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Question How busy are you for Christmas?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by neilframer, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Just wondering if you folks out there are busy now.
    For us, we are CRAZY BUSY!
    There are 7 of us working.

    I was in the hospital on Tuesday to get a Heart Angiogram with possible stent placement in an artery because of possible arterial calcium blockage.
    If a stent needed to be placed, I would have to spend the night in the hospital.
    Even with the cancer treatment I had in 2006, surgery, radiation and chemo, I never spent the night in the hospital.
    I worked Monday all day and then on Tuesday morning I was in the hospital for the procedure.
    I had this done in 2010 also but I didn't need the stent at that time.

    I wasn't put under general anesthesia but a kind of twilight sleep.
    They went in the main artery in my upper thigh groin area as they did the last time.
    Then they put a scope and other probes in the main artery all the way to my heart.
    They decided that I didn't need a stent.
    I'm glad I didn't need a stent because then I would have to be on blood thinners.

    They put a plug in the leg artery and apply pressure to prevent bleeding.
    You can bleed out in a matter of minutes if it lets go.
    The plug wasn't completely sealing so 2 different doctors applied heavy hand pressure on the plug and then they put an air pressure device on the plug area and I had to lie flat for about 2 hours with a nurse checking every 10 minutes.

    Finally they were satisfied that everything was OK and I was released at about 6:00 PM the same day.
    They don't allow you to drive after this and I didn't.

    So then, I took the next day off, Wed., but I'm back at work on Thursday, today, with a gigantic bruise going from my hip to my knee.:eek:
    It looks like a sunset after a nuclear blast, about 8" wide by 18" long.
    I worked the full day today, but I'm not supposed to lift anything heavy for about a week...:oops:
    Meanwhile, I was asked if I can work any extra hours until Christmas because I manage the shop....:cool:

    I rarely have any time to even be on the Grumble at all during the day.
    All of that said, How busy are you?...o_O

    Now about the biscuits and gravy....:p
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018
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  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Really busy, Neil. Just got a job for 300 mats on top of the Xmas rush.

    I went through the stent thing ten years ago, and they could not break through the blockage, so they told me to develop collaterals and gave me the usual drugs. Really cool watching the probe on TV going into the heart. So I’ve got one totally blocked artery, and one 50% blocked, neither of which are a big deal. Used the nitro spray once since then. Using two statins, my cholesterol count went from 7 to below 2. Doctors are satisfied.

    Difference between you and me? My only direct cost was parking for the day. $13.
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  3. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Glad to hear it, Ted.;)
    Only $13???
    Well, I'm on Medicare now with a supplemental plan so it may not cost me anything either although I pay about $150 a month for the plans.
    I've paid into Medicare and Social Security every year for almost 50 years (if only I had that money..o_O)
    Not to mention the probably $70,000 I paid for insurance for the last 10 years.
    I had some employer paid insurance before that but it cost those employers many thousands of dollars.
    These medical insurance companies do nothing but suck up money between the insured and the medical industry.

    I don't pay anything for doctor visits and X-rays, scans and most procedures cost nothing.
    If I was on the insurance that I had before Medicare, It would cost me over $5,000 just for this procedure plus over $500 a month for the insurance.
    But, The parking was free...:D
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018
  4. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    I'm working between sixty and seventy hours a week. My husband, who also has a day job, is working between 70 and 80.
    Not usually this many hours at Christmas, but we have a staffing shortage, with no time to train. It's a good thing we like each other.
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  5. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I've stopped taking order for Christmas this last Sunday. I have been in the shop until 3:00 am and back in the shop by 8:00 am, that means I've been averaging 4 hours sleep a night and this has been going on since the middle of October. This has been one of my busier Holiday Seasons...I'm getting to old for this :rolleyes: but I love it.
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  6. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I stopped taking Christmas orders round about October. Still got a few trade jobs to finish up. Then I am going to
    do a bit of decorating. Just finished the biggest frame I have ever made. About 8' x 6' around the outside. All built
    up from various plain profiles. Six coats - filler/primer/topcoat plus a bit of gilding. That's like sanding and painting
    a piece of moulding about 200ft long and 5 inches wide. Had to commandeer the front of the shop and build a makeshift
    extension to the design table. Dust sheets all over the place. Major job and not easy single-handed. It was for a canvas
    painting of a horse and went away in a horsebox. :D Spend yesterday clearing up the aftermath. :confused:
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  7. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Well , I upped my hours from 20 to 25 a week right up to around 30 to 35, really not liking thes late ones, getting home at 5pm is a real drag and I am missing my afternoon nap, still back to normal soon :).
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  8. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Neil, I wish you speedy recovery.
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  9. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    MY hours: 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - 7 days a week! (Since the day after Thanksgiving.)
    Business hours: Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Tuesday thru Saturday.
  10. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks, Paul.
    I tend to bounce back quickly.;)
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  11. bruce papier

    bruce papier MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    We've been busy, but not crazy-busy and I'm O.K. with that. For years, we pushed to get as many orders done as possible no matter what the cost in time and effort. Then we got to thinking about how much of the extra income ended up in our personal pockets. It just isn't worth killing ourselves for a few hundred extra bucks.
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  12. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    This is my 1st year retired. I don't miss it one bit. Hope everything goes well for all you and you get your reward. I had to get knee surgery 10 days ago and thinking my timing was perfect. If this had happened last year I would have disappointed a lot of clients.

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  13. echavez123

    echavez123 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Neil, hope you are feeling better and get back into the groove and find time to enjoy Christmas.

    We are in the typical crunch mode and surprisingly some unexpected corporate orders are being processed now - I think its year-end budget spending. I can take the orders, but I wont get material until January. Saturday, I am leaving early going for a night hike to a peak in the Lake Mead area to watch the moonrise with 19 other hikers. Hey, its Christmas!
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  14. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks, Ernesto!
    I am very much in the groove...:D
    Enjoy your hike, I bought a bicycle to ride to work a few weeks ago.
    I had to back off for a week or two after my angiogram, but I will be back on the bike next week.
    Just a note, I live about 5 blocks from where I work, not exactly a long distance trek...:rolleyes::p
    But still, it's a little exercise for a 66 year old framer like me...:cool:

    Our shop has done installations in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno for a corporation that we work with.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  15. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Hey Neil are you going through a rehab program for your heart?
  16. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks for asking, Ted.
    No, I have had no heart symptoms, just something shows up on my annual treadmill stress test.
    Everything else is right on.
    After this test, my doctor has changed the statin drug that I'm taking from Pravastatin to Robuvastatin Calcium.

    I have had 2 angiograms in the last 10 years.
    Each time they thought that I might need a stent but they didn't place one.
    Both of them were performed by the same cardiac surgeon.
    Both times, no stent was needed at this time.
    I have to believe that if they are into my major femoral artery looking and they don't place a stent, then I don't need one at this time.
    This last one, they told me to pack a bag to possibly spend the night at the hospital.

    They go into the major femoral artery in my groin area and when they are done, they put a collagen plug in the artery to stop the bleeding.
    This artery can bleed out very quickly and can be bad situation.
    They couldn't quite get the plug to seal so 2 doctors applied major pressure to the plug with their hands and then an air pressure device was used.
    I had to lie still and flat for 2 hours and a nurse checked me every 10 minutes.
    (and I really had to use the bathroom but I had to lie flat on the bed and I held off until I could use the bathroom :eek:).
    The collagen plug is absorbed after about 60 to 90 days.

    I was released at 6:00 PM the same day.
    Because of all of the pressure applied to the area, my groin to my knee looked like the sunset after a nuclear blast the following week.

    I boarded my dog Maya for the night anyway and I could watch her play with the other dogs on the webcam from the dog boarding place.:D
    With all of this, I missed work the day of the procedure and I took off the next day.
    Then, with all of the rush orders, I have worked every day since even more hours than I usually do.

    I'm just a really stubborn guy and getting cancer or having other issues just makes me stronger.:cool: (and more stubborn);)
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
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  17. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    I hope you are recovering quickly. This is the first holiday season in a while that has not seen us extremely busy. Numbers are around the same as last year, so I would call business flat. Corporate has been great this year, but retail has not had the same growth. This is not to say we don't have work to keep 10 framers busy; we do, but I just like to see that crazy busy rush during the week before Christmas.
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  18. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    This year has been overly busy - the most I have ever had. I am still working at 3:00 am but ready to shut down for the night. I am working on my last promised Christmas order...I'm up at least 25% this year. I am happy this Holiday Season's framing is over - 20 hours a day is way to much for this old guy....
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  19. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Glad you are all busy, now go home and take it easy for a while, Merry Christmas!!!!!
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  20. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    We'll follow these orders in six and a half hours. For now, I'm wearing my gold princess skirt and rocking some Christmas framing.
    Your buddy has taken the day off from his day job and is gracing us with his presence. Merry Christmas! :D
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  21. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    We finished all of the Christmas framing last Friday and all is well.
    We closed at noon today, Monday, and we are closed tomorrow on Christmas day.

    On Wednesday, we will be starting a project of 290 mirrors in 3 different mouldings and we are supplying the mirrors.
    I may get tired of looking at myself after this one....:eek::confused::cool:
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