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Blog entry by amagineer posted 09-30-2011 12:10 AM 1931 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I haven’t been a member as long as some of you, but I just wanted to let everyone know, I won’t be posting any new projects for a while. Back in August, when Hurricane Irene came through we had a tree come down through our shed. I was concerned it was going to damage other parts of the property, so I decided to go out during the storm with chainsaw in hand ( I know stupid, stupid) and tried to cut sections of the erect tree. Well I fell and damaged more than my pride. I just got back from the doctors and received a cortisone shot in the spine to relieve the nerve pain down my right leg. I was also told that I have ” Cubital Tunnel Syndrome”
(pinched nerve in my elbows causing pain and numbness in the hands). Now the sad part, I have to stay out of my workshop for 6 weeks, and if it doesn’t go away, surgery and no woodworking until next year. You can imagine I was crying inside to hear this. We all know the great satisfaction we get from creating something from nature. I have been working in my workshop this past month trying to complete my projects, because deep down I had a feeling it was going to come to this by the way I was feeling. I will still be visiting the LJ’s website daily to look with envy and comment on the new projects. Thanks all for the project encouragement and hopefully I will be back in the sawdust soon.
Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!



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NBeener

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 12:20 AM

My best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

-- -- Neil

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SASmith

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 12:35 AM

I wish you the best with your recovery.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 12:48 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident. I have found that on many occasions the doctors are not spot on. Their best is only an educated guess. I’ve been told as bad or worse and I am still in the shop. Of course some days I can’t do much, but I’m in the shop thinking and planning. And it is a great place to have coffee. When I spill, no one hollers at me. lol If you are lucky you might even train Momma to bring your meals out there, mine does. I even got her to help remove the finish on a second hand baby bed for one of tour daughters.

You know what they say, the family that plays in the workshop together, stays together. lol Best wishes on a speedy recovery and hopefully the injury is not as severe as they think. Rand

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Manitario

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 12:51 AM

sorry to hear. Put your feet up and plan your projects for when you are well enough.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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ChuckV

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 01:04 AM

I am very sorry to hear about your injury. I hope that you have a rapid recovery.

Take care of yourself.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 01:07 AM

Don,

Been in the exact same spot you’re in right now… Have had back surgeries, and carpel tunnel surgery on both hands,at the same time. So.. I know exactly how you feel, and basically what you are going through now. I still have back problems, and it trys to keep me out of the shop, out of my boat, and other things I have to do, but I won’t let it. Had this since 1990, and it won’t get the best of me….hope it don’t you either. Best thing is just not over-do, and take things slow.There’s nothing that won’t wait until later…..Best wishes…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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superstretch

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 01:33 AM

Wood can wait.. take some time and get well soon! It’ll be there when you get back :)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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dbhost

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 01:34 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident, and downtime… I have recurring back pain, and I can give you one bit of good news. You should have plenty of time to be working on designs…

I tend to go to the shop even if my back is acting up. If only for a few minutes to think… There is something magical about a wood shop. It helps get your brain oriented right..

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jumbojack

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 01:46 AM

I feel your pain, but do not lament. Teach your self sketchup, search the net for plans. There are plenty of things you can do if you can sit long enough.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Bertha

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 01:58 AM

Heal quickly, my friend. The wood will still be waiting for you.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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patron

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 02:06 AM

praying for your healing
and speedy recovery

as stated

take time to ‘brush up’
on other aspects
of our craft

learn to pace yourself
it helps

-- 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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getlostinwood

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 02:42 AM

Sorry to hear about your injury, sounds like a great time to plan or maybe mentor a newbie. Looking forward to seeing you posting as soon as possible

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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Gary

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#13 posted 09-30-2011 02:48 AM

Hope the healing is quick and complete. No fun to just sit but, like others said, it’s a good time to do lots of woodworking searching on the net.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 09-30-2011 03:00 AM

ugh. hope you have a fast recovery. maybe use this time to plan future projects? or attend classes just to stay somewhat involved in woodworking? just thinking out loud!

be safe!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#15 posted 09-30-2011 03:25 AM

Don,
Just got over a pinched nerve in my neck that kept me out for weeks. Therapy does help, but it takes a while to get back to normal again.
I sympathize with you so much and fully understand what you are going through, I do hope you have a fast and complete recovery.

-- 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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