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MY MEDICAL EVENTS – KNEE REPLACEMENT!

My last article was a review of medical events over my first 88 years. Well, I will be 88 on August 31st and I have just lived through two more major events in my lengthy life. I had to wait until I could visit with my new Cardiologist yesterday to try to find out what happened..

 

I arrived at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin Texas at 7am Monday June 4th 2018 to get prepped for replacement of my right knee. My Surgeon, DR. Jason Carter, advised me he has shifted a couple of minor surgeries ahead of me and who am I to hurry him up? I just responded to be careful, I was in no hurry as my next probable tee time would be sometime in July.

 

Some time later, I guess it was about midnight on Wednesday, I awoke in Critical Care among total strangers, hungry and a sore right knee. I remember people discussing therapy, heart monitor surgery. My number one objective was to make sure I was to have therapy at the hospital in Hemphill. My planning was extremely detailed to match plans to care for my wife, Norma. I Was quite confused as to why I was still in Lufkin instead of Hemphill.

 

As I became cognizant my fear was lack of therapy on my new knee. Being in Critical Care established priorities based on crisis and my poor knee was not a priority.

 

My best guess is a Pacemaker was installed on Sunday evening, June 10th. This was a procedure that reminded me on my years working on Space Programs for NASA. The people were awesome as they performed about three hours of tedious operations as a team, well prepared and with flawless precision. I felt like a “Chicken on a Stick’ being roasted up in the air suspended.

 

I was excited that I might get moved on Monday to the hospital in Hemphill but the news was horrible. The Pacemaker had a loose wire and it required a new Device be installed Monday evening that took another 3 hours.

 

The testing required Tuesday was successful and after a long talk with the Cardiologists they approved moving me to the Hemphill Hospital.

 

They would not let me ride in the car with my son for reasons they would not explain and I was running a week behind my desired tee time schedule because I now have a Pacemaker.

 

The ambulance ride from Lufkin to Hemphill was an event never to be forgotten. I Just thought I was stabilized for the ride of a lifetime. We arrived physically about 4 pm but it was at least 8pm before my mind arrived.

 

I had two days of therapy before my golf friends came to visit on Friday afternoon. I was still trying to reconstruct the events that happened in Lufkin when I was notified I would be returning to Lufkin Tuesday Morning to visit with the Surgeon and the Cardiologists. I was scared that it would require another ambulance ride and ecstatic when I found out I could use my car and whoever I desired to drive me both directions.

 

My friend Tim “T” Picked me up about 9:30 Tuesday morning for the first appointment with Dr. Jason Carter. They X-Rayed my knee, advised me the new knee was doing great and the nurse proceeded to remove the staples from my knee. As the Surgeon had completed his work before anything happened connected to the Pacemaker I still had no clue what caused the Pacemaker.   

 

We proceeded to our next appointment with the Cardiologists who had visited with me and was instrumental in the Pacemaker I am wearing today. They ran another EKG and spent a long time with paperwork.

 

I asked the Doctor if he knew why I got the Pacemaker. He told me he was on duty in the ER on the 4th. He said he was summoned to ICU where I was located and I had fallen out of the bed and was lying on the floor. He said I was not coherent and I am sure I may will likely never know what happened or why I now wear the Device?

 

My stay continues in the Swing Bed re-hab program at Sabine County Hospital. We are so fortunate to have our hospital managed and manned by caring and professional Doctors, Nurses and the support staff of Healthcare Professionals. This program allows my family to care for my wife Norma while I am being prepared for my new “Bionic” phase of life. The story will continue.

 

My beautiful Bride and I will celebrate 58 years of marriage tomorrow, June 23rd.

 

Clyde Brewer

ARE YOU SICK OF POLITICAL EVERYTHING – I AM!

Recent decisions by the Supreme Court proves that the laws of the land no longer apply if “Compassion” is the reason enacted laws are unfair. Sad day for those who lost freedoms to gain the votes of those who got new freedoms. I am writing an article on the impact for Christians that the courts are punishing again.

Avoiding the newspaper and TV news on purpose, I read a message from Jim Heck, who is an old golfing buddy. Jim lives in Lufkin Texas and we share our information frequently. As a native Texan I have known several of the facts he sent but I did learn some new ones. I achieved my goal and learned something new. I did throw in a few personal remarks to piss some Liberal’s off today. That’s my job!

 TEXAS TIDBITS

  1. Port Arthur to El Paso: 889 miles. Port Arthur to Chicago: 770 miles
  2. Brownsville to Texline (north of Amarillo): 956 miles. Texline to Canada: 960 miles
  3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
  4. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, TX July 4, 1883.
  5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike – 2008!
  6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
  7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.
  8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
  9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
  10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.
  11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston” but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
  12. The King Ranch in South Texas is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
  13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43″ in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.
  14. Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states. 
  15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
  16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
  18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin
  19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (by 7 feet).
  20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument.
  21. The name ‘Texas’ comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning “friends”. Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas
  22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.
  23. The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston
  24. The Beck family ranch land grant is one days ride by horse (25 miles) in each direction from the headquarters.
  25. The name of the XIT ranch in Dalhart Texas stands for “ten in Texas”. That means 10 counties in Texas!

How many of these facts did you know? I learned ten new things myself. I did not ask whether you care about them.

Cowboy Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Farlie, Texas: (It’s not the grammar but the ‘intent’)

(1) Just one God.

(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.

(3) No telling tales or gossipin’.

(4) Git yourself to church meeting.

(5) Put nothin’ before God.

(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.

(7) No killin’.

(8) Watch yer mouth.

(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.

(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

 Did y’all git all that?

Never fear the ACLU, Muslim Brotherhood, Obama, the Supreme Court, Al Sharpton and MSNBC will be in action immediately after I publish this article.

Our Liberty is insured by 4 Boxes!

The Ballot Box.

The Jury Box.

The Soap Box.

The Cartridge Box

Democrats invented stuffing the Ballot Box and allowing dead voters, ask LBJ.

With our federal courts now controlled by politics the Jury verdicts against Liberals will be overturned anyway.

Obama has “TOTAL CONTROL” over all national soap boxes 

The Cartridge Box is next on the agenda and will be outlawed before Obama retires.  If he retires? 

C Brewer

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