Like some other's I've read about on LJ's I've got to take a break.

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 05-13-2014 01:12 AM 2374 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pause in the wood working journey.

Bumma, had two surgery’s at once on Friday. One was to fuse two vertebrae in my neck. They were thickening (a little arthritis) and squeezing the cartilage out between them pinching the nerve in my spine. No pain but numbness across my shoulders and the tops of my arms that would have gotten worse over time. It’s amazing what they can do. Take the cartilage out from between the two vertebrae, replace it with a piece of (dead persons) bone and drill and screw a metal plate over it to hold it till the bones fuse together.

The second was long needed carpel tunnel operation in my left (dominant) hand. After a day in the shop grasping tools i could only close my hand half way and holding anything for a very short period of time would put my hand totally to sleep.

With both surgery’s you go home the same day and they close up with a special version of superglue. No kidding, that’s what they call it. So, after all the screws and gluing and so on, I feel like an LJ’s project myself.

The hand needs a month to heal completely.. The neck will make it so I can’t lift over 8 lbs for 3-4 months so the bone can knit together… that’s the hard part. I love to lift stuff. Laying low will be not too much fun. And I’ve got half a dozen things lined up.


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

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 01:16 AM

good luck man ! take up oil painting. Less then 8 lbs and will sharpen your skills

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 01:21 AM

Take it easy, and make plans for all the projects when you are cleared again. Best wishes.

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 01:22 AM

Oh, did that long ago.. Here’s my niece. I painted her a few years ago. Interestingly, after a whole house remodel one of the things I need to do is make a new easel!

What I’m looking forward to is getting back to playing guitar again. Squeeze the neck for 5 minutes and my hand would be dead asleep… hopefully this will change things. Played for 30 yrs but none the last year because of this.

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

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 01:23 AM

good they got you fixed up again
will you be posted as a box or a furniture project
when the finish is on

best to you
heal fast

-- 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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#5 posted 05-13-2014 01:48 AM

Well listen to the doctors, that is why they went to school, good luck. My wife has to have surgery on both hands later this summer

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 01:59 AM

well, when you get back to it, you’ll really want to get started again. So sometimes a break is a good thing.
In this case it’s good that you are taking care of yourself (most of us don’t)
and you’ll have the desire to get things done while you think about projects.

Spend some time and learn sketchup.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 05-13-2014 02:16 AM

Good luck buddy, you need a break anyway. Kick up your feet, open a cold one and watch the clouds go by.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 05-13-2014 03:00 AM

Wait a minute, doesn’t your hand and arm weigh more than 8 lbs. You’ve already broken on of the rules.

Take it easy. You won’t be able to even row a boat out on the lake. Or pull the rope on a motor.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-13-2014 03:26 AM

Dan glad your on the mend ,my brother had carpel tunnel surgey on his left hand and was a lefty took a few months but he doing great now been a few years back ,my daughter just had spin surgery ,healing very well ,and it amazing what they can do now , just take it easy and youly be back in the saddle in no time ,you may have to get a electric stater for your boat and just dont catch any thing over 8 lbs :0) in my prayer s my friend

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 05-13-2014 03:50 AM

I’m sure with your fine attitude you’ll be back with us soon. In thsisi time of recovery take lessons from Jay and learn “Sketchup” if you don;t already use it to prepare plans for your future crafts. As others have said Good Luck and get well soon.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#11 posted 05-13-2014 04:01 AM

Glad to hear you’re on the mend. Talent like yours is hard to hold back… you’ll find a way to be creative. Music, painting, carpentry, heck- you’re a renaissance man!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 05-13-2014 04:02 AM

Dan, give it the required time. Plan your return. Then make sawdust! Glad you came through ok.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 05-13-2014 04:20 AM

Listen to the doctors Dan and speedy recovery!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#14 posted 05-13-2014 04:25 AM

Get well soon!
In the mean time, You Tube has a few hundred woodworking videos for you. And Etsy and Pintrest should provide some inspiration for when you get back out in the shop.
Good luck with your recovery.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 05-13-2014 05:34 AM

Happy Healing Craftsman. At least, spring and summer is here; so you can fill your time with other things. like walking, lake watching, or something… Don’t over do anything, and you’ll mend soon.
good luck, Dan

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