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December 24, 2016
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|Christmas Can Kill, Scientists Discover||“Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) | Danny Dorling”|
|Gunman Who Killed Mom of 4 in ‘Road Rage’ Search Gets Life||“How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky”|
|North Carolina Fails to Repeal Restrictive ‘Bathroom Bill’||“A political party for women’s equality | Sandi Toksvig”|
|Trump Names Conway as Counselor, Hails ‘Amazing Insights’||“Help for kids the education system ignores | Victor Rios”|
|Watch President Obama Age Before Your Eyes In One Incredible Animated GIF||“Easy DIY projects for kid engineers | Fawn Qiu”|
|People Who Do These Exercises Have The Lowest Odds Of Heart Disease And Death||“It’s time for women to run for office | Halla Tómasdóttir”|
|Larry Wilmore Has A Brand New Deal With ABC Studios||“Architecture that’s built to heal | Michael Murphy”|
|Survivor Pulled From Jet Wreckage Called Wife Before Dying||“4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines | Tim Leberecht”|
|Marijuana||“Your company’s data could help end world hunger | Mallory Soldner”|
|Why Make Your Heirs Wait?||“Chinese fight to be black Trevor Noah | Trevor Noah Comedian”|
|Obama’s Medal of Freedom Picks Part of Legacy||“Your smartphone is a civil rights issue | Christopher Soghoian”|
|White Nationalist Claims ‘Hail Trump’ Comments Were ‘Ironic’||“”St. James Infirmary Blues” | Silk Road Ensemble + Rhiannon Giddens”|
|Dementia Rates Are Declining. This Might Be the Reason||“Everything you hear on film is a lie | Tasos Frantzolas”|
|Pluto May Have Underground Ocean, Evidence Suggests||“How loss helped one artist find beauty in imperfection | Alyssa Monks”|
|‘Pokémon Sun and Moon’ leaks: Abilities and soundtrack revealed as release date nears||“Can a divided America heal? | Jonathan Haidt”|
|“How the US should use its superpower status | Ian Bremmer”|
|Seattle News Anchor Accidentally Draws A Giant Penis On Live TV||“What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj”|
|Manslaughter Charge Filed Against Officer in Philando Castile’s Death||“Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist | Manwar Ali”|
|Kidnapper Appears to Have Posted as Woman’s Dead Boyfriend on Facebook||“A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels | Monica Araya”|
|Dear Fellow White Women: We F**ked This Up||“Can a divided America heal? | Jonathan Haidt”|
|Donald Trump Heads To Court For Trump University Lawsuit On Heels Of Election||“What you need to know about CRISPR | Ellen Jorgensen”|
|Here’s A Genius Way To Respond To Anti-Semitism||“We’ve stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Rachel Botsman”|
|The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere||“A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home | Todd Coleman”|
|Edward Snowden Hillary Clinton Emails||“We’ve stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Rachel Botsman”|
|Uranus might be home to two tiny moons known as – get this – moonlets||“Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox”|
|How to text with a different number||“5 ways to lead in an era of constant change | Jim Hemerling”|
|Why I wore a “grab my pussy, I dare you” T-shirt to a Trump rally||“Art can heal PTSD’s invisible wounds | Melissa Walker”|
|Scientists Believe The Chickens We Eat Are Being Slaughtered While Conscious||“4 reasons to learn a new language | John McWhorter”|
|Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff Lapses Into Violence||“We can start winning the war against cancer | Adam de la Zerda”|
|Adorable American Pika Is Fast Disappearing, And We’re Doing Nothing To Stop It||“Immigrant voices make democracy stronger | Sayu Bhojwani”|
|First Black Woman To Own Comic Shop Lands Marvel Cover||“Technology hasn’t changed love. Here’s why | Helen Fisher”|
|You damn well should care about the AT&T and Time Warner deal||“Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris”|
|Boil Bananas Before Bed And Drink The Liquid To Get Some Of The Best Sleep Of Your Life||“How we’re harnessing nature’s hidden superpowers | Oded Shoseyov”|
|“Esperanza Spalding Live”||“America’s forgotten working class | J.D. Vance”|
November 13, 2016
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|How VR Technology Is Being Used to Catch Nazis||Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid | David Burkus”|
|The Limits of Perversity in Amy Schumer’s Standup – The New Yorker||“How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger”|
|Creationist Group Wants You To Tell Trick-Or-Treaters They’re Going To Hell||“How to raise successful kids — without over-parenting | Julie Lythcott-Haims”|
|Reid Congratulates GOP For Eight Years Obstructing The First Black President||The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown|
|Pennsylvania Mayor Posts Racist Meme About Lynching President Obama | Huffington Post||“Why helmets don’t prevent concussions — and what might | David Camarillo”|
|A Rare Black Moon Is Gracing Our Skies This Friday||“3 moons and a planet that could have alien life | James Green”|
|Jordanian Christian Writer Shot Dead Over Political Cartoon||“Bring on the female superheroes! | Christopher Bell”|
|Police Arrest ‘Zombie-Like’ Suspect in Mall Shooting||“How women wage conflict without violence | Julia Bacha”|
|Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100||Watch “How do contraceptives work? – NWHunter”|
|‘Model of Holiness’ Mother Teresa Officially Becomes Saint||“How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott”|
|Is Ivanka for Real?||“The next manufacturing revolution is here | Olivier Scalabre”|
|Wells Fargo Just Made The Case For Elizabeth Warren’s Bank Agency||“Clayton Christensen: “Where does Growth come from?” | Talks at Google”|
|Four Dead, Including Child, in Texas Shooting||“An artist’s unflinching look at racial violence | Sanford Biggers”|
|HE’S BACK! Jon Stewart Returns With A Message For Fox News And GOP ‘Conservatives’||“A sci-fi vision of love from a 318-year-old hologram | Monica Byrne”|
|Twin Suicide Bombings Kill More Than 60 at Kabul Protest||“Can you really tell if a kid is lying? | Kang Lee”|
|Tiny particle could roam your body to find tumors|
|“An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning | Norman Lear”|
|Large Swaths Of The Pacific Ocean May Actually Suffocate In Just 15 Years||Your Elusive Creative Genius | Elizabeth Gilbert ||
|Man Attacks Passengers on German Train, 3 Severely Hurt||“The passing of time, caught in a single photo | Stephen Wilkes”|
|Three Officers Shot and Killed in Baton Rouge, Mayor Says||“Ideas worth dating”|
|At Least 84 Dead After Truck Crashes Into Crowd In French City Of Nice||“Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban”|
|Obama In Dallas: ‘We Are Not As Divided As We Seem’||“A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer”|
|Sniper Attack Leaves 5 Police Officers Dead, 7 Injured In Dallas||“The birth of virtual reality as an art form | Chris Milk”|
|Sniper Attack Leaves 5 Police Officers Dead, 7 Injured In Dallas||“How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars | Wanda Diaz Merced”|
|How To Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Shot By Police||“Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar”|
|‘Deeply Troubling’ Fatal Police Shooting Captured on Video||10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm | Mary Roach ||
|‘Blade Runner’ Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Murder||“How better tech could protect us from distraction | Tristan Harris”|
|Nearly 120 Killed And 200 Injured In Baghdad Car Bombings||“Your words may predict your future mental health | Mariano Sigman”|
|‘Unspeakable Pain’: 3 U.S. College Students Killed in Dhaka||“How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed | Daniel Levitin ||
|Pentagon Lifts Ban on Transgender Service Members Serving Openly||“Learning to be awesome at anything you do, including being a leader | Tasha Eurich ||
|Deadly Suicide Bombings Hit Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport||“Speak like a leader | Simon Lancaster ||
|Brexit Will Fundamentally Change The Future Of Europe||“How to introduce yourself | Kevin Bahler ||
|LeBron James Finally Won The City Of Cleveland Its Championship||“The surprising secret to speaking with confidence | Caroline Goyder ||
|British Lawmaker Shot, in Critical Condition||What people say when they don’t know what to say | Adrianne Haslet-Davis ||
|Authorities Find Body Of Toddler Snatched By Gator Near Disney Resort||Bailarina Adrianne Haslet-Davis|
|Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub||Joe Wong (MUST SEE ~ SO FUNNY)|
|W.H.O. Advises Delaying Pregnancy in Areas With Zika Transmission – The New York Times||“I survived a terrorist attack. Here’s what I learned | Gill Hicks”|
|Don’t Let Muhammad Ali’s Story Get Whitewashed||“Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little”|
|Elon Musk Thinks That Our Existence Is Someone Else’s Video Game||“How to fix a broken education system … without any more money | Seema Bansal”|
|Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Reopens a Door Closed for 70 Years||“What can we learn from shortcuts? | Tom Hulme”|
|Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With Donald Trump||“A smarter, more precise way to think about public health”|
|Bill Cosby to Stand Trial in 2004 Sexual Assault Case||“My journey from Marine to actor | Adam Driver”|
|Sandra Bland Died One Year Ago Today||“How barbershops can keep men healthy | Joseph Ravenell”|
|No, We Are Not In The Midst Of A Race War||“Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth | Zaria Forman”|
|Boris Johnson’s Shock Withdrawal From The Tory Leadership Race: How It Happened||“The beauty of being a misfit | Lidia Yuknavitch”|
|Donald Trump’s Response To The Orlando Shooting Was Downright Horrific||“How free is our freedom of the press? | Trevor Timm”|
|Support For Gun Control Spikes After Orlando Shooting||“The laws that sex workers really want | Toni Mac”|
|Wreckage of EgyptAir MS804 Found, Investigators Say||“Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war | Sebastian Junger”|
|Gunman’s Wife Tried to Talk Him Out of Attack, Sources Say||“Good news in the fight against pancreatic cancer | Laura Indolfi”|
September 10, 2016
I promised to chronicle my minimally invasive Knee Replacement surgery.
Where should I begin?
Physically, I started life a wreck with Asthma, which seems as good a place as any to start, since my respiratory system was the focus of my childhood, until age nine.
I went to live with my grandparents when I was six. My grandmother was a school teacher and my grandfather was a farmer with a 110 acre farm (which is a whole story in itself). An old country doctor told my grandparents, “the child will be fine. Once his tonsils are removed, his asthma will be history”. He was right!
Fast forward four years to age 13. I am healthy and playing basketball on the varsity team in an old gym with the backboard attached to the wall. I stole the ball, made the lay up and smashed my knee into the wall. Even though my knee didn’t heal properly, I continued to play basketball through high school.
By the time I finished High School, I told my mother I would get two years of college in the service. Finally, she signed what seemed like a hundred forms for me to join the Air Force at the ripe old age of 17. I played basketball through my service years, (another whole book) without paying any further attention to my damaged knee.
I worked for a large company as a programmer while I went to college at night for Electrical Engineering (G.I. Bill). I played basketball and football on the company teams for 10 years. I managed to tear the meniscus in one knee, my doctor thought it best to remove the torn meniscus from that knee. By this time, my knees are about 70% functional.
Moving on, I decided to purchase outdoor roller skates for me and my family (wife and two boys). That’s when I discovered I could roller skate despite bad knees. I continued skating for another 10 years until I met a rock that locked the rear wheels on one skate (this resulted in a separated clavicle and two surgeries).
Still able to skate in my sixties, I met with a stick that rendered the same result as the rock, a locked skate wheel (this time I did a split, which required a hip replacement). In the meanwhile, Arthritis is destroying what is left of my knees, which are now about 20% functional. I am now officially in the ‘men with bad knees’ club. I refuse to use a cane like so many men I encounter.
We see many ‘men with bad knees’. They come in all ages, for a multitude of reasons. Why do we stumble around suffering from bad knees for 20 years or more? Is it because of the many stories of knee replacement failures? Is it vanity? Or is it lack of adequate insurance? Maybe it’s just plain stubbornness. Whatever the reason, I am happy that I made the decision to have minimally invasive Knee Replacement surgery. It will be great to walk normally again (I love to walk).
My plunge! \/
A Regular Knee!
My old right Knee (x-ray), Bone on Bone!
My new right knee in place (x-ray)
The core surgical team:
Dr. Rajesh Jain: surgeon;
Dr. Ann Mahadeviah: anesthesiologist (the person who woke me up after surgery with a pleasant hello).
The core surgical nurses and recovery nursing staff:
Other core staff:
Stephanie Godbold: Physician Assistant;
Carol Strekis: Surgery Navigator;
Maryam: Surgical Assistant.
There are many more wonderful staff members at the ‘Joint Replacement Institute’ (JRI)
who made this such a pleasant experience.
Day (1) OPERATION DAY (new knee) – 2016/04/21 – Minimally invasive surgery
ARRIVAL – 11:30A:
Dinner at 5:30P.
Post-op tests, interviews and free time.
My caregiver (my wife) spent the night with me in the private room, a real morale booster.
Day (2) HOSPITAL RELEASE – 2016/4/22:
Day (3 – 4) HOME- 2016/4/23 – 2016/4/24
Used walker, did exercises and took meds prescribed by doctors.
List of prescribed exercises
I chose HEARTLAND Rehabilitation Services at 2630 E Chestnut Ave, Vineland, NJ 08361.
Their website below gives a list of their services and is technical.
The core team of administrators and therapist (Brenda, Debbie, Jeff, John & Selena), are the best. My wife used Heartland after a knee replacement and I previously used them for re-hab after a hip replacement with superb results.
Don’t get me wrong, there is pain with minimally invasive knee replacement surgery, which is why striking a balance between pain killers and stool softeners is so important in the process.
The recovery rate, because of fewer cut muscles, is what’s so amazing. Be sure to note my recovery rate below.
Day (5- 11) Wk 1 -2016/4/25 – 2016/5/1
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Gave up walker for a cane on Friday 2016/4/29!
Week’s accomplishment: Can bend knee 100 degrees.
Day (12-18) Wk 2: 2016/5/2 – 2016/5/8
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Rode bike on Wednesday 2016/5/4! & Thursday 2016/5/5
Week’s accomplishment: Can walk without cane for short distances.
Day (19-25) Wk 3: 2016/5/9-2016/5/15
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Rode bike each day, Wednesday 2016/5/11 & Thursday 2016/5/12 started using step. Stepping up & stepping down. Next: stepping up with one foot followed by the other foot & then stepping down on the other side, one foot at a time, reversing the process, both feet up then back down to the original side.
Week’s accomplishment: Step exercises really took a lot of effort but the results were a stronger unassisted gait.
Day(26-32) Wk 4: 2016/5/16-2016/5/22
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Rode bike each day, Monday 2016/5/16 – Thursday 2016/5/19 continued using step as in week 3
Week’s accomplishment: The step and bike exercises continue to strengthen my knee.
Day(33-39) Wk 5: 2016/5/23-2016/5/29
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Rode bike each day, Monday 2016/5/16 – Thursday 2016/5/19 continued using step and bike as in week 4.
Week’s accomplishment: The step and bike exercises continue to strengthen my knee. I can step up without pulling myself up and I can walk without a cane at home!
Day(40-46) Wk 6: 2016/5/30-2016/6/5
Out patient Re-hab 3 days, did all exercises (see above list) and took meds prescribed by doctors. Rode bike each day, Monday 2016/5/16 – Thursday 2016/5/19 continued using step and bike as in week 5.
Week’s accomplishment: With the step exercises and the bike, my new knee is really getting much stronger. I actually use my cane for my left knee now, which is getting worse.
Skip forward to August, below is an x-ray of
my left and right new knees in place.
It is now September 8th, six weeks of re-hab on my left knee is complete. I no longer need a cane. Re-hab for both knees is a success.
It takes about 6 months for a replacement knee using this technology to heal completely. Therefore, there is some homework.
Stem cell knee regeneration is still my first choice, but that is not feasible and a long way into the future. There is still research being done, however the procedure is not covered by insurance so that leaves me out. It costs around $8,000.00 for one current treatment and it is not suited for knees in my condition .
So 6 months after the 1st surgery I have two pain free knees that are good for my lifetime if I don’t abuse them. Not a bad deal for a ‘Man with two (bone on bone) knees a mere 6 short months ago’.
Disclaimer: This is my experience with this technology.
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