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Offline mspart

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Re: Last Word
« Reply #87330 on: May 23, 2022, 11:38:40 AM »
We had our Grand Caravan in the shop for Transmission issues.  They diagnosed a new Transmission at $6800.  We said no.   Just put the fluid back in and we'll take it home.  Well, I guess they wanted to make sure we had near future transmission issues because the thing leaks now.  A drop every 5-10 seconds or so.  Hopefully they did not do this on purpose but it just seems weird word.

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« Reply #87331 on: May 23, 2022, 07:08:58 PM »
Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood evening mspart and everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy smokes! $6800 transmission. Trade that thing in for an overpriced new or used one.

Have a magnificent day word!
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« Reply #87332 on: May 24, 2022, 05:54:25 AM »
We had our Grand Caravan in the shop for Transmission issues.  They diagnosed a new Transmission at $6800.  We said no.   Just put the fluid back in and we'll take it home.  Well, I guess they wanted to make sure we had near future transmission issues because the thing leaks now.  A drop every 5-10 seconds or so.  Hopefully they did not do this on purpose but it just seems weird word.

mspart

Sloppy gasket replacement or leaky drain plug?  They may not have replaced the gasket since it tends to stick to the pan or frame. If the cracked it removing the pan, it would leak. Try tightening the bolts.  Could also be a sloppy fluid replacement and a pool sitting somewhere on the frame or engine. Possibly overfilled and the excess is forced out. If you can get underneath to check out the source?   More likely 1-2 or 3 above. Take it back in and tell them they caused they leak.  Better staring looking to trade it and hopefully the issues don't rise up if they test drive.

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« Reply #87333 on: May 24, 2022, 06:13:10 AM »
Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood morning RYou and everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flex seal. Stops the leak instantly. Saw it on TV.

Have a tremendous day word!
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« Reply #87334 on: May 24, 2022, 11:34:09 AM »
Like I said, they wanted to sell us a new tranny, and now it appears they are going to be able to say I told you so.  It is a dealership so I hope that this is not true, but now I have fluid all over my driveway.   Going to have it towed and taken there and they will pay for it.  It's  just really inconvenient.

WORD

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« Reply #87335 on: May 25, 2022, 06:37:44 AM »
Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood morning everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not cool at all.

Have as good of a day as possible word!
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Offline Bob H.

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« Reply #87336 on: May 25, 2022, 08:11:27 AM »
Wish me luck.  I'm going in for "minimally invasive" back surgery (laminectomy) tomorrow to take care of bulging discs at L4 and L5.  I'm not sure how laid up I'll be.  They said that typical recovery time is about three days, but the next day they told me I'll need to wear a back brace for two weeks and asked me if i wanted a walker and a chair for the shower.

As long as my surgeon doesn't say, "Oops." during the procedure, I should be good (eventually), but I may be off the board for a few days.

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« Reply #87337 on: May 25, 2022, 11:32:46 AM »
Good luck Bob!!  That is the last word.

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« Reply #87338 on: May 25, 2022, 12:31:43 PM »
Thanks.

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« Reply #87339 on: May 25, 2022, 02:56:44 PM »
Yeah, my dad suffered with a slipped disk for a very long time.   He eventually overcame the pain but it was a long time.  He did not do surgery.   Lots of chiropractic and core muscle strengthening.  He injured his back playing basket ball back in the early 70's I think .  He didn't trust that the surgeons knew what they were doing.   He asked one and he said, if this doesn't work, you are out of luck.   My dad passed on that opportunity. 

Now they are much better and this should be pretty routine.  I hope it works well for you word.

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« Reply #87340 on: May 25, 2022, 05:45:12 PM »
I had minor issues for a few years, but didn't think much about it.  Then, last August, I hurt it doing yard work.  I used the chain saw to cut down a bunch of branches hanging over the roof.  Hillsborough County requires you to cut everything into pieces no more than four feet long and bundle them together.  I was bent over with the snips for a couple of hours and my back started to bother me with about five minutes to go, so I finished and got cleaned up.  All that twisting and turning while bent over wasn't good for me.  It got worse over the next couple of days, so I went to my primary care physician, who gave me a shot in the rear, along with steroids and other pills.  I got tired of sitting around a week later and figured I would skim the leaves out of the pool (We've since had the screen replaced, so no leaves.).  The third time that I swung to the left and jerked hard to get the leaves off of the net, I dropped to the ground.  Just then, my wife yelled, "Bob!  The painter's here!  You need to sign the contract.", so I dragged myself into the breakfast area, pulled myself up onto the chair, and signed the paperwork.  My hands were shaking, and not because I was writing a check!

My primary care physician was booked solid, so their office sent me to the Florida Orthopaedic Institute.  They took x-rays.  The doctor commented that my spine was bent to the side.  I told him the reason for that was because I couldn't put any weight on my left leg.  I got a shot, steroids and pills and they scheduled physical therapy.  Ten visits later, my improvement plateaued and we discontinued the PT.  I had an MRI and the neurologist said I had bulging discs at L4 and L5.  The neurosurgeon at Fla. Ortho thought I would be a good candidate for an epidural steroid injection.  Referred to another doctor, more tests, then I had the injection, followed by more PT. and follow-up visits.  Not much better.  My left leg was still numb, with occasional shooting pain.  While weak, it was no longer giving out on me.  I could walk, but not run.  I also have muscle atrophy.  Back to the neurosurgeon, who finally recommended surgery.  In the meantime, several wrestling buddies recommended an inversion table.  I used one for a couple of months, also with minimal results.

My best friend's wife is a nurse, and she strongly recommended Florida Biospine.  I went to them for a second opinion and they were surprised that the other surgeon let it go on this long.  I decided to go with Florida Biospine for the surgery.  My gut feel was that the other guys were good, but this guy was better.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will fix everything, and I'll do my best not to do anything stupid to adversely affect the outcome.  I'm keeping a positive attitude. although I did give my wife my passwords to my financial accounts so she won't have to track that stuff down if I wake up dead.  I'm not worried, but she always worries about everything.  She says she has to, because i don't worry about anything.

I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.  I'm getting soft and flabby after nine months of not working out.  I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that i'll be in good enough shape to go out to dinner on my birthday next week (while wearing the back brace).

Anyway, enough of the history lesson.  Let's get this thing done!

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« Reply #87341 on: May 25, 2022, 09:13:48 PM »
All the best to you Bob.  I'm sure the surgery will be great, and you'll be back to your old self in a couple of months.

I was a bit luckier; I think.  I was bucking a maple I downed and afterward I started getting lightning bolts down my left leg.  I had something similar years before sciatica, which turned out to be caused by sitting on a fat wallet.  That was 30-35 years ago and to this day I never sit on my wallet.  Anyway, this recent bout went on for about 6 months. It was so bad I could not sit down on either cheek.  I had to lay down on my stomach to avoid agony. I saw 4 specialists and they just offered my meds.  Then in the summer I was remodeling my son's bathroom in 90 something, heat.  My bladder was telling me to pee but nothing was coming out.  The first doc I called offered an appointment 2 weeks out.  I told her, maam if I have to wait 2 weeks I'll be dead and you'll have a missed appointment. My wife called a specialist and had me in in an hour,  After a bunch of tests, he diagnosed a bladder infection, but didn't know the cause.  He set me up for a bunch of exploratory procedures, front and rear.  Anyway, he gave me antibiotics for a urinary tract infection which worked like a charm.  I was peeing that night.

The crux of the story, the back and leg pain I had endured for 6 months, was gone the next day.  Gone, no pain sitting, lying down, none that day and none since.  None of the back docs could find anything, because it was my bladder pressuring a nerve near my spine.  Ultimately, they found a non cancerous growth in my bladder which caused a blockage and the infection.  I don't know how but he lanced it and removed it.  And yes I was out cold for the duration of the inspection.

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Re: Last Word
« Reply #87342 on: May 26, 2022, 01:45:09 PM »
Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood afternoon everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck Bob.

Rained out so back home doing some more unpacking and creating my own back problems.

Have a terrific day word!
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« Reply #87343 on: May 26, 2022, 02:24:43 PM »
Wow  Bob!!

You and RYOU have better war stories than me.   I've been very careful after watching my dad go through it.  But I know I have pushed it.  I hope the procedure goes well and you recover quickly. 

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Re: Last Word
« Reply #87344 on: May 26, 2022, 05:37:16 PM »
The surgery seems to have gone well.  My back is a little sore, but not too bad..  The leg feels a little better, but i still have numbness.  The doc says that may take up to six months to go away.  I just need to be patient.  Still slightly woozy from the anesthesia and I need to wear the back brace for two weeks, but no issues so far.  Home care will be by tomorrow to do an evaluation.  My wife will have to take care of minor chores (like cleaning the litter box, feeding the cats, taking out the garbage, etc.) since I'm not allowed to do any bending or twisting.  I can walk ok, so I don't need the walker or chair for the shower.  I think I should be ok to go out for dinner on my birthday next week.  Of course, I'm assuming everything doesn't stiffen up when I get out of bed in the morning...