Medical updates and snow

January 18, 2013 @ 08:01 pm 🔗 Post Link

bdot, Family, hockey



Wednesday was an interesting day. Tuesday night’s drive home was odd. The car was acting strange. It was stalling a bit in the lower gears. It is an old car, but this was unusual even for it. I noticed that it was leaking something in the morning but, as usual, I was running late and didn’t have time to investigate. Well, that something was transmission fluid. Apparently one of the lines that draws the transmission fluid had rotted out completely and the car was dripping fluid. The engine can’t run without transmission fluid, also, there is a chance is could have seized. Lovely. Oh wait, there’s more! The car has been making a horrible noise since the Winter tires were put on. So I assumed it was merely winter tires rubbing on concrete (since there is little snow…) Well, turns out one of the wheels was messed up and its bearing were loose… This potentially could have been very dangerous. It sounds like I’ve been driving a death trap. We left the car overnight at our mechanic and I worked from home Wednesday. By 5:30 in the evening the car was fixed and we were poorer. It sounds much better however. The plan is to try and get at least another year out of the Vibe before buying another car. The mechanic seemed to think this was possible. Phew. I hate cars. I don’t know much about them and they are a necessary evil to work and get around. Bdot was pretty merciless with her ridicule. Whatever.

My Dad’s surgery was also Wednesday. Initially I had planned on going down to Niagara after work Wednesday, but that became impossible since the car was dead. The surgery went well. He is recovering and apparently giving the nurses grief. That is a good sign. He is already back to being himself. It looks like we’ll see him this weekend. The plans are still evolving however. My mother doesn’t have a cell so we can only communicate with her in the evenings when she is home. Phew. I’m happy to hear it all went well. My impressions of the St.Catharines General hospital are not favourable. Ironically there is a spiffy new hospital opening in a few months in Niagara… We put a lot of faith in the medical profession, I glad it was deserved in this situation.

If that wasn’t enough, Bdot was at the Doctor’s Wednesday to get the results of her ultrasound. As we suspected, her gall bladder is full of stones. Which creates a no-win situation. Yes most people remove a troublesome gall bladder, but isn’t it performing a function? The wiki page says: ‘In vertebrates the gallbladder (cholecyst, gall bladder, biliary vesicle) is a small organ that aids mainly in fat digestion and concentrates bile produced by the liver. In humans, the loss of the gallbladder is, in most cases, easily tolerated.‘. Bdot rarely fits under ‘most cases’ although most of the woman on her side of the family have successfully removed their gull bladders with no serious complications. Even still, I assume the liver has to work harder to compensate for a missing gull bladder? What are the effects of this over a lifetime? The immediate result of all this has made my wife concerned about everything she eats. A night of excruciating pain potentially around the corner after every meal… She is meeting a surgeon in a few weeks. I hope he is ready for the barrage of questions she’ll have.

Finally Southern Ontario is back to normal Winter temperatures below zero. We even got a sprinkling of snow. I think we’ll try to ski yet again this weekend.

And my contract was just extended to July. 🙂 Oh the joys of working for non-for-profit.

And lastly… Hockey is back! CBA BS aside, I’m excited that my Blue and Gold boys are back. Not sure what to expect this season. Most prognosticators have the Sabres fighting near the bottom of the standings for a playoff spot again…. We’ll see. Drop the puck!