I’ve been watching snibbets of video from the EV Nautilus’ channel on YouTube. Fascinating. If you’re into cool live shots of undersea creatures and that sort of thing (or your kids are), you should check out this channel. Their ship has these remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with lights and video equipment which they send down and explore with. There is a live feed feature so scientists (and anybody else) can watch what’s going on in real time and make contributions. So you have these scientists sitting in a room with all these monitors showing video feed of what the ROVs are encountering, and just geeking out over the stuff they’re seeing. (Oh, over there! Can you zoom? It’s a Tropiometra carinata, and, yes, look! It’s being parasitized by a Myzostoma probably fuscomaculatum. That’s so great!) There’s this one guy, though. I mean, how can you get a PH.D. in marine biology and not learn how to pronounce “anemone?”! He consistently pronounces it “a-nen-o-me” and it just drives me nuts. (Life on the spectrum, ya’ll. . . .)
It’s been hot here. Sunday’s high was 102F/38.9C. Today’s high is supposed to be 109F/42.7 C. Naturally, I have to get out in it. I have an appointment to get my teeth cleaned at 3 p.m. 47% humidity. Tuesday’s high is supposed to be 88F/31.1C. Ridiculous.
I’ve been going through ice cubes a tray at a time in my stainless steel drink bottle. It holds 40 oz — I fill it a little over half full with a packet of Crystal Light, and then dump in a whole ice tray. Lasts me all day.
Last Thursday was my last day of physical therapy. I have 120 degrees of flexion now (a straight leg is 0 degrees), and I can ride the exercise bike and get the pedals to go all the way around. I have a pair of ankle weights (red ones!) somewhere, left over from when I broke that kneecap many long years ago. I’ve been trying to find them so I can do my home exercises. No idea where I put them. Not a clue. However, the hand weights I got around that time are probably with them, where ever they are. I’ve still got residual swelling and numbness, but I’m only 3 months postop. It can take up to a year for all the stiffness and swelling to finally go away. I reckon I’m down to about half of what I had right after surgery. Onward and upward.