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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 03-02-2012 04:42 AM 1306 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I worked a solid 12 hours and felt great. Today I worked about 4 and felt like dying.

While I was reclaiming the wood from a set of queen size box springs I got a call from my doctors office and he informed me that I have type 2 diabetes. I’ve suspected for a while that was the case just based on my whacked out energy levels. One root beer with a fish sandwich was enough to wipe me out today. So it looks like I need to start eating right if I want to last all day.

I’m trying to go into business making some rather unique outdoor furniture. I’ve spoken with some tree cutters who will gladly give and deliver hardwood logs to my back yard. I want to make some log benches and Adirondack chairs and sell them. I also want to make some artistic bowls from oak trunk ring cut wood. Formal furniture is a dime a dozen no matter which style you make, but if asked I can work on some for special orders. I think I pretty much have everything I need to do the work except a couple good chainsaws. I need a 20 inch and a small 12 inch for decorative parts. I also need a better TS. Mine cuts great, but I need a cast iron table to protect the wood better than my Ryobi does. It’s a contractors saw so it’s not for finer woods.

The object is to combine art and woodworking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 05:12 AM

1942 comenting. stay with the fish sandwich leave the root beer alone, infact trade the root beer for orange juice, and in the night before going to sleep eat your favorite serial or bran flakes, you
will feel a lot better in the morning, this is from another diabetic that stays on diet. I am not doing
any medication. luck with that, I am a new guy.

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 05:18 AM

Welcome 1942. Another doc told me about 5 years ago that I had some makers that could preclude type 2 and I monitored for over a year without seeing anything adverse. I still have to meet with the doc on Monday, but I’m pretty sure I know what he’ll say. When I was monitoring my blood sugar levels I became pretty familiar with how I felt at different sugar levels and I’d say that it was pretty high today. I love the 90’s, it’s my feel good zone.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 05:24 AM

I am also diabetic, and on the meds for it, You must moniter your suger meds or not. Now myself I lost 25 pounds (so far) and am eating better foods so far so good.

-- But hon I need this tool.......

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 05:37 AM

Hi Russ, eat right, trust me, I have been a diabetic since I was 35 Type 2. Small meals frequently during the day (like 6). I am surprised I wasn’t I diabetic earlier, I was the only one in the family that wasn’t a diabetic for so many years, you name it Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, It was inevitable. Diabetes will not slow you down too much if you take care of it. As for soda its probably one of the items I miss the most, I drink diet occasionally but mostly coffee. Drinking Soda is like eating straight sugar packets for us.

The only real affect I have had was the circulation, I used to be able to go out in 20 degree weather with just a t-shirt, not anymore. I never needed a heater in my shop until a few years back, when my hands would not warm up the way the used to after a few minutes of work. My dad was a Diabetic for almost 40 years and you would never know it.

Now about your business, as for the chainsaws a must, I am not too familiar with the Ryobi saw but you might just need to secure some laminate to the top, its a cheap fix and worked well for my first TS. you just got the HF Bandsaw, so your well on your way. Do you have a thickness planer and a jointer? if your making furniture from logs your gonna need it after you cut the boards out of them.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 05:43 AM

Marty, I’m up in the air about a thickness planer. I have a portable and a good belt sander, rotary sander, and palm sander. The logs are the only thing I’ll need to smooth out, the Adirondack chairs will use 1×4’s and 2×6’s I can get at Lowes. I haven’t decided yet whether to go with indoor wood or pressure treated. I think pressure treated would not take a stain very well. I have lumber for about 4 or 5 chairs and plan to cut out my pieces in the next couple days. I think if I use a good shellac they’ll hold up well.
Any thoughts?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 06:21 AM

Good thing you listen to your body, stop the work if you feel that tired, you don’t want diabetes and missing fingers… :-)

Take care and good luck with the new endeavor.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 01:06 PM

Diabetes can whip your @$$, plain and simple. There is nothing you can do about that, so don’t worry about the fact that it’s slowing you down. What you can do something about is how it effect you in the long run. You can get it under control and live a normal life, or you can let it screw you up right up until the point that it can potentially kill you.
I do not take meds anymore. I got my diabetes under control through diet. If the doctors haven’t already done so, go see a good dietician. You will learn a lot about diabetes. When I was first diagnosed, I was under the misconception that I had to watch things like sugar and I’d be fine. I was dead wrong. Actually, counting carbs is the number one way to get it under control.
The second thing is portion control. It is amazing to me now that I have learned better what some people consider normal portion sizes of most foods.
With diet though, you can get it under control. It takes time, education, and willingness to do what it takes. Take it from someone who has several family members die from diabetes and have seen one loose his leg to it, it is worth working to get it right.
Good luck finding the tools you need.


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