Life as an Amateur Woodworker #81: Everything has come to a halt!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 09-05-2016 04:04 PM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 80: A Quickie! Part 81 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 82: It's been a while! »

I know it’s gone very quiet on my Blog, unfortunately that is down to health issues, instead of solving those I had, I seem to be adding to them.

I am now in the position where, my spinal column and both knees are giving me trouble, my right knee giving in on me two weeks ago, I am already lined up for an operation on my left knee, but the Specialist wanted to wait until my back is sorted, and they still don’t know what the problem is, I had a bone gammagraphy last week, but it didn’t help with my spine, it just found the knee problem, and also future problems with my hands and shoulders, which I put down to age. I am now waiting to see a Neurosurgeon, I think they want to find out if I have a brain!!!

As a result, I am now walking with a stick, I can’t stand for long or bend, so work in all forms has ground to a halt, the one good thing to come out of all this, is that my Electric bills have never been so low! :-D

To add to that I have got to go for another operation later this year to remove more skin cancer, however at the moment that is having no effect on my quality of life.

I am hoping that next year, if not sooner will see most of these problems sorted, and it will be back to work as normal. At least for now I have more time to keep up with everyone elses projects!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 04:32 PM

Wow, sounds like you’ve got a boat load of issues. Sure wish you all the best for a quick solution.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 04:34 PM

Sorry to hear of your health problems Phil,I hope things turn around quickly for you and your back to 100% good health very soon.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 04:43 PM

Best wishes for your speedy recovery so you can return to the best medicine, your workshop!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 05:42 PM

Thank you all for your best wishes, hopefully it will be sorted sooner rather than later!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 09-05-2016 06:38 PM

Phil, So sorry to hrear of your problems. I suppose we all experience them as we age. I certainly have; now at 75 I seem to react to them more eaisly by backing off my endurance. I hope you positively react to your physician’s aid in you health issues rapidly and get back to work in the shop for your very informative blogs.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 09-05-2016 06:48 PM

We wish you the best, a speedy recovery and await your return

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 09-05-2016 07:00 PM

my problems seem small compared to yours, hope you get better soon.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 09-05-2016 07:10 PM

Thanks again for the good wishes, to be honest now this has been dragging on for nearly 12 months, I am struggling to stay positive, but then I read or hear about people in worse situations than me, and give myself a kick. If only I could get just one nights full sleep, but it isn’t going to happen for a while.

At the moment I am spending my time, mainly in front of the computer, which isn’t doing my waistline any good! however I have decided to go for Colombian naturalisation, as I have made my life here, so I’m studying for the exam, which is not that easy as you get older hahaha!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#9 posted 09-05-2016 08:21 PM


Thanks for checking in to my topic. Great that you are keeping the faith. I have a joke I tell that came to me about the irony of eye failure with age. “It’s so we can’t see our skin changing!”

I have similar concerns as I didn’t store my nuts for the winter as were are financially advised to do. Did some but not really enough and the insurance plans have definitely gotten worse in amount of coverage.

I have stopped complaining about humidity since Loisiana floods. And like you ” I do what I can vs. Bitch about what I can’t.”

I’m in your corner Rocky!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 09-05-2016 11:29 PM

Thanks Tom, aging certainly isn’t as much fun as I hoped it was going to be…lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#11 posted 09-06-2016 01:11 PM

Sorry to hear that.
I have two friends here waiting for knee surgery.
Hope surgery goes well.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#12 posted 09-06-2016 03:50 PM

you are in my prayers …... we all have troubles …....
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 09-06-2016 06:00 PM

Thanks again, it’s going to take time, but hopefully by the time it is sorted out, I will be raring to go with some new projects! :D

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 09-06-2016 07:36 PM

Phil, You are in my prayers, also. Keep us updated on your health.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#15 posted 09-06-2016 11:13 PM


I know exactly where you’re coming from on the health issues.. I’ve had both knees fully replaced, a hip replaced, and two back surgeries, and actually need another one. I think once you’ve had the surgeries you need you’ll be in a whole lot better shape. Seems like one problem causes other problems eventually…If you have a bad back, it affects your knees, hips, ankles, and other parts to start breaking down, and eventually wear out….Fixing the major problem areas will greatly reduce the pain and suffering you’re going through.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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