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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #92: Temporarily Out of Commission!

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 10-24-2017 04:53 PM 2023 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just when I was gearing up to start up production for this quarter and next year, I go and do a really stupid thing. A few days ago I was in the bed of a Ford F-250 pickup, helping to get a 6’ x 8’ cap onto the box. I was so focused on the work I neglected to let the common sense alarm ring, so it would warm me of impending stupidness. I went to jump down onto the ground, but instead of climbing over the tall box side, I jumped off the top of it. Probably a good five feet above ground when I leaped, rubber bottom mukluks without padding, 30+ pounds over weight and pretty out of shape, to boot. The result is a shattered right heel bone.

Friday or Monday following I hope to be in surgery. A stainless steel plate will be mounted to the outside of the heel and all the pieces will be screwed to it to make sure they heal in their proper place.

If I am lucky, maybe I will be able to work in the shop by Christmas time.

Add to this the five months I lost in the first half of this year due to a pinched nerve and degenerate discs in the neck, and one can’t help but think someone is trying to send me a message. Doesn’t matter. I never read memos. :P

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works



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JKMDETAIL

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#1 posted 10-24-2017 05:20 PM

Assume they are able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

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#2 posted 10-24-2017 06:43 PM

Ouch, I hope that you have a speedy recovery as laying idle is very tiring and boring!

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

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#3 posted 10-24-2017 07:39 PM



Assume they are able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

- JKMDETAIL

Just has to last long enough for me to afford a bionic replacement. ;)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#4 posted 10-24-2017 07:41 PM


Ouch, I hope that you have a speedy recovery as laying idle is very tiring and boring!

- oldnovice

Thanks. I have in the past always been a quick healer. Hopefully I haven’t used up all the mojo. :)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#5 posted 10-24-2017 11:18 PM

I’ll bet your in real hot water with the wife now that you won’t be ready for that ball room dance class she wanted to take. I’m thinking your going to be hiding out for a while till she gets over it.

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#6 posted 10-24-2017 11:33 PM



I’ll bet your in real hot water with the wife now that you won t be ready for that ball room dance class she wanted to take. I m thinking your going to be hiding out for a while till she gets over it.

- BurlyBob

Not at all, Bob. I won’t say I’m not driving her mad in meeting my daily demands…erm…needs. She went spastic when this happened. When I took a knee hard in the bathroom yesterday, and she was downstairs in her office below, her response was one of sheer terror. Hell, I don’t come anywhere close to taking my wellbeing as seriously as she does, Go figure! :)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#7 posted 10-25-2017 12:02 PM

You need to be very good to your wife as you really need her. Hope you heal quickly.

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#8 posted 10-28-2017 12:37 AM

Paul I feel for you. In May I had a rather extensive ankle and heel surgery. Non weightbearing and elevated for 6 weeks. What helped me was a knee scooter. Im like you as far as being overweight so crutches didn’t work for me but the knee scooter was a life saver. Bought mine off Amazon but you can find them on Craigslist. Would also recommend a grab bar near the toilet. Netflix helped also but didn’t want to see a tv after I was able to walk again. Best of luck with your surgery.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#9 posted 10-30-2017 02:04 PM



You need to be very good to your wife as you really need her. Hope you heal quickly.

- Redoak49

Thanks. Right you are. I couldn’t get through this without her help.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#10 posted 10-30-2017 02:10 PM



Paul I feel for you. In May I had a rather extensive ankle and heel surgery. Non weightbearing and elevated for 6 weeks. What helped me was a knee scooter. Im like you as far as being overweight so crutches didn t work for me but the knee scooter was a life saver. Bought mine off Amazon but you can find them on Craigslist. Would also recommend a grab bar near the toilet. Netflix helped also but didn t want to see a tv after I was able to walk again. Best of luck with your surgery.

- Hermit

Thanks for the well wishes and for sharing your experience. Six weeks was suggested, possibly more. The only working bathroom is on the second floor, so I spend my day in bed. Netflix and the Roku box. My tablet for Web based.

The knee scooter has been recommended to us. We will have to see how much a new one is. A friend of the family has one. She may not be using hers.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#11 posted 11-03-2017 06:12 PM

Man, Paul,
That’s a bummer. Hope you get better sooner than projected.
At our age, we take a lot longer to bounce back from stuff like this.
Take care!

-- Ed

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 02:14 PM



Man, Paul,
That s a bummer. Hope you get better sooner than projected.
At our age, we take a lot longer to bounce back from stuff like this.
Take care!

- handsawgeek

Thanks, Ed. You are right about age and its affects on healing and recovery.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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