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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday November 09 2019, @05:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the hoping-for-a-speedy-recovery dept.

The observant among you may have noticed I'd been posting fewer stories recently.

On October 27th I went to the hospital. After a physical examination, CT scan, and MRI, it was determined that I had had a minor stroke. I had mild loss of use of the pinky and ring finger of my left hand as well as some loss of fine motor control in my left arm and leg. A couple days later saw me in the operating room with a stent being inserted in my right carotid artery. I was released on Halloween day for a few days' recuperation at a relative's home and am now cleared to go back to work. I'm starting easy with slightly shortened work days, as I lack the stamina I had before.

Still, as these things go, I can't help but think of how fortunate I am. Nothing internal seems to have been affected (heart, lungs, etc. all working fine.) I am right-handed, so no problems there. No problem with talking or swallowing, so that's a huge plus. Thanks to neural plasticity and prescribed exercises, I have already mostly recovered. The lack of stamina manifests as my just being too tired after a day at work to be able to do much in the way of posting stories out to the site. As for my mind, I can attest that I am still as tarp as a shack! =)

As much as I would like to think I'll just bounce back to normal in no time, I acknowledge that my activities here will be at a somewhat diminished capacity for a while; time will tell.

With my absence, the rest of the editorial team rose to the occasion and kept the main page fed with stories. This meant extra time and effort on their part. Please join me in thanking Fnord666, Janrinok, cmn32480, takyon, chromas, NotSanguine, and CoolHand for their efforts to help push out stories to the main page. There were probably others whom I failed to notice; please accept my apologies for their omission. Call them out in the comments, and join me in thanking them for their efforts.

On a related note, it is my pleasure to announce that Fnord666 has accepted my invitation to step up to fill the position of Alternate-Editor-in-Chief. When janrinok was Editor-in-Chief (EiC), I accepted becoming Alternate-EiC, and when he stepped down as EiC, it was a privilege to take on becoming the EiC. I foresee no imminent demise on my part, but recent events made it abundantly clear to me the value of having this position filled. Please join me in congratulating Fnord666 on his promotion!

(For completeness' sake, I wish to point out that all of the staff at SoylentNews are volunteers. Nobody here has ever been paid anything for their work on the site. Any monies received when you subscribe go towards paying hosting fees, domain name registration, tax preparation expenses, and other costs required to keep this site running. Speaking of which, we are at nearly 70% of our goal for this half of our fiscal year—many thanks to those who have already subscribed!)

Lastly, I now place a request to the community. With the holiday season coming, my free time will become even more limited by work demands. It would be such a help to us to see story submissions from members of the community. It's really not that hard to do. Take a look at what the general layout of each article looks like on the site. Nothing very fancy or elaborate is needed. Click the Submit Story link in the SlashBox on the left-hand side of the main page of this site. Provide a title for the story, select a topic, provide a link to what you are writing in about, and a few paragraphs from the linked story would prove extremely helpful to us! We aim for mostly tech-oriented stories, but that is not an absolute requirement. Please submit your story in English (either North American, British or other variant is fine). Do be aware that we aim for balanced reporting here; attempts to push an agenda with one-sided, biased, or slanted submissions will likely result in the story being declined. The story submission page provides a link to the Submission Guidelines that, if followed, greatly improves the chance that your story will be accepted. (NB: We tend to relax the standards a bit on the weekend so as to include slightly offbeat or humorous stories; we appreciate a good laugh, too!

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by RedGreen on Saturday November 09 2019, @10:32PM (7 children)

    by RedGreen (888) on Saturday November 09 2019, @10:32PM (#918417)

    On the 19th of this month two years ago those lovely stents and the wonderful people who made sure I got them saved my life. Hopefully it continues to work you as well for you as it has for me with them wonderful little things. The best part with my heart procedure is you get to see it in real time, them saving your life. The have massive monitor to guide them to where they are needed, you get to watch, you barely know the planet you are on, it will relax you, yeah right, high as a kite is it.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Gaaark on Saturday November 09 2019, @11:48PM (2 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Saturday November 09 2019, @11:48PM (#918451) Journal

    Same with my colonoscopy:

    Big screen TV!

    .........................I'll never be the same.

    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RS3 on Sunday November 10 2019, @12:09AM (1 child)

      by RS3 (6367) on Sunday November 10 2019, @12:09AM (#918459)

      Ugh! What has been seen cannot be unseen?

      I'm not against picking up something that I might notice at the end of someone's driveway on trash night. One night a few years ago I saw a beautiful briefcase that would make a great tool case. Well, it turned out to be a perfect condition 1980s Olympus colonoscope. Ugh. It seemed properly cleaned and sterilized. I thought it might be good for peering into walls, inside of a machine, under the car, etc. Haven't been able to bring myself to use it though. It will be sold or donated to medical charity.

  • (Score: 2) by pdfernhout on Sunday November 10 2019, @07:03PM (3 children)

    by pdfernhout (5984) on Sunday November 10 2019, @07:03PM (#918671) Homepage

    ... they don't fix the underlying reason for the clogging. So other arteries will continue to clog (as well as the stented ones).

    See for example: []
    "Was President Bush informed about Dr. Ornish’s Lifestyle Heart Trial, which scientifically documented that lifestyle changes alone can reverse coronary artery disease? We have no way of knowing, but it seems unlikely, given the media reports. It sounds like President Bush was misinformed about PCI by his doctors and given the false impression this procedure was life-extending and lifesaving. Certainly the media reports gave the American people the impression that this procedure was necessary for him. Every day, patients are counseled to undergo these unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedures by their cardiologists. Instead, an arterial blockage should be seen as a wake-up call, a motivating factor to pursue optimal health via superior nutrition and exercise. Optimal medical therapy is not enough; heart disease is preventable and reversible with superior nutritional therapy, which produces dramatically more effective results than PCI or OMT and provides dramatic protection against future cardiac events. In my clinical experience with hundreds of patients with advanced heart disease, I have seen dramatic and consistent reversal of heart disease, relief of angina symptoms, and future freedom from heart disease in those who have chosen to follow my Nutritarian eating style."

    Dr. Furhman wrote a book on the subject:
    "The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" []

    Good luck with whatever approaches to improved health that you use.

    The biggest challenge of the 21st century: the irony of technologies of abundance used by scarcity-minded people.
    • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Monday November 11 2019, @10:29AM (2 children)

      by barbara hudson (6443) <> on Monday November 11 2019, @10:29AM (#918885) Journal
      Next you'll be quoting that other quack, Dr Oz.

      Stents provide an immediate fix, unlike any changes to lifestyle or eating. Same with bypass surgery. Do you want a stent or multiple bypass now or are you willing (and physically able) to exercise more without?

      SoylentNews is social media. Says so right in the slogan. Soylentnews is people, not tech.
      • (Score: 2) by RedGreen on Monday November 11 2019, @04:11PM

        by RedGreen (888) on Monday November 11 2019, @04:11PM (#918973)

        "Next you'll be quoting that other quack, Dr Oz.
        Stents provide an immediate fix, unlike any changes to lifestyle or eating. Same with bypass surgery. Do you want a stent or multiple bypass now or are you willing (and physically able) to exercise more without?"

        Exactly without the stents it was useless for me as I told my doctor when we had made that quick walk down the hall the next day before being discharged so they could do another scan on the blood flow from my heart. I said amazing he said what, then I explained how much of a difference it was in that long walk we just made. The day before without the procedure I would have been unable to complete that without stopping two or three times possibly more to get my breath and continue. The difference is night and day between having the blockages and the stents allowing you to move again. And of course you are a god damn fool if you do not make changes in your life to live longer after being gifted a new life to live. At least that is what I have done with it thanks to the wonderful people who gave me the second chance.

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      • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:19PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @06:19PM (#920456)

        Barbara (tom) Hudson CHEMICALLY CASTRATED himself with estrogen since you failed as a man lol! You also FAIL as a "woman" you NEUTERED delusional freakazoid! What is is like knowing you are a living mockery? A parody of both a 'woman' or a man! You know that. Everyone knows it about you "TraNsTeSticLe" hohohohoho. Barbara Hudson is a twistoid mental case deluding itself it is a REAL woman. Clue: You will never EVER be able to pass a DNA test due to the fact you do not, nor did you ever, possess female mitochondrial material you crackpot weirdo. It isn't logical to attempt to "fix" bodyparts that work with no issues. You had a working (extremely small) penis and balls you sawed off with estrogen hahahaha! Barbara Hudson breaks laws by possessing a SAWED OFF SHOTGUN, rotflmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!