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Hello friends and followers,

Several of you have noticed and PM'd, emailed or phoned me about my absence from the Router Forums lately. Let me assure you, I had good reasons - but I wasn't mad at anyone. It was simply a matter of scheduling.

At this moment, Joy is awaiting me to get ready for church; but when I return I will more thoroughly explain the events that caused my delay.

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No problem with your absence as far as I'm concerned, it's your business.
As long as you weren't ill or injured that is, then it's a matter for concern.
Regardless, glad to have you back.

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Thank you. In August my sales ladies worked to successfully land 5- quite large projects in rapid succession for customers of my product line of concrete froms. In the midst of all of that, I was awarded a construction project that I had originally pursued in April of this year. It was for a very good client that I've known and done work for, for over 40 years (one of those "best of the best") kinda customers. It was a measure, precut, deliver, blah, blah, blah project in his ginormous house. We built him a museum and a library in his house. One of his stipulations was that we not make any photos, I am sad to say. Interestingly, I never priced the project for him. I have never priced projects for him. My standard line to him is and has always been, "Tell me what you want, I'll draw the plans and details for your approval, I will build it and we will make changes as you and your wife wish until you are 100% satisfied." After he and his wife were happy, I left him an empty, stamped and self-addressed envelope. Payment was immediate as always and I had plenty for my employees, as well. My business is based on trust. Old fashioned trust.

Anyway, I worked for 7- weeks straight. Employees took-off whenever they needed to do so, but somehow I ended-up working every day of those 7- weeks.
Some of you already know that I suffer from migraine headaches and I am a two-time cancer survivor. I take a lot of prescription medication. My doctor wanted me to begin taking a new (to me) medication called Topirimate (generic for Topamax) to prevent the migraine headaches. Many times when a medication is added, a compensation must be made within my remaining regimen to counterbalance the new medication. There must have been a "zig" where there should have been a "zag", because things went haywire during late September/early October and Joy took me to our lakehouse for a week away from EVERYTHING but her and our dog. I was a "vegetable" and didn't fish, or read for about 4 days. On day 5, I began to work-out some problems that one of my partners had discovered in the manufacture of one of my new inventions. This product is one for which I began a new business back in the summer to develop, manufacture and market that new and innovative product line. I am in hopes that this new product line will provide income to my descendants for many years to come.

Thanks again for the inquiries over the past couple of months!

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Some of you already know that I suffer from migraine headaches and I am a two-time cancer survivor. I take a lot of prescription medication.
I was diagnosed with migraines also, and one-time cancer survivor. I take a fair amount of prescription meds also, but none for migraines. I saw supposedly the top headache doctor in NC for awhile. He prescribed me something, would just make me feel like my brain was packed with cotton, no help with the headache. New prescription, same. This went on thru about 5-6 different meds, and then he asked me if I had ever taken Prozac I believe it was. I said "That's for mental patients". He told me that it was often used in treating headaches, and that's when I learned that ALL of the meds he had me trying out were anti-depressents. And that was the last time I saw him.

My last military commander was a real pain, I started having daily headaches, and in 1981 they were 24/7/365. He is the reason I retired when I did. Anyway, I got the headaches calmed down, mostly, with meditation - NOT medication. Then in 1995, the last job I worked at the office closed. Not even an interview in the following year, but around that time the headache and arthritis started kicking in again, so put in for disability, and after a year got it. It was later that I saw the 'headache' doctor.

I still have my headache, but mostly can ignore it, but if I think about it, it is always still there. If it starts kicking in, I meditate, find a comfortable place to sit, quiet, feet flat on the floor, and meditate. And that usually takes care of it. But, if it doesn't, I go to get, sleep, and next day, back to the usual.

I had a doctor tell me once that I did not have a headache, because it would be impossible for me to go to sleep with one. Idiot. Many, many, years ago I read about anything I could get my hands on. A word of advice, if you ever get the opportunity to read a book on forensic pathology, complete with pictures, pass it up. I read a lot of books on meditation, the third eye, etc. I think I kind of developed my own method of meditation from that. I think my version may include a bit of bio feedback in it, because I can consciously lower my blood pressure a bit, my heart rate a bit, and if I am at the dentist, and he is nearing the end of the job, and the Novocaine starts wearing off, if I can relax I can 'push' the pain away - but then if I get disturbed, it comes back, but he's usually about finished by then, so no biggie. So, you might try a bit of meditation on your headache, I don't say it will help you, but if it does, that's one less med to take - I don't even take aspirin for mine, but do take 3 baby aspirin in the morning, and 3 in the evening for my heart. My heart is good by the way.

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It's good to see you back Otis. Remember, work and money are never more important than your health.

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Several of you have noticed and PM'd, emailed or phoned me about my absence from the Router Forums lately.
I am sorry to say, I was not one of them. The great part of this forum is that we do make friends that notice when we do not post for a while.

I trust you are back on your feet, Otis.

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Otis, I'm just glad you're okay, and let me echo that's it's nice to see you back.

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Glad you're on the up Otis. I don't think an apology was needed, we all know life just happens occasionally.
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Thanks guys and girls! When I first began having these headaches really bad was following a bite from a coral snake - this is considered a severe neurological trauma. My parents and Joy had already made my funeral arrangements - it was that bad. That was in 1973. 40 years later, I still get the headaches. I called them my "killer" headaches, because I told Joy that if I ever kill someone it would be during one of those headaches.
I had been convinced by (non-medical) people that mine were not migraines because nausea was not one of my symptoms. I later learned this is not always true. Joy gets migraines, but much less frequently. All three of our girls get migraines and one of them when age 12 (21 years ago) was told by her migraine specialist at Emory University Hospital that he had never seen a child with migraines to her severity (going totally unconscious) that didn't have double heredity. He then asked if I got migraines, I replied "no - just what I call killer headaches". I went on at his request to explain my headaches and he referred me to who he suggested was the "top of the field" in our area.
Long story shortened, that referred doctor studied my case for several years. During that time, I had one headache that lasted 18 months and I was hospitalized for that time period and monitored. I received several test medications and have had headaches in every physical position one can imagine - hanging upside-down, submerged in cold-water, packed in ice, wrapped in warm blankets, having needles stuck in places I don't even tell people about. They have even put me into drug-induced comas to study these headaches. They studied my moods, my mood swings, my blood clotting factors and variables, blah, blah, blah.
The thing that really got me mad about the whole thing is that every doctor I've been to, started me off on EXPENSIVE medications. Some would never budge to offer any inexpensive options. After about 10-12 years, Joy studied and found a medication that worked VERY WELL for me as a rescue medication, it is called MIDRIN. With my copay, I get a month's supply (45 pills) for $10.00! Compared to the many migraine medications I had been prescribed previously it is only a tiny fraction of the cost and has less harmful side effects.

NOTE: I AM NOT A DOCTOR - THIS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE TO ANYONE - IT IS SIMPLY MY STORY.

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