WTBQ Sat. 7/26/2014 from 7am to 8 am. I will be the guest host.

I am going to be the guest host on “Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” with David Dirks dirksoutdoors.com on WTBQ, www.wtbq.com , this Saturday.  If you go on the WTBQ website you will find the link to the streaming audio.

My guest will be:

John Wydner, President, Hunter Safety System, to talk about safety when hunting from a tree stand, platform or climbing stand and other high locations.
http://www.huntersafetysystem.com/

and

Randy Wood Vice President of Sales: TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, to talk about crossbows, what to look for, what you get and safety.
https://www.tenpointcrossbows.com/

Crossbow Safety: North American Crossbow Federation has some great information for those just starting.

I will also be talking about the new DEC regulations and other stuff.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html: It is illegal to discharge a firearm, longbow or crossbow:

  • so that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner’s consent.
  • You may hunt waterfowl with a firearm or longbow, over water, within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structure as long as neither are within 500 feet (for a firearm) or 150 feet (for a longbow) in the direction you are shooting. You may not hunt waterfowl with a crossbow.

Dwelling houses — a permanent place where people live and sleep. Excluded are temporary residential units including camping trailers, motor homes or other portable shelters. Also excluded are abandoned dwellings, detached garages, tree houses, “playscapes”, decks, pool areas, storage sheds and out-buildings – even when/if they are temporarily occupied. A permanent camp or cabin may qualify as a “dwelling house”.

NY DEC Crossbow regulations:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html

General

  • Crossbows may not be used in any season until DEC has adopted regulations specifying how and when they may be used. Crossbows may be used to take unprotected wildlife at any time.
  • Crossbows may not be used for hunting any wildlife in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.
  • Crossbows may be used only by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.
  • Without landowner permission, crossbows may not be discharged within 250 feet of any home, school building or playground, public structure, farm structure in use, or occupied factory or church.
  • A crossbow may not be possessed in or on a motor vehicle unless it is un-cocked.
  • While on lands inhabited by deer or bear, and in or on a motor vehicle using artificial lights, a crossbow may not be possessed unless it is unstrung or taken down or securely fastened in a case or locked in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • A module on crossbow safety will be incorporated in all Standard Hunter Education courses offered by DEC after April 1, 2014.
  • Anyone hunting with a crossbow must have:
    1. completed a Standard Hunter Education course offered by DEC on or after April 1, 2014; OR
    2. completed a DEC-approved on-line or other training program (e.g., material provided on the annual hunting guide). Hunters must carry a signed self-certification in the field when hunting with a crossbow as proof of compliance.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take carp or any other fish species.

Crossbow Specifications

  • A legal crossbow consists of a bow and string, either compound or recurve, that launches a minimum 14-inch bolt or arrow, not including point, mounted upon a stock with a trigger that holds the string and limbs under tension until released.
  • The trigger unit of such crossbow must have a working safety.
  • The minimum limb width of such crossbow shall be 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, un-cocked), have a minimum peak draw weight of 100 pounds and a maximum peak draw weight of 200 pounds.
  • The minimum overall length of such crossbow from butt-stock to front of limbs shall be 24 inches.

Big Game

  • Crossbows may not be used to take deer or bear in WMU 4J in Albany County, WMU 8C in Monroe County, or any part of Suffolk, Nassau or Westchester counties.
  • The new law essentially treats crossbows as a muzzleloader. Hunters must possess a muzzleloader hunting privilege to legally hunt with a crossbow during any muzzleloader season OR during open portions of the early bowhunting seasons. Muzzleloader privilege is not required when hunting with a crossbow during the early bear season or the regular firearms seasons.
  • Crossbows may be used to take bear during the early bear season, early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone, regular firearms seasons in the Northern and Southern Zones, and the late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone.
  • Crossbows may be used to take deer during:
    • early and late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone and late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone using Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs, DMAP tags, or an unfilled Regular Big Game tag (late season only);
    • regular firearms seasons using a Regular Big Game tag, DMPs, or DMAP tags.
  • Crossbows may also be used to take deer or bear during limited portions of bowhunting seasons as follows, provided that the hunter possesses the muzzleloading privilege:
    • During the last 14 days of the early bowhunting season in the Southern Zone (i.e., November 1 – November 14, 2014);
    • During the last 10 days of the early bowhunting season in the Northern Zone (i.e., October 15 – October 24; this includes the 7-day early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone);
    • Only Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs or DMAPs may be use during these times.
  • Junior big game hunters (age 14-15) may not use a crossbow to take a deer during the Youth Deer Hunt weekend (October 11 – 13, 2014). Adult mentors who accompany a junior big game hunter on the Youth Deer Hunt weekend may not possess a crossbow (or firearm) while afield on those days.

Small Game

  • Wild turkey – crossbows may not be used to take wild turkey during the 2014 spring season, but DEC is aiming to adopt regulations allowing use of crossbows for hunting wild turkey by fall 2014 and all subsequent spring and fall seasons.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take waterfowl or other migratory game birds.
  • Crossbows may not be possessed afield in the Northern Zone when hunting small game (except coyotes) with the aid of a dog or when accompanied by a dog.
  • Crossbows may be used to take any other small game or upland game birds during their respective open seasons (once regulations are adopted), or to take unprotected wildlife (e.g., red squirrels and woodchucks) at anytime.
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I am going to guest host on WTBQ, Sat. 7/12/14 from 7am to 8 am

David Dirks is busy this Sat. and has asked me to guest host for the day.

“Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” with David Dirks dirksoutdoors.com

This is the information on the radio station. This is the website:  http://www.wtbq.com/

You can listen to the show on the internet or on your cell phone using Tune In Radio: http://tunein.com/search/?query=wtbq

I am had 2 guest:

Richard Rose, Orange County Commissioner of Parks, to talk about fishing in Orange County Parks.

Steve Piatt, editor of NY Outdoor News

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Chicago must pay legal fees in gun store lawsuit

[Alan Gura, the winning attorney, has a great explanation on what the charges are, why they are justified and what the losers are trying to pull over at his Blog: Lisa Madigan Doesn’t Want You to Tip]

From Daily Chronicle
By DON BABWIN – The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.

U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang said in a one-page ruling Thursday that he found fees associated with the lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers “reasonable.” Chang, who in January declared Chicago’s decades-old ban on gun stores unconstitutional, ordered the city to pay attorneys’ fees and costs totaling $940,000.

The order is the latest chapter in the city’s long-running battle to keep guns out of its residents’ hands, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered the city’s decades-old ban on handguns unenforceable and a federal judge’s decision declared the state’s last-in-the nation ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.

The ruling comes just days after the City Council, forced by Chang to allow gun sales in the city, approved an ordinance that dramatically limits where those stores can open and includes various provisions, including the requirement that gun stores videotape all gun sales. Gun rights advocates have criticized the ordinance, saying it is so restrictive that it amounts to little more than a continuation of the city’s ban on gun stores and that it could prompt more legal action.

Meanwhile, one of the attorneys involved in the case has submitted $618,000 bill for work he and other attorneys did in a gun-rights lawsuit against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan by a woman and the Illinois State Rifle Association over the state’s then-ban on concealed weapons. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday that Madigan is challenging the bill because while the state’s ban was unconstitutional, a judge never officially ruled in favor of the woman. Madigan’s office also argues that the fees are “excessive.”

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17 Years ago today; Part 6, 6/23/97

(As best as I can remember.)

I am at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY. I have been here for several days. I woke up a few days ago just before I was transferred from my NJ hospital to Helen Hayes. I remember one thing from one of my last days in the hospital in NJ. I was in my bed with all of the curtains drawn around my bed. I was having a lot of pain from my lower intestines. I had not eaten for many days so all I had in my system was gas. I let out a very large fart. It turns out that my wife was with me and she told me that I can’t do that anymore because I am not in a single room. I am now in a double room and someone else is in the next bed and they have visitors. I tell the people on the other side of the curtain that I apologize but at this point, this is the only pleasure that I have. They laugh.

I don’t remember leaving the hospital in NJ or the trip up to Helen Hayes. I do remember arriving and getting out of the ambulance on a gurney and that’s about it for the next few days. The only other thing I remember is being in a room with 6 other people and being in a lot of pain. The pain was focused in my back where I had a back operation, L5-S1, three years earlier. I remember my doctor came in at 2 AM to see me and they packed me in ice. Also, at some point I had also developed Bell’s palsy on the left side of my face so I had problems talking, drinking and eating though I still don’t remember eating anything at this point.

I stayed in the room for several days but because of all of the noise in the room that kept waking me up and the fact that they had another person who had GB come in for rehab, they decided to put us together in a double. The other person with GB was already in the other room when they poured me into a wheelchair and rolled me into the room. I knew he had GB but he did not know that I had MFS. (What follows is a guy one-upmanship joke.) When they rolled me into the room the other guy introduced himself and told me that he had a rare disease called Guillain-Barré and had been paralyzed and gave me a few details. I waited for him to finish and with a patch over my eye and in my Bell’s palsy mumble stated, “Guillain-Barré, I know all about it. I have the rare form.”

We got along OK as roommates with his girlfriend bringing us KFC when she came to visit. He left Helen Hayes about a week before I did and did quite well in recovery. He was going on his normal morning jog a month after leaving Helen Hayes, his main complaint being the tingling in his feet. He had had the classic foot pain where he could not even stand the sheets touching his feet.

One thing that we shared was our morning heparin shots. For those who don’t know, we got our shots in the morning in our stomach to prevent blood clots. Really not as bad as it sounds, a very small shot with the smallest needle I have ever see. That being said, it was still something that we did not look forward to. Because we had GB we got to sleep as late as we wanted to. The nurses would normally come in around 7:30 AM to see if we were up. If we were not up, the nurses would keep peeking in until we were up and then the nurse would come in to give us our shot. Normally both of us were awake by about 6:30 AM or so but we would play possum when the nurses came in, that is until around 8:30 AM. By then the anticipation would become too much for us and we would buzz the nurse to come in and give us our shots and get it over with. He took his shot sitting up, I preferred my laying down.

While I did not look forward to the shots, I preferred them to the compression bags I had on my legs when I was in the NJ hospital. The bags would inflate and deflate and squeeze my legs so that the blood would be forced out of my legs and help me from getting a blood clot. You can’t imagine how painful that was and I still can’t believe that I was ever able to sleep with those things on. It was very noisy with the compressor pumping up the bags and loud hiss when a valve released the air in the bags.

After I was in the double room at Helen Hayes for a few days, I started hearing something that sort of sounded like someone on the other side of my room’s wall had the same compression bags as I had. About the same time I was fitted with a wheelchair and they started letting me roam the halls as exercise. My first excursion was to go to the next room to see who had the compression bags. When I went to the other side of the wall I found out that it was a hallway and not a room so I realized that the noise was coming from me. When I told the nurses and doctor they thought I was having a mental problem but I kept insisting and finally I figured out that I was hearing arterial sounds from the blood vessels in my left ear. The noise was loud and would even wake me up but fortunately the problem only lasted a few weeks.

Helen Hayes was a great place for rehab and they had a great pool. It was warm, very large and had many levels with a one foot different between adjoining levels. They would wheel me to a lift powered by a garden hose in my wheelchair and transfer me to the lift and then they would lower me into the water. I started off in the 5’ section with foam noodles under my arms with the goal of walking across the width of the pool. As I improved, I moved up to the 4’ section, then 3’ then 2’ section so more and more of my weight would be held by my legs.

Helen Hayes also had a car with triple controls, steering, gas and break, so I was able to take a driving test the day before I left Helen Hayes so I could drive a few miles to rehab when I got back home. I still had double vision and so I had a patch over one of my eyes and I also had tremors and was very weak but somehow I passed with a graduation prize of being able to go through the local KFC drive through to pick up some chicken. It was obvious from the KFC person’s reaction when they handed me the bag of chicken that this was the first time they had seen this done.

Helen Hayes is very close to the Hudson River and I remember that on the July 4 weekend, getting in my wheelchair and going to the end of the wing so that I could look up the Hudson River and see several towns’ fireworks off in the distance.

I stayed in Helen Hayes a month and then the insurance ran out. I was still in a wheelchair when I came home and I could walk up and down the stairs with my wife’s help. Just before I got sick I had finished a 2nd bath with a shower with a seat in our basement so with the help of my wife I could go to the basement and sit down and take a shower.

I cannot describe how hard all of this was on my wife and even my 5 year old daughter.  In some ways my illness was worse on them than it was for me.  I was too sick to worry but they worried and felt helpless.  Don’t discount how much suffering this illness causes those around us.

Just so you know, I will make one more post in a few weeks to cover what happened in the next 17 years.

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It was 17 years ago today Part 5; 6/10/1997

(As best as I can remember.)

Several days ago my wife lost confidence in the doctors and brought in Infectious Disease Control and they finally gave me a diagnosis that will give me a chance to live; Guillain-Barré, Miller Fisher Syndrome.  I think what happened was several days ago the head doctor came in to see me and asked me to move my foot and I was able to make a slight movement.  The doctor said that I was responsive and my wife went ballistic saying; “What are you talking about? That is the first he has moved all day!”

I am having more pain and my world is shrinking because all I am focusing on is dealing with the pain.  All I could do is focus on staying calm, if anything stimulated me I would loose it and start sobbing. I would then have to try to calm back down again.  It was the same, calming-sobbing-calming cycle that repeated over an over again.

I had to have a spinal tap to confirm the GB-MFS diagnosis so a doctor came in to give me the spinal tap.  The doctor liked to use the sitting position so he draped me over a nurse’s shoulder and stuck the needle in.  It was not that bad or at least it was not as bad as I thought that it would be.  When he was done, they laid me back down on the bed.

A few hours latter, I don’t know how long because I could not keep track of time at this point, I realized that my right shoulder was hurting.  It must have been hurting really bad because I was in so much pain to start off with, it would have taken a high level of pain for me to notice.  When the nurse came in she checked me and found out that they had laid me down with a 1 inch roll of medical tape under my right shoulder.  (I would not be able to use my right arm very much for the next year because of pain and reduced movement and I ended up having to have an operation 2 1/2 years latter that was not 100% effective. While I now have full movement, I have a constant low level of pain in my right shoulder.)

Today I have been complaining to my wife that something is going wrong with my chest and I am having a hard time breathing.  I think that the nurse on duty is the same one that asked me to tell her about the rash so my wife has no confidence in the staff so she is trying to hire a private nurse to sit with me.  I don’t think that the nurses are too happy about that.  My wife called the doctor to get his advise and he is upset and mad that she is calling him about this and ask her why she is calling him and then ask to speak to the nurse.

At this point I am very very tired and I am having a hard time breathing.  My wife hands the nurse the phone and I can hear the nurse saying that I am fine and everything is OK and they, the nurses, are taking care of me.  At this point I just decided that I could not breathe anymore so I stopped breathing.  All the bells and whistles went off, something I am sure that the doctor could hear over the phone, the nurse stopped talking in mid-sentence and told the doctor, “I have to go.” She hung up on the doctor and called some kind of code.  I remember other nurses coming in and one nurse sticking a tube down my throat saying in a panicked voice; “I’m not getting anything, I’m not getting anything,” as she suctioned my throat.   As my wife left the room I waved goodby to her with my right hand or at least I thought I did.

That is it, that is all I remember for the next 10 days or so.  I was sent to ICU and my wife tells the story that when I went to the ICU she told one of the nurses she was glad that I was being sent to the ICU and the nurses said that she had never heard someone say that they were glad that someone was going to the ICU.  My wife replied that she knew that I would be under better care if I was in the ICU.

I would say that my wife probably saved my life.  She was at my side as much as she could be and made sure that everyone was doing what they are suppose to do and if not, she did something about it.  I think that it is easier on the people who are sick than it is the people who are watching.  At a certain point when you are sick, you are so focused on being sick that you are not thinking about what will happen or about the future, even the next hour.  You are in so much pain that you cannot think about anything else other than the pain even if you wanted to.  Those watching you are upset with what you are going through and the pain you are in and they are also thinking about the future and what will happen to you and they feel helpless.

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17 years ago today Part 4, 6/7/1997

I have been sick for a week. I am getting worse.  I have lost almost all feeling other than pain.  I listen to a small radio using ear bud headphones.  My wife said that she knew that I was really sick when I did not want to listen to Rush Limbaugh.  I got to the point that I could not tell where the radio was so because I could not feel anything with my hands so I borrowed a hand puppet from my daughter and I put the radio in that.  I would find the wire to the head phones and put the wire in my mouth and pull the wire down until I got to the end and then push the ear buds next to my ear.  I did not have the dexterity in my hands and fingers to put the ear buds in my ears.

As I got worse I could not push the call button so they taped the call button onto the movable lamp that was on the bed so that the button was about half an inch away from the tip of my nose when no one was in the room.  When I needed the nurse I could put my hands in a fist, my fingers were not working, to push the button against my nose.  I could not tell if I pushed the button but the door to my room was open so I could hear the buzzer going off at the nurses’ station.

At some point in the last few days the doctors decided that I needed to have a swallow study done, not that I was eating anything, so they sent me to the x-ray lab for a barium swallow study using a fluoroscope.  First I swallowed barium, then apple sauce with barium and finally barium with egg salad.  I refused to swallow the barium/egg salad mixture.

Someone came in to give me a sponge bath.  I asked her if the next time she gave me another sponge bath, could she please use 200 grit sand paper rather than the 80 grit sand paper she had used that time.

The doctors think they know what is wrong with me but as the doctor put it; ” we are still looking for another diagnosis that would allow you to have a better outcome.”  (I am glad the doctor was wrong.)  I was put on large and heavy IVs of steroids. That was a problem because when the nurse came in to hook me up she told me that I was getting steroids so I should let her know if I got a rash.  My wife ask her how I was suppose to know if I had a rash and the nurse said if I saw a rash I should tell the nurse.  My wife pointed out that I really could not see at this point so how did the nurse expect me to see the rash.  The nurse then said if I felt a rash to tell a nurse and my wife pointed out that I could not feel anything except pain, the nurse just left.

As I get worse I am almost totally consumed with the pain more and more.  The pain comes in waves and I have to focus on just staying calm.  If something breaks my focus or I have a spike of pain I just loose it and start to sob. Any sensory input gets translated as pain in my brain.  Even though I am not moving, somehow the sheets that I am laying on get wrinkles in them and it causes me a lot of pain.

In the hospital.  You can see the wire from the headphone coming out of the hand puppet and the nurse call button hanging above me.

In the hospital. You can see the wire from the headphone coming out of the hand puppet and the nurse call button hanging above me.

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6/5/15 , Cabela’s Announces Plans for Three New Stores, (Including Woodbury,NY)

Cabela is coming to Orange County BUT IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL YET.  They announced they had a location in Newburg and that never happened.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE
From their Press Release:

Woodbury
Construction on the 90,000-square-foot store is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 and Cabela’s expects to open the location in spring 2016. It will be Cabela’s second store in New York, joining the 88,000-square-foot Cheektowaga location scheduled to open this fall.

The store is expected to employ approximately 170 full-time and part-time employees, most from Woodbury and the surrounding area. It will be located adjacent to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets near the intersection of Highway 6 and 17 at Averill Avenue.

“Woodbury will be a great location for Cabela’s and our customers in the Northeast,” Millner said. “We’re thrilled to announce a second store in New York and can’t wait to serve our customers in the area.”

The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s popular store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building. The interior will be built in Cabela’s next-generation layout and include a large mountain replica, wildlife displays, indoor archery range and archery tech room, deli, Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

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It was 17 years ago today, Part 3, 6/4/97

Not too much has really happened.  My doctors still don’t know what is wrong with me.  I am in a single room and I am getting much worse.  What movement I have is going away and I am in a lot of pain.  I am loosing the ability to feel anything. Things are not looking very good at all but I am in so much pain that I am not really worried about what is going  to happen. Pain is starting to totally take over everything and dealing with the pain is all I am thinking about. I don’t remember much of what is happening because of the pain. I don’t remember eating anything and I know that I did not eat anything for several weeks.

At some point the doctor gave me an exam where he held up a pen and said “follow this with your eyes,” and he moved the pen back and forth.  I moved my head back and forth, my eyes were totally paralyzed.

I think that between Sat. and Wed. I had a brain MRI.  They did not have a machine in the hospital so they had to load me into an ambulance and take me one or two blocks away to have the scan done.  It was cool and overcast with a slight drizzle.  When they took me out of the ambulance we were under a covered area.  I asked to be rolled out so that the drizzle could fall on my face.  The two guys agreed and rolled me out for a minute or two.  I thought that it was the last time I would feel rain.  I always remember that moment when I am out in the rain.  I am glad that two guys agreed to my request, I guess they figured, “what could it hurt.”

The reason I remember Wednesday is because on Tuesday my wife had said that she was planning to bring our 5 year old daughter to visit me on Thursday.  I told my wife that she had to bring our daughter on Wednesday because at the rate I was going, I did not know if I would be able to see our daughter on Thursday.  My daughter’s visit was short and I tried to be the best that I could.  My daughter sat on the bed with me and after my wife left the room I told my daughter the normal things and asked her to take care of mom.  At this point, I thought that this would be the last time that I would see my daughter.

I have been sick for 5 days.

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It was 17 years ago Part 2, 5/31/97

On this day 17 years ago I woke up around 6 am with double vision.  Nothing major but noticeable.  I remember closing my eyes and shaking my head several times trying to make sure that I was really seeing double and not just still asleep or imagining it.    I had spent the last weekend camping with my wife an daughter.  We had even splurged and rented a cabin rather than staying in a tent.  I had had an upper respiratory infection in the last week or two but nothing major.

I don’t remember if I had anything for breakfast but after the double vision did not go away after several hours, I decided to go to the ER so my wife took me to the Arden Hill Hospital’s ER.  The Doctor working that Saturday looked at me and told me he had to call the ophthalmologist.  I waited several hours until the ophthalmologist arrived and he told me that he had to call the neurologist.  While their was a neurologist on call, he was not in a rush to run down to see me so I had to wait a while longer.  Unfortunately for someone else, the neurologist had to come in to declare someone brain dead so the neurologist* stopped by with the ophthalmologist to look at me.  After an exam, they both agreed that I had 6th nerve palsy and not to worry, it would go away in a few months.  I had spent the whole day at the hospital without eating and it was late before I went home.

When I got home I was feeling a little funny and I attributed that to low blood sugar level.  I don’t remember if I ate anything, I must have, I went to bed as soon as I could.

I woke up at 3 AM.  I felt like the cartoon where Donald Duck hides behind a large gong and someone hits the gong and Donald vibrates out the back side of the gong.  Plus I felt like I had my finger stuck in a wall outlet.  I woke up my wife and told her that I was deathly ill and that I had to go to the hospital.  We called out babysitter up and dropped off our five year old daughter.  I remember my wife and daughter helping me walk to the car.   My wife drove to Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and we arrived at 6 AM.  My wife went in to ask for a gurney and they said that they did not do that even after my wife told them that I could not walk.  They sent a guard out to the car with a wheelchair.  At this point I could not walk so the guard had to put me in the wheelchair and rolled me in.  I remember a nurse trying to take my temperature with a mouth thermometer,  (remember it was 17 years ago,) and I told her that I could not hold it in my mouth.  She said that she would have to take it another way and I told her OK.  At that point she realized that I was really sick.

I don’t really remember much from the next few days.  They put me in isolation for a while and tried to figure out what was wrong with me.  I could not walk and was becoming  paralyzed with my arms and hand being the last thing to go.  I was in a lot, and I mean a lot of pain.  It had just started.

* Years  later I was looking for a local neurologist and went to see several who live close to me.  One of them was the neurologist who had seen me at Arden Hill.  I did not remember him or his name but he remembered me.   He looked at my history and I got the impression he was mad at me because he told me he was the Doctor from the ER and that he was surprised that I had not come to his office that next week for a follow-up exam.

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It was 17 years ago today, Part 1

It was 17 years ago today, May 28, 1997, that I shot the best target that I ever shot in practice, a 280 – 3X,  for our local 22 cal. NRA Gallery Course pistol league. I used my S&W 41, 22 cal. handgun, (using 5 of the now illegal 12 round magazines,) and CCI Standard ammo.  In less than 3 days, my life, as I knew it, would end.  Part 2 on Sat.

SLOW FIRE              TIMED & RAPID
1 X 7 = 3                      1 X 7 = 3
1 X 8 = 2                      8 X 9 = 8
4 X 9 = 4                                       
TOTAL 9                                   11
300 – 20 = 280 SCORE

280 NRA Gallery Course Score CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE FULL SIZE

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