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September 23, 2017

Orthostatic Hypotension in General

Medical Definition: Orthostatic Hypo-tension is defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing when compared with blood pressure from the sitting or supine position. is defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing when compared with blood pressure from the sitting or supine position. In laymen terms: Stand up from sitting position, blood pressure drops and heart beat increases causing dizziness which could lead to fainting.

When we were first diagnosed we reached a point where passing out was a weekly event, then after seeing neurologist that did the “table” test. They placed me on a table that tilted and hooked up a bunch of wires the tilted the table with the feet going down and the head be elevated. This created blood pressure and heart beat charts that concluded after a week of analysis that the patient had Orthostatic Hypo-tension. A preliminary teat was done at my primary doctor and this was done by nurse and I laid on the examine table and the nurse took my blood pressure and pulse. We waited two minutes and took the same readings which also showed high pulse and low blood pressure. Two table tests both came to same solution.

So what is the treatment for the cure?  There isn’t’ a cure but it can be managed.  Medication can take care of the dizziness but it’s not suggested because its a strong medication.  The best treatment is wearing compression stockings.

The doctor gave me the name of a medical store and the knee length stocking was $75.00!  I thought “No #$*&^% way am I paying $75.00 for stockings!” So I Googled it and low and behold just about every pharmacy in the universe carried knee length compression stocking for between $7.00 and $20.00″  They carry waist length also, but these are to warm to wear unless you work in a freezer where the temperature is below zero.

I started wearing the knee length stocking and now rarely do I get light headed and have not fainted.  I have talked to other people who say the parents have the same issue of light headed and after they get the stockings it basically goes away. When it gets hot in the house I do take them off because it gets uncomfortable in the heat, but then I get up slower and pay attention. If I get dizzy is sit back down and kick my feet back and forth to get the circulation going.

Then I found out that this is common for people who sit for long periods like office workers, pilots, truck drivers, etc. Most of the Uber drivers wear the stockings because they sit all day and they don’t get as tired.

Some of the Facebook people keep the stockings at work and put them on when the get to work. The Google folks not only put the stockings on but also have a special compression headgear they wear to keep the brain circulation going (rumor).

So for those folks out there where the older folks are having the dizzy issue try the stockings and see how great it works. If you sit all day doing your job, try it and see if you have more energy at the end of the day.

We have nothing to add at this time except to send out our prayers to all the hurricane victims.

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September 15, 2017

Opera Browser Review and other AAN stuff

My long vacation is over an it’s time to report on what we have been doing and the many interesting places we have been both on-line and off. I have been screwing around with Firefox and Chrome both of which pissed me off so we read about Opera and so far we find it to be perfect for our needs.  We are on it now and so far so good.

We have been living on Twitter for several months supporting the anti-Trump folks and pushing for the #calext (California becoming its own country) proposition. We like #calexit because the point is we don’t want some moron like Trump determining our present and future.  We also have been organizing the Reiki folks world wide to send healing energy to the victims of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. I once lived in Florida and would not go back, but the folks there have taken a beating and we care.

Recently we discovered that several dating sites contain hundreds of scammers of various types and we have names and will be doing some blogs on what we experienced and solutions. Right now if you are on a dating site and the person you are talking to lives in Ghana and they are asking you for money to get a new cell phone or some other expense then they are probably a scammer. Google “Ghana scammers” and look on YouTube you might just see something disturbing.

We are happy to say that we are still smoke free and have helped other to become the same way. Motto “Smoke cigarettes is like holding a gun to your head and pulling the trigger on a gun that shots a slow moving bullet.” You will suffer and your family will suffer right along with you.

We still watch So You Think You Can Dance, Deadliest Catch (Less), Americas Got Talent (Addicted to Heidi), Pawn Stars, every Golden State Warriors game (Eat your heart out Chicago), every Raiders game, some 49’s games (they need to win us back), The Voice (Less), X Factor, just to list a few.

We are also going to be reporting on some medical experiences that we have currently (Noting major) and have researched. We consider ourselves blessed that we did not have any issues other than shortness of breath after we quit smoking but what we found was he inherited one called Orthostatic hypotentension which has no cure but can e managed, and another called Polymyalgia Rhueumatica (PMR) and 20% of PMR patients have Temporal Arteritis and we are in the 20%.  Then for our followers who have met us here is a little tidbit that will probably make you smile. Between quitting smoking and the medications we have gained some weight after 65+ years at no higher than 150 we now weigh in at 190. At least we have leveled off here. (Hope you did not injure yourself when you fell off your chair Aaron). We must add that Stanford Hospital and The Stanford Medical Group have been beyond outstanding is every phase from the supporting staff to the amazingly talented doctors.

Of course there is more, but we have a craving for Cheeto’s and need to go find some.

We have nothing else to report except to say to everyone we hope you and your families are all well and we send you many blessings. We hold ourselves grateful having met so many great folks and knowing some very special people.

 

May 31, 2016

My New (Updated) Eyes – A Medical Miracle

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Stanford

This past January I finally decided that I needed to go see my eye doctor because I had recently purchased new glasses and my left eye vision was blurry to the point I could not clearly see objects more than five feet away, especially printed signs.  So off I went to my eye doctor.  Sure enough after the eye examination, the eye doctor said in my left eye I had an advanced cataract and in my right eye the beginnings of a cataract.  The doctor said she could “fix” the vision issue with new glasses, but I might as well get both eyes cleared of the cataracts because eventually they would need to be dealt with.

So I called my Stanford Primary Care Doctor and told her that I needed a referral to the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford to get the cataracts removed.  The very next day I received a call to set up an appointment to come in for an exam.  Their exam results were the same as what my eye doctor reported and they then started measuring my eyes for the eye surgery.  My eye doctor was Charles C. Lin, M.D. (Doctor Charles C. Lin Bio) and I discussed the results and scheduled a surgery when the measurements were completed.  Since they only do one eye at each session we scheduled the left eye first and then two weeks later the right eye.

During our discussion Dr Lin asked me what kind of eye implants I would prefer, wear glasses for close vision (reading) or for long distance.  I chose the reading glasses.  I must say I was surprised by the question and Dr Lin noticed so he said that my cataract surgery includes lens implants and that I would no longer need prescription glasses.  So I no longer needed to purchase the prescription glasses for about a thousand dollars, and instead I could buy the reading glasses for about 10 bucks in any pharmacy or food store.

So I went in for the surgery on my left eye which was an hour for pre-surgery, then the surgery that only took about 15 minutes, and then an hour for recovery.  Because I had not had any kind of surgery since the 1980’s I was a tad bit apprehensive but the Surgical Staff was awesome and understood. I was really taking it all up until they gave me the anesthetic prior to moving me to the surgery.  The only thing I remembered was during the surgery I noticed seeing awesome streaks of light in my left eye.  The streaks were all vivid colors and random movement.  I made a mental note to notice what kind of colors and patterns my right eye was going to be in two weeks.

Then it was off to recovery and since I was fasting for 18 hours I was looking forward to something to munch on.  I don’t remember many names but the recovery nurses name was Elizabeth and I remember because she said the magic words “Would you like some juice and graham crackers?”, which to me came across as “Would you like some wine with your steak dinner?”.  I assume it was the anesthetic plus the fasting that caused this reaction, but it sure was right on point.   Cranberry Juice and Graham Crackers never tasted so good.

Then they placed a shield over my left eye and said to wear during sleep it for a few days just to protect me from rubbing my left eye accidentally.  Done and home was the next stop.

The right eye surgery was the same schedule as the left eye.  I had a surprise during the pre-surgery when a male nurse came in to say that he was going to insert my IV and get me ready.  I told him that it was no problem when I was here a few weeks ago but usually it takes more than one try to get the IV in because I was told I have tough skin.  He smiled.  Just then a nurse came in and said she had some questions so I turn my head to the right and after about five minutes we completed the questions.  When I turned back I said “OK, let’s get the IV done.”  The male nurse said he was done and I was ready to go.  I was astonished and said “You got that IV in without me feeling anything?”  He said “sure did.”  I said “This was a first for me and I gave him the nick name of “IV Pro” and said that if I ever need a IV again I will hope he is on duty.”  So “IV Pro” wheeled me to surgery.

When I went to recovery it turns out Elizabeth was busy but “IV Pro” was there and asked if I wanted some Sprite and crackers and I said “That would be great”.  Once again I felt like I was at “The Sundance Steak House” having a great steak dinner. I then became an “IV Pro” Fan forever.

Also I did remember to notice the colors during the actual surgery on my right eye and it was different than my left eye.  During surgery on my right eye it was not lines, it was patterns of color.  The patterns were like checker boards and some lace, all as colorful as could be.

Now I have completed all my follow up appointments and both eyes are done and healed.  I now have 20-20 vision and I now see the medical miracle performed by Doctor Lin whom I now call the “Miracle Man”.  For the first time in 60+ years I can function without wearing glasses.  In fact I can’t remember not wearing glasses it’s been so long ago and I was down right giddy the first time I drove without glasses.  “Wow!”  This is awesome.  A miracle for sure!

So to the office and surgical staff at “The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford”, all the services you performed led up to the final “Medical Miracle” that Doctor Lin (Miracle Man) performed on both of my eyes.  I don’t have the words nor do I have enough space on this post to tell you all how grateful I am.  The “Get Well Soon” cards that you sent a few days after each surgery on both eyes was awesome and your dedication is heart felt.

We have nothing else to report except to say to all at the institute – Namaste

 

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