Gary Rowe - CPA
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Saturday, April 25th 2015
   We’ll see how today goes. I am not back by any means and still get tired very quickly. I am hoping to make it to Fulton for a bit but we’ll see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed as I continue to get a little better every day but we’re still maybe 60% at best.

Friday, April 24th 2015
   So here is the plan. I will lay low today for one final day and then head to Fulton Saturday afternoon for an hour or two or until it gets cold. Then, to make sure my pneumonia does not come back, I’ll head home. Then if all goes well we may try to do the same on Sunday at Utica Rome or maybe even more.
The issue I am having is with my cough. Yes, it gets better each day but it is not gone by any means. If it was 70 degrees this weekend that would be one thing but it is going to be cold. And as my research has told me, pneumonia came come back if you don’t take care of yourself.
I have a follow up appointment at the doctors today and the biggest question outside of what to do in the cold is what to do if the track gets dusty. I already have fluid in my right lung and I would think breathing in clay dust would be the worst thing I could get in there.
So that is the plan as I have to think long term. I’ll keep you updated tomorrow and tell you what my doctor says.

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
   I am continuing to improve as we tackle the bout of pneumonia. I am getting a little better each day and the biggest issue that is keeping me out of the studio is my cough. I am halfway through my antibiotics and am hopeful to get in the studio by the end of the week and possibly to a race this weekend.
I have to be smart as I can back track very easily here so I am doing everything I am supposed to be doing and then some. But I am getting sick of fruit juices and vitamin waters. Ugh.
Thanks for understanding and thanks for all your encouraging emails and messages. I’ll be back soon and it will just about the time that things really heat up.
I’ll keep you posted and congrats go out to everyone who did well last weekend. I miss you all terribly and can’t wait to get back to where I belong and to do what I truly love. I will see you soon!

Sunday, April 19th 2015
   Well for the first time in a week, I felt like a human on Saturday. With 48 hours of antibiotics in me to fight my pneumonia, I finally felt a little more like myself. I actually left the house for a bit and didn’t spend the entire day on my back as I have for the last 7 days. Yes, we still have a long way to go to get back but I now know I am making progress.
I hope to get back to work in the studio in a few days and hope to make some races next weekend. I have a follow up appointment this Friday and told myself that I would not go breath clay dust until I get the okay from my doctor as pneumonia is serious and not to be taken lightly.
I don’t want to take steps backwards with a long season ahead of me so it is best to be cautious at this point. When my cough gets better I’ll be able to ease into it with some interviews in the studio and with all the stuff that happened this weekend and today, I’ll have more than enough people to call.
Thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding. It means the world to me. And you know it killed me to miss as much work as I did but I had to get better from a serious condition for a 53 year old like me.
I wish the racers all the best today at Utica Rome as I truly wish I could be there. But again I need to think long term. Even after a short drive in the car with the kids I was wiped out when I got back and had to lay down. I’ll be back to 100% soon and this whole thing will be nothing but an unpleasant memory. And believe me, unpleasant is an understatement.
Have a great Sunday, enjoy the nice day and know we’ll be back real soon. Thanks again for your understanding, your encouragement and all the nice messages you guys sent me. They mean the world to me. THANK YOU!

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