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Lefty Kreh open letter to his friends.
2006/9/9 19:16
From Dallastown, PA
Posts: 1356
I found this on social media and stripers online.

Thought I’d share. Anyone reading this site should know who Lefty is, a true icon of the sport of flyfishing. One of the old guards or popular names when I began flyfishing.

We are all growing older. No doubt. But 92 is not a bad milestone to have to “slow down”. Best wishes Lefty in your new lifestyle.

Just received this.

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This means the schedule I lived for decades is no longer valid and will spend most my time at home.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,

Posted on: 2017/10/28 8:48

Edited by Maurice on 2017/10/28 13:47:30
Edited by Maurice on 2017/10/28 13:48:27
Don't hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning. Think the bridge will be there and it will be there. It's a mother, beautiful bridge, and it's gonna be there. Ok?

Re: Lefty Kreh open letter to his friends.
2016/1/24 14:30
From Gettysburg
Posts: 2696
Sad news.

I was always amazed at Lefty's seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully he can pull through this and enjoy a bit more relaxed retirement.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 9:16

Re: Lefty Kreh open letter to his friends.

2009/2/19 19:59
From Mont Co, Pa
Posts: 511
Thanks for posting this! Lefty is a true icon of this sport, and I wish nothing but the best for him. God has blessed us with Lefty Kreh.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 9:18
Protect the resource, let them go.

Re: Lefty Kreh open letter to his friends.

2009/1/11 23:54
From Pittsburgh
Posts: 139
Lefty is well know in fly fishing circles, the man with significant passion for angling in sweet and salt water. His energy and stamina, teaching and writing abilities put him in high rank in fly fishing sport.

Anybody who get in touch with Lefty experienced remarkable personality and moments of learning something.

You can see Lefty Kreh here

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Posted on: 2017/10/28 17:10

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