On Sunday 16 December 2018 I was rushed to hospital and have been admitted to Palm Bay Community Hospital. I collapsed and had three grandmas seizures and three small after shocks and my floor nurse thinks I may have had a small stroke, Snowie thinks that too. I was given morphine, oxygen and IV Keppra.
Monday I saw the neurologist. They started me on Plavix and went to pill form of Keppra. I’ve got reduced feeling on my left side with numbness. I am walking with a walker now. I had an EEG, an echocardiogram and carotid artery ultrasound.
Today, Tuesday I was able to walk the whole unit with the walker. I had a CTA done. The doctors are still unsure if I had a stroke but seem to be leaning that way. I have been officially diagnosed with epilepsy. I cannot drive now for at least six months; Florida law states you have to be seizure free for six months before you can drive again.
They discharged me a little after 4pm. I see my PCP tomorrow. I am home now resting. This is now going to be an interesting adventure going forward. The medical team was incredibly caring and supportive more so than my past visits to that hospital. They educated and explained things well. I’m just glad to be home and not be hooked up to machines and have an alarm on my bed or chair.
We are currently being impacted by Tropical Storm Gordon.
We are on the East edge of the storm, we are in Brevard County, and will be getting those outer and first inner bands of this storm). Thankfully it will not be a direct hit for us. Currently, we are overcast with scattered downpours and a light breeze. We have our phones charging, as well as the three handheld transmitters for the Amateur Radio Service, on the 2M/70cm bands. Power banks are charging as well. Though I really don’t see much for my area happening. Gordon is supposed to track into the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in Alabama.
Keep the Gulf Region in your prayers as experience our first real hit of the season.
I try not to get over political in my writings. Though I needed to take a few moments to address my fellow Floridians.
One of my Florida neighbors asked why I’m supporting Rick Scott for Senate (our current governor). Well to put it plainly Bill Nelson is not a friend of the Amateur Radio Community or our rights assured to us by the FCC Part 97 Rules. Mr. Nelson lost all respect from me when he refused to allow a bill that would help amateur Radio operators enforce their part 97 rights with HOAs and other like organizations (deed restrictions and/or gated communities), come out of committee. So he also lost my vote.
Amateur Radio operators especially here in Florida and other gulf states are vital assets to local, state and even up to the federal level of government. In the event of a natural disaster or even terror attack and communications are down there will always be Amateur Radio.
Most know I lean heavy on the conservative side but I’m neither a Republican or Democrat, I have my own checklist that I go by and if a person meets those things then I will entertain giving them my vote.
Be a friend to Amateur Radio and vote against Mr. Nelson, if you can’t vote for Mr. Scott write someone in.
I’ve carried this cross of pain for nearly a decade and some days have been easier to get through than others, especially with no real pain control. Yes we men do make up a good number of people with chronic pain.
I moved to Florida one year and three months ago and since that time I have yet to find a doctor that believe in Fibromyalgia or that men get this disease as well as women.
Just like I haven’t found a physician here that believe that men get migraines, I was told that is purely a women’s disease. I call bullshit on the medical community here in Brevard County Florida. I think all of you doctors need to go back to medical school. Also those of you doctors that are not from the United States and whose native tongue is not English, please try learning the language here a little better you are very difficult to understand.
I’ve been asked a few times why I don’t try natural route ie medical marijuana, even if I wanted to I cannot. The drug is still a Class I Narcotic according to the federal government and as I have a mental health license I have zero tolerance clause. Until such time that the federal government and my secular employer allow such a treatment I can’t even think to get it.
What’s the point of this post…it’s more of a venting rambling while I’m sitting here at work.
I will be the radio operator at one of the shelters here in Brevard County during Hurricane Irma. Tomorrow I will packing last minute things and then Friday I will do a double check of my go bag. I will do my best to keep ya’ll informed. Prayers are appreciated.
Hurricane Irma may impact Florida, for those that follow this blog, I am in Brevard County, which is on the central East coast about 45 minutes south of Kennedy Space Center. Have your Go Kits/Emergency bags packed.
Gov. Scott declared a State of Emergency for all Florida Counties, to quote him “Florida prepares for the worst but hopes for the best.” We do not yet know for certain where Irma will track. I ask your prayers for my state as well as for all of the Gulf States during this hurricane season, we are only at the halfway mark in the season.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).
Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.
In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.
The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.
For more information please see this article from the ARRL for further information.