Tomorrow, January 18th, Brad will be 81!
People often ask about his health – and he likes to say he hasn’t been in the hospital for almost 4 years. Of course that last visit was a serious one, when he went into cardiac arrest for 5 minutes. Fortunately there was no permanent damage from that, they put in a pacemaker, his heart meds have been adjusted, the 7 stents in his right heart artery seem to be doing a good job. So we feel blessed that he can do pretty much what he always could do and still wants to do. Read more… »
Posted on Jan 04, 2013 under Health, It's Personal |
Okay, you all gave some very interesting guesses – and a few of you were pretty close. But here’s the skinny: Read more… »
Posted on Dec 23, 2011 under Health, Holiday Greetings |
As a service to my readers, Brad and I periodically visit various area hospitals and give you reports. Although Brad insists on doing most of these visits, I try to pick up the slack when his seven stents keep his arteries open and his heart stays beating nice and evenly. So two days ago I visited St Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus, a facility we hadn’t visited before (although Brad had stayed once at their San Martin Campus.). The occasion was gallbladder surgery, Read more… »
Posted on Jun 13, 2011 under Health, Non-gambling Activities |
Last week, although I mixed in some casino subjects, I talked a lot about family activities. I always want to stress that it is good for a gambler to have balance in his life between his gambling activities and those that Brad and I always refer to as those in the “real world.” This goes for both the casual and/or recreational one and for the professional who depends on his skill for some or all of his income. Read more… »
Posted on Mar 20, 2011 under Health |
The medical profession in Las Vegas, that is! Read more… »
Posted on Aug 26, 2010 under Health, Video Poker |
Did you go to https://www.progressivevp.com/ to read about Frank Kneeland’s book, The Secret World of Video Poker Progressives, and were unable to order it? Read more… »
Posted on Dec 18, 2009 under Health |
The Southern Nevada Health District has reported a sharp decline in the number of new cases of the swine flu since the “pandemic” peaked here the middle of October. They attribute that to the fact that many people got the vaccination plus many now have increased immunity because they already got the virus and recovered.
However, officials fear another wave may hit in February/March because so many people are now deciding not to get the H1N1 shot. One health professional told me that when the vaccine was scarce and restricted to certain risk groups, “everyone” was clamoring for it. Now they have plenty of vaccine and anyone is eligible, but almost no one is showing up.
Brad and I did get shots last week as soon as the general population was included. When we both got so sick with a “bug” in September, Brad did get tested for the swine flu but it came back negative. I never got tested, but the doctor said I probably did have it. However, it took us both about nine weeks to get back to our normal relatively healthy selves so we decided to be better safe than sorry. Officials are pushing for everyone to get the H1N1 shot because they believe this flu strain will be the dominate one for several years.
Posted on Nov 28, 2009 under Health |
I used to use the points we earned at the Palms at their spa, but now that they can be redeemed for free play I had been looking for a good but reasonable place to get massages. I especially am “addicted” to reflexology treatments – working on my feet makes my whole body feel better!
Well, I have found a gem, just a few blocks from the Palms and around the corner from our condo, in the strip mall at the SE corner of Flamingo and Decatur – #1 Foot Reflexology. I had a wonderful treatment there with an experienced masseuse, Yuki, the owner, who has marvelously firm skilled fingers and hands.
Prices are reasonable: $19 for a ½ hour reflexology treatment. I had the one-hour treatment that includes 45 minutes on the feet and 15 minutes of a head, neck, and shoulder massage.
Tell them the Frugal Gambler sent you!
Posted on Oct 25, 2009 under Health, Transportation |
President Obama just declared an H1N1 Emergency. I had predicted weeks ago that was coming!
And I am starting my 8th week fighting whatever-it-is. Last week I spent 3 days in the hospital with lots of testing that eliminated a lot of maybe-this-is-the-problem issues. And I have more tests tomorrow (Monday) but that will be as an outpatient. Thank goodness. It’s hard running our “life command center” from a hospital bed – although I kept my calendar and cell phone by my side.
I was in Spring Valley Hospital – same hospital where Brad has been in the past – and just a few minutes from our condo so it is very handy. Nice facility – all rooms there are private ones and at night you have a beautiful view of the Strip lights. I had to laugh during an only-in-Vegas moment when I was being admitted. They gave me a list to check off all my belongings and under the Money Column one of the items was “Casino Chips.”
I just have not been able to answer all your nice e-mails, but I do really appreciate all the kind words.
In the meantime, here are a few tidbits about driving around Vegas that might be helpful to some of you:
•Dean Martin Drive (formerly known as Industrial Road) is a very handy way to avoid I-15. You can pick it up near Downtown, at Wyoming (between Charleston and Sahara) and go south on it almost all the way to the M Casino (turning left onto Southern Highland at the south end to actually get to M). Along the way you can turn onto Rio Drive to get to the Rio/Palms/Gold Coast; turn onto Trop to get to NYNY/Excal; turn into a little connector (forget the name) to get up onto Hacienda and get to the back garages of Excal, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay; stop at Silverton; get off on Silverado to go to South Point: and then continue south to M. This street is almost never crowded, even when I-15 has become a parking lot.
•Koval is a construction nightmare from Trop to Flamingo. Avoid at all costs. It might be longer to use Paradise/Swenson but it is quicker.
•The Airport Connector, our favorite shortcut from the west side of town to the east, is in construction mode and will stay there for about a YEAR!
Posted on Oct 16, 2009 under Health |
No, I didn’t die – but for the last few weeks I thought that this bug-that-is-going-around (whatever name they give it) was trying to kill me! When I was talking about the swine flu in my September 11 entry, I didn’t realize that I would still be talking about it on October 16. Wow – this bug can be one nasty enemy. I tried to fight it by using my usual technique of iron mental determination – ignore it and it will go away. It didn’t.
Fortunately, however, when I finally used some good sense and went back to the doctor, she figured that I probably have a shot immune system and developed a secondary bacterial infection. Hurrah – not much you can do about viruses but now I can take a pill! So I am on a strong antibiotic and hopefully will soon be good as new – or as “new” as a 70-year-old lady can be!!!!
So, within a few days, I plan to be back blogging more regularly and giving more gambling hints that will help you keep and/or put more money in your pocket!
Thanx to all of you who wrote, concerned about my absence. I feel very loved and that is very healing!