[TowerTalk] Raising Towers

Roger (K8RI) on TT K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Fri Jan 3 00:54:12 EST 2014

On 1/2/2014 11:58 PM, J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:
> Roger,
> My wife, Nancy, N2FWI and I were sitting up in bed tonight reading and
> laughing to the point of tears of hilarity over your descriptions on how you
> are getting things done since you recovered from your illness.


Well, let me share this from OT or Occupational Therapy.
My wife was visiting just after lunch time and said she could understand 
what PT was, but what was OT?

I explained that it was the every day stuff like taking a shower, 
getting dressed, etc.  She asked, "how do you do that to the therapist.  
I answered, She takes me back to the room, makes me take my clothes off, 
and then watches me take a shower.

The therapist paused, (more likely choked) and said I never thought of 
it in those terms.  That makes it sound pretty bad. <LOL> They did 
pretty good at putting up with my sense of humor.  OTOH one nurse and 
two aids learned that they needed to let me wake at my own pace.  IE:  
I'm the kind they poke from a distance!<:-))

But, keep in mind, you have to shower, you are not safe by your self 
(can't stand with out hanging on to something, and then have to get 
dressed, shaved, brush teeth, etc.... Like most hospitals, you check 
your modesty at the door.  The therapist is there to give suggestions 
and keep you from hurting yourself.


Roger (K8RI)
> Thank you and Patrick for being an inspiration for a "can do" spirit in each
> of us!
> Thanks & 73,
> Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
> 201.314.6964
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> From: TowerTalk [mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Roger
> (K8RI) on TT
> Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:43 PM
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> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Raising Towers
> On 12/28/2013 9:49 AM, Patrick Greenlee wrote:
>> Roger, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I too have some
>> medical issues. I have a few incurable diseases (degenerative disk
>> disease, sarcoidosis, peripheral neuropathy) and as a separate issue I
>> am a cancer survivor but I don't let these things define or stop me.
>> It ain't over till its over and it ain't over yet!  My comment was
>> flip but I stand by it. Until or unless I get the final BIG MEMO I
>> will keep on truckin' (the best I can.) Apparently you keep on
>> truckin' the best you can and in the face of diversity such as you
>> have faced you are a brave dude and have my respect and admiration.
>> I am ever so thankful to not have had to experience any where near
>> what you have had to suffer. I wish you the best possible future and
>> with luck we might come across one another on the radio.
> It Sounds worse than it is. <:-))  Very little pain, digestive tract
> works fine, sleep well...I find it to be far more annoying than anything
> else.  I'm still active and have permission to drive (renewed my license
> last summer). I'm welding up the base for the LM470...Now there's a
> challenge as Each #10 rerod plus the 1/2 X 3 X 25 steel plate must weigh
> around 60#. I aligned it, tipped the ear upright, used my left foot as a
> prop to hold it, put prybar under raising fixture, used right foot to
> press down on pry bar to position fixture while pushing bolt through
> hole with right hand.  I have enough movement in left hand to hold nut
> until I can turn it with right hand. Then put long handled box wrench on
> one side so the floor stops it while I crank on big ratchet.
> Installing coax connectors is really annoying as it takes about a half
> hour instead of a few minutes. Crimpers are fantastic! OTOH, you get
> lots of practice on your language skills and adding just the right
> amount of inflection!
> OTOH it sometimes brings my wife in asking "What happened?"  The cat
> attack you? <:-))
> I was a touch typist and writer, so one handed typing is a royal PITA
> because It's not only slow, but every minute or so I have to look up at
> the screen to correct errors/proof read.Hence, many spelling errors I miss.
> Towers and antennas are more or less laying out things so someone else
> can do the work, but my right arm and hand are getting really
> strong<:-))  I have to remember to try to do as much as possible with my
> left hand even though it's awkward and much faster with the right one.
> You learn to improvise a lot!  At least it didn't affect my speech, or
> reasoning. The hand and arm are steadily improving!
> I'm not giving up by a long shot, but I sure do miss the climbing and flying
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)
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