Steve Sullivan of the Nashville Predators has played two games since his return from almost 2 years away from the sport he loves so much. And he has just scored a goal in his second match, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, after his return from a back injury. There were a lot of days when he could not even move, when he was unable to pick up his kids and swing them around, or kick a soccer ball, or do much of anything other than just sit there in his back brace, waiting.
Sullivan, who recorded an assist in his return match, is just the third player since the Second World War to miss more than 600 days with an injury and return to the ice with the same team. Jim Peplinski, the old Calgary Flames tough guy, and Mario Lemieux, with Pittsburgh, are the others. Sullivan went through two surgeries and extensive rehab before coach Barry Trotz, who doubted Sullivan would play again, agreed to put him back on the ice. Let’s hope it works out for Timmins, Ontario’s second most famous native (after Shania Twain)!
>It was while I was chatting with Jessica that I realized something – it’s been 20 years that I have been suffering from asthma! 20 years, that’s 2 decades, of my 3 decades and 2 years of existence on this planet.
I first came down with the symptoms of being asthmatic at the age of 12 when I got drenched in the rain, while walking from the car to the old Cochin airport. I came down with wheezing and cough the next day and was taken to the nearest hospital immediately and that was the first time that I knew that I was going to have this problem for a long time. I was ok for a long time after that but it would flare up now and then. When I was 19, I went to Bangalore city for a year and it was then that I started using an Asthalin inhaler or puffer (pictured above) as it is sometimes called.
I have had some good months and some not so good months but the puffer has been a constant companion since I was 19. I’ve had some really bad attacks but they have been mostly minor ones and if I don’t sneeze too much and stay away from strenuous excercise and dust (along with pollen, feathers and some other stuff that I am allergic to) it’s under control. Somedays like today, I got a minor attach at 3 am and take the day off to rest.
When I last gave an update on my growing mp3 collection in February, 2008 it stood at 17.3 GB worth of mp3s spread across 4,045 files on one of my drives. My disk size space was getting replenished and it was time to get an external hard drive, which I would do within the next 60 days or so. I now have 27.40 GB worth of mp3s spread across 6,236 files in my Western Digital external hard drive (120 GB capacity). Because there’s more files coming and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.
Unlike some people I know, that’s a huge list of mp3s. I still have many artists mp3s that I want and I’ll still be buying more albums soon. I have been lucky to get mp3 versions of a bunch of albums that I only have on cassette tape and not on cds. Buying cds is expensive and I wish we had an Indian site through which you could buy mp3 songs / whole albums at Indian rates and that it has a really vast repertoire.
Oh well, my mission is to fill the 120 GB capacity drive and then look for a bigger drive!