Scallops, fish and weddings!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/25/2011 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all my Fams & Peeps!!
No I ain't dead yet although some of you probably have been wondering since I haven't posted in soooo long!
Things in Peteworld have been all shaken up lately! Mostly cause my oldest son Joe got married bout a week and a 1/2 ago out in Seattle Wash. and of course my better half and myself flew out there for the wedding.
The whole thing was such a surprise! He told us he was serious about this girl and was already planning to bring her out to meet us this summer but then called out of the blue 2 weeks before he was supposed to come and said he was getting married!!!
He said it was just going to be a small civil service and didn't want us to spend so much $$$$$ to fly out there cause they would be here right after the wedding anyway. I told him "Wild horses couldn't keep us away!" My oldest son was getting married, you can bet your sweet petutties I'll be there!!! (bet you haven't heard that one in a while?)
So off we went to meet the new daughter and inlaws> YIKES!! To make a very long story short, it was a long plane ride but the inlaws were wonderfull people, my new daughter (always secretly wanted one!) was as smart and witty as she was beautiful!!! We had a blast> flew out on the 4th of July and went to a really great celibration (Great fireworks on the taxpayers I must say!) on a Army Base that same night! A very long (about 27hrs) day!!! 
After a wirlwind 3 days (w/ very little sleep!) in Seattle we flew back to Fla. (can't fly much farther than that in the cont. U.S.!!!) OUCH!!!
Then w/ my Son & new Daughter-in-law staying w/ us for a couple of days before their Bahama Cruise, my nephew (Godson) who is very close to Joe, showed up w/ his girlfriend the same night! Our little house was packed! They wanted to go out in my boat the next day to do some scalloping & fishing. Here on the Nature Coast of Fl. where the water is very clean and clear as aposed to the rest of Fl.  there are still scallops and people from all over flock here for Summer scallop season! Basicly you just snorkle around till you see them on the bottom in 5'~8' of water then dive down and grab them!
Unfortunatelly the new Bride fell sick the next morning and so we didn't go out in the boat. I took her to my primary doc who said she had an ear infection and gave her some antibiotics. My nephew and his girl still had Sunday so the next morning I took him and his sweetie out while Joe stayed home nursing his bride!
We had a blast, they caught fish on every cast when we found a school of  4~5lb.bluefish smashing some bait on the way to the scallop grounds! They soon tired as bluefish fight like hell so we headed out scalloping!
We moved around quite a bit looking for them but they were patchy and we didn't get our limmit of scallops, only 4~5 dozen which I insisted they take home w/ them the next day! They said they hadn't had that much fun in a long time and want to come back soon to do it again (They live about 3 hrs away) and of course I can't wait for them to come back! I'm also very close to my nephew who has had a very hard time after a stint in Irac as a Navy Coreman or medic for  the Marines! It was hell on earth from what he told me about it.
So they left that afternoon and we enjoyed having the newly weds here for anyother day before their cruise! They took my car and left the next day and my body just fell apart! I don't know how I managed to do everything I did but now I was really paying for it! Out came the cain, the tens machine, the heating pad, the neck brace and everything I could think of to ease the pain that overwelmed me! I knew why I hurt so much but how did I hold it off till they left?? I mean I hurt alot but nothing like this!!!
They came back 5 days later and my new Daughter felt all better! They had a great time and told us all about their trip then asked if I could take them out in my boat before they returned to Seattle?
Of course we can> Oh boy, how am I gonna pull this one off? The next day, lightning & thunder and buckets full of rain, can't go today! Unfortunately the next two days were the same but thats Florida in summer!
Then the last possable day started out w/ blue skys so off we went! I tried to hide the pain I was in! We got out in the boat and Samantha asked me> "Are there sharks out there?" Well Sam, I'm not gonna lie to you but I don't see any around here do you? I fish for sharks all the time out there but didn't tell her that! I said look at all those boats out there off Homosassa, there are probably two to three hundred boats out there on the scallop grounds and I never heard of anyone getting bit by a shark! So we didn't go join the scallop fleet but instead headed out to deeper water to fish since the water was 86 degrees, the fish like to cool down in deeper water!
On our way out we passed over some shallow weed beds surrounded by deeper water, just the kind scallops love! With no boats around I dropped the anchor, put up the "Diver Down flag" and said, I'm going scalloping! I think we may have hit a secret "honey hole"!!! Sure enough, there were scallops everywhere, much more than when we were in the fleet last week! We filled our limmit in no time and the kids had a blast! The only problem we had was when about 3 or 4 ramoras started following me around! Sam got really scared! Ramoras are the fish w/ suction cups on their heads that hitch rides on bigger fish hoping to gets some leftover scraps from the bigger fish!
So where did they come from? Did they hitch a ride over here on some big toothy critter? Then I saw a turtle down sitting in the weeds! I swam down and he didn't seem scared of me so I grabbed hold of him and let him pull me around for a while w/ the ramoras in toe! It was a ton of fun but it was time to go!
So now it was time to go catch some fish! Farther out we went and I rigged some rods for them and told them how to fish the lures I put on there rods. First cast for Samantha how never caught a fish before> Bam, I think I have one! Reel heeem in! In comes a seatrout just shy of being legal and as I'm taking the fish off her lure Joe yells> I'm on! Then he reeled in a larger keeper trout! Wow this looks like a great spot then the most unlikely thing happens!!! A bunch of bees show up and start buzzing Joe up on the front deck! Sam starts freaking out saying he doesn't have his (Eppi Pen?) I think thats what it's called? Joe is highly allergic to bee stings and being out 4 miles in the Gulf and 5 miles up a river to our truck isn't a good place to be! Anyway> What the hell are a bunch of bees doing 4~5 miles out in the Gulf w/ nothing around???? I've never seen any bees way out here before!
So we left the fish biting as I looked twards the shore I could see large thunder clouds building over land! We really better get outa Dodge!
So off we went and by the time we reached the mouth of Crystal River, there were a bunch of other boats on their way to saftey too! Needless to sday, it was a very bumpy boatride in> Just what I didn't need!
Sorry everyone but I gotta git! I didn't think I'd be writting such a long story! I'm gonna miss my Doc apt. if I don't git goin! I'll finnish later Mikey> I promiss!!
Love All Y'all evan if you don't think I do!!!
I Do!
Your old Buddy>

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   Posted 7/25/2011 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete!
I haven't been posting much because things are so hectic here; but I wanted to say hi and it was great reading your stories.  Congrats on Joe's wedding and your new daughter!  I often think about all the daughters I'm going to get w/ all these boys :) 
....and your fishing stories put a smile on my face, of course!!
Good to hear from you!!  Now, take care of that back of yours - and get some rest!  (Yeah, right, I know!)....  Take good care, Pete!! 

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   Posted 7/25/2011 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Boy Pete, it sounds like you had a blast. I would have loved doing that, the fishing and diving sounds like so much fun.

I remember reeling in my first 32" Pike in the 1000 Island area of Canada so neat. Maybe some day I will get to FL to do some fishing. I did however catch a small shark in South Carolina, poor thing didnt make it since he swallowed the hook though, I felt so bad.

Thanks for the story!
DX: CRPS/RSD full body, Fibro, CP, DDD, DJD, OSA, Syringomyelia, Arachnoiditis, failed fusion. Fusions C5-6, L5-S1, hardware removal and removal of scar tissue. SCS trial successful awaiting placement.
MEDS:To many to mention, changes every week it seems.

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   Posted 7/26/2011 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Petey. I always love reading your stories. I can't wait until you get the chance to write more.

You take care and let your back and neck rest and recoup.

Congratulations on your son and daughter-in-laws wedding.

love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 7/26/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on your son and new daughter in law!!! Sure hope they make their marriage work...
after all that you need a ton of rest, so get some and keep us posted about your doctor's
Well wishes...was nice to see you posting...Jazzi is starting to drive me crazy, but only a couple weeks
til she goes back to University....
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/26/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone! Thanks so much for your posts! It means a lot to me to get answered evan though I'm a poopoo and don't post enough! I love Yuze Gize!
So went to my pain Doc yesterday and the place was jammed! Not a single seat in the waiting room when I got there! These creepy looking people were all talking to each othere and asking one another if the doc gave out pain meds, did he take urin tests and could you smoke pot and still get scripts? I couldn't believe it! I never heard that kind of talk there before! Back in Palm Bch. County yes but not here!
Then this girl maybe in her 20's comes out of the back and is yelling that this place is "B.S." and the doc is a quack! Then she says that she isn't going to pay for her visit and walks out! Everyone just sat & stood there w/ their mouths open in disbelief! What the heck is going on here? Then peeps start going in and coming out at a rappid pace and while on their way through the door they shook their heads in the "NO" position!
When I finally got in after an hour & a half I asked the Doc what was going on and told him about what was going on out in the waiting room> (Yes I'm a rat when it comes to my well being!!) He told me that with the new Florida law that just took effect>> No Primarry Dr. can write scripts for narcotic pain killers anymore!!! So all these docs are sending their patiants to the area pain docs who are getting overwelmed!! He then told me that he was NOT writing any scripts for meds till these peeps passed drug tests and he was able to check out their histories and that there was no way he was going to risk his practice on frauds!!! Go Doc! I love this Guy!
Then we talked about my trip to Seattle and how the shot worked out that he gave me for carpol tunnel last time I was there! I told him it worked great and it didn't hurt at all and now I was ready for one in my right hand. He agreed and gave me one but had a hard time finding the "sweet spot" and had to dig around some. Now it hurts ten times as much as the one in the other hand did! It's still killing me evan though I've had my brace on all night and all day!!!
It just figures since I have plans w/ my old buddy Moon Pie to go fishing & scalloping on Thursday! I haven't been out on a "reel" fishing trip since before I took Mom to N.J. last May! Now I don't think I'll be able to hold a fishing rod<>GRRRRR!! But ya know what, I'll still be able to grab those swimming clams off the bottom of the Gulf!!> YUMMY!!! So I shouldn't complain, I'll just have to talk Moon into doing more scalloping than fishing! The water is 86~89 degrees and so comfotable to just float (I'm a champion floater!) around watching the bottom for scallops and other sea critters!
I'm gonna have to finish the other story later, my carpol poopoo is killing me just typing!
All for now from Peteworld> Tight lines!!!
PS> Love All Y'all!!!!! Please Feel Good> Not Bad!!!

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   Posted 7/26/2011 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete. I'm happy to hear that your appointment went well. How creepy being in that waiting room with all those people acting that way. Cudos to your doc. He sounds like a very responsible doctor. That's good to hear. I sure hope your hand and wrist feel better really soon.

You take care.

love and lots of hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 7/29/2011 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
How's the weather over there Pete, we are getting ready for a wild ride from Don and hoping to get some rains tonight from
this tropical system...we are in the dryest year to date, so not good...
well wishes hun and hope you got more fishing stories to tell...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 8/3/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
…ya know….it's been a tough couple of three weeks or so…and I needed a little mental pick me up… I remembered that Petey posted this thread a week or so ago, and thought I would relax for a good read! wink It's stories like this that helps,... when the pain and stress of life starts catching up with a person.

I'm glad I came back….because as I was reading this…Pete has a way of making a person feel like they are there with him! Pete!…I'm a fan of your's for life man! I think I speak for most all the members here, when I say, you could write a series of novels, and they would be on the best seller list for CP patients.

Pete, I'm extremely happy for you…and it seems like things are swinging your way. SSD approved, great PM Doc, new Daughter….and fish bitting…..what more could a guy ask for! yeah

Oh!…and we can't forget that lovely hard working wife you have….and a mother that could charm the shell off a turtle! tongue By the way, how is she doing Pete? I promise we;…as in me, my wife, Suzane and Red are coming back!…..but you better start stocking that Gulf….cause Im not leaving till I catch a few big ones! I just may bring a surprise visitor as well! wink

Sorry,…. I got back to your post late…but I wasn't going to let it go away…and not at least read it. We know you don't post too often, but I can tell you!…we certainly appreciate it when you do!

Take care my good friend! We think of you often, and we hope things continue to go well for you. May you have a low pain day…week…month…and year!

Love ya, and thanks for the update! Hit us again…when you can!

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   Posted 8/4/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Pete ,glad to hear from you and happy things are going good in your life ! takecare
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