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  1. 16 points
    Hey guys. What a whirlwind. Thank you all for your genuine concern. 6.28. Dry cough 6.30. Body aches and fatigue, profoundly worsening. 7.1. Loss of taste and smell. Got swabbed at a health dept site. 7.3. Fever. Shortness of breath. Cough persistently. Terrible joint pain and fatigue. First trip to ER. Steroids, high flow oxygen. Couple hours later discharged home with zithromax and prednisone. Pending two covid tests. 7.5. Condition worsened. Acute shortness of breath. O2 sat 89% at home. 103 fever. Missus drove me back to the ER. Admitted to ICU step-down. Test back, positive covid. Mild sepsis. Hypoxia. "We're gonna do remdesivir and get you better asap!" Well, Florida is out of remdesivir til 7.13. "Let's admit you to ICU and do convalescent donor plasma antibodies." Ordered at 10a on 7.7. Still waiting. Been treating my symptoms well with steroids, antibiotics, a handful of meds, but not addressing the cause. Finally started on HCQ tonight at 8. Let's talk vascular access. I'm the guy who lets new medics and nurses practice IV starts on me. FOURTEEN IV ATTEMPTS. ONE SUCCESS. IN MY PECTORAL. So, I now have a picc line. Current symptoms- weak as hell. Rolling over in bed works me out. Takes about 20 minutes to recover. Bedside toilet? Hour recovery. Current o2 sat is 94%, on a high flow nasal CPAP thing giving me 50% concentrated oxygen (you peasants get 21%). I normally run 98% on room air. Daily chest xrays look worse and worse. Started as infiltrates in both bases. Moved up to lateral and middle aspects of both lungs. Upper lobes still clear. No mention of ARDS. Let's keep it that way. Plan. Continue HCQ. Get plasma, then downgrade to PCU for discharge planning in a few days. Guys, thanks again for your concern. I'm Kenneth Kehoe on Facebook if ya wanna add. Multiple media is tough to manage on a good day. Impossible when you're sick.
  2. 12 points
    Hey guys! A night in my own bed was amazing. Discharged home yesterday around 5ish. Stopped and picked up some non-hospital food, and spent an hour in the shower washing the hospital off of me. 2 things- hospitals are gross, and it took an hour to shower due to the exertion. Gonna be moderately short of breath with exertion for a while, I believe, but I held my oxygen saturations all night without supplemental oxygen. So now I'm home, quarantining as a covid+ patient with bilateral pneumonia. Some breathing exercises and medication regimen changes, but I'm on the mend. I know I wasn't much for communicating, but you guys' well wishes, kindness, and most definitely humor lifted my spirits. Thank you all. With this illness, there were no visitors. None. For like 8 days. That kinda wore on me mentally, and I had some time to think. I'm fortunate, that I had a network of professional friends nearby who took the reins when I was too sick to make intelligent decisions regarding my care. Most people don't have the resources that were available to me. There really isn't a good system put in place for advocacy, other than the nurse at the bedside, who is plenty busy doing daily nurse stuff. If I can see one major deficit in my care as a whole, that would be it. They managed the disease process as well as we know how as this evolves, but involving family and medical decision making seemed to fall by the wayside. Again, better me than someone without my fortunate blessings in all this.
  3. 12 points
    Hey folks. Thank you all for your kindness and good thoughts. They help! Spent a couple days in ICU (not recommended), a few more down in a step-down critical care unit, and have landed in a progressive care unit for discharge planning. Supposed to get out tomorrow, and they're working in that direction. Lung function improves daily. They really opened my eyes as to some bad health stuff, and gave me guidance to get right. So, lots of work when I get out, that hopefully sees me happier, healthier, and more focused on a long future. I made the mistake of turning on the news. These idiots have continued to break the country. I half expected the party to be over by now. I think I'll turn it back off and just keep working on saving for remote land. Again, thank you all for being there. Avoid this covid crap at all costs, especially if you have comorbidities like being fat, high blood pressure, borderline sugar problems. They won't be borderline problems when you're in ICU, but major hurdles to getting better.
  4. 11 points
    Felt like buying something useless to combat the COVID craziness. Probably doesn't do any better of a job than the hand cut foam I was using before, but it sure looks cool.
  5. 11 points
    Your boy has turned the corner y’all!
  6. 10 points
    I don't know about you, but I love my wife and with all these insane anarchists running around, I am not letting her go just about anywhere alone. We watch each other's back and protect ourselves. This is also why we have a biting Aussie Shepard at home. The world is a dangerous place and with our President standing up to, and thwarting the world domination plans of the globalists, it is going to get much more so. Wake up, stand up America or really dark times are coming for us all
  7. 9 points
    Years ago working on our remote cabins meant firing up the generator and getting the corded tools out. Or the chainsaw, LOL. All these projects my son and I did this year were while using cordless tools. He has Milwaukie. Mine are Makita and Dewalt. It's amazing how much work can be done before changing batteries. And never had a single problem with any of the tools. 3 roof jobs and one deck project. I'm doing a 20x20 deck at home all with cordless stuff. Only problem is that my dog hates it when the batteries are on the chargers.
  8. 9 points
    He sounds normal, not a valid indicator though. Still reassuring. Trying to finagle the HCQ protocol while he is in an ideal place for that treatment. He is in good spirits and has multiple RN checking in on him. For the record, and should you, God forbid, find yourself in his shoes, HCQ can’t be filled at pharmacies.
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    Thanks man! Heading to the ranch tomorrow afternoon, per staff here. Still covid positive, so it's a release to quarantine, but it's to MY quarantine. Thank you guys for all the juju. IT HELPED.
  11. 8 points
    Apparently he’s been moved to the CCU so that’s good.
  12. 7 points
    This was a nice stroll down memory lane. I forgot how much happened in 1980.
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    Lightning... Galaxy... Transit... Meteor... Fiesta... Falcon... Edge... Raptor... Focus... It would work better with Mercury. Then you could have an Anal Marauder.
  15. 7 points
    Fire them. In this day and age you could restaff in a day.
  16. 7 points
    I really think we ought to bring back public hangings for subhumans that stupid.
  17. 7 points
    Sea Stories: The Knife Fight There is an unfortunate but imperative dictum which runs throughout all human experience, but especially through military service: LIFE ISN’T FAIR. Sometimes the conditions are stacked against you, but duty demands that you must carry on and continue your mission. This can easily get you killed, but such is the nature of warfare. And sometimes, you can win against overwhelming odds, if your spirit is up to the fight. The Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) class Guided Missile Frigates were outstanding little ships, but they were designed to be fairly inexpensive. The “Flight I” early versions were given modest capabilities, and optimized for operations in relatively shallow, littoral waters. They were designed to hunt submarines and were acoustically very quiet and hard to detect. But they had a fairly low powered, higher frequency hull mounted sonar (sometimes derisively called the “Helen Keller system”), and they embarked a practically antique helicopter, the SH-2 Sea Sprite. Later versions got better helicopters and a vastly improved towed array passive sonar, making them far more formidable anti-submarine platforms. But my ship was one of the early “Flight I” ships. In 1988, we were undergoing Refresher Training in Pearl Harbor, HI. As part of that training period, we were ordered to participate in a combat simulation exercise against a Los Angeles -class fast attack submarine. Any surface ship is at a disadvantage against a submarine. The environment and odds highly favor the sub. It’s a much better deal to send a helicopter out to kill him! A modern attack submarine is one of the most lethal weapons ever designed by man, and at that time, the Los Angeles boats were the top of the line. Quiet, fast, deep-diving and supremely deadly, an LA was a surface ship’s worst nightmare as an opponent. My little frigate was severely overmatched. And we had no helicopter, so it was all up to us. We were directed to proceed to a specified box in the Pacific Ocean, and there to attempt to find the submarine. Their mission was to sneak past us. This simulated the submarine passing through a guarded geographic choke point or other constrained area to engage on a further mission, something boats like this do from time to time. Recognizing that our ship’s sensors were not capable of deep-water detection, the submarine was given a “hard deck” depth limitation, below which he was not allowed to operate. This simulated a shallow water littoral location instead of the deep Pacific where we actually were. Rather than a long-range engagement, this was to be an old-style knife fight between a ship and a submarine. The sub usually wins these affairs. The exercise window began. We did our thing, quietly patrolling the box and looking for any indication of our opponent’s presence. As we commenced, one of the REFTRA inspectors casually mentioned that the boat we were hunting was considered to be one of the best in the fleet, and that the Commanding Officer was a favorite or protégé of the Commander of Submarines, Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC). And the Admiral was personally onboard the boat. Right now. Needless to say, the stakes of this particular game just got higher. Reputation was at stake. We had a basic idea of what the boat was perhaps likely to do. We had our mission orders. And we got a very slight trace of a contact indicating that there might be a submarine out there. When you are overmatched, it is often a good idea to take the initiative. So we did! We quit trying to be quiet, brought the ship up to full speed, and making an educated guess about where the submarine was likely located, we went active on our sonar, blasting sound pulses out into the ocean and listening for echoes, like something out of World War II. And there was the boat. We nailed it. We quickly got right over the top of the boat, and stayed there, shaking it like a terrier shakes a rat. 30+ knots of speed, hard rudder turns, the ship heeling and shuddering as the submarine beneath us tried everything possible to shake us off. He tried full speed turning, crash stopping, firing decoys, and any other tricks in his bag, to no avail. We were later told that COMSUBPAC got increasingly irate as his boat could not break contact with a measly little Flight I FFG. Finally, after a very extended period of active contact, the Admiral removed the exercise hard deck limitation and allowed the submarine to submerge deeply below the ocean temperature thermocline, which acts as a sonic barrier. The boat slunk into the depths and was heard no more. In that environment, he would surely have evaded or destroyed us easily. But in the shallow water which we were designed for, we gave him as much as he could handle and more. In time of war, if ordered, a little ship like mine would follow orders to take on an attack sub, no matter what. We would likely be sunk as a result. Life isn’t fair. But in time of war, an attack submarine would also follow orders to try and sneak past a guard frigate in shallow water. And he might lose that knife fight, too. Life isn’t fair. Sometimes the underdog wins. That was a good lesson for both of the fighters on this day. ReplyForward
  18. 7 points
    Sounds like you’ve got it under control, TB. Fight hard and get your badass out of there!!
  19. 7 points
    I get the felling that virus doesnt have a chance with him.
  20. 6 points
    After Benchmade came out with their Axis Lock I swore I would never carry a liner lock again, but I found this Böker a couple of months ago and it followed me home. It has one of the tightest, smoothest actions I have ever seen and I love the grind of the blade. I like the look of the overall knife as well. It is a clean look. Let's see your carry knives.
  21. 6 points
    In 1980 i was living in Orlando, FL. Dad was stationed at the the navy base there. I was eight. Yeah, i'm not history...just yet. What a interesting decade that was. The music alone is worth the decade. I once worked with one of the hostages from the Iranian embassy. He was the only person not decorated for his service. And i won't say a thing about him other than that....ever.
  22. 6 points
    Ohio police officer rescues girl, 8, from raging flash flood; captures dramatic moment on bodycam https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-police-officer-girl-raging-flash-flood Sent from my Jack boot using Copatalk
  23. 6 points
    Walt, thanks for the kind word. Getting out of isolation tomorrow, to go home to- ISOLATE. These idiots- The only sad thing is, these rioters all wear masks. People appear to act like this ain't no big deal. Well, it kinda is. I expect lots of folks are gonna die or be permanently maimed this summer. I know my lungs are absolutely plowed. If I'm out (which I won't be for at least 2 more weeks), I'll be masked for the forseeable future. Best thing we can do is avoid close contacts these days. I fully intend to do my part at work, and the grocery store. Can't see the need to go anywhere else, really.
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    Gives a whole new meaning to "Throws like a girl".
  29. 6 points
    Shopping these days reminds me of "The Return of the Archons". Everyone is all fake considerate and walking in exaggerated, slow-mo deliberation. I keep expecting them to ask me if I am "of the Body". One of the funniest things I've seen, more than once, is when someone realizes she passed an item in a "one-way aisle" and instead of just turning around she literally backs up.
  30. 6 points
    They’ve reduced O2 even further!
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    The French do weird things to cheese. I think they want something on the table that masks their own odor.
  33. 6 points
    I was excited when I saw that Randall. The pawn shop guys knew nothing about knives. Pawn shops almost never end up with quality knives. At the same time I bought the Randall, that pawn shop had a Busse Custom Shop knife and a couple of other knives that I also bought. Someone must have pawned a nice collection and lost it. I found those knives laying beside the $15 crap blades you expect to find in a pawn shop. Christmas came early that year for Eric. I'll post pics of the Busse. Busse knives use unbelievably thick stock to make their blades. I love it. The Busse is actually worth quite a bit more than the Randall M17 Astro.
  34. 6 points
    Let it fester. They have created their rot. Let them live with their decay.
  35. 6 points
    If I know I'm not welcome at a restaurant, I'm absolutely sure I don't want to be eating at that restaurant.
  36. 6 points
    Anyone who puts cheese on a ribeye steak deserves neither cheese nor ribeye steak. I am pretty sure Benjamin Franklin said that.
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    Glad to hear from you man, Kick the Kung Flu`s Ass! Prayers to you.
  38. 6 points
    I "spoke" briefly with Tadbart via text this morning. He's still fighting. He is happy about the number of personal messages from all of us.
  39. 6 points
    Sound like it's a full hit on our man. God bless him and his wife. What a pile of crap. Tad! Keep up the fight my man!
  40. 6 points
    Thank you for making actual contact with him. Tell him there's a cold beer at the end of this.
  41. 6 points
    The older I get the more I plan work around the heat of the day.
  42. 5 points
    Daniel Lewis Lee executed for torturing, killing Arkansas family in 1996, first federal execution in 17 years https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foxnews.com/us/daniel-lewis-lee-executed-torture-murder-first-federal-execution-17-years.amp Sent from my Jackboot using Copatalk
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    I can think of a hundred ways that would be useful to someone. Amazing. Just going fishing. Whatever. Bird hunting. You name it. What a practical solution.
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