I know from Talking to Lghtsber that he had a back injury he has been attending to recently. He is not the kind of guy that openly complains when stuff hurts, and I know he works really really hard on everything.
I am sure he will take care of it.
Luke: "Boy, it's lucky you have these compartments."
Han Solo: "I use them for smuggling. I never thought I'd be smuggling myself in them. This is ridiculous. "
I am still here and this is still happening, but taking MUCH longer than I wanted. I really didn't want to post like this but it is time. There are a few friends that know what is going on so this won't be a shock to them as much. The nutshell reason why this is taking so long is the downturn of my health, specifically my neck, this year. What was suppose to get better has tuned into a daily struggle just to get out of bed. I'll detail below for those that want to read it.
I'm not going to run away on you guys, you are family as far as I'm concerned. I just ask for patience, that is a HUGE request as you have all been so patient thus far, and I can't be any more grateful.
So the long drawn out details. This has been a 2 year journey that has brought me to today. What we initially thought was, and diagnosed as, a pinched nerve in my neck was treated almost 2 years ago to the day. This initial plan took almost 6 months and at the end we thought I was good. 3 months later I went in for a normal Chiropractic adjustment and progressively started getting worse, so last year at this time we decided it was time to dig deeper as I was finding no relief. The MRI showed the worst, multiple disk herniations as well as massive disk degeneration. So, we started the insurance company 'jump through hoop' fest, got 2 steroidal injections in my neck with no relief, turned to a flachette (6 shots same day all deep into the joints) injection which again provided no relief (should I say now or later that I HATE needles). Which brings me to today, migraine and all, with C5/C6 and C6/C7 disks herniated, having no strength in my arms to even lift them, and no surgical options in sight. The specialists, yes multiple, that I have seen have all said the same thing, since the pain moves around the neck and shoulders, there is no surgical option that will bring any relief. I've refused to go on the hardcore narcotic drugs for pain management as that will only further mask the already horrible situation, not to mention I have been down that road once and the addiction was not a pleasurable experience. My options are simple, live with situation/pain as best I can and try to go about daily life or give up and call it quits. I have not given up yet but my bad days are far outnumbering my good days and just working the full time job has turned into a daily struggle, which again I am slowly losing.
If someone would have told me that at 42 I would be facing this type of debilitating situation, I would have laughed at them. Yet, here I am.
Again, I can't apologize enough for the delay, I feel horrible and embarrassed. This is a crappy situation that has had devastating results on everyone involved, including myself. I'm not going to run away, I WILL finish what I started. I also can't thank you guys enough for the patience you have already extended toward me, I don't know that I can ever repay that to each of you.
Post by shadycanuck on Sept 12, 2016 12:28:32 GMT -5
Hang in there, Dave. Take the time you need to heal, cope, and put your life back in order. Only then should you worry about this belt run. And if it proves too much, don't be afraid to pull the plug on the run.
Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
Except when nerf herding; then all bets are off...
Post by Rogue Five on Sept 12, 2016 18:25:10 GMT -5
I'm so sorry, Dave. I hate to hear that you're going through something so difficult. I can't imagine what you're dealing with every day. Please don't feel embarrassed or horrible. There's no reason to be. All we needed was just a check in. Nothing more. Take whatever time you need. We're not going anywhere. And like shadycanuck said, if you want to pull the plug on this run I know everyone will understand.
I just want you to know that I don't only look at the IRA as just a marketplace for me to buy products. Like you said, I see IRA members as a family too and I want to support family. I know I could go buy a belt from someplace else but forget that. I want one made by YOU. And even if you can't finish the run, I don't care. Just get better, partner. I hope you'll be able to find a fix soon for your back issues. Take good care.
My sentiments mirror the statements of those who posted before me; take care of yourself Dave, and do whatever you need to do. Most of us are very understanding when DRL rears its ugly head, and you need to focus on the best options regarding your health.
I bought your ROTJ-belt at an early stage before all this happened. I am very happy with it, and would not hesitate to buy from you again no matter how long I would have to wait. I really hope you get back to health. I have a little request for you belt-wise, but first do focus on your health! If there is anything I can do for you plz do tell. Daniel
Can we get some sort of update on here? I understand there are health issues but with Celebration coming up I am going to need a belt. I need to know if this is going to be ready or if I need to order another. Not trying to be a pain, just trying to plan.
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5