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Forum topic by Dallas posted 12-27-2015 03:22 PM 2039 views 0 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2015 03:22 PM

There have been a lot of ups and downs in the last few years for the wife and I.
First I was diagnosed with heart failure and spent a while in the hospital, then they took my wood shop away from me mostly because I had a tendency to fall over for no good reason.

This year I ended up back in the hospital and wasn’t expected to survive. I fooled them! I got up after a few days and walked out…. against medical advice.

Not long ago it was found that my lungs couldn’t transfer enough oxygen to my blood stream which not only makes me exhausted, it has affected my brain somewhat like a stroke does. I have lost a lot of words, can’t think quickly anymore, and at times can’t even put into words what is going on in my brain.

After all this our savings is gone, no more insurance and I’m not eligible for Disability because I haven’t worked in the last 10 years. (I have, but all off the books or out of country).

About 3 weeks ago we were informed that we were being terminated from our job with no reason given.
We were given 6 weeks to leave. The trouble is, we have a whole house full of stuff to move and no where and no way to move it and no money to move it with.

My wife has decided we will head back to the Carolina’s where she grew up.
I started a go fund me account and even though it is embarrassing for me since I have never asked for anything in my life, it is the only way we have to accomplish our goal.

If you can only give a dollar it will help. If you can’t give anything, please give us your prayers and good wishes.

Go Fund Me

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

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 05:34 PM

My 10 dollars worth. LOL!

Yesterday I asked LumberJacks and Jills to be like Scrooge and learn to keep Christmas in their hearts. I asked for people to support Arlin Eastman’s project to provide woodworking skills to disabled vets. Thank you for those who contributed.

We have what is supposed to be a ”Woodworking Family?” I often express myself here, hopefully in a positive way….LOL!

Dallas has shared his chainsaw knowledge with me over the last 6 months. As I was ignorant of the subtleties of the mechanics he has attempted to instruct me through email. I purchased his chainsaw mill and modified Poulan Pro chainsaw. The money went for an oxygen support system due to breathing issues he was having.

Although I’m having financial issues due to my office costing more than I was taking in and had to let it go, and my wife had parathyroid surgery at Mayo which went well but her insurance has a 2500 dollar deductible before it kicks in and the cost is 30k, I figure I can use my debit card and contribute so my friend is able to find shelter.

I might suggest that LJ’s could contribute by buying tools from Dallas as he will probably have to sell those in order to move.

Using my debit card won’t cost any extra for contributing. And they don’t take PayPal.

Merry Christmas!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 07:56 PM

Best of luck on the move Dallas. Keep us posted and hang in there.

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

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 08:54 PM

Thankyou so much, gentlemen.
I just don’t know what to say. I really am overwhelmed that someone even read this.
I expected it to be passed over with no problem.

Even if nothing else comes in, I will always treasure these donations.

Tom, I wish I knew what tools I have left. I know I sold the table saw, the planers and the chip/dust collection system.
Unfortunately, I just don’t remember what there is in the shop.
The wife wants to have a yard sale next month and has asked me to let her know what can be sold. I just don’t have any idea. I can look at it one minute and forget it before I have it written down.
This is so frustrating, I don’t know what to do.

Randy, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Some of the cheap motorhomes we’ve looked at are down in the Austin area. Is there any chance you could check them out for us?

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

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 09:29 PM

All the best Dallas. Keep pickin’.

“Dallas Blues”

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 10:58 PM

I’m in !

the rest of you …. well, just read my Tag line (below)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 11:44 PM

Glad to add my little bit.
Nothing to be embarrassed about,I know the folks here will help if they can.I wish you and your wife God’s blessings ,I’m sure sorry that you’ve faced all that you have. I hope you reach your goal and that things work out for you both.
God bless

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 01:13 AM

Dallas, I’m happy to help out. Send me a PM. I’m off until the 4th, so I can spend a couple of hours checking things out for you.

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

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 01:13 AM

Sorry for all pain, but there is such a thing a Obama care. Sign up for it.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 01:24 AM

Dallas, There is no cause to be embarassed! Circumstances beyond your control have you in a bind and it’s time to call on your LJ family for help. That’s what friends are for.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-28-2015 04:40 AM

That’s a fact, Dallas! What gf said. I’m ALOT like you myself. Never ask anybody for anything. If we couldn’t do it ourselves, we didn’t do it. After my truck accident in 2012, & major back surgery shortly thereafter, I had to learn to swallow my pride, brother. It was tough, but I had no choice. I could no longer do the physical things I used to do. My wife & I have had some serious ups & downs too, but, getting to know you fellers here has helped immensely. True friends are family, Dallas, no matter the situation. You’ve helped me with several things along the way. I’ll pitch in what I can for ya! Keep the faith, brother!

-- Sawdust703

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#11 posted 12-28-2015 05:36 PM

Thanks all. All of this support is a boost to my ability to function.

Yesterday I went with the wife to get some groceries. I sat in the car while she got a few things. It was the first time out for me in about two weeks.
I carried a 12 pack of shasta soda to the house, a trip of about 50 feet. I had to lean on the kitchen sink for twenty minutes to get my heart beat slowed to normal and my breathing slowed down.

Crap I hate this.

I also have a feeling that I won’t survive this trip, but I am not going to mention that feeling because it’s probably just my hypochondria kicking in.

I am not eligible for Mr. Odamits health care program. My wife makes $700/month on social security and that eaves us $600/yr over the maximum allowed to be covered.

Believe me, I have tried every route I can go, except the VA because I cannot ride in a car long enough to get there.
I go to a local clinic with a Nurse Practitioner and she has been the only medical person I have trusted in 40 years.
Often she doesn’t charge me and other times she only charges the office visit, throwing in the extras without charge.

Again, I would like to tell everyone how thankful I am.

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

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 08:53 PM

Dallas, Hang in there, buddy. Help is on the way.

Psalm 121

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”“

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 12-28-2015 10:33 PM

Thank You Very much Candy.

I have a strong belief.

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

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#14 posted 12-28-2015 10:59 PM

I’m in. Best of luck to you Dallas. We were put here to help each other out!

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#15 posted 12-31-2015 05:01 PM

bump to help Dallas…

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

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