• Advertise with us
Blog entry by Patti Zongker posted 06-23-2009 01:58 PM 1692 reads 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch


-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

29 comments so far

View Frankie Talarico Jr.'s profile

Frankie Talarico Jr.

353 posts in 3352 days

#1 posted 06-23-2009 02:29 PM

hope all goes well dennis. I too love the lumberjock community and rely on the site for a good chuckle or pick me up. You are a tough cookie to continue to work in all that pain. I would use it as an excuse to taks time off. You are a tough SOB to keep on truckin. We’ll pray the injections go well and surgery is not needed. No one wants back surgery, And as a carpenter like yourself, It would drive me bonkers to be unable to work the wood. Best of luck

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

View Bob42's profile


456 posts in 3786 days

#2 posted 06-23-2009 02:35 PM

Dennis, I know first hand what you are going through. I had the same thing. The injections did not work for me and I did have to go for the fusion with rods installed. L4-S1. It might work for you. It was a very difficult time but know that it does get better. Listen to what the doctors tell you and don’t try to push it. I Just went for my 10 year check up and came through with flying colors. It does take a long time but keep your thoughts on the positive side and you will get better. I am now doing more exercises and feeling better. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need to. Keep the faith.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

View patron's profile


13603 posts in 3336 days

#3 posted 06-23-2009 02:50 PM

thank you patti , and congradtulatios to both of you !
it is much easyer with two sharing ,
my prayers to you both .

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

View Charles Maxwell's profile

Charles Maxwell

1099 posts in 3803 days

#4 posted 06-23-2009 03:51 PM

Thanks for this post Patti. First, congratulations to you both. There is usually an inspiring woman present in the life of a successful man. I’m guessing that Dennis’ best works of art are still to come! Dennis is an inspiration to us all and remains in our prayers for a speedy recovery. God bless you both. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

View stanley2's profile


344 posts in 3791 days

#5 posted 06-23-2009 03:52 PM

Dennis – wishing you a speedy recovery and happy life with Patti

-- Phil in British Columbia

View Patti Zongker's profile

Patti Zongker

203 posts in 3422 days

#6 posted 06-23-2009 06:11 PM

I want to say thank you to each and everyone of you for your support it means alot to both Dennis and I.

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4156 days

#7 posted 06-23-2009 06:23 PM

troubled times ….. keep your eyes on the light at the end.
I hope everything goes well and your good health returns quickly

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

View majeagle1's profile


1426 posts in 3492 days

#8 posted 06-23-2009 06:45 PM

Congratulations to the both of you on your engagement and to Dennis, it sure sound like you have picked a wonderful women to be your wife! Thank you Patti for sending out this message to all the LJ’s and our complete support goes out to you Dennis. Like it has been said, it will be a long road, but you WILL do it and will be back creating the wonderful boxes that you do. You are an inspiration to me.
Take care….............

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

View savannah505's profile


1813 posts in 3582 days

#9 posted 06-23-2009 07:06 PM

My congratulations also in your engagement, my prayers for your future together. Certainly prayers go out for you Dennis on your situation, I’ve talked with you on phone about this, and know very well some of what your going through, my sympathies are definetly with you. If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

-- Dan Wiggins

View Rj's profile


1047 posts in 3626 days

#10 posted 06-23-2009 07:42 PM

Congratulations on your engagement, Both of you are very special people and hope only the best for both of you.
Dennis I will put in an extra prayer for you!! as I know all to well what back problems are like, I had to give up Tournament Bass fishing because of back problems. I sure hope all goes well with your treatments .
Dennis Keep your head up as you have alot of friends wishing you and Patty only the best that life has to offer.

God Bless!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

View Jim Crockett (USN Retired)'s profile

Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

852 posts in 3728 days

#11 posted 06-23-2009 09:36 PM

Patti, thanks for the update and congratulations to both of you on your engagement. Dennis, been there – done that! 1986: six weeks in an armpit to crotch bodycast before surgery, 13 days in hospital after fusing L4-L5 with chunks of bone trimmed off my hipbone, 6 months in bodycast post surgery (in FL in July-Dec) and another six months in a removable poly jacket. Fusion helped quite a bit to alleviate the debilitating pain for eight years then spent six months recovering from sciatica secondary to herniated disc. Now I live on pain killers daily.

Definitely do what the doctors tell you and hopefully you will see relief of your pain. Actually, I hope the steroid injections work – that would be the simplest and least painful route. They aren’t very painful – I have them 2-3 times a year. Much easier now that they are done with the aid of xrays than they were 15 years ago when in was just stick, see if you hit the right place, stick again, and again until it feels right.

Sounds like you are a fighter, so hang in there and don’t get too depressed with all of the pain. And you have a new fiance to keep you happy! That should help.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

View a1Jim's profile


117090 posts in 3572 days

#12 posted 06-23-2009 09:48 PM

Congrats to you both. even though these are tough times you have each other. My best wishes to you both.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View PineInTheAsh's profile


404 posts in 3263 days

#13 posted 06-23-2009 09:51 PM

With a lady like Pattii by his side I’d say Dennis is a very lucky man.

View Mike Gager's profile

Mike Gager

665 posts in 3263 days

#14 posted 06-23-2009 10:22 PM

about 7 months ago i had the injections for a herniated L4-S1 disk that i had been suffering from for about 6 months. i was between jobs and had no health insurance when i got hurt and once i got a new job i had to wait 3 months for insurance to kick in. i was pretty much couch-ridden anytime i wasnt at work. i can definetly symphathise with dennis on how much it hurts. my pain was actually in my leg because the disk was pinching my sciatic nerve. its weird how that works but basically i couldnt walk sit down stand up bend over or lay down without constant pain. i didnt get to do anything woodworking related in that time :(

anyways to cut to the chase there is hope! i had 2 shots and all is good now. the doctor said the shots could last up to a year and its possible the disk may heal itself in that time. i still can feel some lingering pain if i bend over a certain way but its livable. anyways good luck to dennis and congrats to you both

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3581 days

#15 posted 06-23-2009 10:47 PM

I figure you are both lucky people Deniss is obviously a nice guy and you are a very swet lady so please share the same happiness that My wife Bronwen and I have had over 38 years this year august the 14 the much brotherly love Alistair from my family to yours.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

showing 1 through 15 of 29 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics