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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7700 on: August 12, 2019, 03:25:13 am »
I had these wonderful plans to have all the tools swivel down on hinges when not in use to clear the worksurfaces.

But on further reflection I decided that having them each mounted to a separate board that I can just slide in or out of the cabinet below their spots and a separate plank to simply place in the space when the tool is removed will be a much simpler and cheaper and quicker option. I'm sure that I can install them all in such a way that they are at just the right level etc. and I also want the band saw and the sander to be able to rotate through 90 degrees depending on what I need to do with them. If I mount them on perfectly square planks then I can put them in their places any way I want to... simple solution  :deal:  :thumleft:

I have now finished off the free 2x4's that I scored last week, so I will need to do a run to Home Depot this week to get a few more. I'll probably install the top surface last, so that I have better and easier access to the inside of the cabinets to install all the bits and pieces there.

But I also don't want to take forever to get this done. My workshop is now a mess, stuff all over the floor that I have nowhere to move it to. And if a hurricane comes I'll have nowhere to park my boat... so I am against the clock, just a little.  :ricky:

And after the big storm a noticed that the Hibiscus that we planted yesterday had decided to flower. Beautiful stunning blooms  :drif:

Tomorrow morning I am at the orthopedic surgeon for my hand. Lets hope he can fix it quick, cheap, and as painlessly as possible.   :thumleft:

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« Reply #7701 on: August 12, 2019, 05:51:44 am »
Thanks for posting Gary - your workshop is going to be great when it's done. Smart move to mount the various machines on a flat piece of wood that you can slot on top of the bench - in various directions - sometimes the simple solutions are the best hey.

Hope you get good news on your hand - please keep us posted.

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« Reply #7702 on: August 12, 2019, 06:01:19 am »
I hope all goes well at the Doc today!
You have given me a great idea with your square plank mounts.
That way you can put your machines out of the way and just use as needed!
I want to make a woodworking workshop under a carport and by using your idea,I can still store the tools inside when not used!
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« Reply #7703 on: August 12, 2019, 06:14:04 am »
Even when your workshop is a "mess" it still looks ordered and neat ::) :biggrin:

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« Reply #7704 on: August 12, 2019, 09:10:52 am »
Your latest plan of each powertool on a loose square board is a great idea.  Completely adaptable and uncomplicated.  If the bases are all the same then you can move the tools anywhere so your space is completely adaptable to suit the job in hand.
 

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« Reply #7705 on: August 14, 2019, 02:55:17 am »
So I went to the specialist on Monday morning.

Turns out I need to have surgery done to fix the issue. I have what is commonly known as a "trigger finger". The tendons that flex and straighten the finger run inside a sheath, and with my finger the tendon is getting stuck inside the sheath. This causes the "snapping" feeling at times, as the tendon is forced through the sheath. The surgeon will cut open the sheath and free the tendon, and then he will also manipulate the joints of the finger to free them up as they have gotten used to not straightening the finger for so long now that they have stopped moving at a somewhat flexed position. Basically he will "break" them free again.

He told me that he would do the procedure under general anesthetic, because the pain involved in "breaking" the fingers free is so great. However if I have general anesthetic I will be admitted to hospital and I will also be off work for more than 1 day. Also the cost will be very high, and although we have medical insurance it's not going to cover everything. The co-pay (excess) will run into several thousand dollars.

So I asked him about just doing it under local anesthetic, and doing a "ring-block" (where they inject local into the base of the finger to numb the entire finger) to reduce the pain of the manipulation. He agreed that he could do it like that with a bit of persuasion, and telling him that I needed the cheapest option.

So this morning the clinic where they will do the procedure called me to schedule my appointment. I'll go under the knife next Wednesday morning.

What I wasn't prepared for was the cost. The entire procedure will cost $7 600.00 and some change.  :eek7:

Our medical insurance will only cover around $6 000.00. So we have to come up with around $1 600.00 before the procedure of it's not going to get done. Simple as that....  :xxbah:

Now there is just no way that we happen to have $1 600 lying around looking for something to spend it on. Hell, we don't even have $160. So Mrs Zog found a cr3edit company that finances stuff like this. They basically issue you a credit card that can only be used for limited medical stuff, and you pay an interest rate of almost 27%.  :eek7:

So we will use the finance option to pay the co-pay, and I'll just have to try and pay it off as fast as I can to save on the interest.

One thing I do miss about SA is the relative affordability of medical aid and medical treatment...  :sip:


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« Reply #7706 on: August 14, 2019, 04:00:59 am »
Probably playing captain obvious here on the following:

The medical provider is requiring you to pay your co-pay before the procedure?

I'd encourage you to apply for the 27% CC as a last resort.

I'd request a payment plan with the medical provider or surgeons office for a reasonable amount you can afford before going the CC route.

27% apy on 1,600 = $400ish interest the first year if you can only pay $25-$50 per month.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7707 on: August 14, 2019, 04:13:18 am »
Probably playing captain obvious here on the following:

The medical provider is requiring you to pay your co-pay before the procedure?

I'd encourage you to apply for the 27% CC as a last resort.

I'd request a payment plan with the medical provider or surgeons office for a reasonable amount you can afford before going the CC route.

27% apy on 1,600 = $400ish interest the first year if you can only pay $25-$50 per month.

Trust me, I did. They refused, said they didn't do it for planned procedures. Emergencies are different... I am STILL paying off my last two ER visits  :sip:
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« Reply #7708 on: August 14, 2019, 04:40:10 am »
Hard to fathom this nation can spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the next nuclear powered subs, aircraft carriers, and jet fighters, yet cannot come up with better methods to help individuals with healthcare bills.  I find this appalling and it must change, though I don't have an answer myself.
 
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7709 on: August 14, 2019, 05:58:52 am »
Hard to fathom this nation can spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the next nuclear powered subs, aircraft carriers, and jet fighters, yet cannot come up with better methods to help individuals with healthcare bills.  I find this appalling and it must change, though I don't have an answer myself.

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Zog, I am not a trained medical professional, so I can only talk of my own experiences.
I have / had a trigger thumb - right hand.
My left hand has had carpel tunnel release performed and a year later, I still have minor issues of numbness and slight pain in the tendons of the 3rd+4th fingers.
So I went to a surgeon to discuss CTR on the right hand.
He said he could do the thumb at the same time.
In order to delay the operation to suit my retirement time-frame, I got an intravenous anti inflammatory and some regular AI meds.
I also did some hand exercises and the trigger thumb is gone - for now.

I view the medical profession in a similar light to all the other demand-driven professions.
If you go to a mechanic they will say: "Bring the car in - I can sort that!"
If you go to a lawyer, they will say: "You have a strong case, I recommend you sue!"
If you go to a surgeon, they will say: "I can do an operation to fix that!"
That is how they get their income.

But I am not you and I cannot / may not diagnose your condition or the severity thereof .
I would try non-surgical options first...
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« Reply #7710 on: August 14, 2019, 07:05:42 am »
A colleague of mine had the same op a while back, and he's quite happy to have done it.

Alas, Mr. Zog, with earning your income with your hands, they are the most valuable tools you have and needs to be looked after. You couldn't perhaps coincide such an op with a near-future visit to SA, perhaps?

Either way, strongs with the op!
 

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« Reply #7711 on: August 14, 2019, 10:18:38 am »

You couldn't perhaps coincide such an op with a near-future visit to SA, perhaps?

Either way, strongs with the op!

my thoughts exactly, come to SA to have it done, i will happily chip in towards it :thumleft:
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« Reply #7712 on: August 14, 2019, 10:32:03 am »

You couldn't perhaps coincide such an op with a near-future visit to SA, perhaps?

Either way, strongs with the op!

my thoughts exactly, come to SA to have it done, i will happily chip in towards it :thumleft:
Mr. Zog, I agree, I will contribute.
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« Reply #7713 on: August 14, 2019, 10:38:44 am »

You couldn't perhaps coincide such an op with a near-future visit to SA, perhaps?

Either way, strongs with the op!

my thoughts exactly, come to SA to have it done, i will happily chip in towards it :thumleft:
Mr. Zog, I agree, I will contribute.

$1 600 would just about cover the airfare to ZA.
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« Reply #7714 on: August 14, 2019, 11:21:22 am »
Mr Zog.

I had three triggers done. First one and then two same time. Albeit under anaesthetic.

It takes a week or so to be your good self again but worth it all the way.

Having another trigger developing lately but still livable with it. So it can wait...

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« Reply #7715 on: August 14, 2019, 01:35:04 pm »
Need to get your story (about emigrating to the USA) to Ellen DeGeneres and/or Oprah - so many people with so much money out there - life just isn't fair huh.

How about some crowdfunding campaign?

Local anaesthetic - tuff like a South African - will you watch?

If I had the money I would send it to you.

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« Reply #7716 on: August 14, 2019, 01:41:17 pm »
Mr Zog.

I had three triggers done. First one and then two same time. Albeit under anaesthetic.

It takes a week or so to be your good self again but worth it all the way.

Having another trigger developing lately but still livable with it. So it can wait...

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« Reply #7717 on: August 15, 2019, 01:55:30 am »
Need to get your story (about emigrating to the USA) to Ellen DeGeneres and/or Oprah - so many people with so much money out there - life just isn't fair huh.

How about some crowdfunding campaign?

Local anaesthetic - tuff like a South African - will you watch?

If I had the money I would send it to you.

Good luck man.

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« Reply #7718 on: August 15, 2019, 02:00:26 am »

You couldn't perhaps coincide such an op with a near-future visit to SA, perhaps?

Either way, strongs with the op!

my thoughts exactly, come to SA to have it done, i will happily chip in towards it :thumleft:
Mr. Zog, I agree, I will contribute.

$1 600 would just about cover the airfare to ZA.


Thanks for all the offers guys  :thumleft:  I truly appreciate all the offers, but we'll get by  :thumleft:

But I definitely won't be coming to SA to get it done. Firstly I'd miss too many days off work, and I can't afford that. The company can't do without me for that long either. My boss is a good guy, when I told him that I needed the day off to have surgery on my hand he told me that he'd give me an assistant for a few days to do all the heavy work.  :thumleft:

By having it done under local anesthetic I will only lose one day of work. Flying to SA is 2 days, just to get there...  :sip:  :lol8:
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« Reply #7719 on: August 15, 2019, 04:28:09 am »
So today we had yet another thunderstorm.

The rain came in sideways, and it came down HARD. The storm only lasted about 30 minutes, but it dumped a LOT of water.  The rain gauge at home showed 2 inches (50mm) for the day, and the street in front of the house was completely flooded. Thank Mrs Zog for the pics.

I was driving between jobs in the storm, and visibility was very low. The speed on I95 dropped from 70 MPH down to around 30MPH, and after I got off the Interstate I snapped a couple of pics while waiting at a traffic light.

The garden is completely saturated...  :sip:
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