Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Healing is a wonderful thing. Since my visit with the Orthopaedist, I have been steadily recuperating. Shockingly, he affirmed the diagnosis from the Urgent Care doctor -- my left shoulder rotator cuff was the cause of the problems.
While he gave me several treatment choices, he prefers to treat this type of injury very conservatively, which I really like. He recommended giving it more time and extensive physical therapy -- basically the same guidance that the Urgent Care doctor gave; I just didn't have enough confidence in the original diagnosis to risk making things worse.
I have been exercising my shoulder with excellent results. While motion is still painful, I now have almost full range of motion back. It is so exciting to feel the progress. I think there is a good chance that it will heal completely without surgery.
My ribs have been healing steadily, but slowly; they are now mostly healed.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
While driving home from Home Depot 'Safety Day', I told Carson, "Thanks for going with me this morning," to which he responded, "Thanks for being my friend, Dad."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Carson got a free Fisher Price GeoTrax movie in the mail today. The semi-irritating DVD had three short episodes animating GeoTrax toys.
After it ended, Carson looked at the advertisement that came with the movie and said, "I want to buy these ones, " pointing to some of the toys in the ad.
Whoever figured out that marketing strategy got it right -- it worked.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Scott, Lori and family recently moved to Modesto, CA; leaving Carson missing his buddy Brianna.
So she brought her family up here for the weekend to visit Carson and to watch the LDS General Conference among other things.
It was fun to see them.
LDS General Conference was excellent. There were some truly inspiring talks. My favorite was by President Monson -- about enjoying life today, while still planning and preparing for life's tomorrows. It really made me stop to think about all of the blessings that I have. I hope to take greater appreciation in the little things of each day (which starting this blog has already been helping me with).
This morning, Carson sat down next to me and asked, "So Dad, how did you sleep last night?"
It caught me off guard -- was this coming from a three-year old? He listened intently as I responded.
What a sweet little boy.
After doing quite a bit of research on the internet and talking with my Dad, it appears that there is no way that the urgent care doctor diagnosed my shoulder correctly. It sounds like my lower deltoid may have partially detached from the bone -- not a problem with the rotator cuff.
In any case, it hasn't appeared to heal at all in the last three weeks. I'm planning on seeing an orthopedist. From the sounds of it, surgery could be required.
Our urgent care system is in need of, well, urgent care. Angela and I have each visited several urgent care facilities in the last couple of years, just to be mis-diagnosed every time.
How is it possible to be wrong every time? If you estimate that the average doctor makes a correct diagnosis 80% of the time, then the odds of these urgent cares failing us 5 times in a row would be: .2%^5 = .03% -- very improbably. In other words, either urgent care doctors are significantly below average or the urgent care system prevents them from succeeding (or both).
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Firefighters have got fund-raising figured out. For the second year in a row, we attended the Sparks Firefighters Pancake Breakfast. It had been a rough night, so Angela stayed home with Tucker while Carson and I went to the firehouse.
Community leaders cook and serve the food while firefighters give tours, demonstrate firefighting equipment, entertain, answer any questions, and clean up. I am always amazed at how cheerful they look. At all of their fundraisers, the firefighters look truly happy about what they are doing -- making it fun to help out.
Carson loved the mascot 'Sparky' (pretty clever name for the Sparks Fire Department) and the remote control fire-hydrant 'Lil Squirt'.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
What sense does it make to build the worlds largest sports store in Sparks, NV? I don't have a clue, but in any case, Scheels did it. It is an amazing store.
You enter through the most amazing aquarium archways:
A large Ferris wheel fills the center of the store
They have a kids playset and climbing wall:
Even a large taxidermy display:
They've got any sports related thing you can imagine. They've got a golf simulator, football simulator, baseball, archery, hunting, and race car driving simulators.
And what sports store is complete without a sea plane?
In case you get hungry, they have a restaurant and fudge shop. They even have animatronic American Presidents.
It is a destination in itself. What a fun store!