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calendar   Friday - April 15, 2011

sailor discovers his own bermuda triangle off coast of devon,england

This has NOT been my best day. Yesterday wasn’t anything to brag about either.

Not posting a lot but a couple of things caught my notice and I want to share same.

Have spent two hours earlier with MSFT (Free) support because one of the Tuesday patches (17 in all) which I get on Wed., didn’t install.

Add to that I may have an infection, feel like hell and the sawbones have me on three (4?) pills and as Drew says ...

HORY CLAP!  Is that right Drew? 

Hey, I’m side tracking myself but you have to hear this. Ok, see it since you’re reading. This really is one time I wish I’d connected audio stuff cos it’s easier talking it then writing it.

I’ve had an annoying cough for a very long time.  Doc. constantly worried I’ll become addicted to cough med. So I told him that if he couldn’t cure me of that curse, then the least he could do was give me the only medication that helped me cope with the problem.
Well, more then a month ago (perhaps 2 but who’s counting) I had a couple of tests. One of em was a lung test that took a bit over two hours.  Nothing to see there but a mild case of Emphysema which I am assured won’t get worse unless I were to start smoking again. And it wasn’t the cause of the cough btw.

So then, the next test a couple weeks later was a swallow test where you drink a very small amount of this white chalky stuff that’s mixed with a small amount of lemon juice. Wasn’t really bad at all.  Took awhile for results and they’re now pretty sure they found the cause and so have me on a bunch of pills.
Apparently my stomach produces more then the normal amount of acid which I do not even feel. (no surprise is it? one would only have to read my ranting in bmews to figure I produce enuff acid for an army) Most ppl will feel what they call heartburn. But there’s a number of folks I am told, who feel nothing but other side effects, but no burning sensation. And that acid backs up and wants to enter the lungs, and that’s where the coughing begins.  So, I’m on some medication for two months to see how it works. If coughing continues then they go look inside.

Then there’s another issue and I can’t get to a doctor til next week unless the latest cause of pain clears up over the wkend.
Anyway ... it took almost two months before I got an appointment with a “consultant” doctor a few days ago who gave me some results and put me on these other news meds mentioned above.  I don’t know exactly how to explain this so it makes any sense, in fact. It won’t.

The doc (who btw wasn’t hard to look at and I get to see her again in two months) told me when I inquired as to how come I received a notice that I was being booked for a test that I’d had a month ago .... said as follows.

Reports are made and the notes etc. are then emailed to .... INDIA.  There, they are typed up and sent back to us here BUT, the language is a barrier and too often they have to translate back into acceptable lingrich (at this end) to be understood.  HUH?  Why?  It’s a cost saving thing. And it can take up to four weeks for a letter to come back printed.etc. Like the notice I got. Which said I was being booked for a barium swallow test. It originated on Feb. 18, typed on March 11th, and I got it on March 17.  See? Easy.  She said for example, she dictated a report on a patient who was falling asleep and she described it thus.
He can fall asleep at the drop of a hat.  It came back a month later as, “He falls asleep and drops his cat.”

Meanwhile, it’s damn difficult sitting in one place for too long and bending or leaning to my right is the cause of some acute pain.
And speaking of which .... now the following is a real pain in a manner of speaking.

Sailor rescued twice on same day in same spot: ‘It’s like Bermuda Triangle’

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A hapless sailor who was rescued twice on the same day from exactly the same spot just outside the River Dart has spoken of his ‘Bermuda Triangle’ troubles.

The 50-year-old mechanical engineer (pictured) had to call out the lifeboat twice in less than six hours after the engine on his 26-foot Bayliner motor cruiser failed him.

Each time he was left drifting just a few hundreds yards from the treacherous

Mewstone rock in the mouth of the Dart.

Stuart Cleaver, who comes from Birmingham and has only owned the boat called Plan B for 18 months, has now vowed to steer clear of Dartmouth after he described it has his ‘Bermuda Triangle’.

He said: ‘‘I was very fed up at the time. We have had little problems with the boat but this was a complete mechanical breakdown.

‘‘I don’t know what will happen to it now. We still haven’t managed to get it back to Torquay.

‘‘That patch of water is just like the Bermuda triangle for me. The boat just does not like it.”

The Dart inshore lifeboat first rescued Clive and his 37-year-old partner Susan Earl at 1.30pm and towed the boat back into Dartmouth.

A 6.20pm they were called out again after the couple had managed to get to exactly the same spot before their engine cut out again.

The lifeboat crew also recognised the Plan B as the same boat they had taken in tow back in February when it had been on its way to Galmpton on the River Dart and had suffered engine failure… again just outside the River Dart.

Clive, who keeps Plan B moored at Torquay, admitted: “This is the only boat I own, and the first one I have bought — to be honest I think it’s going to be enough for me.

‘‘At least I’m saving on fuel costs as I am getting towed everywhere. Unfortunately it seems mostly to be back where I’ve just come from.”

Amateur sailor Stuart bought the boat 18 months ago for £20,000 as a hobby with Susan, but has been plagued with problems, including Tuesday’s rescue.

He added: ‘‘It’s like driving a car. I’m not going to give up just because of a breakdown.

‘‘Thankfully, Susan is quite a bubbly person so she just laughed it off the second time we got rescued — I’m sure she will come out with me again.”

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