Sunday, September 19, 2010

We're Both Healing

This morning, my husband only had 100 ml of urine left in his bladder to remove with the catheter.  His bladder is working again. His urologist says he can go 2 days without using a catheter and see how much his bladder still retains.  Yay for healing.  My husband is a health food nut and an exercise junky. But there’s no way to exercise the bladder – it just has to heal on its own.


It’s such a relief to watch him regaining strength and function, instead of seeing him in the ICU with a tube down his nose, draining his stomach, tubes in both arms dripping who-knows-what-all into him at such a rate and in such combinations that he was puffing up and turning red.  His docs are telling him to take it easy. I don’t think his idea of taking it easy matches theirs.  He’s already riding his bike and doing at least 40 minutes of exercises with me in the mornings.


Today’s computer client was easy.  There really wasn’t anything wrong with his computer – he just needed me to show him how to use it to do two new tasks.


Yesterday’s client needed some instructions for setting up some new software and for learning a new trick with some old software. She also needed a new toner cartridge.  We discovered she could get $20 off if she promised to mail her old one in the postage paid envelope that will arrive with the new one.


I finished Mockingjay.  I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say We’ve seen the last of the Hunger Games. And it’s a pleasure to watch Katniss growing up.


A couple of weeks ago I got the long anticipated “I love your writing” from a local producer.  I did the requested rewrites.  No word this week.  I’m still hopeful.


Dell replaced more parts in my recalcitrant new computer.  It’s still going into spontaneous reboot, freeze-ups, and attempting to boot from the CD drives at random.  Now they want me to download a new bios from their website and also the advanced chipset.  That is going to have to wait until I finish backing everything up, which I’m doing because I don’t trust this new puter.


And my own personal good fortune – since Monday, I can get up from sitting or lying without limping.  I’ve been limping for the first few steps for so long I’d forgotten what it was like to get up easily. I don’t know what happened. The night before was really bad, but I haven’t limped all week.  Yay!

1 comment:

  1. I somehow missed most of the drama with your husband's ICU incarceration. Belated sympathies!!! It's good to hear this remarkable progress.

    You wrote:
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    Dell replaced more parts in my recalcitrant new computer. It’s still going into spontaneous reboot, freeze-ups, and attempting to boot from the CD drives at random. Now they want me to download a new bios from their website and also the advanced chipset. That is going to have to wait until I finish backing everything up, which I’m doing because I don’t trust this new puter.
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    Uh-oh. I'm getting ready to replace my antique Dell Precision 350 (circa 2002), and until I read that problem you had I was relying on Dell's business machines (Precision class ones) to come up with a replacement.

    Which machine are you having this grief with? That's the kind of thing I want to avoid at almost all-costs.

    Also could use some advice on Monitors.

    I am in the midst of cataract surgery getting new lenses that have adjustable focus (RESTOR 3.0 with built-in close, medium and distance focus).

    Nowhere did I read about this one hitch in them though -- I've only had one done so far, and suddenly I'm seeing the FLICKER in my CRT monitor (circa 2001 tech).

    I'm not yet ready to replace my Dell Precision 350 which has a 2.8 GHz Pentium V (8 years old and still going I think because it's their
    "small business" built machine rather than a "home computer" so it's equivalent to a $1500 IBM Selectric as opposed to a $75 typewriter
    made for college kids in a dorm or housewives who write 2 letters a year).

    When I do replace the machine, I want to get another Dell high-end Business machine, but I just shopped the Dell website and the configuration I want won't accept the Windows 7 with XP emulator built in, and I don't know why yet.

    So I just googled computer monitor fastest refresh rate and got a long list of blog discussions about adjusting refresh rates on LCD monitors to use with gaming machines.

    QUESTION: Would a gaming level machine have a) the capacity I need and b) the toughness to last 10 years the way a business machine is
    built? Or is there a super-fast monitor that'll work with a Business machine and my antique Pentium V running XP.

    I max out resources during a workday juggling programs simultaneously. Would a "gaming level monitor" work with a sluggish Business Machine? (Dell's business machines are slow, stodgy clods compared to Gateway's stuff, but Gateway's machines break down a lot, burn out. I need stuff that works, carries an office-load and lasts forever like the IBM Selectric.

    What monitor can I get now (to use with my current antique machine) that has a super-fast refresh rate so I won't see flicker, yet will
    work with Windows 7/XP-emulator gaming or business machine when I upgrade machines?

    What parameters determine LCD monitor refresh rate? (I saw some discussion of monitor dimensions being relevant to refresh rate).

    I think my desk setup and new eye-lens would work best with a super-large monitor LCD rather than 2 smaller ones. The near-distance
    is a huge challenge to this eye-lens as is depth-of-field, so setting 1 large monitor at the back of my desk would be best. (also plan to watch some download films or TV shows).

    I don't know how fast the refresh-rate needs to be for my new eye, so I want to get the fastest that will work with the equipment.

    32inches wide or diagonal would fit my desk perfectly. I like to work with windows "tiled". Right now I have 8 tabs open on firefox and I've barely started work for the day.

    I think this is a geezerchick subject because it poses a challenge unique to the aging geekchick. Who knew the best lens replacement on the market would see CRT flicker and start forcing an upgrade? Staying current-tech is absolutely essential to staying young!

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