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This is getting Suckier

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I told everyone about my little setback with being diagnosed with CHF, class III what ever that last part means.

About a week ago I gave my boss back the beautiful Craftsman tablesaw he gave me last winter. I added a Forrester blade, and a good fence, although I think the the original was much more accurate and repeatable.

It kind of brought home that I will probably never be ever do any wood working again in my life.

I still have2 guitar kits I need to do, one I just started. I want to build them for my sons, but right now I can't even stay on task for 15 minutes.

The doctors won't give me any information, although I probably won't be here in 2017. That is gonna suck!

How in the world will I piss off all the people here and on face book?

Bottom line? I don't feel sorry for myself. The wife is my best friend and takes good care of me. I have had a very good live and am looking forward to the next few years, and who knows, I may be here much longer to bother everyone here!
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Live for today buddy, that is all you or any of us can do. Let tomorrow take care of itself, who knows it might hold some pleasant surprises for you and your family. Stay in touch!!
Sad to hear the diagnosis. The reality is however, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Make the best of today and then do the same tomorrow if it happens. Keep up the conversations sir. We're here to talk.
I had to search google for CHF,class III,and found out:
Patients with cardiac disease resulting in marked limitation of physical activity. They are comfortable at rest. Less than ordinary activity causes fatigue, palpitation, dyspnea or anginal pain

I'm lost for words,I just hope you keep on posting here and share your knowledge with the rest of us as always.
Dallas, I am so sorry. My dad had CHF and it was no fun but he did find that oxygen supplementation allowed him to get out and take care of his pigeons which was a huge deal for him. We are here whenever you need to talk.
Thanks guys. It is all much appreciated.

Andy, Mom passed from CHF at 72. Her dad at 61, Her grand dad at 102? All from CHF. Great grampa smoked at least 2 packs of Camel straights a day. At 95 he would be out at round up with the branding iron.
I am still going to work on the guitar projects. It just feels like something I need to do.

Sitting here in my shop using my laptop I hear no noise, nothing productive going on.

This cannot be the future. Not creating or producing is so foreign to me I don't think I can accept that.

Great Grampa ran a mill shop for many years. It was run with leather belts and tools you started and stopped by knocking the belts off the wooden pulleys.
Dad changed it to a Ford 330 Industrial engine. More power, less smell, and I didn't have to go out every 15 minutes and feed the steam engine. (Small Fairbanks Morse).

I have to keep pushing and I need help to do that…... Force me, PM me, call me, anything. I just have no motivation now.
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I should say that I enjoy your contributions here. You have vast and unique experiences, and are willing to share. Even when the recipient displays obstenence, and stubbornness. I'm hoping you'll keep posting, and who knows what tomorrow brings?
In my understanding of CHF it is a situation where the valves do not close properly. The heart contracts and pushes blood through the valve like it is supposed to but then when the heart expands to pull new blood in for the next pump, the valve does not close and some of the old blood slips backward through the valve and reduces the efficiency of the pump. I thought this condition could be repaired by replacing the valves and with drugs that slow the speed of the contractions.
Well, at any rate there are some pretty miraculous things being done in medicine today. Hang in there and see what they come up with. My wife's best friend was told she had 3 months to live; 8 years ago. We went out to eat dinner with her and her husband last Sunday.
Dallas, you will continue to be in my prayers. Miracles do happen. Can be very frustrating when you "are comfortable at rest." and "Less than ordinary activity causes fatigue, palpitation, dyspnea or anginal pain"
Please keep posting and sharing.
Thanks all! I ain't gonna let it get me down, but it does get annoying. I have always been active and done a lot of work outdoors. I have loved our postion here at the park because I had the whole place that I could play with and keep up.

Michael, the congestive part of the CHF is that fluid builds up in the lungs and some of the other organs. The fluid in the lungs has a tendency to screw up the ability to transfer oxygen to the blood.
This means that even simple tasks become monumental. I like to go to town on Sunday every week but I haven't been able to get to the city since I was in the hospital.
I cannot ride in a car for more than 30 minutes without an hour long break afterward. Just sitting in the same place for too long can make you feel as if you are drowning in the fluid.
The Dr's. have me on beta blockers, ace inhibitors and diuretics, LOL, lots of diuretics. They make me get rid of the fluid but also I get dehydrated and get severe cramps. I feel like it's a catch 22…. I drink water to stay hydrated and then pee out twice as much, so I drink more water, and pee more.
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I hope to be as strong as you when I get my bad news. Hang in there.
I am not sure if this is some thing you can fight rather than live with. At first it devastating because it screws up the whole routine you have been used to. Eventually, you will have a new routine and this condition will be a part of that routine. A little less activity, a little more time and some disruptions. I am so sorry that you have to go through this and bid you much, much peace.
"This cannot be the future. Not creating or producing is so foreign to me I don't think I can accept that."
It isn't!!

We move from journey to journey and a change in how we affect the rest of the world is sort of expected.

I know of people in a rest home that have been very active all their life in various ways and then must accept that their role has changed. That role now is to be a support and encourager to those who are not as strong in their ability to hang in there and to help them be able to enjoy some peace of mind that they may not be experiencing.

We all can do something to help ourselves by helping others who are worse off than we are to ease them in their situation even if it is just kind words. It does something to the soul that nothing else can.

Pause for a moment and contemplate Mica 6:8 and Psalm 4:8.
John 14:27 is not an empty statement.

I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. I don't let cancer block my mind from the good thoughts. Still here !!! AND, so are you! larry
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I'm very sad to here this news. I think you are taking the best approach available to you in making each day the best you can .Even though your diagnoses is not good, you have some one who loves and cares for you your best friend. Many folks who have similar challenges have no one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ,you have been nothing but a positive influence here on Ljs as I'm sure you have all your life. We are all here second by second your only difference is that someone is saying when your time is up,they could be way off ,hang in there and enjoy what you can .
May peace and joy always be with you the rest of your days.
While I do not know much about CHF, my wife is an advanced parctice nurse specialist at the hospital here in town. All she does is see CHF patients. If you have questions you can PM me and I'll forward it to her. Include your real life email and I'll have her respond. She is awesome, I truly married up…if there are things you have questions about Im know she could/would help.
Dallas, At 79, I've started to slow down. I try to keep active, but I realize I can no longer do the things I used to do. Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) once said; "A man has to know his limitations". I have found out what my limitations are and have adjusted my activities accordingly. Others may try to "push" you to maintain their pace, but I just ignore them and stick to whatever it is I'm doing at my own pace. One has to be relaxed and "laid back". Don't let others aggravate you or place demands on you….. Ron
After reading your story Dallas and others, at my young age of 54 and retired, I should take every opportunity possible in the shop as we don't know what tomorrow brings nor when it's all going to end, keep us posted and do what you can on the two kits.
Thanks, Mike. I may do that. St. Joe's really didn't give me much information. I have had to go through my primary care NP. She is very good at this and is learning more all the time especially for me. She also points me at certain websites that can give me a lot of information that aren't part of the mainstream internet, but Medically oriented for medical professionals.
I'm usually a pretty smart feller, but my vocabulary has had to increase to almost 200 words! LOL. (About a 150% increase)!

Thanks Jim. My wife is my best friend and takes good care of me. We have only been together 15 years. We met in a Yahoo chatroom, lived 600 miles apart, but within 6 weeks we were living together, owned a trucking company, later a computer repair shop, later yet we now have a mildly successful web hosting business. In the past 15 years, we have never been apart…. 24/7 we have been and worked together. She is my Rock, she is my caregiver. She loves me like I have never been loved and I love her the same I hope.
Mostly it bothers me that I never feel like I am doing my part anymore. It feels like I am being lazy, but really I just cannot do it anymore.

I am fighting this thing as hard as I can, but, depression gets in the way at times. I have things to do, places to go and people to meet. I don't have time for this crap!

I might have had a few problems but until I went to the Dr. it wasn't too bad. Since I went it seems to have progressed horribly fast.
That leads me to believe that Dr's. caused all my problems in the first place! ;>)
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I agree with MR Ron work for your future with your present limitations in mind , as I and many have to do.We do not all get to live in good health til were ninety nine LOL so anyway work your life and future around your health problems. I am sorry to hear of your health problems . Keep smiling and don't let it get you down.Alistair
"I might have had a few problems but until I went to the Dr. it wasn't too bad. Since I went it seems to have progressed horribly fast.
That leads me to believe that Dr's. caused all my problems in the first place! ;>)"

Dallas, I was once told that when a Dr. gives a person some really bad news it is like 'driving the spike' so to speak. Although it is unintentional what happens is in reference to the witch doctor or voodoo doctor driving the spike or nail into a doll in front of the victim. It instills fear and the path is many times down from their.

Doctors do not do this intentionally as I said above but the effect is just the same in many cases. May I say this to you….DON'T let that happen to you. Dismiss that spike as it is as poison to your mind. Stay looking forward and to what life you still have and remember that all here and many others (who may not even be here tomorrow) are supporting you. larry
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