Monday, January 28, 2013

My New Pacemaker

Folks who have circled me on G+ or visited my website, know that I love taking and sharing photos. I'm perfectly content when I can be in interesting place with interesting people and have a camera in hand.

Of late I was finding the walking part exceedingly tiring. A stress test revealed that my longtime bifasicular block had worsened to a point were I was missing heartbeats.  Since this is an electrical problem it can be helped with an electrical device, a pacemaker.

These are clever devices that fire a discharge to replace a missed beat. I'm unaware of the firing but during an adjustment a technician was able to get my heart to flutter, which was not a pleasant feeling.

The last time I underwent an operation was in the early 1950s to have my tonsils removed. In the 60 intervening years, surgical procedures have changed a bit. I was in awe of the technology when they wheeled  me into the operating room.

I feel very grateful for the doctors and nurses at the New England Heart Institute. Also to my friends and family who visited me and are helping me with some physical chores during my recovery period.

An interesting side note to this experience is that I can join the group that has six degrees of separation with Kevin Bacon. In his latest show  The Following, Kevin plays an anti-hero FBI agent who has a pacemaker. The pacemaker is an integral part of  the plotline.

Feeling Better through technology!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Saved by the Bell

It will come to no surprise to my family that I create a lot of content on Google products. This blog, two websites, Google+ postings, Google Pages and now Google communities. I've also managed a fair amount of traffic on Facebook.

A side effect of this activity is a flurry of notification messages to my long suffering family. I don't own a smart phone so I confess to being unaware of how many duplicate notification messages are being generated, beeping on some device at 3 am.

Of late I've confined my activity to a G+ community page. On that page is a bell icon. Click the bell and notifications are ON, click again and notifications are OFF.

There are also many other options available to quiet the activity on your Google+ settings page:

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Dunn State Park Acoustic Jam

What a great way to kick off 2013. Playing music with some fine musicians (and nice folks) at the visitors center at Dunn State Park in Gardner MA (289 Pearl Street).

The monthly acoustic jams are held in the visitors center. A roaring fire and a view of the frozen lake. Wonderful venue.

Some photos: