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Jacqui

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Just won't go into details and it will be fine. So say two of the folks who would delete if needed, which it doesn't.

I always enjoyed driving through Colorado in the semi, except for that one winter storm up by Vail with them closing the road behind me. Lol
Too politically biased.

Because the answer to why Colorado is deteriorating or suffering immense traffic problems on the Eastern Slope & the mountains is politics
 

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Just won't go into details and it will be fine. So say two of the folks who would delete if needed, which it doesn't.

I always enjoyed driving through Colorado in the semi, except for that one winter storm up by Vail with them closing the road behind me. Lol
Vail is a very scary place to be in a snow storm, especially at night.
 

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I finally get to see the back surgeon tomorrow to view my latest MRIs.
Hopefully we can decide on a plan for my ever worsening back and leg pain.
I'm just about game for ANY option at this point.
I'm becoming a friggin invalid.
 

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I finally get to see the back surgeon tomorrow to view my latest MRIs.
Hopefully we can decide on a plan for my ever worsening back and leg pain.
I'm just about game for ANY option at this point.
I'm becoming a friggin invalid.
Wishing you the best of luck! What did you do to it?
 

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It's my Friday! Will be a busy day. Hope you all have great days. 20210523_114808.jpg
 

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I finally get to see the back surgeon tomorrow to view my latest MRIs.
Hopefully we can decide on a plan for my ever worsening back and leg pain.
I'm just about game for ANY option at this point.
I'm becoming a friggin invalid.
That's no fun. Sorry you're going through this.
 

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Wishing you the best of luck! What did you do to it?
It's been bad for a while.
It got pretty rough right before I retired 3+ years ago.
I had an operation more than a year ago that cured most of the back pain. But the radiating hip and leg pain keeps getting worst over time and has now stopped me from standing or walking very long.
 
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That's no fun. Sorry you're going through this.
Thanks.
I had hoped we could have some sort of plan of attack today.
But my wonderful insurance is requiring me to get yet another epidural before they will authorize the surgery to relieve the pinched nerve.
The doctor that does the epidurals is a different doctor. He also has a waiting list over a month long. And he's already given me two epidurals that did nothing at all.
This has already taken an eternity and it looks like it is no where near over.
I'm sorry I mentioned it.
I was pretty excited yesterday. I should've known better.
 

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Thanks.
I had hoped we could have some sort of plan of attack today.
But my wonderful insurance is requiring me to get yet another epidural before they will authorize the surgery to relieve the pinched nerve.
The doctor that does the epidurals is a different doctor. He also has a waiting list over a month long. And he's already given me two epidurals that did nothing at all.
This has already taken an eternity and it looks like it is no where near over.
I'm sorry I mentioned it.
I was pretty excited yesterday. I should've known better.
Life loves to get our hopes up, only to dash them. Sorry. Once you get the shot, how long do you have to give it?
 

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I finally get to see the back surgeon tomorrow to view my latest MRIs.
Hopefully we can decide on a plan for my ever worsening back and leg pain.
I'm just about game for ANY option at this point.
I'm becoming a friggin invalid.
I feel your pain. Have had severe sciatica in my right leg since February 2020 from a herniated L4-L5 disc, had surgery last October & am still sleeping in my recliner.

I'm there any time you want to talk.
 

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For a few days I've been listening to a little stand fan that blows on me in the living room speed up and slow down.
It's the type of inexpensive fan that generally doesn't last very long. So today I bought a new one and plugged it in.
Not long afterwards I saw the new fan spin to a stop and then start again.
I then checked the outlet. And the wall switch. And found that the wall switch had burned contacts inside and there was evidence of a lot of heat generated. And a burned area.
Luckily I didn't burn down the house.
These are the types of issues I'm not on top of like a had been.
Previously I'd replaced almost every wall outlet and wall switch in the house. Because I found one old, faulty outlet.
I hadn't gotten to this particular wall of the living room yet.
This weekend I'll finish replacing all of them.
The wiring is all nice copper stuff. But the plastic of the outlets and switches are all crumbling.
There isn't much that's scarier than 1970s electrical.
Except maybe 1970s plumbing.
 

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Also, on DUCKWATCH.
This Muskcovy momma duck has laid 9 eggs in a planter outside my house.
None have hatched yet
Gorgeous looking duck from what I can see.
Same here.
Sciatica
Because of COVID, it appears I have permanent nerve damage. I was unable to clean house for more than a year--the only semi-good thing out of this whole mess as long as you don't mind real big dust bunnies
 

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For a few days I've been listening to a little stand fan that blows on me in the living room speed up and slow down.
It's the type of inexpensive fan that generally doesn't last very long. So today I bought a new one and plugged it in.
Not long afterwards I saw the new fan spin to a stop and then start again.
I then checked the outlet. And the wall switch. And found that the wall switch had burned contacts inside and there was evidence of a lot of heat generated. And a burned area.
Luckily I didn't burn down the house.
These are the types of issues I'm not on top of like a had been.
Previously I'd replaced almost every wall outlet and wall switch in the house. Because I found one old, faulty outlet.
I hadn't gotten to this particular wall of the living room yet.
This weekend I'll finish replacing all of them.
The wiring is all nice copper stuff. But the plastic of the outlets and switches are all crumbling.
There isn't much that's scarier than 1970s electrical.
Except maybe 1970s plumbing.
I almost burned down my house with one of those radiator-type electric oil filled space heaters. This past winter I turned it on in my bedroom, put it up on "high" then went about my business. I was just going to have it on until I got dressed, but I went away and forgot it. I took care of my morning ablutions, dressed, cleaned and chopped up the tortoise food, then went outside and fed and cleaned up after the tortoises. I came in about an hour later and went in my bedroom for one reason or another and found this:

heater overload a.jpg heater overload b.jpg

Luckily the heater plug melted and more or less disconnected from the outlet before a fire broke out, but the wall board is scorched and charred.
 

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Gorgeous looking duck from what I can see.

Because of COVID, it appears I have permanent nerve damage. I was unable to clean house for more than a year--the only semi-good thing out of this whole mess as long as you don't mind real big dust bunnies
Yep
There are many things I did as far as home and auto maintenance that I can not currently do.
Or do at a much less efficient pace.
Especially if it involves a lot of bending or getting up on a ladder.
It sucks
 
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I almost burned down my house with one of those radiator-type electric oil filled space heaters. This past winter I turned it on in my bedroom, put it up on "high" then went about my business. I was just going to have it on until I got dressed, but I went away and forgot it. I took care of my morning ablutions, dressed, cleaned and chopped up the tortoise food, then went outside and fed and cleaned up after the tortoises. I came in about an hour later and went in my bedroom for one reason or another and found this:

View attachment 325980 View attachment 325981

Luckily the heater plug melted and more or less disconnected from the outlet before a fire broke out, but the wall board is scorched and charred.
Scary
My house was built in 1971.
It was kind of horrifying to see how many of the original electrical outlets and switches had dangerously failed or where about to fail.
I also upgraded my fuse panel to circuit breakers.
(But that was required by my insurance company)
I had those old glass screw in fuses.
The only good thing was all of the wiring is solid copper wire.
 
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