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God must not be a golfer!



February 21, 2013 – Comments (17)

I think that GOD must not be a very good golfer because I received an early Christmas present last December.  I get to give Him a Stroke a hole because that is what I had a Stroke.  So here is hoping that He does not want two on par fives!  I am only Fooling about the golf but not about the Stroke.  I had to learn my ABC's again and it took me 40 try's to get it right.  So at age 59 my new teacher is my grand daughter who is in the 2nd grade.  Boy she thinks she is Stuff, and she is, that she gets to teach her Poppy everything that she is learning!  Like how to spell,and do simple math.  She will be a great teacher someday.  All the grand kids decorated my walker with Christmas ornaments.   I tell you I thought I could get by without using it and that was a mistake.  I fell flat on my face and broke my nose.  Well  I am going to try this CAPPS thing one more time so see you around!

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#1) On February 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM, Mary953 (84.63) wrote:


I hope you are feeling better now.  You realize that you have given your granddaughter a special memory of Poppy that she will always have.  You have forged a link there that is priceless (although I am sure you would have preferred the "Poppy always took me to the circus" kind of memory instead,)  It is not perhaps the best silver lining, but it is something to smile about.

I hope this helps -

Mary (also known as Gramie)

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#2) On February 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM, Teacherman1 (< 20) wrote:

May the Lord help you and your family through this David.

I can not imagine what it must be like to have to "re-learn" your ABC's, but it appears you are tackling it with guts and determination.

My own health problems pale in comparison, as I am just falling apart one piece at a time.:) Back, hips, one eye, fractured ribs (but they have almost healed now), but with ten years on you, I guess it is to be expected.

I pray that you have a complete recovery.

Mary. I hope your shoulder is healed by now and you are once again able to "catch" your grand kids as they jump into your arms.

Bless you for your uplifting posts.

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#3) On February 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Mary953 (84.63) wrote:

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Teacherman. The shoulder is completely healed - good as new, although this is the first experience I have had with true "No pain, no gain."  It is a good thing as the granddaughter's ceiling fell in two weeks ago and I have been the designated babysitter for the entire time.  For some reason, my family didn't want me lifting furniture or sheetrock.  ;)  After two weeks of catching her, the back is feeling the strain.  Oh, well.

David, you and I are the same age.  We are no longer invincible, just stubbornly unwilling to act that way.  Hang in there, my friend.

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#4) On February 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

Thank You all!  You are right,  and yes slowly I am getting better.  Thankfully,  I knew what was happening to me at the time.  I had just started to walk our puppy dog and was 50 feet from our front door.  I started to stumble like the town drunk and I have not drank in 35 years.  So I Told our Yorkie " Bella " to take me home!  Bella weighs three pounds but she got me home!  We did not even wait for the squad,  my wife drove me to the ER and 20 minutes later I was in ICU.  They were pumping me full of clot busting drugs only one of which I have ever seen used before.  The rest of them, who knows, all I know is that they work!  I am learning that with a stroke there is a small window of time that they can reverse damage and recover what is lost, with min. loss.  The brain is like a hard drive only better and worse.  It stores information randomly, like the word " butterfly " ,  which we learn as two words, " butter " and " fly " and you might lose the word " fly ".



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#5) On February 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Hey DavidSobel,

I am glad your recovery has gone well.  Sometimes, the stories of others make us feel less miserable about our lives.  I had a similar experience to yours, although less severe.  A seizure, landed on my head, bit all the way through my tongue, down the length of it.  Small fracture of skull, well can't put a cast on that! lol. I barely knew my own name.  I didn't know what month it was, or even what season or year.

My memory was damaged, mostly things like phone numbers, the names of people, etc.  Most of it has came back to me, but there are still gaps.  I can tell you how neurons work, but nobody really knows how memory is stored in the brain.

I enjoyed hearing about your Yorkie, I had one, her name was Kiki.  We would take long walks, maybe 5 miles or so.  She would run ahead, of course.  When the path split and she didn't go down the one I wanted, I would call out, and she took the correct one.  They seem to be one of the more intelligent breed of dogs.

I came to terms with my own mortality years ago.  Now I am wrestling with how to cope with diminished capacity.  

What does this have to do with investing?  Plenty.  We all need to plan for the future, no matter what hand life deals us. 

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#6) On February 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Mary953 (84.63) wrote:

This is not worth a rec, but it seemed to fit the lot of us, so I posted it.  Enjoy. 

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#7) On February 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM, lemoneater (57.24) wrote:

My sympathy! It is easy to take little things for granted like the alphabet or talking fluently. Walking with your dog saved your life :). Glad you are back in action.

At the moment I'm seeing a voice pathologist because I'm having a challenge with my vocal cords--probably some muscle tension dysphonia. Such a pretty word for something that sounds terrible in action. I need to avoid stress. I'll let you know if I figure out how to do that :).

My brothers always thought I talked too much!

Dysphonia is not an ideal problem to have since I have to croak my way through phone calls. Hooray for e-mail!

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#8) On February 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (57.40) wrote:

David, all the best to you and your recovery.

You know, I'm starting to think about my own mortality quite a bit more as I'm set to hit the 40 yr benchmark. Funny how as you age the phrase "Hope I die before I get old" no longer applies.

@NOTvuffett- My Father suffered a head injury about a year ago, and was completly out of sorts. We took him to the hospital and he got better.

Until now, recently he started acting bizarre again and had a seizure.

I guess my question is what did the doctors do in your case?

I suppose this is why I don't invest in biotechs or pharma, because I don't want it to be in my circle of competance.

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#9) On February 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

I have had a seizure disorder since an injury when I was in the Army back in 1976.  I have taken almost every anti- convulsant drug on the market.  I have even been in the clinical trials of one of the drugs that I have been taking since the early 90's.  I understand the short term memory loss that a Tonic/Clonic Seizure can bring on and the mashing of the tongue and even the shattering of the teeth.  I can tell you that I have learned that just because a Dr. Hangs a shingle that says they are a specialist in treating seizures does not mean JACK!  The Dr. I see is world renoun for his work in treating seizures.  He has 5 PHD's and teaches Dr's and Big Pharma Reps all over the world.  I know because he asks me every year to come and speak to them because he knows the meds that were given to me through the years.  He knows how bad some of these YAHOO's were.  By the time he is finished teaching them they either get with the program or they decide to change their specialty.  He lets me be pretty darn hard on them,  in fact he let's me dress them down under his watchful eye!  I would recomend that you get to a teaching hospital at a big university!  The hospital that I go to is a VA Hospital but it is staffed by the University of Texas.  

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#10) On February 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

Lovinox which is a special type of Heparin that eats away the blood clot and restores blood flow to the Brain.  I have a seizure disorder which is totally different as it is all electrical overload.  For that he can hav a Vagas Nerve implant that fires an electric I finance back on to the brain and short circuits the seizure

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#11) On February 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:


The doctors at the emergency room were totally worthless. I even had to go to my own GP to get a course of antibiotics. Then I had to go to a neurologist to get a prescription of an anticonvulsant. The prescription was for a compound I can make in my own lab, but then he wants me to take 2 other things to offset the adverse effects of the prescription. This doesn't inspire confidence.

It is rather disconcerting when your 'brain doctor' leaves you with the words “try not to say anything crazy”, lol.

Maybe he is right. As I was typing this last night I started having auditory hallucinations- two songs playing at the same time:

the disco standard by Lipps Inc. “Funky Town”

and Bach's Fantasy in C Minor (BWV 906)

I still hear them this morning, but I know it is just in my head.


For years I have been dealing with the problem. Most of the time, I figured the 'cure' was worse than the ailment. Does your guy see people outside of the VA? I live in TX so if you could give me a contact for him it would be much appreciated.

I guess I should say something about investing since this is an investment website. I avoid drug stocks like the plague, lol. You probably remember the Thalidomide debacle because of your age. A drug can be wildly successful from an economic point of view then later be known as a bane on humanity. I remember seeing people with profound birth defects because their mothers were taking it during pregnancy. Those images are seared into my brain.

In my opinion, these are high risk/high reward kinds of stocks. If you want to invest in these things, on this site I would suggest listening to zzlangerhans, he seems to have a pretty good read on these stocks.



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#12) On February 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

In San Antonio at the Health Science Center of University of Texas.  Dr. Jose Cervosos does see patients there are also teaches at the med school.  We talk stocks during my appointments as he wants to know than I am still sharp as a tack.  He has even taken some of my picks and bought and did well!

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#13) On February 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM, awallejr (33.35) wrote:

You have my sincere well wishes David.  Personally I survived a brain hemorrhage years ago.  Having friends, workers and family supporting you helps tons.

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#14) On February 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM, awallejr (33.35) wrote:

P.S. as for golfing I was once at a golf range and the owner politely asked me to leave because I was scaring the other customers.  I have since devoted my time to Mr. Putt Putt.  I love to hit golf balls through dragon's mouths.

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#15) On March 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM, Mary953 (84.63) wrote:


I must admit that, putt putt courses excluded, I have only tried golfing one time.  I was 5, I found my dad's golf clubs and some balls and decided to try hitting a few.  Happily, before I could connect, my mom looked out a window and saw me.  I was aiming for the house and the hill I had climbed put me even with the windows.  I was still working on the first part - put the ball on the rock shelf and keep it from rolling off.  I hadn't even gotten to the second part of hitting the ball with the club yet.  At 5, I was unfamiliar with the concept of the tee and our yard was mostly bedrock anyway. I still wonder if I could have hit a golf ball. (without wrecking the club on the rock or breaking a window of course)  Probably not.

Do I need to add that the clubs were moved to the attic that afternoon and I was told to NEVER touch them again? 

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#16) On May 02, 2013 at 1:35 PM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

My dad tried to teach us to play golf when we were young but he did not have the patience for it!  So he just cut down some clubs for us to fit and provided us with flag sticks and holes for all the kids in the neighborhood!  We tired of whiffle balls real fast and would go find lost balls in the woods at the golf course.  After a while we would play from yard to yard hitting full 7 iron's through wedges.  We learned to hit the ball straight though!  When we got to Jr. High School we were taking aim over the top of the houses with blind shots to out make shift greens.  It served us well when we fInally out on a real course and shooting at a blind target because we had been doing that for years.  We had taught ourselves to picture in our mind what we could not see with our eyes!  Now kids pay thousands of dollars to learn the game and still can not learn how to hit a blind shot!  They get behind a tree and they are sunk!  Years later I was playing golf with a friend in Mobile, Alabama at a Dental convention and I hit two great shots on apar five but the second was long and over the green and deep into the pines on the pine straw.  We were playing best score and everyone assumed that I would just pick up.  I found my ball and hit a full sand wedge almost straight up in the air,  it cleared the pines and went in for an eagle!   It was just like I was ten again hitting shots over my home in Connecticut!  Boy did our opponents suck some lemmons that day!  Later they asked me why I had taken the shot!  I told them it is all risk and reward, I had nothing to lose by trying the shot and everything to gain,  so with that sain you always take the shot!  I feel the same way about investing,  If I an playing with house money like dividends or gains and I have pulled out my initial investment then my risk can go up and I take the shot!

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#17) On December 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM, DavidSobel (< 20) wrote:

Hello Fools! How have you all been?  I have made a complete recovery from my stroke.  I can not believe it has been two years since that life changing event!  I was doing so poorly at picking stocks after that happened that I just made some sector picks and decided to not look at them for a long time. (1 1/2 years)  Maybe I should have been doing this all along! LOL  I do not think these gains are sustainable long term though.  I watched a YouTube called the Prophcey Project, or something like that.  It is a CIA Project on terrorism using the markets to predict an attact.  Sobering stuff!  I bought the book and did some research, a lot of research!  I think this guy is spot on.  Maybe not with the time line but with the out come.  I have been to Arkansas and I have seen the FEMA Camp with the plastic coffins.  This balloon of debt our government has sold to the world will come crashing down.  100 trillion dollars worth.  I am pulling my money out of the market and looking at farm/ranch land for my grand children.  I figure 20 acres will do the trick for a sustainable small farm when it all hits the fan and money is worthless.  If Warren Buffett is taking a railroad private something is not right.  I hope you are all doing well!


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