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Old 09-08-2020, 11:20 PM
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Interesting that so few people wear masks where you live. Here in central France the wearing compulsory in all shops and there are notices attached to the doors confirming just that. Even in the open air market which is held each Friday in Aigurande, the majority wear masks. I'll see if I can sneak a photo the day after tomorrow. In bars and restaurants you are allowed to remove your mask in order to have something to eat and drink of course.

My doctor used to run drop-in sessions. Now she only sees people by appointment. Masks have to be worn in her surgery, she does not allow us to touch the interior door handles and she wears a mask during the consultation. That's good enough for me!

I have just looked at a list of Covid 19 deaths per million. In this list the "world champion" is Peru at 933 deaths per million, so 0.0933% of the population or 1 person in 1072 if my maths is right. Belgium is the "leading" European nation with 868 deaths per million, the UK is in second place with 625 per miliion while Germany has a very creditable 113. The figure for the USA is 576. No idea how accurate this list is but I suppose it presents a general impression. Link below.

I can't get over how slowly the Double Size Tomboy flies. It just seems to hang in the air! Pictures on Post 8507.

A Belgian family visited us on Sunday, three generations of them. The paterfamilas wanted to learn how to fly so I took him up on the electric foamie for a couple of flights. He made the usual beginners' mistakes. I'll try him on the Tomboy if the winds are calm enough when we go flying later today. After a while the grandson and the womenfolk wanted to go home so his son drove them home in his car. I didn't take much notice, it was just a modern, mid grey, four door saloon car. Then he came back for his father and I noticed that it was a Tesla with all the bells and whistles. 70,000Ä worth of car! That's over £63,700 Sterling or $82,415 US!

I'll have one if I win the lottery!

Stay safe gentlemen.

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Old 09-09-2020, 03:21 AM
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Iím still not sure if I had the virus as I never got tested. It was back in January before any talk about this virus. My worst issue was the constant coughing and this extreme pain in my chest just below the rib cage. It was terrible and a long period before the coughing ended. I treated it as a bad case of the flu. Knowing what I know now I was fortunate to not wind up in the hospital.

Iím hoping I have some immunity. I don't take any chances. I stay home and I wear a mask whenever I go out. My county opted out of the mask mandate due to a low amount of cases. So it is a mix of some with and some without a mask. Home projects keep me busy and keep me at home.
Old 09-09-2020, 04:25 AM
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I had my pulmonary function test and echo cardiogram yesterday and they totally wiped me out for the day. The tech told me he had only had one COVID patient. He said a some of my symptoms were similar but they didn't fit the virus. Around here everyone is wearing masks if you don't I think you would get tar and feathered and escorted to the stateline. We have had too many deaths and too many infected. Still the death rate could still continue to grow. Close to 190,000 deaths doesn't seem a lot compared to the US population unless you are someone you know is one of them. My family has had and knows some of the victims. My son the paramedic can just about tell when he thinks the ambulance ride is going to be one way or not. Right now the big killer of late has been strokes, he has a minimum of one per shift for the last two weeks.
Old 09-09-2020, 06:13 AM
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That CDC report was telling. only 9,000 were 100% Covid, 94% were all comorbidity related. The problem with that is you really don't know if the virus was what did them in, or if they were done in regardless. There is also the mean age of life, which is 78, and the average age of the largest percentage between 65-80 was 77.7 YO. Statistically, they would have died anyway, the virus just helped them along.

ET, did you also have a high fever? That is one of the dominant symptoms along with chest congestion.

Myself, I have an aversion to wearing masks, call it a phobia, or something like that, but anything on my face other than glasses, or anything snug on my throat like a buttoned collar or tie and I start to hyperventilate and break out in a sweat and eventually start to panic. I use a bandanna in stores, but even that gives me the willies and I can't wait to get outside where I can remove it. Needless to say I haven't been to many stores. Where my wife works, there were two confirmed cases, both were mild and they are back to work, both were in their 40's.

The ones that make me SMH are those alone, in their cars, driving, wearing a mask. Are they afraid their car may give it to them? At the campground, the families were with each other, but everyone who wasn't part of another group were staying the 6' or further distance, and the only place a mask was required was at the office where you did the paperwork. Everyone was respectful of distance too, so chances of any spread are minuscule if that.

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Old 09-09-2020, 06:20 AM
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What gets me is the number of those who have had COVID and months down the line continue to be suffering after affects. They don't know when or if these patients will completely recover.

I can understand the mask phobia, my son had to have surgery because he couldn't use a CPAP mask at night. It was like he was being suffocated and couldn't breath. My father, my brother, and myself all suffer(ed) sleep apnea. The say its hereditary.

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Old 09-09-2020, 06:47 AM
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Yeah, when I had the flu a few years back, two trips to ER for dehydration, etc. it took months before I started feeling right again. Imagine no different with the Vid.
Old 09-09-2020, 10:38 AM
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"it took months before I started feeling right again." (quote)


You're absolutely right. I used to have a physician friend who had done his residency in a large university hospital. He related a story in which there had been quite a flu epidemic whicle he was there. In his med school training, his professor had spent exactly one day on colds and flu. That's because there was not much a doctor could do other than provide a bit of symptomatic relief and advise plenty of rest and fluids.


My friend had a statistical interest, so as people came through the clinic he gave the usual advise, then took out a penny postcard and wrote the patient's age and the day of their visit. He handed the card to the patient and asked them to write two dates on the card and drop it into the mail. The first date was the day the person felt well enough to return to work (or class), and the second date would be the day the patient first felt 100% recovered.

In time he had collected a couple hundred cards. He found that the time from "back to work" to "100%" varied with the patient's age. Basically, full recovery time was about one day for every year of the patient's age.

So a 20 year old might recover in about three weeks. But a 60 year old could expect to take two months for full recovery.
Old 09-09-2020, 12:01 PM
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From the reports I have been seeing the recovery time for COVID follows a different pattern than your physician friends flu study. I think to really understand it they are going to have to start collecting information on the COVID strain each patient has.and the different recovery path of each. COVID is a totally different animal fom Influenza.
Old 09-09-2020, 12:28 PM
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It has similar symptoms, but affects different people different ways, which the Flu doesn't. It's a strange bug. It mainly attacks lungs because that is where it accumulates and replicates, but on some people it can spread to other parts of the body, depending on what the persons body conditions are. The verdict is still out on if it actually reinfects, or if it has just reduced the immune system so that it is easier to get sick from something else. Children are just the opposite of what the flu does too, they are the least likely to get it while the Flu they are more likely to get it. Only children who have compromised immunity were getting sick from it, normal healthy children were unaffected. They also are not carriers, so the closing the schools really makes no sense, and the elearning they are doing now is half of what they would be doing on a daily basis. Both of my kids are at home with elearning. No physical ed, just sit in one place 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen. I have done online training for Cisco certifications and it is much more difficult to gain knowledge than in a class room with a live instructor. You can't ask questions when you have one, and it is so easy to zone out too. Their first day was yesterday, and I asked afterwards, learn anything, no, couldn't hear the one teacher, and it was so boring.
Old 09-10-2020, 01:57 AM
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My case started with a headache and a fever. I text a friend I thought was coming down with the flu. Next day the coughing started. Getting progressively worse. One night I could not sleep from the coughing. Cough after cough after cough. I finally got to sleep. By morning I had the horrible pain by the rib cage. It was so painful I tried not to cough or do anything that affected the stomach muscle. This went on and in time the pain started going away but the cough lingered for weeks. I did not feel the body aches that some report.

This was all before any mention of the virus. Then reports started coming in with symptoms and I related to the symptoms described. Best case was the congressman from Utah. Everything he described I had except body pain. He was positive and later wound up in the hospital. I just treated my case as the flu not knowing enough at the time. If it was the virus I hope I have some immunity now. Too many unknowns about this virus.

I donít like the mask wearing either. But having gone what I went through I donít take any chances. I can attest I donít want that pain in the rib cage again. I use a bandana mask. Folded so there are 4 layers of protection and I include a coffee filter in the mix. I use a twisted SS safety wire to form the seal around the nose and cheek area. It takes only a couple of minutes to assemble and use stretch bands around the ears.

Only good thing about this pandemic is Iím working on home projects Iíve ignored for a while. Biggest one is repairing one section of the barn roof. I started it but this weather is still too hot for that job. One third done and two thirds of the old roof needs to come down. I thought we would have cool weather by now. Yesterday was really hot. So I gave up working outside and played a little with a second foamy airplane Iím building.
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:17 AM
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Well we had a cold front come thru here, its been in the 50s but it has been raining off and on for two days.
Old 09-11-2020, 06:28 AM
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Friday market, Aigurande, France, 11/09/2020 11.00 hrs aprox.






I don't know what has gone wrong with the colour in the second picture but I had left my camera on the kitchen work surface where some water must have got into the works, but at least you can see that everybody's wearing a mask.
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Nice Pics
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I'm not sure how this works, but at 82 I qualify. I want to try making something with fiberglass. What do I need and what do I need to know? Probably too much for someone to tell me, but a book or article would be helpful.
Old 09-13-2020, 04:09 AM
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I'm not sure how this works, but at 82 I qualify. I want to try making something with fiberglass. What do I need and what do I need to know? Probably too much for someone to tell me, but a book or article would be helpful.
Depends on what you to ake or if you just want to skin the airplane with fiberglass. Here are a couple of articles I saved from other websites to give you an idea of the process.

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Well guys, at the follow up Friday the doctor gave me a choice of him calling an ambulance or the wife driving me to the hospital 3 blocks away. So far everything is looking good, no talk about Ole Yellar and going out back . I get a stress test tomorrow. My son brought up my laptop on one of his ambulance runs to keep me occupied but the WiFi speed here sucks.
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:38 AM
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Sorry to hear your news Mike. I wish you a speedy recovery.

My own health is starting to be something of a cause for concern. My knees have not been good for some time and on Friday night I went to bed aware of a dull pain in the right knee but not in the joint, by the left side of the right knee. It was not too painful and I managed to sleep alright and the pain went away yesterday morning once I'd started being active but in the shower I noticed that the area behind the knee and in two or three places above and below it were badly bruised and I assure you that at 72 I haven't been playing rugby, at least not for the last forty years!

I suspected a broken blood vessel and this was confirmed by the club president who used to be a district nurse-manager before retirement. He told me to make an appointment with my doctor as soon as possible as I could have a problem with circulation. I've had a varicos vein in that leg for at least twenty-five years. My doctor is on holiday but I believe that she's back at work on Monday. I'll keep you posted.

Has anybody else gone flying lately? It is the summer you know! At least it is in the Northern Hemisphere.

I plan to pack the van carefully and take two trainers for the beginners, the Tomboy and my WOT 4 XL which is fitted with a Laser 150 V Twin.




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Old 09-13-2020, 05:57 AM
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I had the right knee replaced on New Years Eve 2018 and don't regret it a bit!
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Regarding knees, if an orthopedic replacement is absolutely necessary, then by all means, it is the best way to go. Fortunately I wasn't required it and physical therapy restored motion, plus an active exercise program. But then I'm younger at 66. Prefer to stick with OEM parts, better than aftermarket. Still some stiffness though, next option is stem cell injection.
Old 09-13-2020, 09:11 AM
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My knee was thought to be borderline until they actually got inside. I was told to expect a cementless replacement but when the surgeon got in there he discover bone cysts had destroyed a lot of the bone needed to support the replacement. The xrays and MRI and not detected the damage. He had no choice to remove it all and use a glue in type. He was surprised I had tough it out for so long. It wasn't pain or the bad limp that got to me it was sudden knee collapses dropping me to the floor, concrete, etc. and that stuff is hard. Those kind of problems come on slowly and I think we get use to and try to ignore it. I'm still getting "I told you so!"s from the wife for not going to the emergency room 2 weeks ago when this mess started. Us guys can't remember what we had for lunch last Tuesday but our wives can remember every bone head stunt we pulled since the being of time. It will be 42 years for us this coming Memorial day.
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:45 PM
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Good luck to you Mike. Heal fast and heal well. Getting old is a pain. Iím starting to feel my age too.
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Just remember the quote from Disney's Aladdin : You'll be surprisedwhatyoucan live through
Old 09-13-2020, 07:46 PM
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So no-one's been flying lately?

I took the WOT 4 XL to the patch but couldn't get the engine to run satisfactorily so didn't fly it. Some work in the back yard required there I think. I took up my latest trainee on the electric foamie trainer for three test flights. He's very keen but at 71 discernible progress is slow, then I flew the big Tomboy in the evening heat.

Nice day out all told.

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Old 09-14-2020, 07:25 AM
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Hi Mike, I passed thru you area on my way to SE Kansas to visit my cousins and pick up a hand made grinding stone that my friend had stored for me. My cousin lives right near the Turner Turnpike entrance outside of Jones, Ok and I had never stopped in this area before. It was nice to get away for two days and it went so quickly! I hope you are getting better. Ive got my Gp Easysport back together and waiting to test fly it next weekend!
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Had a total shoulder replacement done last Thursday, was able to hold my late class on Friday. We're doing all classes remotely, so I am able to avoid taking a lot of sick leave.
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Thanks Mike J! Stikum, I hope the shoulder is well on it way to healing. I had my right knee done and the really works starts with the recovery. You get out of it what you put into it.

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