Any Disabled Airgunners On Here?

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    cmatera
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    Good on you.  Do whatever is in your control to better yourself.  I’m 5’5” and weigh 125#.  There is nothing I can do to improve, I only wish there was.

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    BnHappy
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    I'm doing what I can while I can, hope the best for ya.

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    dodge3500
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    I'm not disabled but I did crush my right hand fairly good which required 5 surgeries to get limited use back hence why I love my .25 flex that cocks on the left side.I feel for you guys that are disabled as my dad was severely disabled since I was a child till his death,my wife and long time friend are both disabled .The things that most folks take for granted like just walking up 3 steps my wife struggles severely at times or just getting in and out of a vehicle is a real ordeal to get through somedays.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you guys for strength to carry on and to be surrounded by loved ones.

    God bless

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    Therealld
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    I compete in airgun benchrest matches and Field Target matches.  I'm not VERY disabled most times, but have a decent supply of walking sticks and canes spread around for when my ankle or lower back acts up.  I use an electric mobility scooter to get around on larger field target courses as well as on my own 21 acre property.  I have a lower back issue, and a sortof bum knee and ankle that precludes me from shooting from a proper kneeling position and makes it difficult to shoot offhand with any sort of steadiness.  But though I'm old, my back is actually maybe very slightly better than a couple decades ago, when I used a cane more frequently than now.

    I'm not disabled to a point where I can't get around or need a blue tag on the car mirror, but for sure my shooting skills are adversely affected.  I think most of my health issues are related to diabetes.  That said, I enjoy shooting, and I work in my machine shop some to tune or even build airguns and other toys … despite my "work day" being cut short by my back and hands giving out after a couple two or three hours.  I take around 15+ pills a day, and some insulin in a syringe, but I feel mostly lucky to be as ok as I am, since lotsa guys my age are already dead.

    I can't hear so good, and the eyes aren't great, and memory and patience is getting thin. 

    But I'm not one to complain.

    LD

    President of the Couch Potato Shooting Club

     

     

     

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    Therealld
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    Me too on the resolution to lose weight!  Heck, even 20 pounds would have me feeling better than ever!

    I HAVE been exercising a little more … have an "Ebike"  that assists with the peddling to help flatten the huge hills all around the area I live.  Yah, I can ride a bike, but can't walk very far… gofigger

    The above said, exercise has proven a waste of time for losing weight for me … eating less carbs seems to work better, and give me more energy and less pain.  I exercise just to try to regain strength and stamina I used to have.

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    davelarson
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    This is definitely a excellent thread! Now that I hear from others what you all deal with I feel really really fortunate actually. I’m fused in the neck in three places, steady pain that builds up during the day. Can’t sleep well, waking every couple hours to find a comfortable position (which doesn’t exist!). Four hours is the most sleep I get ever. But I just discovered something like magic for joint pain. I had carpal tunnel and ulnar surgeries on both arms, it worked but I still have lots of pain by the end of the day in my hands wrists and elbow joints. Anyway, here’s the jar of magic it’s called “HLNG rlf x cream”. I got the strongest stuff #800, it’s a CBD product and it is amazing. It took the throbbing ache away from my knuckles and wrists. I highly recommend trying it. It’s not cheap, this little jar is $50…but when you find something that works, who cares about what it costs! I even applied it to my neck but that didn’t do much, but if your hands hurt definitely give it a shot!

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    Bigragu
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    I just started attending a functional rehabilitation program this week. I was awarded 20 sessions. Tuesday thru Thursday, at 6 hours a day. It’s where they teach you to live with chronic pain. You do everything from exercise, cardio, yoga, tai chi, diet training, psychiatric sessions, you name it. Really a great program. 

    As far as the weight loss thing, it’s all a about the diet, as most of you probably know. Understand that any fad related diet will drop the pounds initially, but they are not geared for the long haul. I’ve been around this whole health thing for 40 years, watched so many of the fad diets fail. When it comes to a change in one’s diet, our generation is sorta like our kids generation, the “I want it now”, but, folks, it doesn’t work that way. It’s about a conscious decision to eat normal, but choose your foods wisely.

    theirs a new way of eating lifestyle out, and a movie about it called Game Changers. I suggest you watch it. It’ll blow your mind how today’s top athletes eat. 

    Also, have the mindset of “eat for function, not for taste”. Learn ways like leave the table wanting more, you’ll lose weight. Leave the table satisfied, you’ll maintain weight, and leave the table feeling gorged, and yes, you’ll be packing on the lbs.

    if you must have meat, eat from the animals that fly, run, and swim, not from the animals that stand around grazing and sleep all day. 

     

    If any any of you are serious about this weight change for 2020, maybe we ought to start a tread in the off topic session and share our journey. I think it would be fun, and hold us accountable.

     

    What say you?

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    davelarson
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    Bigragu, That’s definitely a great idea to have a off topic thread. It would be great to have a on going thread about this stuff for sharing new information. I saw Game Changers on Netflix and I agree with you, it was very interesting and backed up by science too, not just a new diet!

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    Bigragu
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    In that rehab class i learned about myplate.com, a site to help plan your meals towards success. We all know eating good leads to feeling good.

     

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    DanielL
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    I just want to say I'm impressed with your attitude while facing adversity.  Many people much better off only find things to complain about.  

    Love the user name you chose too.

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    Bigragu
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    I try, man, but it’s tough a lot of the times. I was just telling my counselor in that class just Thursday, that I did not expect to “end up” like this upon retirement. I had plans long time ago of the things I dreamt about doing when I retired, like hunt in Alaska, back pack hunt, still play some fast pitch baseball ir also play on a men’s rec basketball team, but truth be known, I can’t ebrn hang with my family for a night out looking at Christmas lights.

    my wife, son, and his girlfriend got to climb up a mountain in Tahoe using snowshoes(large group of people, and it was guided and organized). Once at top, they all had a nice sit down dinner and toasted New Years at 12:00. I can imagine how my wife had felt, as everyone gave their spouse or partner that midnight kiss, and she was by herself. I would’ve loved to have been up there, but with a case of drop foot I don’t think I would’ve done too well on snow shoes. 

    Me, I had a beer and two shots of tequila, as I sat around feeling sorry for myself. So, yeah, I have my “down” moments, as I’m sure a lot of you also do. 

    This class is helping me to cope and deal with the cards dealt onto me. If any of you have a functional rehabilitation program available tonyou snd you can get insurance to cover it, I highly recommend you take the classes. 

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    BnHappy
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    OMG do I understand, I was into bodybuilding, mainly because I have Crohn's and I had to keep as much muscle on me as I could because it would eventually be eaten up as it did several times.

    But yeah, I am so lucky to have a good woman, I have to sit and watch her do everything most of the time, it's a rough mental game when you go through that. It's also rough because I have found that people become real nasty when they think they can now walk on you and you can't fight back, a lot of people start trying to take advantage of you, at least a few have with me. All this is connected because it deals with having a good woman, they are jealous and thought they could take that away from me as well. I'm a lucky guy is all I can say.

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    Broken_WV_Guy
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    I'm recently disabled post a dual lumbar fusion. I can move, but not without progressively causing more pain.
     

    I would love to compete but all the competition styles I see online have some aspect that I couldn't do. The prone position is the most comfortable for me personally. I would love to see a division for people with disabilities.

    It's just another one of those things that we can't relate to until we are in the situation ourselves. I'm struggling to read most of these post without getting emotional. Just wanted to say hello and that I fully understand what you guys deal with on a daily basis.

     

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    BnHappy
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    I think it would be good to have a competition for disabled airgunners, I personally don't know if I would get involved, but my thinking is that there are many a lot worse off than I am, it still hasn't completely registered that I am standing in those shoes, not as bad off as others, but no doubt there.

    …but I still don't believe it, lol.

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    Bigragu
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    [email protected] BNHAPPY- I use to BB also, back in the mid 1980’s. Only did one show, the Mr Sacramento. Didn’t realize at 21 I already was chiseling off something towards a bucket list, you know. Besides that, I’ve kept myself strong for my trade as it is very taxing on your body. I liked the fact that when 2pm came most co workers were done for the day with an hour and a half left on the clock, but I kept on going like the energizer bunny. When I got home, the tool bags came back on as I remodeled my house for 14 years straight. After work and on weekends. It’s no surprise my body ended up like it is.

    What cracks me up, is I still think I’ve got that 25 year old strength and muscle structure(hell no!) and when I first got into PCP’s I bought a Hill hand pump thinking that’ll be easy peasy……boy was I wrong. When I reached 2600 psi on the Hill gage, and still had 400 to go, I was whining like a teenage girl with no money for makeup. And that evening, I paid for it. So, after three tried sessions with the hill pump, I said forget it!! 

     

    Sometimes we gotta pick our battles, lol

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