Thursday, October 5, 2017

A personal update

Well it turns out I didn't have the flu, what I do have is a full-blown urinary tract infection.  Fortunately I was able to see my PCP on Tuesday to get some antibiotics and have been on that regimen since then.  Thanks to my sister, she found a herbal supplement called 'bear's berry' that was used before sulfa drugs and antibiotics became commonplace to treat UTIs. 

So I have been on both of them and still feeling somewhat miserable.  I have been using a heating pad on my genital region to help lessen the pain and swelling and it has helped somewhat.  However, every time I go urinate it is with heavy dread and fear as it feels like I was pissing something out with the potency between napalm and lava!  I am suspecting that there may be some micro lacerations on my foreskin area which are being irritated by the urine which is causing most of the pain.  So I am going to try getting some lidocaine cream to gingerly apply to see if that may help. 

Meanwhile on other matters, the conspiracy theories continue to fly about potential 'multiple gunmen' active during the tragic events of Sunday night, and no doubt will continue to persist for awhile to come.  I consider things still in the early stages and do not see anything worthwhile coming forth for some time.

The final butcher's bill comes up to 59 dead, with 527 injured, the majority taken to UMC Trauma and Sunrise Hospital (104 and 247 respectively).  Makes sense, since UMC is the only level 1 trauma center in the state, with Sunrise designated as a level 2 adult and level 1 pediatric trauma center.  St. Rose Sienna Hospital down the road from me in Henderson is a level 3 trauma center.  Pretty much every single hospital in the Las Vegas Valley with the exception of Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital (the military/VA hospital for Nellis AFB) had received patients from this event.  Much kudos have been expressed by all sides for the excellent response from all the agencies involved.  I am so proud to consider myself part of that group, I just wished I could have been able to jump up and take part.  Unfortunately, jumping and other similar physical activities will have to wait for me to recover from this mess I got.

More later...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mass shooting on the Strip

Latest updates, per local media...50 dead, 406 injured, ISIS claiming responsibility-says shooter converted some months ago.  That last one I find hard to believe, but it is still early in the game.

Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.  More later as it comes in.

And yes I am OK, was in bed with the flu last night.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Forged in Blood

I had mentioned previously about a new Freehold book, Forged in Blood, that has just been released in hard copy.  I had received mine in the mail last week, and although I had bought the electronic advance copy, there is something just satisfying about holding a physical tome in hand.

I had posted my review on Amazon and I do urge folks to give it a try.  Those that enjoy good sci-fi and military sci-fi in particular will find this a great read.  Check it out!

A clever commercial, and the backlash against it from one group

I came across this video on Facebook, which is a commercial airing in Australia promoting lamb as the one meat that is not restricted by the major religions.

I personally thought it was funny and a clever marketing ploy.  However, one group of Hindus have expressed their offense at the ad.
From a viewpoint of someone who does believe in God but don't really care much for organized religion, I think they just need to take a chill pill and not get their panties in a twist.  This is one commercial that pokes fun at everybody!!  Get over it!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Making some headway

Well, I did pass the written test for Advanced EMT, now just have to take the protocol test for health district to get licensed, then I can start making a little more...yay! :-)

And now it's time to start thinking of finding a different place to live so that my girlfriend and I can be together away from the drama of both our families.  More on that later...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

If it ain't one thing, it's another

My life of late has been so busy, I have not been able to post to this blog as much as I would like to.  Fortunately, at least things have been going fairly well.  I'm studying to take the Advanced EMT written test for National Registry next Saturday, along with taking the instructor course so that I can start teaching CPR.  Other things I have been wanting to do have not been able to be accomplished due to time, money, and other issues which have kept cropping up.  But I am hopeful that things will come together eventually.

Meanwhile in the blogosphere, Angel is hopefully just saying goodbye for now instead of farewell, as she is taking a step back from her blog to focus on her family.  I sincerely hope she returns one day, if nothing else but to keep hassling Wirecutter!  I just love how they trade barbs back and forth, like an old married couple, or siblings...makes my day a lot of times.

In other news, the local scene here in Sin City is starting to perk up, with our new NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights, getting ready to start their inaugural season this fall.  Am hoping they live up to all the hype and help deny the naysayers that keep telling us that pro sports will never make it here in Vegas.  And of course, the Raiders are yet to appear, hopefully the new stadium will be getting off the ground here real soon.

Hopefully will have more to come soon.  Stay safe and watch your 6...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bayou Renaissance Man's update from LibertyCon (and a plug for a new book)

Bayou Renaissance Man: LibertyCon, days 2 and 3

I have just purchased my advance ebook copy of Forged in Blood, a collection of short stories within the Freehold universe created by sci-fi author Michael Z. Williamson.  One of the contributions is from the Bayou Renaissance Man himself, Peter Grant.  Overall, an excellent read and it gives new readers an introduction to the Freehold stories later in the book as well as allowing those whom have read the books a chance to get further backstories on some minor characters mentioned in the first work of the series, Freehold.  You can download a free copy of Freehold at the link if you want to get started.

Amazon will release Forged in Blood in the beginning of September, but if you don't want to wait and can handle seeing minor problems with the advanced reader copy of the book, get yourself over to Baen's website via the link and buy it now.  And while you're there, please feel free to browse around for other great works of sci-fi and fantasy; you will not be disappointed.

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