What am I up to?

“Not always this laid back”

“Not always this laid back”

Thank you for asking. I am asked this question so often. This phase may just be a salutation, but I have learned many have a curiosity about my various endeavors. A blog seemed like the best way to answer this question on a regular basis. In addition, this blog provides a means for me to keep track in an organized fashion of what I am up to.

The purpose is to record and relate what I am up to these days. The information will be in one place for recording memoirs and historical events. It will be a place to document the present and consider the future.
I expect to regularly make entries concerning various categories: physician/surgeon; medical research and development; the golf adventures and Life. You may see a recent post or follow the topic that might interest you.

Let me know what you think as this blog will becomes my “Lectronic Legacy” in what ever time remains.

Physician/Surgeon

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

In the course of my practice I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. This resulted in hundreds of surgeon visitors, such that Ingham Medical Center in Lansing created the first operating room dedicated to arthroscopic surgery including a glass wall for visitors to comfortably observe surgery.

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

First and foremost I am a physician/surgeon. No matter a physician’s special interest, the medical license says physician/surgeon. In the course of my medical practice, medicine became very specialized, me included. I went from medical doctor, to board certified orthopedic surgeon to arthroscopic surgeon. My business card indicated such. I did not go so far as to do only left knees and right elbows. When I saw this unfolding, I changed my business card my roots, a “new” specialty called Physician/Surgeon.

 

 

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Inventions/Patents

Inventions/Patents

Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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Golf

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

I started golf at age 11 a Burroughs Farms, a family recreational area for employees of Burroughs Adding Machine Company. This facility is now called Oak Pointe, west of Brighton, MI. I played on Royal Oak High School team which won the Michigan State High School Championship in 1951 (not a misprint on year). My last year at Michigan State and sfter I was admitted to medical school, I played #3 man on Michigan State College (at that time) golf team. My best competitive score was two under 70 against Notre Dame. I have enjoyed 3 holes in one, the longest being 265 yards in 1955. I played a few local country club invitationals over the years, winning once at the Lansing Country club with Otto Schubel.

Long hiatus in golf due to medical school and practice, but in 2002, I slipped on the ice after a Michigan State basketball game and dislocated my shoulder. This resulted in rotator cuff repair and exploring one handed putting. This led to interest in putting and putter design. This led to meeting Howard Twitty, former PGA tour player and the rest is history and daily documentation of new events now reflected in this blog’s “What are you up to in Golf”

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Life & life

Open Bible

Open Bible

These are musings about Life and life. Notice the capital letter on the first Life. The reason is that it is a synonym or code name for the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He called himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. Over the years I have lived an imperfect life (not capitalized) which is one of the qualifications for becoming and remaining a Christian. There is a fun scripture that rhetorically says, “Does a well man need a doctor?” Only those with faults need apply.

I have written a number of manuscripts about Life and life. One such many people Christian or not have appreciated is my insight to what goes on in the operating room which resulted in a prayer for those undergoing surgery. (use the form to the right to sign up and get this free)

I have written a short manuscript on “A Physician Looks at Scriptural Healing”. Being a medical doctor and a Christian it was of interest to me, what the Bible recorded about healing. So it was important to me to make this study in light of my clinical experiences. I want the proceeds from this to go directly to Fresh Wind Christian Community in Benzie County, MI.

This section will have many other reflections on Life and life as we go along.

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Answering the frequently asked question (FAQ) of what am I up to now?

A BLOG seemed the best and most efficient means of answering the FAQs on a regular basis.  It might be said that I wear multiple hats or have many interests.  Discovery in medicine will always be the main topic.  However there are other categories; Golf Adventures, Inventions, and some Christian writings.  Hopefully the BLOG will be a format to tell what I am up to in each of these main endeavors.  It seems almost daily there are interesting events; at least to me. Perhaps the events may be of interest to others.

I want to make it clear, I am not retired.  Retirement it is bad for one’s health.  I concluded my clinical practice in 1995, but work regularly in these various endeavors.  I do not see anywhere in the Bible where retirement is to be desired or realized.  I have told my daughters that I will not be speaking at my retirement party.

From time to time I will answer publicly herein those questions that recently surfaced and may be of general interest.  I will not be recording what I had on my hot dog at a ball game, let alone focus on mundane events.

I trust I will accomplish the intended goal of answering “What am I up to?”

What in the world is going on? Have you seen any of this?

6/19/17:  As we wonder what is the world is going on, we can ask have you seen any of the following?

Perilous times.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves

Covetous

Boasters

Proud

Blasphemers

Disobedient to parents

Unthankful

Unholy

Without natural affection

Trucebreakers

False accusers

Incontinent (lacking self-restraint; uncontrolled)

Fierce

Despisers of those that are good

Traitors

Heady (rash)

Highminded

Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof

What should you do? “  According to 2 Timothy 1-5:  Run, and from such turn away.”

And what time is it?  The answer is according to the letter to Timothy: these are signs of the end times.

Windy at Crystal Downs Golf Club

6/10/2017: Really windy today at 18th green at Crystal Downs on the shore of Lake Michigan.

D.I.M.; the acronym

6/9/2017: D.I.M., the acronym stands for Domination, Intimidation, and Manipulation.  When any one of these is recognized you must be alert as the origin is evil.  If all three exist in a situation or relationship; RUN.

Where did all the golfers go?

June 3, 2017:

They went bicycling, kayaking, and hiking.  Allow me to explain with these photographs.

This is Bruce Blinkhorn who rebuilds sailboats and builds light weight trailer for bikes and kayaks.  His sailboat is in the distance as he stands by his golf substitutes.

bblinkhorn@gmail.com

I engaged him in conversation today at the port city of Frankfort, Michigan.  The conversation lead me to these photographs and this BLOG entry.

Society has changed and left golf behind.  Golf is expensive and time consuming.  In golf one has the purchase of the clubs and it does not stop there.  One has to buy balls and green fees to enjoy your new clubs.  You have to schedule a tee time.

By way of contrast the capital outlay for bicycle or kayak could be as much as golf clubs, but you expenses end there.  You can go when you want, where you want and stop when you want.

The enjoyment time is a far less commitment than golf.

Years ago at an orthopedic surgeon’s meetings, the scientific program had to end at 12 noon so all the members could go golfing.  Today one third bicycle, one third hike and maybe one third will play golf.

I am on my way for 9 holes to keep the game alive.

Christian’s Reason for Optimism

June 2, 2017: Here are a few reasons why Christians should enjoy optimism which may require reviewing the reference in the written document.

  1. God of the Universe loves us. John 3:16
  2. Sins are not remembered against us: Hebrews 8:12.
  3. Jesus is constantly interceding on our behalf: Hebrews 7:35.
  4. What ever happens can be for our benefit:  Romans 8:28.
  5. We shall enjoy prosperity in what ever we put our hand to: Deuteronomy 28:8.
  6. Not to worry about something coming against us. Isaiah 54:17.

Note: Some are conditional.

Stopping Fake News

May 31, 2017:

I bind every lying demon spirit that is coming against the righteous and or those in high places in public office, In Jesus name.

According to Your Word cause those propagating such lies to fall into the hole they have dug for another and or have the boulder they intended to roll onto another roll back on them.  Proverbs 26:27.  And make it pubic what happened to the perpetrator.

Ever Escalating Debt

5/17/2017: As it is today, and as it was yesterday and will be again tomorrow; the national, corporate and personal debt in America will rise.  The ever escalating debt defies the law of physics.  How does this work and how does it keep going?  The answer is inflation and/or devaluation of the US dollar.  The other choices are not generally acceptable; higher taxes and bankruptcy.

Or borrow on a credit card with the following interest rates and see if you can make credit card debt work.

Card Type Low High
Airline 14.62% 21.99%
Hotel 15.24% 21.99%
Business Credit Cards 13.12% 19.87%
Cash Back Credit Cards 13.24% 22.99%