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Johnny handgun 01-10-2020 01:12 AM

This is difficult to face......
 
Please understand that I知 not looking for pity. I知 just looking to wrap my head around my situation.
At one time I was sitting quite well preparation wise. Lots of food, 1000 gallons of filtered treated water. Lots of guns, magazines, ammunition. First aid supplies, fuel, communications. Blah blah blah. I was working out hard, was in decent shape, I was very strong.

Then one morning it blindsided me. Massive heart attack. Torn descending aorta. Blood pressure went insane. Here I am 8 years later, thankful to be alive as they were only given me a few months once my ascending aorta completely burst. I survived that surgery too but my arteries and veins are blown out and I can barely walk due to deep vein thrombosis in my legs. I can barely walk a city block, strap on a 40 lb bag of gear and I知 lucky to make it 50 feet.

Most of my supplies are long gone other than guns, mags ammo etc. went from a big house to a one room apartment. Had to sell my business and now live on my social security.

I really am confused about where I go from here. Doctors tell me that every day is a blessing and with m uncontrolled blood pressure it痴 amazing I haven稚 had a stroke. Just looking for some ideas or insight. I知 a Christian and ave made peace with my savior.

bluedodger 01-10-2020 03:25 AM

I think you are beginning to face your reality by sharing your experiences. I can somewhat relate to your health matters .

tray burge 01-10-2020 08:08 AM

You and my friend are a living miracle, not many survive the "widow maker." Certainly be grateful for that. He has not had the surgery because it's too risky and was grounded right after, about 8 years ago too. (he was a commercial airline capt.)
I see him just about every week and he's just thankful everyday for another one and that's how he gets through. Just remember, God can cure all and continue to pray.
God bless brother.

scubadad 01-10-2020 08:37 AM

I have made and lost several fortunes due to a series of bad marriages. Now that I am happily on my 3rd the heart issues have started. So far so good but like you walking to the mail box can be an issue.

My brother went thru the same with a string of bad marriages. He desperately tried to hang on to all the material things and put himself in financial ruin. He asked me how I could just start over so many times. I told him to stop holding on to the material things. You can't take any of it with you. I went from a huge 5 bedroom house to a ratty trailer but I grew up poor so I was ok with it. After 2nd marriage failed I was sleeping on my 1st ex mother in laws couch. Talk about a kick in the nuts. I regrouped and got my own place then shortly after that I met my current wife and all is well again.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change" Hang in there bro we got your 6

markwell 01-10-2020 09:02 AM

Life can at times throw S*@t your way. Physical, social, and economic problems are tough to deal with but you will prevail.

We have this quote from John Taffin on the wall above our bench:

"When it gets to the point that you can't do all the things you enjoy at least enjoy all the things you can do."

We try to do something we enjoy every day and it makes getting up worthwhile. When all else fails, we pet the dog.

Good luck to you.

1911_Kid 01-10-2020 09:12 AM

I not sure what the question is, but.....

1) the less shiat you have, the less headache and less stress you will have. The old KISS saying is very true for you now more than it was ~20yrs ago, etc.
2) let go of everything else around you, focus on you ("good well being").
3) i have read many many times before, spend $$ on life experiences (trips, theater, community events, etc etc), and when possible ask someone to come along with you.
4) hobby. can you take up a hobby of some sort. model airplanes that you can fly. maybe model boats for a nearby lake, light gunsmithing, or some hobby that is relevant to something you liked to do in the past, etc. Maybe become a mentor for gun safety at local schools, etc.

5) this is the tricky one. is the environment around you good for you? Would a different location be better, be less stressful, provide for easier access to life experiences, etc ??

All that you have in guns/mags/ammo...... can you sell some of it? Might be an ok experience to try and sell some of it on gunbroker or the like, etc.

woody b 01-10-2020 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13033898)
.................................................. ...... I知 a Christian and ave made peace with my savior.


You're in better shape than most.

Sistema1927 01-10-2020 10:58 AM

Trusting in the providence of the Almighty, you can face anything. Contrary to popular opinion, Phil 4:13 isn't about conquering every challenge, but rather being content in whatever circumstance you find yourself (look at the context).

jjfitch 01-10-2020 11:46 AM

"I really am confused about where I go from here. Doctors tell me that every day is a blessing and with m uncontrolled blood pressure it’s amazing I haven’t had a stroke. Just looking for some ideas or insight. I’m a Christian and have made peace with my savior."

Everyone on this forum has challenges based on their perspective of where they are and where they want to be.

I won't bore you with my story since I have everything anyone could ask for X10 at age 73!

As mentioned above seek out positive people and a comfortable environment so that you will look forward to waking up every day.

What do you feel is missing in your life? Find an activity or vocation that will fulfill that need. This might mean volunteering. Don't let mobility hold you back. That is a limit you place on your self.

Personally I have reached out through my gun club and arrange to get members with mobility issues to get to the range.

I get to help others and count my blessings.

All the best in 2020 and remember when in despair pet the dog! (I love that line above, and it is proven to reduce blood pressure!)

bradsvette 01-10-2020 12:16 PM

It's tough to know how to respond to such a powerful and touching thread. First off, all is not lost. You're alive. A heart attack like that would have killed a normal man. But you're stronger. You survived. That's great news.

Second, you've still got your guns, ammo, and magazines. You can defend yourself. If you can almost walk a city block, you're somewhat mobile, and that's great too. After consulting with your doctor to ensure it's okay, I'd slowly start walking, or at least moving in any way you're capable of. You could slowly build up your movement and distance.

Third, my immediate neighbor is living on Social Security. He's tightened the belt and is making it. You can too. If you're able to recover some of your health, then you could get some type of part-time job. Your doctor might know of some organization that could help you regain whatever is possible, physically, and they may be able to provide some type of employment.

Hang in there. Stay as positive as possible. Try not to get down. Watch TV, read, try to laugh once in a while. And don't try to get through this alone. There is help out there. Just type it in on your computer and assess your options. As a result of this thread, you've already got several hundred praying for you. That can't hurt. Try to stay positive and don't give up! God bless you!!!

Truman 01-10-2020 04:22 PM

Change in Life Plans
 
Last spring I lost my house, business, shop and most of my belongings to the 2019 flood in the Midwest. No flood insurance meant about a 750K loss. Right now at 63yrs old I am living with my kids sleeping on a couch in their basement. I saved my modest gun collection and its laying in a pile on the floor in a spare bedroom. I have barely looked at it since spring. Although my health is fair the emotional drain is a daily struggle. I thought I was a person of strong faith but this has shaken it to the core. Daily prayers and a loving wife keep me going. The possibility of never owning a house again frightens me the most. But I constantly remind my self that all my losses were just stuff. No lives were lost and we need to appreciate the things that you just cant put value on friends family and church. The Lord has a plan and the timing is his. Keep the faith my friend. Things will work out and life goes on. Truman

Amos Iron Wolf 01-10-2020 05:36 PM

There is a fellow I see when I'm driving to or from here on Ft. Clark Springs. He has a brace on one leg, using a four footed cane, and looks like he was probably left partially paralyzed on one side from a stroke. He walks everyday. More that he gets out and barely shuffles. More like half steps, not even getting one foot fully past the other. Yet there he is giving it all to keep going. I don't know if I have that much fortitude. Pure will and guts in motion. Maybe slow motion, but the man is doing it. A lot of respect for him. And for the OP for carrying on.

The OP's situation makes a point that a lot of preppers and ready for anything types either fail to recognize, or most likely, don't want to think about or accept. You can do everything right and still fail, lose, or die. You can minimize risks, you can't eliminate them.

A friend and fellow forumite and I have this discussion often enough. I can still do more than he can currently, but both of us are looking at the simple fact neither of us can do enough in a true apocalypse. We aren't going to be donning our gear and go run and gun the screaming hoards (bad tactics anyway). We can just hang in there, try to die like grumpy old men with attitude, and hope we can take a few with us.

It's also affecting our attitude toward our gun collections. We like our toys, but some of things we've acquired are starting to mean less for the simple reason, there is no rational way that we would ever really use them. The idea is creeping in that a little good stuff that can serve most uses that could be tossed in a vehicle if we had to evacuate for some reason might be a better idea than a bunch of stuff that had to be left behind.

My only income now is SSI and can't get a part time job because I also look after my mother who is 85 with Parkinson's. My wife is a teacher, but has only been teaching since 2012. So her retirement won't be massive. For various reasons, some to include my own lack of better planning, we won't be fully retired with a nice nest egg. However, I've had some good memories, and currently have a good memory so I can enjoy the memories. I've had good life experiences. I've enjoyed some nice guns, knives, and things. Both as a kid I got to travel some and as an adult the Army got me some more places. Things I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

I ain't rich or probably even middle class, but I never was really. Just a farm boy, factory worker, soldier, and few other things. In terms of dollars anyway. I could, and should have in some cases, done better financially. Some I can blame of wives past for leading me astray, but some I have to take responsibility for. But damn, when I look back and realize that when people talk about Alaska, living in various snowbelts, about the mountains, the rivers, the deserts, the seas (shore boy, not sailor), and so many other things. When they talk about sandstorms in the Middle Eastern deserts, of sleeping in a variety of environments, sometimes with just a blanket or minimal gear, of the Northern Lights, and so many other things. When I listen to a lot of people talk about those things and wonder or speculate because they have only seen them on TV or read about them. I know these things. I've been there, I felt, seen, smelled, and lived them. If there is anything I regret it's that I didn't travel as much and immerse myself in the places I have been.

To the OP. Remember your life and celebrate it. Remember those challenges you met throughout your life, and the ones that kicked your butt at the time. They taught you about life and yourself as well. There is no denying that right now sucks. Yet as you have noted, you have been gifted life that the doctors say you shouldn't have had. You haven't stroked out yet, so that's a blessing. As others have said. Look for those little highlights of the day.

It's easy to talk about living in the moment. I know I should. But, it's very hard to actually do. Especially with the western mind and way of thinking. Yet in the various religions and philosophies being present and living each simple moment is the real secret to a good life. Everything external is just that. External power. It can be taken way, lost, stolen, destroyed. We lose external power as we age and as our health deteriorates. What is inside you. Your internal power is yours and yours alone to keep or give away. Find and nourish the inner you. That's the real power.

Prayers for the OP and others here who have had to face the harsh reality, some harsher than others, that we aren't the strapping, full speed ahead, young men and women we used to be.

Grandpas50AE 01-10-2020 06:08 PM

Prayers for all who are struggling - most of us have at one point or another. Spiritually, financially, physically, or any of the other ways.

My best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer in the beginning of 2009, with 12 - 18 months to live after surgery and chemo. He knew I had suffered such losses of mom, dad, fianc, other close personal friends, and also knew I had deep faith in God and had mourned the losses of them but still had a positive view of life and my relationship with God. That final year he was alive, he stayed with my wife and me in our house, and we cared for him. So, one day he asked me while we were having a smoke in the garage: "How do you deal with a death sentence?". My answer to him was "from the moment we are conceived, we all are given a death sentence, we just don't think about that or realize it until time is close; for those who are not taken quickly". I talked to him about accepting our own mortality, which most of us don't think about until we are about 35 or 40 and realize we did some really stupid stuff in our youth and are lucky to even be here. I told him he had an unusual gift: forward knowledge of his time limit and the opportunity that it provides to get one's affairs in order. He told me he had not thought of it that way.

My final observation to him was that the only thing of REAL value we leave behind for others in this world is the loving memories we have given and shared with them, and the only thing we take from this world with us when we are called home by God is the love we have been given while we are here; love of family, love of friendship, love of our fellow man despite what little differences we have had with them - the love is what we take with us. He thought about that for a while, and a few months later I believe he was at peace when the final hours set in (at least I hope so).

Many posters above have given good advice - live what you have while you have it, and enjoy what you can each day you are given; you will have more to take with you when you depart.

Yes, I'm a Christian, and have great faith in spite of losses and setbacks along the road. Prayers sent for you and other posters here who face difficult challenges every day, as we all will. God bless.

Timbo3 01-10-2020 06:45 PM

Johnny remember you are still here for a purpose. You may not know what it is right now but if you ask , be patient and let our Heavenly Father guide your paths you will find out.
God speed and I am praying for wisdom which He will give.

bradsvette 01-10-2020 07:09 PM

Awesome posts! Amos, your post is very up-lifting. Johnny, and jjfitch, we are with you and support you. Hang in there!

Amos Iron Wolf 01-10-2020 09:03 PM

I think Johnny did a very good thing by making his post. It made a lot of us pause, appreciate our lives, and rethink how we live them.

See Johnny. You wondered where you go from here. You go doing just what you have done here. Inspire, remind, and help people think a bit more about what is truly important versus all the noise we surround ourselves with. You have a purpose and you are doing it well.

pocketshaver 01-10-2020 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13033898)
Please understand that I知 not looking for pity. I知 just looking to wrap my head around my situation.
At one time I was sitting quite well preparation wise. Lots of food, 1000 gallons of filtered treated water. Lots of guns, magazines, ammunition. First aid supplies, fuel, communications. Blah blah blah. I was working out hard, was in decent shape, I was very strong.

Then one morning it blindsided me. Massive heart attack. Torn descending aorta. Blood pressure went insane. Here I am 8 years later, thankful to be alive as they were only given me a few months once my ascending aorta completely burst. I survived that surgery too but my arteries and veins are blown out and I can barely walk due to deep vein thrombosis in my legs. I can barely walk a city block, strap on a 40 lb bag of gear and I知 lucky to make it 50 feet.

Most of my supplies are long gone other than guns, mags ammo etc. went from a big house to a one room apartment. Had to sell my business and now live on my social security.

I really am confused about where I go from here. Doctors tell me that every day is a blessing and with m uncontrolled blood pressure it痴 amazing I haven稚 had a stroke. Just looking for some ideas or insight. I知 a Christian and ave made peace with my savior.

Making peace with ones self is the biggest to do. Then with ones family.

This isn't going to make you happy, or others in the same health situation. Your in the "wont survive unless the big medical event happens in a fully staffed, stocked emergency room that's in the top 5 in the united states."

At Fort Benning and military installations all over America they have small brass dedication plaques for servicemen who earned a medal in combat. Most of them along the lines of "received bronze star while holding off 1,000 screaming Chinese troops with a machine gun and 5 hand grenades to allow 10 wounded men to be evacuated with rest of the battalion"

In reality ALL of us are going to be in the same position, check point Charlie, a rifle and a few bandoliers of ammunition, and no way out. SO lets take as many of 'em with us as we can manage.

Wont be "buy your ammo cheap and stack it deep". Itll be "stack the bodies deep as hell"

USMM guy 01-10-2020 11:46 PM

Clearly some strong people here!
 
I would expect nothing less from 1911 forumites!

Godspeed!

Amos Iron Wolf 01-11-2020 12:48 AM

I think this tune says it well. If there are folks around to give me a wake and remember me I want this played at it. Sip good whiskies, tell the stories about me. The funny, the touching, and yes, even those where I made a fool of myself. And if they don't do that I'm not staying around for the party. I sure hope they have some bagpipers and banjo players in the afterlife. I'm not that fond of harps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMkQExuzL_0

This is for those forumites who have gone on, those dealing with tough struggles now, and those of us who will follow in our time.

BBBBill 01-11-2020 12:48 AM

I've lost several friends, even young friends, to combat and to various diseases over the last few years. I have been considering my own natural decline in health lately. Hard not to be aware of it. I have heart issues that date to my 40's that nearly killed me, although I have done well since. Well enough to do multiple deployments to many of the 'Stans and other "vacation" spots. I retired from the Army at 60 rated 100% disabled for a bunch of orthopedic issues. I realize that I cannot run with the youngsters anymore and that time will continue to degrade my remaining abilities. Not fun to realize that my 66 year old body is not capable of what it was at 20. For all that I have lost physically, I am thankful for what I still have. All else is just stuff.
So all good advice above. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy whatever real friends and family you have. Enjoy yourself. Make peace with anyone you believe you should. Above all, get close to God.

stanhou 01-11-2020 02:19 AM

Johnny, you may not be a prepper any more in this life, but as a Christian you are definitely prepared for the next, eternal life. I’m beginning to understand how to set my affection on things above, not on things on the earth. The things of this life, including our bodies, are only temporary. We should use the time we have wisely. Your post has made a lot of people think today about some very important things. Thank you.

pocketshaver 01-11-2020 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Amos Iron Wolf (Post 13034796)
I think this tune says it well. If there are folks around to give me a wake and remember me I want this played at it. Sip good whiskies, tell the stories about me. The funny, the touching, and yes, even those where I made a fool of myself. And if they don't do that I'm not staying around for the party. I sure hope they have some bagpipers and banjo players in the afterlife. I'm not that fond of harps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMkQExuzL_0

This is for those forumites who have gone on, those dealing with tough struggles now, and those of us who will follow in our time.

You've never heard non stop banjo music... it sucks after half an hour no matter whos playing.

Hell is where they send the bag pipers, both "taught" and those still "learning" to play.

Heaven is where they send the ones with emphysema and COPD and oxygen tanks

combat auto 01-11-2020 11:51 AM

IMO, focus on your health and your Christian-Life (now and in the hereafter) rather then disaster prepping. Yes, you can do both, but your post here seems to indicate you are worried and stressing about prepping. It isn't worth it if it comes to stressing over it. Your health and Christian life are a zillion times more important, especially in your situation. Remember, disasters are rare, your health is here now and every day. Your Christian-Life is eternal.

May the Holly Spirit bring you peace and guidance on this issue and all challenges you face. God Bless Johnny. FWIW, I'll say a prayer for you tomorrow AM.

scubadad 01-11-2020 01:37 PM

We all prep for the what ifs in life. Shtf, zombies, fire, flood, eotwawki. Sadly there a lot who never got a bible and prepared for what we all know will come one day.

This thread has turned towards preparing for the afterlife. Op you are still kicking and need to stay that way. Not sure where you live but if you are close to sw ohio I'll pick you up for a day of shooting any time you want.

Amos Iron Wolf 01-11-2020 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by pocketshaver (Post 13034942)
You've never heard non stop banjo music... it sucks after half an hour no matter whos playing.

Hell is where they send the bag pipers, both "taught" and those still "learning" to play.

Heaven is where they send the ones with emphysema and COPD and oxygen tanks

My Great Granddaddy from the hills of Kentucky played banjo. So careful there. :) He's the one who had me shoot his Colt .38 revolver before I was even in grade school. With him holding it too of course. It's his fault I've been a gun guy all my life. I've been known to listen to hours of banjo and bagpipes. And cello, blues, bluegrass, hard rock, soft rock, punjabi, belly dance music, alternative, country, salsa, merimbe, and so many more.

Now that awful Norteno stuff. I've had to endure hours of that when I was working at my last job. There's plenty of latin music I like, but the stuff I had to listen to was the music of demons meant to torture a reasonable man. ;) And I was forced to listen to it full shifts and day on end.

Whoever brought the accordion to Mexico should be sent to a special place in hell. No offense to Flaco and those of Texas Tornado type playing. There are exceptions. But the accordion firing up in that usually means the demons will now start singing off key and drunken coyotes will howl sporadically throughout what is supposed to be a song.

Give me banjos, bagpipes, fiddles, and penny whistles all day, any day over that.

Johnny handgun 01-14-2020 05:18 PM

I am overwhelmed by all these responses, God bless you all for your thoughtful posts, advice and stories of your own struggles. I will keep you all in my prayers. This forum has the best people on this planet and I am thankful and blessed to be on it. Thank you all so much!

Capt. Methane 01-17-2020 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13038106)
I am overwhelmed by all these responses, God bless you all for your thoughtful posts, advice and stories of your own struggles. I will keep you all in my prayers. This forum has the best people on this planet and I am thankful and blessed to be on it. Thank you all so much!

There are so many things that are in God's Hands and not our own. It seems that you were doing the right things to prevent heart disease and yet here you are.

The facts are frequently difficult to face and there are frequently things that seem insurmountable. Seeming and being are different things though and I would encourage you to do what you can for your cardiac health. There is much conflicting information out there that is not helped by the medical profession at all-the whole "eggs will kill you/eggs are good for you" thing is a perfect example!

Look into writings from the Pritikin people. The founder was an engineer who approached the issue of heart disease from a scientific viewpoint without benefit of the distractions of medical training. No promises but it has helped me-absent of immune issues-the body is fearfully and wonderfully made and will try to heal damage and there may be things you can do to help it along.

I did everything wrong for many years and now have two stents and spent a year getting my 1st class medical back-and deserved it or worse. I don't smoke any more, eat salads instead of greasy sausage (arrrgh-my kingdom for a Hardee's Biscuit!) and spend about two hours on a treadmill per week going up hill...no, running is out-I'm not going to risk blowing out my knees at this age but I can work out at that level with the incline cranked up at a fast walk!

I still think that salad is what food eats but I choke it down, have actually come to like oatmeal and have learned to make a heck of a low calorie and low fat egg white omelet in a small cast iron skillet...of course using a grilled Anaheim chile fresh from the garden is going to make anything better!

I'm back flying the line and can only hope that I'm at home if/when the peanut butter hits the fan. Still, even with my vastly improved health and the fact that I could at least serve to fix busted machines, cast bullets, reload cartridge cases and haul ammo around some of us ultimately are going to be best suited to rear guard duties because I for one just can't advance to the rear at an acceptable rate.

When and if that time comes, I'm all in...and a word for whomever the enemy may be-the Appalachian and Smokey Mountains would be best left alone, they are not worth the effort it will take to never, ever subdue the occupants!

Perhaps prepping comes down to being ready to do as much as you can do the best for about as long as can be expected in the worst possible conditions. For some youngsters no less than the continuity of civilization with Godly and Constitutional values will be the goal. For some of us, well, we can still be valuable for so long as we have breath.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as well.

johnireland 01-26-2020 12:25 AM

Dear Johnny, thank you for your wonderful post. You have made me pause and take stock of my life. So I made two lists...one of all the things I've done right and one of all the things I've done wrong. I immediately tore that second list up...things I've done wrong...and made a cup of coffee and enjoyed looking at the first list, things I've done right. I remembered when I was in my early twenties...living on unemployment...my apartment was $65 a month...the refrigerator was full, so what my gas tank, and I was two days away from my next unemployment check. At that moment I had a $20 bill to my name. A few blocks from home I came upon a short little old lady...she looked like her current life was hard and cold. She wasn't pan handling, just standing there looking confused. Are eyes met and she, in a very spontaneous way, she asked me if I would give her a quarter. I looked at her a long moment and I said I didn't have a quarter but I had this twenty dollar bill and I hoped that it would help her get wherever she was going. She started crying and she grabbed me and hugged me. We just stood there hugging each other and finally we let go. I gave her the twenty and we smiled at each other and went our separate ways. From that day on, when I see someone who looks beat up and worn out, I make a point of making eye contact, offering a greeting and an acknowledgement that they exist and have been noticed, and sometimes money...five or ten...and sometimes a 20. And what I find often means the most to them is the being looked in the eye, having someone touch them, give them a handshake. Johnny, the best advice I can offer is for you to find some time to be of service to others. It will do wonders for your heart and your health, and you will feel so rich as a result. And don't let the doctor's convince you that you are at death's door. We are all at death's door, 24/7...but the more you move that body of yours, the more alive you will realize you are. Don't worry about surviving the apocalypse...we've been doing that all our lives.

The War Wagon 01-26-2020 06:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13033898)
I really am confused about where I go from here.




You do WHAT you can, HOW you can, WHEN you can, WHERE you can, the BEST you can.


And that's all you can do.

BBBBill 01-26-2020 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by johnireland (Post 13048394)
Dear Johnny, thank you for your wonderful post. You have made me pause and take stock of my life... the best advice I can offer is for you to find some time to be of service to others. It will do wonders for your heart and your health, and you will feel so rich as a result...

And thank you for YOUR wonderful post!

US1911 01-28-2020 12:33 PM

I知 a fan of yours Johnny Handgun! I dig your posts and pics. Didn稚 realize you were struggling with health issues.

You gotta keep fighting, if you can only walk 50 without tiring, then just walk 25, except do it more frequently. If you struggle with a 40# gear bag, then cut the weight in half and make two 25 trips.

The fact that you were once in a large house and now you池e in a small apartment, doesn稚 indicate anything negative. The size of ones house isn稚 a measure of their success, in fact, recognizing the need to downsize, is actually a measure of your strength and adaptability.

I struggle with a couple of ailments myself, but the worse part of it is having to accept limitations. But, as men, whether we consciously or unknowingly attempt to solve problems, thats what we do. From childhood playground games -to- fatherhood, from careers -to- enthusiast (Hobby) related activities, from relationships -to- friendships, that痴 what we do, we solve problems.

In fact, that痴 what you池e doing now by making this thread, you池e attempting to solve a problem. While I can稚 personally relate or provide any helpful info in dealing with your specific health concerns, I can certainly relate to the spirit that drives you to seek a solution.

I知 confident that you値l cope and accept the medical limitations that you池e facing, even if it means having to adjust to different procedures and lifestyle changes. I can稚 contribute much in that regard, but I remain ever so hopeful that you値l figure out a way to maximize the odds in your favor.

Johnny handgun 01-30-2020 09:37 AM

I am grateful for all the kind words. I will do all I can to fight the good fight and let God handle that which I can’t.

557 01-31-2020 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13052602)
I am grateful for all the kind words. I will do all I can to fight the good fight and let God handle that which I can稚.

I知 a half day away by car. I致e got more food, water, and shelter than I need if the SHTF. If you can稚 find what you need closer, I値l be here....

Johnny handgun 02-01-2020 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by 557 (Post 13054204)
I知 a half day away by car. I致e got more food, water, and shelter than I need if the SHTF. If you can稚 find what you need closer, I値l be here....

Thank you, that is very kind of you. I extend the same to you should you need to bug out elsewhere.

NonHyphenAmerican 02-01-2020 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Johnny handgun (Post 13033898)
Please understand that I’m not looking for pity. I’m just looking to wrap my head around my situation.
At one time I was sitting quite well preparation wise. Lots of food, 1000 gallons of filtered treated water. Lots of guns, magazines, ammunition. First aid supplies, fuel, communications. Blah blah blah. I was working out hard, was in decent shape, I was very strong.

Then one morning it blindsided me. Massive heart attack. Torn descending aorta. Blood pressure went insane. Here I am 8 years later, thankful to be alive as they were only given me a few months once my ascending aorta completely burst. I survived that surgery too but my arteries and veins are blown out and I can barely walk due to deep vein thrombosis in my legs. I can barely walk a city block, strap on a 40 lb bag of gear and I’m lucky to make it 50 feet.

Most of my supplies are long gone other than guns, mags ammo etc. went from a big house to a one room apartment. Had to sell my business and now live on my social security.

I really am confused about where I go from here. Doctors tell me that every day is a blessing and with m uncontrolled blood pressure it’s amazing I haven’t had a stroke. Just looking for some ideas or insight. I’m a Christian and ave made peace with my savior.

First off, I'm glad to hear you survived what could've been much worse.

You're fed, clothed, sheltered and safe.

That puts you one up on lots of folks.

I'm guessing that one lesson you learned is that you can only prepare so much, but that doesn't mean your preparations will always be what is needed.

I prep for the worst and hope for the best.

The following video is one that we should all keep in mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZajMJtEP5I


Beyond that Johnny, "Keep Your Faith". If you've Done Your Best and been the Neighbor you'd want to have while keeping your Faith in Christ, that's all you can do.

wimpy 02-04-2020 06:25 AM

Thank you , for your honest thread,and I am most grateful to the uplifting response from the forum.Thats what makes this the best forum, I will pray for you,and am very glad you know Jesus.

Autonomous 02-04-2020 10:01 AM

Life is not fair.
A big, strong strapping friend had a stroke a couple days ago. We don't know yet what he will be capable of.
We do not judge you by your humble home, circumstance or even if you own a gun, you are one of us.
Just keep posting here and take care of yourself.


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