View From Lenin’s Tomb

Recently I had a hospital stay…..well it was a bit more critical than that…..after many years of smoking I had bad circulation in my right leg and when I got a cut on my foot it went gangrenous and I lost 4 toes and I am still recovering from the surgery…..nurses, doctors, therapists, you name it…if it is medical then I am dealing with it.

Let me explain the title.

Many years ago I was in Moscow and visited Lenin’s tomb.  The hero of the Russian Revolution was put in an air tight glass tomb so the masses could get closer to their hero.

Part of the healing process after the amputation was hyperbaric treatments…..40 to be exact.

In case you missed my announcement……because I was a heavy smoker my circulation was impaired in my right leg so when I cut my foot I got gangrene and had four toes removed because of it….eliminated my wearing beach throngs…..and tap dancing is out of the question.

In case you are not sure what this treatment is…..you are put into a glass chamber and massive amounts of oxygen are pumped into the chamber for 100 minutes per visit.  This is suppose to help amputees heal better……healing is accelerated but anxiety is rampant.

Sounds fairly simple right?

It is not!

Let me stress!

You are stripped naked and placed into a glass tube, very similar to a torpedo tube and you lie there trying to think about anything other than you are trapped for over an hour and a half where you lie perfectly still trying to contemplate the universe…God forbid that you need to pee or take a crap….you are trapped in a glass sarcophagus for all to see your predicament.

Then there is the fact that if you are not claustrophobic when you enter you are by the time you are removed.

To begin with you remove all your clothes, jewelry I was allowed to keep my glasses so that I could see the TV through the tube…..and the TV sucked.

The best thing to do is fall asleep.  That is easier said than done without the help of some sort of aid.

Me?

It was soothing to take a Xanax before I entered the tube of torture….most of the time….but not always.

Need more information?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.

After 40 treatments you are released to live life without the “Tube”….but after that period you have become use to the routine and are a bit disappointed that you will not be humiliated any longer.

Did the treatment help?

I am saying yes it did….doctor is pleased with the healing of the wound from the removal of four toes…..my better half is pleased that she no longer has to get up at 4 AM to take me for my treatment…..I am pleased that I am “Tube” free and learning to walk with only 6 toes.

I now have a particular knowledge of what Lenin must see in that glass coffin……

Just a snapshot in the life of the Old Professor.

Thanx for visiting……be well…..chuq

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Sunday–12Aug18

It is the weekend and I try to find something interesting to give my readers and visitors other than the “news of the day”……we all get enough fecal matter in our in-boxes….and sometimes I draw a blank of what to offer my readers…..so those days I give you a bunch of Random Thoughts…..today is one of those days.

So random it is!

That iconic Harley “Thump” and the vibration while idling which makes women smile……those are selling points to buy a Harley-Davidson….and now the company has announced another model for their production line……

Harley-Davidson has been toying around with the idea of an electric motorcycle for about four years now, but yesterday the company committed to putting one into production. There are no specs just yet, but Harley executives say to expect it to hit the market “within 18 months.”

The new bike will presumably build on the somewhat meager performance specs of LiveWire, the prototype electric motorcycle Harley-Davidson rolled out back in 2014. That bike was able to go from 0-60 mph in under four seconds, which was impressive, but it was limited to just 55 miles of range in “economy” mode. Electric motorcycles have come a long way in the few years since then, so it’s likely that Harley-Davidson’s first production bike will be far more capable

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/31/16955928/harley-davidson-electric-motorcycle-2019

Really?  No iconic “thump”?  Does not sound like a winner to me.  why?

Most sells are to frustrated professionals, dentist, lawyers, etc, they want to feel like the “baddie” from the movies and TV……most people cannot afford the luxury of a Harley-Davidson these days.

Just my thoughts.

Everybody has a smartphone these days and everyone is snapping “selfies” no matter where they are…..but “selfies” could be “dangerous”……beside walking into walls or falling into  fountain…there is so much more……

Think you look better in your latest selfie than in real life? Then beware of “Snapchat dysmorphia,” a newly dubbed term for people seeking plastic surgery to mimic their appearance in filtered selfies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. “Sometimes I have patients who say, ‘I want every single spot gone, and I want it gone by this week or I want it gone tomorrow,’ because that’s what this filtered photograph gave them,” dermatologist Neelam Vashi tells the Washington Post. “They check off one thing, and it’s gone. That’s not realistic. I can’t do that.” Researchers say the fixation may be a new version of body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD), a mental ailment that makes people obsess over any perceived flaw in their appearance.

A 2017 survey of plastic surgeons first spotted the trend, which is fueled by photo-filtering and editing technology once available only to celebrities. “This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients,” according to an article in the JAMA medical journal co-written by Vashi. What’s more, BDD is a serious mental disorder that can require cognitive behavioral therapy and medication—and lead to suicidal thoughts in 80% of sufferers, per a 2007 study. Just seeing an unfiltered image of oneself “can bring feelings of sadness” for some people, says Vashi, “and then if one really develops this disorder, that sadness clearly progresses to something that can be dangerous and alarming.”

Oh there is so much more…….my daughter told me about an app that she across while looking for an app to put on her daughter’s phone (this one was not the one she was looking for)

The App is called “Places I Have Pooped”……Pretty much self-explanatory, this weird app enables you to document all the places where you’ve pooped.

You can easily add a location with a ‘Bomb’s Away!’ button after the thing is done. You can also go back anytime and see every place you have been.

Not just that, you can share your location on Facebook and follow your friends to see where they have pooped. You can attach images and rate every location.

Really?  Does anyone need that much information on what you do or where you do it?

I guess I can leave it there, huh?

I do not believe I could get any weirder.

Have a good day and I will see you guys next w….be well, be safe……chuq