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#41 Gramps2u

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:11 PM

Oh dang! That wasn't good on the old back you best be real easy on it from now on !   A buddy of mine missed the first step out of his cab  it broke his tibia, fibula & his pelvic bone all from missing the first step. He has more screws in him then trailer house front porch. He recovered but its taken its toll. Trucking isn't as easy as most people think.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

Oh dang! That wasn't good on the old back you best be real easy on it from now on !   A buddy of mine missed the first step out of his cab  it broke his tibia, fibula & his pelvic bone all from missing the first step. He has more screws in him then trailer house front porch. He recovered but its taken its toll. Trucking isn't as easy as most people think.

 

That's for dang sure! That's like me, the doc says everything is fine but it has taken it's toll. I don't have any screws or anything, but just on and off pain. 



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:40 PM

Hey Matt, sorry to hear about the back issues knocking you back out of the truck. I was really hoping to run into you (not literally) out on the road as I have moved back to my original OTR account and have spent the better part of the past 2 1/2 weeks in and around the Penn., Ohio, Indiana area. I even spent an overnight at the Springfield term. getting more maint. done on the Pete. I'm actually online right now at the TA in Seymour, IN on 65.

 

I hope you get to feeling better soon and maybe, just maybe your trucking career will be able to continue. With the condition of so many highway roads today that may be a tall order though. Even a good healthy back can take a lot of abuse being out here day after day.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

Thanks Wayne. You aren't kidding about the roads these days, even riding around in a four wheeler, there are some bumps that jar my back. 

 

I have been going out with my "brother" the past few days in his Intertrashanal pulling a skateboard since he has been mostly running local picking up and delivering pipe for the gas pipelines they are doing for all the natural gas drilling they are doing around here, and did that Friday, Monday, and yesterday, and today it has caught up to me again. I haven't been doing to bad as a seatcover in his rig, and have been even helping him strap down the loads trying to get some strength back in my back and it has been helping, but today I'm back in pain. The riding and loading has been helping, because I'm not feeling as bad as before, but I still don't feel like doing anything today but sitting here in the easy chair on the laptop and watching TV.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:57 AM

once the back goes every thing else goes.Mine too.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

once the back goes every thing else goes.Mine too.

 How true. sadly enough.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:00 AM

once the back goes every thing else goes.Mine too.

Goes with inactivity due to limitations caused by the back problems.

 

It starts the arthritis going and pretty soon all your past ignored injuries of your lifetime start to show up!

 

After my back injury and surgery I developed arthritis in both hips. had the right one replaced in 2010 and the other will need it real soon. But now I have a shoulder that gives me fits and a knee that is going bad. The worse thing though is I am seeing it in my hands. My index fingers on both hands are starting an inward twist and the ever present cramps and aches in the thumbs down into the heel of the hand.

Everything from my years playing football to jumping and other war related issues to truck driving and all it entailed over the years and working with my hands doing mechanic work. It all comes into play.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

once the back goes every thing else goes.Mine too.

 

 

 How true. sadly enough.

 

Yeah, I'm finding that out. 



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:59 PM

Hey everyone, I figured I'd better let everyone know I hadn't fallen off in the ditch somewhere! :lol:  I've been spending the past month working on getting my back strong enough to try the ole big road out again, and I'm trying to do it again! I just finished an application for a small local company here at home that both my "brother" I'm staying with and his dad both drove for and I will probably be the next in the "family" to work there. 

 

Other than that since the last update, I went with my friend Jon (which is my little "brother's dad, and like a dad to me) to Birmingham and finally rode in a nice chicken Inertrashional and then to Gary, IN with my little brother Garry in his not so nice Intertrashional and didn't do too bad on either run. I didn't drive any, but did most of the work strapping and tarping the loads and missed my swinging barn doors! If there's anyone who says flatbedders don't work hard, I'll gladly call you a liar! :lol:  I'll take a van and swing the doors shut any day before I would drive a skateboard, and I did do a little skateboarding with the warehouse I used to work for, even though that was just throwing a couple straps over 12' long skids of cardboard and driving it 20 miles to the customer and back. Steel hauling is a lot of work compared to that!

 

Anyway, I'll probably know more later this week and I'm going to spend the Labor Day weekend with the family, then maybe next week I'll be getting ready to hit the big road once again! Catch y'all on the flip flop!



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:20 AM

Wish'n you the best highway. LMAO I yanked  a flat bed for 14.5 years in rain, ice, snow, sleet & heat and wind.  Still in the arm chair myself  nothing out there worth the  time anymore with the hours of service  garbage they shoved down our throats. Hang in there brother! Were pull'n for ya!



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:17 PM

Good luck my friend! I hope and pray everything works out great for you!



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

Thanks guys, and things are going well. I went to fill out paperwork and my DOT drug test yesterday and will be starting next Tuesday! :D  I'm going to be driving for a small local company not too far from my temporary home here with my brother in Beech Bottom, WV, which is about halfway between Wheeling and Weirton, that is based out of Hopedale, OH. The company is Mark R. Lewis Trucking and like I said, they are just a small company that both Jon and my brother Garry have worked for and didn't do badly with in their time there, and they one have about 15 or 20 trucks and everyone I met yesterday seem to be nice and easy going. I even got to road test in the truck they said most likely will be mine, and it's a nice driving truck. I didn't get the year or find out what power it has yet, but it's an International 9900i with a standup casket bunk that is surprisingly roomy. Here's a pic I took while the driver giving me my road test was dropping the loaded trailer he needed a tire changed on.

 

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

Cool! Glad to see you're out and about again! Nice looking truck too. I love that color of blue!!! :wub: B)



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:50 PM

good luck and be carful, don't want you dangling off the back of my hook. I run the wreckers across from the petro at exit 357 in fremont Indiana. stop by sometime,the coffee is always free!



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:34 PM

Cool! Glad to see you're out and about again! Nice looking truck too. I love that color of blue!!! :wub: B)

 

Thanks Marshall and if I get out to your neck of the woods I'll be in touch, and I'm just happy it isn't Werner blue!! :lol:

 

good luck and be carful, don't want you dangling off the back of my hook. I run the wreckers across from the petro at exit 357 in fremont Indiana. stop by sometime,the coffee is always free!

 

Small world, John, I spent a few years running big wreckers myself! I've been in that area and know exactly where you're located, and whenever I do get in that area I'll be in for that free coffee! :D



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:33 AM

Hey Matt it's good to hear that things may be going in the right direction. For me, twelve times was a charm, with the Pete breaking down. I just came home from 5 weeks out and probably 2 of those 5 weeks was spent in numerous shops trying to get my truck fixed so it would last. Including a 7 day ordeal in a hotel in San Antonio so the local Pete/Rush Truck Center could jerk me around day after day at getting the truck fixed. And then when it was all done they still didn't fix it because it broke down again 2 days after I got it back. I then ended up at the Werner home base in Omaha and spent another 2 days there while they supposedly fixed the problem and a week after leaving there I ended up being towed to a Pete shop in Davenport, Ia. After 2 days there I contacted my FM and told him enough is enough, get me another truck.

Finally he got me a rental car, I cleaned out the Pete, and headed off to Fulton, MO to pick up my new truck. It's a 2013 Cascadia and other than having to get the Gra-Gar guys to shut off the optimized idle that wouldn't work it seems to run pretty good. And it's much more comfortable inside. The only major issue is that this truck is only governed for 62 and that sucks.

But anyway, I hope everything works out good for you with the new company.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:00 PM

Matthew, Hope all goes well. Be safe out there..Keep us posted .



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:12 AM

 

Thanks Marshall and if I get out to your neck of the woods I'll be in touch, and I'm just happy it isn't Werner blue!! :lol:

 

Looking forward to meeting you! Be safe out there.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:17 AM


Finally he got me a rental car, I cleaned out the Pete, and headed off to Fulton, MO to pick up my new truck. It's a 2013 Cascadia and other than having to get the Gra-Gar guys to shut off the optimized idle that wouldn't work it seems to run pretty good. And it's much more comfortable inside. The only major issue is that this truck is only governed for 62 and that sucks.



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Ahhh... Fulton Mo. I picked up a Freightliner Cascadia from there...

 

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I just hope you don't have as many problems as I did with yours Wayne.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:08 AM

What else would you expect from a Freightliner?