Sunday, January 16, 2011

SNOW SHOVELLING AND BACKACHE -- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


My Canadian Chief engineer joined the ship , and i could see that he had a severe back problem.

I had two choices-- send him back to Canada OR turn a Nelson's eye and allow him to operate from his bed for a couple of weeks.

I chose the latter option as he was a good man.


The Engine staff was good enough to carry on with telephonic guidance--so i gave orders to the steward to feed him in bed. --and also to replace his soft matress with a hard one .

( now, i cant do this as per regulations, and can lose my own job and be disgraced , if my company knows about this . Captain is not expected to run his chemical tanker on sentiments, as lives could be lost . But then this is the meaning of compassion )

Later I went to visit him and he was praying while lying down with rosary in one hand and the picture of Jesus in the other--looking very distraught.

I asked him " Tell me exactly how you hurt your back, this bad!"

He said " Half the men in cold countries have the same problem, caused due to shovelling heavy snow"


Then he showed me a picture of himself shovelling snow at his porch.

To be frank i found the shovel of STUPID ergometric design. Naturally he had hurt his lower back.


As you grow older your back muscles get stiff in cold and and can cause both muscular and disc injuries.


So i gave him a few shovelling tips, where the principle of PREVENTION was paramount --

1) Change your stupid shovel and use a ergonomic hoe type spade .


2) Never ever bend your back, stand upright. If you have to lower yourself use the thigh muscles.


3) Don't do repetitive action,  continuously.


4) Wear a back support while doing the job


After the next winter , I got a call from him. Thanks! Your advise worked!!

So read this with an open mind. It may work for you too.

The hoe type spade must be in two sizes--one large and one small.

The smaller hoe must have a longer handle.


In India nobody ever uses a spade, which hurts the lower back.

Chop, lever up , shorten the handle , throw-- all the time standing upright.  Do not scoop up too much wet snow.

Ice-denizens , pl pass this around --


CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT IN LIFE.

On our ships , our rat guards have been falling off for the past 500 years , and will continue to do so for the next 500 years. On all the thousands of ships all over the world!

My son at Cornell, when he was 8 years old , sailed with me.

One day he asked me " Daddy, why are sailors so stupid.  All ships keep replacing their rat guards on the mooring ropes, which fall off every half an hour. Why don't you sailors put the hole off-centre, so that the centre of gravity of the metal sheet shifts downwards and gravity will keep the rat guard in place" ?

This coloured picture is just to imagine-- how to shift the centre of gravity, downwards !-- it is moronic to hang weights!!


This is the usual stupid rat guard with a hole in the exact centre-- one tiny gust of wind and it falls off.


 Yes- at sea we too suffer from a severe lack of brains!--like the snow shovellers!!

If you cant get the hardware, just improvise-- see video below-- so that you keep your spine straight at all times--  DO NOT BEND!


CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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7 comments:

  1. kapthaan Saab,

    "Never ever bend your back, stand upright. If you have to lower yourself use the thigh muscles."
    I'm sorry sirji but I did not get this.The ergonomic hoe type spade is normally what construction workers in our country uses even I have it at my home. I can say that it hurts back to a very great extent.

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  2. Dear Captain,

    How to avoid slouching?

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    1. hi nb,

      Tall Indian women slouch ( a sign of insecurity ) —they also wear flat chappals.

      Make a conscious effort to keep your back straight.

      Look up when you walk. It takes a little getting used to, but you must learn to trust your feet and your peripheral vision. If you find yourself looking at the sidewalk as you move along, lift your perspective to the horizon.

      Practice standing up straight whenever you think about it. Soon you will be in the habit of doing it all the time. When you sit, pull the chair in closer to the desk or table and put your whole back up to your shoulders against the chairback.

      Fill a schoolbag with heavy books and take a 30 minute walk in the evening

      Paint the ceiling of your room with a paintbrush and water daily.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  3. STOP PRESS:

    TIP FOR MY WESTERN READERS -

    IF YOU HAVE BACK PAIN THIS WINTER DUE TO EXCESSIVE SNOW SHOVELING ( GLOBAL WARMING TEE HEEEE ) CREATE YOU OWN GROUNDED CHAIR.

    BUY A UNPAINTED CONDUCTIVE METAL CHAIR FROM THE MARKET AND GROUND IT IN YOUR HOME -- SIT ON IT 10 MINUTES A DAY ,PREFERABLY BEFORE SLEEP.

    THIS WILL IMPROVE YOUR REM SLEEP.

    WHEN YOU GET GOOD REM SLEEP--

    YOU GET ALL THE ANSWERS IN AN OFFICE MEETING- YOU CHILDREN CAN GET GOOD MARKS IN EXAMS -

    YOU CAN LOSE YOUR BACK ACHE OR ANY OTHER ACHE.

    http://www.nachi.org/grounding-electrodes.htm


    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/01/snow-shovelling-and-backache-capt-ajit.html


    THE EVIL PHARMA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THIS.

    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2013/02/the-dreamer-and-rem-sleep-witness-and.html

    WHEN YOU INSTALL A LAWN IN YOUR HOME, ALSO INSTALL A METAL SOFA - WITH COPPER PLATES DEEP GROUNDED , IN ALL 4 LEGS.

    A PARK IS NOT A PARK IF IT DOES NOT HAVE SUCH METAL CHAIRS-- FOR NOWDAYS GRASS IS SPRAYED WITH PESTICIDES AND IS GROWN ON ARTIFICIAL FERTILISERS.

    SELECT A MODEL FROM THE LINK BELOW-- WHERE YOU LOWER SPINE IS IN CONTACT WITH GROUNDED METAL.

    http://ghantapic.blogspot.in/2015/01/metal-park-benches.html

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  4. gain mark
    February 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM
    You really have shared some of the great cleaning tips here but I am looking for house cleaning services to clean my home properly. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    February 17, 2015 at 5:14 PM
    hi gm,

    but a STATIC ELECTRICITY duster - to bring down spider webs from ceiling corners, dust from walls, behind TV , top of sofa etc- this will cause fine dust to become bigger balls .

    http://psalterystrings.ning.com/forum/topics/cool-psaltery-cleaning-wand

    buy a super mop - to wet mop the floor.

    when mop gets dirty wash it under flowing tap water , wring and start again.

    http://www.pvamop.com/superpvaindividualmops.html

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  5. Never ever bend your back, stand upright. If you have to lower yourself use the thigh muscles.

    this applies everywhere everytime right ?

    even yoga forward bending exercises ?

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    1. hi bz,

      this does NOT apply to yoga.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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