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Old 07-27-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Firstly, while at work at the end of June I had a subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed) -I was very lucky because I was already working in the ER when it happened -it was a decent size bleed and produced enough pressure to push my brain a centimeter past midline. I was incredibly lucky since I've made a full recovery. I take coumadin (among other things) for severe dilated cardiomyopathy (very weak heart but was not due to heart disease. It was courtesy of getting a virus that wrecked it back when I used to work in critical care).
Anyway, on July 1st I underwent a craniotomy to relieve the pressure, they kept that part of my skull on ice (I hope to get it replaced in two more months).
Ok, thats 'background'. Today I was at my doctors office for a follow-up/progress report (a week ago, I sprung a leak at one of the surgical sites and was leaking cerebro-spinal fluid, had to go to emergency and have it sewn up again -finally got all of the stitches and staples out! ). While I was chatting with him, I asked him to keep an ear open for an unwanted Oxygen bottle (was looking for the kind used in oxy-acetylene cutting) and just before I was about to leave, he told me to wait a min., He had a medical O2 bottle, regulator and caddie that he wasn't using anymore (it was a spare) and I'd be welcome to it -he figured it was empty and if I needed a script to get it filled (I doubt welding gas outfits would have the right adapters to use the fill port on these -they aren't like the ones used in industrial settings) -I cracked open the bottle and it registered over a thousand pounds! Since I use about 2-4LPM for only 20secs (and a diffusion stone of course) this bottle should last ages!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:49 AM   #2
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Firstly, while at work at the end of June I had a subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed) -I was very lucky because I was already working in the ER when it happened -it was a decent size bleed and produced enough pressure to push my brain a centimeter past midline. I was incredibly lucky since I've made a full recovery. I take coumadin (among other things) for severe dilated cardiomyopathy (very weak heart but was not due to heart disease. It was courtesy of getting a virus that wrecked it back when I used to work in critical care).
Anyway, on July 1st I underwent a craniotomy to relieve the pressure, they kept that part of my skull on ice (I hope to get it replaced in two more months).
Ok, thats 'background'. Today I was at my doctors office for a follow-up/progress report (a week ago, I sprung a leak at one of the surgical sites and was leaking cerebro-spinal fluid, had to go to emergency and have it sewn up again -finally got all of the stitches and staples out! ). While I was chatting with him, I asked him to keep an ear open for an unwanted Oxygen bottle (was looking for the kind used in oxy-acetylene cutting) and just before I was about to leave, he told me to wait a min., He had a medical O2 bottle, regulator and caddie that he wasn't using anymore (it was a spare) and I'd be welcome to it -he figured it was empty and if I needed a script to get it filled (I doubt welding gas outfits would have the right adapters to use the fill port on these -they aren't like the ones used in industrial settings) -I cracked open the bottle and it registered over a thousand pounds! Since I use about 2-4LPM for only 20secs (and a diffusion stone of course) this bottle should last ages!
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Awesome score man! Sorry about the health problems i know how that is, tho mine are no where NEAR as serious as yours, mine cant kill me, just cause a buttload of pain.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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WOW! That is a great scar! Glad to hear you are doing much better now. An O2 stone is something I've been thinking about picking up myself. Although I do get pretty good results without much more than shaking or dropping wort from bucket height, I wonder how much better the yeast would be with an airstone.

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Wow, I wish you a speedy recovery! You seem to be doing well and taking it well!

Also congrats on the score!

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Old 07-27-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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WOW! That is a great scar! Glad to hear you are doing much better now. An O2 stone is something I've been thinking about picking up myself. Although I do get pretty good results without much more than shaking or dropping wort from bucket height, I wonder how much better the yeast would be with an airstone.
For a while I was using the stone and an aquarium pump (which works great, really -it just takes a bit more time but there isn't any rush anyway). The stone is definitely worth it.
SWMBO bought me this SS stone that is attached to a long SS tube (which accepts O2 tubing) -before she got me the stone, I was using one of those diffusion stones you use in fish tanks (they're cheap, but you need to weigh 'em down because they tended to float)
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Cool score, I hope you feel better.

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Thanks. Yeah I actually feel quite good. I was extremely fortunate -no neuro-deficits which is pretty rare. I was lucky as hell, really, to have been at work in the ER when it happened (instead of either at home or on the motorcycle). I was in the ICU 8 days -weak as a baby when I got out (slept a lot like one too-haha). SWMBO has been great this whole time -I certainly would not have done as well otherwise.

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Be advised that most gas suppliers can fill it. Linweld and air gas in our area can fill them. Linweld fills them for me without a script, since all it is is hepa filtered oxygen.

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