Hang in there, Dave. I didn't know you well, but always amazed at your knowledge and willingness to share. I haven't been active biking since I lost my leg a couple of years ago, but still enjoy the forums.
It is with a very heavy heart that I bring you this news of David Wiener. As some of you may know, his health hasn’t been the greatest for quit a while now. He’s been keeping me updated along the way but wanted to keep it quiet. At times he was doing better than others, but always stayed positive. Last Wednesday he called to update me that he was diagnosed with stage 4 Leukemia, but was still optimistic he would be OK for a little while even though they wanted to set him up with in home hospice care. He had an appointment yesterday, Friday, to discuss his options. The Dr told him if he didn’t get into the hospital NOW, that he might be gone in 6 days. Today he called me from his hospital bed. They don’t know how long he’s going to last even with being under full time care. I’ll stay in contact with him as often as possible and keep you updated. If I don’t hear from him, I have his brothers # to call for updates. David says he’s mentally prepared for what ever happens, and said “shit happens”.
This is not an easy post to write. David and I have been good friends and shared many calls and emails over the years. He even visited here for a couple days on one of his trips to a BMW rally in Washington several years ago with his friend Bill. He’s helped and mentored a lot of folks to get their bikes fixed and has lots of bikes that he’s built and sold that will be on the road carrying the legacy that IS David Wiener, aka R80Dave.
Our prayers and hopes for your recovery go out to you David! You’ve been one of the founding fathers this community has had the honor to learn from and share time with. We are all better from your friendship and willingness to help. In life, we are "never promised tomorrow"! But we are grateful for the days prior that you shared with us. Be strong my friend!
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Let us know the name and address, I can send him a pie like the last time a couple of summers ago..Semper FidelisHi Folks,
Here's the latest update for you.
First up, is that the Hospital he’s in will not allow visitors. The only exception they have made for him is to allow his attorneys in so they can get his legal matters in order including a trust.
David called me yesterday to tell me he’s got a meeting with the Dr in a day or 2, as well as a final meeting with his attorneys to sign the documents. He also wanted to know where I posted this so he could read it. He wasn’t sure if he would be able to post a reply though. He gets pretty emotional at times during our talks, and I’m sure reading everyone’s comments and well wishes will be hard for him. Just know that he’s been here and knows your sending him love and hope.
The hardest part of our talk was when he told me his prognosis is not good. And that probably on Monday, he will be transported to a nursing care home. And in his words, where he will be saying goodbye from. He says he’s ready for this all to end and be over. He’s worn out his fight and tired of the pain. They are doing all they can to make him comfortable. But that’s all they can do for now.
If I hear from him again, hopefully on or before Monday, I’ll find out which nursing home he’ll be in. He said they will allow 2 visitors at a time, so maybe you could take him that pie Grunt! I would call him, but he told me his phone will not ring and he can’t figure out why. So I have to wait for him to call.
Let’s keep praying and sending him our love and hopes!
Don't forget, David noticed the notch in your steering and replaced the bearings while some of us were working on the engine.Dave and a few others that are on this forum came together in my garage on a cold Minnesota February weekend to do the infamous "triple bypass". His knowledge is unsurpassed and we all had a great time.