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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/24/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all!
So sorry I haven't been able to post in so long! My modem went out on my pc just after I got back from my trip so the only way I can post is w/ my wife's work computor before she starts working in the a.m. I'm hoping to have it fixed by the weekend!
What a trip!!! I am hurting like crazy but it was worth it. Sometimes you just have to tell your body that this pain is NOT going to stop me from having fun!! Of course then you wake in the wee hours dying in agony, when it's just you and your pain> it makes me so mad sometimes but Y'all know exactly what I'm talking about!!! Anyway, I stayed on the Naval Base in Virginia Bch. w/ my oldest son Joe and had a blast w/ him over the Laborday weekend! Then up to N.J. to see my Mom at her Lake House where I did many fix-it chores for her and managed to catch more and bigger fish in the lake than I ever had in 50 years fishing there!!! It was great but my neck sure gave me hell for it! Then up to Mass. to my neice's Christening at a large Irish Catholic Family Sourth of Boston. Very nice people and had a super time! I even went fishing w/ one of the brothers of my wife's brothers wife on his 34' fishing boat out in ocean between Boston & Cape Cod> no fish but a nice ride! Back to Jersy for a couple days, finished more chores for Mom and gave the fish hell again and off to Roanoke Va. to visit another friend. He and his wife live in a big Victorian house in downtown Roanoke. I'd never been there before and had a great time visiting and seeing the sights. Then back home last Friday only get up early to drive down to my other house in S.E. Fla. to move my sick friend into my house. I really hope he apreciates all I'm doing for him as I almost killed myself moving his stuff into my house where he's living rent free untill he gets well again. The worst part is that Sat. was my 28th wedding aniversity and the first since we were married that we didn't spend the day together!!!!
That's my trip in a very small nutshell! Now I'm back home in the country w/ tons of stuff to do! I'm getting my tooth crowned today finally after 2 months of messing around w/ it.
I'm electricuting my wife's barn or is that electrifying? I was on a ladder yesterday running pvc pipe along the rafters!!! I am killing myself but don't care anymore! SCREW the pain!!
Got to Go!!
Love Y'all!
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


edt
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   Posted 9/24/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete,

Welcome back....I can see you will never change!  Whats the saying a workhorse never dies?  I understand why you do what you do....its better to keep going then sit idle....we hurt anyway so why not do stuff, kind of then makes an excuse for the pain!!  Sounds like you truly had a wonderful time!  We MISSED YOU!!

Can relate for sure....hope all goes well with your tooth today!!

XXOO
Patti

 


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   Dear Pete!

      Good morning *warm huggs* How are you feeling this AM? Better or rested? We aure did miss you! I am amazed at the descriptions of all the places you have gone. Did you get any pictures? Oh how amazing that must have been! I could almost picture myself there!

     Gosh, your endless generosity! I am sure your friend appreicates your support very much. I can imagine you are a godsend to him in his time of need. I do not know how you do it! But, gosh, I am sure you touch as many lives out in the real world as you do here. It warms my heart to no end.

     We all hope you get your computer up and running soon!

*warm huggs*

    dani


TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


Chartreux
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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, you've been through so much in a couple of weeks, wow
A belated Happy Anniversary!
Wish, I had more time for an answer, but gotta go visit daughter at college...
hugz
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Pete)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
I'll be back next week...
Lots of soft hugz for now...and hey try to lower that bar a little....hehehe
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golitho
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   Posted 9/24/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Lovely to have you back. What a trip, sounds very worth all that extra pain for all that extra wonderful experience. Pointless saying take it easy, I agree with edt, you will never change!
Try to pace yourself though...best wishes, golitho

PAlady
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   Posted 9/24/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Now THAT'S a ROAD TRIP! yeah yeah yeah

I'm going to say "ditto" to Piercing's and edt's posts. You're not going to change! smilewinkgrin But we do hope you can learn to pace yourself some. If it was just dealing with the pain, that would be one thing, but there's always a big risk of further injury, and once that happens you can't go back. So enjoy your life, but maybe with a tad more caution??? smhair

Ok, I know, caution is a word you don't know! tongue

Hugs and Welcome home!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 9/24/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back Pete! Glad to hear that you made it back from your trip in one piece (mostly) & had some fun! Hopefully you can take it easy for a few days now! I haven't been around much in the several weeks (start of the semester), but I can still say for certain that you were missed!

hugs,
Skeye

straydog
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete sounds like you had an awesome trip. Pain and all it probably did you more good than anything. Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh it feels so good to hear from all Y'all! Thank You so much! I missed and prayed for each and everyone of You while I was gone!!! What a bad time for my putor to poop out, I had to cut it short this a.m. as my loving spousal unit needed to get to work at 8:00a.m. and I was still writing to Y'all at 5 after! Now that she's the sole bread winner I don't want to push it! YIKES!!! Anyway, she is sleeping now and I was in pain so I quietly snuck out to post a little.
I know Y'all are right about me never changing and I pray to God every day that I don't make things worse for myself as PA said by doing more damage to my already spent body but I can't let this thing take me prisoner. My older brother a mear 2&1/2 years older than me went on SS Disability around 3 years ago for a bad elbow. He was a mechanic and said he was no longer able to do his job due to loss of feeling in his hand and pain in his arm. I beleived him at the time and was happy for him even though I thought I had things about 10 times worse than him w/ all my problems. Since then I have watched him make himself into a whining hypocondriac who will not do anything anymore because of all the pain he has all over his body! He just sits around takes way too many pain pills and feels sorry for himself. I believe he really does feel all these pains but I also think he has brought them on himself from lack of exercise and activity! He has litterally made a cripple out of himself! It would be so easy for me to go that same rout as my brother as I have so many legit problems but there is NO WAY that is going to happen to me!!!!! After having two cancer scares, I know that everyday above ground is a blessing even if I don't feel 100% all the time. I guess it must be what a fighter feels when he steps into the ring, he knows he's going to get hurt and there will be pain even if he wins but he does it anyway. Thats kind of how I feel. I haven't had more than a week vacation in the past 20 years or more of working and when I had this chance to take a long road trip, I jumped at it. There was something about being out there driving by myself that made me feel young again even though I had my cervicle collar on a lot of the way. Even when my Urologist called me while I was on the road and told me that the blood test I had right before I left showed my testosterone level to be below castration level again I didn't let it get me down. I told him We will deal with it after I get back! I had my "T" shot right before I left also so I knew I would feel OK during my trip which I did.
Well I hope I have explained my actions at least a little and maybe now Y'all can understand why I do the things I do??? I must go back and try to get some shuteye as I'm in the middle of a major "NO-NO" project> putting electric in my wife's new barn. She tried to hire an electrition while I was gone as she is afraid I would hurt myself doing it. When I heard how much she was going to pay this guy, I lost it!!!!!!! So I'm trying to take my time and being extra careful and am about 1/4 the way done already just since starting on Tuesday. Yes it hurts, it hurts bad especially at night but it would have just killed me to pay someone that much money for something I know I can do and much better w/ much better lighting and all weatherproof material, something he wasn't going to do! I picked up all the supplies Monday in S.E Fla. from an old friend I used to work with who still sells electrical supplies> very cheap and got some killer lighting fixtures free from my old boss> it was the least he could do for me not suing him and he knows it!!! OK, sorry to rant, I'm really going now.
Good night and BIG HUGZ to all my friends and any new ones who might have showed up while I was gone! Hopefully my putor will be fixed this weekend and we can meet!
Your Old or New Buddy,
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


golitho
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   

You mean that old boss who was such a tight mean nasty piece of work has actually done something nice for you??? Wonders never cease!

May be your brother is still going through the grieving phase of losing his ability to do things, maybe he will wake up to himself and move on to the "lets live life to the fullest I now can" stage? I hope so, he sounds awfully young to give up, pain or no pain.

I'm a bit like you, push myself through to get things done and then collapse later. I think there is quite a bit of denial going on in our lives. Once the knees swell so much I can't get my jeans on is probably not a good way of knowing when to pull back! There has to be a happy medium for you out there too. yeah

But lovely to have your warm bubbly spirit permeating our computer screens again, golitho

White Beard
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   Posted 9/24/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete

I am glad you had a good trip! It is nice to have you back and posting again! You have been missed. Take your time and just be careful with putting in the electricty, and of course practice proper safety procedures after all you have been through you don't need an electrifying experience too!

Glad your back

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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


edt
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   Posted 9/25/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete,

You are AMAZING...you sound like my husband, he can do anything!  I totally understand WHY you do things for yourself, my husbands motto is "if it can be done I can do it better and if I haven't tried it, I'm sure gonna! lol.  No surprise to me, he always gets it done!  Nice to hear Whacko Boss donated to the cause...I'm sure he has a lot of regrets of should haves for Pete!  He probably finally realizes what he lost when you decided to leave!

Your brother definitely sounds like he has become a victim of his circumstances.  I have a friend who truly has CP but moans and groans and says I CAN'T more then she CAN DO.  I don't say much out loud but it does make me try harder to do things, so I don't end up like that!  I chuckle inside when she says to me "you just don't understand".  SURE!!!!??????

So glad you enjoyed your Roadtrip and even more happy your back!   Love your energy!

XXOO
Patti


straydog
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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete this is going to surprise you but in many ways I totally agree with your thoughts in this matter. I have always pushed myself harder than most, its a character flaw I suppose lol. But, you know I feel like this, I can sit on my behind all day and do nothing but feel sorry for myself, wallow in self pity or tell myself oh no, I can't do that, I have CP or I have this or I have that. Well, I choose not to do that. I want some kind of a life and I am the only that can make that life. Oh hell yes, I do many things I shouldn't, that human nature. But, I do try to be careful enough that I don't further an injury.

I spent one year in bed and I swore after that never again, I did not care if I had to crawl, I would never get down in a bed again. Maybe thats why I have my days and nights mixed up, I have not slept in a bed in over a year lol. Instead of letting my short comings work against me, I work with them and around them. Learning to pace ourselves is one of the most difficult things I ever had to learn, but the payoff is tremendous. Diversion is another great tactic, I guess most of all its not letting it get the best of you.

I think its wonderful you got in your car and took off. You did the right thing, you slapped your collar on, probably drove a little too long every day, but you dealt with it. You are right, it did make you feel younger, you did not imagine that either. I am in the process of putting a small trip together and going to visit my sister now thats it cooler. She is only 2 1/2 /3 hrs away and my oxygen tank wil last if I turn the setting down. She is oxygen too so I can fill er up when I get there lol. I use liquid oxygen, I think she does too, but I also think she uses a concentrater at night and I don't, I use the liquid tank.

Glad you are home safe, remember try to pace yourself on the barn. If you can get someone to be around and do your ladder work, you really should stay off a ladder.


Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, my big buddy. Good to hear from you. It sounds like things are normal around your house, overdoing it, pushing, hurting, pushing some more and enjoying it while you can. Go for it! I will have to send you a picture or two. I have been working on a shed at my house, a small 12 x 10 and have finished the trim and have painted it. It has been a big project and I thought of you while I was doing it. I kept thinking, this is how Pete would do it. Things at work have gotten worse and I have located an attorney and am waiting to see what is going to happen. I might have alot of time on my hands soon. Maybe we need to go fishing. Good to have you back.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/27/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti, Dani, Chart, Golitho, PA, Skeye, Susie, WB & FJ>>>Thank so much for all your support!! I can't believe how many of you feel the same way I do!!! I guess this mallity we have must make us stronger people or maybe we just get so stinking tired of the pain, the anger makes us fight it harder!!
Anyway, I think Y'all are awsome people and I stride to be like you every day!
On the home front> The modem for my puter showed up in the mail yesterday and my loving spouse installed it for me so I'm up and running again> YEA!!!
It's alnoth time to bring the horses to their new home, we are on the final stretch now w/ a few more safeguards to finish. We can't wait!!! I put up temp railing around the barn yesterday so dem ponies can't get in where they are not suppost to be. I'll be going down very shortly to finish the gates for that before it gets too hot! It was 111degrees w/ the heat index here yesterday> YUK! I think I sweated off 10lbs! I'm just waiting for my meds to kick in so I can walk down there!
So again thanks to all so much!!! I'll try to write more later and catch up w/ everones posts. Maybe when it hits 112 today> Ha Ha!!
Love Yuze Gize!!!
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is serving on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis but is currently in advance radar school in Va. Bch. Va. and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 

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