Oh, yeah… I almost died this morning

One of the beautiful things about blogging when you are finally established are the wonderful moments of synchronicity that can come to you, a few weeks ago I had just a moment, let me explain.

A while ago I was contacted by GlassesShop as to whether I would like some sunglasses to review… meh I thought, sunglasses are the sort of thing we find and misplace on a regular basis but at the end of the day they are something that we reach for in summer time almost without thinking kind of like wellington boots on a wet winter walk. As you can probably tell I was leaning towards a pass on this opportunity… until…

My Mark works in London on a 24/7 shift pattern and often his hours result in him having to go to London in the early hours of the morning and as such he ends up joining a gazillion other commuters on the motorway also trying to get to work and then invariably he ends up meeting the same people trying to get home in the evening. In a car it usually ends up being a very long slow and frustrating experience for him, so he bought himself another motorbike and bless him he is smiling again… until…

So one night as we sat there eating our dinner swopping stories about our day he regaled his adventures from the morning ride to work. The panic set in from his opening statement which he casually throw into the conversation as “oh, yeah… I almost died this morning...” He seemed oblivious to the effect that statements like this can have on someone who loves him, to him it was ok because he didn’t.

Evidently has he was whizzing along, promising me faithfully he wasn’t speeding, everything was wonderful, the day was beginning and it was mild and dry. The bike was singing to him and the warmth of the engine tickled his knees it was a perfect day for a bike ride… and then that “until” I keep mentioning happened… he went around a corner on one of the many country lanes that surround our little village and met the sun. Daybreak had arrived and the sun not hindered by any clouds shone with all its might straight into his helmet and blinded him momentarily. Momentarily is all that is required for him to be unable to see the way ahead and suddenly he is off the road and on the grass verge. Now due to self-declared “leet skillz” he saved himself from an early grave or at least a visit to A&E and regained contact with the tarmac. I just sat there with the fork half way to my mouth, which now seemed to refuse to shut much like my two big saucer shaped eyes as a told the story. No longer hungry, when he had finished his story I put my fork down, made my excuses and said “back in a minute I just need to check something on the blog… be right back…” The grunt let me know it was ok, the penny had dropped, the synchronicity was evident, and I needed them sunglasses!

So now I needed to pick a pair to review. As they are going onto a biker who wears a full face helmet there are several considerations to take into account. The lenses can’t be too big as they won’t fit into the helmet. The frame can’t be made from metal as they will get bent out of shape as he puts them on and takes them off. They need to be soft and bendy so anything with a hard plastic is also out. The frame also needs to be rubberised to aid general comfort levels as they will be squashed into the side of his head by the tight fitting helmet. The lens also can’t be too dark because although this would save him from the suns glare it would just mean he doesn’t see where he is going when he enters a tunnel, just as big a problem in my opinion. The lenses also need to be tough as a stone pebble travelling at 70mph in one direction hitting a lens travelling at 70 mph in the other direction results in a 140mph collision, I also don’t want him blinded, and it does happen look at how many windscreens have chips in them from this happening, a whole industry sprung up from this minor accident! Finally I had to consider the scratch resistance capabilities of the lens as they are in for some abuse being exposed to the elements at 70mph!

So I didn’t want much from my humble sunglasses as I looked through the offerings to pick a pair 😉

I finally picked a perfect pair of sunglasses – a Dolores in brown, they met my shopping criteria and I also thought Mark would love the funky edgy design. So email sent, order placed I sat back and waited as my life saving business deal came to fruition.

Dolores in brown by GlassesShop1. Dolores in brown by GlassesShop 2. Dolores in brown by GlassesShop 3. Dolores in brown by GlassesShop 4. Dolores in brown by GlassesShop 5. Dolores in brown by GlassesShop 6. Dolores in brown by GlassesShopWhen they arrived Mark loved them. He said they are just perfect for what he needed and that he can now once again whizz around the corner without that fear of being blinded by the sun.

Now, I sleep better at night.

How Carbon Monoxide Kills You


How Carbon Monoxide Kills You

by Mark

This is a sobering read that I found at the chemistry.about.com website.

How Carbon Monoxide Kills You:

When you breathe in carbon monoxide, it enters your lungs and binds to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. The problem is that hemoglobin binds to carbon monoxide over oxygen, so as the level of carbon monoxide increases, the amount of oxygen your blood carries to your cells decreases. This leads to oxygen starvation or hypoxia.

At low concentrations, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble the flu: headache, nausea, fatigue. Continued exposure or higher concentrations can lead to confusion, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, severe headache, and fainting. If the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, carbon monoxide exposure can lead to unconsciousness, coma, permanent brain damage, and death. The effects can become deadly within minutes, but long-term low-level exposure is not uncommon and leads to organ damage, disease, and a slower death.

Infants, children, and pets are more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide than adults, so they are at greater risk for poisoning and death. Long term exposure can lead to neurological and circulatory system damage, even when the levels aren’t high enough to produce a significant effect in adults.

For the full document click here if you can bear to read more.

Now you may wonder why on earth I found myself on a chemistry website reading how this perfect killer can actually kill you. The reason was a troubling story from my parents that although having a silver lining was still a scary wake up type of call. They are blessed with the joy of living in a place where an open working fireplace is allowed. They enjoy and while their long dark cold winter nights away by snuggling up to a real fire and staring at the dance of the flames, mesmerising as they can be. However unbeknown to them some local birdlife had decided that the chimney pot on my parents’ roof looked like the ideal spot to build their dream nest. This set up the scenario for the potential murder of my parents. It was only by the sheer luck of my sister happening to choose that particular moment to visit my parents. She knocked politely as you do, no response, so ventured inside to find my parents asleep and unresponsive, hit the panic button! Doctors, hospitals and sometime later they are ok, thankfully, but that story was way, way to close for comfort.

Carbon Monoxide is scary stuff, so it is important for every home to have their own CO detector.

There are several warning signs in your home that could mean you have a carbon monoxide issue. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • The flame on your cooker should be crisp and blue. Yellow or orange flames mean you need to get your cooker checked
  • Dark staining around or on appliances
  • Sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves or the cover of gas fires
  • Pilot lights that frequently go out
  • Increased condensation inside windows

If you want to know more about Carbon Monoxide and how to effectively protect your home please visit Corgi HomePlan.

Carbon Monoxide gas is a colourless and odourless silent killer.

Don’t wait.

Protect yourself and your family now.