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Unsolicited Validation Of ‘Brain Meditation’ By An ER Physician Assistant (Certified).

by Anura Guruge


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From page 61 of my 2016 “Quick Guide to Brain Meditation”. Click on image below for more details on book.


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As you may have read, here & here, I busted my knee, well & truly, last Thursday morning, when I fell awkwardly while shoveling snow. There was an almighty crack. Left knee was at a funny angle and there were things pointing out from it. I couldn’t get up. Finally hobbled into the house. Knee was in bad shape. Managed to pull on a knee brace onto it and that made a big difference. I could at least now drag the leg along.

Made it to the ER at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital’ in Rochester (NH) by noon — about 90-minutes after I had done the damage. I was in some pain, but I was doing OK. I hadn’t taken any pain medication and declined the first batch that was offered to I.

Once I was horizontal on the ER bed most of the pain, if not all of it, went away. I could just lie there with no pain to talk about. That is par for the course for I. {Sorry!}

They did a X-ray and a contrast CT Scan (which required the insertion of 2 IVs, the 1st apparently not large enough for the contrast dye they wanted to pump into I).

They diagnosed that I had completely ruptured (i.e., seperated) my Quadriceps Tendon.

I needed surgery, to reattach it, within 10-days. (Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.)

They gave me some acetaminophen (Tylenol) about 2-hours into my stay and a shot of morphine before I left.


But, as I was being discharged the female Physician Assistant (Certified) (PA-C), from Maine, who had taken care of me throughout my 4.25 hour stay came to check up on me.

After going through all the formalities, she said: “So, what is your secret? Mind-over-matter? This is fairly serious injury and you coped with it like it was not too bad“.

BINGO!

I told her about my ‘Brain Meditation’.

If you look at the top picture I had spelled all of that out, as a ‘Reward’, 3-years earlier.

So, here was proof.

Ability to: module pain, coping with lifestyle change and continued serenity.

‘Brain Meditation’, as I spell it out here, has served me well over the first 6-days. I am basically pain-free. Just taking 2 Aleves a day — and that is mainly as a precaution.

The Physician Assistant’s was going to check out my book. As she said, it certainly seemed to be working.


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by Anura Guruge


Tycho’s Supernova, In Cassiopeia, Was Seen Around ‘Now’, 445-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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Enhanced and colorized X-ray image of what is left of that Supernova from 445-years ago.


Click to ENLARGE and admire. Tycho Brahe’s diagram of what he saw in November 1572.


Naked eye Supernovas are quite rare.

That it happened in the 16th century when astronomy was gaining traction made it even more special.

And to cap it all it was ‘discovered’ and documented by Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer most famous, despite many notable achievements, for his artificial nose and for being Johannes Kepler’s mento — Kepler, of course, as in the famous astronomical laws.


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by Anura Guruge

I Had NO Idea That 325mg Aspirin Could Kill Me!

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Wow. I had always thought of Aspirin as MY FRIEND. Something that was good for my heart. I was told, way back in 1987, to take an aspirin a day for my heart health. And I did, religiously — along with my glass (or two) of red wine, also, of course, just for my heart health.

I like Aspirin. It was, until last Wednesday, July 29, 2015, my favorite pain medication. I wasn’t into this new fangled Tylenol, Advil, Relieve etc. and I have stayed away from prescription pain medication EVEN when it has been prescribed to me. About 5 years ago, kicking and screaming, I was taken, by the wife, in collusion with my then cardiologist, to the ER because I was having chest pain, just above my heart — and my blood pressure was going up (because I had been in pain for some time). They checked me out. Did the blood test for the marker hormones. Nothing. Did the EKGs. Nothing. Then they sent me to have a chest X-ray and they put a little metal dot on my chest where the pain was. The X-ray was focused on that. While I am still standing there, chest to plate, in the X-ray room, the technician calls out over the Intercom: “you have a broken rib just where you are feeling the pain”.

81mg asprinWell, 3 weeks earlier, before Christmas, I had slipped and fallen — on my shovel handle — while I was shovelling snow. It hurt BUT it never occurred to me that I had broken anything. My record with broken bones is kind of notorious. Years ago, after a doctor, on a whim, had both my hands X-rayed, they found that I had broken my ALL my knuckles, multiple times. But I can’t even remember breaking them ONCE. The doctor just shook his head. That I once played rugby for 35 minutes with a broken bone in my hand and then forgot to go the hospital, as I had been instructed to do, for 4 hours is also part of my legacy.

Well, when I was wheeled back into ER the doctor and the male nurse both wanted to know WHY I didn’t realize I had a broken rib — for 3 weeks. I had no explanation. Then they asked me what I took for my pain. I said Aspirin. They looked at me strange — and people do that often. Aspirin? Yes. What strength? I don’t know. The stuff that is in a standard bottle. Hhmmm. How many? I don’t know. Maybe two every 4 to 5 hours. They gave me a bottle of Vicodin. I did NOT see the point in taking that 3 weeks in. So I kept it. Came in handy when I needed to sedate one of my goldens so it would not gnaw at a ‘hot spot’. One Vicodin and he was in ‘la-la’ land for hours. Did the trick. Best use of Vicodin ever.

Anywho …

I was taking two (2) 325mg Aspirins a day — most days. I thought it was good for me. If one was good, two has to be better … right? Sometimes I might take more. Two in the morning, two at night. 325mg Aspirin was also my preferred fever reducer.

Now my new doctor, another Indian, tells me that taking all that Aspirin was killing me!

I can’t win.

Told me to throw away my nearly full bottle of 325mg Aspirins. Killed me. They were my friends. I had to buy a bottle of 81mg Aspirin. Baby ones. Only one a day.

I don’t believe and trust all this medical mumbo-jumbo. Remember these were the same folks who SWORE that PSAs were 100% spot-on in detecting prostate cancer. All that did was make them money so that they could go shoot lions.


Have YOU Been Flossing YOUR Teeth ALL Your Life?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.doctor-or-dentist

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Went to see my latest dentist today — after having walked out of a Pittsfield dentist last month, in a huff, about not wanting my blood pressure taken.

The new dentist is a Sikh in Gilford (N.H.). [And to spare him any blushes, assuming he can blush, I will refrain from mentioning his name.]

He seems nice enough though I never got to see him per se though he came to examine my teeth! I am horizontally prone and he strides in, shakes my hand, while all the time covering his face with a sanitization mask. I guess he must be of a shy and retiring disposition. Strange. I kind of thought it was rude. I have never met the guy. So at least for the initial ‘meet-and-greet’ he could have lowered his mask. I guess they don’t teach these new dentists and doctors much about social etiquette.

But, he had a very nice. very pleasant and highly businesslike dental hygienist and 99% of my visit was with her. We kind of knew her, though this was the first time she has ever cleaned my teeth.

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flossing1Anyhow, this masked Sikh, who has to be fairly young, asked me, quite seriously: ‘have you been flossing your teeth all your life?’.

I will admit that I thought, right off the bat, that it was a pretty dumb question. I am even willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and take for granted that ‘by all your life’ he didn’t mean when I was 1 year old or even had baby teeth.

But, I am 60. IF he bothered to look at my chart he would have known that — given that dentist are extremely good with numbers because they seem to spend so much time working out how much they are going to make off you.

So, what he was basically asking me was whether I had been flossing for say 50 years.

50 years.

That would take us to 1964.

440661I was still in Ceylon. I am not sure whether they even floss in Sri Lanka today. We were lucky to have toothbrushes. Often we used our fingers or soft branches from trees!

This guy looks like he was born in the 1980s. But I couldn’t tell. He looked like the Lone Ranger sans the horse.

I told him point blank that HECK NO, I had not been flossing all my life …. maybe for the last 20 years.

I immediately made a mental note that I will check the history of flossing when I got home.

I just did.

Yes, yes, yes. Doctors and dentists invented flossing ‘tools’ in the late 1880s. But they also invented vibrators for calming women’s nerved around that time too.

FLOSSING ONLY BECAME POPULAR IN THE U.S. IN THE 1980s.

So let me categorically tell this masked Sikh … you may be a decent dentist (but I wouldn’t know since you didn’t have to do anything) … but you are rather naive and ill informed.

What a crazy thing to ask a 60 year old brown guy. “Have you been flossing ALL your life?”

I despair.

So how long have YOU been flossing?

Yes, I understand that Teischan, who is 8, could have answered that question in the affirmative. 52 year difference between her and her dad.


 

Perambulating At Dusk In Delightful Wolfeboro, N.H. Mainly On The Snow Packed “Cotton Valley Rail Trail”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. Last night's near divine walk, 7:05 - 8:10 pm.

Click to ENLARGE. Last night’s near divine walk, 7:05 – 8:10 pm.


Last night was my first walk, in the evening, along ‘The Trail‘ — while Devanee was at her weekly ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ practice. Last week, given that I had slogged up Prospect Mountain Road in the morning, I only did 1/4 of the walk — mainly because Deanna wanted me to pick up some stuff for Teischan’s birthday at ‘Rite Aid‘. Rather than drive, I walked.

Last night was an ideal evening for walking. I think it was about 35F. Perfect as far as I am concerned. Not too cold, not too hot!

So tranquil. So picturesque. The Lakes Region, at its best, while there is still ice on the lakes. Crescent Lake is melting — and melting fast.

‘The Trail’, extensively used by snowmobilers, was frozen, icy, rutted — and slushy and muddy in parts. So it was a bit heavy going. I did not want to fall and break anything because I would not hear the end of it from Deanna. Plus since there was no other soul of the trail it would have been awkward if I had to drag myself back to the road.

Provided it is not raining cats and dogs, or it isn’t one of my days off per my ‘3 days on, 1 day off’ schedule, I will be walking this route every Thursday night into June (when we have the Spring concert) and then again from September till Christmas (when we have the Christmas concert).

You should definitely try this trail. It is beautiful. If you can walk it at dusk. The lights from the houses make it magical. And it is so peaceful. Another world.

I love it.

I get back … and then I get to listen to the Chorale. They were in very fine form last night. I feel blessed. 


Congratulations Belknap County, N.H. Per WMUR (Channel 9) Survey Only 27% Adults Obese.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Way to GO Belknap.

Click to access WMUR survey. As is to be expected "Coors" County is the most obese. But, come on. Not fair. They need to pack the fat up there to survive in that semi-Arctic climate. So you have to cut them slack. Why else do we call them "Coors" County. They have to stock up on beer as antifreeze for the body.

Click to access WMUR survey. As is to be expected “Coors” County is the most obese. But, come on. Not fair. They need to pack the fat up there to survive in that semi-Arctic climate. So you have to cut them slack. Why else do we call them “Coors” County. They have to stock up on beer as antifreeze for the body.


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I Just Walked Out, In A Huff, From Deborah Varney, DMD, Pittsfield, N.H., Over Dentists Insisting On Taking My Blood Pressure.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Deborah Varney, DMD of Pittsfield. Click to ENLARGE.

Deborah Varney, DMD of Pittsfield. Click to ENLARGE.

I never thought that it would come to this.

I thought I had thrashed this out with my old dentist and that it was not a ‘non-negotiable’ issue.

I don’t want anybody other than a licensed nurse, a board-approved doctor or Deanna (who was an LNA for nearly a decade) taking my blood pressure. It is MY blood pressure and I, for very easily justifiable reasons, am very fussy as to who takes my pressure and HOW it is taken.

I will not have a dental hygienist trying to take MY blood pressure using a $40 automated cuff they bought off Craig’s List!

Blood pressure and blood pressure monitoring happens to be just another of the many topics that I do know something about. Doctors have been busting my chops about my blood pressure for 20 years. Given that I am a certified Type A+++++ personality, known far and wide for being passionate about many things, it is not surprising that my blood runs hot. In 1997, a very astute Indian Cardiologist, at Lakes Region, put me on a handful of high blood pressure medication for preventive reasons — though my pressure at the time was below 140/70. He, and a urologist who put me on Cardura around the same time, were BIG into preventive medication for folks like me. Thanks to these doctors and their preventive measures I have to take a large handful of pills everyday. I don’t even know how many since Deanna dispenses them for me, in a large, white plastic cup, each night. I think I take about a dozen pills every night.

With that cocktail of concoctions I tend to be fine! That I slog up hills 6-days a week, watch my diet like a crazy person and weight 161 pounds (at 5′ 9″) might help too.

I know that automated blood pressure monitors are not accurate — unless they are calibrated. Yes, I have had cardiologists calibrate my machines (and be amazed by how far out they were, out of the box).

I know, and I am living proof, that my blood pressure differs by 10 – 20 points DEPENDING on which arm the reading is taken — especially as I have a damaged bicep on my right arm from an accident involving dogs, sleds and ice.

I have uncontrollable white coat syndrome.

My cardiologist, the ever impeccable Dr. Hanlon, of Catholic Medical, understands and appreciates that. That I have had more EKGs in the last few years, than most people of my age have had sex in a year, has helped him realize that I most likely will hobble through for another few years — especially if I insist on running up hills most days of the week. So we have a deal. Deanna takes my blood pressure, first thing in the morning — when I LET HER! He, as my cardiologist, will buy Deanna’s readings. That works.

So, I am not going to have my blood pressure taken, with a machine, by a dental hygienist.

Deborah Varney wanted a showdown on this. I either get my blood pressure taken or I walk. I walked. IF I was having a procedure, I would have relented, because, in general, I am only 90% unreasonable. All I was there was for a cleaning. No shots and hopefully no bleeding.

This was never an issue with my prior dentist. I told the hygienist, upfront, long time ago: no blood pressure, NO FLOSSING my teeth! The latter has to do with human kindness. Compared to most I have good teeth. But, even with that I think it is DEMEANING for an hygienist to floss somebody else’s teeth. I am perfectly capable of flossing my own teeth and I do so diligently a few times a day! To me, getting somebody else flossing your teeth is akin to asking somebody else to wipe your butt! I can’t clean my own teeth BECAUSE I don’t have the proper ultrasonic machinery. But, I sure have everything I need to floss my teeth. So why demean a nice lady by asking her to floss my teeth.

Anyhow … I am through with Deborah Varney and her practice. She might be a very good dentist — but I will never know. I will make one observation. I only met her briefly but, and I could be very wrong, she didn’t come across as somebody that was that worried about heart health. I could be wrong on that. 


 

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