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New Hampshire 2019 Fall Foliage — September 27.

by Anura Guruge


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I feel — and also know — that I am privileged. I get to spend hours surrounded by this. Wonderful when I am walking.

But, please remember, I pay the price. This is just compensation for 5-months of cold, snow, ice and winds! So, it is like the last hurrah prior to the misery of winter. SMILE. And this year, after my knee injury in February, I won’t even be able to shovel snow. That really was my only joy in winter. Shoveling snow. It is so satisfying.

I will try and make this a daily event. Sharing the local foliage with you. Not difficult — really. I can just step outside and snap a few pictures. 50% of these were within 100 yards of my front door!


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Garmin Does Us, The Temporarily Disabled, A Great Disservice.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my Garmin Connect.


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As some of you may know, from my prior posts, I tore my quadriceps tendon on February 28, 2018, and had knee surgery to repair it a week later, on March 7, 2019.

The week between the injury and the surgery, when I was wearing just a full-leg knee immobilizer I was quite mobile, didn’t use crutches — just a stick — and managed to even get in 5,000 steps — some of it in snow. Going up and down stairs was not an issue. Though I was not close to averaging my pre-injury 52-floors a day, I was still up and down the stairs a fair number of times. I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases and I need to get around all 4 floors since our big TV is on the 1st floor and my work PC (for doing these posts and writing books) is on the 4th floor.

My Fenix 5 Plus was fine recording my steps and floors because I was still doing them the normal way — albeit using a walking stick.

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Things changed DRAMATICALLY post-surgery. No weight-bearing on the left-leg. Have to use crutches.

My Fenix 5 Plus does not measure my steps when using crutches! Why. Because I am not moving my arms about that much. Maybe there is a crutch-use setting but I am not aware of it. My first time being disabled — ever.

I have to go up and down the stairs on my BUM — using my arms. That is HARD. I had stopped doing pushups 12-years ago, and at 65 other than my running, climbing floors, shoveling snow and hiking I don’t do much. Upper body strength is not what it used to be. Climbing stairs using my arms is exhausting.

And now hear is the kicker. My Fenix 5 Plus is NOT counting the damn floors I climb — so laboriously. That is not fair. I climb, with help, 6 or 8 floors a day and go down as many, if not more. I climbed one floor to write this. Fenix 5 Plus says ‘0’. That is stupid. Expended more energy climbing that floor than I normally do bounding up 5.

The steps I understand.

The floors I don’t. I thought Garmin told us that floors climbed was calculated using the barometric altimeter. I think my altimeter isn’t busted. So, what gives.

Honestly, the least of my problems right now. Heart rate is working and thanks to my Fenix 5 Plus I know that I am still alive and that my heart rate, even with the surgery, is in the 60 range. So, that is good.

I will keep you posted. Hoped to be more active in about a month.


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I Am Finally Bionic.

by Anura Guruge


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Right now, for the first time in my life, aged 65, I am CRIPPLED!

Totally tore my main Quadriceps Tendon this morning. I slipped and fell while shoveling snow.

There was an almighty CRACK and my leg was at an unusual angle.

I, from all my dry-slope skiing in the U.K. and rugby am a veteran of dislocations. Thought I had dislocated my knee. But, it was more serious than that. I could not bend it or put much weight on it.

Eventually, with help from wife, went to the ER at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ in Rochester, NH.

They initially suspected that I had broken my knee cap. Yes, they took X-rays. Knee cap was fine but something else was wrong.

So, off to a CAT Scan with contrast. They also checked my entire leg artery for possible damage. Artery was fine.

But, Quadriceps Tendon was totally separated from the knee. It was flapping around …

Yes, I need surgery and they were going to do it tomorrow! That was too FAST. I needed some time to recover and get my head sorted out.

But, I already met with the Orthopedic team! That was pretty impressive. 6-hours in ER and then being able to meet with the surgery-group the same day.

Getting surgery next week.

Will not be running for a few days — at least. Definitely no skiing in March.

Something that TOTALLY bummed me. Running is a major cause for this injury. You just can’t win.

Well, I will keep you posted.

I am OK. The morphine IV helped.

Smile.


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Can You Tell Which One Of These Drives Is Hand Shoveled & Which Ones Belong To Snowblower Owners?

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Yes, I know it is a bit hard for the uninitiated. But, this was today, just after 11am.

Last night’s snow storm. Wasn’t too bad. 2-hour school delay.

So, have you worked out which is which?

These are adjacent drives, i.e., next door or across the road.

Well, I am sure some of you will work it out.


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