Friday, March 29, 2013

Latest Farckles for Bike

Enough about sickness, let's talk Farkles!

Touratech Bar Risers

Last year I added peg lowering, but still wanted to get bar risers. The Touratech ones go straight up 20mm and no backwards offset. Seemed to be a reasonable kit. So, I ordered them.

Easy to install, except - my dealer provided me with a RAM ball on a special bolt for the the GPS. Needed a longer one, which he did not have available. The RAM folks do, for $10. Works. Just not sure the aluminum 70mm bolt is strong enough or long enough. Going to try to find a 75mm stainless bolt.

Touratech Sidstand Foot Enlarger

Got the $45 one, not the $80 size. Should be fine. Sitting out there, awaiting installation. Right side incisions are saying, not today, Ed...

This will be about the easiest install ever, 3 bolts. But, the bending down...

Secret Farkle

Have lusted for one of these for a while. Will tell you what it is later.

Garmin Map Updates

Maps now up to date. Was an exercise. Secret seems to be update the computer only, then the GPS unit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Death Came for a Chat

For those of you who had to struggle to read the black-on-black original version, my appologies. The entry was composed on the iPad and posted via the desktop where some invisible hand did a fine job making it tough to read. Hope this is a bit better. 

It seems I'm not fit for him yet. Which is fine, but still un-nerving, and, well, way too soon. The earlier time, the prostrate cancer, just seemed so much more real than pneumonia. More technical.

Pneumonia makes it hard to breathe, so, without normal oxygen levels, you are very weak. Last Wednesday, or ???, Dr Price showed me my X-rays. Dianne, Suzanne, several nurses too. A teaching moment for me and likely others. On admission, the right lung was not functional, but recovered and was not in play. The right was crazy pushed flat by water at the back and between the three lobes. An initial small chest tube was followed by a fire hose, installed in the OR. Dr Segretti did the first, bedside, and he was very good at it. Dr Berzadi did the big one and got the thickened water trapped under each lobe to flow. He was the one calling the shots from then on. But, Dr Price was instructional and supportive. A great team should you need one, and I did. So, my thanks to them all. Lifesavers,they are.

Unless I deteriorated in blood oxygen saturation overnight, I will be discharged this morning. It will be great to be home, but decidedly not normal. Too weak. Must exercise and rest. Build strength. More on that later.

And indeed, I was discharged, am at home, recovering. Naturally, the main floor toilet float thingy failed, so will need to go shopping. 4 deg C, and getting warmer. So, great time to start walking and re-join all of the living.

Dianne did the shopping, and my good neighbor Joe did the installation. Many thanks Joe.

For those of you who were sending me best wishes, they were most appreciated.

More later.