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Got the hydraulic drive motor back, but my wife and I have been floored by a flu involving about two days of fever and massive drainage which fills the lungs.  It can always get worse.  It will be days before we even open the box, and probably will need lots of help.

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2seaoat wrote:Got the hydraulic drive motor back, but my wife and I have been floored by a flu involving about two days of fever and massive drainage which fills the lungs.  It can always get worse.  It will be days before we even open the box, and probably will need lots of help.
Take care of yourself.

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right now I am more worried about Mrs. Seaoat whose fever just broke. I got her lunch and after she ate, she looked better but her ears and lungs are filing with fluids and she know the routine until yellow flem is coughed up they are reluctant to go anti biotic. She is incredibly strong so it is rare to see her this zapped.

The pump will wait.

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Given your condition, with holding an Rx for an antibiotic is ridiculous. She needs an antibiotic and decongestant.

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They always give antibiotics with the four tumors, but always waste time with decongestions which feel pretty sure she is allergic to the dog which sleeps at the foot of the bed. My daughter just confirmed her dog allergy. A real kick in the butt for dog lovers.

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This has been a very challenging project for both my wife and I as the flu knocked us out for about 10 days. Today we moved the rebuilt drive pump down next to the machine. I then took the Lull all terrain forklift and positioned it so we could lift the pump by the sprocket bolt holes and position it so we could get two bolts onto the main steel frame of the bobcat. It was very difficult because the final lift into place had to be all us.....and we are both very weak since the flu. We got it into the cradle and wrestled a little bit and set the two bolts.

I had made a decision that I would have a bobcat technician install new hydraulic brass filters in the bobcat cab which I simply am too tall and inflexible to any longer work in that kind of confined space. The warranty on the rebuilt pump requires all brass filters be changed and the main pump be pressure tested so as not to have the drives shut down the hydraulic brake which could cause internal damage to the pump. We have worked too hard to not change those filters and test the pressure before putting the rebuilt drive pump back on and powered up. This way I will be given an invoice on the very pre conditions to make the warranty good, and in the process making sure we have NO hydraulic leaks because that can very quickly be a chicken with its head cut off reinstalling hydraulic lines to stop small drip leaks.....not our problem. Here is a photo of the new rebuilt drive bolted to the frame with only two bolts which will allow movement of the drive for final install of hydraulic lines.

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Rubber track on bobcat, but when I put in the bearings I used longer bolts which were meant for the sprocket connection to the hydraulic pump. We had to order six new ones and will get them Monday afternoon, and I will start soil conditioning. Sadly. it appears we missed prime grass growing time by three weeks. If we have a warmer November and a mild early December we may be ok, but I have seen a foot of snow in Illinois at Halloween.....so we will see.

I will post photos of preparing the soil for seeding next week.....the machine looks great after the new glass, new lights, new rear paint and decal, and side paint and decal. We still have to fix a bad bearing on the other side, but we can do that in the spring. Hoping for about four weeks of moderate fall weather.

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Hoping for some nice weather.

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Ready to rock and roll once I pick up some new bolts for the sprocket. Should be tilling some soil on Tuesday or Weds. Get shots on weds so I will be done for the week. It is cold here.

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Good job Mr. Oats . . . .

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knothead wrote:Good job Mr. Oats . . . .

Ditto!! The Bobcat looks pretty darned spiffy.

Good luck with tilling and with Wed. shots - hope they help.

Chilly here, too -- whistling NNW winds 15-20 mph, temps heading down toward mid-upper 40's overnight.

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Quick P.S. to knothead, OT: Thought of you this evening as I always do when we dine at Pegleg's. Tonight's special was fresh snapper with a crawfish sauce - we asked for broiled though it was billed as lightly blackened, and of course they accommodated us - very customer oriented people, as you know. Anyway, it was an excellent meal start to finish (and we always start with a cup of their fish chowder - yum).

Due to cloudy, windy and cold weather and being the shoulder season, we only had around a five minute wait for a table, but they were still plenty busy, as usual.

Sorry, Sea - turning the thread back over to you. Smile Hoping you somehow get back to PBeach one of these days...

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No, I am encouraged that I may get another shot at dinner at Peg Leg's. It always was a favorite with a neighbor couple on Navarre, and we still go when they are in town. If the operation goes well on the 13th, and my follow up scans at the end of December, we hope to spend most of January, February, and March in Navarre and Milton, and if my health holds up. I hope I can work on our project if we get some cold weather in January.

My wife and I will be clearing and burning more land and the snakes and gators are plenty so the cold weather allows me to get outside in the sun and get some exercise. I believe pushing myself to the limit has extended my battle, and sitting in a lawn chair a little more and prepping the fires so I can take my time should be fun. We would like to visit friends in Marco Island sometime during that period, but I can only spend about 23 days each visit before I have to return for my every 28 day sandostatin shot. Our friends are now retired and we hope we can meet up with them to do Peg Legs.

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Sounds great, Sea -- fingers crossed it all works out as planned. And surely 399 between Navarre and Pensacola Beaches will be repaired and back open before then.

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2seaoat wrote:If the operation goes well on the 13th

Is this the procedure you weren't sure they'd qualify you for?

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Thought of you this evening as I always do when we dine at Pegleg's. Tonight's special was fresh snapper with a crawfish sauce - we asked for broiled though it was billed as lightly blackened, and of course they accommodated us - very customer oriented people, as you know. Anyway, it was an excellent meal start to finish (and we always start with a cup of their fish chowder - yum).

Appreciate the thoughts . . . . . of course I am somewhat envious having that available but it is a good place to chow down and the snapper dish and chowder both sound delish. Although I am not there my friends frequently call me to keep me informed to the activities in the hood which makes me still feel connected and puts a smile on my face. The specs are beginning to get hot which is no surprise. I miss it . . . . no doubt!

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knothead wrote:The specs are beginning to get hot which is no surprise.  I miss it . . . . no doubt!

Sorry to be dense, knot, but could you explain that first sentence about "specs" getting hot?

As for your missing the beach, sorry, didn't mean to make you feel that way nor be envious...I'm sure you live in a beautiful area as well, with wonderful food, too!

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RealLindaL wrote:
knothead wrote:The specs are beginning to get hot which is no surprise.  I miss it . . . . no doubt!

Sorry to be dense, knot, but could you explain that first sentence about "specs" getting hot?  

As for your missing the beach, sorry, didn't mean to make you feel that way nor be envious...I'm sure you live in a beautiful area as well, with wonderful food, too!

Sorry . . . . speckled trout! LOL
It's all good Linda . . . .

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knothead wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:
knothead wrote:The specs are beginning to get hot which is no surprise.  I miss it . . . . no doubt!

Sorry to be dense, knot, but could you explain that first sentence about "specs" getting hot?  

As for your missing the beach, sorry, didn't mean to make you feel that way nor be envious...I'm sure you live in a beautiful area as well, with wonderful food, too!

Sorry . . . . speckled trout! LOL
It's all good Linda . . . .

OIC - angler jargon.  Gotcha.  

And as long as you're happy, I am, too.    Smile

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Is this the procedure you weren't sure they'd qualify you for?

No. The state of Illinois has delayed almost a year in getting approvals for PRRT the European whole body biological radiation treatment, and in order to buy some time I am reluctantly going to do a chemo embolization process. It is the same procedure I have had with radio embolization where my large tumors on my liver are very vascular, and they go in through the groin and using micro beads they block off the vessels and drop in radiation. My liver has reached its limit with radiation so they use the beads and use chemo in the liver tumor and block off the blood vessels with the beads. Chemo is really low efficacy in slowing the spread of the cancer. However, if I respond positively I could get six months and the operation could probably be repeated once if their mapping of my liver tumor vascular paths indicates another way in to the rapidly growing liver tumor. I am simply trying to buy time for the PRRT, and may still have to fly to Brussels if I qualify for the European treatment, but it is 30 to 40k out of pocket with three trips to Europe. It would be so much easier if the Northwestern trials are approved and I qualify because there will be no charge. My concern is that there is a radiation level with this treatment, and it will require a nuclear doc to total up all my procedures to determine if I can make it in the trial. The medical pot has been so effective that I am less apprehensive about the side effects of any of these treatments.

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OK, I get it, Sea, and thanks for the most complete and understandable explanation yet. So for right now, the important next step is the chemo embolization. I'm sure we'll all be rooting for it (and possibly a repeat thereof) to succeed in buying you substantial time, waiting for the PRRT trials you may qualify for. Keep us informed as you move along.
It's great to hear yet another benefit of the medical pot - the lessening of concern about the side effects of upcoming treatments. That's truly huge.

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The biggest benefit of the medical pot has been the moderation of the attacks of hormones on my large intestine which leads to the carcinoid syndrome with flushing, constipation, and explosive and never timely visits to the bathroom. Nobody ever suggested this would be a positive. I have been sending emails to my oncologist who is a specialist in endocrine cancer that this positive result should be shared with other stage four endocrine cancer patients. The relief from pain is remarkable, but the most shocking thing about this medical pot with a 1 to 1 ratio of THC and CBD is that I have not once felt high or impaired even slightly. Now I am taking half doses and maybe if I increased the doses I would get that effect, but when you are getting the relief and general feeling of comfort with half doses why change?

Below is a photo of the gummies I take about every six hours at half dose. I have a razor which I cut the gummy in half. I figure when it starts to get really bad I can increase the dose.

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I wish that it helped me more with nerve pain. I stopped taking the narcotic a little over 3 months ago and it's been pretty rough. I find that resting more helps... but I find myself wanting to get up and do something every few minutes. If I do jump up the pain cycle really gets bad. So I force myself to lay still for 15 or twenty minutes then I can get up for about 10 minutes. It's amazing how much I can get done in that focused10 minutes though.

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Worked all afternoon on the bobcat with the soil conditioner attachment and wife is seeding the tilled areas. Bobcat is working great. I will take some photos on Thursday as we have to go to Northwestern Wed. Machine still will need at least one bearing replaced on the other side, but I am going to wait until I get all my late fall work done. About three acres tilled and seeded when my wife went to tractor supply to get some grass seed. We used to get a fifty pound bag for forty dollars, but this year they upped the price to fifty. However, she went in today and they had upped the price to seventy bucks a bag saying the hurricanes have caused a grass seed shortage. I guess we will pick up two more bags wed., but I am wondering if they had operations in the houston area and lost their plantings which they harvest the seed.....hell, I do not even know how they harvest grass seed.

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I wish that it helped me more with nerve pain.

It simply is not a replacement for opiates on severe pain, but lower level pain relief has been remarkable. My tail bone mets after working five hours in the bobcat were hardly noticed, but without the medical pot, I could not operate five hours and I would suffer for a day or two after running the bobcat. No problem, but the liver pain.....it dulls it but does not stop it.

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