Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sport doesn't care

Not much to report, but I am excited to see some of the Paralympics.

Check out this video from Samsung

The flip pool entry is amazing, but I loved the coaches:
"You look like a poodle, not a rottweiler".
"You strong.  You fast.  You beautiful.."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oh DMV...

How could I have thought that the DMV would have a problem renewing my drivers license? 

After about an hour of waiting, the man at the counter barely paused before asking me -
"Which finger CAN I use?" (in place of a thumb print)

Then I was sent me to another line where I waited with three smiling teenagers (and their moms) to get our pictures taken.  Not sure who was happier.

Official license will be in the mail in the next couple of weeks.

The next step is to pick a car.
Although I'm getting pretty good at starting a normal car, I think I want one with a push button start. 
Chris sent me this list of affordable cars (no ferraris for me) with keyless systems:

ford fiesta
ford focus
kia rio
nissan versa hatch
nissan sentra
nissan altima
toyota camry
toyota prius
hyundai veloster
hyundai elantra

Any suggestions?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Busy week

Normally I'd say that a week begins on Monday, but I've been busy since Friday.

It started with 3 days at the Pacific Masters Long Course (50m) Championships.
I didn't swim (due to having the line in my chest) but the meet was held at my club (San Mateo Marlins/Masters) so I timed...Actually I could only do half of the job so I dragged my parents up to help and spent the time chatting with friends.  The meet was great, but we were at the pool for almost 12hrs each day.

On Monday I had my neuroma (and a second one that I didn't know about) buried.  The doc was happy with the surgery, but she had me drugged up (neurotin, a nerve block and a pain pump installed) to the point that even after crashing for 4 hours I was loopy the entire night.

Tuesday I met with my hand surgeon and set a date for some work on my middle finger.

Wednesday I reclaimed some chest space by having my iv line removed.

And today I ditched the pain pump...

and lots of chest hair.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


I found out that I can stop taking iv antibiotics at yesterdays appointment. 

Then she told me I need to be on oral antibiotics for 4 more weeks...

And that I need to keep flushing the tunnel catheter daily until it is removed
(Another surgical procedure that will most likely require a pre-op appointment too).

I am looking forward to having my neuroma (the nerve mass in my right arm) moved on Monday...
even if it's another surgery and they will put in a portable pain pump (continuously add drug for 2-3 days).

Oh well, at least I'm moving forward.