As the Asia Sailor Ages — Tales of an Asia Sailor

BzeroB – It is not too funny that I resemble the list! But what the hey. Life is good.

As the Asia Sailor Ages… By Garland Davis 1. Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work. 2. The gleam in his eyes is from the sun reflecting off his bifocals. 3. He awakens with the feeling that he pulled a night ion Magsaysay yet didn’t leave the house. 4. His little black book contains […]

via As the Asia Sailor Ages — Tales of an Asia Sailor

VA wrongfully denied millions in veterans’ medical claims —

BzeroB – This needs to be addressed and hopefully resolved. The goofs involved need to be booted out and a new crew installed. This is annoying and an insult to veterans. Especially in a time of need they get screwed!

VA wrongly denied $53M in emergency care claims, affecting 17,400 veterans

via VA wrongfully denied millions in veterans’ medical claims —

We need to support the HAVEN Act

Bankrupt vets can lose their disability benefits. This new effort would protect them.

Read more here – HAVEN Act 

The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act seeks to create the same immunity in bankruptcy cases for benefits provided by the VA and Department of Defense to disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced the bill, which has already been endorsed by 10 Republican and 10 Democratic senators. It has also earned the support of organizations like the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America and the American Bankruptcy Institute, among others.
“Right now, veterans and their families are forced to dip into their disability-related benefits to pay off bankruptcy creditors,” said Baldwin during an unveiling event for HAVEN in her Senate office. “And that’s not right. This reform will protect veterans’ disability benefits when they fall on hard times.”

NFL jerseys work well when they work for vets! Nice!

That’s how we roll in Oklahoma! From KOCO (Norman, OK): A local radio station held a free car wash for veterans in Norman amid a nationwide debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The online rock station owner said several people attended Saturday’s car wash, as the event was busy for the full […]

via Online radio station uses NFL gear to wash cars for vets — Fellowship of the Minds

Definitely on the mend

One day at a time

The wonderful weather and the great days have been a major contributor to my progressing recovery I do believe. Being able to eat breakfast and hang on the patio during the day has been excellent! With the sofa and the music box it is just comfy. I have tons of seating options.Whatever is comfortable at the time. And I am outside. Where I like to be.

Since getting home from my surgery on Monday it has been a steady healing progression. The first day was massively painful. With holes all over my frontal area. And doing some basic stuff like getting up from lying down was nothing short of excruciating. Any twist in any direction sucked way bad.

I told you so

And after a couple of painful lessons as to why they tell you to do what they do I am getting the hang of this healing thing. And also learning that some of the expected and foretold repercussions of the surgery may be alarming and painful. But will subside. And they did. Excellent!

But as the days have passed I must admit it is getting better. I still have to grab a pillow and clutch it to my lower area if I think I am going to cough or sneeze. And it still hurts. Getting up and down from a lying position is getting progressively better also.

It appears that the new wave of glue repair technique is not too bad. A bit weird but it is working. And they say it will degrade on it’s own. I have one major sore spot and that is on my upper left. Apparently that is where they do some sort of inflation thing for the surgery. It is way black and blue and hurts a lot. But it goes through the muscle shell so that. is to be expected. But it still hurts like hell!

If it makes you feel better

Just to make you feel a bit more at ease I do have what appears to be a seemingly unlimited supply of amateur nurses and substitute mommies at hand so no matter what situation arises I am well covered!And NO! I am not exceeding the 10 pound limit getting a cup of coffee!

So as long as the weather cooperates I will be hanging on the patio relaxing, sipping on a beverage and blogging away.  Trying to get better as soon as possible. With the music box cranking out whatever suits my mood, the patio is definitely the place to be. And hopefully in the two weeks I am giving myself to repair will be productive.


Thanx in advance for all your good wishes and support!  Apparently it is working! BOB

Alive! Well! Sore! But back home!

This is an update for all those out there that need to know!

My surgery went well. The double hernia repair was done yesterday at the John Dingle VA Center in Detroit. It was an outpatient laparoscopy surgery. I also got a two-fer. The surgeon made an extra op to remove a mass I had on my right side of my abdomen for many years. After it was all done I had a total of 5 incisions.

I must say that I was maximum sore when I left the hospital but the meds work awesome! I did get a great nights sleep and this morning it is all slow and easy.

This great AM it is sunny and 70 and I am now out on the patio with my coffee, my stereo is cranking out some nice Eric Johnson, and of course I have my laptop blogging away. Nice and relaxing. Faye Dean gave me a bell to ring if I need something. How sweet! I was leaning more towards a sports air horn but opted not. Steve has been kind enough to hang out here for a couple of days as a babysitter. I really believe he is here more as an enforcer! Cause I tend to push the envelope on my recoveries and I need someone more forceful than Faye Dean, she’s just a girl!

One of the most traumatic parts of the whole scenario was no coffee or bagel the morning of after nothing after 10PM the night before. And then being on my back in the middle of the day for more than a few hours was annoying. But the truth be told I was out for a bit of that. Another agitating sidebar is that the meds they gave me is a severely dry mouth. And I mean severely cottonmouth. So I will bugger off those ASAP!

I just want to add my own VA sidebar here

We all know that the VA as a whole has some issues on a wide variety  of levels. That is not anything new. But with that being said I want to put my 2 cents in.

In all the years I have been in their system my experiences have been mostly positive. Other than some scheduling waits I have been treated well. And on both occasions using the ER it was spectacular. One incident I was inside in 5 minutes the other I was in in 15 minutes! Way better than a regular medical facility.

The docs have addressed all of my issues in a timely manner and in the case of this hernia event it was taken care of in a very timely fashion. While I was checking in for my surgery which is done right next to ER I witnessed a temper tantrum from a vet that didn’t seem to want to get in line to be seen. After being told he would be seen in the order he arrived. There were 4 or 5 people ahead of him but he was dizzy and wanted to see the doctor RIGHT NOW! And then launched into a explicative laced tirade about how that was a bunch of crap and stormed off! I am not sure what planet he was from but that is pretty much how it works at most medical facilities – first come first served. Unless you are missing a limb or something like that. So I am sure he is the kind of person that would be all over the VA for being a bunch of goofies. Sad but true. Just my observation.

But for now I am good to go. So the next few days will be slow and easy. And I will be better in the coming days.

Thanks for your support! Stay tuned!