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Things that slow me down. #1: Not exactly bouncing back

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So, I already posted a note in a blog called, “What’s a woodworker to do”, about my recent unexpected surgery, and I was expecting to just bounce back from that relatively minor surgery, but I am now on “activity restriction” and have my left arm immobilized as the Dr’s punishment for me being too active too soon. In other words I went crazy last weekend, spending two full days in the shop ignoring the signs that this was not a good thing to do. But hey, I got my cross cut sled built, the big one for all the plywood I will be cutting when I start build my shop cabinets, out feed table, and under the table saw storage. I have the pieced cut for the smaller sled that I will use for other projects.

Anyway, now I am having complications of my complications. BUT Okay, Okay! I am recommitted to doing what I have to do to get well, and I think I am seeing some good result so far with the restricted activity since last Wed. I am going to give it another week, per dr orders, and this time I will work my way back into the shop very GRADUALLY, and very SLOWLY.

I have had plenty of time to be on LJ, but I was finding it was like putting a full bar of choice liquor in front of an addict. I am slowly remembering from my early woodworking days that once I get started, I am an addict, and my brain spins with ideas and ambitions to point of letting things fall off in my personal life. With my experience as a therapist and a drug and alcohol counselor, I think I’ll write a book called, People who love wood too much: Learn how to manage your woodworking passion—sort of.

Natalie

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.



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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 524 days ago

Get repaired so u can get ba k in the shop and feed that addiction :)

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 523 days ago

”With my experience as a therapist and a drug and alcohol counselor” ,,, so you should dang well KNOW that you’re supposed to do what your Dr tells you to do!

And remember, I told you that you need to get better so you can share your love of woodworking with your GrandChildren … Like I said “Who ELSE is gonna do it?”

Slow down and DO WHAT THE DR TELLS YOU TO DO!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Sandra

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#3 posted 523 days ago

Been there, done that too Natalie! Stubborn is a good trait most of the time, but not listening to our body is a bad bad bad thing!

Take care
Sandra

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

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 523 days ago

Natalie, do yourself a favor and resist the urge to get back into the shop. You need to take care of yourself better than that. Do what the doctors tell you.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roger

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#5 posted 523 days ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Natalie

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#6 posted 523 days ago

I am and will continue to take this seriously. I don’t have much choice.
Thanks for you cheers and support.
I went on LJ last night and tried to catch up on projects I haven’t seen. That’s my favorite part of LJ

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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Cellulosespinner

62 posts in 630 days


#7 posted 523 days ago

Natalie, I had a heart attack January 2nd and I’m on the mend and about ready (gawd forbid) to go back to work. I’ve enjoyed poking around the shop, I did get tried pretty fast but it was a good distraction. Get well….there always will be wood to cut!

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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stefang

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#8 posted 522 days ago

If you need any advice on slowing down just ask me Natalie, it’s about the only thing I really excel at these days! Get well soon so you can once again hear the roar of loud machines and cover yourself in sawdust and cut things on the wrong side of the line (my favorite part).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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NormG

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#9 posted 522 days ago

Back injury sidelined me back Summer 2005, took over 2 years before got mostly recovered, still have issue from time to time. Listen to the doctor

-- Norman

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Natalie

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#10 posted 522 days ago

Your feedback and support are really appreciated, and thanks for sharing your own slowing down stories. I am counting my blessings, and feeling better on a different antibiotic. Time will tell.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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