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#1 2010-10-29 09:40:54

Nyogetsu
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From: NYC
Registered: 2005-10-10
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Riley Lee in Hospital

I received this email a few hours ago, and am posting it here so that we can all pray for Riley's complete recovery. My thoughts are especially deep and strong for his wonderful wife and family.

    Subject: FW: Riley in Royal Brisbane Hospital

    Hi Ronnie,

    Trust you are well.

    You might already know this as bad news often travells very fast, but I am forwarding you Patrica Lee's email for your info. 
    Also -- this is all back to front ; Patrica's latest update is first (in quotations, and then below is the whole story) :

    --- Ian C (Western Australia)


    "I have just had a phone call from Graham, the taikoz artistic
    director on this tour, who has been back and forth to the hospital
    checking on Riley. He says Riley's shakuhachi seem to have survived
    the impact unscathed but he didn't know if Riley had checked his
    computer...these were all in his back pack when the accident happened.
     
    At this stage I only have the following info from Riley via text msg.
    I assume this is info he has received as a result of X-rays.
    His left arm is broken below the shoulder. Probably it will need a
    plate. His left knee is really messed up and will probably need
    reconstruction. There is another break near the ankle which will heal
    itself. It seems the operations will not happen until Monday. He is
    still waiting for an MRI. And finally his latest text msg says he has
    a burn on his left calf that will need a skin graft."

     
    > Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:23:11 +1100
    > To: patricia@rileylee.net
    > From: patricia@rileylee.net
    > Subject: Riley in Royal Brisbane Hospital
    >
    > Just a quick note to update you:
    >
    > Yesterday (THU 28 OCT) afternoon, around 4pm Riley was walking along
    > the footpath on a busy one way street in the middle of Brisbane. He
    > was hit by a car which had mounted the curb.
    >
    > I was informed of this by the police woman who rang me from the
    > hospital on Riley's phone.
    >
    > Riley had asked her to phone me and tell me what had happened. At
    > that stage they thought he had a broken leg and maybe a broken nose.
    > He was badly bruised, cut about and in pain but conscious waiting to
    > be checked out by the doctors.
    >
    > Subsequent phone calls with the hospital and the police woman gave me
    > more info.
    >
    > It appears it was quite a pile up with at least one car ploughing
    > into the back of the car that hit Riley and causing its steering to
    > lock and mount the pavement. The police woman said it was amazing
    > that Riley was not killed.
    >
    > I spoke briefly with Riley later to reassure him that I had been in
    > contact with everyone and that the rest of the taiko group had
    > reorganised the show to go on without him.
    >
    > At around midnight I got a report from the hospital that his left
    > shoulder is broken but not too badly. They will probably put it in
    > plaster. The worse pain is in his left knee where it seems the
    > ligaments are torn on both sides of the knee cap. The orthopaedic
    > surgeon felt he needed (no pun intended!) to operate. R is badly
    > bruised and scrapped and in a lot of pain.
    >
    > I will call the hospital soon but it seems he will have to stay there
    > for a couple of days. Once I know he can be released from hospital I
    > will fly up to Brisbane to bring him home.
    >
    > I will keep you posted when I know more.
    > Love
    > P
    >
    >
    > --
    > Patricia Lee
    > MOB +61 0415 626 443
    > Home +61 02 9976 6904
    >
    > P O B 939 MANLY NSW 1655
    > AUSTRALIA
    >
    > Riley's schedule with TaikOz
    > OCT - DEC 2010
    >
    > Blessings of the Earth Tour
    >
    > Oct 20 Alice Springs: Araluen Arts Centre, NT; Oct 23 Darwin
    > Entertainment Centre, NT; Oct 27 Cairns Civic Theatre, QLD: Oct
    > 29 Cleveland: Redland Performing Arts Centre, Concert Hall,
    > QLD: Oct 30 Toowoomba: Empire Theatre, QLD; Nov 3 Parramatta:
    > Riverside Theatre, NSW; Nov 5 Albury Entertainment Centre, NSW; Nov
    > 6 Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW; Nov 9 Griffith Regional
    > Theatre, NSW; Nov 11 Mildura: Mildura Arts Centre, VIC; Nov 13
    > Sale: Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre VIC; Nov 14
    > Monash: Robert Blackwood Hall, VIC; Nov 17-18 Hobart: Theatre
    > Royal, TAS; Nov 22 Ballarat: Her Majesty's Theatre, VIC; Nov 24
    > Portland: Portland Arts Centre, VIC; Nov 26 Wangaratta Performing
    > Arts Centre, VIC
    >
    > Monoprism Dec 2-4, Perth Concert Hall, WA (with the West Australian
    > Symphony Orchestra)


The magic's in the music and the music's in me...
"Do you believe in Magic"- The Lovin' Spoonful

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#2 2010-10-29 11:44:14

Elliot K
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Riley and Patricia-
   So sorry to hear this. We wish you a successful (and, hopefully, straightforward) encounter with the surgeon and a quick recovery. Our love and prayers are with you both,

Elliot & Cara

Last edited by Elliot K (2010-10-29 13:50:54)

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#3 2010-10-29 13:11:44

sahar
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Wow this is so sad and will definitely have Riley in my thoughts and prayers.

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#4 2010-10-29 19:48:28

Tairaku 太楽
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From: Tasmania
Registered: 2005-10-07
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Not good news. Get well soon Riley!


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#5 2010-10-29 22:54:56

rachelrudich
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Registered: 2008-08-21
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

I'm sending tons of reiki healing energy to Riley for a calm and fast recovery, and also to his family for strength and calmness. Be well, all of you!!
Rachel

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#6 2010-10-30 10:07:33

cy23
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From: Germany
Registered: 2009-05-09
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Get well soon Riley!

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#7 2010-10-30 11:40:10

Jim Thompson
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From: Santa Monica, California
Registered: 2007-11-28
Posts: 421

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Best wishes Riley.  This time misfortune has chosen a formidable opponent. Our thoughts are with you.


" Who do you trust , me or your own eyes?" - Groucho Marx

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#8 2010-10-30 13:55:06

Yungflutes
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From: New York City
Registered: 2005-10-08
Posts: 1061
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Get well soon Riley.
  - Perry


"A hot dog is not an animal." - Jet Yung

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#9 2010-10-30 20:38:40

janemukei
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From: New York
Registered: 2006-06-08
Posts: 23

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Riley, Sending you healing wishes for a successful and speedy recovery. We want you in fighting spirit for camp in June. Will keep you and Patricia in my thoughts and will light a candle for you at each temple I visit here in Japan.  Jane

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#10 2010-10-31 12:11:35

Kiku Day
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From: London, UK & Nrre Snede, DK
Registered: 2005-10-07
Posts: 922
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Such sad news! All the best to you, Riley and the family. Really hope for speedy recovery!


I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through
listen to this music
Hafiz

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#11 2010-11-01 03:08:45

Daniel Ryudo
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From: Kochi, Japan
Registered: 2006-02-12
Posts: 355

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Best wishes for a rapid recovery, Riley.  I'm sorry to hear about the freak accident. You'll be in our family's thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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#12 2010-11-01 11:42:25

Taldaran
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From: Everett, Washington-USA
Registered: 2009-01-13
Posts: 232

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

If the spirit you have shown on your posts here is any indicator, you won't let this keep you down for long.

Fast healing Riley!


Christopher

Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe. Tao Te Ching

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#13 2010-11-02 00:28:44

Josh
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From: Grand Island, NY/Nara, Japan
Registered: 2005-11-14
Posts: 305
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Get well soon Riley.
We need you back here laying down the law sometimes.

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#14 2010-11-02 01:13:50

Ralf
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From: Brisbane, Australia
Registered: 2005-10-08
Posts: 10

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

I dropped in on Riley on Saturday, and he was in good spirits given the situation. Quite a bit of bed-rest ahead though once the work on him is done. Fingers are all okay, as are the lips and lungs :-)

Ralf

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#15 2010-11-03 17:21:17

Yu-Jin
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Registered: 2005-11-30
Posts: 108

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

The Russian shakuhachi community is sending best wishes for fast and easy recovery!

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#16 2010-11-03 17:44:50

Moran from Planet X
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Yu-Jin wrote:

The Russian shakuhachi community is sending best wishes for fast and easy recovery!

Hey can you guys play the Internationale and post it?

That'll cheer Comrade Riley up right away!


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#17 2010-11-04 01:06:56

Elliot K
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Just got an update from Patricia:

Riley Update THU NOV 04

Thank you for your concern and well wishes.

Riley was prepped and ready for operation/s this morning.
However he has since informed me he didn't make the list today. This could continue for several days. If life threatening emergencies come in he gets 'bumped - gently!!' from the list.

He has had x-rays and an MRI and as far as I know he has to have a plate in his upper arm to fix that break. His knee is the most serious problem with tendons on both sides severed also his ham string. The knee will probably be stabilised when the operations start but knee reconstruction is not planned for at least two months.

Both the burns specialist and the orthopaedic surgeon will have to be present at the knee op because the burn on the calf is immediately behind the knee. Riley says they will have to take skin from his thigh for the graft (size of a book). Once the skin graft is done and barring no infection he will be in hospital at least 2 weeks.

He has been visited by a lawyer and the compensation claims are now in the system.

Patricia

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#18 2010-11-05 05:07:34

flea
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

hi shakuhachists,

lower speed limits

I was really pleased to hear today that the Australian Capital Territory government have decided to conduct a trial of 40 kilometre per hour speed limits in the Canberra town centres of Gungahlin and Woden; to improve the safety of road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010 … ction=news

It was heartening to hear.

fiona


I have never been here before: my breath comes differently, the sun is outshone by a star beside it. Franz Kafka

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#19 2010-11-05 07:35:51

Rick Riekert
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Posts: 100

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Fiona, I hope it works. The speed limit in my town is a sensible 48 kph (30 mph) and I don't believe anyone has been seriously injured or killed in days. The statistics would doubtless be better if a significant number of drivers paid the signs any mind. Most seem to interpret the speed limit to mean the minimum speed allowable by law.


Mastery does not lay in the mastery of technique, but in penetrating the heart of the music. However, he who has not mastered the technique will not penetrate the heart of the music.
~ Hisamatsu Fy

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#20 2010-11-05 15:20:49

Moran from Planet X
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Right off the top, from living in one of the worst driving states in the USA, Kal-i-forn-aye-yay:
Australia would be good to iron-clad their Drink Driving laws (i.e. no tolerance; high fines and time in the cooler); increase enforcement;
Improve manditory driver education; Make people take REAL driving exams (written and behind the wheel), Reduce speed limits
and sextuple fines and punishment for anyone involved in an accident injuring a shakuhachi teacher.


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#21 2010-11-06 09:57:49

MikeL
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Registered: 2008-05-18
Posts: 55

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

I was very sorry to hear about the accident. I have never met Riley, but have heard
many nice things said about him over the years. I wish him and his family the best, and
hope the recovery goes as well as can be expected.

As for changing laws to improve safety, I'd start with no cell phone use while driving,
or at LEAST no "texting".

A friend of mine was rear ended by another car. The driver of the other car got out
and apologized. His apology was "Sorry, I looked up and it was too late".
True story. Fortunately no serious injury in that case.

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#22 2010-11-06 20:26:33

Jam
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From: Oxford, England
Registered: 2009-10-02
Posts: 257

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Sorry to hear this, get well soon Riley.

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#23 2010-11-10 15:00:02

Yu-Jin
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From: San Diego
Registered: 2005-11-30
Posts: 108

Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Moran from Planet X wrote:

Yu-Jin wrote:

The Russian shakuhachi community is sending best wishes for fast and easy recovery!

Hey can you guys play the Internationale and post it?

That'll cheer Comrade Riley up right away!

I am sure that would make him smile :-D

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#24 2010-11-10 16:46:25

Moran from Planet X
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Yu-Jin wrote:

Moran from Planet X wrote:

Yu-Jin wrote:

The Russian shakuhachi community is sending best wishes for fast and easy recovery!

Hey can you guys play the Internationale and post it?

That'll cheer Comrade Riley up right away!

I am sure that would make him smile :-D

Maybe see you at Sunday's Kakazakai workshop?  Perhaps get that cooking.


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#25 2010-11-15 06:55:35

James O'Brien
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Re: Riley Lee in Hospital

Riley I wish you a speedy and full recovery!

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