Getting old is all in your head

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Getting old is all in your head

Post by Tin Man » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:45 pm

I frequent a gun forum (I know, that’s a big shocker) where most of the participants keep pretty close tabs on each other. When a particular member had not posted for a time, there was general concern because he was up in years and, well, ya just never know….We did know the general region of the Country he was in but we also knew he had several ranches and moved around tending to each as needs arose. Folks were calling Sheriffs Offices and hospitals trying to track him down, all with no luck. We were fearing the worst when today he appeared back on the forum explaining his extended absence. As you will see in his tale, this man is of THAT generation, and it shows. And it is just too good a life story not to share:

"I'm finally back. Surprised that I seem to have been missed.

I will not make this long but will just hit the high spots since the past months have been tough.

Yes I am up in years. Long ago, when I was just a lad, I planned to live forever, as I suspect most youngsters do. So far my plan is still working , but I have hit some rough spots. In about 5 months I will be 90 years old.

My wife and I are now living in town. As a result of an accident some months ago, I have gone through four surgeries to put me back together plus one of the doctors made a mistake that cost me the use of my legs. I am still trying to learn to walk and can only hobble with a cane, but not very far. I am off of the wheelchair and crutches but doubt that I will ever be completely back to normal.

Months ago I was up in the summer grazing area checking cattle on the Route National Forest allotment. I came onto one cow with a swollen head, in an aspen grove on a steep mountainside. (I learned later from my resident Ranch Manager that she had broken infected tooth that my cowboys took care of after I was in the hospital.)

I started my good horse after the cow to rope her and check her problem but my good cow horse tripped, slipping on the very steep slope, on wet ground (it was raining), when I dallied my catch rope that had caught the cow. The cow jerked the rope dallied to the saddle horn, my horse was tripping, slipping on the steep slick ground, trying to stop running, hold the cow, and got jerked down. I went down and my horse actually rolled over me, the saddle crushing my hips and right leg.

My horse rolled about 20 or 30 feet down from me after rolling over me but got back on his feet. I tried to get up but could not. I was able to painfully crawl and slide down to my horse that was good enough to stand still as I talked to him. When I got to him, by holding to a small Aspen Tree to pull myself up onto my left leg on the uphill side of my horse, the steepness of the slope, with me on the uphill side, I was able to swing my a$$ onto the saddle and crawl over to get my left leg over the saddle and foot into the left stirrup.

After riding almost 2 hours down to the parked truck and horse trailer, I fired three shots with my Ruger Six shooter, hoping the two cowboys who had come up with me could hear and come to help me. I knew that I could not get off my horse. I waited a while and fired three more shots.

Finally both of my hired men got to me, the two getting me off my horse and laid me in the back of the pickup truck. They loaded our horses into the trailer and drove back to the ranch, unhitched the trailer then with me in the back of the truck my ranch manager and my wife drove me to the hospital in Fort Collins, 170 miles from my ranch.

I now have two new hips, a new right knee, a pinned pelvis, three titanium parts in my spine and an operated-on right torn muscle in my shoulder. It's going to take a long while until I am able get around very much. Since I had to go through four surgeries, plus recovery efforts, I bought a house in Fort Collins with the help of my wife and a Realty friend, we moved into the new house where I am close to the Orthopedic Center and hospital for continued treatments and recovery.

I don't know if I will be able to ever move back to live on the ranch but I have a good resident manager and hired men there who really don't need me under foot all the time anyway. If I can get so I can walk more than 5 minutes at a time, even with a cane, I hope to move back to the ranch.

I now have my computer in our home here in town so maybe I can write some more in a while. This is all for now".
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by Mr Wazzock » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:48 pm

Holy crap! :o
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by sixbennetts » Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:11 pm

Tough ol' bugger. I wish him well.
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by stagewex » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:59 pm

Whoa, that is some tough Hombre.
Wish him God Speed & prayers for recovery.

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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by GoatTracks » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:36 am

I wonder how many people around here would recognize a three-shot SOS?
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by snowymonkey » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:46 am

I would. Too many years hunting as a kid.
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by Peter Pan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:10 pm

Could have been the story of Frank the Swiss on CR-Arenal lake..."Y siga de jupón!" (rip)
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by DRC458 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:30 pm

Oh, wow! It's amazing he's still around to tell the story. Wishing him godspeed and a full recovery. Still shaking my head!

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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by outrider » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:45 am

They don't make um like that any longer!
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by solo1966 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:37 am

Impressive most impressive. Like my dad, just don't quit.
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by Pterodactyl » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:39 am

GoatTracks wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:36 am
I wonder how many people around here would recognize a three-shot SOS?
Worked for me while living in Alaska. Four of us were on an airboat coming home from moose hunting on the Chena River. Just getting dark when the fan shroud hit a sweeper (tree laying down abouy 6 feet above the water) as we rounded a corner. The boat rolled and all aboard were tossed in the water and all our survival gear was 12 feet under nearly freezing water. We all made it to a sandbar on the other side of the river. We figured we would spend a long cold night; it was mid September and temperatures were getting down to freezing. Some tried to start a fire and were having little luck. I had a sidearm so I fired three shots not really expecting anyone to hear them. Turnsout an off duty LEO was out star gazing and he had access to a large resreation area that was a couple of miles from the river. The area was closed but as a LEO he had a key and used the area so there would be no ambient light. He heard the shots, knew what the meant and that they were likely coming from the river. About three hours later two Zodiaks showed up with members of the local volunteer fire deparment ready to evacuate us all.
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Re: Getting old is all in your head

Post by Wildhorse Cafe » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:14 pm

I have nothing for you, but wait!
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Getting Old

Post by VWNate1 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:58 am

I'm discovering it's a lot in the bones & joints too.....

Sitting still isn't much fun .
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