I must be in the final stages as the burning pains have returned with a vengeance. Even the pain pills they gave me at emergency and some additional Tylenol done seem to chase them away. Another restless night but keep thinking it could be something worse and I will beat it soon.
Being home bound has given me some time to work on a 1 TB hard drive that failed. After much looking found some software that could recover most. I have now found over 45,000 files and at least 30,000 are photos.
The problem is it puts everything into file folders and renames all the files starting at 0001. Next step was to find some software that would put them into folders using the EXIF info on every digital photo. Once that was done no I will have to open each file and rename it or at least rename the folders indicating location.
One of the steps to recovering the files is you have to format the drive they are on. Now that step is always scaring as we all think once we format a hard drive or SD card everything is gone. Formatting a hard drive that is unreadable does delete the files and rebuilds the file structure so you can read but the files are still there. As long as you don’t overwrite the files they can be recovered. Remember that next time you sell or give away a hard drive. The only way to be safe is to use some software to overwrite every thing on the drive. If any sensitive material on it then the safe way is to drill a hole through it.
Another great day so get out and enjoy it.
The bad thing about shingles it comes in two parts and it seems the ending is worse than the beginning. After three days of suffering through the beginning with the infected areas feeling like your skin was on fire there is a small time period where they are less severe and you think you are getting better. You soon realize this virus has a strange sense of humour as the ending begins to show up with even more burning and discomfort than at the start.
Took my pain pills and anti shingle pills and am not walking around in a daze. I can see why they tell you not to drive when taking them but am thankful I have them. The good news is the end is in sight so I focus on that.
I have watched the first season of Quantico and did sneak out Sunday morning to do two sets of laundry as I change the bedding every night to make sure the virus was not still alive as it seems it can survive 24 hours. I should be past the stage where I am contagious and don’t have to be so concerned about contamination.
On another subject, the weather sure has been great and even with those showers yesterday it has been a great week. I am hoping to get out soon to enjoy it as we are all ready heading to the end of July.
Even though this nasty bug caught me I still consider myself fortunate as I year reach the 3/4 of a century mark very soon and still feel I am in pretty good shape. Once healthy again I will be off to Ohio and discover new things and do some train chasing.
Remember you can’t change the past or the future so concentrate on today and make sure you get the most out of it.
Have a great day.
After June being a write off with doctor appointments, tests and car repairs I was looking forward to July and some road trips to Ohio to do some exploring and train chasing. I got a clean bill of health and was waiting for both Canada Day and the 4th of July holidays to finish as I never go near the border on holidays. Last time I made that mistake it took 2 1/2 hours to get back into Canada at Windsor.
Well it now looks like July will also be a no go as it seems I have come down with a full blown case of shingles. It is almost like the power of suggestion as my doctor asked me if I thought of getting the shingles vaccine but it was $240 and not covered by OHIP. It is covered if you are 65 to 70 but after that I guess you can somehow afford something you can’t at 70. Our past idiot Liberal government brought out a prescription plan for all Canadians under 25 but nothing for the seniors who worked all their life and are paying for it. My stomach is now covered by many little blisters and my skin is super sensitive and feels if it is on fire. Even wearing a shirt is uncomfortable. I may also have some small areas on my back as it is contagious when the blister are forming so I was laying in bed sheets that may have been contagious. I headed to emergency yesterday as my doctor is on holidays after about three days and things were not getting better. I was hoping it was just a rash of some kind by they confirmed my fears. Now on antibiotic pills 3 times day and also have some pain killers as it seems once the virus passes, the healing part is even more painful.
At least I think in a couple of weeks I will hopefully be fully recovered but am in for a few rough days and then can get on with my life. It could have been something much worse so will be thankful it is only shingles.
I had planned to go to the Canterbury Folk Festival this weekend but being in the sun seems to make it worse. Off to stock up on a few things this morning then plan to take it easy as I get tired quickly. Lots of movies and sports to watch as well as have some updates to do on web pages I look after so will keep myself busy.
Life sometimes throws you a lemon and your only choice is to make lemonade. I survived 5 kidney stones so am I sure I can survive this.