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Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

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On 10/10/2019 at 1:21 AM, Bizman62 said:

Hip, hip, hurrah!

Been one week now, PT at home everyday. It is fucking painful but needed. It will take about 6 months to get me back walking again properly and retrain my brain to walk. The muscles are mush and totally screwed up. LOL

 

Now the weekend to rest then start again with the PT pain. :)

MK

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20 hours ago, MiKro said:

Been one week now, PT at home everyday. It is fucking painful but needed. It will take about 6 months to get me back walking again properly and retrain my brain to walk. The muscles are mush and totally screwed up. LOL

 

Now the weekend to rest then start again with the PT pain. :)

MK

PT sucks.

Got to be done though.

SR

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I thought I'd share some "observations" from my eye surgery with you guys, mostly because I totally didn't expect them.

Forgive the gory details, bet they are sort of integral to the story.

My procedure was to fix a macular hole in the retina of my right eye. It involves making three small incisions in the white of my eye, where they insert various tiny instruments to clean of scar tissue and to drain the eye of ocular jelly and fill it with a gas bubble.Then I have to stay face down for 4 days so the bubble holds everything in place and allows the hole to re-seat to the retina and begin to heal and close. 

The 4 days was up this morning, which is why I am able to now share this.

I was sedated but awake during the procedure. My hope was that my left eye would be blocked and my right eye would be sightless, as I did not really want to watch them poking instruments right into my eyeball. My left eye was blocked and I could not see out of my right eye, so that wish came true.

What I did see was the point of this story, as it was a totally unique point of view,,,so to speak, for me. The view was as if I were inside a giant dome, that stretched from horizon to horizon. there was a large circular light source at the top so as the interior was lit, but the interior was like it was filled with a thick fog. And then I could see the instruments appear in the fog. Mostly there was a tube with tiny tweezer like jaws at the end that gripped little shreds of tissue, scar tissue I presume, and took the tissue away. Where it contacted the tissue there was a light show that mostly reminded me of the sparking you get when touching a brazing rod to the area being welded. A glowing area with sparks. Occasionally a pipe would appear and fluids would flow from it. Those were very colorful and they swirled as they dissipated.AT one point they said they found a tear--I presume after filling my eye with the gas bubble they were checking for leaks. The insert a laser wand and sealed the tear shut. That also looked like a brazing rod only the sparks were a different color.

I was obviously totally relaxed during this but alert enough to realize my eye was out of service for traditional vision, but the bulk of the retina was still working and I was seeing what was going on inside my eyeball. It was fascinating.

The four days of staring at dirt totally sucked though. I'm glad that is over.

SR

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15 minutes ago, westhemann said:

How do you stay face down for four days?

I put the surgery off for three months trying to figure that out. I rented a set up that supported my face to sleep face down and reconfigured to support my head face down at a table in a reading position during the day. I got a ten minute break per hour if needed to eat and per. And I read 7 books in 4 days.

It was definitely the most intimidating aspect of the operation.

Now to see if my vision comes back....

SR

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11 hours ago, westhemann said:

Was the site down for a couple of days or was it just on my end?

Thanks for confirming it wasn't just on my end. I was away for a few days and you can imagine the horror when my virtual pub wasn't available!

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ScottR is having trouble posting. The reply box is stuck on "loading" and the full text input box HTML isn't rendering out correctly. Trying to figure this one out and hoping it's an isolated case rather than a larger issue. Site was down a couple of days thanks to a silly payment issue. My fault entirely.

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This is the first place I’ve found where I can type. Couldn’t in my build thread, nor in PMs. It has a reply box for adding pictures, but no text. Thought it was my phone but it does the same on desktop.

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I can't say anything. I'm terrible at remembering what bills I've paid and what I haven't. A lot of people use autopay, but that's really bad for me because I can't keep track of anything.

 Now I have a basket. Bills go in it and I pay what's in it once a month around the 10th. Best I can do.

 I'll probably end up spending all my money on alcohol and hookers when I retire. 

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5 hours ago, komodo said:

This is the first place I’ve found where I can type. Couldn’t in my build thread, nor in PMs. It has a reply box for adding pictures, but no text. Thought it was my phone but it does the same on desktop.

Okay. I think that I'll raise this as a support ticket as I can't find a fault in settings. 

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What do chaps on here do about insuring their workshop? I came over with a Jet drum sander yesterday and now I'm concerned that I don't have anywhere near enough cover for the contents of my shop. My house insurance won't allow me to increase cover for contents in my garage, and I can't get business insurance for tools because I'm not a business. 

Anyone else had experience in this area? it seams to be a bit of a minefield 😢

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It would seem that there is a grey area between what qualifies as "home" and "business". So your insurance company is setting a ceiling on garage contents? What if it were classified as a workshop or office? It may have to be that individual items are declared and insured.

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24 minutes ago, Prostheta said:

It would seem that there is a grey area between what qualifies as "home" and "business". So your insurance company is setting a ceiling on garage contents? What if it were classified as a workshop or office? It may have to be that individual items are declared and insured.

Yes, my home insurer has a blanket garage content value (which is not enough) and will not increase the value of cover. But I am unable to get any kind of cover for tools because I am not running a business  - at least, I've tried a few companies so far but they won't quote.

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Sounds like it's a basic balance of unacceptable risk. You might pay through the nose for specialised insurance if you do manage to get somebody to quote. Can't remember much about UK insurance now though.

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Last weekend my buddy asked me to help him check out a piece of land close-ish to Bertram, Texas because he's wanting to sell his house and move back into the sticks.

 So it's a pretty cool place. Almost all on rock(but it does have vegetation) with a 60x40 metal building about 18ft tall. 19 acres with big oak trees.

 Anyway, it's a good spot so he put his house up for sale and is making an offer. 

 We always talked about a "commune"( more like group living) so he wants me to eventually move out there and at first it seemed unrealistic, but now it's making more sense because where I currently live just keeps growing and I'm not really at piece here.

 I was thinking about building an earthship,  but damn... so much work. 

I think I'm leaning towards an octagon shapes "yurt" sort of thing, but with a light tube steel frame and standard insulated walls, but built right flat on a big patch of flat rock and leave the rock as the floor?

I don't know. More thought required. 

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Oh... and he was talking about using the metal building to make things in that could make money.

 Like a bolt together yurt frame or furniture or planters ir whatever. 

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Yurts are made of wool. Weren't you planning to get some goats? How long and how many goats do you think it would take for getting the material needed?

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Light guage steel tubing for the Yurt frame. Something to make it stand out from the rest of the yurts available. 

Basically,  "here's a yurt frame kit, you cover it how you want".

Personally, I'll be covering mine with standard materials. 

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2 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

Weren't you planning to get some goats?

<_<

You have no idea of what you are asking....

SR

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