This flu season is looking bloody dangerous

Miss D. and I are both on the mend after about ten days of being pole-axed by the current flu virus.  We both ended up with incipient bronchitis, despite doing our best to follow medical instructions and safeguard ourselves.  It’s been a very unpleasant experience, one neither of us would like to repeat anytime soon. Unfortunately, we’re far from alone in having been laid low.  Local hospitals have been overwhelmed by patients streaming (literally and figuratively) to the ER with flu symptoms, so much so that they’ve appealed for people to go to their primary physicians first, rather than swamp

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Still cruddy

Miss D. and I are still fighting the bug.  We’re pretty sure it’s flu, because I know I was running a fever, and Miss D. suspects she was but isn’t sure.  Fever doesn’t normally go with a simple cold.  We’ve both had the flu shot, but this year’s version is reported to be less effective than usual.  Still, with luck, it will have reduced the intensity of the symptoms. I’ll try to put up a couple of random posts during the day.  My creativity doesn’t work very well under the impact of generic cold and flu medication, nasal spray, and

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How good is your hearing?

Courtesy of a link at HMS Defiant, I came across this hearing test. The results came as a shock to me.  I know I have hearing damage as the result of too many years of unprotected exposure to gunfire;  and, of course, my hearing has deteriorated with age.  Even so, this has decided me to get a formal hearing test, and maybe look into some sort of auditory assistance before too long. Try it for yourself.  It’s a bit long-winded, but the test itself (in the middle of all the verbiage) may be an eye-opener (or should that be an

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When the going gets tough

I often receive comments, e-mails, complaints, etc. from fans of my books, asking when the next in a series is coming out, or why I take so long between books, or whatever.  I do my best to answer them, but it’s hard because they simply don’t understand my circumstances, which aren’t the greatest in the world as far as creativity is concerned.  A number of other writers have their own problems, too.  I’ve noticed more and more complaints about lack of time, lack of progress, lack of anything and everything that they need to succeed. I therefore decided it was

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Raffle winners!

Thank you very much to everybody who donated in support of Andi’s medical treatment for a stroke.  We set a target of $25,000, and by yesterday (the deadline for contributions to qualify for our gun raffle) we’d raised over $18,500 – about 74% of our goal.  The fundraiser will continue, but without prizes, so if you’re feeling generous, we’d still like to reach $25K for Andi (shown below with her husband and sons). For every $10 donated, donors were given one ‘ticket’ in a drawing for the prizes.  $50 got 6 tickets, $100 got 12, and so on.  Yesterday, winners

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A final reminder: win guns!

I’ve written several times before about the fundraiser we’re holding for Andi, a friend in Colorado who recently suffered a stroke.  You can read more about her here.  Pictures of the guns and other prizes on offer may be seen at Old NFO’s blog, here, here, here and here. Here’s Andi with her husband and sons, prior to her stroke. Donors get 1 ticket for the drawing for every $10 they donate.  $50 gets you 6 tickets, $100 gets you 12, and so on.  The winners will be drawn on December 1st.  The first person drawn picks the prize they

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A reminder of our fund-raiser for Andi, with great prizes to be won

I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago.  A group of Blogorado attendees, including yours truly, have come together to raise funds for our friend Andi.  She’s had a stroke, and is facing massive medical bills for her treatment and rehabilitation therapy.  Details are in my first post, and you can read more about Andi in Jennifer’s blog post about the fund-raiser. We’ve contributed guns, jewelry and other things from our respective collections, and some very generous “outside” friends have also added prizes to the pot.  Old NFO has details and pictures of most of them in three blog

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How the Las Vegas shooting victims were saved

There’s a fascinating article at Emergency Physicians Monthly about the emergency medical response to the Las Vegas shooting, and how so many victims were saved.  Here’s a brief excerpt. The first thing I did was tell the secretaries I needed every operating room open. I needed every scrub tech, every nurse, every perfusionist, every anesthesiologist, every surgeon—they all need to get here right away. They immediately began making phone calls. I told the trauma nurses that I needed all the treatment areas completely clear. Nurses were instructed to keep an eye out for crashing patients and make sure that all

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Overhead presses and “hinge points” – I have a problem!

One of the exercises I’m doing as part of strength training is the overhead press (sometimes called the “military press”, or simply “the press”).  Here’s how it works.  (No, I’m not lifting nearly as much weight as shown in the video!  I’m just a beginner!) I’m following that instruction, and doing the overhead press at least once weekly as part of my workout routine.  However, my spine is fused right at its base, where it joins the hips (the L5-S1 vertebrae, to be precise).  That means I can’t do the “hip thrust” Mark Rippetoe mentions without that fused joint acting

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