Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My daughter broke her vehicle this time..

        My oldest daughter called me this evening and said something popped in her front tire as she got on the interstate. It wasn't a flat so she limped over here to my house. I pulled the passenger side tire off as brake fluid was everywhere. Now imagine me 5 days out of the hospital with a portable I.V. in my arm breaking lug nuts and jacking a car. My kid had drove her car  till the caliper fell out. The pop was her brake pad falling out. Tomorrow I will have to replace her brake rotor, caliper and pads. She has to work in the morning but her car is in my drive, well she eyeballed my white truck and asked how will I get to work. I got my white truck back the morning I was admitted to the hospital. It had 4 freeze plugs replaced . This is the same kid that blew the motor in my Ram . So I told her call your brother for a ride :).

      For my oldest it isn't broke till it quits moving she isn't getting near my vehicle's again!!!! My mechanic is reasonable but every vehicle I have has been worked on the last 2 weeks. Alice has had her car for 12 years she hasn't done any maintenance on it to amount to spit. I chewed her out when I took her home she has to start maintaining what she has and she needs to start planning on a 2nd vehicle . Nothing last forever.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I AM CANCER FREE !!!!!!!!!

      Today I went to the doctor for my first post treatment CT scan. My radiologist oncologist read the CT and did an endoscope of my throat and could see no signs of cancer !!!! He saw some swelling that he said was normal but nothing that indicated cancer. I have to see him in 3 months for a checkup and hopefully every 6 months after that !!

     I  would like to thank everyone for their Prayers and well wish's. This has reaffirmed my belief that prayer is  powerful .

   The reason for spotty posting has been I went to the lake the week before the 4TH and then was back in the hospital with a staf infection  the week of the 4th. Even though I am home I am on I.V. antibiotics for 14 more days.   Hopefully life will settle down and return to normal.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Father's day gift review.

       My kids took fathers day a little over board this year. I now it was because I have been sick, so I didn't say anything like I normally would. Over the last 6 months I have not been prepping or even reading the usual web sites. It was like WHY I mite not make it. In the last few weeks I seem to have come out of my funk, depression. IT IS ABOUT TIME. Now I see my attitude was at bottom for to long.

    Ok for fathers day the kids got me camping/prepping gifts. One is a collapsible fishing pole . It is a foot long extends to 6 ft  and comes with a reel and accessories in a bag. The pole is a medium light duty combo perfect for blue gill or any up to a few pounds. A big bass or catfish would be no fun with this combo. I had been thinking about starting fishing again while camping but hadn't even mentioned it to anyone so I was pleasantly surprised.

    I also got 2 sets of these rechargeable batteries. I think the kids knew they had lost more than a few. EBL rechargeable combo 
They also got me a Yeti cup knockoff  and I tested it, half a cup of ice lasted 24 hours I was impressed.

    My wife got me a set of 4 LED lantern's that are awesome . awesome lanterns . The amazon page says they will light for 10 hours at full charge . I tested one last nite and after 6 hours I couldn't tell if it was any dimmer than one just turned on. Now after 10 hours it was still putting out 75% . Each lantern puts out 200 lumens = to a 25 watt bulb. They have a diffuser that softens the light. I love that these are solar rechargeable or wall plug . It has one feature not listed and that's a USB charging port that my phone mp3 or tablet could get a small charge from.

Friday, June 16, 2017

If we can pull it .

     With my daughter blowing the engine in my dodge me and the wife have talked about getting a larger tow vehicle. We hope to one day upsize our camper to a larger slide out or fifth wheel with slides model . While the dodge if fixed would pull a decent size camper it has limits. The wife's son told us his boss is selling our sons old work truck. T.J. has drove it for 11 years but got a new one last month. It is a 2003 ford F350 with a power stroke 7.3 diesel.
 I called Ken T.J.s boss and asked what he was going to ask for it he said he would let me know, if the price is right I am interested . 2003 was the last year for the 7.3 and there is nothing with wheels it can't pull. If it comes in under 5 I want it this is what it looks like.

   The pipe racks don't come with it but the Reading tool bed does .

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Kids and trucks don't mix

       I  have been slow posting lately but that doesn't mean life has been boring. I will be trying to catch up in the next few weeks. Since I got sick and have been sidelined a lot of stuff has gone unattended to. I was unable and the wife clueless on most of what needed to be done.

     One thing that has fallen into disrepair has been our vehicle's.  Not one but all of them need to have work done on them. Her car has a leaking valve cover gasket, drivable but leaking a quart every 2 weeks or so. My white truck has a rusted out freeze plug and runs hot after 5 miles so it is unusable. The black dodge had a leaking p/s hose that was spraying the exhaust and drops out of 4th
 back to 3rd gear at times.

    The dodge went to the shop first as it was the easiest and cheapest repair. I asked them to see about the air that didn't work to. Ok the next day it was fixed new hose and compressor clutch and Freon cost only 150$ . The mechanic had drove it and said the shift modules in the transmission needed to be replaced and would be 300$. Its a common problem in this model and I knew it but had to get my other truck fixed first. I had been babying it and would bring it back after the others were done. He gave me a price of 40$ on my wifes car +part and 100 to 150 on the freeze plug.

     Ok I  was lined up on getting our vehicles back in order. This week we were to go to the lake for a 4 day trip. Monday my daughter called and asked if she could borrow my truck I told her we were going to the lake . She had a coworker that was giving her a washer so she came by on lunch to get my truck. I was reluctant but told her to baby it and what to do if it revved up when it changed gears. An hour later she called crying . My truck was on the side off the road with a blown engine. It had downshifted on a hill instead of backing off the gas she had floored it so it would shift again . Yep it broke the crank and slung a piston oil was everywhere. Call a buddy to tow it (cost a gallon and half of shine)home. Called my mechanic he has a motor and will swap it for 1200$ and would have to be fill in work over 3 to 4 weeks.
Now I am without a working truck and a sick car.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How not to lose weight..

       A lot of people try to lose their extra pounds using many different methods. I lost from 245 down to 184 by starvation.
Mine was due to the chemo and radiation treatment making it impossible for me to eat or drink food. Now I don't advise anyone to lose weight in this manor . As an avid reader of  apocalyptic fiction this was an eye opener to how starvation affect the body and mind.

     We all as preppers try to have food laid back so we wont starve. Take it from me STOCK MORE in different places!!!! Starvation is no fun . The first week it is all you think about . the second is just a acke in your belly . by the 3rd week that diminishes and you begin to get real weak in week 4. From then on your a walking zombie and have no strength to do anything.

    I went about 6 weeks without eating 5000 calories before I had to go on IV  TPN . I lost almost 60 lbs. in under 45 days. That's about a pound and 1/4 a day and I wasn't doing any work. Now the purpose of this post isn't about what I went through it is unless your sick plan to avoid starvation.

   Today I ate 4 spoons of mashed potatoes to most of you that is a nothing . To me  it is a milestone .  I haven't had any thing solid since the first of march.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2 Weeks since my last post feels like a year.

     When I posted last I had just got out of the hospital . well I took a turn for the worse on the 11th and had to be rushed by ambulance due to bleeding . This time I had surgery on my gut.

     I had lost 2 pints of blood when I got to the emergency  room and was barely conscious . It took 3 units of blood and 3 of saline to stabilize me.  After 22 hours in the E.R. they desided I had something wrong in my gut . a big Duh . So they carried me to get a scope run down my throat to my stomach for a look see.

  Well they did and a vein or artery popped and I started spewing blood  seems I lost 5 units or more before they could get it stitched up. I woke up the next day on a breathing machine wondering what the hell was going on. My wife told me the surgeon and doctor couldn't believe I had been that close to a bleed out for a month. She was told only a small blood clot had kept me alive and they had hit it with the camera scope. Yesterday I went to my doctor for a check in and he said he was glad they had found that piece of plastic from the feeding tube . he said it was lodged against a vein and had cut it . Seems I spent 3 weeks in the hospital and could have died because they didn't get all their trash out of my gut!

    Since I got out 9 days ago I now feel great!!! I am a little weak working but that because I haven't  done any thing in a few months.  Today I got the BBq ready for a big weekend my son should have .  I may be selling him my stand and smoker after the 4th of July. I was approved for supplemental security income and the check will begin june 1st.