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Many of you read of my excursion to buy my little trailer and the circus that it was. The key players in that Circus were Jimindwnver and Pat, without whom I would have been out a couple of thousand dollars I am sure. I have Good Sam, I can  get the rig towed at no cost but then the repairs and parts are ate dealer prices. I could have been done but with the help of Jim and Pat I saved a lot of money and made two good friends.

Good enough friends not to mention the difficulties I had getting up and down to do anything and when i managed to be upright I was tired. Or more exactly I had a loss of stamina. Sitting in my trailer and have Jim bring over a hot cup of coffee and a bowl of Pasole for breakfast is a habit I could get used to. I don't know about the rest of his cooking but that was outstanding.

In the real world, where I usually exist, I don't see myself getting down to drain tanks, fill water and the myriad of other things a person needs to do to independently survive. 
Depending on Jim or someone else to do the mundane things that need to be done is not me. 

I will tell a little about myself only known to Jim and maybe Pat; I am Pacemaker dependent,
when the pacemaker stops, so do I. permanently. In April I will enter the 5th year of battery life on my Pacemaker that has a 5 year life expectancy. I am told they can replace the unit (whole unit has to be replaced, not just batteries) but it will have to be under a local anesthetic as my body cannot withstand general anesthesia. There is a time during the exchange of units my heart is stopped and has to be cranked back up. Rob's not keen on this idea.

I bring this up because I plan on gifting the trailer to someone. It's a California one owner trailer with no rust and no leaks I could find. It had a slight propane type smell but I tracked that down and it's going to be taken care of. Refrigerator works great on electric but the thermocoupler  wasn't firing up  the propane pilot. Easy fix. Jim could not get the furnace pilot to light and I didn't get it checked out yet. Then there's the little 'whoopsie' dent from my adventure. That's going to be something the new owner get repaired but it looks easy to repair.

Final details have not been worked out but the plan is set in stone, tho I do reserve the right to visit and sleep on the small bunk on occasion. 


I think Jim and Pat would have gone to their graves without telling of my issues but they worked their asses off and were patient and kind at all times. Gentlemen, the both.


I will stay on the forum and my home is always open to any traveler and a standing offer of a meal is there too. 

Gunnery Sgt. Rob J.
I'd like to be rah-rah and tell you to suck it up and get out on the road, but, like you, I have some significant issues from having my body beat to hell, so I really to get where you're coming from.  The spirit is willing (and still feels young) but the flesh makes it abundantly clear that the spirit is an idiot.   Wink

Having a home base to stay as healthy and functional as we can is a decent option, but I still hope you can get out now and then and meet up with your new road buddies.
It's a path you aren't following solo.

While I haven't the pacemaker, I won't bore you with my list of aches pains and troubles. We all have them to greater or lesser degrees.

Hang in there, get "recharged" and forge on!

Dave
Gunny, I'm sorry that you're in such poor shape.  I guess we all get there, sooner or later, despite our preferences.

But, about the battery in the pacemaker.......... I have a friend whose mother had a pacemaker installed when she was 85.  She had the unit changed when she was 91, because they said it would only last about 5 yrs, and she figured it wasn't worth it, but she finally had it done, not expecting to come back from it.

Her daughter was allowed to be with her when she was waking up.  When her mom's eyes were finally focusing decently, she held her hand, leaned over and asked how she felt.

"Okay, I guess.  Have I missed The Young and the Restless?

Please don't give up before you really need to! We haven't met yet!
Take care of yourself Gunny, fight the good fight.
DAMN ROB! I was so hoping to hear about your new adventures to come?
Why can't they replace the pacemaker? Don't you have V.A. insurance to cover that?
(02-09-2017, 12:19 PM)Gunny Wrote: [ -> ]I will tell a little about myself only known to Jim and maybe Pat; I am Pacemaker dependent,
when the pacemaker stops, so do I. permanently. In April I will enter the 5th year of battery life on my Pacemaker that has a 5 year life expectancy. I am told they can replace the unit (whole unit has to be replaced, not just batteries) but it will have to be under a local anesthetic as my body cannot withstand general anesthesia. There is a time during the exchange of units my heart is stopped and has to be cranked back up. Rob's not keen on this idea.


I will stay on the forum and my home is always open to any traveler and a standing offer of a meal is there too. 

Gunnery Sgt. Rob J.

I will light a candle and think positive thoughts as well as say prayers for you, Gunny.


VanGrrl57
(02-09-2017, 01:32 PM)Ballenxj Wrote: [ -> ]DAMN ROB! I was so hoping to hear about your new adventures to come?
Why can't they replace the pacemaker? Don't you have V.A. insurance to cover that?

Yes, they can and will replace the unit, it's the leads (there are three) that are a concern. The main concern is that I have not tolerated going under general anesthesia. The last time they tried I went into respiratory arrest and spent a week or so on a ventilator. I'm not sure why, I have had so many surgeries over the years but the pulmonary doctor told me I would have to be "incubated" before any other surgery. That's why I haven't had my hip repaired.

Life has been an adventure, some bad but mostly good. This forum and the people on it are the good.

Rob
(02-09-2017, 12:30 PM)Queen Wrote: [ -> ]Having a home base to stay as healthy and functional as we can is a decent option, but I still hope you can get out now and then and meet up with your new road buddies.

I can only echo what Queen said. 

Now that your plans have shifted, I do hope you can get out of your current living arrange and the neighbors-from-Hell and find someplace better to live.
I'm sad and sorry to hear that you may opt out of having your pace maker replaced ?  My oldest [ for 35ys ] friend here in AL has very bad heart trouble and after several surgeries a pace maker is not an option.

Once or twice a month I tell him "Stay alive you're not done here yet! " Then a BIG Hug. 
My arms can't reach you in Texas for a friendly hug however my sentiments are the same even tho we've never met. 

 I bet there is more than one person on here who would gladly take/share or assist you on an outing/camping trip when you feel up to it.

Jewellann
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