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Old 05-30-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hangin Up The Bags

well, i never thought i would say this, but it looks like i am hanging up the bags. i am unable to work with the condition of my back and since last summer, there seems to be additional back problems as the pain is moving upward. i have lost my lumbar discs and have a vertabrae laying against my spinal cord. surgery isn't an option at the moment as i can't afford the expense or the down time. my shoulders are gone, back is gone, knees stay swollen but no pain there thank God, at 36, i have to change direction or i won't make it to enjoy playing with my kids. i will have to be relegated to shuffling through the box stores mumbling to myself and sniffing the lumber and millwork. my wife is currently back in school and i am looking to doing small craftsman work that old retired men do.

i started out mowing lawns and fixing wooden privacy fences when i was in junior high school. i took all the shop classes and fell in love with building. i would work for my grandparents who owned a trailer park during the summers. i would build entrance and exit stoops and little fences, rebuild repossessed trailer homes and learned to hate painting. as i got older i worked for my uncle with hydromulch and residential insulation. we blew insulation and stapled bat insulation when the hydromulch business wasn't in season. i went to college and continued working for my grandparents when i could. went to seminary and learned to roof, frame, and custom carpentry. i worked one summer for a commercial company and did residential on the side. i have been active in various constuction pursuits ever since. it has always been something to balance the income i recieve while pastoring. i have been doing finish carpentry for a while and have now come to the place where that is done.

i was in the shop monday with my wife; we were cleaning and sorting as my work truck is now not a work truck. i couldn't believe how much stuff you can put in a truck. it was a sad day as i put tools on the shelf knowing it was the last time for a while. i have some tools that i have had handed down from my grandfather that have been in use from when he was young.

i figure it is about the right time to shift gears into another field of carpenty while i have time to learn, grow, and enjoy. so, now what to do....what to do....

do people buy wooden bowls and boxes?
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:16 PM   #2
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I am really sorry to hear about this. It's obvious that you love what you were doing. The important thing is to be around and be as healthy as you can for your family.
Good Health is a prescious thing.

My regards and my condolences buddy. (FWIW - It's a good thing that you are making this transition now at 36, rather than at 46 or 50)


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Old 05-30-2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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I am also sorry to hear what has happend to you. I would look into taking your trade knowlage and becoming an inspector. It is tuff to find people out there that has been in the field and not just taking a test and reading books. Just a thought.

Good luck in what ever you choose to do.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:54 PM   #4
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So Sorry to hear of your physical condition.
It happens to the Best of Us. Brain Says Go and The Body Says NO !!!

As was suggested, it might be worthwhile to use your knowledge and become an Inspector. Home inspection is not required in all states.
Local municipalities are always looking for "Building Inspectors" of one caliber or another.

It might be a good idea to look into being trained as an Appraiser as well.
Just a suggestion anyways.

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Old 05-30-2007, 05:01 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear that.

I don't know if this is an option for you, but you might want to look into it. A friend of mine was an iron worker, after ten years on the job, he had an I-beam fall on his foot, severing his right big toe, it was not able to be re-attached due to the damge caused. Needless to say, he could no longer walk steel. He applied for Social Security for disability, and they helped him complete a three year degree in a local college, and he is now a high school welding instructor, and finds great satisfaction in the work.
I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I'm enjoying the ride.
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Old 05-30-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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Hey brother, sorry to hear it. Sometimes we don't know why God does some of the things he does, but we can and do know it's for SOME reason. Maybe you could try to get back into lawn care. Most of that requires being able to sit on a nice 60 or 72 inch mower all day. Hire some one to trim and blow, and you'll be set. Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, not as pleasing to man, but as pleasing to God. We will pray you find something to do.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:00 PM   #7
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your post was most articulate. As one door closes another opens. Be ready, be open, and do not be afraid of change. And this pain shall pass, and a new direction will show itself.

Be strong for those that love and care for you.

Accept the help that is there for you.
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:12 PM   #8
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good luck old boy

i have 2 herniated disc. 10 yrs. now

i know how it is

good things will come to you
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:18 PM   #9
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Scott. don't give up hope. I wen't thru two microdisketomies (sp?) over 15 months and I don't think it's as bad as you have it, I love the field work, but now instead of 60-80 hours a week out working with the guys I supervise, still help out here and there, keeps me active and still somewhat hands on, I could never spend more than an hour a day in the office while everyone else is out playing on the job site doing the fun stuff. Keep your chin up, percocets help alot, and you can keep going (without the bags).
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:56 AM   #10
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wow, I feel for you man.

As some others have said, when one door closes, another opens. You might find yourself looking back, 20 years from now, and thinking this was one of the great things that happened to shape your life.

Ever heard that Garth Brooks song "unanswered prayers". I think about that often and how good things come from unwelcome situations, you just have to open up to new ideas.

Your construction knowledge is more valuable than any college degree, use it to your advantage.

God bless and never, ever, give up.

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Just thought id wish you the best also and totally understand how that would suck.

Like the get rich thread and the previous post on this thread said... Most of us are still kids at heart and wanna go outside and play.

Youll find your new niche one way or another.

Ill be 36 this fall and had a knee go but so far the brace does its job.

Just look to adapt somehow and youll still be on the playground all day.

I know i dread the real world lol...
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:27 PM   #12
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Bummer. I think of it sometimes. Bad body parts all other. Not gonna list them. I know what you feel.


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