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Some Recent Discoveries and Recommendations

by on Aug.29, 2016, under News, Recommendations

Recently I have discovered some

Time and $$$ saving items and I thought I would share them with you.

I will add to this over time as I think of other items that have been useful to us.

The PoolRX

For those of you who have pools and have ever struggled with keeping the water crystal clear – or battled algae – I have an amazing solution for you.  A client called me and told me about this product several weeks ago, so I did a little research.  I read a lot of reviews, including those from professional pool companies.  I even had a discussion about it with our local pool supply store.  Across the board, all responses were very positive, so I implemented this miracle product, the PoolRX.

Based on reviews and recommendations I went with the Black Unit.  It’s a bit more expensive, but will last for a full year.  Think about how much you spend on chlorine tablets in a year now.  Put this in and reduce your chlorine use to near zero.

We have a 20,000+ gallon diving pool.  I had an automatic chlorine tablet dispenser added to our pool equipment when we bought our home 2-1/2 years ago.  It has been set wide open ever since.  The chlorine and cyanuric acid levels of the pool are literally off the chart.  I was still scrubbing algae off the north-facing surfaces of the pool every week.  In the warmer months it uses a LOT of chlorine.  And I still have algae!

Since adding the PoolRX:

  • I plopped it into the pump intake basket
  • I dialed the chlorine dispenser down to its lowest setting
  • The chlorine levels have come way down
  • The water is crystal clear
  • I have less algae than ever before
  • Our pool no longer smells like the YMCA

You will notice in the test strip results there is ZERO chlorine and the pool is crystal clear.  It actually WORKS!  It took about 2 months to completely clear the pool of chlorine after I turned the chlorine tab dispenser all the way to zero.

You should still shock the pool after a lot of use or after a storm that adds significant rainfall to the pool, but your overall maintenance will be ridiculously low.

I love this thing!

For my next magic trick…

I attend a lot of business networking meetings.  A readable name plate / badge / card for your lapel or shirt is fairly important.  Many years ago I had one that was great, but it is really old technology and requires an older Windows platform and a serial port.  I have neither.  So after much research and reading of reviews I decided on the ION Smart Badge.  It scrolls whatever message you program in and select.  It has 3 fonts, 3 speeds and is rechargeable.  Pin it to your shirt or use the magnetic attachment.  This is a great conversation starter.

It looks like this:

You use an app on your phone to program it:

ION Badge App Screenshot

 

 

 

 

It has 8 memory locations for you to store messages in.  It is very simple to program, connects to the phone via bluetooth, so you can update your message on the fly.  Very easy to use.

Order yours here:

 

 

For all you artists…

I’ve been shopping for a REAL artist’s easel for my wife ever since she became serious about her craft and started selling original oil paintings.  I looked at 3 different models at Azle Art Supply in Plano and was aghast (don’t you love the opportunity to use that word?) at the prices.  I thought “damn, I could build one out of solid oak for that price – or mahogany.  Geez!”

So anyway…

I went shopping at my favorite location and found this baby.  It absolutely rocks (literally).  It will support your artwork from vertical to horizontal and every angle in between with adjustable height and 3 different stop blocks.  It will handle very large pieces.  It rolls on casters and all 4 casters have locks so you can hold it in place.  The storage drawer in the bottom is really handy and it takes all of 15 minutes to unpack and assemble.

It comes with the base assembled except for screwing in the casters (16 screws – supplied) and switching the knob around ( for shipping purposes the knob is on the inside of the drawer when it arrives).

The vertical supports require minor assembly and attachment to the base.  Then the table assembly is attached to the vertical supports.

It comes with all the hardware and tools you need to complete the assembly.

I will warn you it’s a little heavy and the whole thing (two cartons) is packed into one large box.

It is a heck of a deal at under $200, really well made and very configurable.

I highly recommend this easel.

Order yours here:

 

 

Blue ribbon has been very popular here in Dallas since the July 7th killing of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa.  Others were wounded in this cowardly, heinous attack on our police officers who were protecting the Dallas citizens who were protesting in the streets.  A neighbor had given us some “ribbon” they had left over, but it was a type of mesh that was not only invisible (well, mostly invisible) but disintegrated after only a few weeks.

It seems most of our neighbors are using blue plastic tablecloth material, which looks fine, but I wanted something more formal and spent a little time researching until I came upon the perfect item.  Grand Opening Ceremony ribbon is what you see used for ribbon cuttings with a giant scissors.  It is made of satin and is six inches wide.  It looks great and comes in a 25 yard roll.  I have to say it was exactly what I wanted and I have a link for y’all if you’d like the same effect.

 

 

 

Here’s a Little Home Security Tip

Home burglaries in our area are on the rise.

A common technique for breaking into your home is for thieves to break into your car first, and steal your garage door remote.  Then they wait until your car is gone, open the garage door and take everything they want from your home while you are away.

To thwart the bad guys I recommend these tips:

  1. If you have an alarm system, USE IT.
  2. If you don’t have an alarm system, GET ONE – and USE IT.
    (This will not stop the bad guys from emptying your garage…)
  3. Lock the door from your garage to the house and put a key for this door on a key ring stashed someplace discreetly in the garage so you can’t lock yourself out.
  4. Put the garage door remote that clips to your visor in a drawer someplace in the house in case you ever need it.
  5. Buy a keyfob remote for the garage door opener that will always be on your keychain – and therefore, always with you.
    (note to men – don’t keep this in your pocket when you are home.  You can inadvertently open the garage door and leave it that way.)

This is what we have done recently just for this purpose.

Here is the one we have and it’s a better deal from Amazon than the local hardware stores.

 

Let me add a couple of other recommendations for home security while I’m at it.

Burglars work day and night. At night, they prefer to work in the DARK. Therefore, if you light up the exterior of your home like DAYLIGHT, they will move on to someplace less bright to do their dirty work.

  1. Keep your porch lights on.
    (if everyone in your neighborhood does this, but bad guys will go to another neighborhood)
  2. Put in the brightest LED bulbs you can find.
    (this makes it less desirable to the bad guys while cutting your electric bill)
  3. Light up your driveway / carport with the brightest LED fixtures you can find.
    (motion-sensing is OK, but always-on is better)

I have several of these installed. I have bypassed the motion detectors for the ones in our carport so they are always on. You could do surgery in our carport.

 

 

Zika / West Nile / ChickenGonnaGitcha !!!

I don’t know about everyone else, but we live at Ground Zero for all these mosquito-borne life-changing diseases in the U.S. – aka “Dallas”.  I am not exaggerating when I say there are times when they attack in squadron formation.  All last Winter we still had mosquitoes.  December, January, yessirree.  Open the door and you’re under attack.  In my search for tools to defeat these airborne micro-terrorists, I finally settled on these convenient little bracelets.  I have found them to be very effective.

Some application hints:

  • After you use the first one, put it in a sandwich size Ziplock bag.
  • Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing it.
  • Keep it here after every use, putting it in the bag as soon as you are finished with it.
    (this will dramatically increase its lifespan)
  • Sniff the bracelet when you first open it and use that as a baseline for strength.
  • Sniff it periodically over time.
    (this is your litmus test for the protection level of your bracelet – as the scent gets weaker, the effectiveness decreases).
  • When it seems significantly weakened, toss it out and open a new one.
  • If you find you’re not getting 100% protection, use one on each wrist.
  • Some people are Mosquito Magnets and require more protection.
    (You know who you are)

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LED Replacements for Halogen GU10 Bulbs that ROCK!

by on Feb.07, 2016, under Instructional, Recommendations

We just recently blew in a nice thick layer of insulation in our attic to decrease our energy usage and even out the temperature across the house.  Prior to this we have been replacing all our lighting with LED for these reasons.

  1. They use less energy
  2. They last a lot longer
  3. They create almost no heat (which is very beneficial in the Texas Summer)
GU10 bulb

GU10 bulb

We have about a dozen or so of the miniature halogen GU10 fixtures throughout the house.  These are very similar to the ubiquitous MR-16 bulbs that have been popular for decades, but fitted with a bayonet mount.  Some are on dimmers and some are not.  We like the color and style of these lights, but they use a lot of juice and create a lot of heat.  But we really like the look.

All this changed after we blew in 14″ of insulation, though.  The problem with the halogen bulbs is they generate a lot of heat.  After you bury them with a thick layer of insulation, this heat really starts to build up – and they overheat and shut down to protect themselves.  This is at best a royal pain and at worst a potential fire hazard.

This is where the search for an acceptable LED replacement started.  I went through several products that were not acceptable.  They were either far too dim, or the wrong color (some were actually yellow) or just cheap and subject to failure.  One batch I received, though very reasonably priced, were a mix of white and yellow looking bulbs (mostly yellow) which is great if you want to look sallow and jaundiced, but not what we wanted in our kitchen.  If we do a zombie themed Halloween party, we may put those back in, just for the effect…

What it comes down to is that LEDs use a lot less wattage for the same number of lum

MR-16 bulb

MR-16 bulb

ens of light as halogen.  A 50 watt halogen bulb is pretty bright.  Some manufacturers state their 4 watt LED bulb is equivalent to a 50 watt halogen.  Not in my experience.  Some say their 5 watt bulb is the same.  Not what I found.  The 6.5 watt bulbs are touted as a replacement by some vendors.  Not in our application.  And then there is the color temperature.  Light temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin, with daylight falling somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 degrees Kelvin.  “Warm” lighting is somewhere in the 2,700 to 3,000 range, but this depends a lot on the design of the LED filtering employed in each manufacturer’s bulb.  This is still an emerging industry and it seems to me there is a significant lack of consistency at this time.

The bulbs we finally settled on are the ones below.  They are robustly constructed with excellent heat sinks and cooling, rated at 8 watts and 5,000 Kelvin for a daylight color and I really like them.  They are a very white daylight-looking light, as bright as a 50 watt halogen or better and dimmable.

The heat sink assembly and bezel are a medium gunmetal gray and the bezel is ventilated to allow for airflow and cooling.  It is a very nice look.  These are also a 60 degree wide beam, which is a floodlight rather than a spotlight.  This is perfect for our needs.  If you need something more narrow like a spot, these are the wrong ones.

We finally found the ones we like and I recommend them highly.  They are more expensive than halogen, but they use less energy and last a LOT longer.  Amortizing in the initial cost with the effective lifespan of roughly 20 years, you are spending roughly 65 cents per year while you save a bundle on energy.

  • First of all, energy is billed in Kilowatt Hours (KWH).  This is 1,000 watts in use for 1 hour.
  • (10) 100 watt bulbs or (20) 50 watt bulbs on for one hour would be 1 KWH
  • Lets say you are paying 9 cents per KWH and have 10 of these in your home.
  • That’s 500 watts you are using or 1/2 KWH.
  • Let’s say you have them on for 5 hours a day.
  • That amounts to 2,500 watts or 2.5KW.
  • Multiply that by .09 and you get .225 or roughly 22 cents per day.
  • Multiply that by 365 days and you have $82.13 in energy annually for just these 10 bulbs for 5 hours a day

Let’s do the same math for LEDs.

  • At 8 watts time 10 bulbs that’s only 80 watts.
  • Multiply that by 5 hours and you get 400 watts, not even half a kilowatt.
  • Multiply that by 365 and you get 146  kilowatts
  • Multiply that by .09 and you have $13.14 per year.

It’s a pretty significant savings, especially when you factor it in over the 20 year lifespan.

Let’s just say you’re saving $60 per year
Over 20 years, that’s a $1,200 savings.

I don’t know if this is worth it to you, but it sure is to us.

Single bulbs are $12.99 each (sounds expensive, but they last about 20 years)

 

 

Six packs are $59.99

You can also get these same bulbs in 2700 Kelvin (warm white)

Six Pack:

 

Single bulbs:

 

But what about your conventional ceiling cans?

For retrofitting conventional downlight floods (or uplights) these are excellent.  We use them for our exterior architectural lighting.

You can order these in both 5000 K (daylight) and 2700 K (soft white) depending on your requirements.  These are dimmable just like a conventional incandescent bulb.  We use the 5000 K bulbs for our architectural lighting because we WANT it to look like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Bright white light is exactly what we want for our purposes.  In addition to architectural lighting this also makes for a nice deterrent for the criminal element, as it’s like freakin’ daylight out there 24 hours a day – and the cost is ridiculously low with LED bulbs.  We have our entire exterior lighting system controlled by a photocell and it works flawlessly.

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Invest in Some Art for Christmas

by on Nov.19, 2015, under gallery updates, News, Recommendations

Or for any other occasion…

As a gift – or for yourself, art is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Max Eastman said  “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

Why invest in art?

  • Art will not wear out
  • Art will not make you fat
  • Art will improve your life
  • Art will make you smile
  • Art will make you think
  • Art will inspire you

Our e-commerce site has some great deals on inventory prints + lots of custom order images from around the world.  We produce custom prints in-house, provide mounting and framing services and I will even personally install your selection in most cases.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, call or email me.  I probably have what you want somewhere in my extensive library.  If not, I may just go out and find it for you – or create it from scratch.

Our most recent installation is a nearly 8 foot wide mounted canvas print for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas.

Our themes include:

  • Texas
  • Dallas Texas
  • Frisco Texas
  • Route 66
  • New York City
  • Automotive
  • Girls and Cars
  • Musical Instruments
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Nature and Scenics
  • Ireland
  • Tuscany
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Budapest
  • Abstracts
  • SignZ of Our TimeZ
  • Alien Vistas
  • The TreZ Collection

We have a growing collection of Selective Color images from around the world:


Abstracts:

 

And the latest image from Budapest:

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Architectural Prints of Your Property

by on Aug.25, 2015, under gallery updates, Instructional, Projects, Recommendations

A growing trend in commercial interior decorating is to have very large prints of your own building / property in a highly stylized format.

I recently assembled this gallery from one of my commercial shoots as an example of what I can do for you.  This little gallery contains variations on two images of the same lobby.  This will give you  some ideas while illustrating the kind of work I do.  Please contact me with any questions.

 

Lobby and Stairs Normal

Lobby and Stairs Normal

Lobby and Stairs Normal Burn

Lobby and Stairs Normal Burn

Lobby and Stairs Dodge

Lobby and Stairs Dodge

Lobby and Stairs Sol Hard

Lobby and Stairs Sol Hard

Lobby and Stairs Sol 1

Lobby and Stairs Sol 1

Lobby and Stairs Sol 3

Lobby and Stairs Sol 3

Lobby and Stairs BW 2

Lobby and Stairs BW 2

Lobby and Stairs BW 1

Lobby and Stairs BW 1

Stairs-Lobby Normal Enhanced

Stairs-Lobby Normal Enhanced

Stairs-Lobby Sol Hard

Stairs-Lobby Sol Hard

Stairs-Lobby Sol 6

Stairs-Lobby Sol 6

Stairs-Lobby BW 2

Stairs-Lobby BW 2

Stairs-Lobby BW 1

Stairs-Lobby BW 1

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Try This Giant Rainbow Slinky Yourself

by on Aug.24, 2015, under News, Projects, Recommendations

You probably didn’t know this even existed, but now that you do, you know you want one.

Slinkies have been a favorite toy for kids since the 1940s when Richard James invented them.  The original slinky is made of spring steel and measures roughly 2.75″ in diameter.  It is a fun example of kinetics for children and can offer hours of amusement.  One of the things they do best is to “walk” down inclines or steps, provided the height and width of each “step” is within certain limits relative to the diameter of the slinky being used.  This is where it gets tricky.  In order to walk a slinky all the way down a staircase, the diameter of the slinky needs to be more than half the depth of the stair tread.

Enter the GIANT Slinky.

The giant rainbow slinky measures a whopping 7″ in diameter and loves to walk down stairs.  My 6 year old grandson Ryan has always been fascinated by the two slinkies the I keep on a ledge in my office.  One day we were discussing things they could do and I told him about getting them to walk down stairs.  I even bought him and is brother a pair of the original metal slinkies so they could try this at home.

Then I remembered a video I had seen of someone letting one loose on an escalator and looked it up.  That’s when I saw for the fist time, the GIANT slinky.  HAD to have one.  We tried it on the escalator at a virtually abandoned mall in Dallas, but found the treads too deep for it to successfully traverse them.  BUT – the adjacent staircases were perfect.  Watch the video below and click on the ad to get your own giant slinky.

 

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Bitcasa Review

by on Aug.19, 2013, under Instructional, News, Recommendations

I am running a 12 core Mac Pro with 16 gigs of ram, 13TB of internal storage, 4 monitors and the newest updates to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4.

Recently I have been searching for cloud-based backup for my massive image library.  Bitcasa has been making news with their incredible offer of infinite storage for only $100 per year.  I had read the reviews and a lot of forum posts regarding problems with the app, but results seemed to have been improving over the last year, so I decided to give it a try.

In late July of 2013 I downloaded and installed the Bitcasa app (version 1207).  The installation went smoothly and it immediately identified the primary data folders on my boot drive and began backing them up.  This is a small portion of the data I need mirrored, as I have several Terabytes of data stored on my system.  I added a few more folders that I wanted mirrored and let it run.  I immediately noticed a massive degradation in performance.  I let the computer run around the clock for 3 days to get the queued material synced.

On August first, when I was finished with the computer for the night, I closed all running apps as I normally do before shut-down and tried to close Bitcasa.  It would not shut down on it’s own and I had to initiate a Force Quit command to unload it from memory.

The next day when I booted the computer, Bitcasa was crashing on load and generating error messages to accompany this activity.  This happened repeatedly.

Bitcasa Crash Dialog

Bitcasa Crash Dialog

I noticed the temperature monitor on my display showed my computer running at 61 degrees C.  Normally it ranges between 39 and 41.  I immediately loaded Activity Monitor and found Bitcasa’s CPU usage was at 1,420 %over One Thousand Percent ?!?!?!?!?!  I immediately executed a Force Quit of Bitcasa, as it would not close on it’s own.

I then contacted Bitcasa support via online chat and began the laborious process of clearing the Bitcasa cache (this can take hours) and downloading the newest build with instructions for removing the current version and replacing it.  Chris was very helpful and my assessment of their support based on this single sampling is excellent.

Since replacing Bitcasa 1207 with build 1.3 1217, it no longer crashes on load.  However, it still does not handle threads or process priorities correctly.  Both Aperture and Photoshop, which I use constantly, become unresponsive on launch or import / File Open when Bitcasa is loaded.

I routinely have to pause the sync process, then Force Quit Bitcasa in order to free up other running applications.  It will NOT close on command either from it’s own menu or via Activity Monitor.

When it is actually syncing, it uses all the bandwidth of my fairly fast UVerse pipe and I have to pause Bitcasa Sync in order to stream video or watch something on YouTube on any computer or TV on the network.

To qualify what I am about to say:

I have spent most of my life in technology.  I was a Recording Engineer for Motown Records and worked in almost every studio on the West Coast.  I designed and built numerous Recording Studios in Northern California, including MC Hammer’s in the early 90s – and Metallica’s favorite rehearsal studio in the early 80s.

I owned and operated several technology companies over nearly 40 years, including AudioCraft Engineering in Marin County, which serviced the Pro Audio gear for studios and musicians up and down the West Coast.  I was on the team that built the very first computerized house in Tiburon, California in 1983.  My tasks were to build the circuits we needed and interface the entire system.

In 2010 I sold a very profitable computer consulting company I started in 1994 upon leaving the employ of Symantec (where I was Beta Administrator for Time Line 6).  This little consulting company made me a lot of money solving other people’s PC, network and software issues until I decided I needed a change of pace. For many years I was a computer Forensic Analyst and Licensed Private Investigator.  I’ve recovered a lot of data in my career and continue to do so today.

In the early days of computers I learned to code first in Basic, then in Turbo Pascal and finally in C before I lost interest in writing and debugging code.  I’ve been coding my own websites since 1995, first in text on a Unix platform and now with Dreamweaver.

 

What I really think about Bitcasa:

In all my years in technology I cannot remember a less well-crafted application  being unleashed on an unsuspecting buying public.  It’s been causing nothing but trouble for their users since the day it was introduced and I knew this going into it, but figured I’d give it a try.

My assessment of Bitcasa so far is that it is one of the worst pieces of code I have seen in my entire career.  Whoever is compiling this app should be fired and they should hire someone from Silicon Valley that has half a clue.

Bitcasa is not even Release Candidate quality.  It is Beta – plain and simple.  Charging money for this app is somewhere between unconscionable and criminal fraud.

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Living (Dealing) With Scoliosis

by on Jun.25, 2012, under Instructional, Medical, News, Recommendations, social commentary

To set appropriate expectations…  This is L.O.N.G.  So acquire your favorite beverage / snack / lounging attire, get comfortable and cover the kiddies’ eyes and ears, as it is also NOT G-Rated.

OK?

OK.

The reason this blog exists is to help others suffering with similar debilitating and painful spinal conditions.  Aside from Scoliosis, there are numerous other congenital or injury-related problems that can be so painful that the very idea of living one more day under these conditions is unthinkable.  I know.  I was there more than once.  If I can help one person make sense out of what’s happening to them, provide some support, useful suggestions, or just make them laugh – and realize they’re not alone in this – I’ve achieved my goal.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might benefit from it.

Index:

First Sign of Trouble
Osteoarthritis
Bad Habits
Physical Conditioning
First Sign of Real Trouble
Pain Management
Oxycontin
Constipation
Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain / Painkillers
A Partial List of painkillers
User, Abuser or Addict
Magic – Some Things That Actually Work
The Waiting Game
Running Out of Time
A Little Prep Work
What Else Can They Do to You?
Pain, Painkillers, Erectile Dysfunction and You

 

Warren's Twisted Spine

Aren’t you glad this isn’t you?

When I tell people I’m going in for surgery to correct a major scoliosis deformity the response is invariably “But you look so good!”

Well… Thanks for the compliment… (I guess) But that right there is part of the problem. For me. Diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12 or 13 by a Chiropractor in Crescent City, California, I really had no appreciation for the long-term issues that go along with this deformity. And as a result, I lived my life like there was no tomorrow and did pretty much anything and everything I wanted without regard to the effect on my twisted spine.  There is a definite up-side to this, such as: the one thing my tombstone will Not have on it is… A Bucket List.

First Sign of Trouble

As a roadie for The Grateful Dead at the age of 18, a shot of pain like I had never imagined,  sliced through the middle of my back.  Searing, blinding white-hot pain that showed no sign of abating any time soon.

WTF?

The first of many nexus points, that’s WTF…

Damn!  This was a whole new experience for me. You know how teenagers think they’re bullet-proof?  Well, I found out I wasn’t in a very educational collision with the side of an Econoline van at the age of 16. Perhaps this sounds familiar:

  • 16-year-old on a motorcycle.
  • No helmet.
  • No boots.
  • No gloves.
  • No sense.

Street-racing on a Honda 150 (really?  Yep).  Coming to an abrupt halt at 50mph is nothing if not educational. And painful. And 6 months on crutches is pretty informative as well…

But I digress…

A little glitch…  If you don’t see a numeric listing of the rest of the pages in this blog, a “More” button shows up at the end, after the Tags and the Comments.  Press this so you can see all the pages in this post.  Still working on figuring this weirdness out.

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The Big Day

by on Jun.25, 2012, under Instructional, News, Recommendations, social commentary

Segment 2 of this 3-stage blog picks up where Living (Dealing) With Scoliosis leaves off (read it for the history of my scoliosis) and is written to assist those living with scoliosis and similar spinal disorders only correctable via surgery.  It’s LONG.  Very L.O.N.G. and you should take this into account.  It covers my spine from the time I elected for surgery and the ensuing recovery that will take the next year or so.  I’m trying to be as complete as possible, while employing as much of my characteristic levity as seems prudent along the way.  I will use personal examples, solutions I’ve sound successful – and not so much – and recommendations I believe are worth trying.

Just to set reasonable expectations, I’ve had quite a few surgeries (7 to be precise) and possibly associated with this (or maybe from having been a Black Belt instructor for 10 years) I have a fairly high tolerance for pain.  Therefore you will see the following statement from time-to-time throughout the balance of this post “Your Mileage May Vary

I am NOT a medical professional.  Do NOT try anything based on what I’ve posted in here without assuming all risk yourself – and consulting your physician.

Got it?  Let’s get started…

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Scoliosis Surgery Recovery at Home

by on Jun.25, 2012, under Instructional, News, Projects, Recommendations, social commentary

Segment 3 of this blog picks up where The Big Day left off
And to reinforce what I’ve said before, I am NOT a medical professional of any kind.  Consult a doctor or at least a physical therapist before undertaking any suggestions found on this blog.  You take full responsibility for using any of this information.

We were originally led to expect a total of 14 to 18 days away from home, split up pretty evenly between Baylor Plano and the Baylor Rehab facility in Frisco.  So like the smart little squirrels we are, we plugged that information into our calendar, I produced little plastic bags of daily supplements to last that long and off we scurried to Baylor.

As early as ICU, we started hearing that Rehab was unlikely due to my rapid  recovery – which sounded pretty good.  On Friday, they were saying we’d be going home either Sunday or Monday and that would be our call.

So when Sunday came around and I was feeling pretty good, that seemed like a good time to say “Adios” to all our friends, nurses and doctors on the PCU and head for the Old Homestead.  And we did.  (insert “I’m an old cowhand… from the Rio Grande…” chorus here) We arrived home around 1400 hours  And then it was time to work on Logistics and get our Love Nest converted  (temporarily) into an Invalid Nest.

Fortunately we have near-Zero clutter, a single-story home (built that way on purpose) and   the right flow of energy to make it a really good place to recuperate.  Lots of open spaces define our living areas, and my wife has transformed both front and back yards into an Oasis.  I cannot think of a better place to Rehab.  And No.  We do not rent out rooms, ain’t gonna happen.  Don’t even think about it.

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What Else Can They Do To You?

by on Jun.25, 2012, under Instructional, Medical, Recommendations, social commentary

Here’s a little piece of advice from someone who’s been there.

At one point in my life, back in the 80s, things were going wrong so fast and is such abundance, I made the egregious error of asking out loud “What else could possibly go wrong?”

Don’t ever do that.

My answer came so fast it made me dizzy – and my family and I wound up living in a house that had been uninhabited for several years, 45 minutes from civilization, with the only source of heat being a Franklin wood-burning stove – upstairs.  Ever try to push heat DOWNstairs?  And a good part of every week was spent foraging for wood to keep my family warm.

So just don’t ask, OK?

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