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The orthopedist finally showed his face and left again – Rodric Leerling

The orthopedist finally showed his face and left again – Rodric Leerling

The student doctor invited me in and left me again sitting in a small room. He had to consult his superior and left me waiting. Consulting the actual specialist who hadn’t shown his face yet despite my third visit to his assistant.

But just before the student left me, I suggested the orthopedist to come and see me this time. Which he did. But the questions he asked made me wonder if he really grasped the situation. He couldn’t find any mechanical cause to the swelling. Neither on the X-ray, nor on the MRI could he find anything that could be the root of the swelling. His job was done. He was going to refer me to a rheumatologist to see if he could find the cause of the inflammation. Goodluck and have a nice day.

It felt like a cold shower. After eight weeks of blood tests, x-rays and various medication, I was back to square one. At home, I had the urge to call my GP, and ask his opinion as he mentioned (non-classic) rheuma as possible cause, but he was on hols. I instead called my insurance company what to do. They suggested to have a sports medical consult, in the same hospital. I only needed a referral from the orthopedist or my GP. The latter being on hols, I called the orthopedist’s assistant. To my big surprise, he refused to refer me to his colleagues at the sports unit. No explanation, sorry we can’t be of help.

So now we wait for another week till my GP is back. Ask for a referral and a ‘2nd opinion’. That’s 12 weeks since the knee started swelling. I have given it a proper rest, I would say, but still no changes. Oh, and the rheumatologist can see me late September. Maybe I should give them a call as well.


Waarom Kijk Je Nooit Eens In Je Digitale Spiegel? – Rodric Leerling

Waarom Kijk Je Nooit Eens In Je Digitale Spiegel? – Rodric Leerling

De ‘waarom vraag’ leidt vaak tot nieuwe inzichten in het leven en ontkracht tegelijk fabels en hypes. In dit geval draait het eigenlijk maar om een woord (en werkwoord): Google. Deze zoekmachine bepaalt tegenwoordig wat mensen van je vinden. Of je dat nu wilt of niet. Het gebeurt gewoon. Geen hype en geen fabel.

Grappig is dat we dagelijks (off-line) tijd besteden aan ons uiterlijk voordat we naar kantoor, meetings of congressen gaan. Maar we accepteren eigenlijk heel makkelijk dat we online als sjofel en onopgemaakt door het leven gaan. Je off-line en on-line imago moeten in evenwicht zijn. Zorg dat je zakenrelaties en prospects een gebalanceerd beeld van je vinden als ze op je googelen. Want dat doen ze. Regelmatig, en zonder dat je het zelf beseft.

Je digitale image is wat we online reputatie zijn gaan noemen. Wat heb je drie jaar geleden gezegd of gepost? Vaak vergeet je dat snel weer, maar Google niet. Haal die negatieve reacties en impulsieve opmerkingen op LinkedIn gewoon weg. Check wat je op Facebook hebt gezegd over anderen. En haal die foto’s weg die je kort na een event nog leuk vond, maar nu inmiddels niet meer. En ga dan eens op jezelf googelen. Wat komt er boven? Herken je jezelf in de digitale spiegel?

Dan is het tijd om zelf het heft in handen te nemen. Je begint met een content platform in je eigen naam (WordPress is ideaal) en start met tweewekelijkse blogs. Zet die uit op social media zoals LinkedIn en Twitter en laat je netwerk hierop linken. Denk aan onderwerpen die spelen in jouw sector. Doe maar gewoon en schrijf over zaken die prospects en je huidige zakenrelaties interessant vinden en bereid zijn om te gaan delen. Topics die typisch voor jou zijn en waar relaties je op herkennen. Gebruik de juiste tags en spel je naam eventueel ook opzettelijk foutief.

Zodra het linken frequenter wordt gaat Google verwijzingen naar jouw naam oppikken als relevant en kennelijk interessant om te lezen. Je indexering gaat omhoog en je verschijnt op pagina 1-3 van Google zoals jij dat wilt in plaats van dat Google dat ongevraagd voor jou doet. Je digitale spiegel wordt nu snel scherper en je online reputatie krijgt vorm. Herken je jezelf al een beetje?

Succes ermee. We helpen graag als je hulp nodig hebt.


My Visit To The Orthopedist Felt Like A Rollercoaster – Rodric Leerling

My Visit To The Orthopedist Felt Like A Rollercoaster – Rodric Leerling

Finally, after almost eight weeks of taking different meds, seeing three doctors, and having an X-ray taken, it was time to visit the orthopedist in hospital. The medical degree candidate did the take-in. He read the files, studied the X-ray and, of course, wanted to examine my knee. He showed me the X-ray images and, in contrary to what my GP had diagnosed,  there are no loose cartilage parts visible at all. What the X-ray picture did show was basic wearing out of the knee. And an operation won’t help in this situation. My roller-coaster cart was about to run down fast.

The student had to confer with the orthopedist next door and left with my panicky thoughts for 25 minutes. So, no operation. What does that mean? Is the wearing out really bad news and should I abondon all sports, including refereeing? How will the swelling be reduced now and will I ever be able to use my leg properly again?

The medical candidate returned and confirmed an operate was off and might even cause more physical trouble. But, he had another solution. The meds I haven been taking were processed by the whole body (like Prednisolon) and work but only for a short term (don’t mention the side-effects). He advised an injection directly in the knee. This fluid med called Corticosteroids would need two weeks to take effect. Most patients with my medical condition have benefited from it. I would be able to charge the knee again soon and back in shape in six weeks. My rollercoaster cart was going north again.

If I wanted the injection now? Sure, bring it on/in! The needle was set quickly and the meds were brought in. Two weeks max to reduce the swelling to zero. Four weeks to build up muscle tension. I wasted a few weeks in the Dutch 1st line of care, luckily just off-season. My roller coaster cart has arrived in base station. Time to start working a swift recovery.

Be Aware When Referees Start Seeing Things in Slow Motion – Rodric Leerling

Be Aware When Referees Start Seeing Things in Slow Motion – Rodric Leerling

Last weekend, an interesting tournament final was played in preparation for the FIFA WorldCup next year in Russia. Called the Confederation Cup and played between national teams who recently either became world or regional champion.

And for the first time on a big FIFA tournament, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used to prevent referees from missing major fouls but also to help checking off-sides, which player did what, or unclear corner kicks situations. You would expect that when the referee gets such a VAR call and viewing the replay in slow motion, it would either lead to a red card or no card at all. No VAR calls are made for yellow card situations, as it just would make things too complicated.
Recent research commissioned by FIFA shows that referees watching things in slow motion are faster in pulling a red card because things seem to be much clearer all of a sudden. Well, not last night. The referee clearly missed an elbow boxing hook and was told by his VAR to check the video replay. He did and walked over to the innocent looking player but reached for his wrong pocket and pulled a yellow card, leaving most TV spectators in shock. Clearly a red card should have been given. Especially after watching the replay. The fouling player almost broke his opponent’s jaw bone, totally on purpose.

The danger of using VAR’s is that most fouls in slow motion just look more serious than in real time and in fast paced action. As amateur referees we don’t work with video in my games, so I should decide in split second anyway. And you can be wrong sometimes. Colleague referees and football commentators last night tweeted mostly about the fact that referees tend to ask advice for crucial fouls where the obvious direct call would suffice. But with the VAR looking over their shoulder, they seem to want to stay on the safe side. Thanking them for their advice and still take the wrong decisions after watching the replay. Hard to grasp. Work to do for the FIFA referee committee!

When Your Doctor Says You Should See Another One – Rodric Leerling

When Your Doctor Says You Should See Another One – Rodric Leerling

After weeks of taking different meds to kill the sudden burst of pain and reduce my knee swelling, the first diagnosis by my GP has been drawn. There are fractions of cartilage around the knee that should be ‘cleaned up’.

Why and how this ‘cartilage delivery’ works is not clear, but the X-ray results showed it clearly. The loose fractions around the knee are causing the body to react and produce moisture to encapsulate the danger. An orthopedist has been asked to examine me further and probably come up with a surgery proposal to do a ‘clean up’.

I can’t wait as this has been dragging on now for seven weeks already. The moisture in my knee prevented the GP to track the cause of the pain and swelling, as it basically formed a medical ‘cover-up’. Only after weeks of meds and eventually a reduced swollen knee, the injury could be diagnosed and the X-ray picture requested.

So much for the Dutch medical ‘1st line care’: patients should be seeing their GP as much as possible ‘in the 1st line’ and only when really necessary visit a specialist in hospital, called the ‘2nd line care’. This is believed to lead to a reduction in medical costs. But in my case, this has so far lead to 8 weeks of limping, a painful and swollen knee, 4 GP visits and 3 different medications, before finally an X-ray was requested and steps to surgery taken. Who knows how long this ‘2nd line of doctoring’ again will take. Keep you posted.


“My Current Podcast Top 10” – Rodric Leerling

“My Current Podcast Top 10” – Rodric Leerling

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  1. No Agenda (EN) – Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak (2x wkly, 120min+)

“a show about politics with no agenda”

  1. The Daily (EN) – NYT, Michael Barbaro (daily, 20min)

“this moment demands an explanation”

  1. State of America (EN) – CNN, Kate Bolduan (daily, 25min)

“inside story of the new Trump presidency”

  1. Linking into Sales (EN) – Greg Hyer, Elyse Archer & Martin Brossman (60min)

“techniques for using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+”

  1. TEDTalks audio (EN) – (15min)

“ideas worth spreading”

  1. The Brief (NL) – WayneParkerKent, (bi-weekly, 45min)

“Podcast about content, marketing and media”

  1. Bernard Hammelburg (NL) – BNR (weekly, 2min)

“plaatst de internationale politiek in context”

  1. Podcast over MEDIA (NL) – Alexander Klopping (irregular, 60min+)

“podcast over media”

  1. BNR Digitaal (NL)Herbert Blankesteijn (weekly, 25min)

“Schakelen tussen internet, computer en telefonie”

  1. Hardwell On Air – DJ Hardwell (weekly, 60min)

“trendsetting and original Hardwell sound“



“Creating Awareness for Need of Online Reputation Management” – Rodric Leerling

“Creating Awareness for Need of Online Reputation Management” – Rodric Leerling

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All your posted online content like blogs, comments, pictures, videos and social media posts draw a picture of who you are. It will greatly determine whether people want to meet and eventually do business with you.

Are those images really you? Or you, but in a shady situation. Or totally not you because you didn’t tag your own pictures well. So when you are googled (and people do that all the time) does the image people get from Google page 1 fit with what differentiates you in the current market?

Online Reputation Management (or: ORM) is all about creating a strong online presence, one that enhances the ‘off-line me’ and helps create your current business. But even more importantly, it will help your next business goals. Where do you want to be in five years? Positioning yourself should not just be based on your current business successes and skills, but also on other dimensions in life. You are more than just your job title.

Look in the online mirror. Go and google yourself.

“Thanks for ruining our game” – Rodric Leerling

“Thanks for ruining our game” – Rodric Leerling

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Reading back a report on a game I reffed is not a thing I pursue passionately. But when a tweet with my pic appears on the home team’s web page, my interest is aroused. Especially the pictures showing me running down the line and keeping up with the speed of the game.

Looking at the pics, the game itself came back to memory. Another game followed this one and I reffed a field game on Saturday as well, so you tend to forget quickly. I showed two yellow cards both for the home team. They played lousy, as their report honestly stated. The cards were not disputed either and clearly described why they were ‘one man down’ for two minutes each. The first for purposely bumping into the goal keeper, not the first time, and the other one for pushing away an opponent. The 17-year old captain was irritated and showed his frustration.

Their 2nd half effort to try and catch up with the score was not sufficient. They lost and the captain would thank me ‘for ruining their game’. I held on to his hand and told him he was not being fair and should know better. His coach acknowledged the bad attitude and told me he would talk about it. Well, he can also read their own game report. And probably watch the game video.

“Proud to ref the best Dutch U16 players” – Rodric Leerling

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To my surprise and excitement, I was assigned to another pro U16 game this season.

Only disappointment was the different game location. Due to some Christmas event it wasn’t in a real football stadium this time, but just at the neighboring amateur football club.

I can hear you think: hey, it’s the game, stupid. I know, but at 3pm with fog, in mid December and darkness closing in fast, you need good lights. Unfortunately that was not the case at this club with just basic training flood lights, leaving the middle parts of the pitch in twilight. Especially the goal areas were tricky at times.

But there was no way back, despite comments from the away coach (a former pro player) complaining he at times couldn’t see where the ball was. Glad I spotted most fouls though and had pretty good AR’s working the lines.

Everyone happy the game finished in a good manner despite the poor conditions. Especially the home team, who won and beat the table leaders for once.

“Hallo Schiedsrichter-Assistent!” – Rodric Leerling

“Hallo Schiedsrichter-Assistent!” – Rodric Leerling

My game on Saturday had a weird twist. It started with the Assistant Referees instructions; the one AR was German, the other Dutch Turkish. The German assistant requested gently if I could do it in German or if not, maybe English. Despite being able, it was too much asked for, sorry. We decided to do it in Dutch, at a lower speed though, and he seemed to understand. No further questions.

The home team were ranking three places below the away team, who in fact were leading the table. Both AR’s also appeared to have a son playing in each team. The German AR didn’t seem to know the rules, or at least how to deal with it, especially on offside. He would deliver me lots of trouble during the game, raising his flag at the wrong moments or not at all when he should have. He in fact missed an important offside situation which let to the 1-1 equalizer for the home team, but I only had a hunch to go after and decided to allow it. He would also indicate wrong directions for in-out balls, as I understood from the supporters on his side of the pitch, but followed him anyhow.

The home scored 2-1 shortly into 2nd half and kept pushing for more goals. But they somehow missed the final touch and the away team was defending well at the same time. And then the game went into the final game minutes, and the home team was about to celebrate their much needed three points against the leader of the table and as result jumping a few places up. But a sudden break-out by the guests changed everything. One of their fast attacking player sneaked from behind the home team defense and in a flash, the home AR raised his flag to indicate offside. I immediately signaled him to lower his flag as I believed it wasn’t offside. The guests scored the unexpected 2-2 equalizer and as I walked towards the AR I marked the goal on my card. The home AR exploded and shouted it was offside by at least meter. He wasn’t doing this for nothing, you know, I should follow his flag signal. The usual club AR comments. The indicated offside distance, however, confirmed my suspicion it wasn’t offside indeed. Sorry mate, but I’m overruling you and allowing the goal as result.

Four more minutes into injury time and I decided ‘game-over’ at a 2-2 draw. Happy guest players, angry home team players as a result. The home team coach gently shook my hand without further comments. He realized they had only to blame themselves for not scoring some obvious scoring chances. Don’t blame the referee.