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gene

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09-25-2010 01:06 AM

Hey Friends, Yesterday, I received a P.M. from one of my friends here at LJs. He was inquiring, where I had been for a long time? “It had been almost a year since my last post.” I have copied it, along with my response here. That will save time and let everyone know what has been going on. I should have let everyone know sooner and for that I appoligise.

Hey Gene,
It has been a while since I’ve seen you on LJ’s. I just thought I’d take a minute to drop you a line and see how things are going. Hopefully you’ve been lurking, even if you haven’t had much time to post. Take care and I hope all is well!
-JC
My response,
JC, Hope you and your family are well? Thanks for checking in on me and asking! I have been lurking. For the last year, not feeling well enough to post any comments or to let my friends and everyone know how I was getting along. For this I apologize profoundly to everyone! I know I should have forced myself to let everyone know what was going on, however, I really did not know myself. All I did daily was sit in my recliner, and had gotten so weak that I had to have help from my wife to get up if I were down on my knees for some reason.
The good news is, as for the last couple of mouths, I, on most days, feel like a new man. I had a slight heart attack around Thanksgiving last year. “It turned out to be a “God send”!!! About 4 months ago they did a heart catheterization to see what was going on with the old ticker since I was getting along so poorly. Well, that just aggravated a problem that had been hiding from the doctors. For about 6 weeks after the catheterization, I could not walk to the mail box in the front yard without doubling over in pain. The only times that it did not bother me was when sitting or lying down. They finally did an ultrasound on my legs and it showed a 50% reduction of blood flow in my right leg and a huge difference in blood pressures. They were highly concerned and had me in the very next day for a test where they inject dye in your arteries and where able to pinpoint the problem. In the main artery going to my right leg and located just below my stomach on my right side. They were able to use angioplasty and placed a stint in the problem area.” Problem Solved”!!! For the past 2 months I have been like a new man. My wife cannot believe the difference in my general health. I exercise most days about ten minutes daily using a stationary bike, tread mill and a total gym. I am getting stronger with each day. “God has blessed me again”!! I don’t have to use the handicap placard to park. I can now walk. JC, I have been trying to sit down and do a post but just haven’t taken the time to do so. I hope you won’t mind? Tomorrow night, I am going to post a copy of this e-mail on the site to let everyone else know how I am getting along.
Again, it is great to be alive and to receive another of God’s blessing. I will be in the shop building something soon, after I get caught up on the honeydew list from the past year.
God Bless you and your family and all my friends and fellow members here at LJs.
Gene

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia


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terrilynne

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#1 posted 09-25-2010 01:18 AM

Gene,I-am-new-here-but-always-like-a-story-with-a-happy-ending!I-wish-you-a-speedy-recovery.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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clieb91

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 01:18 AM

Gene, Glad to hear from you and that you are doing better. I look forward to your posts once again.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 01:29 AM

Hi Gene,
I’m new to LJ’s. I however wish you a speedy return to the shop.
When I can get into the shop I know my health will improve as my mind, eyes and hands have something they enjoy doing.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Zuki

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 01:45 AM

Hey Gene . . . good to hear that you are on the mend. I have been doing more lurking than posting here lately and I noticed that you have been rather quiet for some time. take care.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 01:56 AM

Glad you are doing better Gene.
Life is too short not to have fun.

-- Eric, central Florida

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HerbC

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 01:59 AM

Gene,

I am also new here and therefore don’t know much if anything about you.

But if you’re a good enough guy for a fellow LJ to reach out to check on you then you must be ok.

Glad that the cause of your problem has been revealed and that the treatment is helping.

Hope things continue to improve and that you can find the time and energy to do more in the shop and here at LJ.

If you don’t mind, I’m adding you to my prayer list.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 02:35 AM

Gene: glad to hear about your recovers, but sorry to hear about your problems.

Take care of yourself and get the body back into working order again.

I’ve been hitting the guy for the past week. My cardioligist kept saying to get working out.

So I finally took his word.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 02:52 AM

I am new since you had left Gene, but it was great to read your story about your recovery. You are a very lucky man indeed! Take care of yourself and Welcome Back!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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MickeyD

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 06:33 AM

Gene, I am glad you are on the mend. Sometimes it surprises me that doctors take so long to figure out what is wrong.

-- -Willing to try

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 07:06 AM

Gene,
I know exactly what you are going through and feeling. Take one day at a time and see some small improvement every day. It works, just be patient.
Best wishes for your return to good health.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 01:12 PM

Gene, it is good to hear from you and I am glad that you are feeling better. Keep us posted on what is going on with you and don’t be such a stranger. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 01:22 PM

Wonderful news Gene, I just thought you had given up on us. I’m so glad to hear this great news, looking forward to some new projects, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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ND2ELK

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#13 posted 09-25-2010 03:00 PM

Hi Gene

Good to hear from you again. Great news that they found out what your problem was and you are on the road to recovery.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 09-25-2010 03:21 PM

Gene, great to hear that you are on the mend. I hope to see you posting regularly again soon!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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NBeener

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#15 posted 09-25-2010 03:49 PM

Wow.

So sorry, Gene for what you’ve been going through, but so GLAD for what seems to lay ahead.

I wish you the best of health. I know what it’s like when it fails, on you.

-- -- Neil

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