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#5491 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted April 22, 2015 - 04:01 PM

How long is your recovery time?


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Posted April 22, 2015 - 05:04 PM

How long is your recovery time?

 

6 weeks minimum they say.  He said maybe longer for my physical work.  Most of his patients do light work he said compared to farming.


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Posted April 22, 2015 - 05:33 PM

Always nice to have a plan for things. Glad to see things are moving forward.

 

 

 

Super jealous of the shop. My compressor is drained outside the building it is in and a chicken pen got built right in its line of fire. When I release the pressure it hoses the chickens down with water. IT is pretty hilarious to watch.


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Posted April 22, 2015 - 06:49 PM

6 weeks will seem like forever, make sure you take it easy you don't want to do any damage to your spine. Guess when the time comes you'll be letting all of us know.


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Posted April 22, 2015 - 07:54 PM

Good to hear you have a plan for the pain and numbness, sucks it's worse than you hoped. Don't be afraid to ask for help!


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 07:11 AM

6 weeks minimum they say.  He said maybe longer for my physical work.  Most of his patients do light work he said compared to farming.

 

That's not as bad as I expected.  6 weeks though can seem like an eternity when the pain subsides from the surgery and you start feeling better.  Then you want to go kill it.

 

My uncle had a neck surgery done, he was supposed to take it easy for a few weeks.  3 days after the surgery he is out doing yard work, riding his motorcycle, and running(he is a bit of a fitness nut) and he messed himself up.  He had to go in for another surgery.


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 10:10 AM

My cattle guy will be here today sometime.  Hope we can work a deal & the milk cows leave tomorrow.  I need to be able to relax somehow.


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 09:03 PM

We worked out a deal late this afternoon on selling our milk cows.  I milked the ones he'll be taking to his dairy, then he loaded up a load, then returned an hour ago & got 2 more loads.  Only 19 milking cows left here (and 11 dry he bought), but he asked if I'd keep them till Tuesday so he can haul them straight to slaughter market.  No problem, and he said since they are going to slaughter, just milk them once a day if I want.  Once a day it is.  I still worry about making a living after healing from surgery, but really I think it will all work out ok.  My work load will sure decrease, and I'll have a little time for myself now.  And no racing the clock due to milking.  I just hope surgery goes ok so I can enjoy a less stressful life!  I wanna go to some other's plow days too!

  As of Tuesday I will no longer be a dairy farmer!  I still have around 80 heifers, but eventually I will be selling those as well.


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 09:18 PM

Who knows, I may go into mower repair or similar.  I have a great new shop to do it in.


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 09:28 PM

Gonna try cropping? Corn, soybeans, something exotic?


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 09:32 PM

Gonna try cropping? Corn, soybeans, something exotic?

 

No corn has been planted around here yet due to wet weather.  Hoping I can find someone to rent the corn ground at least this year to further lessen financial & physical worries.  Not sure about next year.  May be if I rent it out, they will put soybeans in, so that would make for easier plowing with less trash come plow day.  I sure hope I can still have a plow day, but we'll see how things go.  I gotta make it through surgery & heal time, then I'll get a good handle on things.


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Posted April 23, 2015 - 09:38 PM

  I sure hope I can still have a plow day, but we'll see how things go.  I gotta make it through surgery & heal time, then I'll get a good handle on things.

 

Definitely have to get, then stay, healthy! You're still too young to be totally broken. Don't worry about plow day, even a get-together day would be great. And, ask for a little more help this time! 


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 03:57 AM

Wow Dan. This will sure be a change of life for you. Praying that your surgery will go well. 


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 04:31 AM

Dan'l, have you given any thought to maybe raising beef cattle?  I know that my Step-dad did that. 

 

He sold all his Holsteins and started raising Shorthorns.

 

Was a lot less work than milking and you do have everything else that you would need.

 

Maybe one of the specialty breeds like the Scottish Highland or something like that could be a money maker even on a small scale.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 06:25 AM

Don't know about up there, but down here Sorghum is a big crop down here and must be a good cash crop, lots of acres planted here.

 

And you can always plant beans as they go in later and come out earlier, will make GREAT plow day ground!! :thumbs: :thumbs: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:


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