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 Posted: Sat Apr 9th, 2016 05:42 PM
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Ok, I am kind of going against my normal here but. I normally wont share a lot of stuff openly.
Had back surgery yesterday and so far so go. I am sore as all get out. But in a weird way its all in new places. I will say I have fought this for a while, I didn't like the odds but here lately a wheelchair looked good if they could just kill the pain. I may be a stiff backed cranky old dude now but if there is no or less pain maybe the cranky will go away LOL. They fused several vertebrae in an effort to repair a lifetime of neglect and pure stubbornness on my part. Guys, the buddy system would have prevented a lot of my problems, don't play superman. I don't care how tough or kewl you think you look at the time it will haunt you latter on. Now for my venting --- I have missed the shoot three times including this year. Once was my stupid work ethic, take time off if you need it, being a workaholic will kill you. The next time I missed was an eye opening thing... broke my truck for work and the promised repairs were not dealt with so after I got the finger (in my eyes) I returned the favor. I am fully retarded (retired) at this time and that in its self is a learning experience. So now I have got this part out of the way I expect to meet more of you next year at the shoot, some at Tulsa show and maybe at other "run ins" LOL. Need to practice camping now the Doctor tells me a lot of things will change some and a few in major ways, it's all a learning curve again.
Now just so you know its me, this is being typed by my oldest granddaughter so if the spelling is all correct and the punctuation is correct as well don't blame me. HaHa



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Big Joe, Hope you feel better every day and that this surgery is a huge success. Take it slow and listen to the therapists. They are a pretty smart bunch.

As for the superman thing, you are 100% correct. I'm a big guy, was 6'4" at one time but I can barely make 6'2" now. When I was a young man 16-32 I thought it was my job to prove to everyone just how strong I was and also to use that strength to the max every day. I was a farmer and worked hard. I weighed about 250 pounds, no fat, all muscle.

I never carried 2 pails of shelled corn for the hogs when I could carry 4. A pail weighs over 40 pounds.

I used to unload bagged lime from my pick up for my barn floor. The bags were 66 pounds. I always took 2, and just to prove that I could I'd take 3, off the tailgate of the truck and carry them about 30 feet to the storage room.

I could stand flat footed and throw a 40 pound hay bale over the back of a 12' high bale rack. Neighbors would call and ask for help mounting dual wheels on tractors every spring. I'd go and wrestle them into place for them.

Then I took a non labor intensive job for 30 years. Even so, I pay for my youthful stupidity every day. My back is fused naturally from arthritis in about 4 places, hips are shot, knees bad, shoulders worn out. I walk very stooped over. My insurance company health nurse calculated my physical age at 73 and I'm more than 10 years younger than that.

To all of you youngsters out there, who will listen, don't over do things. Work hard but, for God's sake, work smart. You don't want to be facing retirement with out being able to do the things you always wanted to do. RD



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Glad you are moving on. As for your body, I'd listen to it! As for retired, I'm going on three years. and have more on my plate than when I was working.



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I had mine done, half a life ago. The good news is your pain will level out, your bad days will be much less bad. The bad part, you'll always have pain, but it'll be tolerable, you'll likely never get more than half nights sleep again, it'll hurt too much to lay or sit too long. You get used to it and learn to break night into three or four hour naps and get up and loosen up for hour or two in between. If you learn to take short break, every couple hours on trips, you'll cut your suffering down afterwards.



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Will work on this myself this morning. Most of the pain I feel right now is from the surgery i think. As far as going slow yep that is for sure. Still got a few leaks from the cut but doing so much better. At least i am home now. was going to try this last night but didn't happen.
RD, your a ray of sunshine....(JK) gave up construction, now trying farming LOL. But in my case i have grandkids that are paid to rat me out. Well all but the little ones, they do it so they can see PaPa gt nailed by granny. maybe with this and therapy i can get on a tractor again, wont plow but i can at least mow the orchards. But for real i get to do very little in the way of work, hoping i can rig up some kind of a good seat at the lathe. At least i can turn out some trinkets and goodies i have been messing with.
Robert, 4 hr naps what the heck are they.... i get closer to 2 hr then up making water day or night. whole different story there. Kind of happy right now they got me plugged in to a drain. And the not being able to set in one position very long, been that way for a while already. One of my daughters is an engineer and when I started talking about the shoot in the fall she mapped me out a route that had all my stops and the names of the places to stop at. Then the VA got in the way so here I am. But even though i have pain its way better and a different one. Well crud i guess its nap time, woman just came in with my meds and they put me to bed. Another thing that is n ot normal for me skipping church.... Thanks for the words guys, will work on getting back on later.



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Big Joe,
You take care and don't push it. Had a by-pass done on my leg a while back took 8 mos for the swelling to go down still have a little but is doing 100% better.



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I go to the Cardiologist tomorrow to find out if I'll have a valve job... One way to look at the situation - if they use a pig valve, no muslim will touch me..:wink:



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Congrats on a successful surgery--those are always scary. Had a "Defib" put in a few yrs back. Back trouble has always been a companion. Have moved houses and everything on the job is heavy--chiropractor bud said he could not understand how I was walking. God protects the mentally deficient--lol.



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Joe,
See about getting a memory foam mattress if you do not have one already. My wife and I got one each, after my "rebuilds." I have a few stainless steel screws, other metal things and cadaver pieces and parts inside. I started walking when they wheeled me into the room after removing the two disks, went to the bathroom, been walking ever since. My back injury was such that I have permanent residual nerve damage from splinters in my spinal cord and a couple muscles that just atrophied to nothing in my left leg. But I walked a mile the 3rd day out of the horse pistol. I started doing the stair climb with one leg, up and down, twice a day so I could climb a ladder again after a month. One key for me was to stop taking the pain meds after the 3rd day and started taking Tylenol. MOM is your best buddy, you probably will be stopped up from the pain meds, is good to have an easy BM.

I found that I can take a Naprosyn in the AM and just before bed and that seems to help. But the constant pain is gone and with exercise it stays at bay.
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Ok, back at this.
Ed, gave up on the meds Sunday, got tired of the crappy way they made me feel and the fact they put me to sleep. Doing the Tylenol thing along with the Naprosyn three times a day. Will look into the memory foam thing, right now I have an adjustable bed so I am not flat on my back. and if I am I am usually on my side.
Got my butt chewed at this morning when I went in for check up. I had my boots on, not pull on's either. Ok I admit it was a chore to get them tied and they were not very tight. Danged woman got upset because I wasn't wearing tennis shoes or sneakers. I told her I never wear them this is my daily attire. Well, she was not impressed and I was not movable so we came to an agreement. 'Let someone else tie them for a while, you do not need to stretch that far just yet, if you tear my work open I will have your old cranky butt back in here where I can keep both eyes on you'. So I will allow others to tie my boots for me for a couple days. I have already walked down to the barns to check on the animals, I did have my "hired hand" with me and he will snitch to mom and granny if I do more than open a gate or rub on a cow. I did take a stick to an unruly cat at the barn, he may live there but I run the place. But after the walk I did feel much better. Tomorrow we are going to try to hit the coffee shop to catch up on all the gossip. And besides he is having hot chocolate withdrawals LOL. Will need to explain the hired hand remark later.
Thanks for the words guys. got to scoot my day nurse just blew in so now I get a fresh dressing and the once over so she can report to the DR. Got to love the VA, never in a hurry unless it benefits them LOL....



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Best wishes to you for sure. Those female doctors are mean, my internist is a little blonde Hungarian, same age, so I kid her about being 70.
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I go to the Cardiologist tomorrow to find out if I'll have a valve job... One way to look at the situation - if they use a pig valve, no muslim will touch me..:wink:




Cardio Doc gave me a "good to go", said I was doing well and to keep up whatever I'm doing.. He was rather surprised that I am "still" riding the green machine...
"See me in six months" were his parting words...



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Had a very comfortable nap this afternoon. Picked the kids up at the bus stop and brought them to the house. we fixed snacks then I sat down in my chair and leaned back. I knew I would take a nap if I got still so I made sure the oldest, just turned 13 would keep an eye on the younger ones and wake me if anything came up. I got woke about 5 when the UPS truck showed up. But Lord it was such a sound nap, something I must have needed. we started dinner and shortly mom showed up followed by her fiancé, I like the boy. As we worked on the wife came in with ice cream and cones. So we knew what dessert was LOL.
Now for the hired hand story... he is 5 and does the home school routine this year. Anyway, we was watching the John Wayne movie the Cowboys and it stuck. he decided he needed to be a cowboy for me. So I hired him just like in the movie, a dollar a day and found. He is tickled because he gets paid to help me. We go to the coffee shop and meet the other old farmers around here and he has got to be quite a little farmer. Right now he owns a calf, 3 chickens and a puppy, all of which got me the "eye" from mom. Especially the pup, she knows it comes home next week and isn't happy about that. It's a beagle and she keeps trying to say it belongs in the pen. Well that isn't going to happen unless the boy moves into the pen with the pups. I get the he isn't old enough to be responsible for a dog. Hmm her memory has left her, she had a dog before she was 4. We have already got him a small carry pen to do time out in and he trails the boy now when I let him get him out. I told mom just put the pup in the cage at night for a while and bring him up when she drops the kids off on her way to work.
Ok, this chair is not conducive to a nice feeling so I'm off....



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Hope you keep getting better.
Also hope someone makes you some fruitcake.



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Get well soon Joe, take it easy and don't push it until it's ready.



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I have to keep an eye on myself now for sure. No pain and at times I forget no lifting still until I get cleared. Got to admit the no pain thing is a blessing, I figured I would have at least a little but not unless I mess up like drive to Dallas without the needed stops to stretch every 40 minutes or so. I rolled out just like before any surgeries and then I remembered why I had the surgery. Just takes a few miss steps to bring memories back. I can at least mow now. Not just the yards but some of the pastures too. If the kids think I look like I'm bouncing to much then the ride is over LOL.



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Big Joe,
Hang in there my friend, I too just got out of the hospital..Lost feeling in left leg rushed to hospital with blood clot some 50--60 stiches later and sent home after 4 days in hospital now taking all kinds of pills. Nurse coming over to change bandages etc today and go back to surgen Who keeps his boat at marina should have him do a house call.Oh well Joe glad you doing better buddy !!!!:thumbs:



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I hope you both heal, all the best to each.



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Dang it man, be careful blood clots scare the begeebers out of me, lost mom to one. My back never scared me I just lumped it as a work problem. I have learned in all this do as the DR says and things do get better. I have found that laying on a creeper under an old car is not good so I have limit myself there. Will speak good words for you later today.



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I have back problems myself. Cause by an accident at work, some 20 years ago. Dr is talking about injections in the back to relieve the nerve pain. Hope it does me some good. Back pain is getting real tiring.



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