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  1. 6 points
    I want to thank each and every one of you guys for you prayers and good vibes. They were indeed felt at the time of need. This was a rough one for me as I had no inclination just what was going on. I put it off too long trying to get the family Easter Celebration going. Finally called in the paramedics in and they got me to the hospital. Extreme pain and couldn't breathe. Lungs full of blood clots and wouldn't let oxygenated blood flow through lungs. Clots came from an operation that I had two weeks prior. Had me on a heparin drip for three days and that took most of the pain away and now I have to be on Eliquis the rest of the way, no more blood thinners or aspirin. Life feels good again and I thank God for my 'Return to Life'. Old Guys, Don't try to go too far after feeling something go awry. Get it checked on most times Medicare will take care of it. That's what you worked an paid for your whole life. A very grateful 'OLD TOM'
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    Around 5yrs ago I had 2 DVT's behind my right knee a year apart. One scared into the vein and blocked 90% blood flow and the other disolved. I take a blood thinner (Xarelto) every day and wear a thigh high compression stocking every day. Other than that, it doesn't slow me down. Give it time to disolve -n- you'll be fine. Great advice on listening to what your body is telling ya. Even better advice to get yourself checked out BEFORE it developes into a bigger problem. Really glad to hear you are feeling better.
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    Worked hard this past weekend. Better than being skunked.
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    Mac from experience I know if you touch any part of a Black Widow's web she will come after you like a guided missile, especially if she has a egg sack in the web, luckily I have never been bit by one but have come close several times, I did have to go and clean my shorts after getting out from under the trailer!! Yes Brown Recluses are a nasty spider, had a friend that was hired by a home owner to clean up an old pile of lumber, a day or so after he did that job he had many, many tiny sore red spots on his legs and a couple on his hands and arms, they got bigger and more painful in the next day or so, he when to the doctor and they were Brown Recluse bites, he said he never saw any spiders during the work so it was assumed that all the bites came from babies Brown Recluses that must of just hatched out of an egg sack somewhere in the lumber pile, he had over 50 or more bites on each leg and most all of them rotted out to about 1" to 1 1/2" and bigger where there were bites close together, it got so bad they had to put him in the hospital and thought they would have to amputate one of his legs but eventually the antibiotics and whatever else they were giving him stopped the flesh killing process and he survived this was 25 to 30 years ago and now he has sunken areas on his legs where each and every bite was, he says it wasn't worth the $50 in beer money he got for doing the job, no kidding huh!!! EDIT: Did I mention I HATE SPIDERS, especially when they take a bite out of your beer money!!!
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    I'm working hard at "one nugget every 60 days". I'm hoping to someday get to "one nugget per trip". Until then, I can enjoy the time spent in the field, and the videos of you and Bill having awesome adventures. Well done. Regards, Kyle
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    Shoot I get one like that a day and It's all good!
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    Great newsTom, welcome back!!👍🏻
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    Welcome back bud. Take care of yourself ok.
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    Hey Stix, Glad you got a taste o the yeller. Well don Knifey. Old Tom
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    When there are a lot of hotrocks, i keep mine in Fine Gold timing. We have a lot of basalt here where i hunt, and generally it works pretty good. Every now and then i will pick up one that is just super hot so obviously i check it out then toss it. But Fine Gold really cuts out about 90 percent of them, making for nice quiet detecting. And i am able to run my 15 inch mono.
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    Bought time I was able to whoop her
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    A DD can help allot in these cases like the 11 inch round, but some rocks like the grey Basalt are gonna sing much of the time as will others....
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    Tom, please tell Tom that Dodacious and I are praying for his continued speedy and thorough recovery! .... Cheers, Unc
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    I read a news article about this but it didn't have any photos or a video, that's really scary, I lived in a mobile home a long time ago and a stray dog had made her home under the trailer and she a had a litter of pups, I heard them under at the back of the trailer so I crawled under there to get them out and put them into an old dog house I had, the trailer was only about 20" to 24" off the ground so it was a bit tight crawling over pipes, etc. and very dark so a flashlight was needed to see under there, the only way under there was from the front, I crawl 24 feet to the back of the trailer on my belly, got all the pups in a cardboard box and started dragging them back out I had moved about 1/4 of the way towards the front and I looked up at the bottom of the trailer and saw a few spider webs, the more I looked the more I saw and then I noticed the spiders in the webs, BLACK WINDOWS EVERYWHERE , as I proceeded to make my way out I counted no less then 200 BW from young ones that haven't turned black yet to many full grown ladies just waiting for me to raise my head enough to get a bite , I'm not sure how I had crawled all the way to the back without getting few of them in my hair, I was sooo glad when I got out, after I did get out I looked back under with the flashlight and then noticed that there were few BW crawling on the ground as well, I guess my karma from going in to help the Mom and her pups was the only thing that saved me from getting bit many times over, snakes I can deal with, but SPIDERS makes my skin crawl, mainly because being so small they are harder to spot before you get too close or make contact with them!!!!
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    Mac, I have been bowfishing for rough fish a lot lately. I have come across buffalo and freshwater drum as well as a truckload of yellow carp. The buffalo are beautiful fish and have excellent white meat. They are huge too. I have shot three this season that were real close to 10 lbs. The "Y" bones in any of them can be filleted out. You can also score the fillet along each side and deep fry. The bones will crisp up. The Mexican way is to BBQ the fish whole on the grill and then break up the meat by hand, mix with chopped onion, chiles, spices and such and then rolled into flautas and fried. They are excellent. My momma cans trout in a pressure cooker bones and all. Then she makes little pan fried fish patties with eggs, cracker crumbs and chopped stuff. Just like a crab cake only with fish. Darn good eating. I have done the same with salmon. I bet you could eat pounds of carp, buffalo and drum done like this. Last month I bow fished a couple days a week up at Lake Deming. Then I got a bit obsessed and went on a five day bowfishing binge. Some friends and family got together and had an intervention and made me promise to stop fishing for a few days. They think I have not gone since last Sunday but I have been hiding my old wet shoes and muddy socks behind a bush in the back yard and keeping the bow in the truck toolbox. I sneak off almost daily and head up toward Percha and impale carp. I am ready to admit that I have a problem. I close my eyes and I see shadows moving under the glare. Sometimes as I am drifting off to sleep I suddenly jerk the bowstring. My entire existence reeks of fish and mud. I figure I have arrowed a couple hundred fish this year so far. A couple catfish, a few buffalo, a few freshwater drum, a couple big smallmouth bass and a pickup truck level full of yellow carp. Most of the carp have been 3-4 pounders but a few have gone over 10 for sure. We get to having so much fun we really don't measure them or weigh them. Even though we always say we are going to. I am cutting every one and freezing them for bait. Just the sides with the skin on it. I probably have 250 lbs of cut carp in the freezer. I actually feel bad about shooting so many and I can't justify just throwing them up on the bank. But I cant stop shooting them either. So I have lots and lots of cut bait in the freezer. When I cut them it is really nice looking meat. Some of the yellow carp have red meat and don't look appetizing. But most of them have nice white (yes, white) fillets that smell great. And big thick slabs of meat too. The buffalo fish are not like carp at all in color or texture. The meat is flaky like catfish and not mushy at all. Not fishy either. I fried some in corn meal and flour and it was as good as it gets. And the "Y" bones just came right out of the flaky meat with your fingers as you ate it. The drum was more like striper than anything else. Big thick fish with a hump back. Just about like salt water drum. Nice fat fish that were all about 16" long. My daughter in law is an expert shot with the bow. She went out and aced a carp within about ten minutes. It is pretty tricky to hit one but she got the hang of it right away. She is shooting a little bow that draws about 28 lbs. Here she is with her first yellow carp. My son connected with a buffalo fish and he thought he had a whale. It was not a huge buffalo but he had the presence of mind to snap a photo. The arrow is 36" long from point to nock so this fish is probably about 30" long. They really put on a show when that arrow goes through them. He is shooting his new birthday present. A PSE Kingfisher 58" with a 45 lb. draw. Here is a freshwater drum. Cool fish no? I had not seen one until last year. Didn't know we had them here. Now they seem to be everywhere. They look like a bass swimming in the water but once they are hit you think you have a big gizzard shad or something. Then you see the goofy round tail and the puzzlement sets in. Silver, blue metallic and crazy strong for their size. You have to let them have the line and play themselves out or they will pull off the arrow every time. Nice big fish and they are supposed to be good eating. The meat looks just like striper with a lot of red meat against the skin. But it smells good and feels firm. I have done some research and lots of people eat them.
  17. 1 point
    Update. Went to see dad today. He is doing WAYYYY... better. They did find another blood clot in his right leg and will give him some kind of medicine to reduce/get rid of that one. He was eating more and wants to go home. I talked with the Doc. and he said he may be able to come home on Sat. His pain level is really down a lot now. Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts. Tom H.
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