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#1441 Craig. OFFLINE  

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Posted August 30, 2013 - 09:24 PM

 I didn't know Low P affected the heart like this, but it sure does!  I've drank a quart of product similar to Gatorade & palpitations have greatly subsided.   Still having some, but not nearly as severe as before.  I sweat like a water spicket, so I lose a lot of P.  I'm gonna get some potassium supplement tablets for the sweat season.  I also read that caffeine enhances the potassium loss, so I'm on decaf coffee now.  Feel much better than this morning, but still like 75%.    THANKS BRIAN!  Having tractor buddies is good for your health!.

thanks or the suppose I didn't know anything about potassium affecting the heart. Please keep a close eye on your health.

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Posted August 30, 2013 - 09:55 PM

This evening I mowed off the sweet corn patch. As I smelled the fresh cut corn, I got to thinking. This is what Dan got to smell all week.

Usually by this week, the local guys are starting to chop. I think it will be later this year. I enjoy hearing the custom operaters chopping in the distance in the evening. Best part is that knowing when it starts to get dark, my day is almost over. Those guys are sometime still at when I get up again in the morning.



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Posted August 31, 2013 - 01:07 AM

We don't have your humidity problems, so when it's too hot and dry to bale hay in the daytime we often bale most of the night, helps to keep the alfalfa leaves in the bale, and way cooler on the operator. Is night chopping an option for you when it's so blasted hot? We've both had heat stroke, and that's no fun--- please take care.

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 07:24 AM

Up here in northern In. they haven't even thought of chopping yet. It's still nice and green and they still got the watering sprinkle system still going.

Edited by BaumBaum, September 02, 2013 - 07:26 AM.


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 08:37 AM

Saturday night, by the time I finished milking, I had all I could stand & went to the ER.  Not potassium deficiency, and nothing showed in any blood test or chest x-ray.  They put me on a beta blocker to help slow the palpitations, but so far it's not helped too awfully much until just a while ago.  I got up feeling like I couldn't put one foot in front of the other to walk, but after about 2 hours, the palpitations eased some, and I began to feel much better.  Still only 50+%, but better, and I'll take it.  Have to get an appointment with a heart specialist.  At least the ER tests showed no heart damage of any kind.

  NO chopping today.  Got heavy rains Saturday night & early AM Sunday.  Lots to get done other than chopping today anyway, as chopping tends to take over, then other things get left undone.  Feeders to clean, lots to scrape, everything needs mowed, calves to move around, and one cow with calf to get in.  Not sure how much I can get done, but we'll see.  I'm still kicking, just not as high.  :smilewink:


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 01:27 PM

Tagged a bunch of calves, weaned 3 calves/moved, mowed all the farm area, mowed 1/4 mile of roadside, scraped silage from beside feeder down to the push off ramp to the manure pit, and getting ready to move a heifer calf, then get in a new bull calf and momma.  My meds finally took hold and I'm back to around 95% as far as working.  As far as how I'm feeling, 75%+, but I'll sure take that over the 25% or less that I was Saturday & Sunday.   :dancingbanana:


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 01:37 PM

Glad to hear your on the mend Daniel, but don't forget to get to the Cardiologist. You still need to find out what the real issue is.


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 05:12 PM

Good to hear you are doing better. A cardiologist visit is definitely on your "must do now" list!

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 05:28 PM

Yes now that you may be feeling a bit better don't let that let you put off going to see the Doc.



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Posted September 02, 2013 - 06:07 PM

Have to call & set up an appointment.  Likely be after silage is finished anyway.  These pills should take care of things until I can get in.  12&1/2hrs hard work done today & feeling great still.


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Posted September 03, 2013 - 06:40 AM

Vary glad ur feeling better, and really curious as to what's going on! See that heart doc and keep us up to date. :-)

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Posted September 03, 2013 - 08:27 AM

Got milking done, now heading out to haul silage.  Heart palpating lightly, but not a lot.



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Posted September 03, 2013 - 09:35 AM

Sounds like your on the med, but like others said, make sure you see a specialist. My dad dealt with heart problems from age 57 on, not something to play around with.



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Posted September 04, 2013 - 03:46 PM

This morning we had to weld a crack in the end cap weld of the dump bed lift cylinder on our GMC we haul silage & grain with.  We've tried 3 times welding the fast way, but oil just contaminated the weld, and soon as the flux blew out, the leak erupted again.  This time I lifted the bed a bit, then put the Cat's bucket under the front, took off the pressure line, then lifted the bed with the loader.  This pulled the oil away from the end cap & made for what seems is a good solid weld.  Hauled 3 hours with it & it is fine.   THEN around 3pm, when Josh backed a load of silage, he backed up onto the wedge of silage in the pit & this really torques everything.  Driveshaft twisted off the front yoke at the tranny.  Not his fault, as we've done this many times, and it was a faulty driveshaft.  Over a third of the weld at the yoke had been cracked for a while.  All rusty.  We took out the driveshaft, then beat things into submission to fit back onto the yoke.  Wasn't too bad due to the welds being bad, but still took a bit of "hammer persuasion" on an anvil.  Got it all welded back together & hauled the last load home for the day.  No vibes at all, but I only got up to 45 to 50mph.   later I'll likely pull it back out & take to a specialty shop for this kind of repair.

  I am whipped! 


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Posted September 04, 2013 - 03:47 PM

Heart still palpitating, sometimes hard. Need to get an appointment made soon.


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