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Cataract Surgery NOR Thanksgiving Stopped Me From Getting In My Miles.

by Anura Guruge


Cataract surgery, on left eye, yesterday morning, Wednesday, November 25, 2020. I walked before surgery & after. Got in 12,385-steps. Way short off the 17,000 I average, BUT I was OK with that.

Today, Thanksgiving day, I had to be in Boston again, at 8am, for my 24-hour checkup. Plus it was bucketing down. I will end the day at 16,000 steps. I am cool with that. I have plenty of extra miles for the month banked away. I think/I hope I will still end up doing 500,000 steps for the month. SMILE.


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Who Needs An ‘E’ To Make These Great Boston Medics ‘Heroes’?

by Anura Guruge


To be honest & fair, the ONLY thing funny about this large, colorful banner is that I — Mr. TYPO — saw the typo. Wow.

This would have been I. I can relate.

But, you would have thought SOMEONE would have spotted it. Never mind.

Message still very VALID & appreciated.

This was in Boston.

MGH = Massachusetts General Hospital.

Talking about all the good folks that work at MGH.

Yes, they are all HEROES or even HEROS.

BONUS. I just discovered WHY it was not flagged by Spellcheck. ‘Heros’ is a ‘family of fish native to South America!


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Had My Cataract Surgery, On My Left Eye, Today — Hhhmmm! Not Too Happy!

by Anura Guruge


Well, what they see about NO FEELING anything is true. I fell asleep! They had to wake me up towards the end.

Surgery was finished 5-hours ago. No pain.

BUT, I am having trouble reading! That is NOT funny. So, right now … NOT amused.

Seeing the surgeon, tomorrow, again in Boston, at 8am. Yes, it is Thanksgiving. He is working Thanksgiving morning — so that they could do surgery today. They insist on a 24-hour checkup. WELL, I will have lots of question.

Right now … NOT HAPPY. It is OK. (Actually it is NOT). I am BUMMED. Regret getting it done.


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by Anura Guruge

I Got A RAPID COVID-19 Test Today, In 40-Minutes, From ‘ClearChoiceMD’.

by Anura Guruge


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As I explained yesterday, I was given 18-hours to get a COVID test so that I could get my cataract surgery on my left eye, tomorrow, in Boston, by ‘OCB‘.

It was NOT easy finding a place.

Finally I was told by ‘ClearChoiceMD’ to be there at 8am.

I got up at 5am & was standing outside, in the bloody cold (26F), at 7:40am.

I was the 1st in line. They opened the doors at 8am.

Couple of screw-ups with the registration. They are having computer issues.

But, after that it was QUICK … QUICK … QUICK.

I was OUT of there, with my negative results, at 8:40. 1-hour in total. I can deal with that.

I was happy. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Trying To Get A RAPID COVID-19 Test In New Hampshire Appears More Difficult That Trying To Castrate An Angry Bull Elephant.

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know I am SUPPOSED to get cataract surgery on my left eye, this Wednesday, in Boston, by ‘OCB‘.

At 2pm TODAY they called to say I need a negative COVID test BEFORE they will schedule the bloody surgery. They basically give me 24-hours.

We (i.e., two of us) start checking on the Web & calling around. Some folks were VERY NICE BUT there was NO WAY they could get me test results that quickly.

I got in the car & drove to a facility.

They told me to come back at 8am tomorrow & they will SEE what they can do. I also have a 1pm appointment in Wolfeboro, at Huggins Hospitals, BUT it is not certain they can get me the results ahead of bloody Wednesday.

I am far from bloody amused.

This has become a frigging bloody joke. Well, I will keep you posted. It will be bloody FUNNY if I test positive.


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by Anura Guruge

Metamucil Shortage: Options For Circumventing.

by Anura Guruge


Check out Amazon.com.


Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ comparable.

 


I am still getting comments & messages that the Metamucil shortage still persists in some parts of the country. I am sorry about. We, in New Hampshire (at least around where I live in the central part) appear to be out of the woods. But, to be fair, I buy the ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ brand — & have done so for many, many years. Bought a 180-teaspoon bottle this Monday at Walmart — & YES, I noticed that I was taking the last one.

I checked Amazon. As you can see from the lead figure they are currently out of stock but expect to be able to ship starting November 17, 2020.

So, my recommendations:

  1. Check online: Amazon, Walmart, Target etc.
    ….
  2. Try the Walmart equivalent. I have been using it for years. In terms of the FIBER content it is identical to Metamucil. Yes, maybe the granularity is slightly different. But, it works — which is more than what I can say for the capsules. They do NOT work.
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  3. See if you can get it from another part of the country. Yes, if you really are DESPERATE let me know. I will see IF I can help you out. SMILE.

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I Got My 2020 Flu Shot Today — At ‘Goodwin Community Health’ In Somersworth.

by Anura Guruge


I typically like to wait till closer to Thanksgiving. But, last year I had it on the 8th. This year the 9th. In both instances only because I happened to be at — or close — to my “doctor’s”.

Today, I had to have a mini-physical ahead of my cataract surgery on November 25. 2020. They asked me whether I had the shot — & if not, if I wanted it. It is always easier & quicker to get it at your doctor’s. They have the paperwork & they worry less about ‘interactions’ since they ‘know’ your ‘record’.

So, I had it done. It really was painless. Did NOT feel it. Noticed a slight discomfort for a few minutes many hours later. But, even that is gone.


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COVID-19 Vaccine From Pfizer … 90% Efficacy … BUT, Did Both Test Groups Have Same Exposure To Virus?

by Anura Guruge


Something about these results continue to nag me. I can’t find a statement as to how the WHOLE 43,538 sample was SUBJECTED to the same level of COVID exposure.

What keeps NAGGING at me. What if the PLACEBO GROUP had MORE exposure to COVID infection than the ‘vaccinated’ group. I just can’t, at first read, get an idea as to how the whole sample was exposed to infection.

Do you get what I am getting at?

If the level of EXPOSURE was different — or worse still RANDOM — in my eyes this means diddly (& I do have some background in data analysis).

I could be wrong.

I am not CONVINCED.

I always want FACTS & PROOF. That is my training, background & druthers. SMILE.

PLEASE help me IF you can? Just point me to the FACTS. Thank YOU.


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Using 22mm ‘Quick Release’ Straps With A Garmin Fenix 6 Rather Than ‘Quick Fit’.

by Anura Guruge


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This is not rocket science & I am sure that many of you probably are already doing this — i.e., using ‘Quick Release’ with Garmin rather than the Garmin recommended ‘Quick Fit‘ — with impunity.

The difference between the two is that the ‘Quick Release’ has its own BUILT-IN pin(/bar) while ‘Quick Fit’ snaps onto a pin(/bar) already on the watch. To use ‘Quick Release’ with a Gramin all you have to do is remove the pin(/bar). On Fenix 6 Pros (& equivalents) this is a piece of cake. The pin(/bar) is an industry-standard tension bar. You can remove it with your fingernails without any tools. On some Garmins you will have to use a ‘special’ screwdriver.

Why bother with ‘Quick Release’ when there are plenty of ‘Quick Fit’ bands out there. Four reasons:

  1. They tend to be cheaper — for a given material, e.g., silicone, leather, nylon etc.
    ….
  2. The absence of the ‘clip’ makes them slightly lighter & easier on the skin.
    ….
  3. More variety.
    ….
  4. Fancier straps, like this shown below (SMILE).


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Fitbit ‘Sense’ Is Uncannily Accurate When It Comes To Steps, Heart Rate, Floors & GPS.

by Anura Guruge


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After 10K steps.


On Sunday morning I walked 11,001-steps with a Fitbit SENSE & a $900 Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar strapped side-by-side on my my left wrist.

The SENSE recorded 11,001 steps, the Fenix 6 10,955 (once corrected for 330+ steps already recorded), i.e., 46-step difference over 11K.

The Fenix 6 tends to be fairly accurate. So, if the SENSE is that close — we are GOOD. I am impressed. You probably can’t get better than that.

HR was pretty much the same. Again, I was impressed. Ditto floors climbed & we are talking 600 feet of elevation change. Fitbit & Garmin registered the same. WOW. GPS was also very close. I have tested dozens of smartwatches over the last 3-years. This was as accurate as I have seen it. In terms of accuracy we are GOOD. Attractive too. Nice bright display. For the price, we have a winner.


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