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I went to one of the leading back guys in the country down in Dallas Tx.

He says for 40K he can give me some back relief. He won't guarantee that i won't limp and he also won't guarantee the stability of my spine.
But for 40K what can you really expect.

My oldest daughters is going to have a baby May the 11th. It's a girl and I am going to spoil her rotten.
When she gets to walking I am going to buy a pygmy feinting goat and a pony.
She is going to call me pappa.

My youngest daughter is about 60 days away from graduating Jr College with a degree in Marketing.
She has signed to play ball at a State University for her final two years and will graduate with ZERO Debt

My son now has a job and is going to Europe for the summer.

My job has went to ****. No one is buying any forklifts and people that have forklifts aren't paying to have them fixed.

I am thinking very seriously about buying a Toyota Corrolla for my next company car.
We were thinking about getting one for my daughter and We drove it to Dallas over 4 days and I couldn't believe
A) the Interior size is fantastic. I am a big guy and I was very comfortable.
B) The trunk is huge
C) for an entry level car it is very quiet on the road
D) 43 mpg.

I drove it from Ft. Worth home for less than 20 bucks. which is almost 300 miles.

I have been searching Ebay really hard for a 2000 Duratec and a Tranny because even if I get a new car i can't give up my chestnut SES.
It still looks damn good even though it has a few dings here and there.

This week was a bitch because I had the flu, tonsilitis and strep throat all a the same time.


Thaats about if for me

Mike
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mike good luck with everything.

I wish i graduated college with zero debt. the wife and i are close to 40g left on our student loans. :huh:
 

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QUOTE (Millermagic @ Mar 7 2009, 12:07 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=706336
QUOTE (risoworker @ Mar 7 2009, 09:02 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=706308
mike good luck with everything.

I wish i graduated college with zero debt. the wife and i are close to 40g left on our student loans. :huh:[/b]
How much was it a year for you to go to college?
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mine was about 8g a year plus jill's was another 8g a year.
i've been paying mine for about 8 years now. :(
 

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Good to know your still alive and kicking, Mike!

Gotta be careful of that strep/flu bug going around. Mom had it not long ago and was in bed for a week and a half straight.
 

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Glad everything for the most part is going well for you and your family :thumb:


:( Sorry the job market isn't going well though....


Oh, and about the Corolla...after having a rented one while my car was in the shop....they aren't bad cars at all. I personally wouldn't own one as it's missing the torque curve that I got used to from my 'tec, but they're pretty good in-town cars.

And the mileage is excellent as well
 

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Glad everything is going good for you and the family. Yeah it sucks it might be going bad at the job but at least the most important is being happy with your family and hope your daughter and son success in their career. :)
 

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QUOTE (mwt @ Mar 7 2009, 07:30 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=706304
I went to one of the leading back guys in the country down in Dallas Tx.

He says for 40K he can give me some back relief. He won't guarantee that i won't limp and he also won't guarantee the stability of my spine.
But for 40K what can you really expect.[/b]
IMO, back surgery is the absolute last resort. Most people I meet in the hospital with chronic back pain that have had surgery, regret it. It may offer some relief, but too often its just temporary or mild. Try everything else first, physical therapy, exercise, etc... I have 2 bulging discs in my lower back that occasionally causes mild to severe sciatica and pain. I went to a leading back and spine specialist in Austin about 2 years ago. He mentioned surgery, but suggested physical therapy first. PT helped, and I had to reevaluate the way I work on the cars or in the shop, and even in the hospital when moving patients. I occasionally need ibuprofen. I'll avoid surgery at all costs. I see the same results with many knee operations to repair ACL tears. I tore mine, I went to the same Dr. that works on the UT football team. He suggested surgery, but I said no. He gave me a year to recover, and I did recover about 90%. It's been about 6 years now, and I'd say my knee is 95% recovered. Just a suggestion.


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My oldest daughters is going to have a baby May the 11th. It's a girl and I am going to spoil her rotten.
When she gets to walking I am going to buy a pygmy feinting goat and a pony.
She is going to call me pappa.[/b]
I think the Dr. gave Mike some good meds. Either that, or he's smoking the herbal cigarettes to relieve his back pain. :p
 

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Thanks for stopping in and keeping us posted, Mike. :) This place is like another family. B)

It sounds like your family is doing great - glad to hear it!

That sucks on the back issues, hopefully you can find a less expensive and less invasive resolution to that. :(

Sorry to hear about the job issue - I can tell you're a survivor and you'll find a way through it. :thumb: If you're in sales that should hopefully mean you're pretty versatile and can find another gig without too much trouble.
 

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I agree with luke here, do not get the back surgery unless its a last resort, especially for a "no guarintees" 40 grand.

My mom had similar problems and has been in PT for 3-4 years but shes getting much better. I understand though if you dont have the 2-3 days a week for 1-2 hours to go, and im not sure how much it adds up to be in the long run, of if u have medical and if that covers it or not.

I dont know how you like to live your life but my suggestion is ask your doctor to see if he can percribe you any painkillers to help. My mom when she first had her chronic back pain was issued some Hydrocodones, she just took 1 every 6 hours or whatever the bottel said and most of the pain went away. But shes not big on pills or drugs in general, so thats why she went to PT.

Good luck either way, glad to see your kids are doin great, and dont worry bout the job, im sure you can find another if worse comes to worse!
 
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