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Blog entry by dbhost posted 348 days ago 661 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For all you long time Lumberjocks that may know me, I am back, more or less. I had what I would call a bout of “incidents” toward the end of last year that got me sort of corkscrewing the wrong way, and it has taken me a while to get back up to speed…

Regular readers may recall back in October / November last year, my company was going through heavy layoffs, the stress level was incredibly high, my wife had just gotten back to work after 3 years with no job, and things were shaky, I apparently wasn’t handling the stress well. I ended up with a severe flare up of the reflux I have been dealing with on and off for over a decade now. Well this last bout came with an interesting problem.

Not long after Christmas I had a Dr. appointment, and was seriously considering an ER visit prior to my appointment.

I was having serious trouble swallowing, felt like my insides were on fire constantly, had a dull pain in the chest / back, and was literally unable to get any sleep. I mean I would lay down in bed, but I wouldn’t be able to stay asleep for very long. I was aware I was waking up frequently during the night.

After a huge battery of tests that the doctor (who was a new to me PCP) ran on me, I come to find that my heart is fine, I was having bad erosion due to reflux, and had a severe case of sleep apnea. Apparently the stress was enough to trigger it all off, or at least get it to where I noticed…. Well long story short I have been going through treatments, including CPAP, and I am finally starting to feel like I am alive again…

So much to do, so much left undone, and I needed to get back after it. But what?

When I last posted, I think I posted up my laundry room remodel project. I am currently working on the dining room, and living room. There was sheet rock damage that insurance wouldn’t pay for after Ike, so I had to do a LOT of repair, sanding, and am in the process of texturing now (Tomorrow night to be exact). Once that all dries, I am going to go roll out fresh paint, and most likely rip out the carpet and tack strips, and then prep for the hardwood flooring…

However hardwood floor is out of the budget at this point. (We are paying off the Home Depot card as fast as we can!). In the mean time, I will move on to remodeling the guest bedroom as a home office, and move a relay rack mounted structured wiring install to the new office. I will likely start with the flooring in that room due to cost (MUCH smaller space, and it will let me get used to installing the flooring…

I still need to finish installing drywall and insulation in the shop, and getting the shop back up and running. As it sits now it is a complete disaster. I need physical help shoving the drywall in place… Who knows? Maybe I can talk my brother in law to help!

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



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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 348 days ago

Welcome back sir! Woodworking helps relieve stress for me, hopefully some projects will help you too.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 348 days ago

I was wondering where you have been…..

Sorry to hear of your health issues & glad they are under control.

You always do seem to have a lot on your plate. Now then, stop reading this and go get that shop in order!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#3 posted 348 days ago

Glad to have you back. Hope all is getting better and glad to see you are on the mend. Keep that sawdust production up and hope to be seeing a lot more of you in the future.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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WayneC

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#4 posted 348 days ago

Good to see your back. I think we all go through periods like this at times in our lives.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 348 days ago

Welcome back, sir! Like others, I find that stress and volume of sawdust produced are inversely proportional.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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GrandpaLen

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#6 posted 348 days ago

At times we act as if our peace and confidence is a matter of effort and self-control.

Good to hear that you’re on the road to recovery.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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dbhost

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#7 posted 348 days ago

Thanks. Yeah I need to kick the AC on out on the shop and draft some help. My neighbor that used to help out with heavy lifting when I needed spare hands has moved. (He got married in 2009 to a woman that had a house in Seabrook Texas that was wiped out by hurricane Ike, her house was finally rebuilt and they basically switched houses..).

I figure maybe, just maybe I can get some help Sunday to at least get 2 or 3 more panels installed. That will leave me with 2 panels to install, then mudding, and taping. I am NOT going to do a whole skim coat. This is a garage after all. Just make the joints happy, smooth it out, slap paint on it…

I need to get the shop in order soon anyway, I need my Table saw, and workbench to get some closet cubes built for the office remodel / move!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 348 days ago

Hey, David, welcome back. I was just about to message you to see where you were. I am happy to hear your problems are on the mend. I have been overworked here lately, but going on vacation on Sunday for 3 weeks. I am behind on blog entries, and have a project or two that needs posting, but it will have to wait. Hope your body and soul is mended, and ready for some home remodel.

If I get decent Wi-Fi while I am on vacation (a few days in Germany and then a cruise in the Baltic and North Atlantic) I’ll PM you with a family status report…...........

Take care, and have fun getting the shop up and running again…......I missed your blog and commentary….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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ChuckV

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#9 posted 348 days ago

Welcome back. I am glad to hear that you are moving in the right direction.

Take care.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Dallas

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#10 posted 348 days ago

Welcome back! I hope you continue to recuperate. We missed you!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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whitebeast88

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#11 posted 348 days ago

welcome back,glad your help is improving!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gary

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#12 posted 348 days ago

Welcome back. I remember when you were working on your house. Sorry to hear about the physical problems. Maybe things will start turning around for you now Hope so

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

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dbhost

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#13 posted 348 days ago

Thanks guys. Spent a little time in the shop tonight, mostly cleaning things up. Then my phone blew up. Mom is in the ER tonight… And I am stuck half a big country away… Ugh.

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

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Toolz

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#14 posted 347 days ago

Welcome back. Glad to see you back here. When I was recovering from lung surgery the best thing I did was hobble out to my shop with a cup of coffee and just sit there and make a list of the things I wanted to build when I got to feeling better. My shop is my little piece of heaven on earth for me and I can relax and forget about anything else. Best wishes. Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 347 days ago

Been there, done that, took a while but got over it, and glad you are gettting better! These types of changes are hard to deal with physically and mentally.

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

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