Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Day


I am doing good with my RA with the exception of my hands.  My fingers have been stiff, swollen and hurting pretty bad over the last month.  I have also had trouble hanging onto things, which isn't the best situation for me.  I work 12 hour shifts using a 6 inch square point knife and a utility knife all day long.  In addition to this, when changing doctor blades on the ink cavities on the print decks of the press, the blade is essentially a 4 foot long razor blade.  One of the pressmen that I work with slipped, and the blade cut through the cut gloves we wear, cutting across the inside of his thumb to the bone while severing ligaments and tendons. 





We had a severe winter storm pound us Friday afternoon and night.  The weathermen had predicted it so I packed an overnight bag, not really thinking I would need it when leaving for work Friday morning.  We had rain for about 36 hours before the winter storm hit us.  The rain changed to sleet and freezing rain, then snow.  Plant management came through telling everyone that they could go home if they wanted to.  My check was going to be short next week already, so I told them I would stay.  There were enough of us to keep running the press and as most everyone was leaving, I checked the radar.  Ooops, maybe I should have gone on, oh well, it won't be that bad.  That's when one of the guys I am working with tells me, "I have only seen them do this one other time ... believe it was around 78 or 79."  Turns out we received 7 inches of snow on top of sleet and freezing rain While that is not much to other locations, you have to remember our average yearly snow fall is 1.1 inches, some years we don't get more than a dusting and occasionally we don't get any snow at all.  The street department does not have the equipment or manpower for this type of winter storm, so it is crippling.  I worked 4 extra hours and got off at 11 pm to head over to Steve's house.  Steve is a fellow pressman and lives a few blocks away from work.  I pulled out of the parking lot and was immediately, completely sideways at 10 mph.  I straightened my truck back up and carefully feathered the gas pedal only to be sideways again.  This is probably the slickest stuff I have ever tried to drive on.  Glad there is a convenience store at the corner.  Forget Steve's, I bought a small pizza, turned around and went back to spend the night at the plant with 4 or 5 others.  I slept pretty good, you would be amazed how good a plush office chair feels after being on your feet for 16 hours.  

We didn't lose power like they originally thought we might, and after putting in 12 hours Saturday, I drove home that night.  It felt good to be back home but I was so tired I pulled my steel toed boots off (had them on for 39 hours straight), showered, ate and fell asleep on the couch.  All in all, feeling pretty good for my first day off today ... even if I can't go ride.

12 comments:

rheumablog said...

WOW, Terry! That was one wild, marathon day-night-day at work and man, what an incredible storm. Was that your truck in the photo? Much as I love snow, I do NOT love driving in it, and I truly hate trying to drive when it's icy. You were smart to pack that overnight bag.

As you know, I've been dealing with bad hands and fingers lately, too. It's aggravating, frustrating and sometimes, like you pointed out, even dangerous to have to try to use painful hands for gripping things and for delicate work. Here's hoping that they ease up for you soon.
-Wren

tharr said...

No, I didn't think about saying anything about the truck in the ditch. That is not my truck, mine is sitting safe and sound (after getting back home last night in it) in the driveway.

Hope your hands get to feeling better as well Wren.

Laurie Grassi said...

Yikes! That's a bad storm for anywhere. Glad you made it through, and hope your hands feel better soon.

:) Laurie

tharr said...

Thanks Laurie. I am so ready for spring and getting winter out of here. Never was a huge winter fan in my pre RA days, but now, the cold just hurts me too much to enjoy it.

Laurie Grassi said...

Sorry to hear that, Tharr. May the warm weather come quickly for you then! L

Just Me said...

Thanks for sending that winter weather on to Tennessee partner. We hunkered down and road the storm out at home. But not until after I had to shovel the entire driveway and lay down salt to get Amy's car into the garage. After that Addy and I got to enjoy the snow. Hoping you are warming up and thawing out like us. Mike...

Cathy said...

What's up with the hands lately? I am reading everywhere about sore hands. Mine have been swolen and sore too. Maybe it is the cold?
I am glad you made it back to work safely. I am familiar with icy roads growing up in Kansas. They are not good news. Here in chicago suburbs they salt at the mention of snow. Even our side streets get plowed quickly. I love it!

Living It, Loving It said...

I have precision issues when my hands. It must be a challenge having to work with precision on the job with RA. There is a lot I cannot do. Something like tightening the screws on a cabinet door is challenging for me.

Thank you for visting my blog and leaving comments. They are always appreciated and you always know the right thing to say. Thanks Terry.

tharr said...

Hey Mike, no problem. I didn't want to keep all of this good weather for myself. Just trying to do the right thing and share some of it with you.

Cathy, I don't know what is going on with hands lately. I have also noticed on other blogs that a lot of people are having a difficult time with their hands lately. I think we have one, maybe two plows in the city where I work. We just don't see this kind of snow except once every 10 or 15 years.

tharr said...

Lana, I have serious damage in my feet and hands but ordinarily my hands don't give me too much of a problem. I don't know if it's the extended, colder than normal winter have had or something else, but the last month something has had an abnormal affect on my hands.

I always enjoy catching up on your blog. Everything from serious issues to Garfield. Well, everything except for that one song you had up that one time. I got it stuck in my head and couldn't quit thinking about it. lol Thankfully I can't recall the title of it now.

Living It, Loving It said...

I won't post it again Terry, I promise. I won't even tell you the name of it. All that uniqueness on my blog - I call it "nonsense." :)

allflaredup said...

Oh gosh, your pictures are impressive and I'm SO glad that's not your truck. :)

I think the cold is bothering everyone's hands right now- mine are a wreck! Take care of yourself and be careful on the presses- I do a lot of root cause investigations and the thought of working around those blades with RA acting up made me nervous for you!