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Old 02-11-2015, 01:33 PM   #81
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We retired 3years ago and moved our Jefferson 45 to our slip in the keys. This will be our second full year aboard if no hurricanes come thru again this year. We aren't cruising as much, as we got most of in before we retired. We enjoy the water/island life as we can find a view that makes it beautiful and worth the long road in getting here. Good luck in your search and come to the keys for island time when you need it.
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:40 PM   #82
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Back to emergency room today. Pain got worse instead of better.

They did an MRI and promptly admitted me. Seems I really did break my back.

Waiting now for the doctor to see what they want to do. Upset cause I can't go boat shopping. Waaaaaaa!!!!
Sorry you hurt yourself, please take care. I will keep you in prayer.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #83
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Frgeorgeh, plenty of boat shopping/boat porn to be found online! You might be out of action for some time.
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:27 AM   #84
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Had my surgery yesterday where they filled to vertebrae with bone cement. Go figure. Otherwise known as "Elder ' s glue" See what I did there? Me make em joke!

Anyhow. Get evaluated today and hopefully get the heck out of here. There's boats to be looked at!

Thanks so much for your well wishes and prayers. Means a lot to the Admiral and me.

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Old 02-14-2015, 12:32 AM   #85
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George and Betty Jo,
Keep your Faith Strong and your Love Pure and Your Forgivness un-ending...
Enjoy this beautiful time you have been blessed with and never forget how you got there.
Keep us posted and Stay safe...all three of you
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Greetings,
Mr. frg. "... filled to vertebrae with bone cement..." OK, now was that epoxy or FRP? The current trend is to use epoxies but I've seen bilges filled with just regular Portand cement...



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Mr. frg. "... filled to vertebrae with bone cement..." OK, now was that epoxy or FRP? The current trend is to use epoxies but I've seen bilges filled with just regular Portand cement...



Get well soon.
Add concrete sand, polymers, and fiberglass fibers - gets real dense and strong!

Betty Joe - Take care of your guy!! And ask Patrick for counsel when necessary...

Best Luck George. Many on TF are pullen for ya!

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Got out
of hospital yesterday afternoon. Still sore as hell. They say 6 wks recovery time. Regardless, the boat search starts Monday. Momma can crawl around the bilges for me. ;-)

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind wishes. So glad I am so close to salt water. They say it cures everything!

Updates on the search to follow my friends.
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Mr. frg. "... filled to vertebrae with bone cement..." OK, now was that epoxy or FRP? The current trend is to use epoxies but I've seen bilges filled with just regular Portand cement...

Get well soon.
Turns out the bone cement turns into plexiglass. Go figure!
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Had my surgery yesterday where they filled to vertebrae with bone cement. Go figure. Otherwise known as "Elder ' s glue" See what I did there? Me make em joke!
Trying to get what was actually done, was the word "fusion" used, ie 2 vertebra joined together permanently? You must have done some damage, but with your good attitude you should be better soon, best wishes,and as we say here "she`ll be right mate".
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Don't push your luck and rush it.
If we follow the Doc's orders we have a chance of some
recovery.
I did a "launch" off the back of a truck (about 4 feet), landed
on my feet on concrete, broke both heels.
Now 4 weeks into a 6 to 12 week stretch of zero weight weight bearing
on my feet, wheelchair.
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Turns out the bone cement turns into plexiglass. Go figure!
George, being a quack, perhaps I might translate all this cement stuff and explain it for the benefit of the others, who might be finding it hard to envisage what happened, and what was done.

From the sound of it, you caused a couple of what we call, wedge compression fractures, where the vertebrae are compressed in a vertical plane, not broken cross-wise as most fractures are. What the bone cement does is, when forced in under pressure, restores some off the lost height, then sets to strengthen the vertebra so it won't squash down again.

Does that agree with your understanding of it..?
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The procedure is called a kyphoplasty. Details provided by Google. I can't bear to look. :-)
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Got out
of hospital yesterday afternoon. Still sore as hell. They say 6 wks recovery time. Regardless, the boat search starts Monday. Momma can crawl around the bilges for me. ;-)

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind wishes. So glad I am so close to salt water. They say it cures everything!

Updates on the search to follow my friends.
For G Sake George, and your own and your families' sake too, at least somewhat follow Doc's orders. Having had several back problems in my family, two needing detailed operations... I implore you to NOT take ALL your healing process and time span needs into your own hands so far as rest and therapy. Taking a few weeks to heal correctly could be the difference between a life of doing extremely well back wise and a life of back problems.

Boats are fun and important to us boat nuts (such as you are miraculously becoming - lol)... but... your health is much more important to your family. You taint young and you taint little... take a break and heal. In a couple weeks even more boats will be available than today. Everything happens for a reason, maybe this delay is so you do not purchase the wrong boat and the right one will come for sale during your rest time.

Also, you could read for every hour of your recovery and you will just scratch the surface about what you need to learn about boats and marine doings. Currently your learning curve is verticle

Rest my friend, REST, to get healed! Then when well... give it hell and go boat shopping!!

That my 2 cents. YRMV - Art


Worth reading, George. http://www.spine-health.com/treatmen...plasty-surgery
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[QUMy wife Bonnie and I recently retired and are building a new house on the water and will be living the dream of cruising going down to Punta Gorda to pick up our 1988 42 ft Present Sundeck Trawler next week the deal is done with exception of Survey hope it fairs out well so keep the dream going it took me about 8 months of almost 4 to 6 hours a day yes every day to find the right trawler and I think I made a good decision planning on cruising it back to New Orleans for our first of many to come voyages hope to see you guys soon OTE=frgeorgeh;303181]Hi Gang!

Fr, George and Betty Jo here. Well, in 5 days we close on the house and make the move to Florida!

We have gotten rid of all but the last bits of our stuff. The only thing harder than accumulating all the crap over a life time is trying to get rid of it. Most of it goes in the garbage and it make you wonder why the heck you kept it all those years.

The last few items, those pesky pictures, momentos, and other items unneeded but still held close to the heart seem to be the last to go. And, for us, these are the hardest to part with. For any of you doing the same, may I say, keep the goal in site, say a little prayer of thanks, and put it in the sale or the bin. The feeling of the freedom of finally letting go will more than make up for the feeling of anguish you had before.

So, if all goes as planned, we will close on out house on the 5th. We will take the check at closing and hit the road headed south from Dallas. As we are not rich, we will be staying with my Son and his family in Deerfield Beach while we begin the search for a used Trawler. The money from our home and some 401K money should be enough to get us something we can live aboard.

We are so excited and, if there is any interest we would be happy to keep everyone updated on our search, our purchase, and all the fun and challenging times that lie ahead. Of course, we could sure use your prayers should you be so inclined!

God bless and see you on the water soon!

George+, Betty Jo, and Patrick (our Golden Retriever!)[/QUOTE]
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My husband and I are in the process of getting our home ready to sell so we can liveaboard. I am also an ordained minister and feel strongly that this dream is part of a greater ministry that releases us from the property that seems to "own me" and allow us to go where ever it is we are called to be...and enjoy life at the same time. Thanks for being an inspiration. I look forward to your posts.
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Fr. George et.al; you are in my prayers. The right boat is coming along just when the time is right. Have faith.
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My Mother, 91 now, has had that (as described by Preter B in post#92) done a couple of times for each she was in great pain from a compression fracture from a fall, the "cement" was injected into the vertebrae and she was in almost no pain after it was done. Even at her advanced age it was a quick fix.
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Thanks so much to all of you for your blessings and well wishes on my recovery. I am still very sore from the fall but now that the back is stabilized it is just a after of time, waiting it out

We did get to tour a 1981 Mains hip 40 today. Dingle cabin and not much room on aft deck for chairs and such. The owner was very nice. He is the 2nd owner and has had the boat for 19 yrs. 99 plus side he had every manual and 14 yrs of maint records. Too bad the layout will not work for us.

I was just happy to be able to get out and break my boat search cherry! A quick search on boat trader shows any boats within a 50 mile area so we have plenty to choose from.

God Bless all of you. Fair winds my friends
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:37 PM   #100
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I think we found our boat!!

We have located a 1985 marine trader. My preinspection did not turn up any red flags. The two Perkins T6.3544's started up first turn of key and, though I do not put much stock in engine hours the show 2200 or so for each.

Do any of you with experience know of anything in particular I might want to double ck for this year/model?

Thinking of Making a offer 20% below asking price.

Oh, making good progress after my back surgery. Thank the Lord!
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