Health issues and Attitude adjustment #3: Down but not out

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 11-23-2012 02:34 AM 2170 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Back in hospital- need a good laugh Part 3 of Health issues and Attitude adjustment series Part 4: Is it giving up, or is it accepting what will be? »

I got home from the hospital on Tuesday night after being admitted on Sunday with a racing heart and high blood pressure. Those were the same symptoms that started the dominoes falling 18 months ago.

Since July I’ve had a possible diagnosis of small fibre neuropathy. On Monday, the latest neurologist confirmed it.
Essentially it’s a diagnosis that identifies the process going on, but not the cause. There’s a 50/50 likelihood of finding the cause. If they do (the mysterious THEY), they can treat it, which in turn treats the neuropathy possibly stopping the progression, and reversing some of the damage. Without a cause, they treat symptoms, and I learn to deal with it and pray it doesn’t worsen.

So this morning I was back to the hospital for a glucose tolerance test. I hope the Jonestown kool-aid tasted better than the stuff I drank! As odd as it sounds, my fingers are crossed that I fail that test. If I have any glucose issues, those can be managed and it would be a far better cause than many of the other possibilities. (Funny, never thought I’d be hoping for diabetes…)

This afternoon, I felt well enough to wander out to the garage, open up the door, and cut some more pieces for the cart I’m building for my planer. It was a gorgeous day – sun shining with the temp 10 degrees above freezing.

I also wanted to post some pictures of my Delta jointer. Before things went off the rails on the weekend, I had got it all cleaned up and set up on the mobile stand. I found the owner’s manual online and checked the blades, and made sure everything was as it should be. Once that was done, I ran a length of cherry through and was quite happy with the neat little pile of shavings it produced.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
(Does anyone know why the whole picture doesn’t seem to fit in the post? If I click and drag I can see it all.)


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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View patron's profile


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#1 posted 11-23-2012 02:42 AM

it is a good clean
you have done

glad you got to check it out
(i’m guessing you swept the sawdust
from the chute for the pictures)

here’s to good results on the med tests
that they find and fix
whatever ails you

now remember


use every aid you can
to work the wood

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 02:44 AM

Of course my prayers continue to be with you and your recovery. Glad your spirits continue to be on the fighting side.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-23-2012 03:18 AM

Sandra, Know that you are in all our thoughts and prayers. Your great attitude and sense of humor are inspiring! Keep your chin up and your fingers away from the sharp parts.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 11-23-2012 03:24 AM

Hope things start looking up for you.

As for the pictures… make them smaller, seriously.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#5 posted 11-23-2012 07:34 AM

Hope the tests bring you what you want.
Remember Sandra, there are a lot of LJs here who care and have your back. Very best wishes.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 11-23-2012 09:48 AM

Here’s to your fast recovery, and the fine job you’ve don on the clean-up of that great jointer.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 11-23-2012 11:45 AM

Your shop is coming along nicely Sandra.
You are in my thoughts.
I hope they can find the cause for you quickly.

Nice jointer. Have you mastered the intricasies of making the board square and not tapering it from one end to the other? I still struggle with that one sometimes.

Have a better day than any of your yesterdays.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 11-23-2012 01:24 PM

Thanks everyone. This site and all of you have come to mean a lot to me.

As for the jointer, I was amazed what elbow grease and oven cleaner did to clean it up. When I first turned it on, it tripped the circuit breaker and I thought ‘oh-oh’. I warmed up the garage some more, and turned it on for a few seconds several times, and then it was good to go. I tried it again the next day, and no problem whatsoever. I won’t be turning it on again until I get the planer cart done and make a couple of wooden push pads. The plastic/rubber one I had is useless. (right again, Patron!)

Mike – not sure yet – once I get a my planer cart done, I’ve decided to try an endgrain cutting board. That should give me a chance to use the jointer and see how it goes.

Rance – do I resize in Photobucket, or before I upload them there??

It’s all part of the greater plan – I want to work on my skills and confidence so that I can build a shed next Fall. Once the shed is done, then the seasonal stuff goes in there and I’ll be able to set up more of the garage as a shop.

Have a great day everyone.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 11-23-2012 03:10 PM

I too hope for a good diagnosis and quick recovery.
As to resizing pictures, I use a little freebie called infranview . I usually resize to 400X600 and save it to the desk top. Then insert in the post.
Although Photobucket is a great place for storage, I find going out to a web based program for resizing a little cumbersome.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 11-23-2012 04:23 PM


Looks like you are on your way. You have something that is telling you how valuable time is. we usually don’t regognize it and soon it is all gone? You are living in the present and valuing each day. a really good thing! Good that you are building and testing your skills. Is the garage insulated? You can put the wood outside in the winter with no problem save the nieghbors, and water. so you can use the space?

I have put the woodworking process off to build a cat feeding station and a storage shed for my garden tols, and there is always the until.

Guess I’m saying don’t wait!

Did they rule out lyme disease? Just read an article regardin g reoccurring symptoms for some with Lyme disease.

Any family members with similar medical issues?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 11-23-2012 05:03 PM

Thanks Doc, Cat feeding station sounds interesting.

Had my blood tested here for Lyme, also sent a sample to a lab in California where the testing is supposed to be better, and had my spinal fluid tested by way of spinal tap. Negative each time for Lyme.

No family member with anything similar, although there is a strong history with autoimmune issues, specifically ankylosing spondylitis and I’m positive for the HLAB27 gene. My new neurologist has been looking to find any connection with that gene and neuropathy, but hasn’t yet. He’s confident that I have no large fibre involvement, which rules out a lot of nasty illnesses.

In my grandmother’s family, all the sisters but her were diabetic.

I have an employer who is still paying me through all of this, I’m so lucky that it’s bordering on embarrassing.
At some point I have to make some decisions about work, and a clear answer would be helpful for everyone concerned.

I self-medicated yesterday by ordering from Lee Valley….. :)

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 11-23-2012 05:52 PM

The idea for the “catty shack” came from shovelling snow to feed the cats in MN winters. Maybe not as bad as Canada, but 20 below and snow sucks anywhere, plus the food froze! so after building a number of idividual ferral cat houses with heating pads and insulation I figured I could just put the food in the heated/insulated space. It’s now repleat with cat beds and it’s the kitty flop hose. But I get lots of warm huggs!

Just gotta get to my equipment…some stuff depreciated in the box! Have an insulated garden shed about three feet from my shop/barn/studio which holds the snow blowers and lawn mowers etc. Supposse to hold my dust collector…yep still needs assembly…..grrrrr!

Do what I say not what I do! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-23-2012 08:32 PM

Good luck, Sandra! Hopefully you’ll get some good news!


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#14 posted 11-23-2012 08:53 PM

nice polished jointer :-)
hope they find out what to do so you can recover fast
there is still dust to make and chips to fly

hang in there girl


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