Well, I survived! HA!
We left the house and it was snowing a good amount. The road was already covered and we had this big hill to climb. Unfortunately, a little front wheeled car got in front of us and started up the hill. I waited to make sure it would make it but because of another car behind me I went ahead and started up. Sure enough the little car was struggling and thank goodness it pulled over to the side and I was able to zoom right up the hill in my 2000 Isuzu 4×4 (I LOVE THAT SUV!!)
Normally I would have stopped to help but we had to be there at 8:00 AM and I never like being late.
We got checked in and few minutes they took us to the room and started to get me ready for surgery:
Here they’re just finishing off shaving my leg (ugh, my pasty legs, I NEED the hair!). They had already put the IV in and had yet to give me any funny juice. Everyone was professional and kind. This was at Sacred Heart and they’ve always done a great job there. (Beth was taken care of here initially)
One by one all the folks that were going to be in the operating room filed in and introduced themselves and told me what to expect, and finally the doctor came in and did the same. I told Dr. Vanderwilde that I had watched two video’s of the same knee surgery I was going to have today and what was apparent to me was…they just needed more room to work on my knee! I told him, “Don’t limit yourself to such a small cut, feel free to open that baby up so you can do accurate measurements and make smooth cuts on those bones” He assured me I didn’t need to worry and that three inches were enough to get the job done. I didn’t say any more but I’ll let you decide. Click HERE if you want to see just an animation of what they did on my knee. But click here if you want to see an actual video..BUT BE CAREFUL!!! the actual video is VERY GROSS! I had to watch it in small doses.
Well hopefully you’re back and your stomach is still full.
FINALLY they gave me what I had been waiting for the entire week, the ‘Happy Juice’, the ‘Forgetaboutit Juice’, the ‘This will be the last thing you remember before you wake up in the recovery room Juice’. And it was!
Actually, this was supposed to be my ‘pathetic’ look, either description works!
Sandy told me later as I don’t recall ANY of it, that when she asked me if I could feel the medication that I put my hand in front of my forehead and made a motion of something flowing all down the front of my head and that I said something like, “I feel…………I feel………….” and that’s about all I got out. Except I could tell they were making fun of me and so I said something like I was still under control and that I could name the 7 layers of the TCPIP stack. And I kept saying that over and over, although I’m not sure I actually said any of the layers (I think I may have called one the avocado layer)
Anyway, off I went into the operating room and I wish I could describe the amazing smells and bright lights and all the blue gowned doctor’s and nurses, but I can’t…I don’t recall a thing!
But I ‘hoped’ it looked something like this:
And not something like this:
But needless to say things went very well, and the next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery room and as I looked around everyone was in various stages of recovery, some completely out, some being taken to their rooms and ones like me, sort of in and sort of out. But I was awake enough to ask for some ice chips and they tasted like heaven! They did tell me that my wife had been called and that they were going to wait for a few more minutes and take me to my room on the 4th floor. I really don’t have a solid flow of consciousness after that. I just sort of arrived at my room and looked down to see if my leg was still attached. (I did actually have a dream prior to the surgery that when I woke up my lower leg was missing!!! The doctor said (In an English accent), “Ah yes, Mr. xxxxx, I see you’re awake. Jolly Good. So..some good news and some bad news. Good news, We didn’t have to replace your knee! Yes, splendid. Bad news…we did have to cut off your leg. Sorry about that old chap.”
But all was well:
The hospital stay was pretty much what I expected. They wake you up to give you medicine. They wake you up to take blood samples. They wake you up to see if you need anything to help you sleep….jeepers.
But again, everything went well and after two days I was out the door and slowly working my way up our stairs into the bed Sandy and I had set up in the office.
The physical therapist (PT), his name was Ed, had prepared me quite well for how to handle getting in and out of a car as well as getting up stairs, so other than it being a wee bit scary (under the influence and all) I made my way up and carefully flopped into bed, which felt wonderful!
I’ve been home 3 days now and was visited by a nurse and a PT once and given numerous exercises to do, and I’ve been doing them, probably not as often as I should as there are other things I have to attend to. One of which was a real surprise and let down.
I had been laid off of work since the end of May and have been looking for work ever since. I finally got a job through Volt at a local blood lab company (I won’t say which one). It had been my 2nd time interviewing with this company I must say both times I think the interview went well, and I felt very comfortable talking with everyone, the supervisor and all the potential co-workers. It felt like family.
So after I was settled into my room and visiting was over I checked my email on my phone only to discover the job had fallen through due to funding problems with the position. Dang. Not what I had hoped and prayed for. Very very disappointed. I may have even asked for more meds…can’t remember.
BUT…I’m home and continuing to look for work and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt God’s got something good for me right around the corner.
I was feeling a little down yesterday and asked one of my daughters if she wanted to join Sandy and I for a romp around the North Town Mall. So we piled into the car and found the nearest wheelchair and went shopping!
Well, THEY went shopping, I went buzzing around all the different stores and hallways pretending I was doing a Bloomsday run only ‘inside’. HA!
It was a way to help with the cabin fever and always a joy to watch as ‘other people’ spent money!
Well today at 10:00 AM I will have surgery on my right knee, WOOHOO!
Since I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll just hit the highlights:
February 5th of this year I was on my bicycle on my way to work and was hit by a driver (a nice gal) and I went flying and landed on my tailbone. Man that was painful! Still hurts from time to time, but the real pain lasted about four or five months.
What was not obvious at first was my right knee. My left knee had a sore area on it and I assumed it was hit by the car or my bike, but my right knee appeared to be okay at first. Then as time went by I noticed I was not able to do the same things I used to do, even simple things like standing and doing dishes, and even at night my right knee would ache.
Long story short, after getting shuffled around to THREE doctors, I finally got the right guy and a questionable date, today, December 2nd. What’s interesting about this date is my sister who is WAY WAY older than me, ;-) had her right knee done two years ago today…so strange.
Now if you want to know sort of what is entailed then check out this demonstration of what is planned for today: here
Now if you are REALLY brave, check out the actual procedure: here
Just be prepared, it’s VERY difficult to watch. I had to do it in small increments throughout the day.
So I’m leaving in a few minutes to check in, and then at 10:00 AM the surgery will start.
I’ll hopefully check back in throughout the week and give updates.
PS: The reason it’s a questionable date is I JUST was offered a job (I’ve been out of work since the end of May) and they wanted me to start on the 7th, but I pushed it to the 9th. However, the doctor said I’m nuts and to push it until 14th, but I’m not sure the new company would have gone for that, so I’m going to do my best to be ready on the 9th. Prayer is welcomed. Thanks!
So, we’ve been having gas fume issues whenever we fill our gas tank in the RV and whenever we pull long steep climbs, like White Bird hill in Idaho, a long 7 mile hill and by the time we would get to the top we would have to pull over, turn off ANYTHING that was using propane or had a pilot light as the fumes were TERRIBLE inside the motor home especially in the back.
I looked around and found of all places, a tire shop that worked on RV’s and when I called, I talked to this guy named Bill and he was totally on the same page as me as to what I had done to troubleshoot and what I thought was the issue. So yesterday we picked up the RV after he had worked on it (Emptied the 75 gallon gas tank of all it’s gas, then dropped it, and replaced the fuel pump, filter, hoses and anything else that needed it), and FIXED the gas gauge which of course was the sending unit which a new one was on the new fuel pump.
(And this part is why I’m writing:)
So this morning I called the guy back at TireRama, Bill, and just wanting to thank him again and tell him how happy I was with the overall experience of him working on my motor home (MH), and he said he was glad I called back as he wanted to talk with me and tell me more of what he had done. (He wasn’t there when we picked it up yesterday)
Bill said that I made a GOOD call getting the fuel pump replaced as when his guys were backing up the motor home he could hear the fuel pump ‘whining’ away! I told him, “I KNOW!!!!” (In a good way) In fact I had mentioned that to someone..Perfection??, can’t remember and they said, oh yeah, that’s normal. Bill said, NO..that is NOT normal, and he should know, as they work on a lot of MH’s.
As soon as I got home I let the engine run and went back and sure enough you CAN’T HEAR the fuel pump..and THAT is normal! So again, he said that was a smart call to replace that as he thinks it was getting ready to fail. And just think of what that would mean if it failed while going to Boise or anywhere…do you know what size tow truck is needed to tow a 32′, 17,000 pound motor home? A BIG ONE!!!!!!!!
Then I asked, where the location of the fuel filter is and again he said, “oh, that was another good call to have me replace that” (although he said he normally R&R fuel filters when doing this kind of work.. I had called and specifically asked him to do that). I asked him why? He said that when he removed the filter and banged it on the floor, just to see if there was anything in there..he said it was FILLED with gunk! AND that it was a Motorcraft, which is what Ford, the maker of the ‘carriage’ part of the RV, (engine, frame, gas tank, etc) names it’s parts. Which ‘could’ and most likely mean, that it is the original fuel filter from 1997!!! THAT IS NOT SMART! I don’t know how often that should be replaced but certainly more often that once every 18 years!! Bill also said that ALL of the hoses he replaced, which are many, and one that goes all the way to the generator as that’s where the generator get it’s fuel, also had the Motorcraft logo and name on them, which again, most likely means they have never been replaced, which may or may not be a big deal, as I think those things are supposed to last a LONG time.
And then I asked about the drain plug, should I have had him install one while it was empty? (All 55 gallons that fit into a clean 55 gallon drum he had). He said that it might not have been a bad idea and of course we could always to it later, but again that would be expensive. I said the reason would be so in case the tank is or gets gunky. He did say, he reached down in there and cleaned out as much as he could with a clean rag, so it’s in pretty good shape.
It’s those kinds of things that aren’t shown on the itemized bill, but can sure make a difference down the road, as well as shows you the kind of care they take with each and every auto they work on.
I told Bill that he has my business from now on. I know his shop is a bit out of the way, but I could tell by the way the shop looked, how I felt when I was there, and in talking to him (have yet to met him) as well as the guy at the counter, these are good quality people and you can tell by the shop they take pride in their work and where they work. Everything is spotless…and I’m talking not only of the show room, but the shop was bright, clean and very orderly.
I now wished I had purchased my RV tires (all 6) from them. Especially looking back on how Perfection did the ones on the RV. I know I asked them if they could handle a rig this big, and they assured me they could. But when I watched as they attempted to jack up the RV, the 1st GIANT jack wouldn’t work. So they brought out two smaller ones and had to carefully jack up one wheel at a time and..wow..it was almost comical if it hadn’t been MY rig! I wish I would have said..STOP! Forget this. But..live and learn. I will not be going back to perfection for tires and probably most anything. I think I’d rather drive all the way out to airway heights and have TireRama work on my rigs.
So goodbye Perfection Tire…Hello TireRama.
I was reading through some of my post back in 2009 and noticed I didn’t post a race report of the Windermere Marathon on my blog. I posted it on Active.com and the link I had didn’t work. So, I copied it here, just so I’d have a record of it.
Keep in mind that it was back in 2009 and it was my 1st attempt at qualifying, which I did in Portland on 10-10-2010 (love that date!)
Well, where do I begin? This was supposed to be my Boston qualifier race, my 1st attempt. I’ve run this course many many times as I work right by it; ride it almost every weekend with my wife and friends; did an ultra marathon this March from the state line all the way to 9 mile (37 miles..whew!); so you THINK I would have figured out that the mile markers were messed up. But you know….when you are working your tail off and concentrating on keeping your body together sometimes the obvious, is not.
I was attempting to run a 3:45:00 or better (Although during the race my running buddy Steve, mentioned that you actually get all of the 45th minute so the qualifying time is actually 3:45:59 *** As of 2011 this is no longer true). So just like all BQ hopefuls I had my splits written down on the top of my hand; 5, 10, 15, 20, 25. And all along the way I was hitting my marks right on. Oh a few seconds on either side but pretty much right on.
At the 20 mile marker I was RIGHT on! Almost to the second! So I’m feeling pretty confident that I’m going to make it. Then the 21 mile marker came up and I was below the split by almost a minute, meaning I had a 60 second cushion. By this time I’m feeling giddy!
Somewhere along the way I noticed that gosh, that 23rd mile was a long ways! When I glanced down at my watch it showed that I had been running for 3 hours and 24 minutes, and I was like WHAT?! That meant I only had 21 more minutes to run 3.2 miles and there was NO WAY I was going to do that! That would have been a 7:30 pace which after running 20 miles at an 8:30 pace there was no way I could do that. I couldn’t believe it! I mean I hit EACH and EVERY split RIGHT ON TIME! I was sooooo stinkin devastated! I just gave up.
It never occurred to me the mile markers might be off. And my Garmin was being used to give me my interval timing as I was using the Jeff Galloway method of running; 4 mile run, 30 second walk (which works by the way) so I wasn’t able to see how far I actually had run so I HAD to trust the mile markers.
I still didn’t know there was anything wrong, but since I was so devastated, I just ran and walked along until we came to the turn by Gonzaga and one of the folks at the last aid station said, “You only have 1.5 more miles!” I stopped, turned around and said “WHAT!?!!!”. They said “Yeah the mile markers are all messed up”. I glanced down at my watch again and it said I had 8 more minutes. 8 more minutes to run 1.5 miles. I was soooo stinking angry! Even though I was physically exhausted, but even more I was mentally devastated, I tried to turn that anger into energy and pushed with everything I had to try and run 1.5 miles in under 8 minutes..HA! Let’s see, that would be a 5:20 pace. Well, long story short, I missed my time by 3 minutes and 8 seconds. 3 MINUTES AND 8 SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I crossed the finish line (which I have an issue with that…WHERE was the WORD FINISH??!!!!!) I stopped at the 1st place that had tape across the road thinking THAT was the finish line only to be prodded along by the announcer, “No, that’s not the finish, you have to keep running, come on now, let’s go!” (I’m not normally an angry man but if he would have been standing near me….who knows what I might have said.)
So I stumbled across the finish line that had no clock, that I could see, (I finally did see it after walking around and noticing it BEHIND the large speaker….DOH!) and as I passed by the volunteers handing out metals, I almost didn’t take one. I was sooooo stinking depressed. I couldn’t believe I had put all this energy into training and doing long miles, I mean LONG MILES! (Jeff’s program calls for doing a 30 miler so that the 26 doesn’t scare you, AND you avoid hitting the proverbial ‘wall’ at 20 or 21 miles)
Well, I spent the weekend sort of in a slump and when they finally posted the results I saw where I had taken 2nd in my age group, so that help to take the sting away a little, but now after reading all these post, the pain and anger seems to be coming back! (I’m grinning while I right these so, not really I guess). *** Again, this was posted on the Active.com site and MANY people were complaining about the mile markers
I wrote an objective email to Bob (The Windermere race director) and told him how much I loved the race and I REALLY want to see this marathon succeed, and by the way, where was ANY media coverage of the race before or even after? All I ever saw on the TV was Lilac Parade this, and Lilac Parade that! Come on! This marathon could be a jewel of a race for Spokane, why doesn’t the media want to promote it more? That even goes for Troika the half Ironman they do here in Spokane. That could be a premier race but you never hear ANYTHING on the news or in the paper about it.
I picked up the Sunday paper after the marathon and what was on the sports page? Some stupid softball game that happened in Coeur d’Alene for Pete’s sake! NOTHING about this gorgeous marathon right here in our home town!!
Well I hope the best for this race and probably will do it again as I think it has the potential to be another Bloomsday like race. Well, that might be a stretch, but certainly it could grow to be much larger than it was IF they fix many of the issues.
Well, I feel better now getting that off my chest. Sorry to sound like a whiner. I was hoping to be a winner. :-)
***So funny reading this now in light of all I’ve been through and where I am today, which basically is …no running…sigh
So Google does an end of the year in review thing where it takes and highlights some of the photo’s you’ve uploaded and puts them to music. Not bad:
Funny, looking at it again..it’s not very good at ALL! But it does cover kind of what I did all year…which was..not much.
So this is rather pathetic, but I thought I’d share it anyway.
WordPress does an end of the year summary of ALL the blogs I’ve posted (2) and which post were the most popular. I did find it interesting that my Amaryllis post (March 2009) was the most popular, with 40 plus comments. And I have some more photo’s I need to post on that one. Another surprise was my post called Groupers not Groupies (August 2013) was 2nd with …ahm..4. Oh well, I don’t do this for the comments, just for fun.
Anywho..here’s the report.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 820 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.
So my buddy Steve-oh-slow-mo, is ‘thinking’ about doing the Silver Falls Marathon down in beautiful Silver Falls State Park, but he’s hoping I’ll do one of the smaller races so we can book down there together.
SO I’m begging the race director to open up ONE MORE SLOT in either the 7 miler or half marathon (I think I could do the half).
SO if by chance they happen upon my page…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Let me in, let me in!!! Please?
I promise to sing the praise of this amazing location!!!
Just some humor:
- I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
- When chemists die, they barium.
- Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
- A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
- I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
- How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
- I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
- This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.
- I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.
- I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words ..
- They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.
- This dyslexic man walks into a bra ..
- I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
- A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?
- When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
- What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds..
- I wondered why the ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!
- Broken pencils are pointless.
- What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
- England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
- I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
- I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
- All the toilets in London police stations have been stolen.
Police say they have nothing to go on.
- I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
- Velcro – what a rip off!
- Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.
I was doing some vanity searches and found one I hadn’t seen before so I thought I’d share the link here.
About a year ago I FINALLY ponied up the money to purchase a long time desire…a waterproof MP3 player!
At the time there were only two worth considering and both used the Apple 2 Gig Shuffle. But one company actually opened the sealed iPod then resealed it to waterproof it. That didn’t sound like a good idea to me as anytime you mess with a sealed electronic assembly you increase the risk of foreign debris getting inside and then having to reseal it and make sure it doesn’t leak there is always risky at best.
So I went with the Underwater Audio 2 Gig player and absolutely love it! They’re process doesn’t open the player and somehow they magically get the waterproofing inside and it absolutely works!
Anyway, here’s the link to the “TriMoot Testimonial“!
Oh, and here’s a link to their site: http://www.underwateraudio.com/
Can you believe it?
I’m ranked by GOOGLE!
I’m ranked # 14,078,471 top blogs! Wow.