Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

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Superbob

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Things got crazy hectic last month, so I stepped away from Throwdown but thought I'd go back to posting a brief starter here each week and see if there is still interest. I gather traffic as a whole may have dropped off on site during the coronavirus threat, but I expect it will pick back up as we get through that.

What's with us? Well, looks like our daughter in Tennessee, and her daughter (our oldest granddaughter) will be moving a few blocks from us/same neighborhood. So we will have both our son and our daughter, and all 4 grandkids, nearby, which is a wonderful blessing. And a beach nearby -- kids will love that, and good for dawgwalks as well.

Medical: I'm still worrying about the incisional hernia up at top of my abdomen, but so far the cardiac rehab nurses, the gp's PA, a cardio PA, and most recently my cardiologist have indicated they think it would be best for me to learn to live with it -- unless it starts giving me serious problems -- cause I've had two OHSs now, and slicing into that section of my chest again could do muscle damage. However, my cardio did tell me about a widely renowned hernia expert in Charlotte who could well be of help if I need it. The hernia happened about 3 months after my September aortic aneurysm surgery -- but it's not uncommon. I likely caused it by lifting heavier things than I should. Dumb old jock.

Wife is still dealing with frustratingly persistent skin problem on legs. The docs we found for that have all been duds -- but finally I believe we have found a very good group of dermatologists with the knowledge, dedication, and compassion to help her get better,

Oh we have our first telmed/facetime/remote/whatever appointment with our gp tomorrow. So there is a new twist.

Well, hope this finds all of you well. FredW sent me a very kind note asking how we were doing, and it was great to hear from him! Love to hear from you all as you have the time and inclination.

Cheers,
Superbob🦸‍♂️❤
 

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Hi Superbob ! Nice to hear your news after your quiet.

Here it's lockdown and I should self-isolate as my GP considers I am high risk if I got the virus. I don't mind self-isolating, only worry is if we can't get online grocery deliveries which have become increasingly difficult to get due to so many people using them.

Hope the dermatologist can help your wife get better quickly.
 

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I am lucky re groceries: I order them online, but then drive over and a grocery worker loads them into the car for me. Grocery is only a mile from our house, so that helps. Sounds like your lockdown perhaps is more stringent over there, Paleowoman? We practice "social distancing" but able to get out and about. Many destinations are closed, such as restaurants, but we can get takeout from them. I picked up dinner from our favorite Italian restaurant tonight.
 
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I'm still working, going in 2-3 times a week for a half day. Then the rest of the day at home. And I'm still getting out to walk or run. Just finished a 3 mile walk today. Very little extra trips out of the house. We are mostly eating in.
Good to hear from you SB. Everyone stay safe.
 

Superbob

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Great to hear that you are staying active, Martin! Reminds me, I need to get out the door and walk my senior dawg. Just saw a Patient Portal message from our vet reminding me that Ellie dawg is now in geriatric stage. But, then, so am I -- so we're a good match. Two old dawgs.

Sorry about letting you and others down by vacating Staying the Course for a month, but will be more dedicated now to staying the course. (BTW, kudos to Superman for helping fill the void with some of his spectacular photos!)

I am gotten layoff notice (along with half of other staff) from my part-time writing gig in semi-retirement, so will have more time to write as of start of April. Maybe I can still find a few outlets that might want to pay an old-timer for his thoughts, who knows? Heck, maybe I will write the great American novel.

Anyway, keep up that activity, Martin. Always great to hear from you!
 

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Superbob, when it comes to your hernia, I had my last one fixed with laparoscopic surgery. The first hernia was fixed by sewing it up no fancy surgery, second was three holes in the bottom of my abdomen for the laparoscopic instruments and they put in a teflon mesh. Maybe that will work for you if you ever need it. However, you can go a long time before needing a hernia fixed. Lots of people never do, you can sometimes see it when they wear a Tshirt.

But don't blame your lifting for the hernia, it's common for the tissue to get weak due to surgeries and age. My first came a few years after removal of part of my colon, the second after OHS. I have this hump now on my belly, too big for a hernia. I went back to the hernia surgeon and he said your muscles can't hold your insides in like they used to and the hump was the result. It's benign and since I'm married and not in the meat market anymore, who cares :)

As a writer, what kinds of things do you author? Any examples you can share? I write, but boring things like audit reports and standard operating procedures.
 

Superbob

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Tom: Very helpful, thank you! Both my cardio and GP have highly recommended a renowned specialist in neighboring North Carolina who, I gather, likes to do the minimally invasive approach with mesh. I am going to ask for a consultation with him after the current pandemic subsides.

My hernia is at top of abdomen, so near top of the incision, which makes me fret because of proximity to the heart. But I guess the guts poking through there don't necessarily imperil the heart. Live with it is good if you can. But the hump seems to have enlarged a bit since first being noticed in January, and without offering TMI I can notice a little difference in bowel function (though eased by Colace) so I at least want an expert take on any possible risks.

Multiple OHSs and advanced age are certainly factors. I qualify on both counts.

As for writing, perhaps I'll find a sample blogpost from recent years (nothing controversial) and post a link. (I don't get paid for blogging. I only wish. Some do. Maybe I can find a way.)

P.S.: Tom, since you asked, here is a link to a blogpost I wrote about our family's hurricane adventures. The Hurricane That Won't Go Away
 
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Superbob, good to see the old thread master back in business. Those unexpected challenges with recovery really stink. Totally sympathize with you on that. Of all the things that can go wrong, seems the one that gives the greatest trouble is one we hadn’t even considered.

I had my troubles with pancreatitis followed by an unrelated infection that I could only attribute to a compromised immune system.

Speaking of which, hope you and Mrs Superbob are being extra vigilant during these times!

You all saw my other thread, but of late just crazy busy with work trying to tread water. I think my wife and I are blessed to be in professions that have become more important during these times. However, I have to admit a bit a jealousy seeing the neighbors out of my makeshift office window playing with their kids in the yard. But I don’t know if they’re hurting with work or what. Count my blessings, right?

Thanks everyone else for updates as well. All this is kind of nice in many ways. 30 years ago, we all would have been stuck going in to work or glued to the network news waiting for updates. At least people can still connect.
 
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