Chris Knox

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June 27, 2009

Downhill Racer

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone – Thanks for your posts & your suggestions for ways to assist and entertain Chris. It’s great to know so many people have his interest at heart.

Chris was in good shape today & I took him outside for a stroll in a wheelchair. This was his first time outside since the stroke. We went a reasonable distance and Chris particularly enjoyed the (ahem) rather rapid downhill part – I asked him once what vehicle summed up his personality and his reply was  ‘Messerschmidt’, which is pretty fair.

Then I had lunch with him and shared his horror at the hospital food. A microwaved vege lasagne was the solution.

Indictators for Chris seem to be quite positive at the moment & we still notice a daily improvement – which, just over two weeks from the stroke, is a very good sign. But it is really a time for hard work and seeing what happens over time.




  1.   Ki — June 27, 2009 @ 4:08 pm    

    I never took Chris as the Boy Racer type:)

  2.   Bim the cat — June 27, 2009 @ 4:17 pm    

    Pleased to hear chris has made it out of hospital and is back home with family and friends

  3.   Katie — June 27, 2009 @ 6:10 pm    

    I’ve only just found this website, it’s been encouraging to read about CK’s progress.

    Hang on, old punk, one of my fondest memories is seeing you perform at VUW during Orientation a few years back; as a returning mature student, I laughed far more than the young ones around me, and thoroughly enjoyed your torturous body movements, full of cheek and vigour. One more time, eh?

    I worked with stroke patients briefly, in my early adulthood, as an OT student. The strongest muscle you have is your attitude; the next greatest help is loving and supportive friends and family.
    Chris, you have all these, demonstrated by the entries made by Roy.
    Laugh, strain, push the boundaries, and rage against the dying of the light – make it fun, not work, and you’ll be back on the Fender, singing us ribald songs for another decade of our generation.

    Dealing with disability requires a certain pragmatic fortitude; yes, we each regret that which we must acknowledge is now beyond us – but there are still joys to be tasted, as the indefinite becomes defined.

    Kia kaha, and try this for a laugh:

    frequently makes me wonder about the continuation of the species ;-)

  4.   Grant Staveley — June 27, 2009 @ 6:23 pm    

    Gidday Chris,Family & Friends,
    I’m a big fan of “Chris Knox”, I have most of your albums been to heaps of your gigs in Auckland even talked shit in a drunken state with you after one! It’s great that you are making progress with your recovery, I have faith that you will pull through this (my Father in law had a hell stroke 10 months ago & he is doing well on his road to recovery!) Best wishes and big hugs mate.

  5.   Barry — June 28, 2009 @ 6:24 am    


    If you’re a Messerschmidt ,well then make like an ME262 and jet onward to recovery!

    Refuse to let this keep you down. Barry

  6.   Robyn Dennison — June 28, 2009 @ 4:17 pm    

    Hello Chris and family
    Best wishes for the journey ahead keep your love together even in the hard times.Well this is a test for your long term memory or it could be a flash back do you remember from dunners in your youth [and ours]Robyn,Sharon and Min. Min and I were talking about you today then I found this website. So just a note to wish you well we are thinking of you all up there.
    Cheers and best wishes

  7.   Jacqui — June 28, 2009 @ 6:58 pm    

    Have been watching the blog, catching up on the news but not commenting. Went to Rhythm a week ago and bought a warm gun (liking the title more and more actually, v. evocative!) – loving it. Must have played it a bit as the kids are starting to sing along to some of the songs (is in the 6cdplayer and pushing random so we are listening to it alongside some new stuff and old faves.)
    Strokes much in my family – grandfather and mother had first in their 50s. Just around the corner for me?
    Our very best to you, your family and friends.

  8.   graham and megan — June 28, 2009 @ 10:29 pm    

    hiya Chris and Barbara and family and friends from drizzling but beautiful Edinburgh (it’s summer!). Thinking of you of course and delighted to read that you sang ‘happy birthday’ Chris. But doesn’t McCartney own the right to that one? Good sense of wry humour!
    Lotsa love and i guess by the time we get home in a month or so you will be playing touch rugby as you used to do so well. |Or was that someone else?
    Cheers and love.

  9.   Lori Blumenthal — June 29, 2009 @ 10:30 am    

    I check this blog dutifully every day and am glad, like so many others, to
    find glimmers of hope and recovery. It’s a long road ahead but Chris
    will be buoyed by the well wishes of all of us around the world,
    he’s touched so many of our lives.
    Thanks so much for keeping us posted and we’ll be looking forward
    to hearing about triumphs large and small in months ahead.
    Viva Chris!!

  10.   Tom Battersby — June 29, 2009 @ 12:47 pm    

    Chris, Family and Friends

    Heres wishing a speedy and total recovery!
    You’ll be strumming again in no time.
    Am thinking of you and listening to albums

    Best Wishes

  11.   Alison — June 29, 2009 @ 7:35 pm    

    If Chris would like to go sailing or have a go at sailing, let Mark know. I have the appropriate boats for him, and time and I promise not to play the Grateful Dead!!!

    Lots of reconnections


  12.   Roger Gascoigne — June 29, 2009 @ 11:01 pm    

    Chris and Roy,
    So thrilled to learn you are a Messerschmidt. Bf 109 or Bf 110?
    And you’ve been listening to the Beach Boys, brilliant. I wrote a little piece in July’s North and South saying Pet Sounds is my Guilty Pleasure listening…it still has it. Brian Wilson, bloody genius.
    Step by step Chris, I wish you a daily success.

  13.   John K — June 29, 2009 @ 11:08 pm    

    The bittersweet irony. As you are now challenged to rebuild your voice, your vocal harmonies lift us up = I bought ‘A Warm Gun’ over there in the right hand column.

    So good. ‘Song Of the Tall Poppy’ and ‘To The Sun’are current obsessions…

    Do yourself a favour and buy it everyone – theres more warmth in that album for 20 bucks than Contact Energy or Meridian could ever rip us off for.

    Thanks again / Kia Kaha / JK

  14.   Connor — June 30, 2009 @ 9:12 am    

    Greetings from Athens, Ga! Just wanted to say I hope Chris is feeling best and that his recovery is going OK. I was at the Circulatory System show the other night here in Athens and they dedicated the show to Chris and wished him the best, and I spoke to Julian Koster, who also has Mr. Knox in his thoughts and hopes for the best of him as well. There’s love for him all over the world!


  15.   niki hastings-mcfall and jason hall — June 30, 2009 @ 11:23 am    

    Ha- funny about the boy racer comment! Our neighbour Jase (yes another one) was very concerned that his endless donut with you sitting serenely on the back of his V8 ute might have done you in. I reassured him that I doubted that was the case! I just wanted you to know that all of us here at Aetna Place send our love and best thoughts to you and your family Chris. We check this blog regularly to keep an eye on your great progress- although it may seem a little tedious for you and yours I’m sure. Many thanks to whoever set this up- its a great way to keep up without being intrusive. Looking forward to catching up one day and listening to more of your excruciating puns!! And kia kaha to you and your whanau- Cher de cher bro from the Aetna gang.

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