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Old 09 August 2013, 23:23   #11
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Some people sit around and feel sorry for themselves when they have a problem. It did me good to see this post, as you who still have your legs do not know what it is like. We are waiting for an operation, so it is walker or sit home at this time. In order to try to save my legs, we go for walks in the evening, and we celebrate for doing 1.4 miles in 2 hours with the walker. Glad this fellow has the moxie to get out and enjoy himself.

Go get 'em, Dragonhawk !!
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Old 10 August 2013, 11:16   #12
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And you were taking pictures?


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Old 16 August 2013, 04:39   #13
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But is he currently claiming 160/week incapacity ? in which case you just shopped him ... but its his mates scooter ofcourse
I was just thinking exactly the same - how easily did he walk up the slip after getting out of his boat?
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Old 16 August 2013, 08:48   #14
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Hope you never have the experience, but since April I have been on crutches or a walker in order to get around. It is a nasty situation, and by the way, I am not on any assistance program. Unless you know this fellow is on assistance and could be working if he chooses, your remarks sound a bit like loose lips. In fact, he could be holding down a job at present. Mother always had us hold a bar of soap in our mouths for loose talk.

How about prove your case or go find a bar of soap. You could be walking in his shoes before you know it, as it only takes one slip to ruin a back.
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Old 16 August 2013, 08:53   #15
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Hope you never have the experience, but since April I have been on crutches or a walker in order to get around. It is a nasty situation, and by the way, I am not on any assistance program. Unless you know this fellow is on assistance and could be working if he chooses, your remarks sound a bit like loose lips. In fact, he could be holding down a job at present. Mother always had us hold a bar of soap in our mouths for loose talk.

How about prove your case or go find a bar of soap. You could be walking in his shoes before you know it, as it only takes one slip to ruin a back.
well spoken frankc
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Hope you never have the experience, but since April I have been on crutches or a walker in order to get around. It is a nasty situation, and by the way, I am not on any assistance program. Unless you know this fellow is on assistance and could be working if he chooses, your remarks sound a bit like loose lips. In fact, he could be holding down a job at present. Mother always had us hold a bar of soap in our mouths for loose talk.

How about prove your case or go find a bar of soap. You could be walking in his shoes before you know it, as it only takes one slip to ruin a back.
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Good on you Frank for celebrating your achievments, so many take there ability for granted, I know I did 23yrs ago, fit as a fiddle I was, untouchable I was, until waking up in a spinal injuries unit completely parilysed bolted up with skull traction, thats over 60kg hanging hanging over pullies to keep the spine in line, turned every 2 hours for 3 months, then they unbolt you, I could feel every squeek as they screwed them out, but I was lucky, after the inter spin swelling had reduced, I regained some movement in my left side, another 3 months of physio and I was able to walk 10yrds with cruches, now I can manage a bit more on good days, the spasticity can be restricting though which is always the result of serious spinal injury. I count myself very lucky though, as many of the friends I made in the unit are still completely parylised today. I had worked every day until my accident achieving offshore DOT boatman's licence at 18yr old, whilst also studying marine engineering, which pays more than helming, so after carrying thousands of pax for 4yrs I quit helming to earn more on the refineries, then came home from work one day splipped and fell about 30ft landing on my head, which caused the multi spinal injuries, I'm classed as incomplete tetraplegic now. I'm just glad I had personal insurance, but that dosn't cover everthing in life unfortunatly.

All the best to you with your recovery and happy boating, I find its good therapy for the mind body and soul.
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Dragonhawk, I take my hat off to you, sir. Your post touches me.

Mine is a hopefully temporary situation with an operation scheduled for September 9 as of this morning. I have suffered with my back since 2000, but this spring I basically could not walk without intense pain when I was able to walk. The last four days have been a "picnic" as they say for pain which has been all too common lately.

Through this experience I have come to know just how lack of mobility effects a person. That has been a lesson I will never forget, and I am in awe of people who will push their limits to attain the freedom of movement others take for granted. I take my experience as a blessing and hopefully it will be helpful to others.

I suffered a near death experience years ago which has been helpful to others dealing with death since then, so I would expect that this lesson may be fruitful to others also.

Fight the good fight with the knowledge that there are many who understand what you go through.
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Old 16 August 2013, 18:48   #18
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good therapy for the mind body and soul.
which sums up why all of us have the boats we do...:-)

it's easy to make assumptions on a computer....hats off to you both....

No reason not to enjoy life to the full....just can be hard hard work and a pain in the back side sometimes.
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We have some neighbours up the road who use the not-with-us-anymore MIL's mobility scooter as a tow vehicle for their canoe - set of bogies strapped to the aft end, bow hitched to the scooter - and down the hill c. 800m to the slip. Quite bizzare but very practical if you have a spare scooter!

You can't beat legpower though....I use to drag my Laser home uphill for a mile from the beach at the end of the season on its launching trolley - that was hard work (I was in my teens then!) so anything was possible
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I would love to visit over there, but probably will never have the chance. INflatables are rare in the area where we live, but we have two small ones for camping which we enjoy. IT would appear that they are used as they should be by you folks.
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