Archive for August, 2005

Entry for August 31, 2005

August 31, 2005

Today I had another episode of an extremely faint feeling like I was going to pass out. My doctor told me it is functional hyperglycemia. Essentially it means I am not eating enough :-).  I have lost about 10 pounds in two weeks.

The doctor ran another EKG, but he is quite sure it is not a heart problem, inner ear infection, etc.

Also, I have a spot on my head that needs to be examined by a dermatologist to be scraped and biopsied.

Friday is my trip to the cardiologist for my tests, which will take about two hours.

My doctor asked me if there is any kind of specialist that I HAVEN’T seen yet this year :-).

Gas is $3.00 here, which I assume is about the same as most regions in the country. I hadn’t bought gas in quite awhile but needed to fill up my Lumina this afternoon. Cost $37.77.

Entry for August 29, 2005

August 29, 2005

Here is a picture of my youngest nephew.

The stent came out just fine this morning. Am a little sore, but otherwise feel pretty good. The “stent” was a piece of rubber tubing about one foot long.

Lots of rain is expected around here the next couple of days, the remnants of hurricane Katrina.

Entry for August 28, 2005

August 28, 2005

Yesterday (Saturday) was sort of a transition day for me. I stopped taking the pain medicine and felt pretty good. Cleaned up the house, and even did some of my “normal” weekend activities.

Today I am in the office getting caught up on things. I have just a little irritation due to the string attached to the stent. I am to remove the stent tomorrow morning. If that goes OK, this whole experience will be behind me.

Next major activity will be the visit to the cardiologist’s office on Friday.

Entry for August 27, 2005

August 27, 2005

My surgery was this past Wednesday at Samaritan Hospital. Everything went well. The urologist inserted a laser to break up the kidney stone. The anesthesiologist ran an EKG, and said that it was abnormal. He told me to see my family doctor. Bonnie made me an appointment Wednesday afternoon, not long after we got home from the surgery. My doctor is sending me for some cardiological testing next week.

Since Wednesday, I have been recuperating here at home. The urologist inserted a stent, which I am to remove Monday morning. I have been on medicine to control the pain. I may stop by the office this weekend to catch up on things. Otherwise, I plan to be back to “normal” Monday morning if the stent removal goes OK.

Entry for August 19, 2005

August 19, 2005

Thursday was a rough day. Felt like I was going to pass out. Left the office at 1 PM and went home to bed. I think the antibiotics I was taking were making me sick.

Sadly, we had to cancel our trip to Huntsville for the weekend. On the bright side, it would have taken $50 worth of gas to get down there and back, so I am saving that :-).

I am back in the office today, I had something to eat,  and I am getting some things done.

Entry for August 17, 2005

August 17, 2005

The kidney stone has not passed, and the urologist doesn’t expect it to. So, I will have surgery on Wednesday, August 24. There is so much inflamation around the stone that I will almost certainly have a stent put in.

Next up for us is the Huntsville Hamfest, and our annual chance to visit with some radio friends of mine. We will be remembering K4EGC, a member of the group, who passed away recently.

Entry for August 16, 2005

August 16, 2005

I am back in the office today after a pretty wild weekend.

We went to the Lexington hamfest Sunday morning. I bought some mobile dual-band  antennas, and a dual-band mobile radio from a friend of mine.  I came home and programmed and installed the new gear. Bonnie left to go home, or so I thought.

Turns out she went back to the hamfest, and tried twice to pass her amateur radio exam, but to no avail. It was a surprise to me, as she had been planning to take the test in Huntsville next Saturday.  Now that she has seen the test, it will be easier to pass next time.

The groin pain that I have had sporadically over the last few weeks came back Sunday night, and I ended up going to the emergency room about 2 AM Monday. Took awhile to see a doctor, but she diagnosed a kidney stone, which was confirmed by CT Scan. It is 4mm is size. The urologist is going to do a kidney dye test this afternoon.  I got home Monday about 7:30 AM. After going several places to get my prescriptions filled (I didn’t realize most pharmacies don’t open until 9), I took my medicine and slept till 5 PM.

I am back in the office today, as I am feeling pretty good. I will know after the dye test whether or not I will need surgery to remove the stone.

Entry for August 07, 2005

August 7, 2005

After years of hearing about it, we tried the “400 mile yard sale” yesterday, on US 127.  Neither of us saw much of interest, and prices and traffic were terrible. Bonnie pointed out some lighthouse figurines marked $2.50 that can be bought at a dollar store for $1.  The Miata got covered in dust.

Entry for August 02, 2005

August 2, 2005

I worked KB3FEI last night on PSK31, for my first QSO in that mode. After almost 30 years as a ham, it is still exciting to try new things. PSK31 is similar to radioteletype but better. It is more tolerant of noise, and you can operate with much lower power.

I got the lawn sprinkler out again last night. It is starting to dry up here again, with no real chance of rain until Friday at the earliest.

Entry for August 01, 2005

August 1, 2005

August is here, and it is starting to get warm again. We will have highs in the mid-90s this week.

Public schools start here two weeks from today.

I got my digital interface working Saturday. I was able to decode CW, RTTY and PSK31 very nicely.

They finished my garage roof Friday. This fall, I will have a lot of painting to do on both the garage and house. Gotta wait until it gets a lot cooler before starting that project.