Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Wrist unwrapped..

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

So I got to take the bandages off yesterday and give everything a wash. Hard to believe this little cut has me off work for a number of weeks but I do not have any light duty options. Heck one day I physically picked up and moved over 4600kg/10,000lbs of product (I should be in better shape with all that). Stitches come out next week and I will find out what more I am allowed to do with the hand. Right now I’m not allowed to do more than wiggling the fingers and move my wrist. Doing things around the house with my non-dominant hand is a bit of a learning curve, but I am getting there. Since talking to a guy that had the same surgery but didn’t follow doctors orders I’m being very good about not using my hand. He is in worse shape now than before the surgery, all because he felt good enough and went back to work too early. Everyone seems to think this is a great vacation but being stuck at home not at 100% will slowly drive me (more) insane I think. But considering the weather as of late I guess I should be happy that I’m not out working in it.



So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…



Might have some time for this now…

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

So typing away here one handed as I am home bound for a number of weeks due to Carpal Tunnel surgery. I think the most painful part of the surgery was the darn tourniquet the had on my arm. Also there were some interesting sounds and tugging sensations as it was done with just local anesthetic. Was not able to watch as they had me laying down for the procedure. They were kind enough to double the dose at my request, as I seem to have a tolerance to pain medications and require more than normal, my dentist has my file tagged as a reminder even. Since my job has no light duty options I am home for the full recovery time, and of course I get my other hand done in the new year, so this is going to be a long process.

Carpal Tunnel #1

Carpal Tunnel #1

I get to take the wrap off tomorrow and get it cleaned up. If you want to see any of my new pictures I have been posting over at Flickr as of late: Digital Generator Photography (just a name, it’s not a business)

Okay this is taking longer than I thought, so I am signing off for the moment.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…


Yeah Me!…

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

So as some of you may know in late September I am competing in my first ever Spartan Race, it is a 5km Sprint. So in getting into better (not enough time for good) shape and so I had set myself a goal at the gym: get to 5km on the treadmill.

Now for those that partake of the MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) or other gaming genres I would fall under the Tank Classification: Big & Strong but not so great at distance or speed. Add in some previous knee(s) & hip damage and the task becomes all that much harder.

But today I did it! 5kms in 38 minutes and 21 seconds.

Okay I will wait for all you runners and other healthier people to stop Rolling on the floor laughing. …3…2…1…and give myself a pat on the back.

I feel quite good about this, and the best part is now that I have hit the target I can only get better and I know I can do it. So I hope to see that time drop as I continue working out before and after the race. For a guy my size I think I’m doing pretty well.

Might need some deep cold gel for a few of the other muscles used tonight and I drank my new après workout drink: HoneyMaxx – Orange. See if your local health food store carries it. HoneyMaxx is a honey-based sports and exercise drink, and it’s very good. Now if I could only get them to pay me for saying that…LOL…no seriously… 😉 They also have a Lemon-Lime flavour.

But time to get to bed, considering how much lifting & carrying I do at work all day, and then go to the gym, I should be looking like a Mr. Universe contestant, but no such luck…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…


Yes, I am still alive…

August 9, 2013 2 comments

If anyone is still following this blog I just have to say once again, sorry,  a daily blogger I am not…

I tend to find that life gets in the way of posting more often than not. That and I tend to not have much to say, at least not much that won’t get me in trouble… I have been posting a few photos over on my Flickr page instead of on here as of late. So if you want to see some of the new pictures head on over there for a peek:


Other than that it has been all work and some play. Big car show tomorrow in town so I am hoping to fill up the memory card(s) on the camera. Don’t know if the 37 Celsius weather will be all that fun on the blacktop, but you gotta do it now and then. Considering I work outside most of the time now I think I’m getting use to it.


Still trying to get into better shape for my Spartan Race in September. I’m doing better than I thought I would so far, but… I see many Burpees in my future…

Doing some push-ups here at the house and all I can hear is my elbows crackling as I work out…I’m getting old and those dang Glucosamine / Chondroitin supplements that I am taking are not doing a damn thing. Sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies® in the morning when I stretch…SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

Life sure gets in the way of blogging…LOL

It has been a busy few weeks, not much to write about other than lots of work and being sick with a nasty cold.

But I do have a few pictures to post…

Western Tanager

First time seeing the Western Tanager

Pacific Fritillary

Pacific Fritillary

Pacific Fritillary #2

Pacific Fritillary #2


I’m told it is an Orchid

Dead Wood

Dead Wood

June 1st Sunset

June 1st Sunset

Grey Cat Bird

Grey Cat Bird

I went for a Reptile Walk hosted by the local Naturalists Club on the first of June, I was only able to get the one somewhat decent picture of the racer below. The group was split up as we searched the area but I was not with the group that found the 2 other snakes. Still it was very educational for hints and tricks in tracking them in the future and I now know a good area to go looking for pictures. I need to get me a rattlesnake picture, that would be one to check off the photo bucket list.

Yellow Bellied Racer

Yellow Bellied Racer

Red Ants

Red Ants have been getting worse around here lately

Other than that I have not read a novel in a while so I picked up Dean Koontz’s – Odd Apocalypse. I have liked the previous Odd Thomas novels so lets see what trouble he finds himself in this time…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

Two nights before Christmas…

December 23, 2012 2 comments

Twas two nights before Christmas, when all through the house

every child was vomiting, and sick in their tummies.

The stockings were packed in the suitcase with care,

In hopes to hang them at Grandma’s, if we ever get there.

The children were sprawled on the floor or the couch,

upon plastic sheets while fevered dreams danced in their heads.

And mamma in her ‘pj’s, and I in mine,

Had acquiescent our brains for another long restless night.

When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the curtains and looked out aghast.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my tired eyes should appear,

But a Bobcat plowing snow, keeping awake young ears.

With an insane driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be some Dick.

More rapid than eagles he spins and he twirls,

Scraping his blade across the ground and my frayed nerves!

The neighbours were playing some late night tunes,

As they smoke and drank and howled at the moon

I closed the curtains and returned to the dark of the room,

Straining to hear the ill children in the next room.

The children were grumpy and so were we,

With vomit buckets at the ready we waited in turns

A burp or a hiccup is a telling sign,   

That things would get messy all too soon.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on TV

the sounds of some movie or kids show refrain.

As I made my way back to the living room, and was turning around,

The annoying sound of Toopy & Binoo began to abound.

It was some Christmas special with a Big Bad Wolf,

Too bad it’s third time we’ve seen it today.

Shows seem to keep the children’s minds of their icks,

it is very sad that we can lip-sync the story anyway.

Their eyes-seem so sunken! So tired their stares!

Their cheeks are so clammy, their skin so pale!

Their droll little mouths were drawn up like a bow,

Their heads hang limp over their puke bowls.

Their hair is pulled up in a ponytails,

too keep it out of the way.

They eat in small spurts, each time a worry.

Children so sick that they can’t keep down a bowlful of jelly!

Still sick as they are they have moments of cute,

And I laugh now and then, in spite of myself!

A rub of my eyes and a shake of my head,

Soon gave me a thought that we had nothing to dread.

Kids will get sick as all of us know,

Unfortunately the timing sure sucks as we know.

And so the stomach bugs are ruining our Christmas,  

So we give medications and try to get lots of rest.

Some Gravol, some Advil which we bought in a plenty.

As we trudge to our beds, in hope of an uneventful night

We say to our family and friends in case this bug goes on,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Limping along…

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the last few months I have been dealing with a re-accruing foot issue that has me in a great deal of pain and limping along during my work week. Last week I thought I was finally on the mend until Friday rolled along and bang I was back on the pain bus. I have been to my doctor about this issue but figured enough is enough, off to the hospital for me. I took along China Mieville’s – The Scar to read as our local emergency department tends to be a rather long wait, but this time I got in and out rather fast. Considering the fact that I have been having this issue for months on and off I thought there must be something else going on with the foot, so I was able to talk the doctor into some x-rays. Unfortunately for me it appears that the ongoing issue is well, ongoing. Nothing showing up in the x-rays so another round of anti-inflammatory drugs and back to limping along.

My new job offers to pay for gym memberships at 2 of the local gyms; I will follow up later this week to see if I have to wait till my probation period is over before I can sign up again. Though my new job has my physical labour levels up compared to my last job, I think it might be good to get back to the gym.

Unfortunately for me there will be no returning to the good old days of the gym…gotta love how that bar is bending under the strain…



Some people asked why I was trying to lift so much, and it always came down to the fact that it was testing my limits and getting to the next heavier weight. It was the challenge, sure I could do lighter weights over and over, but there was something to doing those heavy lifts that got my adrenaline going.

And for those wondering…yup I lifted it…one does not look his best when lifting that much weight though…LOL

Yeah Me!

I was fooling around with some filters and paint programs with the Insulated Sunset 2 photo from the other day and came up with these…

Insulated Abstract 1

Insulated Abstract 2

Insulated Abstract 4

Once again, I kind of like them…but I have been known to be wrong…

Also have another motivational poster that I created from a picture I took today of my daughter climbing one of pieces of climbing equipment at the park.



So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

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