BIG 10 FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!

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Earlier today all 14 chancellors of the Big 10 voted to start the football season on an abbreviated 8 game schedule. This is big because as recent as last night it was believed that Micigan and Michigan State still would not play. This is not the case. The league will restart with rapid covid 19 testing, this was not available 5 weeks ago, as well as testing for myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart wall which can be caused by Covid. This decision was not made on a whim, there are strict guidelines and protocols that have to be met daily and weekly.

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Needless to say there are many happy fans throuhout the country, not just in Happy Valley. Sports fans throughout the country, including President Trump, applauded the decision. Games are set to begin October 23rd, 24th, giving teams enough time to get in reps and workouts. This also gives the league time to set up testing and data harvesting protocols.

College football just got better.

Travels with Lewy – 3

Sometimes Lewy just picks you up, throws you in the backseat, and you just have to enjoy the ride. This is how I have felt for the past 7-10 days. I don’t drive so my wife is my chauffeur to get me around in reality, Lewy hijacks my brain and takes me on a “thrill” ride without any notice. Sometimes these rides last a short time, an hour or so, and others could be all day or in between. There is no warning. It is a tour of all of Lewy’s favorite symptoms, hallucinations, dizziness, sleep disorder, dazed and confused, muscle rigidness, joint pain, forgetfulness, and more. These are the kinds of rides that you really don’t mind missing. The only good thing is that they eventually end. They seem to be ending now and for that I am grateful. Hopefully this part of Lewy leaves me alone for a while.

Lewy has given me a knew traveling companion, tho, a new cane. My left side is very weak and I need my new friend to help me get around. I haven’t named him yet but that should be coming soon. We go everywhere together. Especially stairs, they have become my new enemy, worse than Darth Vader. I look at stairs and give a big exhale before I figure if I can make it up walking or sit down and do the butt slide up to the top. This has become one of my major decisions, most days. Most of my other decisions deal with either pain or urgency. Also I have also started slipping and falling, even with my cane. These are all wonderful new things to bring to my neurologist appointment coming soon.

The above meme is unfortunate, but true. I take notes daily, both to take to my doctors and to help me write these blogs. My memory for all things is slipping and not on the ice where it can get back up. This to me is my second worst symptom. The worst is my sleep disorder where some nights I either beat up my wife or fall on the floor, all unbeknownst to me. Things I do and see when I am asleep are the worst to me as I am not in control of my thoughts or actions. The hallucinations in my bedroom at night are the worst because I cannot always distinguish reality from the hallucinations.

I know for people without Lewy this may be hard to believe but this is all in the past week. The people with Lewy for a while are saying, is that all you have, bring it all. That’s the real trip, the one that has transformed me into the person who hasn’t given up, so I keep asking Lewy, Is this all you got?

As always, I write these blogs for everyone and if it helps even one, that is fantastic. They do help me by voicing my symptoms and occurrences so I can look them up and bring to my doctor’s attention.

Everyone reading this is in my thoughts and prayers. All with Lewy and their caregivers get some special prayers. Thanks for reading.

Some High Schools just want to play.

Last week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia decided to postpone fall sports until the Spring. That was not welcome news for most of the Philadelphia Catholic League schools. There are three schools in the league who are not members of the Archdiocese but are Independent Catholic Schools, St Joseph’s Prep, Devon Prep, and LaSalle College High School. These 3 schools have come together with Holy Ghost Prep to play a modified schedule of some fall sports, Cross Country, Golf, and Soccer. St. Joseph’s and LaSalle are looking for options for football.

The importance of sports to young students in high school is important to help with the high school bonding among other things. In my opinion, your high school friends last forever, especially those formed on the athletic fields. I am still in touch with many of my high school friends, they are a big and important part of my life. The bonds are very strong. The administration of St. Joe Prep has more information about this move of these schools to bring a sense of normalcy to some of the young men in their charge lives. Attached is the press release from St. Joe Prep.

Travels with lewy — 2

As we all know Lewy is a roller coaster and most times we are alone, we may have caregivers, family, and friends with us but none can truly know what goes on in our mind and bodies every hour.

Just like a roller coaster, there are pauses, high points and low points and in between. The worst is the rising to the high point because you think you are doing great and then reality comes crashing down. I would trade anything for an even keel once in a while but that hasn’t happened as of yet. The ride down from the high point is scary and filled with so many turns to make sure I get all my symptoms at least once.

My autonomic functions seem to want to play the game too. My bladder seems to be leaking as well as my bowels leaving presents for me. Again not an everyday occurrence just enough to be a pain in the ass.

There are times also when the symptoms feel like waves are crashing down around me and I am being swept away in a hurricane.

Today is one of the few days where Lewy seems to be taking a rest. I am on an easy part of the coaster and I get to take it easy. My symptoms today are more being in a daze and not with it. I must mention, everything above the waves was 1 day, up, down, side to side and left sleepless. A day like today is always welcomed. I can do most things, it just takes some extra time to get er done. Days like today are not very often, my brain does not let that happen. I would love to be a whole brain person again but that isn’t going to happen so I have to settle for what I have. I have found out 1 good thing, I can remember words to songs that I had forgotten. So my family gets free concerts. The music seems to help keep me easy and calm. Also brain games on my phone. Puzzle games, Mahjong tiles, chess, and some more

I pray for all my Lewy companions every day and also for caregivers and scientists that they find a cure one day. I hope everyone keeps following my exploits and please share and comment if you have any questions. My days are now wanting to be like this again.

The 80’s Big hair, hard rock and metal. The top 10 bands are here

This list is one man’s thoughts on 80’s rock and roll bands. This does not include single artists or any other types of music. I am not a big fan of the big hair music genre but some really good music came out of the 80s, just ask my wife. That being said, I am a child of the 70’s music, that list will be up next week and we will keep going back to bring you the best music, my opinion, from each decade. Enjoy the list, leave a comment on your thoughts but most of all enjoy.

NUMBER 10. — Dire Straits

The first band to grasp the MTV age with hits like Money For Nothing and Walk of Life coming from 1985’s Brothers In Arms, Dire Straits took advantage of the video craze and for anyone who grew up in the 80s, I don’t think you can get the Money For Nothing video out of your head.

NUMBER 9 — Motley Crue

Their best album of the decade came at the very end, Dr. Feelgood. With hits like Kickstart My Heart, Without You, and the title track, Dr. Feelgood, the album quickly rose the charts. The album is by far the Band’s best and proof is in the 6x Platinum it hit. My favorite song from this album should have been from the 70s, Don’t Go Away Mad, (Just Go Away).

NUMBER 8 — Rush

Rush spanned 4 decades of hits but the band pumped out 8 albums in the 80s. Their second album of the decade came out in 1981, Moving Puctures, and turned into my favorite. Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta kick it off followed by the instrumental YYZ. The album was close to the 70s and had some left over “high” notes and this is one of them.

NUMBER 7 — ZZ Top

Another band to take advantage of the new MTV, back when they played music. The “Little Ole Band from Texas” had some great hits in the 70s but the album Eliminator scored multiple hits with male youth of the country, with Sharp Dressed Man, Gimme All Your Lovin, and Legs. These three songs alone brought more awareness to the band and made MTV a success. On another note, if you haven’t seen the band live, you missed one of the best concerts that I can think of.

NUMBER 6 — Journey

One of the 80s Rock ballad bands, Journey started the decade off with a bang with the album E5C4P3 OR Escape. With hits like Who’s Crying Now, Don’t Stop Believin, and Open Arms, the band set the bar pretty high for themselves going forward. Journey would go on and gave more hits but never as many as Escape has. The album has hit 9x Platinum and sold over 12 million copies world wide.

NUMBER 5 — Bon Jovi

When you hear the name Bon Jovi, you think of the New Jersey accent but more you think of his hit songs, many of them on his best selling album, Slippery When Wet. The best of the best include, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on a Prayer, and Wanted Dead or Alive. The energy that Bon Jovi puts into his songs in concert is astounding. His next album New Jersey has my personal favorite, I’ll Be There For You.

NUMBER 4 — Metallica

While not a fan of Hard or Thrash Rock, I did purchase their second album, Ride the Lightning. I was more curious of how the band tied the music to Stephen King’s The Stand, from where the name of the album comes. Fade to Black and Creeping Death are 2 outstanding singles from the album. Their deep body of work should put them on anyone’s greatest groups lists.

NUMBER 3 — Aerosmith

Although the band had some great albums in the 70s, the band had a rough patch and the Album Permanent Vacation was a revival for the group in the late 80s. The album includes 3 big hits for the band, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Rag doll, and Angel. Another MTv influence helped the band reach the come back they were looking for when the video for Walk This Way was aired as dueling bands on opposite sides of a wall with Run DMC. This quickly brought Aerosmith back as a band people were talking about again.

NUMBER 2 — Guns N Roses.

To say Guns N Roses made a big spash in the music world when they debuted would be an understatement. The album sold 18 million copies in the U.S. making it the countries best selling initial album at the time. The album also produced 3 top 10 hits with, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child o’Mine. Axl Rose and band mates put their mark on Rock music. Not many can say their first album jumped off the charts but GnR certainly can.

NUMBER 1 — Van Halen

Their body of work speaks for itself but 1984, their last album with all the original members and some great songs including, Jump, Panama, and Hot for Teacher really showed what this band could do. 2 of the lesser known but still fabulous music are Drop Dead Legs and Girl Gone Bad. This album makes you wonder what could have happened if Eddie and David could have worked things out.

This is my list and my opinion. Feel free to comment with your ideas. Remember just the 80s and a good deal of the Bands work has to be in the 80s, not before or after. I hope you enjoyed my musings. Next week 70s Rock Bands.