icecube57 wrote:Im trying to go back to work asap if i can ween myself off of these narcotics... taking 1 pill im drowsy 2 pills Im knocked for 2-3 hours. Im driving 8 hrs a day at work for 1800 Flowers and get paid per delivery... last thing i need is a car wreck. Im taking high doses of Ibuprofen about 800-1200mg with a mixture of asprin about 1000mg which has me kinda amped but im doing alot more than i should and I really feel it at night and in the morning... Im saving the narcs for night time.
My mom just got both of her knees replaced and she said that getting hooked on the pain killers and getting back off of them was worse than the actual pain in her knees. She's a tough lady too. I've been busted up alot and had a few kidney stones and anymore, I won't even take pills. I started taking a bunch of ibuprofen for a wrecked knee a few years ago and it made my blood pressure go crazy and it hasn't been right since so be careful with all of that stuff. I know your arm hurts like all hell but I'd personally rather feel my arm hanging from a scrap of skin that feel the pill dt's ever again. I've definitely felt both and it's an easy call in my book. It sounds like you have a smart doctor as far as getting you fixed up goes. I'd try some herbs (good ones) for the pain, to help you sleep, to help you stomach the pills, and also to help ween you off of them. It's not everyone's cup of tea but when I get an MRI, a crowd of doctors usually gathers around the screen like it's a freak show and I don't take anything for pain that doesn't grow out of the ground.
As far as financial assistance goes, I'd love to help more but extra cash is a cruel joke to me right now. I'm unemployed, just moved to a new town, and trying to get a new business going with a tiny budget on a credit card......
As a person who has faced quite a few medical bills I could never afford, I can offer some advice though. Continue to live your life and do whatever you can to bite those bills off in chunks. As long as you pay something, they have to work with you. They'll tell you different sometimes but if you send them a check, even if it's for $25 when you owe them $2500, they'll cash it and let you in the door for your next appointment. I'd use the cash you have now to try and get some kind of business going. For a person as smart and organized as yourself, self employment can be a good way to go. Just find a niche and run with it. I've painted curbs, done landscaping, mobile car stereo installs, made bass tapes, ......all kinds of little things that were cheap and easy to get into and paid the bills for a while. I really think this electric bike thing is about to take off big and you definitely have a knack for it. I bet if you gave it some thought you could get some stuff going in your town.
Here's one idea.
Ordering stuff from China a few little pieces at a time generally sucks. It's inefficient, takes a long time, they don't pack stuff well sometimes, bad quality control, mis-communicated orders, stuff on perpetual back order, shipping damage, returns.... We all know Hobbyking has the best deal on batteries for now but I'm sure there are other people out there like me that don't want our credit cards going off to China for who knows what right now. I think that watching for popular items to come into stock from sketchy suppliers like them, then buying it, testing it, and reselling it could be quite profitable. If someone was willing to stock some good lipo from China, test/inspect/cycle the cells once they get over the pond, then resell the good ones, I'd gladly pay double for 30C lipo packs, and probably 30% over HK retail for nano tech stuff.
For instance, for many reasons, the batteries I just bought from you are worth more to me than new ones straight from hobbyking. Why? Basically, it's because I know what I'm getting. I've seen them on video! In use! You've cycled them a few times, given duds time to show up. You got lucky and got undamaged cells in the first place and kept them in good shape. And most importantly, my money is going to help another honest, nice, intelligent, contributing person that happens to be in a time of need instead of going to some dude in China....or some dude in Australia with a tiny percentage of it staying with the folks in China that do all of the work.
Another for instance. After HK sent me under-packaged, beat up batteries, compromised my credit card info, then ignored me, I didn't want to deal with them anymore so I put an ad up here looking for a turnigy 80-100 motor. I paid $200 for a used one with damaged during install but upgraded ceramic bearings, a new piece of shaft that didn't fit anything, and burnt windings. Even when it came in worse condition than I expected it to be in, it wasn't a bad deal to me. Bearings are cheap and windings need to be redone usually anyway. I ended up sending that motor to Thud for him to use for parts for the motor for AussieJester's new build after I boogered it up trying to get the stator loose.
My point is, there are a lot of companies out there that sell stuff people want but have BAD customer service. If you can find the popular products, catch them while they're in stock, and redistribute them with GOOD customer service, you're adding value, making money, and not having to have a boss.
Anyway, I hope some of that helps....
If you could get that stuff shipped out before the weekend, it would really help me out. I need to get some bikes done, and sold....... soon!......or curb the ebikes again and put up some landscaping flyers!