Kirk Tuttle Update
I dropped by our friend (and drummer) Kirk "KT" Tuttle's place today to check in and to pick up some stuff that I left there last week. He was doing OK today, but said that the last two days were pretty bad due to stomach problems and lack of sleep.
After his wife Jimi Jean died last year KT has living in a small apartment in Seattle's north end, very close to the Ballard locks. His liver disease is still progressing, and, being an Air Force veteran (flight controller), he is getting medical treatment from the VA. He can't work or play music any more, so he is living off of a small monthly social security check.
The liver disease symptoms include bouts of dizziness, sever cramps, back and leg pain, nausea, and disorientation. During a bout of dizziness about a month ago, KT fell in his bathroom and fractured one of his hips. He spent about a week in the hospital after that, and is getting around now with the help of a walker. He is scheduled to begin rehabilitation therapy at the end of this month.
I asked KT about the FaceBook page that has been set up for him, but he didn't know anything about it. If any readers here know anything about that page, please let us know what's going on so that we can enlighten KT. He also said to say thanks to the friends that have been visiting and bringing the occasional dinner for him and/or running a few errands.