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Shop #3: The last few months

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Blog entry by mcgriffith posted 739 days ago 834 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just wanted to update the blog. For the past few months, I have had EVERYTHING on hold. I found out more about the problems I have had with my knees. I ahve degenerative Arthritis in my knees. This has caused the cartlidge in the inner portions of my knees to disinegrate. I ahve no cartlidge left in my knees – the inner portions anyway.

I finally went to a decent Dr for my knees. He listened to me, and shared with me really what was going on and how it could be helped. I am trying to lose weight, and I am now needing to really work harder on that. I will have to have total knee replacement to FIX the problem, but I am too young for that (and certainly too heavy). I will loose the weight and then approach the DR about the surgery if I am still feeling a real bad problem. Otherwise, I want to put off the surgery as long as possible and see if it will heal.

I also started seeing my Chiropractor, who is my Brother-in-law. I know many people who have negative opinions of them, however, I have found that they were able to help me have some relief from the pain and I am in the middle of strenghtening my knees to help with walking, standing and life.

Needless to say, all this has taken time and effort. I have not been in my shop in months, and things are piled up everywhere. I talked with my Mothier-in-law, who had asked me to build dad’s night stand, and I asked her if she could have another person build it. I told her I just could not see when, or if, I would get back into my shop anytime soon.

I do have the desire to get back in my shop and also to do projects around the house, I guess that is good, however, my ability to handle the pressure in my legs, my knees especially is another story.

I hope not having pressure on me for someone elses projects, that I will feel like I can get out and work on my projects, even just a little at a time will help.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.



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dbhost

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#1 posted 739 days ago

Depending on the task on hand, you could use shop stools to take the load off your knees while working… I have a pair of padded stools at my bench. I like to use them when doing intricate work like scrolling…

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

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NedB

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#2 posted 739 days ago

Michael, randomly opened your post from the pulse page, only to find a mirror to what I’ve been dealing with lately.( My knees have been really annoying for about a year now… and I certainly could use to lose a person or so’s worth of weight) No advice or anything, but I sure hope you can a) lose the weight and b) get back out in the shop.
Hang in there, and do what you can when you’re able. Best wishes

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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mcgriffith

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#3 posted 739 days ago

Nedb, it is so nice to see hear from you. Obviously, you do understand the difficulties. Unless someone experiences something even similar, it is hard to imagine the pain. I never would have understood – now I do.

Over the past year, it has gotten worse and now is a little better than before. It is hard to get in the shop yet because of the hard floors—really causes a lot of pain.

Luckily for me, I do not make a living in my shop, so I dont have to be in there until I want to.

I WILL get the weight off and I will be back in here when I can, even if it is a little bit at times.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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mcgriffith

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#4 posted 739 days ago

dbhost: I actually have used a chair in my shop to sit as much as possible. I just got to a point, I could not stand at all on those hard floors – cement. It is also very hot here in Texas, so I have put it on hold until I can get better and it is cooler.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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NedB

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#5 posted 739 days ago

Michael, I bet you have a Harbor Freight somewhere nearby, check there or at the borg (Home Depot/Lowes) for the rubber floor mats, which can help with the knees too.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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mcgriffith

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#6 posted 739 days ago

Great Idea. I do have a Harbor Freight about 3 miles away.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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