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Old 12-22-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Idaho Panhandle
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I haven't been near the computer for about three weeks. I am very sorry to hear of your troubles Elk. I echo Griz on the prayers. I have been dealing with my own little (in comparison) crisis and am now familiar with the Billings Clinic.

I took on a horse for a training evaluation and on our first ride, she promptly went bronc on me. Naturally I came off and landed on my right rear shoulder and ribs. Just because it's an inside arena doesn't mean the ground isn't froze! After lying there gasping and moaning for a bit, someone finally came along and got me on my feet. Someone else took the horse and put her up, and I had a friend drive me to the ER for an assessment. That took about 3 hours.

The ER Doc sent me home with some hydrocodone and told me to take it easy. Monday afternoon however, I was much worse, scaring the crap out of my son, so I called my friend to take me back over to the ER. I couldn't get to his car and had him call rescue for transport. Upon arrival, it was soon discerned that not only did I have rib fractures, but a pneumothorax (deflated lung) as well. They VERY quickly sent me on a trip down the rabbit hole (said hello to Alice while I was there) and when I woke up I had a tube in my side and was waiting to be moved to a room upstairs. I spent almost/about 2 weeks in the hospital and have been home about a week now, but still very sore.


So sorry to hear about your accident, will add you to the prayer list. Please be careful.
When Dufus went butt skiing off the roof I did some online research and found out some things the doctors didn't mention. One is that you are susceptible to pneumonia after a lung puncture so please stay away from anyone with the flu or respiratory illnesses that could develop into pneumonia. Even knowing this and warning the kids, number one son HAD to come see Dad and gave him the flu as a welcome home present.
The other is that once a person suffers from a collapsed lung they are at risk for repeated lung collapses. Doesn't seem possible but there it is.
Then my nurse, sister in law told me she was concerned because once one lung collapses there is an immediate danger of the sternum moving and causing the other lung to also go. You're safely past that now.
Of course Dufus won't listen, he's out in the desert riding quads with his buddies right now. Promises to be back by Christmas Eve. Uh huh.
Anyway take your time with recovering, it does take at least two months, three before you're totally back to normal. You may want to write down date and time each time you take a dose of pain meds. (And get off them asap, hydrocodone is not your friend.) Dufus kept losing track and one night I swear he took six doses of his hydrocodone between 9:00PM and 6:00AM.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Dillon, Montana
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Thanks lady! Going in for a checkup today. I agree about the narcotics, and I've been off of them for a few days now. However, I'm finding it impossible to control the pain so I can sleep. I'm still sleeping sitting up. I'll ask the doc about continuing the dilaudid but only at night. Ibuprofen and Tylenol will have to do, but I have to add that I'm more nervous about them than I am the dilaudid! They wear off too soon before my next dose! Ah, well, this too shall pass!
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Elkhunter! Man if you don't have the worst luck with your health!

Take care of yourself and get well soon.

Hymnsinger, Just because Elkhunter leads this motley somewhat rag-tag group of adventurers doesn't mean you need to emulate him

Both of you, take care and get well soon!!
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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When I was chef'in in the restaurant, we used any string that didnt have wax. WalMart,, hobby area, has big balls of good string. I do a lot of leather work, including saddle repair. So I use some saddle stitch one 9 thread (60 lb) that is not treated. I have big balls of beezewax mix (I concoct my own recipe for beeswax mix to treat string). Everything I do is hand stitched. Just finished fixing harness for a draft team. The owner has had that harness, and used it regularly, for 17 years. He has never cleaned it, nor oiled or treated it. I should have taken pictures, when I was finished, it looked brand new. The way I could tell that I did a good job was when I was finished, he couldn't find the repaired places.

Oh, forgot to mention, the saddle thread can be had for about $12 for a roll with over 300 yards on it. If you have a saddle shop, or a Tandy's around ask for a roll that goes on a stitcher (sewing machine) but make sure its untreated.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Too funny, I had a chicken omelette for breakfast, ad another chicken sandwich made with a buttermilk biscuit for lunch. It was so tasty that I want another one for supper, but should probably cook up a pork chop or elk steak. I have both thawed out and ready. Will probably have elk, there is more protein. I tell you, its tough when you can cook up anything you want and still starve to death.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Fudge.

For eight years I have made fudge for the nurse s up in 71. The medical unit. They deserve it. For 8 years, and this will make 9. I will, dressed in full Santa Suit, delver 8 ponds of fudge. They lobe it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Montana
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They'll love ya forever! Nurses run on coffee n sweets, but people like you make the extra pounds worth while
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Done. Finished another batch. at his makes year number nine. Every year I make a batch of fudge. I get dressed in my Santa Suit and take it to the nurses station at the VA. Although I usually take it Christmas day, this year I can't. I can't drive. The DAV is picking me up tomorrow for a appointment, so I am taking it in then. I have delivered it every year since. One year, I was in the hospital and I got permission for my daughter to pick me up and take me home on Christmas Eve so I could make fudge and bring it back. So I didn't miss out. This year, I won't miss out. I will drop it off a day early. The nurses love it, and they deserve it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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We're staying home this year- my wifes mom came into town, got a fresh ham for tomorrow and hoping for some snow.

Kids are both sick, I'm sick so we're looking forward to a low key holiday with lots of rest.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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We're staying home this year- my wifes mom came into town, got a fresh ham for tomorrow and hoping for some snow.

Kids are both sick, I'm sick so we're looking forward to a low key holiday with lots of rest.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
..................Sorry to hear that the "sick-bug" bit you and the kids...............Kids always look-forward so much to this time of the year.
Rain here right now (35F) and starting to get a little foggy.

I'm about ready to hope in the car and drive across the valley--with my Doggie-- (14 miles) to my daughter':..s house for Christmas Eve Dinner....Just 4 of us, daughter and her husband and husband's mother(age 87 & in a local Assisted Living Home) & me.
Then tomorrow:... daughter, husband & I go in the other direction (15 miles) to my sister's house (age 86 w/ dementia), her husband(WWII Marine Raider Vet/"BAR" Man) and 2 of their children from IL & NV for another dinner.

Don't need the "extra pounds" but "Why Not"

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the "C-D Folks"
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