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modelmaker
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I thought I would share with you some good news. Something that makes me feel good.

My youngest daughter got married later in life (38) and after some female surgery was unsure that they would have any kids. She and her husband don't have a lot of money just starting out but seem to be happy with that. We try to do all we can to help without being intrusive. I'm sure you grandparents out there know what I mean.

Well surprise, surprise she became pregnant and had a wonderful baby boy 15 months ago. Now I have something more to work for. The little guy loves going for rides in cars and on bikes (in the trailer). At a yard sale I found one of these electric cars the kids have. But it needed work. I made a project out of restoring this jeep including rewiring and a new battery. We took the jeep over to see the boy yesterday. I just wish you all could have been there to see him light up with his huge smile and giggles. He loved it. All of a sudden my back pain nearly disappeared. I felt great for the rest of day.

I am sure that most of you have experienced situations like that. My point in telling this story is this: try spending some time on a project that not only you get some satisfaction out of doing but one that will give someone else great pleasure. See what that does for your pain. Now I'm not saying that our pain is "in your head" but rather the endorphins and other good chemicals that come from this activity go a long way toward relieving pain. Even if it is a project or activity just for you. But when it is for someone you care about the benefit is multiplied by much more than two.

I just thought I would share that thought with you.

Have a great day.

Modelmaker

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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Awesome post!  Thanks for sharing.  I love your description of that little guy seeing his new jeep.  Love is what it is all about.  You have found your ultimate endorphin supply.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 5/3/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, nice story and it is true that sometimes having something to do can take our minds off our pain
for a little while and it seems so good when this comes about...
I'm glad you got this moment, so what's your next project???
Soft Hugz
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edt
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   Posted 5/3/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   

So true Modelmaker,

Another focus does help distract the pain for awhile.  Sounds like you had a fulfilling/fun packed day with your Grandbaby!  So nice, thanks for sharing!

XXOO
Patti


modelmaker
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi edt,

For his Christmas last, I made him an old fashioned rocking horse. It took forever to build because I could only work at it in short sessions with my back problems. The next project will be some sort of kick ball game. He loves to kick small balls around his yard so I thought I could make some sort of goal or target or pocket for him to aim for. Help build his foot-eye coordination. Maybe he'll get into soccer like is older cousin (from my older daughter) who is now 11.

In the meantime, I am working on a model of a 1940 Chris Craft power boat. Again, work comes in small increments and the satisfaction really helps to offset the pain. My plan is to continue making a fleet of R/C boats, planes and cars so that when I go I can leave them to my grandkids. Before then, we have some things to play with!

Best.

Modelmaker

mom9mom
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Just want to tell you how much of a inspiration your story is for the rest of us.I can not imagine doing anything like this.If I manage to clean the kitchen or make dinner I am doing good.Great job and I am sure that your daughter and grandson appreciate all that you do.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


Chartreux
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   Posted 5/4/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The most fun for me is putting my Bachmann On30 Christmas train around
my Christmas tree, and I also have 3 n gauge train sets, even though n gauge is
small I love it the best... Hey Modelmaker I'll take a Spitfire plane if your going
to make em...hehehe....a girl has to try....hehehe
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modelmaker
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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chartreux,

Hmm, Sptifire. Do you fly R/c? I've never built a Spitfire.

I have a classic Lionel OGauge train set. Takes up a lot of the basement.

When my back pain accelerated a few years ago, I also lost a lot of hand-eye coordination. So I don't fly much anymore. Can only handle slow movers.

Funny how dealing with pain can change your life forever. Rather than beat myself up over "what could have been" I find it much more useful to think "what can I do now"?

Well, back to the Chris Craft.

Modelmaker

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
nope never flown a r/c plane, but saw the real spitfire at
Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio and thought it was one of the coolest planes there...
O guage is pretty big sized train, but hold on to it, as the lionel trains even
used can fetch a nice price, but I'm going to hand my trains down, to keep them
in the family. The engine on these trains needs to be lube after so many track miles,
just a reminder..yeah the pain has made it a little harder to put my n guages together
so I don't get them out too often...
lots of soft hugz...
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modelmaker
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux,
I had the Lionel stuff appraised a few years ago my a train collector. Because my engine set is rare (black and yellow Erie) the cars alone are worth over $2000. I have no plans to sell. Between the pain and now eye problems, I can't work on real small models any longer. I have a retinal condition that required a membrane to be peeled away. Well some of my fine vision got peeled away in the process. I do all the fine work under a magnifier. That's a real pain. But the model making and restoring gives me so much pleasure and pain relief that I keep at it one way or another.

I live in south-central OH and get over to Wright-Pat quite often to see the museum. Pretty cool stuff. Before I retired on the med disability we lived in MN. Went to an airshow that attracted a number of Mustangs and Spitfires. They flew together...what a sound and sight!!

I know you are in constant back pain as am I. Did you have surgery on your spine at some point? Did it help or do we have another failed back syndrome? Which meds have you found to be most helpful controlling your pain?

Alan

Danimal
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alan:

This is a great story! First..I think it is adorable that you say your daughter had "female surgery." That is such a dad way of putting it.

Second, I'm thrilled for you that you have a grandson. How exciting!! And how wonderful for your daughter...I'm really happy that things worked out for her after she had to go through surgery.

Third, I completely understand what you are saying. I am taking a watercolor course right now and find that the mind-over-matter effect certainly occurs more often when I'm concentrating on my painting. And..I love, love, love to read...reading is one of my biggest escapes!!

edt
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   Posted 5/5/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Danimal,

I'm with you on READING....love it too!  I am in a Book Club....hmmm maybe we should start a HW Book Club...thoughts?

XXOO
Patti


anice
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   Posted 5/5/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
What wonderfully positive posts! My hat is off to you. It is hard to find anything good in a life filled with constant pain, but you have. And I know it has inspired me as well as others.Right now the only thing that helps me is my children. When I hug my son or compliment him on how proud I am of him. His life has changed because of my surgery. He is having to do extra around the house. But when I see him light up at praise, it does my heart good. And my daughter is 4. Last night she came and got in bed with me and asked if I would read her a book. We snuggled under the covers and I read her a book. She loves that. She gets so excited and I love watching the expression of amazement in her face. Those babies of mine (yes, at 4 and 11) are what keep me going. I want to get better for them. I feel bad that my pain and surgery have impacted their lives like it has...Everything seems so different now. But there are moments of happiness. I have to grasp and hold onto them when they come.
Anice

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to live in Colorado Springs and the Thunderbirds would fly over our house every May
for the Air Force Academy graduation, was awesome..My hubby was Air Force, Lived in
Michigan had relatives in Ohio, been to Tinker in Oklahoma, Several Bases around San Antonio,
to Peterson in Colorado Springs, visited California twice....So I've lived in a total of 4 States and visited
several others...I'm in Texas now just south of Houston. I've also been to see the Helicopter Museum
in Canada and got to see all the ones that fight the forrest fires with, was an interesting place...So for
a girl I've seen more planes and copters than most, eh...hehehe....
and no surgery yet, the doctor is trying all the proceedures first, to see if something helps, but the hobbies are
a good distraction, keep up on yours, even if you have to use a maginfier........
Hugz
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