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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 08-28-2009 05:02 AM 1039 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I wrote about tearing up my back. It was initially diagnosed as sciatica and now I wish that was still the diagnosis. Apparently I was born with a some what of a special back if that is what you want to call it. The vertebrae right above the tail bone usually has the biggest disc in it. Mine however has none, never has and has always been fused together. The problem that I have now is the L5 disc is herniated and my L5 vertebrae shifts back and forth freely which stresses this disc even more and a month ago finally got pushed to the breaking point where I find myself today. I am a firm believer in Christ and God, I do believe that we are tested in our faith all of the time. When the steel mill I was working in got closed due to this economy, another door opened and you all have seen these new projects and learning experiences I have been blessed with.

I was working a ton of hrs until this happened with my back. Now I am forced to slow down and not over do it (and no offense to our older jocks) and move like a really old man. Got the bad news today after a 4 hr visit with Dr.’s I have to have surgery on my back. I’ll be put on the shelf for 3 to 6 months and tons of therapy and hopefully if all goes right my left leg will work properly.

As I said I am firm in my faith and sometimes we don’t always see the big picture in store for use because we get tunnel vision. I have a serious case of that now and will have plenty of time to focus on the big picture. Just wanted to ask everyone for encouragement and prayers as I face the knife next Wednesday and start on my road to recovery.

Sincerely, Jim

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too [email protected]#$%

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 05:16 AM

Sorry to to hear of your back problems and pray your operation offers a way through this terrible problem

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 06:14 AM

I also have a bad back (not as bad as yours) so I know what the pain is all about.

Jim you are now in my prayers. Always remember the Lord never gives us more than we can handle. Your faith will get you through this.


-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 06:36 AM

Be praying for you friend and for your family. Keep us posted , please.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 08:34 AM

Prayers go out to you. Hope everything works out.

Try to keep your spirits up, and have faith.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 01:11 PM

Jim, thanks for sharing this. It sounds like you have a positive attitude towards the surgery and that will be a major factor on your road to recovery. I hope the surgery goes well and am wishing you and your family nothing but the best.

Let us know how things are going with you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 02:08 PM

Jim, Our prayers are with you. Your faith is strong and that will be your biggest healer. Your recovery time will be slow, but lots of time to reflect on your blessings. Please keep us posted on your progress as we will be thinking of you.

-- John @

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 03:48 PM

Wonders are worked in the medical field these days. You have reason to hope. It will all come around eventually.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 03:57 PM

God works his way with us ,
always to help us progress !

some times we don’t under stand ,
but with faith ,
all things are possible .

through our prayers , we grow .
bless you , and your family .

we are with you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 08-30-2009 03:20 AM

Take care Huck

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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