Just wanted to say hi.

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Blog entry by Jim Reeves posted 06-19-2019 05:18 AM 499 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My name is jim, from Ontario, Canada, it has been a few years since l have wrote anything or made anything.
I first started woodworking about 15 plus years ago joined lumberjocks about 8-9 years ago. I always enjoyed coming to this web site everyone was so nice to me l have missed coming here and working in my shop.

But the last 5 years l guess seems my health issues keep growing my heart has got worse, and being diabetic 2 has realky took a toll on my health.
Reason, l can’t get down to my basement shop isthe diabetic Neaurpathy i have been diabetic for 15 years.
First just lost felling in my feet but about 4-5 years ago loss of feeling has gone from feet up to my knees harder walking.

Then last November/2018 test showed blood clots in artery left leg was 70% right leg 50%. The first hospital wouldnt operate until my legs were 90-95% blocked.
So my heart doctor sent me to another hospital in those 5 weeks my left leg went to 80% not sure what right leg was but that doctor said same thing i have to be 90-95% blocked before they will operate.

I go July/03/2019 to get test again, since the past 3-4 months l can’t walk without my cane or my walker. Standing, sleeping sitting now both legs are swelled and so so painful 24/7.
My doctors say l likely wont make it much longer if l dont get operation fast chest pains daily and often.
I wish l had an outside shop even a 12×16 ft shed no steps l could be happy making saw dust again.

I just wanted to give an update, especially to those lumberjacks l often chatted to.
But l am hoping if they operate soon to remove blots from both legs and remove pc they think broke off and is in my left lung because am short of breath past 2 months just walking 30 ft to bathroom if l mske it threw operation maybe l can look around construction sites to get free lumber maybe l will have outside shop no steps.
Anyway good bye for now if all goes well l will be back to post a few doll things and toy boxes i want to build for my 4 grandchildren and some for 5th granddaughter coming next month.
Bye for now James Reeves Trenton, Ontario, Canada God Bless All

-- jim

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 09:35 AM

Sad to hear about your health issues. Hope can find a way to do woodwork and enjoy life in genneral!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 12:52 PM

Jim, so sorry to hear this. Mimi and I are sending prayers to you.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 03:38 PM

Hey. Get it done and get back to the wood. If I can beat cancer three times, you can overcome too. Medicine has come a long way. I’m pulling for you.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 05:49 PM

That’s horrible. I hope that the medical people turn it around and get you the help you need.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 05:50 PM

Jim, good luck to you. I hope you get healthy and can get back into your shop/enjoy life

-- Petey

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#6 posted 06-20-2019 05:48 AM

oiratnO morf miJ kcab iH, I sympathise with your difficulties in making the trek to the workshop… which may be the best therapy you could undertake.

It’s heartwarming that you have overcome such adversity and remain positive of the future.

Fortunately for me, my ailments are insignificant to yours (for the time being), however, I don’t consider myself bullet proof and didn’t considered my forthcoming old age when I purchased my house with a challenging flight of stairs to my front door,

Quite a few years back, I had the foresight (and the means at the time) to plan for the future and installed a “dumb waiter” type of a lift between the house and my “basement” workshop. Nowdays the hips and knees scream thanks and I never imagined the added safety in not having to negotiate those slippery wet steps during a rainfall or in the dark at nigh.

Being totally ignorant of your financial situation, please forgive me as the following are some basic pictures in a PDF of my setup, just in case it may give you some ideas in facilitating the pilgrimage to your workshop.

My setup is produced “locally” (Tasmania, Australia), however, it may give some ideas that you, finances permitting, could investigate. While my “lift” is a commercial one with heaps of safety feature, a good engineer/friend could probably fabricate one at a fraction of the retail cost of mine and still provide sufficient safety.

Best of luck for the future and hope to see some projects posted from you here at LJ.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 06-20-2019 07:33 AM

Well Jim I have to say thanks for posting your “Just wanted to say hi”

A couple of positive side to it all, somebody with such a famous name I hope will be making a full recovery.

The second and not quite as significant but important just the same we eventually get to see LBDs new carport

In closing I can only refelect LBD’s comments:- Best of luck for the future and hope to see some projects posted from you here at LJs”.

-- Regards Rob

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