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Old 11-09-2014, 12:41 PM   #15541
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:46 PM   #15542
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We're moving on to the regionals. So one more month of herding 11 year old boys to improve their engineering skills and presentation skills.
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Yesterday was DWs birthday - pampered her with a weekend trip to the Sheraton in Columbus; spent time with our son and watched one of his last performances in 'Forever Plaid' at the Riffe Center there. The run end today. Been looking for a wilderness defense revolver - can't make up my mind on caliber. .357 magnum and .44 magnum were no problem with recoil or accuracy when I was young, and shouldn't be now, even one handed. Have been checking out .454, .460 and .500 as well, but have never fired them. If I could find a range to rent one...


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Fired up the chain saw and cut down two small (15' tall) trees in the back yard that were leftovers from when we bought the place (they should have been removed by the seller). Now I have branches to cut up for the rest of this coming week.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:54 AM   #15545
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Bummer day.

It started out normal, we went to the gym and did our normal workout, came home, ate lunch.

Later on about 8:10 I was watching a youtube video about photographic lighting and became aware that I was breathing very hard, like I would be during a hard workout at the gym. But I'm sitting in a chair with my feet up on another one. And while I have an interest in photographic lighting the subject never had me breathing hard. This goes on for a bit and I walk around for a few minutes to see if that helps at all, no dice.

Then I start debating whether to ask DW to drive me to the hospital or call an ambulance and decide on the latter. The crew gets there and as soon as I'm in the ambulance and they get the EKG hooked up its clear to them that I'm in atrial fibrillation. I've heard of it but don't really know what it is or how serious it is. Basically, the condition itself isn't all that bad but the complications can be.

So as of now I'm in the hospital, the heart rhythm is restored, and I feel fine. Tomorrow (actually later today) they will do an ultrasound of the heart to look for blood clots (one of the complications) and probably some other tests and diagnostics.

And what I really had planned for today was changing the oil on my pickup truck. Bummer.
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That is indeed a bummer, Walt. The good news is that AF is treatable. It's extremely common and you probably know at least one other person who has it. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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See what having photography for a hobby can do to you?

I feel kind of bad for even joking, but I know you understand the intent is good.
You'll be ship-shape in no time. Please keep us updated.
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Walt34- does sound like a bummer day- we'll be thinking good thoughts for you!
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Walt, here's hoping your tests are negative and you get home soon!
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Get well soon Walt!! And please stop watching those pornographic lighting videos.
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Walt, sooooo glad you decided you needed to get that weird feeling checked out! We await updates.
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Walt, photographic lighting gets my heart pumping also. But seriously, take care and best wishes for a speedy return to normal.
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The good news is that I have several friends with A-fib, and they manage just fine with it. Treatment is good these days, so no need to worry as long as you're being cared for.
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Thanks all.

Doc was just here and pending some further tests and review by the cardiologist I'll be released this evening or tomorrow morning. The condition itself isn't as bad as the possible complications because of blood clots forming and then being released, causing a stroke. So I'll be on some meds aimed at reducing the likelihood of that. But so far so good.
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I overheard a nurse asking someone else "what day is this?" among a group of such questions like "what year is it?" and such. I suggested that "what day is this?" is possibly not a valid question for a retiree because there is a better than even chance that even the ones without any mental or memory issues don't know because they don't care. Half the time I wouldn't know either.
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Doc was just here and pending some further tests and review by the cardiologist I'll be released this evening or tomorrow morning. The condition itself isn't as bad as the possible complications because of blood clots forming and then being released, causing a stroke. So I'll be on some meds aimed at reducing the likelihood of that. But so far so good.
Whew, that's a relief. Take care, Walt, and I hope this doesn't repeat.
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Oh, Walt! Get well soon. And stop carrying those rocks, I've told ya.
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I overheard a nurse asking someone else "what day is this?" among a group of such questions like "what year is it?" and such. I suggested that "what day is this?" is possibly not a valid question for a retiree because there is a better than even chance that even the ones without any mental or memory issues don't know because they don't care. Half the time I wouldn't know either.
In screening for any sort of age related dementia, they used to ask my mother questions like, "Who is the Vice President?" and she was one of the very few who really didn't know or care. She had no interest in politics at all, in retirement. Those of us who knew her well, could confirm that this was not a matter of forgetting so much as a matter of eccentric interests.

She told her doctor, "Ask me what the share price for IBM is, instead! That is something I care about."
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I hope they will ask me what's cos(A+B) in terms of sin/cos of A and B.

But nowadays, they will ask me who Brad Pitts' ex is, then throw me straight into Alzheimer ward.
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When DF was tested he was asked who the president was. He went off, as family expected, 'he's no president'. Then proceeded to give the doc his opinions of presidential ability from Obama back to Roosevelt.

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