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Tom McAlexander

Free Member, Volcano, HI


This is Arnie, our precious old one-horned water buffalo in the zoo at Hilo. He's one of our favorites. He'll usually come over, when called, to get his head rubbed.

Arnie represents how I am feeling now...old! Got home yesterday after a 4 1/2-week hospital stay. The surgery went all that little rascal...but the recovery took a while so my re-aligned insides could figure out exactly what to do. At least the doctors didn't send me home before my body was ready.

It was great to sleep on my own bed, and I can already feel my strength returning.

Mahalo for all your messages of healing and cheer.

Comments 24

  • Maria João Arcanjo 12/22/2009 23:33

    Beautiful tame animal.Excellent phot.
    Thanks for the explanation.
  • Ralf Zeeh 02/01/2009 17:45

    Excellent picture.
  • Michel Lamarche 01/03/2009 15:14

    Dear Tom, I hope you are getting better. Your presence is missing in FC. I wish you a wonderful year 2009, with HEALTH, peace, love and happiness.
    Take care,
    Your friend from Quebec,
  • Vesela Maleeva 12/28/2009 20:04

    Dear Tom,
    I hope you have been doing well.
    Awhile ago I read on Sue's site optimistic news.
    Just wanted to say we miss you at FC.
    And wish you a healthy New Year and get well.
    We are all with you.

  • vickyrts 10/08/2008 18:05

  • DRAGA PUC 09/27/2008 20:23

    welcome back Tom.It's good to have you back. Wish you all the best!
  • Michael Lunse 09/21/2008 22:22

    Excellent news, glad you are back and doing well, keep us in the loop!
  • Alfred Spectrum 09/17/2008 3:09

    Great to hear some news and wonderful to read you feel
    your strength returning.
    Relax and recover, then let us have your pretty pictures
    again when you feel up to it.
    Be well,
  • Pascal Viyer 09/14/2008 20:07

    Excellent news!
    toute mon amitié, Tom
  • Marlis E. 09/13/2008 15:56

    Welcome back my friend!! Good to see you again! Great to hear all went well! Take care and plenty of rest...
    Aloha, Marlis
  • Claire Laira 09/12/2008 13:46

    Good to see you back...and I wish you the strength of this water buffalo!
    Best wishes, Claire
  • Dennis Maloney 09/11/2008 21:23

    I am so happy to see you back and thanks for the update, tried to call your niece to find out if she might know anything, but could not get an answer at that have a lot of friends and we all have been praying for you........Great to have ya back, den

    ps. love the image of 'ol Arnie, too...
  • Fons van Swaal 09/10/2008 19:42

    I'm glad to hear you doing Ok ....
    Work on your recovery and be soon out of your bed and enjoy the things you like to do most...
    Best wishes Fons
  • archiek 09/10/2008 14:55

    Glad to hear that you are back home and on the road to being healthy again. Good shot of this water buffalo and you'll be strong as an ox in no time. -archie
  • Inez Correia Marques 09/10/2008 13:18

    so good to see you again my friend. it is moving your photo and the feelings it represents. he is a wonderful animal and you are a precious friend . like Bryan says,.. many good tunes are played in old fiddles,so do not worry Tom. and by the way when you are strong enought tell Arnie he is loved too .

  • CsomorLászló 09/10/2008 12:01

  • Leo_nid 09/10/2008 11:23

    Breaking news of your comeback is so heart-warming..
    Great to hear from you alive and kicking in your own bed!
    Things will straighten up for you, no doubt, fingers crossed...
    And... despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?
  • Jacqueline Chay 09/10/2008 11:21

    Hey that Arnie is pretty cute with that nice eye shadow and funky style. Good capture.
  • Jacqueline Chay 09/10/2008 11:20

    Wow Tom, I am sooo sorry, I just visited your portfolio to see where you have been and discovered the news of your illness. Sorry it took me so long to check up on you. Well i will be the back up team of HEAL, HEAL HEAL of which i am sure you are on your way to doing. Sending you all my love and best wishes
    Ohh and i just wanted to say we all need to get our priorities right - and i think we all come to the same conclusion in the end - family first, your friends from FC will be here no matter when you get back to us.
  • Alison Wiseman 09/10/2008 11:13

    welcome home,
    take care and plenty of rest,
    Arnie looks adorable so you must to, :)
  • Maria Porter 09/10/2008 11:12

    Really great to hear you are feeling better! Haven't heard of you for so long. Anyway, I will say a prayer for you...Arnie looks very sweet...:))
  • Theo Weijmer 09/10/2008 9:15

    Great to hear that all went well, hope you will soon be good as new and as I see it Arnie doesn't look that bad!!!

    Greetings Theo
  • BRYAN CRUTE 09/10/2008 8:47

    Fantastic news, just great to see you back !
    Theres a lot of good tunes played on old fiddles, so dont worry about feeling old :-)
    Take your time and recovery at your own pace Tom.
    Its made my day to see a picture from you knowing your on the mend.

    Best wishes Bryan
  • Christiane Wüllner 09/10/2008 6:26

    Welcome back my friend!! Good to see you again! This last weeks i was wondering what happened and where thinking about you. Now i hope you get a good recovery!
    Best wishes!
    :-)) Christiane