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Forum topic by Dallas posted 12-02-2013 06:45 PM 2405 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2013 06:45 PM

For the last few months I have been having trouble catching my breathe after physical exertion.
5 weeks ago it got so bad I could not walk 50’ without stopping for a few minutes to rest on either end and in the middle.
I finally went to the Dr. figuring I had asthma or a cold or even pneumonia.

Instead I was diagnosed with Dyspnea and a type of cardiomyopathy that causes the heart to turn to saddle leather in the large valve, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood.

Now I have to see a Cardiologist and my GP is requiring me to take some pills to slow my heart rate down from 115 at rest to something a little more normal, like about 55 bpm.
To make it worse, this drug makes me shaky at times and sometimes my legs will buckle under me, therefore I have been banned from any of my power tools until I get clearance from some cardiologist I have never seen before and probably wasn’t even born when my oldest semi tractor was sent to the scrap yard.

This cannot be happening!!!!!!!!! It is Christmas! I have presents to try and make, yeah, maybe not very fancy ones, but at least made with love! I have toys for over a half dozen grand kids to make.
I have gifts for respected friends and colleagues.

For the last week all I have been able to do is work on musical instrument repair. sand a little, fill, thin layer of lacquer, sand, fill, etc. etc.

I have never been sick except those times I went to a doctor. Coincidence? I think not!
I think it’s a conspiracy, meant to keep this po’ white boy down!

Rant Over.

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

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 06:51 PM

Best of luck to you Dallas…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 07:09 PM

sounds like your main problem is, you aint 23 any more – same as me.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 07:31 PM

Hope all works out for the best for you Dallas!!!

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 07:44 PM

I read the title, and then read the thread anyways…
Just hang in there until your body gets used to the meds and hopefully you’ll be able to ease yourself back into woodworking once it does.
Good Luck

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 07:45 PM

Feel better soon !!!

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 08:06 PM

The best Christmas present you can give to your loved ones is a healthy you with all of your appendages intact. Try to temper your frustration with the knowledge that you’re living in the most medically advanced age ever and you have a better chance than anyone in your situation ever had in the past. (Easy for me to say, but I think it’s a fact). Do what they tell you and live to build another day. And, if it helps, RANT ON!!! (I know I would). Best wishes for a speedy recovery. (Imagine their faces when they get their presents on some random, unexpected day.)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 08:10 PM

Get well soon, Dallas. With a short break in actual woodworking, think of the positive – now you can try to catch up with A1Jim’s # of posts.

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

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#8 posted 12-02-2013 11:13 PM

Back in 2004 I went in for what was SUPPOSED to be a “routine physical” because I hadn’t had one in about 10 years. Didn’t have any REAL symptoms other than I would get short of breath if I really exerted myself. 2 weeks later I had triple bypass … I hate to say it, but it sounds like you may be in the same boat that I was in.

We’ll add you to our prayer list.

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#9 posted 12-02-2013 11:24 PM

It’s rough not being able to do what you enjoy. Good luck and hope you’re back at the power equipment in no time at all.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 12-02-2013 11:36 PM

Dallas, those meds you were given to slow your heart rate are most likely beta blockers, probably metoprolol or another variant. At first they will make you feel shaky and weak until your body gets used to them. Make sure you rise slowly from laying or sitting because you can cause a condition called orthostatic hypotension and you may pass out. You will get used to the medication soon and will be back in the shop in no time. Wish you all the best.

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#11 posted 12-02-2013 11:41 PM

hope you get to feelin better I hate getin old too it sucks, I have diabetes and it’s took a hold on me but I keep on fightin, hell I can’t get out in the shop because of my stupid job working every dam day, then Im so tired I can’t go out and work, dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t, keep your head up and rest and get through this bull crap,

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#12 posted 12-02-2013 11:46 PM

Listen to what Picklehead says above, he’s right on the mark. Been taking asthma drugs for years, you’ll adapt as you work things out. Give it time, we like havin’ you around! Hang in there.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks all, I agree getting old sucks, and this med causes a lot of depression, like I needed any more!

Bobmedic, Yeah, I understand the side effects of the meds. It doesn’t make it any easier when I am already behind on the plans for the GK’s. I don’t really care about the older people, they can get glad in the same shoes if I don’t send a gift.

I’m really not that old yet, only 58, (I think), lessee, 2013-1955=?
This ain’t s’pose to be happening!

The wife is trying to take up the slack of my part of the job, (we work as a team here at the campground), but I’m not sure how long she can keep that up.

Someone above said the best thing we can give our loved ones is our good health…..

Sorry, but my warped sense of humor says the best thing we can give our loved ones is a really good paid up life insurance policy!

Ya’ll have a great night, hug the loved one, kiss the girls, and care.

My mantra has always been “Pay it Forward”. Please do that for me and pay it to people you’ve never even heard of in your life.

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

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#14 posted 12-03-2013 01:45 AM

Keep the ol’ chin up. Look at the bright side, it could be worse. When I had a decade long migraine, I kept telling myself at least it isn’t cancer or some other dread disease! Be thankful you aren’t being prescribed Topamax, Seroquel or one of the other drugs that do more harm than good. At least it is a physical problem that is easily diagnosed and they have definitive treatment. You’ll be back to it in no time.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 03:02 AM

Dallas, If one of your tools was acting like it was trying to crap out, you would stop and fix it rather than continuing to use it until it died! Your body is the most important tool you have. Time to take the time to get it fixed!!!!

Don’t mean to lecture you, but that is what FRIENDS do!

Take care of yourself my friend.

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

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