carlson

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  • carlson replied to the topic Sticks and stones… in the forum General Chat 1 week, 2 days ago

    Fake empathy.

  • carlson replied to the topic Sticks and stones… in the forum General Chat 1 week, 2 days ago

    It’s competitive political correctness.

  • Probably not too much help, but concerning the running… if you have a local gym with one of these running machines, they are fantastic for people with leg/ankle/foot injuries or arthritis. It’s a zero impact running machine (like running through water).

    http://www.octanefitness.com/home/products/zero-runner/zr8000/

    My gym has a few and it’s not a particularly flash gym. Takes a few sessions to get used to it, but an excellent running work out that really focuses on your form and core.

    You might also want to try some good orthotic insoles such as these ones which really helped ease my foot pain

    https://nuovahealth.co.uk/shop/plantar-fasciitis-arch-support-insoles/

    All the best!

  • I’ve got a lot of rats around at my allotment and have tried various ways to keep their numbers in check as I think they are eating more hen food than my hens. I have a spring trap, a multiple capture cage trap, an airgun, some poison and I’ve also found a cat in the hen house which I assume is responsible for the dismembered rat parts I’ve found occasionally.

    The spring trap has caught a few, none yet in the cage although my wife has seen small rats in there and sent me to kill them and cage has always been empty.

    The airgun has been the best method of pest control and I often get one or two if I sit long enough watching the hen food with the gun trained through the fence of the hen area while resting on a storage container. The other day though I was resting the rifle on the…[Read more]

  • Hmmm, difficult…

    I also work at a company with a strict drugs and alcohol policy with random (or maybe not so random) drugs tests. From a health and safety pov there is a good reason for the policy so testing positive is pretty much guaranteed dismissal. And for similar reasons, I would probably be disciplined if I knew someone was under the influence and didn’t report it.

    However, you don’t know that he had drugs in his system. You don’t even know if it was drugs in his key fob. So if it was me I would’ve either said nothing and pretended I hadn’t seen it, or asked him straight why he had a drug stash key fob, depending on how well I knew him

    I definitely wouldn’t be telling his boss though – his contract to his own boss is nothing to do with you. Your only duty is to the…[Read more]

  • carlson replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    I always check the CPU rating of any ‘deal’ on Passmark (https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php) – this might make it obvious why your last PC was cheap and underperformed.

    An SSD is very good for improving start up time and also loading of applications and data – hybrid drives provide some of these benefits and remain low cost.

    Additional RAM will help if doing a lot of number crunching, but if you are not multi-tasking (using multiple apps at the same time) then I would say 4GB would be plenty, 8GB preferable. Numbers don’t use a great deal of RAM, even when being crunched but they might require a decent CPU!

    Hope that helps.

  • carlson posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Sugar Tax? OMG they might be opening a bit of a Pandora’s Box there.

  • carlson posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    I don’t think it’s just gun stores! Most retail outlets are that way (Wal-Mart!) I have personally been in Wal-Mart and asked an associate where something was located, only to be told “We don’t sell that” 5 minutes later I found said item and even showed it to the associate, and got a “Oh, that’s what you meant?” so I think it has to do with the way the company treats there employees, having worked for Wal-Mart, I can say first hand that all the company cares about is the all mighty dollar, they could give a damn less about the employees (in fact they don’t…) so what you are describing sounds all to familiar with a bad company, though that alone is no excuse, but I am sure it has allot to do with it!

  • carlson posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the suggestions. Will try them as soon as I can move enough to do so. Just think I need to do some exercises and stretches to strengthen my back. Had xrays done and those are fine. I only take meds when I need them.

  • carlson posted an update 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Looking for suggestions on exercises/stretches that can help with lower back pain. Always had issues but for the past couple months, it has been much worse. Probably because I have been driving 100+ miles per day for the last two months as well….long story. Chiropractor helps but is the worst tonight. Sat down and had to roll over to get up. Sucks getting old.

    Also, any suggestions on something to get for lower back support while driving would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    • Yoga, for an hour, two to three times a week.

    • The previous 2 answers + lots of painkillers

      • Painkillers are terrible for you. I was on them for a while but my back kept getting worse. It was only when I started to workout every morning before work that my back stopped hurting.

      • When you need painkillers to be functional, you need another solution.

        I have two herniated discs in my neck and I’ve had two flare ups in 3 years. Depending on how bad the pain is, you should maybe get an MRI to see what exactly is going on to then find the right treatment.

        Do you just need better back support while driving?

        If it is minor herniation, Turmeric paste is a natural remedy that helps inflammation. Pineapple is an excellent anti-inflammatory. I also stopped drinking alcohol mostly. I would drink wine every night, sometimes hard liquor but found that it was making my inflammation worse.

        this might be helpful >>> https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=turmeric user group (Group is run by a Australian doctor)

        • They have their place in medical treatments, but there are risks.
          Of course, if the person has an addictive tendency, then they should be avoided.

          I guess I should have put some kind of disclaimer, or smiley face @ the end, signifying me not being serious.
          I have 2 MDs in my family, and my fiance is a pediatrician.

          My bad.

          I also have disc issues (C6 & C7) from a car accident (went through the windshield) along with (2) 1.5cm cysts in my brain cavity causing nasty migraines. I was popping Tramadol daily, then got treatment for the problems and weaned off of the pills.

          After the MRI, I did PT and chiro (much to the dismay of my family members who think all chiros are quacks) & did lidocaine up the nasal passage – no more headaches.

    • You could try a back support belt. Keeping the area warm would also be of benefit.

      Could it be that you have a minor disk slippage that is causing part of the nerve to be trapped?

    • Thanks for the suggestions. Will try them as soon as I can move enough to do so. Just think I need to do some exercises and stretches to strengthen my back. Had xrays done and those are fine. I only take meds when I need them.

    • I also believe that proper support in your shoes will help with lower back pain. Most likely something to do with insoles.

      • @Nile is right insoles can help with back pain! I used to suffer from really bad back ache so I decided to go see a physiotherapist after thorough examination he told me that I should start wearing orthotic insoles to help improve my posture. The ones I bought where a pair from http://footreviver.com/, I tried other makes but for me the footreviver ones worked the best (however it should be stressed that everyone’s needs and requirements are different so a pair of insoles that work for me may not work for somebody else). Within a couple of weeks my posture improved and my back pain reduced significantly, I still get niggling pains every now and again but no where near as bad as I used to get. Here is a link if your interested…