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John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 19 Sep 2006 17:31 #15796

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As you may have noticed, I have not been participating here on BigscreenBiz or other forums during the past few weeks.

On Labor Day, I found signs of severe abdominal bleeding, and had felt increasingly weak the week before. I was admitted to the hospital, and required a transfusion of four units of blood to bring my hemacrit from a low of 20 (normal is above 40). The stress on my heart from the loss of blood precipitated a mild heart attack, as indicated by elevated Trioponin enzyme levels.

I was subjected to a week of testing, including upper and lower GI endoscopy exams. The internal bleeding had stopped, but no definitive source was found, except for an area of "thickened tissue" near the appendix. So a biopsy was taken.

On Friday, September 8, I had two angiograms and a 95% blockage was found in one of my coronary arteries. The blockage was opened with an angioplasty and insertion of a bare metal stent. I was released from the hospital on Sunday, September 10.

Unfortunately, this past Thursday, I received word that the biopsy was positive for cancerous cells. A CAT scan Friday showed two areas of suspicion along the middle small intestine. I will need surgery, but it cannot be done until late October, since I am on blood thinners to prevent clotting around the new coronary stent.

For now, I am feeling well and staying active, but with all the doctor visits, do not have much time to log on to the Internet user groups that I like to help on.

Hopefully, I will be returning to health again after the surgery. And maybe get back on line during the next month, between doctor visits.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

John

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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
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Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 19 Sep 2006 18:02 #15797

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We heard a little about this on one of the other boards, John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

Jack, Cindy & the Family
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 19 Sep 2006 19:49 #15798

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Get back on your feet soon. Please fill us in on your progress.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 00:11 #15799

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You are a huge part of what makes these boards work, John. I have no doubt your humor and positive attitude will contribute to your speedy recovery. Please post your progress when you can and know we are all keeping you in our thoughts. Be well.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 01:58 #15800

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I'm so sorry to hear of your illness, John. I wish there was some link to send you to, to get you well. Without that, remember I am keeping you in my thoughts and wish you a quick and complete recovery.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 02:34 #15801

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John you have always helped me and sent me info and made me much more knowledgable in the industry.
I and my family will pray for your speedy recovery and look forward for your return!
God Bless!
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 06:39 #15802

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God speed for a quick and safe recovery, John
"What a crazy business"
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 08:12 #15803

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My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your positive attitude will be a tremendous help to you. God Bless and take care.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 08:43 #15804

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Thank you for all the prayers and good wishes. I meet with my surgeon tomorrow morning (September 21). But as I said, surgery is not likely until at least late October, after I am off the blood thinner medicines required to prevent clotting around my new coronary stent.

For now, I plan to keep up with my friends on Bigscreenbiz on my home computer, but may not be able to participate as actively.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 09:42 #15805

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Yikes John! I'd noticed you were not about but figured Kodak had deactivated your "boss button" and put you to work shining lenses.
Hang in there. Take it easy. Take care of yourself # 1. It sounds very hopeful. I'll be saying a few words to the great projection booth above us all.... in your favor. Best/ Mike

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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 13:54 #15806

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My thoughts and prayers are with you John.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 20 Sep 2006 20:17 #15807

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Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 21 Sep 2006 07:18 #15808

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Thank you for all you do for this board, and God speed your recovery!
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 21 Sep 2006 13:29 #15809

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Had an appointment with my surgeon today. Looks like the surgery will be in mid November, after I am off the blood thinners needed to prevent clotting around the new coronary stent. Before surgery, they want me to gain back the weight I lost in the hospital, and do cardiac rehab to build my strength and endurance. Lots of iron supplements to increase the red blood cells too.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
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Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: John Pytlak Illness Since September 4 21 Sep 2006 16:20 #15810

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John, my thoughts and prayers will always be with you for a full and speedy recovery as fast as God permits.
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