
Apr 29, 2007 06:07 AM #60
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Rich Jacobson
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Thanks Everyone!

Mark is back home now from the hosptial. The surgery went well. He should be convelescing for 2 weeks, but knowing him, he'll be up and around sooner than that. Keep those cards coming!!!

Apr 29, 2007 11:14 AM #61
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Laurie Manny
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Rich, How is Mark doing? Has the pain subsided now?
Apr 29, 2007 11:17 AM #62
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Laurie - I'll probably go over and check in on him at some point today. I'll let you know how he's doing. Thanks!
Apr 29, 2007 11:31 AM #63
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Thanks Rich
Apr 29, 2007 03:49 PM #64
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Rich - Flat Mark aka "Buckwheat" is recuperating here in Clearwater Florida - he thought the sunshine and oranges would do him good. i'll report on your advertures in the Flat Group soon. I also arranged for him to see the best chiropractor around Clearwater, Dr Greg Dokka of Clearwater Spine and Rehabilitaiton for auto accidents. I've had 3 and he's been a huge help.  Wanted to give you an update. 
May 04, 2007 10:08 AM #65
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Gena Riede
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Have no idea where I've been but suddenly read this from Pat's blog and will send my card a mite late...perhaps mine will be read now since enough time has gone by to sift through all the others that arrived on time. Hope, Mark is doing fine and recovering beautifully!
May 05, 2007 11:08 AM #66
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THIS IS FOR:

MARK,

My prayer for you is that your body will be perfect in everyway, your days full of love, health and wealth.

That you will feel the sun on your face and a smile in your heart.

Get well soon we need you.

May 11, 2007 01:11 PM #67
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