View Full Version : Bernie Drowatzky - OldCop

07-14-2010, 01:13 PM

I just realized our Forum doesn't have a heading for posting information about our fellow members. (Maybe we need a "Misc." Heading of some kind?).

Most of you who have been members for awhile know of OldCop (Bernie Drowatzky). He called me last week to let me know he was going in for surgery on July 9th to have a kidney removed (had bleeding and possible cancer). He said recovery was going to take two or three weeks and gave me the phone number of the hospital so I could check on him.

Well, I finally got in touch with him today and good news! After a 5 hour surgery, the docs were able to save his kidney and he is cancer-free! Turns out there was a large kidney stone and they were able to remove it and put everything back together.

He's being discharged from the hospital today. He will stay with his sister for about a week and then can go home "and get back to carving" as he put it. He sounds great and is doing very well. Just thought you might want to know!

07-14-2010, 01:16 PM
Thanks for the update. That is great news to hear. I also agree it would be nice to have someplace to keep track of our "extended family"

07-14-2010, 01:31 PM
A place posting information about our fellow members.

I'll second or third that, and yes thanks for the up-date
It's always nice to hear good new about our fellow forum folks

07-14-2010, 01:44 PM
Just sent out a small prayer his way! Glad he's doing well.......

07-14-2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks Michael. It would be sad if we had not known what was going on with Bernie. Sounds like he is going to continue to do well.

07-14-2010, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the update. A speedy recovery to him.

07-14-2010, 02:10 PM
We all wish him a speedy recovery and getting back to making Sawdust....


07-14-2010, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the update and great news on OldCop.

Smoken D
07-14-2010, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the update. Had a few of those really large stones myself. bout the size of a quarter. Ain't no fun and glad no cancer.

William Blankenship
07-14-2010, 03:25 PM

.......After a 5 hour surgery, the docs were able to save his kidney and he is cancer-free!

Great news, indeed!! Cancer is scary! I know first hand how relieved he is.

All the best Bernie!!


07-14-2010, 05:10 PM
Stones are no fun, I get them about every 3-4 years everysince I was in my 20's. Last was 9/16", and had to be removed internally using the laser.
Glad OldCop is doing better.

07-14-2010, 06:24 PM
Good news!

Been There done that, not fun

Old Salt
07-14-2010, 07:47 PM
good to hear it all went GOOD.

but no fun!

07-14-2010, 11:20 PM
My Thoughts And Prayers are with "OldCop" and His Family.

07-15-2010, 06:50 AM
Thanks for the update Michael, and thanks for all you do.You must have a 48 hour day to keep up.

Best wishes to Oldcop and I am pleased no Cancer, look forward to seeing his next projects.