Sorry to hear about the knee troubles. Whether it's a bad back, knees, whatever, anything that keeps us from being active is a hard pill to swallow. I'm with the old guy, the more active you can be, the better. Going through physical therapy, I carried those same exercises into my gym workouts, still do. There were a couple pot bellied guys in the gym, who each had two micro-diskectomies and were still not right. They watched me working out and one told me to skip the physical stuff and just have the surgery. I called BS on that. I'm in pretty good shape for 60, bad disk, or not.
By now you've seen the doctor. What did he have to say?
I use hydrocodone for pain. Nine years ago when I first blew the disk I used it a fair amount. I know 3 people who got addicted to the stuff and their lives are not the same, so I'm very leery of taking it too much. Went through the first prescription of about 90 pills in a year, then got a refill. This past golf season I didn't take any and I still have over half the refill bottle left.
I have a friend in the cannabis business out west. They've had a number of people being cured of cancer taking CBD oil. My friend himself had a tumor on his lung. Post surgery he's cancer free and attributes it to the oil. Another is the 5 year old daughter of a neighbor and member of our club. The doctors told them there was nothing they could do for her. I just saw them at the club and the kid is doing great. The adult daughter of one of our retired members was diagnosed with stage 4 and given a grim outlook. After being on the oil for a few weeks she went back for tests and the tumor was about gone. Doctors speechless. I watched an 80 year old man with tears streaming down his cheeks thanking my friend for helping them with the oil.
The wife of our pro has bad knees. She's been using a CBD cream and it alleviates the pain. My buddy also used the oil as a topical in the area of the incision site and was playing golf months ahead of when the docs said he'd be able to. He'd be unable to lift his arm up to shoulder height, apply oil and in 15 minutes was swinging a club. I believe there are real applications for that stuff.
I have another friend who is going through chemo and it's kicking her a_ _. But it's illegal here and after helping a number of people they've run into problems getting a supply of the oil here.
I also tried some gummies for pain a couple years ago. Took a small dose that didn't give me a buzz. I think it helped, but it was a small sample size, as I only had a couple of them.
I know the cancer cases I've described are anecdotal evidence, but if I was diagnosed with cancer I'd be taking a short leave from work and making a road trip out west to visit my buddy's company.
All that being said, I have reservations about making it legal for recreational use. We have enough people sitting on the couch on the government dole. The last thing we need is more poorly motivated people with their hands out. And these days with the way people are always on their phones while driving, do we need them to be stoned at the same time?
I had the Ranger out on the lake this past weekend. Driving it through the snow is fun. It's not a speed demon, just a tool that exponentially increases my range and options for places to fish. I'm excited to get out and reach some areas I formerly couldn't get to.
I lost a really nice walleye at the hole. A northern had taken the bait, ran out some line and spit it out. Put on a new minnow, dropped it into the hole and fed the line down. Reeling up the slack all of a sudden the line started going out. Sure enough, a fish had grabbed the new minnow on the way down. I set the hook and immediately know it's a hefty fish. After a short tussle it comes to the hole and I see it's a big, fat walleye. I'm pulling it out of the ice, head above the surface, it flips hard and shakes the hook. As it descends back down the hole I jam my arm into the water and come up empty. I release larger walleyes, eat the smaller ones, so would have released the fish anyway, but it would have been nice to measure and take some pictures first.
Merry Christmas to you!
Hi Rick and Merry Christmas!
Thank You for the great response - You are a good friend!!
Doc says arthritis in both knees and right one is the worst. Can't figure out why the right doesn't hurt. No, its the left! Spurs, prolly a torn meniscus and arthritis in the left.
Anyway, shot in the left knee which made it worse for about 5 days and starting to feel a little better. Told me to keep biking, that's tho only thing that will help until all other options are exhausted.
So, CBD: I've been doing a lot of research on this and talked to a few of my doc's, they aren't allowed to say anything... I have a whole team of them now, HaHa! said I should try it and get back to them. I mentioned it to one of my friends and they said they've been using it by recommendation from their friends who are nurses up on the Hill, OHSU. Asked what kind and where do I go? I googled Medical MJ and about 10-15 popped up in my local area. I went down to the closest one, The Green Mart, and talked to a nice young Navy Vet, aka, a "Bud Tender". Bought some spray in CBD, Gummies in CBD. Also suggested a 1:1 ratio which works the best. Done!
So, after researching MJ, I am wondering what the H---! is our government doing!?!. You're right!! People are cured of c-----, pain, tremors, inflammation, keeps going. So, that's how Rick Simpson Oil was started. Amazing healing and curing. Docs still confused...
My friend says she takes a Rick Simpsons Oil. RSO, as its know. Just a very high concentrated of CBD.
Tried it and didn't do the right amount. Kicking it up a few notches right now.
A few years ago, I had major surgery. Doc's were saying; Mr. Hogan, I don't think you have ------. Keep checking. Found something. Told him if its bad news don't call me on my Birthday and wreck St. Paddys day! Well, things turned out pretty well but a little suspect afterwards. Had to check me every three months. Then 1 month. Told them in the office, I don't want to hear about your negative thoughts and statistics, I am going to be GREAT! He called me a month later and said; Pat, You're Right, numbers are down. I got lucky and he quit and moved to another state and I now have a wonderful Doc who is a main of Faith. It's just that they can plant a tiny negative though and it goes down from there. BS! You can call it Positive Thinking, Faith, or whatever but too much negative thought in this world.
My Dad had a saying: Good enough for Arnold Palmer -- good enough for You! I said that to the first doc and as I walked out of the office. I am sure he knew about Mr. Palmer and his mens hospital in California. Although, he was a great on the DaVinci Robot!
Anyway, after doing a ton of research, I discovered a company in Southern Oregon called Siskiyou Sun Grown, Totally organic and they grow medical MJ for the industry. They have virgin soil and have various products from Hemp, CBD, Of course, they couldn't recommend anything but told me to check out their blog, etc. Amazing stories of healing and restoration!
Some very positive results for a majority of maladies, pain, -----, etc. My wife with her broken hand and in lots of pain, can't use it because of the policy at work, however, the folks living there, a retirement community, use CBD, MJ etc., all of the time and not a problem with management. I don't know....
I've had a lot of days not able to get up and get out so I have been watching all of the business shows and they are talking about major companies forming in the CBD business. Major CEO's going mainstream into malls, etc with creams, lotions, etc. But not THC. A Peter Horvath to name one and his new company has my attention. Says that THC is a different market - indeed!
We have enough of those idiots in Portandia...
Anyway, ice fishing does sound like fun! How do you know when it's safe to go out?
I have to ask, do you do any Muskie fishing up there? Though about that with a heavy fly rod. What do you think?
Edited by BingHogan, 24 December 2018 - 11:20 AM.