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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

Jim - It was one of the only things I could do - The Doc gave pretty good orders not to use my arm - then Add Drill Sargent Wife keeping an eye on me - as well as Norm And J and it was either sit in the office and post or sit on the front porch with the new pup on my lap - Now on a good day - there might be 4 or 5 cars go by - it was pretty exciting - Smiley Happy

 

I could post a picture of it - what is it they say ? A pictue is worth a thousand words . but some might not like to see it .

 

Thanks all

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tree fmr
Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

I have 3 brothers, 2 work on the farm. 1 doesn't like to but will when asked, usually when someone is sick. When the neighbor was fighting cancer my brothers would just go do what needed done, I spent the better part of 2 vacations working on his farm. The best part, no one ever said a word about payment. His wife or mother would insist they cook us lunch, that and a thank you was all it took.

Nice to know we have neighbors and family that would just do what needs done because it needs doing.

Glad your doing better Ken. O, thanks for not posting those pictures!!
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Kay/NC
Honored Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

Ken, this is a very important post. 

 

We all realize that farming is among the most dangerous p[rofessions, yet think we are bulletproof.  We often work through the pain, tell ourselves to "walk it off".  The really bad stuff always happens to someone else. 

 

I have started having some important conversations with Mike.  We are trying to formulate a plan.  I think it is much like the succession plan, but compressed and on steroids. 

 

Thanks for reminding us. 

 

 

 

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

Thanks Kay - I was lucky to have great help thats been here a good while - In the past few years - I have added responsiblies for the to do - As in J - he do's pretty good with the dryer - yet I have not taught him everything he needs to know about it - You will laugh on this one - but he don't know how to start it - it is hooked to a air system and there steps you have to do to light it up - just little things - but he do's good on monitoring it as far as what to do if its dumping to dry or wet - After this year - J and Norm both know a whole lot more to greaseing and up keep on the combine -  I truely believe that everybody needs to know each others jobs on the farm - no matter how big or how small - and for the ones paying them - the little tricks to the trade - I let them tackel a few jobs with out me - I would just set there - and as I got the rim rams = ( just a few minutes ) I would say let me give you a hint on how to do it .  As Jim and others said - it was something little that got big - and will still be a month before its healed up - with luck

 

The Doc is pretty dang good - he has done a lot of this type work before + hips and knees - yet he told me from the start - the elbow area is the hardest to heal - they even had it bandaged up so I could just move my arm - maybe a few inchs either way . The big problem was sleeping -  I needed to keep it up because my hand would swell - I tryied other pillows then one night I layed down with my Dobie - she layed right next to me and as I petted her - I layed my arm over her - DANG Ken ! it didn't hurt ! She was just right to keep my arm up and she would never move , she is still my 4 legged care giver  Smiley Happy

 

As others have said about neighbor - We have some good ones too - somebody would check in everyday to see if I needed anything or help - to them - thank you

 

Well better get ,

 

ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WCMO
Senior Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

Good to hear you're healing up!  And, good, meaningful thread -- something to think about.

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lsc76cat
Veteran Advisor

Re: If You got hurt ?

As Ken pointed out, maintenance is the primary concern.  I have a brother, sister and 2 sons that can and do

help during planting and harvest season.  They can handle the equipment but knowing what things should

sound like when working correctly is a big part of sensing when something is going wrong.  Being proactive

with maintenance helps but as with many things there is no substitute for experience.

 

I have a soon to be teenage grandson that loves to help as well.  If it has a motor and a steering wheel he

wants to drive it.  We may be able to have 4 generations in the field next year.

 

 

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