Thursday, August 19, 2021

Three Score and Ten

Well, I've made it around the Sun 70 times now, although somewhat worse for the wear. Got the results back from the 14 days I wore the cardiac monitor, and it confirms that I've got a lot of "missing" heartbeats caused by Premature Ventricular Contractions. Depending on what my Cardiologist says, it could be as simple as cutting down on coffee intake, to taking medication, to getting a pacemaker installed. I'm supposed to hear from them by Friday, if not I'll give them a call on Monday.

As the memes all say, it was a H3ll of a lot more fun being 20 in the 70's than being 70 in the 20's. If I tried half the stuff I did back then, I don't think I'd last more than a couple of weeks. I used to go blasting along in excess of 160MPH, and now I turn the radio down when traffic gets heavy.

No plans for the day other than waiting for the TEAC to get here, along with a set of belts for it. The listing said their Tech looked at it and pronounced the belts to be "fine", which either means they were replaced at some point, or the Tech doesn't know what he's doing. TEAC belts of that vintage tend to get soft, gooey, gummy, and disintegrate, leaving a mess inside the machine. I was lucky in that the belt in the 4010 deck had broken and was laying in the case, but I've seen pix showing the belts to be a ball of goo wrapped around the pulleys. Regardless, I have new belts for it, they're easier to change than on the other deck, and I'll swap them out when I have it opened up to inspect/service things.

Might go out for dinner tonight, might not. We're expecting some heavy thunderstorm activity later today, so we might just sit it out. Have a birthday party for one of the clan's young-uns on Saturday, and that should be fun seeing the rest of the clan, and just hanging out.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend!


 



30 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Jim. Welcome to septuagenarian territory!

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  2. Since you like gadgets, maybe you will get a pacemaker. They have a monitor now that looks like an old school wireless telephone - handset and base. You will enjoy setting that up. Me? I hate reading instructions.

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    1. Not sure what the course of treatment will be at this time.

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    2. And you can get one you can access via the Interwebs so you can be one of the cool kids!

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  3. Another trip around the sun...said Jimmy Buffet. Congrats and plan on another 30 before you get a recall order. I get to your site through The Feral Irishman. Cheers!

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    1. Or when my current pile of "Projects To Do" runs out!

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  4. P.S. Happy circumnavigation of the globe of hot plasma, heated by nuclear fusion, so many times. Keep it up!

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  5. Congratulations! You deserve a treat.

    Treat yourself to a new snowblower before the prices rise!

    Bonus, can be used to help get rid of the bodies!!!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Old Man!

    (for other folks, hams call each other that all the time)

    Once, around the late '80s, I went to my doc for PVCs. He said they only did something for PVCs if you were passing out. Maybe it's being 70 instead of 35 that makes them do more.

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    1. Tnx, OM!

      I get lightheaded, and dizzier than I usually am, so it's a concern. They've been tinkering with my meds, and I don't know if this is a side-effect of that or not.

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  7. Happy Birthday, DRJIM. Seeing as I'm something like thirty years behind you, I have a lot of catching up to do...

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    1. You'll be 39 forever, LL, just like Jack Benny!

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  8. Happy birthday Jim! You've got me by 5 months... LOL

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    1. Gee, only 5 months? Maybe I can qualify as "Old_Drjim" now...?

      Let me know if you ever get up this way. Be good seeing you again.

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  9. Happy birthday, drjim! I'm not too far behind you; it's the years and the mileage, by now.

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    1. TRUTH!! I'm definitely NOT "Low Mileage" for my age.....

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  10. PVC for over 30 years, controlled with 10mg of atenolol. It's a beta blocker. Used to feel like a fish flopping in my chest. Now I don't remember the last time I felt it

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    1. I was on 50mg of Metoprolol, and 25mg of Losartan. Now I'm down to 12.5mg of each, and it lifted the "fog" I had the last 18 months. Not sure what the course of action will be once my Cardiologist reviews the data. I don't have a flopping fish, but the missed beats are really annoying.

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  11. Happy Birthday Drjim! I'm cruising along about 11 months behind you. I get the picture of young at heart but lots of miles on the body.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. Yeah, I'm like an old Muscle Car. Got lots of miles, but still good for a couple of good runs. It helps blow out the carbon....

      Got my other rotor customer all squared away, and yours is next on the bench!

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    2. I'll get to it this week, as soon as I get the TEAC A-4300SX finished.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Jim! Young Whippersnapper!

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  13. A belated Happy Birthday, drjim. Will pray for the easy solution. God bless.

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  14. Late, but happy birthday! Prayers for the heart.

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    1. Thank you, Parson. Prayers are always appreciated.

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