Posts by Bernie Vine

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite vacations (Message 1874392)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I think there's a passenger train that runs from Chicago to Seattle. That would probably be an interesting trip.

Indeed there is it is called The Empire Builder

Leaves Chicago at 2:15pm daily and reaches Seattle 10:25 am two days later, having travelled 2205 Miles.

It was one of the trains I wanted to take on my "dream journey" round the USA.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1874312)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Bernie, were you watching the MH camera on Monday? Mark himself posted some pictures of a Metra switcher bringing a bunch of cars over the St. Charles Air Line. Hickory Creek, Tioga Pass, whichever IPH full dome, and a couple other private cars were returned to Amtrak, plus a couple of bilevels and F40 181 going who knows where.

I would have liked to have seen that.

However with my dad being in hospital I spend most of my day either at the hospital or travelling to or from same.

I haven't even switched on the PC I use for watching the cameras since last Thursday :-(
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti Science Fiction Book Club (Message 1874146)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I too enjoyed the Sector General series.

I have read all the greats, my favourites were probably Asimov and Arthur C Clarke.

However my all time favourite was Anne McCaffrey.

Her Dragons of Pern series was amazing and The White Dragon stood out for me as probably my all time favourite.

However if you have not read her Crystal Singer or Ship who Sang series they are highly recommended

Along with her Tower and Hive series.

4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1874047)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Exhausting day.

I got a call at 6:15 am from a woman doctor with an accent so strong I had to tell her I couldn't understand her.

Her male college wasn't much better, but I did glean that dad had had a bad night and they wanted me to approve a Do Not Resuscitate. I was a bit taken aback as I had never really considered it.

However knowing how he had been on Saturday I agreed. He said I should come in and see the day staff.

So I went in only to find dad sitting up in bed with the consultant having a chat with him (it was probably a bit one sided as I discovered dad had neither hearing aid in!!)

So the consultant spoke to me and said that dad had a chest infection and they would start treating it and unless there are complications he should be out next week.

To say I was surprised was an understatement, so I asked about the DNR and he said that in most cases of someone of my dads age and medical history coupled with the dementia a DNR is considered best.

So it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Dad seems physically a lot better than he was over the weekend, he doesn't know who I am as he called me Harold (his older brother) and when I asked him where he was he didn't answer. When the phlebotomist came to take a blood sample her standard questions were "can you tell me your name and DOB. He couldn't tell her his name, and DOB not a hope.

I had a long chat with the staff nurse and she said she would refer dad to the "memory" department for an assessment and pass my details onto social services to see what help they can provide.

I can cope with dad as he was but in his present state I know I cannot be there 24/7.

So shall have to see where this leads. Hopefully for a better outcome for dad than I thought on Saturday.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873828)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well I went to see dad this afternoon, to find him asleep.

Talking to the staff nurse, he refused to go to bed last night, when they finally did get him to bed, he kept trying to get up

Finally he became aggressive and they had to sedate him.

When I was working at my last job I saw a lot of aggressive patients and know the staff cannot take changes with them, sedation is best.

Also he is a bit dehydrated and his potassium levels are low. So they have him on a drip.

I decided that I would not stay as if he woke up and the first thing he saw was me it just might upset him again, whether he knew it was me of thought I was his brother.

I need a long talk with the doctors tomorrow.

Knowing he is in good hands I will take the rest of the day off as a carer, something I have not really done for many months now.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1873658)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I need to wash away a bad Saturday evening and have chosen a Hobgoblin or two to help.

7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873657)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Tonight my dad was really somewhere else, nothing he said made any sense.

However it was when I got up to leave and said I would be back tomorrow. He just suddenly got really nasty and said that was typical of me leaving him there, and what would happen if he was taken ill. I said he was in the best place then, no he was at home and I was walking out on him. His parting words were "You said you would look after me" Then he turned away.

I did not want to argue with hims as that would not help. Earlier I had asked him who I was, he said he knew but wasn't going to tell me.

When one of the nurses asked him who I was, he said "my brother". When I spoke to the next door neighbours who saw him before me, they said he was talking a lot about his brother Harold.

There is a bit of history between them and my dad thought he might get something when when he died but he didn't. and felt "let down".

So perhaps I have become his brother to "let him down" again.

What ever he thinks it is still had to hear that after trying my best he feels I have let him down. I know it is the dementia, but leaving him that way was heartbreaking.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873598)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
For many reasons (some I won't be able to mention till I get advice) this is a weird day.

I had a little accident with something I found in one of my dads bedside drawers (whilst looking for things that needed washing).

This has left me partially deaf and with a ringing noise in my head.

Then when I went to see my dad, things started out OK, when I told him the next door neighbours were coming to visit him about 4pm, he said that he had better get changed.

I asked him what he was going to change into he said a shirt and trousers of course, when I then reminded him he didn't have any clothes here he got a bit upset and said "of course I have clothes here". When I pointed out he was in hospital he got a bit more upset and pointed out quite loudly that he was at home and was going to the bedroom to change. At this point he pulled out the nasal oxygen tubes and pushed my hand away when I tried to put them back, and was attempting to stand.

Things went rapidly downhill from there and it took one of the nurses about 10 minutes to calm him down enough to get him back to his chair.

Extremely worrying development, he has never exhibited behaviour like that before. The nurse said she sees this a lot in dementia patients as they don't seem to be able to cope with the change of location.

I am hoping that if he is at home he will settle down. Time will tell.

He is still too weak to walk unaided so he will be in a while longer.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873543)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Help has already been offered and I have declined at this time.

Until dad is home again I have no idea if or what sort of help I might require.

I am quite aware that help is available but will keep my options open.

Because he has been having problems answering questions from the medical staff I have taken the opportunity to remind him on several occasions that his brain no longer works properly and that as I am his carer he needs to listen to me a bit more.

I would never force outside help on my father.

Yes I am trying to relax, I have just finished breakfast at the cafe in Yarmouth, looking out across the Solent on a beautiful sunny Saturday. I will go fo a longer walk now to make up for not going yesterday.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873430)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Thank you all.

Dad has been stabilised and was looking a lot better when I visited him this evening.

He just wants to come home! I have explained that as his carer I want to make sure he is well enough as I do not want to go through that again.

They think that rather than a full blown heart attack, the valve damaged in his attack in November 2015, had a problem and rather than the pain normally associated, it caused dads breathing difficulties.

I am pretty sure that having the "First Responders" helped a lot as he came from the local fire station, 5 minutes away, whereas the ambulance came form Newport 20 minutes away.

Also technology allows much speedier diagnosis and treatment, he connected the BP cuff and "finger sensor" and the displays told him enough to start the treatment, which the ambulance crew took over.

So now they just want dad to be strong enough to walk unaided (but with his stick). Not sure how long he will be in.

And it has been confirmed as far as possible that he has dementia (I was sure but it is nice to know) everyone who treated him that I spoke to recognised it straight away and one of the doctors asked him several simple questions, like what date is your birthday, what year is it, who is the Queen, etc, they only one he got right was when the doctor pointed to me an asked who I was.

Hopefully I will sleep tonight.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873332)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
At 4.30 am I was woken by my dad who was having trouble breathing.

He said he had no pain but his breaths sounded like a death rattle.

He told me not to call an ambulance, but you can hardly stand there and watch your father in obvious distress.

Something I found out, they have "first responders" here, a paramedic fireman from the local station turned up and checked dad over, giving him oxygen, which was a big help as dads breathing got better straight away.

Then the ambulance arrived and took him to St Marys which is a 20 minute drive away.

Spent 5 hours in A&E while he had all the tests and medication to stabilise him. He has been admitted and I have quickly popped back to shower, change and have something to eat.

All signs are that it was another heart attack, but he was resting OK when I left, the next door neighbour will go into to see him this afternoon.

A draining morning!!
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New Phone Scam. Pretending to be a telemarketer from a resort. (Message 1873213)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I have had three scam calls on my dad's phone today, I always answer now.

One apparently from BT and two from "Microsoft" all with extremely difficult to understand Indian accents, all terribly bad at reading the script.

I also hate being called Mr Wine, I mostly say "No" and hang up.

One of them was going on about my computer generating errors and was totally floored when I said "which one", there was a long pause, then he just carried on with the script.

As I got bored easily, I started to say, I had spent my last 12 years working in IT support, oh he seems to have hung up.

Odd thing is I haven't had a call in weeks, and to get 3 on the same day, weird
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1873197)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Now when I saw Davids mention of NKP 765 and Chicago I immediately looked to see if it was going to pass any of the rail-cams.

Sadly it isn't. However not having looked at either site for several months I was surprised to find 2 new cameras on the Railstream site.

Shenandoah Junction West Virginia, looking east and west and what did I discover, the Capitol Ltd passes the camera, so with the "archive" feature I present today's 30 from Chicago to Washington.

(Blame David) :-)

206 leading, 152 in the shadow of the bridge.

(This thread has been without a boring grey American train for far too long)

PS. I may try and catch the 29 later (dad permitting)

As no one has posted I will add this.

Well I did see the 29 heading to Chicago, it was around 45 minutes late, but more interestingly this was right behind.

I should have guessed a MARC train
Not seen one of them on the cams before, this appears to be the "Brunswick Line" from Washington DC to Martinsburg WV.
14) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1873091)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine

Construction firm Rydon, which carried out the refurbishment, initially said in a statement that the work met "all fire regulations" - the wording was omitted in a later statement.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1872437)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
With things as they are here currently I take quite a few pictures on my daily walk but often when I get home I get sidetracked and totally forget what I took.

So it was a nice surprise to remember I saw a quite unusual ship in the harbour on Friday

ML 1387 or Medusa a Harbour Defence Motor Launch or HDML .

They were designed in 1939 to protect ports and harbours from attack specifically from submarines.

Medusa is one of only 3 known survivors out of a total of 484 built worldwide.

Medusa is maintained by the Medusa Trust. Who's motto is "Preserving Medusa for Future Generations"

Preserving something from the past as it was is always a positive thing in my opinion.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1872264)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Once again I find this thread has been taken over by petty bickering.

I am a regular user of this thread and am sad to see people who seem to have no idea what this thread is here for.

So, as a carer it is often extremely helpful for me to put my problems down and let others read them, it is a release of sorts. One I need at this moment.

However, I cannot I suppose, expect those who have never experienced being a full time carer to understand..

I won't hide all the off topic posts but I will abandon this thread for now.

I want a thread people will read not one they will avoid due to petty bickering.

Please no more post here unless it is related to the thread title

This is a plea from me, not the "mod"
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1872193)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine

Hospital care in the UK is not all good, most hospitals do not have enough money to run efficiently.

Too many bureaucrats have been created and many hospitals struggle.

The people who work on the front line are usually exemplary.

But I don't think many in the UK would hold the NHS up as a model health service.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Do we have more data than volunteers? (Message 1872147)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Will those new GPU's will allow us to crunch Seti faster?

It depends entirely on the specifications of the card. Certainly the card(s) are supposed to be cheaper for the same level of performance. If you are like me, a GPU with the same level of performance but a lower cost that I could add-on to an existing system, I would go for it. (Power Supply and MB slots being available).

If any of the systems you are currently running are desktop machines, you could add something like a GTX 1050 TI and get a very large bump in Recent Average Credit for as little as $128 USD.


Well as almost everywhere you look it states that off the shelf GPU's are not recommended for Bitcoin mining, so if they are going to be aimed at the Bitcoin market they may well not be suitable for SETI@Home.

Bit coin miners use Application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners and they are built for one task, mine bitcoins and do it faster and consume less power than standard GPU's, and as you don't use a GPU to mine bitcoins, you probably couldn't use an ASIC miner to crunch SETI.

It will be interesting to see, if the rumour is true, exactly what these cards can and cannot do.
19) Questions and Answers : Windows : New version of Win10 not running BOINC (Message 1871896)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I am pleased that it has finally been restored.

Now all we have to hope is they don't break it again on the next update :-)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1871895)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I've had a couple different people say to me, as if to put a positive spin on my mother's recent death, "Well, Gordon, at least you've got your life back". Common sense would seemingly kick in and prevent people from saying something stupid like that to me. It boggles my mind sometimes how insensitive people can be.

You made a positive decision to care for your mother, you made it your life.

I had to be the one to care for my father as there really was no other choice. My sister lives in the US and I could not expect the neighbours to do any more.

So when I was speaking to a friend I used the phrase "putting my life on hold".

However unless you have cared for a family member full time I do not believe you can ever understand the situation and the emotions.

So others looking in from outside can never truly understand.

To me it is a bittersweet experience, helping my father when he needs it, but at the same time seeing his mental and physical decline, is hard to take.

But after 9 months this has become my life, not sure I can ever quite go back, whatever happens.

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