Steroids and Round Tuits...

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Where to begin...

I've been hanging here for 11 years now and it's one of my favorite daily stops on the internet highway. This section of MLP has been a great source of information/entertainment for me and many of us have become friends and shared a lot of adventures along the way. I'd like to share a new direction and journey that I'm embarking on. I hope that this thread is acceptable here for the luthiers section and there will be some building/repairing/setups/shop sharing etc. I hope our great moderator Lt. Dave doesn't find this thread irreverant or inopropriate.

I turned 60 last month and from doing manual labor all my life(I do maintenance/remodeling/plumbing/electrical/HVAC etc) my body is REALLY falling apart. I've had 2 cervical neck fusion surgeries and need another very soon, 2 rotator cuff shoulder surgeries and need another soon, my prostate is the size of a large egg and everything that goes with that, I have a groin hernia...and then 5 months ago, fertilizer hit the fan. I suddenly had incapacitating pain throughout my body that took me out of work completely and on the road of dealing with the VA/Dr's/hospitals etc trying to get to the bottom of what's going on with me. Some form of cancer or advanced rheumatoid arthritis are the possible suspects.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A PITY SEEKING THREAD! This is about what is what I'm doing with my time off from work while my lovely wife and I are waiting on test results, seeing doctors etc that will determine our future. There's a chance that I may be on permanent disability.

The steroid Prednisone was prescribed to me and it was like a miracle to me because it took away all my inflammation causing most of my pain and made me functional again after being in severe pain for 2 months. I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks though I have no appetite loss. I went from 180#s to 160#s and I can't gain any weight back.

I named this thread "Steroids and Round Tuits" because the steroids give me incredible focus and energy to takle light projects around the house and the fact that I'm not working 8-5, I have time get stuff done that I thought I'd never get to...IE: Round Tuits. If my wife and I were not so possitive I would use the phrase "bucket list". I can't be on steroids forever so I'm going to make the best of it while I can.

I have a single car garage that I turned into a woodshop/whatever shop many years ago that was looking like someone threw a grenade into it. I spent many hours over the last 2 weeks cleaning it out and making it project tackling capable again. Though it's a pretty sadly appointed shop compared to most, I really enjoy being out there and doing projects. I have a large list of items(many guitar/amp related) and I hope that you folks will share over the next few months or so. I'll update any medical changes as I go of course.

I'm making a list of several things I need to do to 2 guitars I scratch-built and I'm planning(hopefully) of taking on a Tele build as well as my 1st real LP scratch build. I'm also planning on making a few 5E3 pine cabinets etc. I'll post pics etc as I go.

Anywhos...wanna take a ride?
 
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Steroids are wonder drugs if you can avoid the side effects. Maybe T supplemental therapy could help, too.

Some day we'll have this all figured out. And then we can fix what breaks in us without throwing something else out of whack in the process. Today we're still like the little old lady who swallowed a spider. Eventually she died of horse, of course.

Great luck and success to you in all your projects and endeavours!
 

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Looking forward to seeing your progress both on your projects and with your health. Hoping for good news on all fronts. Best of luck to you all around.
 

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Always down for more project threads so I’m in. Also will be hoping for some positive results on the pending tests
 

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Steroids are wonder drugs if you can avoid the side effects. Maybe T supplemental therapy could help, too.

Some day we'll have this all figured out. And then we can fix what breaks in us without throwing something else out of whack in the process. Today we're still like the little old lady who swallowed a spider. Eventually she died of horse, of course.

Great luck and success to you in all your projects and endeavours!
TRT is a wonder drug for us old timers. I swear it shaved 15-20 yrs off me. The only problem with it is that it is horrible for people with prostate issues. If you have a history in your family of prostate cancer, you will need to get regular testing done and most of the time, if you already have an existing issue (prostate), they won’t allow you to take it. It can actually exacerbate the problem as well as cause new issues (cancer).
Now the positives.
If your doctor will put you on TRT ( I highly recommend At least asking about it), you’ll Notice the following:
Quicker healing times.
Less inflammation in your joints.
The lethargic feeling you might have, will disappear after a couple weeks.
You’ll gain lean muscle mass.
Even if you had an insane sex drive already, it’ll make you 18 again.
You’ll be able to grow a glorious beard!!
There are many benefits to TRT but you have to be extremely careful, especially with pre-existing health
Issues. If your doctor isn’t super experienced with TRT, I recommend going to a male clinic that deals in hormone replacement therapies.
Sorry if this sounds like a sales pitch, but it’s done absolute wonders for my health and I can’t recommend it enough. A lot of regular family doctors will only bring your T into the lowest acceptable levels. You need to be in the middle to high end to really get the benefits of it. Otherwise you’ll notice very little change if any at all.
 

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well, I for one, i believe their wouldn't be a luthiers corner without luthiers, and so many,...if not all...of the builds are an extension of each one's personality. Sure, it's about the builds and repairs, but I feel like you, that we have acquired many friendships over time, and those are just as valuable to this site as the guitars and others projects themselves. Godspeed to you. I hope and pray you recover quickly and adjust well to whatever lifestyle changes are in order. If we can help, all you need to do is holler, as we say in the south.
 

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I hope you get an answer and that is better news than some things are. There are many prescription drugs these days that do wonders for people with RA and other auto immune disorders. I look forward to seeing your builds :)
 

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please be very careful with the Prednisone, when my wife takes it the law mandates that a nurse must come to our house everyday and monitor her insulin level, also our travel insurance company we usually use will not cover her if has filled a Prednisone prescription within the last 18 months and we have to go to a special company to get a travel policy written for out of country travel
 

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please be very careful with the Prednisone, when my wife takes it the law mandates that a nurse must come to our house everyday and monitor her insulin level, also our travel insurance company we usually use will not cover her if has filled a Prednisone prescription within the last 18 months and we have to go to a special company to get a travel policy written for out of country travel
Thanks for the advice. I hope your wife is doing well. I'm on what I deem to be a slightly lower dosage. I take 20mg in the AM and 10mg after dinner. If I don't take the PM dose I wake up at 3-4AM with hand, hip, and feet pain and I have no strength in my hands until the afternoon. I appreciate everyone's comments and support.
 

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So sorry to hear about the issues, but I love the attitude that you have! I wish you all the best and will be following along! :)
 

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There are no “golden years” just groaning years ... I love your positive outlook and wish you the best with your results ... and look forward to see what you get to pump out of the shop!
 

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Thanks so much for the replies and information everyone. I really appreciate it.

Monday I have my 2nd appt with my oncologist after having a contrast MRI of my liver and a CT scan of my chest. The Dr wanted me to see an rheumatologist asap but between the VA and the Dr's office I'm trying to get in to see it may not happen for awhile.

I'm getting close to having a shop that is usable again and I'll post some pics when it's presentable. I built an outdoor range and I'm having friends over to shoot tomorrow morning. It's a lot of fun and believe it or not my lovely wife Julia got me into it. 3 years ago she said she wanted an AR15 and I said...sure! We had a small pond dug out and made a berm for $1,200 but it needs to be deeper. Some day I hope to pull some brim out of it. Again, without the steroids I couldn't do much of anything. Here's my back of my property range.


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ahhh...a woman after my heart. guns, shooting range in the back yard....personal brim hole in walking distance.....if she has a sister, let me know and i'll run my ole lady off and come a courtin.......and incidently...good for you. enjoy.
 

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Medical update:
Had my oncologist appt today and the Dr said that so far she doesn't think my problems are cancer related but a small mass was found in my bronchial passage that needs to be looked at with a specialist. She thinks that I have rheumatoid arthritis problems but I'm having issues getting in to see a rheumatoid Dr between the VA and the Dr offices accepting new patients etc. The Covid really messed up the system and I've been dealing with this stuff for 6 months now.
If I back off from my steroids all my pain/strength/dexterity symptoms come back. I'm still 20#s under my normal lean weight although I eat like a king as my lovely wife is an AWESOME cook! I'm keeping busy and I'll be posting pics of the things I've been tackling. Thanks again for all your support and I promise soon there will be guitar/amp/shop related stuff soon. Best wishes-Dan in SC(originally from Hamilton Ontario CA).
 
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well, thanks and praise that the worst case scenario seems to be not the case at all. Thanks for keeping us posted. Lets see some pics of something that you're working on, even if it ain't guitaring. I'm even game for some pics of your viddles. sounds like you've got an excellant chef. I think I know where those missing pounds went. My wife has been calling me frank baronne here of late, but that's okay...she's a lot like marie, and I can go on a diet. stay in touch.
 

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Thanks good buddy. I eat like a pig but lost all of my upper body and biceps mass. I used to be lean and muscular. Now I look like this...
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dude, it happens to all of us. My son was talking about his crossfit routine and his dumbell curls with 20lb weights. I then told him to let me know when he grows up, as i used to curl 80lbs with my right arm. Did inclined situps with a weight disc behind my head, and now?.....I have trouble putting on my shoes, but that's okay. I still need them from time to time, and have feet to put them on. All the best to you my friend.
 


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