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« on: October 10, 2004, 06:31:45 PM »

I haven't been able to log on in a few days and was wondering what's going on.
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2004, 06:36:02 PM »

Let me send you over to this link and that FAQ will answer everything we know about Gone Gold:

http://www.consolegold.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1227
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004, 03:41:45 PM »

Thank You, DESTRUCTOR,

i just read the post at your link.  when i couldn't connect to GG after a few days, i contacted another GG'er (thanks, LILDRGN) who told me about this site - and another thanks-so-much to CONSOLEGOLD for welcoming us!  i never thought to look in the off-topic section though, so i'm also grateful to KC for asking the question....

thank you, one and all!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004, 09:05:46 PM »

What exactly happened to Rich? I know he was a patrolman with NYPD and is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, but how was he injured?
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004, 09:26:00 PM »

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What exactly happened to Rich? I know he was a patrolman with NYPD and is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, but how was he injured?


He was shot, and lost the ability to walk. With that came with a plethora of other problems.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004, 09:29:16 PM »

If I remember right he was not shot...he was struggling with someone they were arresting and he heard a popping noise which was his back and he crumbled to the ground.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004, 09:29:28 PM »

Actually I think he lost his ability to walk after a struggle where he landed on his hip.  His hip never healed and some of the treatments actually caused his hips to deteriorate.  I don't believe he was ever shot, but I'm reaching back a few years as he only mentioned that encounter once.

Edit - Yeah, maybe it was his back that started it.  But now his hips are shot from treatment.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2004, 09:33:36 PM »

Yeah, it was years back that I read that Roll Call, so I'm probably wrong.
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2004, 09:37:28 PM »

As I recall, he fell as a suspicious bad guy approached him.  It hadn't reached the point of being a struggle just yet.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2004, 09:38:21 PM »

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If I remember right he was not shot...he was struggling with someone they were arresting and he heard a popping noise which was his back and he crumbled to the ground.


This is it. Combine the fact that he screwed up his back with some doctor(s) that gave him the wrong diagnosis not once but repeatedly and he's been in pain ever since. Last I'd heard he was making progress on rehab due to going to doctors that actually knew what the hell they were doing, but that was many moons ago.
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2004, 10:02:51 PM »

For reasons I can't adequately explain, I for some reason remember the hardships that Rich chose to share with us in Rollcalls.  Here's what I know, and it's all from the frontpage at GG--none of this is from any backdoor channels, nor is it from speculation or anything else.

Rich's original injury, was, as stated above due to a struggle he had with a large suspect.  Rich heard something pop in his back, and it ended up being related to his hip.  

The hip and back were mis-diagnosed, and then mis-treated.  By the time a reasonably successful diagnosis was made, Rich was bound to a wheel chair for long periods, standing and walking being too painful.  He spoke often in Roll Calls offhandedly of being in constant, chronic pain.

At some point after he and MJ relocated to IN, Rich was in such pain that he sought out a pain specialist.  Such doctors do practice a very legitimate and necessary branch of medicine, for patients just like Rich.  Sadly, in Rich's case, after a few years his doctor was busted for writing bogus prescriptions and illegally selling pain meds.  *Rich was in no way anything but an innocent patient in this*.   But sadly, this sort of thing happens more and more, and patients of such unscrupulous doctors have a very tough time of it.  For one thing, they carry around the mental baggage of wondering if the pain was illusory, and if their doctor got them hooked on pain meds to make himself money.  In Rich's case, the pain was all too legitimate.  Secondly, it can be tough on patients of these bad doctors to find a new doctor willing to take them on.  There's almost an assumption of guilt or complicity that many honest doctors place on the patients of the dishonest ones.   As you can well imagine, for a former police officer, even peripheral knowledge and unwitting, innocent involvement with a bastard like this doctor causes a ton of emotional difficulty.

Luckily, Rich was able to hook up with a new doctor.  Through MJ, his new docs, and his own research, Rich was able to hook up with an orthopaedic specialist who correctly diagnosed one of the sources of his chronic pain.  Seems as if Rich was suffering from a form of trauma-induced vascular necrosis--similar to the injury that ended Bo Jackson's and Neil Lomax's NFL careers.  The specialist recommended a complete hip replacement, a *very* complex operation requiring tons of rehab.  Complicating the rehab is the natural atrophy that would occur in a patient like Rich who'd suffered his original injury years and years before.  

Rich also suffered from a cellular buildup in his esophagus that is a frequent indicator of developing esophogeal cancer.  I won't quote mortality rates on esophogeal cancer...I'll let you all google it.  If you must get cancer, this is pretty much right at the bottom of cancers you'd want.

Finally, Rich mentioned once or twice having violent asthma attacks, including once when MJ's quick-thinking may have saved his life.

I think that's the rundown.  If I misrepresented anything, please post a correction.  He and his family have had some tough times of late (including the passing of MJ's father), and his low-profile these days is completely understandable.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2004, 10:24:17 PM »

Here is another site that Peacedog set up as a GG refuge.

http://kcscene.net/notquitegg/index.php
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2004, 10:27:55 PM »

It's Setaside, actually, not Peacedog.

Anyway, thanks Trigger for setting us straight.
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