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Category: Reflection

A Glorious Return

I’m back.  I never really went anywhere.  But I’ve been up to a great many things.  I’ve traveled as a physical therapist and worked in Oregon, Wyoming, and now Missouri at an army hospital.  Having the time of my life.  So far, my goal is to update things a little more frequently – discuss in depth my attempt to restore a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado, train my dogs to catch carrots, construct an objective and time efficient (as far as billing goes) objective slow motion gait analysis, and finally show off the tear-drop trailer.  All these things and more.  Stay tuned.

Psych of Paying Consumers

A good infographic…

I love good infographics.  Trendy.  I don’t care.  Link below has a great graphic about using PSYCHOLOGY to convert prospects into paying clients.

10 ways to Convert More Customers Using Psychology

Note to self (again)…

Rule #1: Keep Your Mouth Shut
Rule #2: You Reap What You Sow
Rule #3: No One Can Help Your or Be Helped By You if You Won’t Help Yourself
Rule #4: You Do Not Know Everything
Rule #5: Pull When Possible
Rule #6: First Seek to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Rule #7: Do The Job, And Do It Well

In the near future…

A couple of years ago I totaled my 97 cadillac deville on the back end of a surburban sliding down a hill.  I bought a second ruined car, parted it out, and used parts/money from that to franken-car my deville back together.  The post showing a couple random pictures of taking the engine out is my all time highest viewed blog entry.  You can find it here:  http://www.denverlancaster.com/2009/06/its-like-legos-but-i-swear-lot-more.html

Fast forward several years.  Things I’ve learned to do on my car (in no order):

  • General maintenance/service:
    • Replace the brakes.
    • fuel filter
    • spark plugs, wires
    • air filter
    • oil change
    • anti-freeze change
    • rotate tires
    • serpentine belt replacement
  • Take apart and clean out the EGR valve
  • Replace fuel pressure regulator
  • Service brakes/rotors
  • remove fuel injectors/fuel rail
  • recharge A/C
  • remove/install coolant tank
  • remove/install AC Compressor
  • clean mass airflow sensor. 
  • remove/install water pump
  • remove/install radiator
  • remove/install alternator (ugh)
  • remove/install wind-shield wiper assembly
  • remove/install belt tensioner for serpentine belt
  • remove install belt tensioner & pulley system for water pump (other side of engine!)
  • remove/install manifold intake, service gaskets.
  • remove/install starter (under the manifold)
  • remove/install Blower Motor
  • replace serpentine belt with shorter belt to run car without broken AC compressor
I become more deadly with a ratchet and screwdriver every time something breaks on my car.  I still have a couple projects to do: 
  • remove/install rear suspension, replace with passive system
  • remove/install front bushings
  • there is a problem with the oxygen sensors to fix related to codes PCM p0171, p0151, p0154, p0174. 
  • HEADGASKET!!!!!!!! DAMN IT!    Looks like I’ll be removing the engine again.  Maybe.  So far, it runs without overheating. 
Undiagnosed as of yet: 
  • Rough/long start when engine is cold. When taken up to running temp, and then allowed to sit for 40 minutes to an hour and a half with the engine off after being at running themperature, the car doesn’t turn back on!!!!!!!!!! WTF?
So, if you’re int he Cody, WY area, and feel like helping me pull a cadillac engine, let me know.  Alternatively, if you want to buy an engine, let me know.

Readings and Musings 8.31.12

Another collection of random things that have caught my attention.  In the future, I will try to put out this list of things a little more frequently.

The Best Argument in Favor of Open Access Science is All Of Them @Kevbonham  I shouldn’t have to explain why this matters.  More information here: Open Access Publishing

Develop a Web Presence – tips and ideas for boosting your web presence, from social networking to blogging.  I’m still on google.  Maybe I should make a switch to boost my street cred. @adachis

Ridgeway & Silvernail 2012.  Innominate 3d Modeling: Biomechanically interesting, but clinically irrelevent.  @Dr_Ridge_DPT

Dr. Ridgeway was kind enough to supply with the full unedited prior to submission full text here.  Thanks!! 


Patients understand that they are in pain. Health care professionals like to try to explain why patients are in pain. But it’s a spinning plate trick – to tell them what we know about pain without invalidating what they KNOW about how they feel, and how they believe it impacts them. I like the article What predicts outcome in non-operative treatments of chronic low back pain? A systematic review (Wessels et al. 2006) for this reason. Changes in cognitive and behavioral measures may be more predictive for treatment outcomes of chronic low back pain than physical measures. But more research needs to be done (click me). What I like about this review, and it ties back into other articles (like Mannion 2001), is that we shoud do more to address patients’ beliefs about pain, fear avoidance, coping, and mood. I don’t think these questions can be addressed without LISTENING to how patients feel, and what they understand about their pain. 

These info graphics are so cool:  Mobile Healthcare or validation for my interest in developing software.
More digital information: HIPAA Devices: 2 Myths Debunked, 1 Proven True from @WebPT.  Ipads are HIPAA compliant.  Cloud storage is safer than hiding money in your mattress.  Digital storatge is safer than paper storage. 

Forward Thinking PT Posts by @joebrence9.  The latest post is about the neuromatrix model of pain developed by Dr. Ronald Melzack.  The brain uses a vast integrative network of systems to interpet threats to the system contextually as pain. Cool stuff.  One of my major interests as a #physicaltherapist (when I get a license).