Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Street Magic with a Twist

Todays Keyword Topic is:David Blaines Street Magic Series - Enjoy!

Street Magic 1


Street Magic 2


Street Magic 3


Street Magic 4


Street Magic 5

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Johnnie On The Spot!

Awhile back a relative of mine went into the hospital for a surgical procedure. The condition that they entered into having this done was that they needed to be put to sleep. Okay, no big deal, take a nice nap and wake up all done. No one mentioned the walking from this point to that point to do, of course, this and that, would be done in a small sheet with arms and two short sleeves. Anybody who's ever been in the hospital knows what I'm talking about. The robe that has two small ties in the back which also don't line up with your butt. That's what goes on display when you go from here to there, of course! I don't know why they couldn't find some way to use some disposable cheap scrubs or something, just to retain some assemblance of a person's dignity till they reach the table. I know nursing scrubs wouldn't work because they'd have to cut them off of the patient and that would get expensive. I'm talking about paper scrubs or something along those lines that the hospital could buy for $3 and charge the patient $50 for ($100 if insured).

I really feel for the patients in the post operative area where family or close friends tend to be while the patients regain their wits. This is a really bad time for the modest patient since they usually have an IV (there's always an IV in the arm it seems) in one arm and they're trying desperately to keep their 'Johnnies' closed with the other arm, if it's available. Even if they made disposable scrub top or a top with a reusable adhesive, like paper tape, that has a limited use but can be reused for the short time it's needed. It may seem a small issue to some but for others it could mean putting off a necessary procedure due to modesty issues, which is ridiculous. Potential embarrassment can make some people do 'funny' things. I know paper clothes are manufactured because many service companies use them when dealing with contaminants so that all tainted materials get disposed of with the lowest expense involved. Just something to think about. A little modesty goes a long way to a patients feeling of well being with only slight embarrassment.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Chantix and Me redux

I've gotten emails from people who want to sue Pfizer for making the evil drug Chantix. I greatly disagree with them. I firmly believe that Chantix is a wonderful drug that did for me what they said it would do, allow me to finally quit smoking with no going back. I'm heading to my 4th anniversary being smoke free and I 100% endorse Pfizer for Chantix. If you really, really wanted to quit for good and you did happen to have a side effect from it and that made you stop too soon then you really didn't want to quit in the first place and you're now looking to blame someone with money you can get. I had NO side effects and quitting was a snap and easy as hell to do. Don't let a bunch of whiny, money grubbing people dissuade you from quitting by using Chantix, it really works!

I am republishing this article from last October for current consideration!

The recent articles on Chantix as a smoking cessation medication have reported negative side effects and may well be valid, for some individuals. I, for one, am an exception to that situation. I had to arm twist(figuratively) my doctor to write me a prescription for it because I had been smoking for over 20 years, was tired of coughing, tired of wheezing in bed trying to sleep, tired of the cost, and tired of stinking of tobacco all the time! I started the program (without using any of the support services they offer customers) on May 5th of 2007. I wanted a date to easily remember (Cinqo de mayo). I followed the instructions on the starter pack and by the end of the first week I no longer had a desire to smoke. I had no craving for a cigarette. I had no food cravings or other oral substitutions to replace the cigarette, and most importantly I had no indication of ANY withdrawal at all! None, Nada, Nicht, Nyet! Since that date my doctor still asks me how many cigarettes I'm down to because my blood pressure and blood chemistry look so much better. I give him the same answer I gave him when I went back for the second refill prescription - none! I took the Chantix for 8 weeks and stopped because I felt I was past the worst of it(missing the habit of lighting up) and had no desire for a smoke at all. This coming Cinqo de Mayo of 2010 will be my 3rd anniversary of being smoke free. Another benefit I realized from being on the Chantix was that I could stand in the middle of a group of smokers and feel NO compunction to light up, even just one.

There is one requirement to being on Chantix and being successful with it! This is a very important item now and you must pay close attention if your planning on opting for this route! I have seen a few friends fail the Chantix program because they didn't have this one requirement firmly in place. Ready for the answer? It's an easy one that has a higher failure rate if not seriously considered.

You deep down have to WANT to quit smoking. You need a reason that is important to you to keep in your mind that wants you to quit. Mine was coughing when trying to laugh, wheezing, shortness of breath doing simple physical tasks, high blood pressure and all of that while entering my 50's. I don't want to die! I want to live! The cigarettes were going to kill me before I was ready to go and I want to live as long as I can, without oxygen tanks or riding in scooters or having chemo tubes hanging out of me!

I want to point out to anyone who may feel apprehensive about taking Chantix after reading the Stephen King version of side effects. The government requires ALL reported effects to be listed, even if the product didn't cause it because the treatment was in place and it was considered relevant to be reported as raw data.

I did not have ANY side effect that was listed, or unlisted, during the time I took this medication. I'm not from the planet Krypton, I'm not bionic, and I don't attend Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry! I am an average Joe who achieved success in my desire to quit smoking everything. I felt GREAT while I took it and felt the benefits soon afterward while my system was weening the nicotine out of my brain and bloodstream and tissues. I've been able to lose weight and not feel a replacement habit to be in order and I'm able to list myself as smoke free for insurance purposes now, which also saves money!

If anyone has ANY questions about Chantix and would like my take on it just leave a comment and I'll be happy to help. To set the record straight, I don't work for Pfizer (makers of Chantix) and I'm not being compensated for this article. They are just my honest thoughts that I wanted to share with anyone who may be interested, especially since the negativity that surrounds Chantix may not be coming from health related sources entirely. There are some that will lose revenue if too many people stop smoking. You know who they are! Ride em' cowboy!

I will be repeating this article on all my blogs today for full exposure to me varied readers. Please excuse the redundancy for my writing. David.