Sunday, February 28, 2016

Update on Tex's eye

Hi everyone!

I thought I would give you an update on Tex’s eye emergency that began in January.  We are still dealing with it and will be for a long while. 

When this began, he had to go to the doctor several times a week.  The appointments have gone from every day, to every 2 days, to twice a week, to once a week and now every other week. 

He was last seen on Feb 23rd.  The doctor found that he has kind of taken one step forward and one step backward.

The good news is that the pressure seems to be steady and not increasing. The steroid drops are slowly being weaned. He was using one drop three times a day.  Last week, the doctor lowered that to one drop two times a day for two weeks.

The bad news is that his vision is still very blurry. Because it is not getting better, the doctor did what he called an ultrasound of his eye. The machine scanned both his eyes and broke down the eye into layers. By doing so, the doctor could see each layer and how inflamed and swollen it is. He could also compare the good eye to the bad eye.

The results came back that his right eye is very inflamed in the very back of the eye where the retina is.  This is not where the original inflammation was located. His original problem was the very front of the eye, which was inflammation of the iris. The fact that it migrated to the rear of the eye is very bad. It is due to the fact that he waited so long to see the doctor. The doctor reiterated that he was within hours of losing his eye sight in that eye if he had not been seen on that fateful day in January.  The doctor also stated that it could take 1 to 3 years for his eye sight to get better, if it even does at all, but he has to get all the inflammation down first before we will know anything for sure.

So, because of this new information, the doctor added another eye drop to his arsenal. This drop is one that can penetrate to the rear of the eye. Most eye drops cannot reach the rear of the eye. The only other way to get to the rear of the eye is with injections into the eye. We are hoping that this drop will reduce the swelling and not need the injections but that is to be determined.

So, he is now using two different drops. One is twice a day and the new one is just once a day. He will do this for two weeks and will then get another ultrasound of both eyes to see how they have reacted.

Not what we wanted to hear but we are staying positive and hoping and praying for the best!

Not much has been happening here otherwise.  It is still the rainy season in Seattle, so we haven’t been able to get outside much.  Last week we had several sunny days in a row and it was so nice to be able to sit outside with the dogs and enjoy the sun’s rays and soak up some Vitamin D.

Will post again soon!

~Until next time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EezTire Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System

Howdy everyone!

Tex just reminded me that I never blogged about our tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) so I thought I would provide some info about the one we chose.

A TPMS is a sensor driven system that monitors and shows status on the current pressure and temperature of your tires on not only your motorhome or truck, but also on the car, trailer or boat you are towing.

This is very important as a lot of times, especially if you are driving a 30,000 pound motorhome and pulling a 4,000 pound vehicle, you will not necessarily know that you have a tire that is either losing air, getting too hot or is about to blow.

With every TPMS system on the market, each tire is filled with a little sensor that replaces your air valve stem cap.  This sensor constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire.  Each sensor allows you to set a high and low pressure point so you can custom make the alarms sounds based on your specific needs. 

As you know, Tex does a ton of research prior to making any purchase.  He looked at every TPMS system on the market.  Most of them had very small monitors that made it difficult to see when you are trying to look at it driving down the road.  Tex wanted to be able to just glance over and get a quick look at the status and not have to stare at it for a long time. 

Also, most of the TPMS systems used very small icons that you had to memorize what they meant. This, along with the small monitors, could be a potential disaster.  There are a ton of things that the driver has to watch and if you sit and stare at a small screen for very long, it is easy to get distracted and something bad happen.

Tex finally chose the EezTire Pressure and Monitoring System made by EEZ RV Products.  

EezTire is quick and easy to set up.  It has one of the largest monitors on the market at 3 ½ inches in diameter.  The batteries have a 3-4 year expected life and the batteries are easily replaced.  They are CR 1632 batteries that sell 25 for around $10.  This is a huge benefit, as you do not have to send the sensor back to the manufacture for a new battery like most other systems.

Other benefits are their 3 year warranty and 24/7 technical support.  We recently sent an e-mail to EezTire on a Sunday asking if we could buy extra O rings for the sensors.  One of the owners, on a Sunday, immediately replied back that they provide these free of charge and would ship them to us.  How is that for customer support?!

EezTire is super easy to read.  It scrolls through each tire, changing every 5 seconds, giving you the pressure and temperature readings.  The large display is easy to read and there are no small icons to memorize.   

We got the “non-flow through” type sensor.  We did not see any reason for the larger “flow through” sensors, as you still need to remove the valve cap anyway, so why not just remove the sensor.  We also do not use the theft protection caps that came with the system.  The theft protection caps just add more weight and require a special tool to take them off.  Just seems like a hassle that isn’t necessary.

Specifics about EezTire TPMS:

Monitor Features
   Reliable and easy to install
   Large LCD screen. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery
   Automatic backlight.
   Configurable high/low pressure warnings.
   Configurable high temperature warnings.
   Visible and audible alerts.
   Selectable pressure units.
   Monitors up to 22 tires maximum.
   Long range between sensors and monitor (Optional Booster/Repeater available for rigs over 53 feet)
   Per axle measurements can be configured on the tractor

Sensor Features
   System comes with 10 Sensors, Additional Sensors Are Sold Separately As Needed
   Sensor Replaces Existing Valve Caps
   3-4 Year Battery Life, Replaceable Batteries
   Light Weight – No Need For Rebalancing Tires
   Monitors Both Pressure and Temperature
   Water resistant
   Individually coded sensors.
   Anti-theft design

We have now used theEezTire TPMS system for over a year and it works GREAT!  We absolutely love it.  Tex finds it easy to read in a quick glance and it is super user friendly.  We highly recommend EezTire TPMS to everyone. 

Disclaimer:  We paid full market value for our TPMS and are not being paid for our review.  This is just our experience using the EezTire TPMS.

That is it for today folks!  And please, if you are not currently using a TPMS, please get one, for your safety and for the safety of others on the road with you.

Until next time!