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Change to Profile II #138825
09/28/03 04:12 AM
09/28/03 04:12 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
It is with great disdain that I post this message.
I will (so I am told by my Medical Practicioner) never work on Lines again or do Faults work, unless I sit a very substantial Physical and Mental test as to my way of thinking.
Apparently, I am ready to go back to General Wiring work, but I will never do Lines work again, how can a guy like this say this.
I really HATE messing around in an office ALL day and talking to all the Lines people doing the work!. [Linked Image]

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Re: Change to Profile II #138826
09/28/03 04:54 AM
09/28/03 04:54 AM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
I am sorry to hear that Trumpy, but given the alternative it will not seem that bad.

When ever some one would kid my Dad about getting older the standard response from him was "It's better than the Alternative"


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Re: Change to Profile II #138827
09/28/03 06:51 AM
09/28/03 06:51 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Sorry to hear that Mike. As Bob said though, "It's better than the alternative."

I suppose you might also be kind of glad when it's not you getting called out at 2 a.m. in the middle of winter to climb a pole in a muddy field!

But I do understand the frustration of not being able to do what you enjoy the most. I was restricted in my activities after surgery for just a few weeks, and it wasn't easy to just sit around.

Re: Change to Profile II #138828
09/28/03 08:47 PM
09/28/03 08:47 PM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
Mike, I don't get it.

It was a heart attack.

Why do you have to take a psychological test?

I can understand the Physical.

Could it just be to see if your brain is up to the metal stresses of the job also?

Paul's got a point least you don't have to be on call 24/7...

Re: Change to Profile II #138829
09/28/03 10:30 PM
09/28/03 10:30 PM
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
I have a great deal of empathy with you, and you know where I'm coming from bro.

When I took the engineering position in 99 it was basically cause my knees just couldn't do it anymore - I knew this one day I was leaving work and could not kick my bike over, had to get another guy to start it, really embarrasing, I NEVER had to have anyone do anything for me before, just the way it goes.

If you survive the first emergency, you'll do fine. I remember the first storm came through and I'm pacing the house for hours worried to death about the guys out there, knowing they were better off without having to worry about how my hooks got upside down.

Hang in bro. At some point you'll actually go "Man, it's so warm in here, and SO cold out there" "Somebody bring me another log in here, I'm getting chilly" Life ain't over, slick....just altered slightly. When I turn and growl, they still back up, betcha you'll find the same.

Re: Change to Profile II #138830
09/28/03 11:04 PM
09/28/03 11:04 PM
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Trumpy — Plan to share your experience and material that made you trained and qualified to safely work on >415V systems. You know the “rules” that make the approach to medium- and high-voltage maintenance different, and that momentary lapses in judgment can cause very serious problems so much greater and unforgiving than with low-voltage systems. Scaling the understanding of inside wiring to “outside” wiring is not always intuitive to others, and an important thing to do now is logically convince less familiar that there’s not an obvious correlation. Ohm’s law holds for both ends of the spectrum. Never forget that the numbers can be massively different, and unfortunately there are striking examples {in the form of tragic accidents} that repeatedly bear this out, and can irreversibly occur in a heartbeat.

Re: Change to Profile II #138831
09/29/03 12:42 AM
09/29/03 12:42 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
I guess I am over-reacting. [Linked Image]
The alternative WOULD be worse, but I don't really like being cooped up in an office, I guess this was why I became a Liney in the first place, to work outdoors.
It's just going to take a wee bit of getting used to.
In the meantime, I'm getting real GOOD at Solitaire!!. [Linked Image]
As anyone around me knows, I am quite highly-strung(or at least I was before my H/Attack), just stressing out on the smallest of things.
Thankfully things have changed for the better, I really couldn't give a Monkey's these days!, just whatever comes these days.
Before my attack I was really stressing, I actually said a few things to a few guys at work that I now regret, but it was thier fault for not having things done on time, shouldn't have flown off the handle like I did though!!. [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 09-29-2003).]

Re: Change to Profile II #138832
09/29/03 05:17 AM
09/29/03 05:17 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
Thanks for the support guys.
I WILL be going back to the work that I was doing before, it's just a question of when, not if.
I have to be positive at this point in time, otherwise I will bog myself down in self-pity and that will the beginning of the end in my eyes!. [Linked Image]
The one thing I can't work out, is the fact that I am probably one of the fittest people of my age that I know, but go figure!. [Linked Image]

Re: Change to Profile II #138833
10/13/03 01:39 AM
10/13/03 01:39 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
I suppose I'd better change that profile back.
I have just had my first day back at work, in an Electrical Contracting sort of way.
Had a great day at work and even did some real work for a change.
But, I would just like to say to all at ECN, thanks so much for all the support over the time that I have been sort of bumming about my predicament, you guys know who you are, take a good bow!.
Thanks y'all!!. [Linked Image]
Kindest Regards,
Mike Trump. [Linked Image]


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