Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Status Report -- Friday, August 17, 2007:

This is over, those 95 volt rapid shocks.
Purpose?
To help reduce the swelling in my hurt finger.
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1. My finger therapy is over! It's not all better but my Medicare Insurance only provided for 20 visits. I have been going for six plus weeks now, mostly three days a week. Just once a week this last one.
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[click on any picture to enlarge]
These two pictures are of my finger STRAIGHTENER.
I will still be using this machine at home, several times a day and trying to sleep with it on.



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"Crank it up!" The tension, that is.







This machine pulls in the finger. After all that straightening it wants to stay straight and not bend when I want it to.



And this one? It is to excercise the middle finger by pulling it up against tension. I don't do this much anymore.





There are other finger and hand exercises I do at home also. Like picking up small beans and moving them to another bowl. And just plain finger bending and straightening with my own muscle power. I may buy a finger squeezing machine, I now am using the red rubber pepper toy Mrs. Jim gave me. It is like a big sponge.
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Golfing is my favorite exercise, we had to cancel a tee time today as it was cart path only. My knee may not be up to that it yet, but it will by September! [Picture link][Blog link]
Gripping that club about 106 times really helps my hand and finger!

2. We have rescheduled our British Isles holiday for September 11 through September 25. September 11 -- 13 will be the Isle of Man. Then Scotland for the rest. We will stay at the Westin Turnberry Golf resort five nights (Sunday 16 start) with golf tee times on 17, 18, and 19.
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The other days in Scotland will be touring with our rented car. Quite a few of the details are taken care of, the others will this week. Mrs. Jim had purchased the Turnberry resort last February through http://www.luxurylink.com/. The Westin was very kind and let us rescedule at any time during this year.
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3. I'm healthy. I passed my nuclear stress test with flying colors, my chloresteral is well under control (179 total, 65 HDL, 86 LDL, 2.8 CHOL/HDLC ratio, and Triglycerides at 138), and even my glucose is down to 91! Blood pressure stays around 123/62 with the help of Benicar.
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I will be scheduling for these:
Finger orthopedic doctor 22 Aug;
Tooth cleaning 27 Aug;
Eye exam 30 Aug;
January colonoscopy; and
January abdominal CTscan with dye.
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My knee orthopedic surgeon has released me unless I have terrible knee pain or my other joints hurt so bad I need to come in. He will give me three steroid shots over three weeks in my right knee if it swells or hurts bad enough. My call.
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I played a round of golf Wednesday with no pain. I only walked from the cart to the ball or green though. My score is my handicap, it was the same bad numb er as before I got hurt.
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4. Main car (99 Cad Deville with 151K miles) needed a new alternator. While checking they found the AC compressor was leaking and noisy. The compressor was replaced with new Freon for free as it has a lifetime warranty.
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That car is saying fairly loudly, "please retire me."
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Good news too, my senior 10% discount was applied to the alternator.
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5. Grandson, Tim [GC#1], got married. He and his wife life in California now. We will be visiting them in cold weather or hot weather, near San Diego.
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6. We survived Tropical Storm Erin fine here. Further south in Houston there was a lot of street flooding, stalled cars, and four deaths. I don't think we are through with the rain yet.

The sky was red when I woke up yesterday. [Click picture for large size, click here for HUGE view] By the time I got the camera outside this was all that was left. It was a beautiful sunrise. This picture is of the leading edge of a nasty rain storm coming by soon.
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This was the satellite picture after the eye was north of San Antonio and most of the rain had just left Houston.


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The soaking rains hadn't come to Houston yet here, but they would, big time!
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Next is Hurricane Dean, coming to the Texas or Mexico Gulf next Tuesday or Wednesday, after it gets hopped up again after a slowing down around or over the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.

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7. My blogging has slowed down a whole bunch. I'm trying to get it to be less demanding. I count who all is reading, I may cut out a few of my 'frequent reads' of some who don't reciprocate. I will lurk a little. Leaving comments takes time, time that I have been running short of.
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I will keep JIM'S LITTLE BLOG and JIM'S LITTLE PHOTO PLACE (link) going. The first will [generally] have something 'religious' for Sunday, a writing piece--truth, fiction, or mixed--Monday or Tuesdays, a travel report Wednesdays, and a status report--like my journal--on Fridays. These could slip one way or another, with a snippet or picture thrown in between times.
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The Photo Place will have a Wordless Wednesday picture posted for Wednesdays, I generally do this Tuesday around noontime. There will be a few other pictures posted when I feel urged.
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8. That's enough for now, I don't want to spill any secrets.

Except the kids will say I for got my blood pressure information. It hovers around 123/67, perhaps 128/68 when in the doctors' offices. My heart rate is generally in the 60's.
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How's that!

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Comments:
1. Congrats.
2. Have fun!
3. Yes, but what was your golf score?
7. So, you're getting tired of us, huh? No more time for us?
 
you are one busy person,

take care

have a good time

Hi Mrs Jim

and thanks for stopping by, :)
 
Hey Jim!! I'm slow getting here but here I am!!

You know, "Better late than never!" I didn't expect to see anything here and you have 2 posts up!

That finger gadget looks kind of complicated but I guess the docs know what they are doing!!

The vacation sounds wonderful. This time though PULEEZEEE be careful on steps, so you don't have to cut your trip short and wear funny gadgets on your finger, or other body parts!

I saw on TV where y'all were getting the rain. We sure need some here. Today is 101 and hot. There is a breeze but it feels like warm air from an oven. This seems like the hottest day yet to me.
 
Hi Jim ~~ Glad you are finally healing properly. Have a great time and enjoy your life with Mrs. Jim.
We will be here hen you return.
Take great care, Regards, Merle.
 
Thank you for the nice post.
 

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