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« Reply #360 on: May 22, 2007, 11:55:45 AM »
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Sadly, they can proly have a great first serve % and the returns are still going to come back consistently!   Good advice though!   I am thinking they will have to play better than they basically think they can........not miss anything really!   Tall task but it could be a fun one!  Have they played them before?


Nope, they've never played them before.  But apparently this team (from Cincy area I think) has lost to another Cincy team in both the Sectionals and District finals, so the defending champs are not even the favorites.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #361 on: May 22, 2007, 12:05:03 PM »
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Sadly, they can proly have a great first serve % and the returns are still going to come back consistently!   Good advice though!   I am thinking they will have to play better than they basically think they can........not miss anything really!   Tall task but it could be a fun one!  Have they played them before?


Nope, they've never played them before.  But apparently this team (from Cincy area I think) has lost to another Cincy team in both the Sectionals and District finals, so the defending champs are not even the favorites.



Those dang Cincy teams are nasty tough!  Indian Hill, St. Xavier, Sycamore!  So, what would you rate the guys you played last night?  Solid 4.5?

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« Reply #362 on: May 22, 2007, 12:31:25 PM »
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Sadly, they can proly have a great first serve % and the returns are still going to come back consistently!   Good advice though!   I am thinking they will have to play better than they basically think they can........not miss anything really!   Tall task but it could be a fun one!  Have they played them before?


Nope, they've never played them before.  But apparently this team (from Cincy area I think) has lost to another Cincy team in both the Sectionals and District finals, so the defending champs are not even the favorites.



Those dang Cincy teams are nasty tough!  Indian Hill, St. Xavier, Sycamore!  So, what would you rate the guys you played last night?  Solid 4.5?


Ryan is a solid 4.67.....the other guy a little lower.. 4.5ish
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #363 on: May 23, 2007, 10:45:46 AM »
ala my idol freebird.........

5/22
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- upper body workout w/ weights
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #364 on: May 23, 2007, 03:46:19 PM »
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ala my idol freebird.........

5/22
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- upper body workout w/ weights


The DSter is scoring big-time points with me now!   :H

Back on the lower body workout, I checked in with my biz partner, who's a much more serious fitness guy than me (and where I learned much of what I know).  He tore his ACL playing indoor soccer ~97 or so.  By then they were doing the "pull some ligament from your upper leg" thing, so he has been repaired.  But the same general principles apply - his docs told him that he needed to strengthen all the muscles around the knee.  They started his rehab with wall sits - he says he had to do them initially at 135 degrees because his leg wasn't strong enough to do 90.  Then he worked up to some pretty serious wall-sits before moving onto dynamic exercises.  I hadn't heard this before, but he said that lunges and squats are considered "safer" exercises than some others because having your feet on the ground limits the range of motion, making some injuries less likely (I now can't remember the term he used for this).  We also talked about how hard lunges work the hamstrings relative to quads (neither of us had any real idea, just the observation that when we start up lunges after some time off, the hammies tend to get more sore than the quads).  And he told me a sweet easy-to-do exercise to isolate the hamstrings - check it out:  lay with your back on the floor and your lower legs horizontal sitting in the seat of a chair (preferably a firm seat, like wood) - your upper legs will be vertical.  Press the heel of your feet against the chair and lift your hips/butt off the ground.  Wa-la - hamstring exercise!  You can make it harder by using only one leg at a time.

I need to get on a more rigorous upper body workout, and soon.  Pushups are a pretty good general upper-body exercise, because they get a large number of muscles, but I felt much better last year when I was doing 6-7 upper body exercises - to be honest, I don't feel like my arms are strong enough for some of the strokes I want to execute, particularly my forehand return.  This may be a case of strength allowing me to get away with suboptimal form, but I'd rather make the shot than not :)

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« Reply #365 on: May 24, 2007, 12:06:29 PM »
Well, I’ll be signing off in a bit and won’t be back “for a while” as tomorrow is when my heart procedure is going down  :( .
Below is a play-by-play of what I will be going through.  So friends.....tomorrow at 9AM EST, please send your positive karma my way.  Talk to you soon.
 
 In cardiac ablation, a form of energy renders a small section of damaged tissue inactive. This puts an end to arrhythmias that originated at the problematic site.

 Normally, electricity flows throughout the heart in a regular, measured pattern. This normally operating electrical system is the basis for heart muscle contractions.

Sometimes, the electrical flow gets blocked or travels the same pathways repeatedly creating something of a “short circuit” that disturbs normal heart rhythms. Medicine often helps. In some cases, however, the most effective treatment is to destroy the tissue housing the short circuit. This procedure is called cardiac ablation.

Cardiac ablation is just one of a number of terms used to describe the non-surgical procedure. Other common terms are: cardiac catheter ablation, radiofrequency ablation, cardiac ablation, or simply ablation.

The ablation process
Like many cardiac procedures, ablation no longer requires a full frontal chest opening. Rather, ablation is a relatively non-invasive procedure that involves inserting catheters – narrow, flexible wires – into a blood vessel, often through a site in the groin or neck, and winding the wire up into the heart. The journey from entry point to heart muscle is navigated by images created by a fluoroscope, an x-ray-like machine that provides continuous, “live” images of the catheter and tissue.

Once the catheter reaches the heart, electrodes at the tip of the catheter gather data and a variety of electrical measurements are made. The data pinpoints the location of the faulty electrical site. During this “electrical mapping,” the cardiac arrhythmia specialist, an electrophysiologist, may sedate the patient and instigate some of the very arrhythmias that are the crux of the problem. The events are safe, given the range of experts and resources close at hand, and are necessary to ensure the precise location of the problematic tissue.

Once the damaged site is confirmed, energy is used to destroy a small amount of tissue, ending the disturbance of electrical flow through the heart and restoring a healthy heart rhythm. This energy may take the form of radiofrequency energy, which cauterizes the tissue, or intense cold, which freezes, or cryoablates the tissue. Other energy sources are being investigated.

Patients rarely report pain, more often describing what they feel as discomfort. Some watch much of the procedure on monitors and occasionally ask questions. After the procedure, a patient remains still for four to six hours to ensure the entry point incision begins to heal properly. Once mobile again, patients may feel stiff and achy from lying still for hours.

When is ablation appropriate
Many people have abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) that cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes or medications. Some patients cannot or do not wish to take life-long antiarrhythmic medications and other drugs because of side effects that interfere with their quality of life.

Most often, cardiac ablation is used to treat rapid heartbeats that begin in the upper chambers, or atria, of the heart. As a group, these are know as supraventricular tachycardias, or SVTs. Types of SVTs are:
Atrial Fibrillation
 
Atrial Flutter
 
AV Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia
 
AV Reentrant Tachycardia
 
Atrial Tachycardia
 

Less frequently, ablation can treat heart rhythm disorders that begin in the heart’s lower chambers, known as the ventricles. The most common, ventricular tachycardia, may also be the most dangerous type of arrhythmia because it can cause sudden cardiac death.

For patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, ablation often is used along with an implantable cardioverter device (ICD). The ablation decreases the frequency of abnormal heart rhythms in the ventricles and therefore reduces the number of ICD shocks a patient may experience.

For many types of arrhythmias, catheter ablation is successful in 90-98 percent of cases – thus eliminating the need for open-heart surgeries or long-term drug therapies.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #366 on: May 24, 2007, 12:26:20 PM »
Alright Jimbo, good luck, hope everything goes well!  Tell us how it went when its over!   :)

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« Reply #367 on: May 24, 2007, 12:48:41 PM »
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Well, I’ll be signing off in a bit and won’t be back “for a while” as tomorrow is when my heart procedure is going down  :( .
Below is a play-by-play of what I will be going through.  So friends.....tomorrow at 9AM EST, please send your positive karma my way.  Talk to you soon.
 
 


Kick its ass, brother!
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« Reply #368 on: May 24, 2007, 02:33:24 PM »
Ok, i didn't read the whole procedure - I would be trembling if I did and wouldn't be able to type. .Good luck, be back fast!!!


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« Reply #369 on: May 24, 2007, 03:38:19 PM »
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Well, I’ll be signing off in a bit and won’t be back “for a while” as tomorrow is when my heart procedure is going down  :( .
Below is a play-by-play of what I will be going through.  So friends.....tomorrow at 9AM EST, please send your positive karma my way.  Talk to you soon.

Best of luck. Hope you're back posting soon.
Maybe you can get back and catch OSU again.

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« Reply #370 on: May 25, 2007, 09:38:10 AM »
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Well, I’ll be signing off in a bit and won’t be back “for a while” as tomorrow is when my heart procedure is going down  :( .
Below is a play-by-play of what I will be going through.  So friends.....tomorrow at 9AM EST, please send your positive karma my way.  Talk to you soon.

Best of luck. Hope you're back posting soon.
Maybe you can get back and catch OSU again.


Maybe!  If by "catching OSU", you mean, catching OSU play some team sport or something, cause the other is unlikely!   ;-()

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« Reply #371 on: May 26, 2007, 11:49:39 AM »
I am back home and all is well.  Thanks to all for the warm wishes.  Hope to return to the courts in a few days.  

The groin area looks like someone whacked me with a sledge hammer in the crotch.  Too much ino  :-o
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #372 on: May 26, 2007, 12:12:43 PM »
Hey, he's back! Glad the op went well, even though I didn't understand beyond the first sentence of the procedure. Get well soon, and if you're not on the courts, you'll have plenty of time to catch OSU Buckeye up.

Just read through it again, they put a catheter from your groin to you heart? Och!

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« Reply #373 on: May 26, 2007, 10:27:33 PM »
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Hey, he's back! Glad the op went well, even though I didn't understand beyond the first sentence of the procedure. Get well soon, and if you're not on the courts, you'll have plenty of time to catch OSU Buckeye up.

Just read through it again, they put a catheter from your groin to you heart? Och!


thanks kickserve

yep, they inserted tubes into the groin on BOTH sides and slid the catheter up.  They had a hard time finding the femoral vein thus there were multiple stabs (ouch).  Bled like a sob after they pulled the tubes out, completely soaking my hospital gown and sheets.  It was an incedible experience watching your heart on on a monitor as they inject insulin to try to make it go into irregular rhythms.  They found no dead tissue which is a good thing.
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« Reply #374 on: May 27, 2007, 03:06:34 AM »
They slid a catheter from your groin to your heart and let you watch? Surely they useed some sort of anaesthetic?

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« Reply #375 on: May 27, 2007, 09:41:57 AM »
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They slid a catheter from your groin to your heart and let you watch? Surely they useed some sort of anaesthetic?


They numbed the area and gave me a sedative (at least they said they did...I didn't feel anything) and yes I watched.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #376 on: May 27, 2007, 06:12:25 PM »
Wow, crazy stuff!  I am super-glad it all went well!    :H     So, is it all over or what is next?   ||-|

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« Reply #377 on: May 27, 2007, 08:05:38 PM »
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Wow, crazy stuff!  I am super-glad it all went well!    :H     So, is it all over or what is next?   ||-|


I think it's over.  I have a minor condition that has caused my problems but there is nothing that will be done at this time.  If it gets worse there is a more serious procedure that could be done.  The doc said the reason I have occasional episodes is due to a lot of variables (e.g., dehydration, stress, lack of sleep, too much coffee, too much uhhhh beer).  So, if I can improve on these I should be ok
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #378 on: May 28, 2007, 12:03:32 PM »
Jeffro the Great and I just got done practicing for about 75 minutes, doing some drills.

We went to the track afterwards and did some conditioning (jogged about 5 laps then did some wind sprints).
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #379 on: May 28, 2007, 07:08:15 PM »
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Jeffro the Great and I just got done practicing for about 75 minutes, doing some drills.

We went to the track afterwards and did some conditioning (jogged about 5 laps then did some wind sprints).


Tell Jeffro to get his butt in here and at least say Hi to us.....................or is he just too busy?   :(