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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #93: Getting Back On The (Saw)Horse

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 11-04-2018 02:01 PM 522 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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October of 2017, while helping a couple mount a truck cap I was getting rid of onto the box of their Ford F-250, I decided toward the end that I could fly. Well, more like thought I was Bruce Lee. I remember still, within a second after jumping off the side of the box, that the ground was coming toward me way too fast and that I was going to hit the ground way harder than I anticipated. This wasn’t the first time Gravity and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. This time, payback was a bitch. Apparently, I landed with most of my weight on the right foot, the heel to be precise, resulting in its shattering. Later that week a surgeon, a very good one at that, took what pieces were good, added some cadaver bone to fill in, bound them all together with a custom stainless steel plate and ten screws. While the medical team that worked on me and supported my recovery constantly reminded me of my extraordinary recovery progress, what was leaked out in greater truth over those months was the long-term result of my mistake.

It’s been about a year since that very stupid jump. As predicted by the medical staff, arthritis has set in, I will always have limited motion and have to deal with intermittent pain due to the damage done to cartilage in the planar sinus cavity. I’m advised not to even attempt to run, don’t walk for exercise, as eventually I will wear out the ankle. I have to take rest breaks often to keep from overworking the foot and ankle. Pain has become an intimate lifemate.

And I’m good. Yep. Life-changing is just that. Perspective. Goals. Attitude. All that changes when you finally get it through your thick ego that you’re no longer 100%; you can’t do stupid things as you did before, and expect to dust yourself off and do it again. Now retired, the rest of my years are about finding purpose and fulfillment in my eyes, not in others. I now build for myself, my family, my friends. Not a bad way to live.

In the posts to follow I’ll give a quick look at what I made over the summer.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 03:16 PM

Good to have you back Paul. I missed your dungeon adventures. Woodworking gives me a sense of purpose especially this season of the year.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 11-04-2018 04:48 PM

Having lived with arthritis for 60+ years now; I am aware that he is a very cruel master.

BUT—you cannot let it win. Sitting doing nothing makes it a lot worse.

Good attitude and Moderate exercise are your best friends now. A good physical therapist can also be of a lot of help. You ca also adjust the way you do things to avoid some of the pain.

NEVER give up—- ATTITUDE——will get you through a lot of this

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Paul Bucalo

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#3 posted 11-04-2018 07:19 PM


Good to have you back Paul. I missed your dungeon adventures. Woodworking gives me a sense of purpose especially this season of the year.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. Appreciated. As much as the local event bombed out for me, the flurry of activity to build for it was a welcomed push to get back into action. It was a good gauge as to what I could and couldn’t do. I suprised myself with long days of activity, and the following aches and pain recovering.

As for the dungeon adventures, let’s just say (quietly) that I’ve let the arachnids have their way down there for far too long. I have some more reclaiming to do. And Christmas gifts to make. Hopefully some things to post here.

And you, my friend? How have you been? I’ll check your profile in a bit to see what you have posted. I hope you and yours have been well.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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Paul Bucalo

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#4 posted 11-04-2018 07:24 PM


Having lived with arthritis for 60+ years now; I am aware that he is a very cruel master.

BUT—you cannot let it win. Sitting doing nothing makes it a lot worse.

Good attitude and Moderate exercise are your best friends now. A good physical therapist can also be of a lot of help. You ca also adjust the way you do things to avoid some of the pain.

NEVER give up—- ATTITUDE——will get you through a lot of this

- ralbuck

Most definitely! Right you are. I managewell enough with the pain, only taking a NSAID once or twice a month, after I have overworked the foot. I’ve surprised the medical people. They think I have this high tolerance for pain. I’m a woos. I’m just good at faking out myself as well as them. ;)

The arthritis issue will become a severe one over time. I already have a irrecoverable loss of mobility. The ankle doesn’t move without things clicking and scraping each other. I was told at the end of all of this that I would never be right again. Meh. I’ll get a hump for my back and file for a name change. ;)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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handsawgeek

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 02:22 PM

Hi, ya Paul.
I just caught this post this morning.
Very glad you are recovered and getting back into the swing of things. Look forward to more project posts.

-- Ed

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Paul Bucalo

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 02:38 PM



Hi, ya Paul.
I just caught this post this morning.
Very glad you are recovered and getting back into the swing of things. Look forward to more project posts.

- handsawgeek

Thanks Ed. Looking forward to making more stuff, especially for myself, the dungeon, family and friends.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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