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scubagramplit
07-08-2010, 06:30 AM
The final week of school for this term and I am flaring, have to much to do to prepare for the graduation and rodeo. I just want to stay home and rest, been that way all week. I'm whining. I do have a dr. appt today, I hope he does something to change my meds cause tapering off the pred. is not working. I guess chemo is next. Oh well. I must be off to work to make sure the students have a good graduation and rodeo tomorrow. I feel a little better now that I vented. Thanks. Jim.

SandyR
07-08-2010, 06:41 AM
Jim -

I didn't realize you teach kids. Am I understanding correctly that you teach them to rodeo? That sounds pretty cool to me. I can imagine that work is hard on you in the sun and on your joints all day. I hope the doc is able to work out your meds issue with you.

Sandy

Bonita
07-08-2010, 08:51 AM
It is always interesting to find out new things about the people here, I hope that you are feeling better soon. Bonita

scubagramplit
07-10-2010, 01:38 PM
I guess I should clarify what I do. I am a journeman lineman and have been in the trade for 30 years working on powerlines when along came my lupus friend and put an abrupt end to my career and by the grace of God I landed a job at Northwest Lineman College as a training specialist. We take people that want to get in the trade and teach them how to climb poles and towers and proper work techniques along with academic classes of basic electrical theory, osha, rigging, safety! and proper attitude. It is very rewarding. The rodeo is an opportunity for the students to show off their skills to their friends and family along with a BBQ, then we have a graduation ceramony in the late afternoon. Now we have a two week break to prepare for the next term and start all over. It does keep me busy, I get pretty tired by the weekend. I think this will help you guys understand what I do.

rob
07-10-2010, 02:55 PM
Jim,

I was thinking that you were attending bull riding school and that the rodeo was your "final exam" of sorts!

So you teach lineman courses, sounds like some really interesting stuff.

rob

Hillbillie
07-10-2010, 07:09 PM
What an interesting job! I hope your flare settles down so you can enjoy the rodeo and the BBQ.
Hillbillie

jmail
07-11-2010, 07:34 AM
I used to work on the pole line for the railroad, scubagramplit, and I can attest to the rigors of the work. The strain on the feet and back are enormous, but it did keep a person in shape... I'm in an office environment now, and I do miss working in the great outdoors. I'll bet it's pretty rewarding being able to teach folks the trade, especially the safety aspects...

scubagramplit
07-11-2010, 08:13 AM
Rob, it's kinda funny you mention bullriding, when I was in junior high, a few years back LOL, I was wanting to be a cowboy so my brother and his friend took me out to his friends place, his friend lived on a ranch, this was in the middle of an Idaho winter were they had what I believe was probably just a cow in a round pen, I looked at the size of the "bull" and the frozen ground and decided right then and there that I had no desire to be a cowboy. :-}

scubagramplit
07-11-2010, 08:16 AM
jmail, it is very rewarding how ever it is hard sometimes with the physical and mental stresses created by flare ups, on the plus side my co-workers know that I have lupus and are sympathetic. I still love the work:-}

I used to work on the pole line for the railroad, scubagramplit, and I can attest to the rigors of the work. The strain on the feet and back are enormous, but it did keep a person in shape... I'm in an office environment now, and I do miss working in the great outdoors. I'll bet it's pretty rewarding being able to teach folks the trade, especially the safety aspects...

scubagramplit
07-11-2010, 08:18 AM
And as a follow up to the rodeo and graduation I did feel better and they both went without a hitch. If I wasn't so busy judging I would have taken pics to post but it keeps me busy.

SandyR
07-12-2010, 07:04 AM
I can tell how passionate you are about what you do and know you are speaking the absolute truth about how rewarding it is to you. I am glad to hear you made it to the rodeo and BBQ.

mountaindreamer
07-13-2010, 06:50 PM
hi jim,

so glad to hear that the rodeo and graduation were successful. I am especially happy to hear that your flare has let up. What did your rheumy decide to try with your meds? did you make any changes. feel free to ask any questions about chemo options. I have been using this treatment for over a year now, and am overall pleased with the results.

i have a friend who is a truck driver. they have a rodeo every year to test their driving and safety skills....i have learned that rodeo can involve more than horses and bulls.....however, there are probably clowns at every type.

my cousin is a lilnesman in nevada. he has been doing this for years, even spent some time hanging from a helicopter to run lines (or something like that). he loves it, and would not dream of doing anything different....takes a special breed for that work ( sort of like rodeo participants).

hope you are getting some rest before your next school term begins.