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i too live differently than do "able bodied" people. I have no use of my legs, and I take four medications specifically to deal with complications. Three of them are muscle relaxants and pain meds, and each of these can individually put me to sleep. One of them is a controlled substance that has some of the same effects as alcohol. I take all of these meds after I am done with everything that requires quick reaction time and certainty of clear thinking. Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling drunk (at least I don't get the hung over stage.)

I never attempt to use my router unless I am well rested, alert, and feeling well. Even with those conditions my left forefinger shows the result of one split second of failure to think clearly.
Ian, thank you so very much for starting this thread.

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This is a great topic. I am on pain meds and have been for 15 years and probably will be until my coffin is shut. My daily meds do not cause me any compromise, but it took my doctors quite a while to get my 12 prescriptions (not all pain meds) balanced to my satisfaction. I've had to have a number of surgeries, and those often cause me to need additional super-strong pain meds - the kinda stuff that doesn't get phoned-in, but must be a hand-carried as a written prescription - followed up with a call to the prescribing doctor. When I take those drugs, I stay upstairs and watch television or sleep. Consumption of alcohol drinks has no appeal to me, but it is largely because we lost a family member to an irresponsible alcoholic. To me a strong drink is lemonade. We all need to know ourselves and be honest about difficulties, permanent or temporarily.

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Red face Is this what they mean by, 'Irony'?

Well after starting this discussion, I suppose it had to happen.

Nice Sunday afternoon, meds working, 'Wow, I feel better than I have in days, I'm sure my grip will be strong enough today to rout that piece of timber, I've been putting off'.

Two hours later, got back from the hospital. See result attached.

Anyone know where I can get a new thumb nail?
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Ouch! Sorry about your accident, Ian! Looks like a cast, of some kind, on your rist. Did you hurt that at the same time? Hope you recover soon!
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Ian I'm sorry about your hurt! I hope all heals good and quick. What happened? Are you pretty sure it was caused because of medicine?

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Slight change of direction...
Doug Ross @ Journal: UNION SUCCESS STORY #7,308: Chrysler forced to rehire workers caught drinking, getting high during lunch break
There'll be two p.o.v.s; one will champion the poor downtrodden worker, being abused by an unfeeling Corporate machine. The other will be those who wonder how it came to be that workers can openly flaunt safety regulations, endangering themselves and their fellow workers with complete impunity. (Well, not complete in this case; they've been off for two years!)
I worked for a summer in a foundry melt shop with a couple of guys that either came to work pissed, or got that way during their shift. They were human oxen so mgmt. left them alone. Working with them scared the crap out of me...
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Thanks for the good wishes. One part of the irony, I suppose is that feeling, 'normal', I couldn't attempt using my router because of the pain and limited use of my limbs. The meds made me feel well enough to try it.

Well I took off my thumb nail and ended up on the floor and sprained my wrist and because I have problems getting up, I stayed there until my wife found me.

It wasn't a big job or one that I haven't done before my health problems. Like so many , my attitude is to not let illness beat you.

Yes it was a stupid decision, in retrospect. But my body said, 'today you're well enough'.
The alternative is giving in, wrapping myself up in cotton wool and spending the rest of my life watching daytime TV.

And that isn't going to happen.
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I am guessing this was a table routing job?

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It was Mike, I was piercing a piece of hardboard for a close fitting, clamp on fence.
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Back pain, I understand.
I take 4 pain pills when I workout, and that involves walking.

When Im down in the shop, I have to take at least 3 so that I can walk for a time with only one cane, and after awhile, I get sleepy from the withdrawl and have to go take a 4 hour nap!

Even though, I dont have my shop 'ready' yet, I still have to work at getting everything back in order, in order to do any woodworking and thats going to take me months or a year, with my limited mobility. I dont like that title, disabled, so I keep working at it to do something about it, but, with me taking so much medication, (20 pills a day), I can fully understand where your coming from and hope that I can avoid any injuries to myself as well...

I wish you well...

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