What am I up to?

“Not always this laid back”

“Not always this laid back”

Thank you for asking. I am asked this question so often. This phase may just be a salutation, but I have learned many have a curiosity about my various endeavors. A blog seemed like the best way to answer this question on a regular basis. In addition, this blog provides a means for me to keep track in an organized fashion of what I am up to.

The purpose is to record and relate what I am up to these days. The information will be in one place for recording memoirs and historical events. It will be a place to document the present and consider the future.
I expect to regularly make entries concerning various categories: physician/surgeon; medical research and development; the golf adventures and Life. You may see a recent post or follow the topic that might interest you.

Let me know what you think as this blog will becomes my “Lectronic Legacy” in what ever time remains.

Physician/Surgeon

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

In the course of my practice I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. This resulted in hundreds of surgeon visitors, such that Ingham Medical Center in Lansing created the first operating room dedicated to arthroscopic surgery including a glass wall for visitors to comfortably observe surgery.

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

First and foremost I am a physician/surgeon. No matter a physician’s special interest, the medical license says physician/surgeon. In the course of my medical practice, medicine became very specialized, me included. I went from medical doctor, to board certified orthopedic surgeon to arthroscopic surgeon. My business card indicated such. I did not go so far as to do only left knees and right elbows. When I saw this unfolding, I changed my business card my roots, a “new” specialty called Physician/Surgeon.

 

 

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Inventions/Patents

Inventions/Patents

Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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Golf

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

I started golf at age 11 a Burroughs Farms, a family recreational area for employees of Burroughs Adding Machine Company. This facility is now called Oak Pointe, west of Brighton, MI. I played on Royal Oak High School team which won the Michigan State High School Championship in 1951 (not a misprint on year). My last year at Michigan State and sfter I was admitted to medical school, I played #3 man on Michigan State College (at that time) golf team. My best competitive score was two under 70 against Notre Dame. I have enjoyed 3 holes in one, the longest being 265 yards in 1955. I played a few local country club invitationals over the years, winning once at the Lansing Country club with Otto Schubel.

Long hiatus in golf due to medical school and practice, but in 2002, I slipped on the ice after a Michigan State basketball game and dislocated my shoulder. This resulted in rotator cuff repair and exploring one handed putting. This led to interest in putting and putter design. This led to meeting Howard Twitty, former PGA tour player and the rest is history and daily documentation of new events now reflected in this blog’s “What are you up to in Golf”

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Life & life

Open Bible

Open Bible

These are musings about Life and life. Notice the capital letter on the first Life. The reason is that it is a synonym or code name for the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He called himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. Over the years I have lived an imperfect life (not capitalized) which is one of the qualifications for becoming and remaining a Christian. There is a fun scripture that rhetorically says, “Does a well man need a doctor?” Only those with faults need apply.

I have written a number of manuscripts about Life and life. One such many people Christian or not have appreciated is my insight to what goes on in the operating room which resulted in a prayer for those undergoing surgery. (use the form to the right to sign up and get this free)

I have written a short manuscript on “A Physician Looks at Scriptural Healing”. Being a medical doctor and a Christian it was of interest to me, what the Bible recorded about healing. So it was important to me to make this study in light of my clinical experiences. I want the proceeds from this to go directly to Fresh Wind Christian Community in Benzie County, MI.

This section will have many other reflections on Life and life as we go along.

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Answering the frequently asked question (FAQ) of what am I up to now?

A BLOG seemed the best and most efficient means of answering the FAQs on a regular basis.  It might be said that I wear multiple hats or have many interests.  Discovery in medicine will always be the main topic.  However there are other categories; Golf Adventures, Inventions, and some Christian writings.  Hopefully the BLOG will be a format to tell what I am up to in each of these main endeavors.  It seems almost daily there are interesting events; at least to me. Perhaps the events may be of interest to others.

I want to make it clear, I am not retired.  Retirement it is bad for one’s health.  I concluded my clinical practice in 1995, but work regularly in these various endeavors.  I do not see anywhere in the Bible where retirement is to be desired or realized.  I have told my daughters that I will not be speaking at my retirement party.

From time to time I will answer publicly herein those questions that recently surfaced and may be of general interest.  I will not be recording what I had on my hot dog at a ball game, let alone focus on mundane events.

I trust I will accomplish the intended goal of answering “What am I up to?”

You do not have to read between the lines.

2/12/2017:  You do not have to read between the lines.  You can read the lines.  4th Muslim group refuses to take US Federal grants to for “countering violent extremism”.

www.sacbee.com/news/business/article132146279.html

These grants were established by President Obama and administered now by President Trump.

Tip of the Iceberg Sounds the Alarm Theory

2/9/2017: When I see in a person, a company and or a situation that looks like trouble at first encounter, I liken it to seeing the tip of an iceberg.  I know that there is lots of problems under the surface I cannot see, so I do not get closer.  I change direction.  I had such happen today.  I had appointment to meet a head of a company and they were a no show, no message, no thanks.

Concussion Protocol for Democrats

1/19/2017: Listening to the Democratic talking points it is clear that they are in need of going through the concussion protocol common in football.  Thereafter they may come to their senses and realize their talking points are not on point.

Web Site Construction: My experience and advice

1/10/2017: Web site construction and or revision will be more expensive than you expected whether you have a company or do it yourself.  It will take much longer than expected.  It will cost you more than anticipated.

I have gone through 4 companies seeking an update.  I paid several thousands of dollars just to learn that some did not do what they say.

So:  If they say they can get right to your project that means you pay and they get right to cashing the check.  The job may take 6-8 months to finish.  Why?  Because the take on more work than they can do now, so they remain busy.

If the company says the cannot start for 2 months that may be a worse delay.  But maybe they are honest in predicting assigning your work to India.

Solution: None

If you go to a boiler plate type of company where they fill in your customizations to their form.  How, it still will be a boiler plate with limitations.

Solution: None

The web site company will outsource your job to foreign language speaking programers which slows the process while you learn to understand the new language.

Solution: None.

Advice: Spend more time in comparison shopping and getting assurances in writing with financial penalty for failure of on time delivery.  This time spent will save time waiting for your product.  Accept that you will pay penalty of learning experience.  Education is not free.

Something Positive: Choose a company that uses Word Press.  This gives you more choices thereafter.  Certainly do not choose company that has proprietary site as you will locked in thereafter to them.

Finally: I like what I got after 18 months, 4 different tries and much money.

www.drlannysinsoles.com

www.prescriptiongolf.com

Who really died at Auschwitz?

12/24/2016: Who really died at Auschwitz?  This has made the Internet rounds since 2004.  A Google search proposes the original source and the unknown author.

Original Source: online Spanish magazine Gentiuno and their posting of Nov 21, 2004.

Author: Unknown, but ascribed to Sebastián Vivar Rodríguez who may well be fictious.

The absence of either does not make the posting any less true or worthy of our attention.  I rather think of what was born or re-born from the Holocaust; Israel in 1948 and Jerusulem in 1967.

The following is an edited and modified version of the original which is posted on www.truthorfiction.com/europe-died-in-auschwitz-by-spanish-writer-sebastian-vilar-rodrigez/

I walked down the streets in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz . . . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of these people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now approximately seventy years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated. Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world “never forgets.”

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States?

 

Launch of Knee Problem.com

12/19/2016: www.KneeProblem.com has launched in new web site format this past week.

KneeProblem.com

Sponsoring Hondo Carpenter’s Monday night 10 pm TV sports show in Lansing, MI market.

The Cloud, old definiton with new meaning

12/18/2016: Physical clouds in the sky take all types of forms, most are beautiful, especially as they roll in from across Lake Michigan [In the summer :)]

Then the scripture says that the return of Christ in Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him…”

Before universal television that idea did not seem a tangible reality.  Now it is.

Then it occurred to me that the Internet, web, millions of cell phones that now store and recieve images from what is now called “the cloud” is expanded potential for “every eye to see him”

Of course God is not limited to TV nor the Internet’s cloud, but I could not help but seeing evidence either in or from the cloud.