Saturday, February 11, 2012

Return from the Jaws of death

My failure to post during the last three months has been due to serious health problems. I was hospitalized in late November. During a heart procedure my heart stopped beating. It was shocked back to life, but then a lung collaspsed and my life was again threatened. A trache procedure was performed, and once again I was snatched from the jaws of death. I suppose if you die twice you become a candidate to be a Zombie! However my rehabilitation so far has not included bitting pe0ple.

I spent 10 days in a coma, and then a month flat on my back. I have now been in rehabilitation for nearly a month, and although I have a lot of problems, I am making trurly amazing progress.

I attribute my survival to two things. The first is my love for my wife Becky, sand her love for me. The second is to continue to tell the MSR/LFTR STORY. I believe that the MSR is of great importance for the future of human society and that this needs to be explained over and over until people grasp the concept. Telling the story is my missi0n, and I need to live in order to continue to do so untill the message is heard.

42 comments:

Tony Wildish said...

Welcome back, Charles. I'm sorry to hear about the health problems, and am glad you re back on your feet. I'd noticed you hadn't posted for a while, and wondered what had happened to you.

I, for one, am very much looking forward to hearing more from you about the MSR and LFTR, and am very glad you are here to tell more of the tale.

Take good care of yourself

Dan Yurman said...

Welcome back Charles. Your voice has been missed in the nuclear blogshere. Best wishes for a full recovery.

Dan Yurman - Idaho Samizdat

Rod Adams said...

Charles - I am so happy to hear that you are surviving and making amazing progress.

Welcome back from the land of the twice Zombied.

horos22 said...

Charles,

Great to see you back. Hope you have a *long* time to continue to tell the story. We need it!

Ed

George S. Stanford said...

Charles: Welcome back to the land of the living!
-- George

Jess said...

Welcome back Charles!

Anonymous said...

I have missed your blog.
I am so happy to hear you are doing better!

Thank you for your efforts in educating people.

Your blog was the first time I had heard of MSRs. Since that first time, I have become involved in spreading the knowledge about MSRs and the need for nuclear power to avert climate change.

Jason C said...

Glad to see you back, Charles. I wish you a good and speedy recovery.

carl said...

So glad to have you back in action. Congratulations on your recovery!

Robert Steinhaus said...

From Charles Barton's blog post - "I attribute my survival to two things. The first is my love for my wife Becky, sand her love for me. The second is to continue to tell the MSR/LFTR STORY. I believe that the MSR is of great importance for the future of human society and that this needs to be explained over and over until people grasp the concept."
Wonderful words, Charles. I am grateful that you were able to make this post on Nuclear Green Revolution.
I hope you continue to gather strength and are soon returned to full health.

SteveK9 said...

Best Wishes on a continued recovery. Yours was the first site where I read about the LFTR and I couldn't stop talking to friends about it. I have a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry and found the article you had written compelling. I continued to educate myself (as time permits) and have never changed my opinion that this is a great technology.

KimLJohnson said...

Charles,
Congratulations my dear Colleague on coming back to the Living to persevere with the best way to burn Thorium (and any other fissile)!

While you were recuperating and while you're still gathering strength & additional thoughts, see the Strategy that TEA leaders have been carrying out in Washington & elsewhere for our Energy (and Economic) Future:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/116585288448207486314/posts/EoXyJGAY7s7
(be sure to check out the Comment)

I also foresee a Molten Salt "Renascence" for the US:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/116585288448207486314/about

Paul Wick said...

Bravo, Charles. Your voice is extremely important in a world where irrational fear of nuclear energy is amplified by fossil fuel corporate interests and by the unenlightened section of Greens. In particular, it seems that promotion of molten salt technology as a killer app for reversing anthropogenic global warming is an excellent avenue to get through to the mistaken section of Greens. I know of no other essayist that excels at this crucial task as much as you do. You are loved by many.

seth said...

Welcome back and best wishes for a complete recovery. You were missed.

Kent said...

Welcome Back! Certainly a worthy mission

Septeus7 said...

Wow! Charles, I had no idea things had gotten that bad for you and your family. My prayers are with you and I hope that progress towards recovery continues to progress and keep fighting.

You're commitment is amazing. I hope the rest of nuclear bloggers and supporters take notice. If Charles can fight back from death's door twice how much more can we all be doing to create a sustainable nuclear powered future?

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're doing better! You had a lot of your fans worried!

David said...

Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Hey Charles, I wish you all the best and a quick recovery !

Anonymous said...

Charles welcome back. Count me among the many who enjoy reading your postings. We missed you. Happy that you're pleased with the progress of your recovery.

Best Wishes
Ronald Shapiro

John ONeill said...

Good to see you back Charles

Bill said...

Best wishes for your recovery.

DW said...

Charles, we were all scared about your visit to hospital and we are all so glad you are back. No rush, take your time, and we look forward to your first nuclear post on NG!

David Walters

Andrew Jaremko said...

Welcome back Charles! I had been wondering where you were. It's great that you'll be carrying on. I have missed reading your posts.

crf said...

It is good to see you post again. I've enjoyed reading many of your posts. And after reading about your medical emergency, I'm now even more impressed at your level of passionate commitment. You are a credit to your community.

Alex P said...

Welcome back to the blog, Charles !
You really missed us!

LarryD said...

Welcome back, Charles. You've been missed.

Encouraging word dept. A short pro-Thorium rector piece at American Thinker.

jtt said...

glad you are back, good health and a quick recovery!

Sherrell Greene said...

Charles,

Great to see you back!

Sherrell

Robw said...

Good to see you back Charles, and hope you make a full recovery.

Rob

Mick said...

What an ordeal you've been through! I'm glad to see that you're posting again. Doesn't seem to be much news lately concerning MSR/LFTR.

Nathan2go said...

Charles, I am glad to hear that you are on-the-mend. I have missed reading your blog.

Best wishes for a continued recovery.

Nathan2go said...

Also Charles, in case you missed it... there is a new book out describing the IFR breeder reactor design ("Plentiful Energy"), written by a couple of the key people from Argonne Labs. I'm only half done reading it, but it sounds like they really did resolve most of the issues with the old Clinch River design. I bet they'd work really well in a mixed fleet with LFTRs or DMSRs.

Barry Brooks describes it here: http://bravenewclimate.com/2012/01/08/nuclear-fission-flyer/

John in the Lot said...

Charles,
I was worried when you stopped posting but I'm pleased to hear that you are now recovering rapidly from such a serious illness. I hope that you continue to improve, and get back to full health, so that you can soon post some more excellent material like the Sherrell Greene interview.

Schmoe said...

Well, it was heart rending to hear of brush with mortality, but fantastic to hear you've made it back. I've been following the MSR movement and this blog for some time, and, as a layman, it makes me feel quite optimistic. You're doing great and important work here, but don't rush it. We'll all be waiting for you, in the mean time, just get better. Best wishes to your wife Becky, your friends and family, and, of course, your good self.

Doug said...

Charles, welcome back! Many of us who read your blog feared the worst - I'm glad to see you're on the mend. Get well, be well, and keep fighting the good fight!

Anonymous said...

Good recovery!
I loved to read your blog and was wondering, why you suddenly stopped writing.

Anonymous said...

BRAINS!!!! welcome back.

NNadir said...

Jeeze Charles, I certainly hope you're recovering well, my friend.

-NNadir

Anonymous said...

Charles, glad to hear you are making a comeback, take care. We have missed your unique insight.

Bill Hannahan

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Charles, good to see you've still got some electron-volts in you, hope you are recovering further.

So I have to ask. Was there any light at the end of the tunnel? Or just pitch black?

Cheers, Cyril.

Anonymous said...

Glad you survived and are on the mend. I'm thinking nothing concentrates the mind like near death. Looking forward to new posts.

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