Just checking in

I see Dinah is doing a great job. She brings a different perspective to our common situation. I’m glad she accepted being a contributor to the ‘Court. Multiple viewpoints are important.

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I haven’t been doing much except for sleeping and reading. I’m working my ereader hard. I loaded some JA Jance mysteries earlier in the week and I’ve been knocking them off one by one.

My mobility is getting better—especially in and out of the recliner. I even took a shower this morning much to my wife’s relief. I was getting a bit groady to say the least. I did uncover one problem. My bandage isn’t waterproof. The instructions from the hospital said to remove the outer cloth bandage anytime after 24 hours. Under than was supposed to be a transparent bandage covering the incision and the strips holding me together in lieu of stitches.

As we discovered, there are no “transparent” bandages under the cloth one. Only another cloth bandage and gauze. Neither of whom were/are waterproof. Mrs Crucis went to our local Walgrens and picked up some waterproof surgical tape. With that she covered the bandage with a split baggie big enough to cover all. It kept most of the water out.

The gauze got a little wet but is drying out. At least I was able to shower. Showers are one of life’s unsung luxuries and goes unmissed until you can’t take one.

I’m waaay behind on my e-mails and reading. Thunderbird just announced I have 1200 emails pending since Tuesday and is still downloading them. Catching up will take some time.

Supper time is coming. I think this time I can bend enough to eat at the table. Yay!!

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I’m back—sorta

I had the surgery Wednesday and the actual surgery (a new experience for me) went well. The insertion of the IV hurt the worse. An admitting nurse tried to start an IV in the back of my left hand. After poking around and not making a good connection, she gave up and a surgical nurse (at least she was wearing scrubs) came in and got the IV inserted into my arm. When the time for surgery arrived, they wheeled me in, I scooted over to the operating table, took a few whiffs from a mask and woke up a couple of hours later.

The surgery was a breeze. No one told me all the pain occurred during the post-op recovery. About an hour after I woke up, I was conscious enough to get dressed with the help of Mrs Crucis and go home. The actual incision is about 3″ or so as I was told. All in all, it was a simple procedure. Slit the skin, push the intestine back inside, stitch a patch over the hole and sew it back up again. Scar tissue will eventually grow over the patch and that scar tissue is the actual “fix.” The whole surgery took a little less than an hour.

I made it home, walked up the stairs to our “living” floor and our bedroom and changed to my robe. After a quick whiz, I settled in my recliner. In retrospect, I suppose that was a better choice over bed. When my first narco-tab began to wear off, I discovered the “recovery” hurts the worse of the whole deal.

Getting out of the recliner is a challenge. Getting back in is more of a challenge when the meds wear off. It’s hard to do things when you can’t bend. Getting into the recliner is bending a bit and falling backward.

I don’t do drugs. I took the narco-tabs the first day when the aching got too bad. Late Thursday morning was my last narco-tab and I switched to Ibuprofen.

I suppose the greatest surprise is all the pain from other locations than the actual incision. When I first up and moving at the hospital I wondered if they’d taken out my appendix as well. Now that it’s two days later, that pain has subsided but my ribs and shoulder ache now. There’s an issue with my bandage as well so no shower for me yet.

I’m still sleeping a lot. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to uncase my laptop. I won’t be back into the full swing of things for a few more days at best.

More in a day or so. I just wanted to let you all know I’m back home. I hope Dinah has more posts queued up. I haven’t anything more at the moment.

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Going to be busy the next several days

Had a pre-op visit with my doc Wednesday morning and took an EKG to prep for my surgery next week. They saw something and so I’m taking a treadmill stress test today and tomorrow. For some reason, it’s split over two days and they’ll use a radioactive dye.

On Saturday, I’ll hold down a table for my local gun club at a gun show. I’ll not have much time to catch a breath until after I’m out of the hospital next week.

In the mean time, I’m loading up my Aluratek Pro eReader to keep me occupied while I’m stationary. I haven’t anything queued up yet for the blog and have asked a local lady if she’d like to fill-in for a few days. I hope she’ll accept.

UPDATE: Back from the docs. Finished the radio-treadmill test about an hour ago. I was all wired up like a Christmas tree. The doc and nurse were all watching the pretty lights. Watched my heart-rate go up to 140 and stay there. BP soared to 179/66 then a few minutes later to 180/77. A few minutes later into the treadmill it dropped to 170/80 and stayed there. When I finished walking it only took a few seconds to drop to 124/72 when they pulled me off the treadmill.

All-in-all it wasn’t too bad. That bloomin’ IV in the back of my right hand, OTOH, hurt! I grabbed a quick sammich and a glass of water then spent the next 15 minutes under a camera taking pictures of my glowing bloodstream. The cardiac doc will go over them tomorrow, but they said, “No call is good news.” The attending doc thought I did well. Now the specialist will have to put his stamp on that opinion.

The bill for today was $1300. Insurance will hopefully cover $900-1000 of that.

Can’t brag anymore

For years I’ve bragged that I’ve been able to keep my hide intact—excluding some stitches in my forehead a long time ago. That will end next week.  I visited my doc this morning and I need to have surgery to correct a minor condition before it turns into a big issue.  I have to get it before my health insurance runs out in a few months. He said it is better get it done now when it should be just an easy task.

It’s not a “big” deal.  I’m just getting a hernia fixed. But it will require general anesthesia and maybe an overnight stay in the hospital.  The last time I spent a night in the hospital was when I was born. 

If I find some interesting items to post, I’ll queue them up ahead of time.  Worst case, I’ll just miss a day or two in my posting schedule.

I’ll be back and will continue bashing Obama and libs as before.

Some good news for me

Thursday, Mrs Crucis and I had our six month check up at our respective docs. We’re both in good health, but in this day, it’s a rarity for someone to reach our age without being placed on some medication. We both take medication for blood pressure (note: I didn’t say high blood pressure) and to control cholesterol.  A couple of decades ago, my blood pressure would have been considered fine, but twice in a row it was 130/80 a few years ago so now I gobble a small tablet daily to control my blood pressure.  Since that time, it’s been in the region of 115/70.  I have some basic medical knowledge—having taken the same courses in college as those in pre-med.  I’m no medical practitioner but I do understand what those blood pressure numbers indicate.  

My cholesterol on the other hand was high and it is now in a much better range.

The area of concern was, as I posted a few months ago,  blood sugar.  My father developed Type II diabetes when he was in his 70s. My doc has been watchful for symptoms in me.  He thought he’d found it when my A1C kicked up to 6.4 from its previous reading of 6.1 the previous year.  

He was all ready to add a third catagory of medication but I begged off.  We agreed that if I could lower my A1C and lose some weight, we’d forego further medication as long as I could keep the A1C down.

I’m happy to report my A1C has dropped from 6.4 to 6.2 and I’ve lost either 10lbs or 18lbs (depending on whose scales are used.)  

Since April, I’ve started walking several times a week, and cut down on the food intake (which is much more difficult.) It, albeit slowly, appears to be working.          

Good news (Updated)

Mrs. Crucis and I had our annual eye doc appointments yesterday. Both of us, two years ago, had been diagnosed as having early stage cataracts. Mrs. Crucis’ cataracts has progressed very slightly. Mine, on the other hand had not and appeared to be less than last time. That was two years ago for me.

It was good news indeed since our health care coverage expires in November when my severance runs out. I plan on retiring at that point and with all the unknowns due to Obamacare, we have no idea what kind of coverage we’ll have from my former employer, if any.

The best news is that any eye surgery for either of us is many years away—if at all.

Whoopee!

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Awwww. Sniff, sniff.

Obama is traveling to Chicago Wednesday and Thursday to tour an auto plant and attend Democratic fundraisers, returning Thursday night to Washington.

He won’t, however, be with his family, spending his birthday instead as a bachelor.

First lady Michelle Obama is taking their youngest daughter, Sasha, to Spain this week and their other daughter, Malia, is away at camp.– Yahoo News

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Today is Missouri’s primary election and due to the heat, near 100 today, turnout is expected to be light. However, late polling indicates overwhelming support for Missouri’s Prop C to allow Missouri to Opt-out of Obamacare. A YES vote is to Opt-out of Obamacare. Y’all be watching the results tonight.

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In Virginia, Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson refused to block Virginia’s suit against the federal government’s new Health Care law.

Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has standing to bring its lawsuit seeking to invalidate the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss the commonwealth’s suit.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his legal team had their first opportunity in court on July 1, arguing that Virginia’s lawsuit was a valid challenge of the federal healthcare act and that the court should not dismiss the case as the federal government had requested.

The U.S. Department of Justice argued that Virginia lacked the standing to bring a suit, that the suit is premature and that the federal government had the power under the U.S. Constitution to mandate that citizens be covered by government-approved health insurance or pay a monetary penalty.

In denying the motion to dismiss, Judge Hudson found that Virginia had alleged a legally recognized injury to its sovereignty, given the government’s assertion that the federal law invalidates a Virginia law, the HealthCare Freedom Act. In addressing the issue of Virginia’s statute, the court recognized that the “mere existence of the lawfully-enacted [Virginia] statute is sufficient to trigger the duty of the Attorney General of Virginia to defend the law and the associated sovereign power to enact it.”

Hudson also found that even though the federal insurance mandate doesn’t take effect until 2014, the case is ripe because a conflict of the laws is certain to occur.

The federal government complained that Virginia had no standing to bring the suit. The Judge said otherwise.

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In other Virginia news, the state’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli declared that Police CAN check immigration status “of anyone “stopped or arrested.”

“It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested,” he wrote.

Take that, Eric Holder!

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“What rule of law? It’s whatever I say it is.”

Hat tip to cartoonists Glenn McCoy, Lisa Benson, Bob Gorrell and Michael Ramirez.

Good news (Updated)

Mrs. Crucis and I had our annual eye doc appointments yesterday. Both of us, two years ago, had been diagnosed as having early stage cataracts. Mrs. Crucis’ cataracts has progressed very slightly. Mine, on the other hand had not and appeared to be less than last time. That was two years ago for me.

It was good news indeed since our health care coverage expires in November when my severance runs out. I plan on retiring at that point and with all the unknowns due to Obamacare, we have no idea what kind of coverage we’ll have from my former employer, if any.

The best news is that any eye surgery for either of us is many years away—if at all.

Whoopee!

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Awwww. Sniff, sniff.

Obama is traveling to Chicago Wednesday and Thursday to tour an auto plant and attend Democratic fundraisers, returning Thursday night to Washington.

He won’t, however, be with his family, spending his birthday instead as a bachelor.

First lady Michelle Obama is taking their youngest daughter, Sasha, to Spain this week and their other daughter, Malia, is away at camp.– Yahoo News

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Today is Missouri’s primary election and due to the heat, near 100 today, turnout is expected to be light. However, late polling indicates overwhelming support for Missouri’s Prop C to allow Missouri to Opt-out of Obamacare. A YES vote is to Opt-out of Obamacare. Y’all be watching the results tonight.

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In Virginia, Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson refused to block Virginia’s suit against the federal government’s new Health Care law.

Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has standing to bring its lawsuit seeking to invalidate the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss the commonwealth’s suit.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his legal team had their first opportunity in court on July 1, arguing that Virginia’s lawsuit was a valid challenge of the federal healthcare act and that the court should not dismiss the case as the federal government had requested.

The U.S. Department of Justice argued that Virginia lacked the standing to bring a suit, that the suit is premature and that the federal government had the power under the U.S. Constitution to mandate that citizens be covered by government-approved health insurance or pay a monetary penalty.

In denying the motion to dismiss, Judge Hudson found that Virginia had alleged a legally recognized injury to its sovereignty, given the government’s assertion that the federal law invalidates a Virginia law, the HealthCare Freedom Act. In addressing the issue of Virginia’s statute, the court recognized that the “mere existence of the lawfully-enacted [Virginia] statute is sufficient to trigger the duty of the Attorney General of Virginia to defend the law and the associated sovereign power to enact it.”

Hudson also found that even though the federal insurance mandate doesn’t take effect until 2014, the case is ripe because a conflict of the laws is certain to occur.

The federal government complained that Virginia had no standing to bring the suit. The Judge said otherwise.

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In other Virginia news, the state’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli declared that Police CAN check immigration status “of anyone “stopped or arrested.”

“It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested,” he wrote.

Take that, Eric Holder!

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“What rule of law? It’s whatever I say it is.”

Hat tip to cartoonists Glenn McCoy, Lisa Benson, Bob Gorrell and Michael Ramirez.