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    Adventures at the Grand Canyon, Spring 2022

    We had scheduled various spring and winter trips to the Grand Canyon in 2020 and 2021. Unfortunately, due to Covid and issues with our motorhome, we had to cancel each of those trips. Being the optimists that we are, we went ahead and scheduled a trip to the Grand Canyon for spring of 2022...
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    Question about Vocal Cord Procedure

    My voice continues to degrade. I can still speak, but my voice is weak and thready. It is more like a loud whisper than a normal voice. It also requires significant effort to talk this way. I was referred to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor at the University of Colorado hospital who...
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    Adventures in Utah: Winter 2022

    I have been out of touch for the last month because my wife and I were on a trip to southwest Utah. We just returned today and it will take me a few days before I am able to start posting details of the trip. It was a wonderful trip and we had a great time. We have never done anything quite...
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    A good laugh from my Respiratory Therapist

    I thought some folks might be entertained by my most recent exchange with my respiratory therapist. She is a wonderful person! She has just been through training for the new computer system she will start using next week. She let me know that our next appointment will need to be a bit longer...
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    Adventures in Yellowstone: Spring 2021

    In this thread, I will hope to convey some of the adventures we had in preparing for and taking our spring trip to Yellowstone. I cannot begin to convey just how difficult this trip was. In a post on the PALS rollcall thread I posted a bit about our trip. In this thread, I hope to flesh out...
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    Which COVID 19 Vaccine to Get?

    Surprisingly, I received an email today notifying me that I had been invited to schedule an appointment to get a COVID 19 vaccine. My wife and I both scheduled appointments! The appointment will be on Friday, the first day that folks in my group are eligible to receive a vaccine in my area...
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    Resmed Astral 150 vs Ventec Life Systems VOCSN for NIV

    I have been using a Resmed Astral 150 for Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) for over a year now. It has taken a while to get the settings where they work for me, but now that it is dialed in I really like it. I am primarily using this for NIV when I am in bed and reclined or lying flat. I also...
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    Wheelchair Ride in the Snow

    We had a clear day today, but it was very cold. I decided to go for a wheelchair ride on the bike path that goes to the top of Vail Pass. My intent was to go about half way. I did not make it quite that far. Apparently, pushing away the snow with my wheelchair caused it to overload and go...
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    Need Suggestions for Reading

    The muscles that control my eye movement were affected pretty early for me. I have good visual acuity and can read well when I don't have to move my eyeballs much. As a result, I have not spent much time reading books over the last several years. I do OK reading a computer screen, because I...
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    Fall Colors

    The trees have been changing colors at an increasing pace over the last couple of week. The area I live in is known for its aspen trees, which can turn a beautiful yellow in the fall. Yesterday, I rode the bike path that goes up Vail pass. I can only make it half way, which is a 9 mile round...
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