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The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:07 pm
by Sandman101
First I'd like to apologize for disappearing like I did.  I do not want to make excuses for myself.  I've went through some difficult stuff and am still doing so.

I'll try to keep it brief but it's a long story.
In October of last year my left hand and arm got hurt. I went to a doctor and he recommended surgery. My ulna(the smaller long bone in your forearm.) was too long. it was jamming into a bone(lunate) in my wrist. Had surgery a few days later. Had bad complications. Something they gave me made me very sick. Couldn't keep anything down. Lost about 40 pounds in 5 months. Bad stomach cramps, vomiting....   Two months after the surgery, the plate that he put in my arm moved. wouldn't let me go back to work.
Short term disability sucks. Doesn't pay anything. Consequently we've had money problems. Lost my car, late bills, etc...
Because of the plate in my arm I can't type very well. My wrist doesn't turn far enough to set on a keyboard and type. So, I had tried gaming and it appears the repitious movement is what made the plate move. So the doctor said no more.
Typing with one hand sucks! Sorry MA!  
So what did I do for nearly 6 months a home? Not much. Sat on my butt. Watched TV. Sleep. To be honest was in a depression for quite a bit.

I got the doctor to release me to full duty 6 days before my short term disability ran out.  If that would have happened I would have been terminated from my job. put on long term disability.... Would have lost my insurance, 401K, seniority, etc...

As soon as I got released to work I find out that my company is selling my division to another company. I had to fill out all of the paperwork associated with that.  Lost some benefits, gained a few. Lost some money here and there.
   
So I'm back on liftboats. Gotten bounced around a bit to a few boats. Haven't found a boat yet to stay on for several reasons.  Sold the last one I thought I was going to stay on.
Finally got a vehicle since my car was repoed. So things are getting better but...still behind on many bills.

I just purchased a Logitec G13 Gamepad. The way it is made it, allows me to play games now. Allows my wrist to sit in a comfortable position.  My youngest son has started playing morrowind again.  Gotten me to thinking about some things I would like to finish as far as mods go.  Really want to finish evolved armentarium. I think besides the quivers I am going to make a complete bundled set of a limited amount of armors and weapons from helluva and the armor completion set.  Going to take me a while to go through everything and re-discover where I was at and what I want to include.

As far as being able to get online while I'm at work, it's very difficult.  Connection speeds suck. Access sucks. So I am going to try and start being active in the community again but it will not be while I am at work.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:22 pm
by Kiteflyer61
Welcome back, Sandman! :D

Hate what happened, but glad you're making a comeback. :D

Great to see ya. :D




KF

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:52 pm
by Spirithawke
Welcome back to the community.  Sorry to hear about your problems.  I hope things get better for you.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:05 pm
by Xar
Glad to see you back and in mostly good shape, Sandman! Welcome back!

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:35 pm
by Sandman101
Thanks for the warm re-welcome everybody.

The doctor finally said he would take out the piece of metal but I need 3 weeks off to do it. With the money situation I'm in it's going to be a while before I can take the time off.
When I can finally do the operation. My arm should go back to almost normal. Imagine a spoon in between the 2 long bones of your arm held in place with 6 screws(one of which I can feel the sharp point sticking out of my arm). The curved portion of the spoon pointing towards your thumb. Now you get an idea...

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:08 pm
by Davada Jones
I was wondering what had happened to you. Glad to see you're alive, and hope you get well soon!

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:02 am
by Leonardo
Welcome back Sandman!  :dancing-banana:

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:30 am
by Sandman101
Just got a call from my office. I have to be in Louisiana by 4am. The boat i am going to is in the shipyard waiting to take a trip to Mississippi with 2 other boats so it can be put on another boat and shipped to Africa.  
Good news is the boat will only have a small crew which will leave me plenty of time to get EA organized and a firm grasp on where I was and what needs to be done.
See ya'll in a couple of weeks unless I can manage an internet connection.
:nanadance:

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:28 am
by Spirithawke
Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:07 pm
by Jac
Welcome back, SA.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:12 pm
by Wolf
OMG OMG OMG!

I missed you Sandy Man.  I am sorry to hear about your troubles, I do hope you get everything worked out :(

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:13 pm
by Chazz of Blades
I'm glad to see you're doing (relatively at least) well, knowing your career I was worried that something REALLY bad had happened.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:37 am
by latendresse76
Glad to see you back Sandman we were wondering and a bit worried when you vanished glad your ok sorry to hear about the wrist issues. Now get back to modding LOL j/k  heal up first RL comes first.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:52 am
by Chazz of Blades
You dirty bastard, immediately running off with a kagouti again. :P

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:37 pm
by Sandman101
Yeah I know. Not much I can do about it.
The sold the boat I was on. I had a training class Fri. Came home for Sat and Sun. now I have to leave in just a few hours to go back and take another 2 day class, then go out on another boat for 2 weeks. The company offered me the position and with approx. 60 employees without a position on a boat, I figured I better take it, least I be put in the back of the line for the next offer. So 2 more weeks then I should be home for 2 weeks.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:27 am
by SpiritedTreasure
I wondered where you had got off too.. I'm glad you are ok now -s-

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:48 pm
by Sandman101
Okay, so I'm back...but not for long again. Home for 7 days. then back out for 21.  Money was to good to turn down. Should have internet access this time.  I have been very busy at work. The boat I went on is a disaster.  It's going to take a while to whip it into shape.  Once I have the right equipment and it's clean again(to my standards), I'll have a lot more time to do other stuff, but it is in very sad shape for such a new boat.  Bad cooks, no deep cleaning only surface cleaning, no organization, storage space not utilized properly.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:29 am
by Dragon_Lance
Nanars be with you, old friend. I too, know that the trials of life bring more than hardship.. they bring victory. I had suffered alcoholism to the point of selling my computer. You know that is tragic to a modder. Dragons are not pleasant company when drunken with cheap vodka. All is lost no more as I can actually navigate where I'm flying once again. Oh, and if its any consolation, I have titanium screws and a plate in my foot. I dare not fly near airports.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:27 pm
by Gnomey
And while more minor than either of your cases, I now have titanium bones in my right ear. Apparently that's what people do when they disappear from this forum for a while.

Re: The Return Of Sandman101

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:44 pm
by Spirithawke
Hmm...I guess I had better not disappear for a long stretch of time...I might end up coming back as BorgHawke...