Helpless Hitchhiker

I do a lot of reviews of products through a company called Tomoson. They match up companies with individuals willing to test and evaluate their products. Most of the items come straight from Amazon.


I recently received a seat cushion to evaluate. It was shipped from Amazon in Las Vegas. When I opened the box, there was a worm/grub type bug on the cushion. The cushion was wrapped in plastic. It was alive and moving.



I contacted the company and Amazon. They immediately sent me a return label for the cushion and an apology.

I have worked with this company previously and have had no problems with any of their products. I have to say that this is not something the company is responsible for. This helpless hitchhiker came from Amazon and it was taking advantage of a nice cushy cushion.  I am a firm believer that when you are honest and you communicate with companies, you will be able to solve any problems you have including a helpless hitchhiker.

#ChiroDoc #SeatCushion #Coccyx

1 Week Post Op From Major Back Surgery

It has been 1 week since I had major back surgery. Up until now, I have been questioning myself why I did this. The pain wasn’t that bad. (At least not all the time) There was always the pins and needles feeling or numbness in my foot. Pain in the hip, buttocks, and low back would come and go. There was no rhyme or reason to the pain. It was continually getting worse. Nothing was helping it. It had caused major disruption in my life. I was unable to do a lot of the things I like to do. I had gained a bunch of weight because I felt sorry for myself. Last year I never even took my kayak out and I did a grand total of 10 runs on my snowboard. 4 of those runs on the bunny hill and 4 of them on just the lower half of the mountain.
I realized today that I have not had a single episode of the pins & needles number feeling in my foot. No pain in my hip or buttocks. The only pain I am having is at the area of the incision.

I can’t actually see the incision,  but it is about 7 inches long. There are plates and screws in there holding 2 of the vertebrae together.  They chipped out all the arthritis and bone spurs from the facets or “holes” in the vertebrae where the nerves come out. They also cleaned out the disk space and moved a vertebrae 12mm. To get to where they could do all this work, they cut, stretched, and move stuff out of the way.  The pain I  am experiencing is from what they had to do in order to repair my back. I realized that this pain will get better and eventually be gone for good unlike the pain I was having before which would only get worse.

I am no longer questions myself on why I did this. Now, it’s what can I do to help myself heal.

When Was The Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filters?

When was the last time you changed your furnace filters? If you are like me, it’s very sporadic. Usually I get reminded when I go to the Fall Home Show or the Spring Home Show and there is a filter company there handing out little coupons to come get a filter. I will either head into town and “forget” the coupon or just plain forget to go pick up a filter. And when I walk into Home Depot or Lowes, I don’t want to pay full price for something I have a coupon for. So I found a solution.


The 20x20x1 AC and Furnace Air Filter by Aerostar on Amazon is the best solution I have found.

20160930_210215   They come in a box of 6 filters for $26.99. (About $4.49 each) . I set a notification on my phone for the first of every other month to remind me to change the filter. These filters fights lint, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and dust. Change frequency is 60-90 days (which my furnace info says to change every 60 days) They are made in the USA. These filters are comparable to the ones at the big box stores that sell for about $5.00 each. So I think for the convenience of having a year’s supply at my fingertips is a great deal.