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Howard’s Notebook in the Apple App Store Soon

 I have a Android app in the Android store.  It has been installed 31 times and it is rated five stars!  Nine people have rated it five stars.  Pretty neat.  I get apps from the Play Store and may apps do not get installed and many do not get five star ratings.  I want to thank “fans”, my family laugh if I use that word, of Howard’s Notebook or my YouTube site for doing that for me.
  I will have soon a app in the IOS, Apple, store.  It will not be for a few weeks.  It takes Apple, at least, 20 days to approve a new app.

I hope some of you Apple users will be kind, like the Android people, and give us some good ratings and I hope you will install the app.

Memorial Day 2016

Published on Jan 12, 2016(139 days ago)

Memorial day 2016 on Monday May 30, 2016 is a day of honor and reverence; it is a solemn day. Today we must recognize an unfortunate fact of life: our beloved country was formed and is protected by the blood of warriors. As unfortunate as this is we can be thankful, because over the years America has answered the call every time our way of life has been threatened. No one has more succinctly and accurately described what someone puts on the line when they sign a contract to serve in the armed forces than legendary General Jim Mattis of the United States Marine Corps. In a recent address to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Mattis articulated, “You signed blank checks payable with your lives to the American people.” With a simple analogy he captures the moment of signing, when a civilian Department of Defense employee hands a young man or woman a black pen, in a cubicle somewhere inside a military entrance processing station. You take the pen, and you think nothing of it, because your mind is already made up. Unbeknownst to many, their fate is sealed with the final stroke of that black pen.

There are many veterans among us today, including myself, but today is not our day. Today is the day that has been made for the ones who left home, but did not return. We gather in order to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and to pay them homage. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30th, 1868, after being proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Logan’s stated purpose for observing the holiday was to, “gather around the sacred remains” of our “comrades who died in defense of our country”, “garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring time, and raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor.” Logan suggested a respectful and gracious disposition for the day, affirming we ought to, “cherish tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes.”
See more at : http://www.memorialday2016s.com

My doctor’s office visit

In the exam room at the doctor's office May 2016

In the exam room at the doctor’s office May 2016

 

History of Present Illness:
The patient is a 75 year old male who presents to the office today for medical management of multiple chronic medical conditions. The reason for the follow up is cardiovascular disorder (PAD), diabetes mellitus type II (Now on Metformin and doing great.  Already at goal, tolerates fine.), hypertension, hyperlipidemia and other (BPH, and OA). The patient feels well with minor complaints, has decreased energy level and is sleeping poorly. The patient has been compliant with instructions. Current medication use: no side effects. The patient sleeps an average of 6 hours per night. Nutrition: balanced diet. Note for “Medical management of multiple chronic medical conditions”: Pt is here for a two month follow up. Brought in his BS log for review. States his numbers are averaging 107.  Very compliant with monitoring

Allergies:
No Known Drug Allergies. 01/31/2012
No Known Allergies. 01/31/2012

Problem List/Past Medical:
Bigeminy (I49.9)
Colonoscopy refused (Z53.29)
Overweight (E66.3)
Glaucoma screening (Z13.5)
Bradycardia (R00.1)
Second degree heart block by electrocardiogram (ECG) (I44.1)
Colon cancer screening (Z12.11)
Adjustment and management of cardiac pacemaker (V53.31)
Glucose intolerance (pre-diabetes) (R73.09)
Hyperlipidemia (E78.5)
Atrioventricular block, second degree (I44.1)
DM (diabetes mellitus) (E11.9)
HTN (hypertension) (I10)
Osteoarthritis (M19.90)
Peripheral vascular disease, unspecified (I73.9)
Prostate hypertrophy (N40.0)
Dietary counseling (Z71.3)
Pacemaker (V45.01). 10/16/2010 Cardiologist manages.

Family History:
Mother. Alcoholism, Deceased. Alzzheimers, 70
Father. Alcoholism, Deceased. 66
Negative Family History of:. Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension.

Social History:
Tobacco use. Never smoker.
Marital status. Divorced.
No alcohol use

Family and life update

 My son is still in the hospital.  They told him he can leave when he wants to go … but they would like for him to stay 7 days.  Right now it looks like he is going to stay.
  Thank God he got into the hospital and the police did not hurt him when they came on the 911 call.

I am taking the Crestor ( 5 mg ) and no problems from it yet.  The doctor put me on 5 mg because he knows I do not like taking meds and because I had problems in the past with other statins.

I got my new VOIP phone service setup now.  The service is PhonePower.  It looks like it is going to be great.  Lots of functions and features.  If you sign up for it please use my ID “n0uwy” and you will get $10.00 off the service and I will get a $10.00 commission.
I will be doing a review on YouTube soon.

Reality life…

I hate “reality TV” and everyone on it.  I never watch it.
Now I just heard someplace and I am not sure it is correct that the house hunter type of TV shows are fake!  I like those shows.  I like seeing high cost homes and I like the shows were people are looking at International homes.  Now it looks like those shows are not even true.

  I have had a reality type of life…Not something I want to see on TV … Not something that I want to share with people…
But this blog has been about my life since 1982.  If you been reading it … You have seen and heard a lot…

If I can .. I try and leave my family out of this blog.. that sometimes.. I can not … Sometimes.. stuff has to be told.. So that you know what is going on here and so that you can see things that may need to be changed or improved in the United States.

So here is my YouTube video about what is going on right now .. live and in living color .. If this is not your cup of tea.. then skip watching this video.

Hilary last night did the  washing .. Jimmy’s clothing so she could take it to him…
I told her to wait until the next day so it would be normal daytime hours at the hospital.  But she wanted Jimmy to have the clothing and know that she kept her word …
I told her it was a bad idea to get out after midnight.. I told her only “dirt bags” get out  late at night.  I told her the hospital would be locked down and asked her if she had the code to see Jimmy.
She was  going to take the bus to save money..  It would have been about a 2.5 hour bus trip one way.  I also told her that buses were not running at those hours.
I was tired.. but I did not want Hilary to get out at those hours, with her blue hair, and make the trip.  So I went with her …  Of course  they had failed to give her the code to see Jimmy.  They told her it was on the card they gave it .. but someone did not write it down or they did not have a code number for him yet or something.  Plus he was not where she saw him a few hours before.. They had moved  him to a entire different building.  NOT that they would tell her any of that. They would not tell her if he was there or had ever been there.. No information..
It is because of the HIPAA laws.  They don’t give out any information on patients.

I fully understand the need for HIPAA laws but I have also seen how they work on people and families.  I have seen the problem they create for health care workers.
It was also a pain in the ass often for hospital security.  The mental health units were the big problem that I ran into. 

 

Crestor

 I saw my doctor today and had blood work done.

The doctor talked me into taking Crestor.  I will be taking 5 mg a day I think.  He gave me some samples and said take it first and see if I have problems.
I took some anti-cholesterol many years ago and every part of my body hurt so much that I did not want to live.  It took me awhile to find out it was the medication.

 

What is Crestor?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) belongs to a a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.” Rosuvastatin reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Crestor is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood and to slow the build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) in your blood vessels.

Crestor is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in certain people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.

Crestor is used in adults and children who are at least 8 years old.

 

 

  When I got out of the doctor’s office Hilary and I were going to get some food to eat.  But I got a call from Darlene.  Jimmy was bad…I guess not taking his medication…Darlene had to call 911 and the police and EMS took him to the hospital.
Hilary is at the hospital and has been there for hours…  I just called her and she could not talk..she was in talking to Jimmy’s doctor.  So we may know something soon.

 

G.Fast Internet

I would love higher speed Internet.  We do have 60 M down and 5 up and I am happy with it.  But I would love faster internet.

Looks like this year some people in the Internet will have the ability to get very fast Internet speeds with a new service.  I hope I can get it here in Fort Worth.

 

How would you like Google Fiber-like internet speeds delivered over your home phone line?

That’s the promise of G.Fast. It’s a new technology that can deliver blazing fast internet over the wires you already have in your home. For many, it will be the first time they’ll have more than one choice for broadband.

There are still a lot of questions surrounding G.Fast: When will it be available? Who will be able to get it? And how much will it cost?

But on Monday, one crucial question was answered: How fast will it be? Very.

Israeli chipmaker Sckipio announced a new G.Fast solution that can deliver both upload and download speeds 750 megabits per second. That’s 50 times faster than the broadband that you probably have coming into your home right now.  CNN Money

 

The YouTube video below was made in October of 2015.
The speed they are talking about is not the speed that is being talked about in the news today. So in less than a year they have got the G.Fast speed much faster now.  Or very soon. Sometime this year.

 

 

Looking forward to a hardware and software review soon

I get to review a lot of items on Amazon.  So I get a lot of stuff for free.  Most of the stuff does not excite me.  Most of the stuff I just give away.
My Amazon Reviewer Ranking is now 7,331.  When I first noticed the ranking I was in the 18K area.  So I have moved up.  One way you move up on the list is by people who read a review and give it a Helpful vote.  So far I have got 783 helpful votes.

Soon I should receive a UBNT UniFi AP AC PRO and that will be fun to review and I will not be giving it away.  I will be using it.
It supports up to 5X faster WiFi in the 5 gHz and 2.4 gHz bands.
Right now with the hardware we have we are using WiFi in the 2.4 gHz band.  e are using 2412.000 and that is channel 1.  

The UniFI will do simultaneous dual-band.
 So it will be interesting to see how well this works for us.
Now on of the great things about this hardware is the software that comes with it.

Now the AC-PRO is indoor or outdoor device but I will not put it outdoors.
the 2.4 gHz speed is 450 Mbps and the 5 gHz speed is 1300 Mbps.
With our Charter Cable service we get 60 gHz down and 5 up.

 

The AC-PRO also has 2 ports on it 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

This going to be an interesting review.
I hope it gets here soon.

Blood Glucose

Last few days I have had some good blood glucose numbers.  This morning it was was 92 that is before breakfast.
Yesterday was 112 and the day before that was 98 mg.
Now those readings under a 100 are the first time since I been doing my testing.

I test my morning level early before I eat.  So it could be called a fasting blood sugar.  I think normal for a person is between 70 mg and 92 mg.  

I only got 4 testing strips left.  I can not get a refill for ten days.  So I guess I not have to stick myself a few days until I get a refill.

I use the OneTouch Delica lancets.  I think it is a pretty good system.  But I am new to all of this and it is the only system I have used.  

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