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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/13/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was at work this morning at 6:00am after my usual 39 mile 55 minute trip there. As usual, my boss was the only one there when I got there. He greated me with, "things are really bad here, I don't know how long we can go on like this w/ no new work!" Gee, it's nice to see you too! "John took real good care of your office and did all your work while you were out for the last two months!" I know, he called me every day at least ten times with problems he didn't know how to fix and by the way, I have only been out for 3 weeks! My Doc wanted me to stay home for 6 - 8 weeks but I need the paycheck! WHAT A JERK! He hasn't changed a bit! The E-mails from him were too much. We need to cut our expences! we need cheaper heath insurance and cell phones! I am paying you all too much! You people don't deserve what I pay you, you just sit around all day and eat! If I'm lying>> I'm dying! These were his very words. He looks like he's dying and I told him so, he told me he hasn't slept in two weeks and I believe him. This guy is either going to explode or shoot himself in the head! He needs help and won't get it. It's really sad. He is owed well over a million dollars and they just aren't paying!! But he's still a jerk! Anyway, yes, I over did it and now my back is in a knot and my neck is burning. I can't sit here much longer but I didn't get a chance to read or answer any posts at work today, the boss put some kind of fire wall on our comuters so we can't use the internet w/o permission! This is going to be real fun, I need the internet, I buy materials off it all the time! I'm the freaking purchasing agent for GEEZE sakes!!! Well kids, I'm headed for a long hot shower and my heating pad. It's gonna be an early night for Pete tonight! If my neck hurts 1/2 as much in the A.M. as it does now, I'm calling in sick! I promiss!
Good night my little Kiddies!
Beat Pete! 
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


straydog
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   Posted 4/13/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh boy Pete, sure hate to hear you are having some problems. Don't like to hear of that burning pain in your neck buddy. Keep an eye on it, if it contiues please go see the whiz kid, he fixed you up nicely to say the least. Please no lifting at work either -remember you only have one neck and that fusion is far from being healed. Your scar may be healed but thats all that is healed at this point.

What a jerk is all I can say about your boss too. He really has some nerve. I might add he is not much of a business man to sit and share his business problems with his employees and then have the nerve in the same breath to basically bash his employees. We will give him the all time horses butt award.

But really Pete, take care of Pete. You only have one body and it sounds like its in a big revolt right now. I wonder if you went back to work too soon. I know the dr wanted you off longer. Does he know you went back early??? Take care. Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
All I can do is say "ditto" to Susie's post. I do hope you'll call in sick tomorrow.

Wow - a 55 minute car drive and then being at work at 6am and having to go through all that hassle (to put it mildly) from a boss who should value you as a person as well as an employee.

Please, take care of yourself!!

(((((((((Pete))))))))))

PaLady

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete:

I'm holding to your promise, and remember "no guilt" allowed! That jerk of a boss you have doesn't deserve you, he couldn't even start his complaints with a "how ya doing after your surgery?" Obviously, even being out for a couple of weeks didn't make him appreciate you - he is obviously incapable of any human emotion.

Please take care of yourself!

Lorie

skeye
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   Posted 4/13/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes Pete! Be careful please! We all care & worry about you! And boy that boss of yours... I think maybe he needs anger management or something. I'm sorry you have to deal with such a jerk, that certainly can't make working fun!

Skeye

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Now, Pete do I need to come over there and hog tie ya...NO OVER DOING IT!
and yes I yelled it! Your boss is a big jerk to expect you to buy things without
the computer, what miracle is he waiting for....May the computer gods not
hear what he said about the internet...hehehe (just a jokin there). I
sure wish you had a better job, try to rest up tonight and take it easy tomorrow
well if he ordered no internet I guess you could just sit and stare at the computer then....
or maybe paint your finger nails red, it's what his secretary would do!
((((((((((((PETE)))))))))))))))))
take it easier tomorrow...
lots and lots of soft HUGZ.......
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
You could clean out your toe jams at work (sorry, Chutzie, couldn't resist!)! smilewinkgrin

Since you're not on the computer I'm guessing you went to work today. Let us know if we need to come down as a group and "talk" with your boss. We'll make him an offer he can't refuse! devil

PaLady

Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, if you have to go to work, try cutting down a little on the hours just for the beginning. I know you need the money, but you don't need to mess up your neck surgery either. Just call it a day early and go home. If the boss doesn't like it then tough. He can't get along without you.

Please be careful Pete, we all care about you.

Lindaloo
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Well Hello all my good & true friends! Thank you so much for your caring posts!

Yep, I did go back to work today but after a rough night last night, I was still awake at 4:00am when my alarm went off so I re-set it for 6:00am and went to sleep! Woke up at 6:00am and called in and told my boss I'd be there when I get there! I pulled in a little after 8:00am to a big office politics cluster-mess! Don't want to talk about it! I had about 7 phone calls before I got there as my boss never bothered to tell or e-mail anyone that I (the guy who is never late) was going to be late. I made up my mind to wear my collar most of the day which I didn't do yesterday. I left at 3:00pm, just walked out after desciding enough is enough! Oh how great it would have been to get home so early but a tracktor trailor full of tomatos overturned on my favortie road> I-95 in Boynton Beach and had me stuck. It took me an hour & 3/4 to get home! GRRRR!!! It was 90+ degrees w/ a cold front aproching, thunder and lightning and waves of rain only made the stop and go more delightful. Tomorrow is going to be 80 degrees and dry after our big cold front passes tonight! I feel much better tonight than last night, I think I better keep the collar on a bit longer! Yes, I am going to work shorter hours and if the boss doesn't like it he can kiss my big> white> hairy, well y'all know what! Thank you so much for caring about me! Y'all are so right, I have to take care of myself! No one else will! I'm going to try really hard to get to sleep early tonight. I was sleeping so good when I wasn't working, it's got to be some sort of mental block or maybe some sort of self fullfilling proffecy that I'm tired and cranky at work every day. Who knows?? Well, I must go get myself something to eat as my big round friend with the new hernia surgery scar which crosses my prostatectomy scar to form a perfect cross is growling at me (grrr>feed me!! grrr>feed me!!!) What a pest he can be! Later good friends!

 Hungrydudeman Pete!


56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


White Beard
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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Pete when they did your fusion, did they put plates in you, or anything to stablize the fusion? I know when I had mine done, I had nothing but the bone graft in it. I was warned to be extremely careful not to do anything that would jar, or move, or upset, that graft. I was not allowed to work for 8 weeks and then I started working 2 hours in the morning for two weeks and then 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon for two weeks then increase each by one hour morning and afternoon every 2 weeks till I was back to normal hours. At that time I was in the Air Force and a Branch Chief of the A-10 flight simulator, I was head of the shop and sat behind a desk, but my hours were all dictated by my Civilian Neurosurgeon. I know it is different now, I had mine done in 1985, and I was in the military and not doing a civilian job like you. But with that said, the fusion and the stress on the body is really no different. And what you are doing scares the Bee Geezes out of me! Please be careful!!!, and by all means wear that collar! You are only a year younger than I am, and by God you really need to be taking care of yourself! We are not young whipper snappers any more, and we just can't do the same stuff we used to! You know it takes a while for that graft to even start to take hold. If you jar it, or knock it out of place, or alignment, you will be in a world of hurt, at best!  and I shutter to think about the worst! Heck they wouldn't even let me drive a car till after 8 weeks! They were afraid of having a sudden stop or something and having that graft move!

Anyway it sounds like your boss needs a good swift kick in the seat of the pants! But don't you go trying to do it! smilewinkgrin

Pete take care of yourself and please don't over do it!

Good Luck to You!

White Beard

P.S. Keep that collar on! ( Please!!!)


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/14/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey W.B. I grew a go>T while recuping and it's white or grey I'm not sure! The last one I had was salt & pepper, yep> we're gettin old! Anyway, my Doc put a titanium "H" shaped plate w/ two screws in each vertabrae to hold it all together while it heals. The two cadaver bones fill in on each side. He said it shouldn't go anywhere and released me for light work after I said please! He told me I should be OK if I didn't do anything stupid. I am NOT lifting or moving anything although it's tempting! I've been wearing my collar every time I drive, I feel safer. Doc said I didn't have to wear it all the time but it would heal faster if I did. Yesterday, I got caught up in all the work & problems left for me and kind of lost track of the time I wasn't wearing it. Dumb move! I do feel much better tonight but really should go to bed and TRY to get some sleep. I have to get up at 4:00pm and it's already after 10:00pm now. If I can get 5 hours and only get up to pee 4 times I'll be great! Thanks for your concern and advice> it's dooley taken!!! I know your right! Hey, remember Smith Brothers cough drops? The two old guys w/ beards? That could be us!
Thanks again Brother Smith!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


White Beard
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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete
Call....... for Smith Brothers!! wasn't that on the commercial?  You know when I had my fusion done they took the bone out of my hip (Pelvis)(that was the worst, man did my hip hurt!) and they didn't put anything else in there to hold the fusion in place or anything. They did an anterior approach on me, the incision is just below the adams apple and just slightly to the left!  Afterwards I lost my voice for 3 months! There was no stiches to remove, they had a big piece of skin tone foam tape over the incision, and it stayed there for 3 or 4 weeks, They made me wear the collar 24/7 and I could only take it off to shower, and they wouldn't let me shower for 6 weeks, they were afraid I would slip in the shower. I hated that.  But heck I was in the hospital for 8 days after the surgery! Things have really changed since then.
 
So your sporting a Go-Tee now! thats Great! Maybe I will E-mail you a picture I have a full Santa Beard!
 
Well Pete just the same Please do  take Care of yourself! 
 
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
I think we should send you down to supervise Pete. Why am I skeptical that he'll take it easy on himself???? (Ahem, Pete!)

So now we have two White Beards?! Cool!

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you get some sleep tonight Pete, sweet dream from me as I'm not sleeping, day really suc for me
anyways, take care tomorrow or today Pete and no heavy lifting, post your go>t on you tube as I'd like to see it...
sounds cool........
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straydog
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete & White Beard,

Pete I would like to know if some of the screaming burning pain has let up any? You may not like wearing that collar and its all so tempting not to, but you just need to give things time to heal properly. I basically told to already your scar may be healed but on the inside where it really matters, no you are not healed. Has the dr done any post-op x-rays? Thats the very same point White Beard was making as well. It will take months for that neck to heal on the inside and I am not talking one of two. Just remember the seriousness of it, remember that horrible first 48 hrs post-op, you sure don't want to mess things up and go back thru that again.

Pete, I think you found out while off, yes, that place will still stand and still operate whether you are there or not. Don't kid yourself on that one, we can be replaced at our jobs no matter how valuable we may think we are. Oh sure, they called you at home & wore you out, that because they knew they could get by with doing that,

Back in 1979  I went to work for a law firm that my brother-in-law was a partner in. Bad move, never work for a relative. Anyway, went thru various split-ups over the years, different attys coming in and leaving, some on their own some not on their own. We had two sections in that firm, pre-lit and litigation section. I knew both areas but preferred pre-lit and worked in it, loved it. Then we had a big shake up and the firm split with major partners leaving and I stayed with one of the old partners and continued working for him. He was a very good man and excellent to his clients, they all had a great respect for him. I continued working for him and he began having serious health problems from colon cancer to having a leg amputated due to diabetes. He eventually sold his practice to our new trial lawyer. That guy had a gold mine essentially handed to him. My boss had an excellent reputation and had quite a following to the point he never did any the advertising on tv, considered bad taste, we called those guys tv guide attys lol and he did not spend $30,000 a year on yellow page ads, his business was built on word of mouth. Over the years Pete whenever I took vacation  before cell phones, I had to call and check in with my secretary and make sure everythng was ok, then had to talk to my boss to see if he needed anything. By doing that I never really got a complete break from the place even on vacation time. Always had to stop whatever I was doing and go find a pay phone. I had been having health problems but always managed to keep them at bay for years my boss understood. If I needed off to go to dr no problem. But, after the sellout things changed, the stress level of that place went to 500%. Lots and lots of internal problems. My health started on a downward spiral and the stress was making things worse. So, I decided in 1996, after 18 yrs enough was enough, the place just was not worth it, I quit. You cannot imagine the scene when I went upstairs and told the little man adios,lol. He told me I could not quit, that I just needed time off and yada yada that he needed me there, because I made him more money than his own trial lawyers did, and yada yada. I said you know what, thats your problem now, not mine. I told him my health was more imporant to me than that place would ever be. He thought I would take a 2 week break and come back-nope, I had no intention of going back. I got several phone calls and home visits with lots of offers for more money and I am so thankful I did not crater and give in. I already made very good money working there so money was never an issue. After leaving Pete, you would not believe how much better my health got, my pain mgt dr was shocked. Oh, he knew I was under a lot of stress and pressure at work and he just kept patching me up so I could keep on working. Many times he tried to get me to stop but I was very hard headed. You know those internal problems I spoke of, well, in less than 4 yrs the place closed down, due to the atty and all of his personal problems., The business literally got ran into the ground. He has since lost his license to practice but thankfully not due to a client getting screwed and filing a grievance against him. He was self destructive and destroyed his life and practice.

My point Pete in giving you the above info is to remind you, your health is worth more than any job, yes we can be replaced, life will go on for your boss and you too. I know jobs are scarce, but we only get one body to last a life time and we need to take care of it. I could kick myself Pete for not leaving sooner, the difference in my health was shocking once I left that place. I enventally went back to work after losing both of my parents within 18 months of each other. I continued to work again until serious health problems got the best of me.

Pete that little devil voice that pops in your head once in awhile that says "oh Pete to hell with it, its not going to hurt you to lift that little box of whatever". You step on him with your foot and squash him-  lol. He will get you in trouble. Listen to the real Pete that knows better than to do something foolish he will pay for later.......Susie

 



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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still trying to picture you with that go>T hehehe, sorry!
Hope today was a good day for you Pete!
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/15/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so tired, I tried to nap when I got home but my phone kept ringing! I only slept about 2 hours last night and work sucked today! I'd go right to bed now but I really wanted to post and I have to wait for my wife to finish w/ the horses, thats when she calls me for our once a day talk or to just say good night.
W.B. I remember those commersials! Your so right, times have changed between yuor surgery and mine, six weeks w/o a shower? Hoky Smokes Bullwinkle! I had those sterie strips over my wound, they fell off in about a week. I can't believe how small my scar is!!! It's about 1/3 the size of my thyroidectomy scar which is over 10 years old! It's a little above and to the right of my adam's apple. People who see it can't believe I had such a big surgery because it's so small. Is it usually that small or was my Doc really good?
Chart, if I knew how to post a picture of myself here or knew anything about you-tube, I'd do it so y'all could see what I look like, I guarantee I look nothing like you think! I've been told I look young for my age and most people don't beleive me when I tell them I'm 56 although I feel like I'm 96! I'm fat but most people don't believe I'm as heavy as I am. When I look in the mirror, I don't see a fat guy unless I turn sideways! OMG!!HaHa, Dam you gots a big gut boy!!! The perfect round beer belly, it discusts me but it sure am pretty!!!
Susie, wow thats a long responce! My burning pain is not even close to what it was before surgery, infact, my lower back, hip & knee hurt more now than my neck does!!! I think thats great news. I have been very careful after my first day back to work. After the pain came Monday night it scared me pretty good and I've been good w/ my neck collars! I have two of them, ones bigger than the other. After I put one around my neck, I wear the other on my head like a crown. I am a clown and things like that really piss of my boss. When he saw me w/ it on my head today, he asked " what the hell is wrong w/ you?" I told him I have to wear it, Doctors orders! He just shook his head and walked away. Other than him, I drew some pretty good laughs from my coworkers and field guys who came in!!
You wrote a bunch about the difference between your first lawer boss and the new one. I must say, I've been screwed over by more bosses than I care to remember! To talk about them, you would surely think how could one guy have such bad luck with so many bosses? It must be him (Pete) who has the problem! But to me and everyone I ever worked with agree's with me about them, I am just a unluck SOB!!! I've been lied to, screwed out of $$$, insurance $$$, workmans comp, unemployement, laid off but never fired and you name it, it's happened to me! Sometimes I think it's the feild (construction) I chose to work in and other times I think its because of all the different people here in S. Fla. from all over the country all trying to prove to each other that they are better that everyone else. So many try, fail and go out of biz. Most often I go to the old adage, nice guys finish last! I know that I am replaceable in my job, everyone is! Espessially now w/ so many good people out of work! But my boss is mentally ill! He's intrverted and doesn't like anyone especially new people. He refuses to talk to any vendors who want to meet the boss when they come in to see me. Most new people don't last very long in the office when they find out how caustic the guy is! Lots of guys who work out in the field, (we had over 250 before the resesion but have less than 50 now!) never meet the boss. He will not talk to them and does not want to meet or know them. He knows I'm very good at what I do and I know so many people (I'm a people person, if you haven't noticed!) he doesn't want me to leave. The one and only time he yelled at me, I quit and he appologized and begged me to stay! When I started there, I had just left a boss who loved to yell a real big old jerk. I told my new boss about him at our first meeting. I told him "Don't every yell at me or I'll be out of here! I'm not your kid, I'm a grown man!" He yells and screams at everyone else in my office except me, he knows I'm not kidding after the first time!
Well, I'm so sorry to go on & on about work and the bossman! I'm toying with the idea of leaving Y'all have seeded in my brain and what will happen if I do. It's tough to think about it all. I'm going to sit tight for now because I might not have to descide, there is so little work and he, the boss, is so bunged up right now, I wouldn't be suprised if the place folds up soon or he just goes off the deep end! So I'll sit tight with my cards and call him for now.
Thanks again for all your kind words, suggestions and concern for me! You are my friends and extended family! Good night and Big happy hugz for all! For now> I MUST SLEEP!!!!!!!!!
Pete the Clown!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


PAlady
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   Posted 4/15/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I LOVE the story of the collar on your head - and your boss' reaction! Priceless!

It does sound like maybe it's time for you to keep your eyes open as to where you might go next, especially with his personality and the cutbacks. Just remember how valuable you are! And it sounds like you have so many contacts in the field, that you're the kind of person lots of employers would want around in a recession. Hopefully, there's one out there who'd appreciate you more.

Or you could just make fly rods!

Glad you're at least wearing your collar, and you know we're going to keep playing mother and father hens to you, don't you?

I hope you get some good rest tonight. And remember what White Beard said about his going back to work for a few hours a day.

Oh - by the way - most phones have a switch that allows you to turn off the ringer (ahem). :-)

Sweet dreams!

PaLady

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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with PAlady the collar on your neck and head must've been a priceless picture..
Lots of sweet dreams coming your way tonight, try to think about going out fishing..
If ya wanted to catch a cat fish what type lure would you used, here they use
shrimp, up north the one time I caught the 19 inch catfish, I just used a worm
and I put the worm on the hook myself, no sissy (chart) here..Do you have rainbow trout in Florida?
Try to take it easy tomorrow, okay and have a pleasant weekend...
hugz
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White Beard
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pete I tried to E-mail you but it came back postmaster mail failed delivery! Anyway E-mail me if you get a chance!

And Pete you really can't go wrong listening to straydog and PALady they have given you some very sound advice! I guess the thing that always scares me about the disc in the neck, if something happens and it does me in then......well....OK it is over with! But what if something happens and doesn't do me in but just paralyzes me, like in making me a quad or something? That type of thing terrifies me! What if it would happen to you? Sure it that would probably never happen, but you just never know for sure! I know that back in 85 my neurosurgeon showed me pictures of my spinal cord and it was literally a sideways U shape it was darn near flat at the back or bottom of the U and it was stretched, the surgeon, sat on my bed the day after the surgery, and just shook his head, and kept saying that there was no logical reason that I wasn't a quad! That has always stuck with me! because that is one of my worst fears that I have always had! And when I heard about your cervical disc and your surgery it brought all those memories back. So darn it Pete YOU take care of yourself!!, I cringe when I hear you talk about how your working and how you feel afterwards! So I like the rest of the group am going to be right here, not only to support you, but to also encourage you(or what ever you would like to call my nagging!), to keep taking care of yourself!
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


straydog
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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I am totally with you White Beard, it just cannot be stressed enough the importance of recovery time and Pete went back too soon. Only reason he is back is he probably begged his dr and talked crap to him about how easy a job he has. Pete admitted his dr was not thrilled about him going back this soon. I have said it before and I will say it again. A dr can do his part and fix someone, but if the patient does not do his part, and something happens, don't be hollering the dr messed up. Pete had a good result because when he woke up that horrible pain was gone. I don't care what any job or boss says, its not worth risking your health over. I am afraid Pete is going to pay for this later on down the line. He should have trusted his dr and listened to him more. I have to admit tho, Pete did not surprise me by doing this, the writing was on the wall before he had his surgery, and I think its very sad. That was a rough surgery too much caution being thrown to the wind here. Sorry Pete, yes I am ragging on you, someone should. You are old enough and smarter than this. Susie


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
OK my Good Friends, Let me have it with both barrels! You know you're right and I know you're right so pile it on! just one thing, never judge a man untill you walk in his shoes! You don't know me and you don't know anything about me except that I have pain and had a fusion surgery. There is so much you don't know so judge me if you have to but try to understand that there might be something else going on that you know nothing about! Thanks for caring!!!
Your Friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


straydog
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,

We are not judging you buddy, its not our place to judge you or anyone else. We worry for you because of the extensive surgery you just went thru. We know it went well and would like for it to stay that way for your sake. It was a serious surgery to say the least. If none of us cared, none of us would be nagging you in a sense, its the caring we are into here, not judging. You are not sleeping amd you are wearing yourself out trying to work when you need to heal. ...Susie


Pete trips again!
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Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 4/17/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Susie,
I'm sorry for getting pissy about it! I've been in a very bad place for a couple days and unfortunately I can be a real jerk when I get like this. The truth is my wife was leaving this week after staying with me for the first 3 weeks after my surgery. My son also left last weekend after being here for 10 days. I couldn't bear the thought of being home alone in that house trying to keep my sanity as I knew the depression was setting in. Thats why I came back to work! I HAD to keep my mind off of it by staying busy which still didn't prevent it from happening. You probably saw my other post "went to my doctor" it goes into whats happening with me but only scratches the surface!
I do apreciate all of you and I'm truely sorry for what I said!
Thanks for being there for me!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 4/17/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I posted to you on the other thread, but you really just sound exhausted. I wish you could go home, get some sleep, and then think about the work issue and maybe going up and spending a week or two with your wife in the country.

(((((((((((((Pete))))))))))))))

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