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Old 04-17-2016, 10:13 PM   #4981
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Originally Posted by Dawgluver View Post
Oh Chief! Good gravy, you've been through the fire! Many hugs for you and your wife!
That's what I was thinking. Yes (((hugs))) for both of you. And positive thoughts.

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Old 04-17-2016, 10:15 PM   #4982
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Sending along good thoughts to you and yours, Chief.

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Old 04-17-2016, 10:19 PM   #4983
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Dang, it's been trouble after trouble for you lately. I sure hope the cheap fix is the right fix. Good luck, and keep us posted on your pump problems.

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...I envy the fictitious Huck Finn, lying on a bank, snoozing on a warm summer day, with cool breezes keeping him cool, and a fishing line tied to his toe to wake him when a fish bites...
Um, I hate to break it to ya, Chief, but in case you haven't noticed...you ain't 14 anymore.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:22 PM   #4984
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Sorry to hear of your problems, Chief. I know you have the strength to get through it all.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:39 PM   #4985
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So sorry, Chief. {{{hugs}}}
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:12 AM   #4986
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Chief, I know you can get through this also. You are very strong and have enough faith to face anything. I am glad you have your son there. It will make the chore of that pump go faster and a lot easier.

Take care and good luck with your pump problems. We all are in your corner and pulling for you.
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:35 AM   #4987
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So sorry Chief...but if anyone can make lemonade out of lemons, it's you. Keep your spirits up and feel free to vent when needed. Hugs!
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:34 AM   #4988
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Thanks everyone. The person that needs well wishes and prayers is my wife. I am still able to get around, go to work, and do things. There are just more things to do now. She's the one who is hurting, mentally, and physically.

I appreciate your well wishes, and prayers, for those who pray. Yes, this is just another speed-bump on road of life. As CG said, I'm not 14 anymore. At 60, things that used to be almost effortless become a challenge. But as I said, I have my son here to help. I'm just so used to doing everything myself. It's hard to let go of the reins, to have to rely on others. But you know, when you allow others to help, it strengthens the bonds between you, and gives them a chance to feel useful, and strong.

We all have to realize that there will come a day when we can no longer walk beside a rugged fishing stream, or just start walking a two-track for a day, just to see where it goes, or fix the furnace, or the car, etc.

The worst part of growing older, or like my wife, becoming completely dependent, is the sorrow that comes from thinking that you are simply a burden to your loved ones, and living through constant pain. That's why she needs your kind spirits, and thoughts, and prayers.

By this afternoon, the pump will be fixed, and I'll have a little less money in the bank. However, like you said, at my age and health, I'm still a survivor. It states in scripture that God will give us no challenge, except that he will provide a way for us to get through that challenge. That's always been the case in my life, though the challenges have some times taken serious work to get through. There are so many people who would love to have my simple challenges, as their own lives are far more difficult than mine. Well, I suppose I should start getting something done around here.

Seeeeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:34 AM   #4989
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Chief, I can empathize with you completely. At 77 I am constantly reminded that I am no longer 20 years old. I tire so easily now. I have reverted to using paper plates, because to stand at the sink for any length of times, exhausts me. I can make it doing just the silverware and pans. But I am fortunate in that I have Pirate here with me. But at 53 his health is failing him also. He has arthritis and neuropathy in his feet. That came from 20 plus years of carpet installing and kicking it in with his knees. A hazard of the occupation. So walking for him is very painful right now, and he is constantly falling. One of these days he will break a bone. Then what do I do. But I don't want to lay that thought on him. We both have our own worries.

It is very frustrating when you realize that age has caught up with your body. During my working days my plan was to work until I was 70 and then do volunteer work for the Boston Opera Co. and Ballet Co. Open heart surgery along with three heart attacks killed that idea real quick.

When my kids would tell me, "it's not fair!," I would ask them who promised you fair? Well now my words are haunting me. No one promises us fair. We do our best to care for our family and can only pray for the best. That is about the fairest it is ever going to get.

I know it is hard to stand by and watch your wife to be in her condition. But you still have her. I have buried two husbands and a child. "It is just not fair." But who promised me fair?

So my heart goes out to you. You have the fortitude to see yourself through this latest setback. And you also have your faith. Hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is called "Faith" and "believing!"

God luck my friend. It will get better. Keep your faith.
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Sorry to hear of all this Chief. It is definitely not a "Petty" vent! When you find yourself at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on! FDR

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