Monday, June 13, 2022

I Am A Neurological Mess...

...according to one medical professional familiar with what I've been through in the last three months.
The short version is thus:
  • Total knee replacement
  • Go home
  • Start falling down
  • Fall down hard enough to squish the dressing hard enough to make Hitchcockian spatter
  • Get re-admitted
  • Surgery to repair the open wound (looked like a watermelon with a big wedge cut out of it - I have pictures!)
  • Go to the nursing home I think fondly of as Bedlam
  • Develop a UTI and sepsis - hold at a LaGrange point for about 5 days (no memory except 3 little snippets) until getting back to low-Earth orbit, then touching down five days later.
  • Lost 25 pounds
  • After a month at Bedlam, off to the surgery center to release pressure on my cervical spinal cord.
  • Weakness, numbness, and lack of range of motion, endurance, strength, and sense of touch slowly returning with physical and occupational therapy. 
  • Lots and lots of physical and occupational therapy. 
Three surgeries in two months. 

Neurosurgeon says 18 months of healing. And I may not get everything back, but we stopped the continuing damage.

It wasa scary to wake up every morning, wondering what I won't be able to do today.  Now, it's kinda fun to wake up and find out what I can do today.

Friends remark that I seem  to be in good spirits in the middle of all this. I try not to worry about the things I can't do.

I also think about the man I saw in therapy, who was re-learning to correctly say the sames of a fork and a spoon.

I got no problems.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

A Little Light Reading


The really interesting part (to me) is the data from Israel. Starts at the bottom of the third page.


Listen To The Man

Go and listen

If you happen to try to get there fromTwitter, you will see this first:

Click thru and listen.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Eggnog, Irish Whiskey, and Irish Coffee

BUMPED for this year yet again.

I'm once again posting the egg nog recipe, with a side note that started as a tweet to some friends:
Instead of brandy or burbon, this year I am using Tullamore Dew. It is far and away The Best Irish Whiskey, unlike that cursed sinn feiner (spit) Jameson's. It also makes the Best Irish Coffee evar.
OK, this is turning into a post. I'll pass it on.
You have the egg nog recipe. Irish coffee below the fold.

Ike's egg nog:

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Covid Vaccine Fail

Well, this is interesting. According to this paper, vax effectiveness starts to drop off after about 90 days.

Click on the image to read el gato malo's summary, click on the link at the bottom of the page to read the Lancet pre-print.


Read the Lancet pre-print here.

Thing is, we kinda knew this already, given the re-infection rate of the vaccinated. 

I'm sticking with gin and orange juice.