It turns out he has fans rooting for him to get off disabled list

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Don Mattingly and Vinny Del Negro reached out because they are in the final year of their contracts and could obviously relate.

Our life-insurance guy left a message. He said he has a perfect record in 2013. He hasn't paid off a single death claim yet and by the tone of his voice I got the impression he would be really upset if I hurt his record.

The bosses at the newspaper said I should not hurry to return. I wonder what they meant by that.

I received so many heartfelt messages, leading me to believe none of them were from USC fans. But you know, I thank everyone who was so kind.

I was so moved by how wonderful people can be, I almost decided to never be tough on folks again.

But then I remembered Mike D'Antoni was still the Lakers' coach.

This week has been a good reminder how many people deal with far more serious stuff in their lives, and do so every day. There are so many heroes out there.

Maybe a newspaper should have a daily section dedicated to such heroes.

I wouldn't call myself a hero, but I've been told I will have to eat chicken for the rest of my life. So I'm right there.

Looking back, I have only one question: The family scolded me for not calling 911 after collapsing in a hotel room. So why did they elect to drive me to Las Vegas with no cell service available much of the way?

Once we were in Vegas, Jay Rood, the head bookmaker for the MGM/Mandalay Bay properties, offered his NCAA tournament locks.

He never mentioned they were sure losers, saying later, "I was just trying to show you it doesn't matter if you win or lose because you won't be taking it with you.

"Now don't you feel better?"

Back at home now, as Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone did in getting me to the hospital, Dr. Raman Sankar, Pam Henderson and Dr. Doojin Kim pooled their talents to help.

Dr. Kim did so on behalf of the people of Los Angeles, scheduling a battery of tests for Monday so I won't be able to cover the Dodgers' season opener.

I'd imagine Dr. Kim will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a game as soon as the Dodgers hear about the break they're getting.

As for those who emailed to say I will have to go easy on the Dodgers now for getting their help, sorry, but I have no plans of dying any time soon.


Twitter: @LATimesTJSimers

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