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Old 10-08-2011, 12:24 PM   #8661
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Damn. I almost passed out just reading this...
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:28 PM   #8662
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[...]So that's what I've been doing. Gad...
What an alarming experience! Glad that apparently the only harm from it is to your pocketbook. That can be recovered, in time.
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Wow, that sounds like no fun!

I bet you were (I have to say it before someone else does) pissed off.
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Ouch! Here's hoping your bladder behaves from now on, MPaquette. Is there a plumber in the house?
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Wow, that sounds like no fun!

I bet you were (I have to say it before someone else does) pissed off.
Insert Mork-from-Ork style laughter here...

I'm doing much better today. I'm sitting on my big ole recliner sofa, with cat, water, and a big screen TV. Movie marathon time. Everything is the right color, and flowing along.

Next week I lose the Foley and get an exciting training session on self-catheterization. "Next, carefully detach yourself from the ceiling and lower yourself to the floor."

In a few weeks I'll try to go through a TSA checkpoint while carrying catheters and supporting goodies. That should be good for more entertaining posts.
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Goodness, M Paquette, what a frightening ordeal! Glad you are feeling better, but so sorry you have to endure further treatment/tests. This stuff is no fun, but a positive attitude like yours goes a long way!

BTW, I highly recommend a w/c for the airport trip. Cut through all the lines, get priority boarding, etc. It really is a blessing when you've got something medical going on.
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That was QUITE a story. Shudder....

Glad to hear things are improved, M Paquette.
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It turns out that bleeding when decompressing a distended bladder is pretty common.
Sure is a good thing that they warned you about this before you had to get totally freaked out and spend a lot of money and time in the ER...no, wait...nevermind.
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Sure is a good thing that they warned you about this before you had to get totally freaked out and spend a lot of money and time in the ER...no, wait...nevermind.
Thank goodness for Dr. Google, eh?

Oh, best ER page ever: "Paging Dr. Fine; Dr. Fine, please call 40024." Whoooop! Woobwoobwoob, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk...

Presumably doctors Howard and Curley were on another shift.
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Parents weekend at the youngest kid's university. Ate a nice brunch - surprisingly good for institutional food - did the tailgate thing and sat with a near capacity crowd to watch the home team destroy the opponents (56-3 to go 6-0 for the season).

We had some free time and DS asked if we wanted to see his room. Mom immediately set to neatening up - apparently all part of his diabolical plot to get someone else to clean up his room.
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Insert Mork-from-Ork style laughter here...

I'm doing much better today.

Next week I lose the Foley and get an exciting training session on self-catheterization.
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You're doing great. Even with your unsettling experience, you write that you will "lose" the Foley as opposed to you will "loose" the Foley.


...did I just wander in from another thread?
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At 1:25 am, a bomb exploded outside our bedroom window - at least, that's what it sounded like. It was actually a bolt of lightning which also instantly set off our home alarm system, including the ear-piercing 85 db internal "burglar stopper" siren. The combination of the two woke us up (understatement) and it was a rude, adrenaline surging, fuzzy-brained, "WTF!?!?" awakening.

To ad insult to injury, the electrical surge that set off the alarm also screwed up the control pad and the alarm would not shut off! As the piercing scream from the alarm continued to fry my brain, I had to find a screwdriver, dig through a bunch of stuff in the back of my closet, locate the the alarm control unit, remove the screws from the cover, unplug the unit from AC power, and disconnect the backup battery to finally shut it up. The entire process probably took 2-3 minutes but it seemed like much, much longer.

That was almost two hours and I'm still awake - wide awake.

But we are getting some nice rain...

Postscript: I did get back to sleep around 4. At 6 am I had a very vivid dream about playing basketball with my grandsons. I went up to dunk the ball, knocked the lamp off my nightstand, the ceramic base hit the uncarpeted floor and shattered into 100 pieces.

I'm up...
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At 1:25 am, a bomb exploded outside our bedroom window - at least, that's what it sounded like. It was actually a bolt of lightning which also instantly set off our home alarm system, including the ear-piercing 85 db internal "burglar stopper" siren.
Other than ruining sensitive electronics, did the lightning hit any trees or other structures?

I'm impressed that you had the presence of mind to go through the process of removing alarm power. I wouldn't have killed it that quickly...
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Other than ruining sensitive electronics, did the lightning hit any trees or other structures?
Not that I can tell, but I'll know more once the sun comes up.

What is really strange is we didn't lose power - no flashing digital displays or any other sign of the disturbance. My knowledge of electron behavior is miniscule but I suspect the alarm was triggered by the several hundred feet of wire running from the sensors on each door and window in the house. That makes for a large antenna to pick up any sort of electrical disturbance and channel it to a central point - the alarm control box.

Wonder what will happen when I return power to the alarm system? Guess I'll wait until late morning to find out. I'm probably not too popular with my nearest neighbors - even though their house is a couple of hundred yards across the road.
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Well you now KNOW the alarm works. Timing of the test not so good. Yea long wiring is good for inducing problems, Shielded wiring may have helped at much greater cost.

Years, 25 maybe, ago ripped out a transistorized siren fire alarm control system for a fire department. Sucker set off all the sirens around town at the hint of a thunderstorm. Replaced with good old relays and relay logic in metal cans. Still in service, no glitches. Fire dept is happy.
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Thank goodness for Dr. Google, eh?

Oh, best ER page ever: "Paging Dr. Fine; Dr. Fine, please call 40024." Whoooop! Woobwoobwoob, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk...

Presumably doctors Howard and Curley were on another shift.
Sure hope your plumbing gets sorted out, for the better. Get well.
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Well you now KNOW the alarm works. Timing of the test not so good.
That describes about 95% of my sea duty...
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Postscript: I did get back to sleep around 4. At 6 am I had a very vivid dream about playing basketball with my grandsons. I went up to dunk the ball, knocked the lamp off my nightstand, the ceramic base hit the uncarpeted floor and shattered into 100 pieces.

I'm up...
Who won the basketball game?
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