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OT - just checking in

Post by wabi » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:11 pm

Stopped by to catch up on reading & check in to let everyone know I'm still alive & kickin'.

Had a bit of a medical scare this summer that started with an ear infection and also spread to an eye causing corneal ulcers and a bit of a loss of vision. The eye infection was cleared up in a few weeks, but the vision will take a long tome to recover (if ever). I've slowly been getting back to all my old activities, and the vision is becoming much less of a hindrance to me. The corrected vision is finally back to 20/20, but it's a bit cloudy in that eye (like looking through a fog).

The ear has been a real nuisance, though. Had severe drainage for the first few days of the infection, then it quit draining and fluid built up behind the ear drum. I was having a hard time hearing anything with that ear (it was like having an earplug in it). The VA medical team with their usual urgency finally sent me to an outside ENT specialist and they recommended a tube in that ear. The VA got the procedure approved for me and after a month and a half wait I finally got the tube in yesterday! :clap: Not bad, from mid May to only mid September to get it taken care of. :lol:

I've had a PM or two asking about deer calls, and I will probably be limiting production this year to only a few special order calls from the materials I have on hand. I did give making reed holders for the two laminate calls I had already turned the bodies for (before the ear/eye problems) this morning and all went well. A little more work on the finish for the bodies, and fitting & tuning the reeds and they will be done.

Haven't even checked out the hunting area yet this fall. Squirrel season is in (when I usually do some scouting), but it's been so hot I haven't set foot in the woods yet. Season opens the 29th here in Ohio, but I'm getting too old to whack one when I know it's going to be a mad rush to get it tagged, field dressed, and transported to the processor's cooler. I'd much rather wait until I can take my good old time getting it done, and with a season that lasts until February I'm sure I'll have better weather to enjoy my time hunting!
The landowner has a feeder up & running, and trail cams out, so I can hopefully plan some fun hunts in the near future.

I am planning on trying some new tactics this year. Instead of the ladder stand over a feeder, I'm going to use a seat that straps to a tree, a short ground blind (the one that is roll-up camo fabric with rods attached), and my tree umbrella in wet/snowy weather and hunt from the ground! (With the old Phoenix/Leupold combo.)

Good luck to all this season!

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Post by Bcxbow » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:33 pm

Good to hear from you Mike and glad to hear that you are on the mend. :)


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Post by xcaliber » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:41 pm

Glad to hear from you Wabi, and hope to read some success stories this fall from you.
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Post by mr meat » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:27 pm

Great news your on the mend Mike!
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Post by BrotherRon » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:11 pm

Good to see you back and improving. :thumbup:
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Post by amythntr » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:35 pm

Yes, great to hear from you Mike!

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Post by Onetimeonly x--> » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:36 pm

Your on the mend Mike good for you, I just had shoulder surgery a week ago today. Don't want to buy a crank just because, gonna tinker around with working in a strap or harness I could wrap around my back/body. With a rope cocker on the bow hooked to the string at rest, I'm thinking with the right length of paracord and some small spring loaded D ring carabiners. Small enough that the handle of the rope cocker will not slip through the D ring. Paracord attached to the body harness/strap, leaning over hooking up to the handles and hopefully standing upright with minimal assist of my hands, the bow will cock? Decocking I'll use my good arm.
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Post by vixenmaster » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:12 pm

Mike i am sorry to hear of the health issues that jumped on you. I am very glad that someone finally helped you. I pray fer a full recovery for you. Take yer time on the huntin n get on yer feet good
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Post by Doe Master » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:43 am

Good to hear from you Mike . Keep improving . :D
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Post by Hi5 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:48 pm

Glad to see you posting again. The absence of your input has been noticed and it has been missed.
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