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Old 09-18-2017, 10:36 AM   #31
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Glad you're still with us John. I had a couple of little (less vital) pieces removed a few months ago and I know it's no fun. Same as you, I was happy to make it through and with the sneaky weight loss as well.


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Old 09-18-2017, 12:13 PM   #32
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Great news, The best all day ,, and yesterday too..The hurt will go away slowly but it will go away. What is to fear is the sudden end of the hurt, that you might not wake up from. I sure wish I could visit, my bedside manner would have you in stitches.. Ha Ha Ha Ow Ow.. My long suffering wife was so mad at me for making her laugh after her operation.. Get well soon John.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:26 PM   #33
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Glad to hear you're here, John.

Take what it takes to heal.

If you take the time I think we have the patience.

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Old 09-19-2017, 02:16 AM   #34
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John, you cannot stop teaching machining skills now and problem solving, words of wisdom and wit, you have been a well spring of wisdom for us all, we will not accept surrender, I have leaned a lot from you here and other places, you post always grabs my attention know that the author is will teacher to those who do not know and the only thing that was not learned is what was not asked, we all have a days of doubt and darkness, I do know that we will not live here for ever and probably would not want to but some day we can machine parts in Heaven and the chips will disappear only leaving what we so desired a finished work of perfection and time will be no more, we can enjoy each other and the desires of our hearts, just take on day at the time when you get discourage you must encourage yourself, just think on what you have accomplished and what you have done for those whom you have helped, that did not say thank you but to themselves that fellow is good and he shared his wisdom with us, so John hold on Buddy just one day at the time, a night rest bring fresh ideas and a new beginning each day, I am down with lung infection again this is the seventh time getting at retirement age hoping to be able to enjoy a few years, heck just bought 4 more lathe, been house bound going on the second week, thankful I have a small shop that is Air Conditioned so I can go in there and machine until I get tiered which don't take long but will over come this on also, prayer is that God heals you, that would be a great report, hang in John, praying for you, Lathe Nut (Joe)
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:08 AM   #35
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Please to hear you are through it John

Isn't modern surgery a wonderful thing. I had a 2Kg lump removed from my Abdomen at the beginning of July - thankfully not cancerous but it was suspected to be . The 8" scar however will be with me for the rest of my days

One of the things about still working is that you are forced to have time off work to recover... three months so far Workshop therapy is a wonderful thing.

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Old 09-19-2017, 11:39 AM   #36
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Thank you everyone who has replied.

The great surgeon has worked wonders, even doing the outside scar by stitching up on the inside, so very little to see, just a light line running around the outside of my shoulder blade, all the work was done within two hours and has removed the cancer completely, the outside heals much more quickly, only one or two weeks, so the one outside stitch can be removed by the local nurse, the inside takes a lot longer, and that is the area I have to be careful with, with regards to infection plus having to wear anti thrombosis socks for a month.
He reckons 6 to 8 months before I will be fully fit enough to get back into my shop and lifting heavy things, but I couldn't do that before, so give me a couple or three months and I will be up and running again hopefully..

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Workshop therapy has kept me going for more years than I care to remember, 15 years ago and then 5 years ago two crisis almost caused a total shutdown of me engineering, but it spurred me on to better things, and I hope it with do the same now.
So all I am going to care about now is my partner and myself going on numerous holidays and getting work done in my shop. No pockets in shrouds, so I am going to enjoy it all while I can.

So many thanks to all you well wishers again

So to all those who think there will be no return, as I thought in my case, good medication and techniques at the last minute saved my life, THINK POSITIVE, it might not be as permanent as you think.

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Old 09-19-2017, 07:48 PM   #37
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Hey John, you're the right way up! Didn't know when to start looking (I was going to say digging, but perhaps that's not the right word ) for you, so glad to find you on here. Looking forward to seeing that VFD on the go in a couple of months...

all the best

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Hi Mark,

I was just about to send a few emails out to let a few friend know that is white light I see when I open my eyes. Yours will be done in about 10 mins.

I already have my friend geared up for moving out the lathe, just like we did on your visit, so as soon as I am physically fit, that will be the first job to be done.

Great pics of your journey, can't wait to see some more.


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Old 09-21-2017, 09:24 AM   #39
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yep enjoy what you can while you can as my work mate says he is yet to find a hearse with a tow bar
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Many people think it can't happen to them.

I have now had life changing things happen to me four times in my life, this last one was found by accident while they were searching for something else, if they hadn't found it when they did, I doubt very much if I would be writing this now.

So don't ignore those little twinges that you think are just muscular, if they carry on for more than a couple of weeks, get someone to explore it's origin for you. I thought I was having another small pulmonary embolism, and just by luck, they noticed the cancer on the corner of the CAT scan screen, then everything happened like wildfire. BTW, the embolism came to nothing, just muscular, but by having it checked out, it saved my life.

Don't take chances with your health, if it means not being able to afford say a new lathe, just think that maybe you won't be able to use one in the future.

We are lucky here in the UK, everything is for free (except for car parking) and if you have a good doctor who will push for you to get the right scans done (5 different ones altogether plus 2 X-Rays), then you stand a real good chance good outcomes like this happening.

So don't ignore those growing old pains, get them checked out before things go too far.

Lucky John


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