March 11th, 2016


Random Errors

So Mrs. Dr. Phil and I Skype every day that she's not here. It's been marvelous.

Of course, as a free service, it's not been without its glitches. Mrs. Dr. Phil's Kindle Fire HDX seems to have an issue with something flexing inside which causes the microphone to cut out. So she's using her laptop now.

Tonight, in the middle of our conversation, the screen on my Kindle Fire HD flashed white and we lost video. I think she just got my avatar and I got nothing. Still had sound. Eventually we tried restarting the session. Got various versions of either avatars and nothing.

A bunch of apps updated themselves today. Maybe there was a mismatch of versions.

Rebooted. Reinstalled the app. I could see her now, but my image was black.

After we logged out, I suddenly wondered if my camera still worked. It did not.

Another reboot. And now it does. I'm hoping this fixes the problem.

But software updates are going to be the death of our civilization.

I worry about starting up ZEPELLIN, the Windows 7 laptop from Wendy, after so long. People are starting to run into forced upgrades to Windows 10. I've had enough troubles coming up with workarounds to restore XP and NT functionality to 7, and I know some of those won't work easily in 10. There are some hacks to prevent this, include at least one on Microsoft support, but first thing I'll do is disable automatic updates until I sort things out.

Fuck you, Microsoft.

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This morning I was sitting up in bed and eating my breakfast, when I looked down -- my stump looked it was lying at a funny angle to the left. Then I realized I was looking at the Ace wrap and it was probably falling off. Did the white 5-ply sock come off in the night?

Uh, no. It was sitting over on the chair. The nurse last night forgot to put it on. And I can't see what's going on.

OK. Whew.

Did handweights outside on the way to the gym. Nice.

In PT we again started straight on the carpet. But this time we did steps forward, sideways and back.

Actually I did steps to the left. Right didn't work. Yet.

And one of my back steps was HUGE. Surprised all of us. (grin)

My back hallway goal was to this short side corridor going down to a new door onto the patio outside the gym. It's been covered in plastic, the hallway that is, for months. But they just did the work in the last day. Apparently the first new door was jamming and sticky. They replaced it.

Finished PT with some wheelchair squats. We haven't done them in a long time. Push back on something and tilt the wheelchair. We used the edge of the steps in the gym. My leg is a lot stronger than it used to be. I'd tilt and hold. Dave started adding resistance. No problem.

Since there are wheelie bars, I am now cleared to do this exercise on my own.


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