A letter from Lefty
Posted by Ted Haas on 2017-11-13 07:43:30
|This may have already been shared here on the board, but I don't know. Don't worry, Lefty is still kicking and doing fine, just pulled back from doing seminars and demonstrations. He's still on his computer, doing what is most important these days, chatting and sharing with friends and family.|
I saw this coming back at iCast Orlando in 2015. It was all he could do to rest after a few seminars. We chatting for about 30mins and I help his grand daughter with her kids find her way through security to see him.
Lefty has inspired me to give back to the fly fishing community about 20yrs ago and that is what I do, on-line and one-on-one. Not for any monetary rewards, but rewards from the heart, giving back to the community what fly fishing gave me as an individual, inspired from none other than Lefty himself. My goal is to continuing to carry on the mantle and his legacy in my own way by sharing with others of how the wonderful art and sport of fly fishing can change peoples lives and create relationships with others that can live a lifetime and beyond.
Lefty, take a break! It's all good. You've put your dues in from the heart and you have made a serious impact and a difference on how folks view and enjoy this wonderful thing called fly fishing. You've worked long and hard at it, in fact more years than any other. Don't worry, it's paid off and you have touched many lives, including my own. That will intern, allow "us" to reach and touch others, with education, passion and befriending them and open up this world of fly fishing to others. That is how your legacy will continue and your name will frequently come up in conversation and in education of this sport because of what you've done, what you've shared and the impact you've made on people.
So, well done Sir! I salute you!
Relax, get some rest, love on your family and those closest to you and enjoy the love they also give you, because, you have so earned it!
And now, a letter from Lefty.
A Letter From Lefty Kreh
To my friends,
I was 92 in January and had a carotid artery operation. During testing the hospital determined my heart was only pumping 35% and must limit my physical activities followed by a rest. The industry was extremely helpful and last season was able to attend the shows, clinics, etc.
Several weeks ago, I realized I was developing another problem, which is normal for someone nearly 93. It turns out I have congested heart failure. My pacemaker revealed there was a series of very rapid hear beats, which could cause a stroke. Fortunately a lot of doctor/friends are fly-fisherman and worked with me. In summary I have to give up travel and presentations as in the past.
Everyone produces a certain amount of fluid in the body and excretes the excess. Because of the low heartbeat my body is not getting rid of all the fluids and I gained weight. My best friend Dr. Mark Lamos put me in the hospital and with back procedure they twice removed a liter and a half of fluid from my chest. After five days in the hospital. I lost weight.
A week or so later I starting gaining weight again so it was back in the hospital for the same treatment. They reduced most of the fluid and returned home. I determined I was not going to continue back to the hospital. Mark decided to use medicine to control the excess fluid. It’s been a fine-tuning situation but looks like it’s starting work.
This means the schedule I lived for decades is no longer valid and will spend most my time at home. As we get older we learn to adjust to what we can and cannot do. I have a number of interesting computer home projects on the computer and busier than a Syrian bricklayer. I’m not frustrated and I’m content My problem is I don’t have a lot of stamina and have to work around that. If Marks medical system works I should be busy and around for a year or two.
I would like to be able to send this email to my friends but I don’t really know how to do this. So I’m asking others to help me spread the word through email. Because my lack of energy and stamina I having trouble answering emails (there are more than 400 on the computer) and not talking much on the phone. This is not meant to be unfriendly is learning to adjuster my situation.
In summary I’m busy and content but I want you to know I am so appreciative you’ve have shared your lives with me.
All The Best Friends,
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