jdubbery, Thanks for the well wishes and compliments. For the first 15 years of our marriage, I worked in the field of medicine as technical director of the Cardio-Pulmonary divisions of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University Of Maryland Hospital, and also the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit. Consequently, I am well aware of what is in store for me, particularly when you consider that many of my patients were steel workers with advanced asbestosis. Because of this, I was fairly confident that it was inevitable that I would contract this fatal disease later in life - just no way to predict when it was coming. I also know there is no treatment other than trying to avoid other forms of pulmonary diseases that people are normally exposed to through contact with others. When my daughter tells me my grandson has a cold, I will not allow them to come for a visit - it could be fatal.
Minnewaska, my wife and I rented a home in Marathon two years ago, and while we had a ball the entire two months of winter we stayed there, the cost was horrendous. The rent alone for two months was $7,000, then there is the cost of getting there, getting back to Maryland, going out to dinner, etc..., and the bottom line was more than $10,000 for just two months. When I was living aboard the boat at Marathon City Marina and tied to the bulkhead, the cost was about $1,000 a month, including slip rent, food and booze. In both instances, I was still able to play music and make money to help offset the expenses, but my lung and back problems forced me to retire last August, something I never wanted to do. As I have stated many times in the past, I had the best job on the planet.
Mike, I will definitely post photos of the job as it progresses. Yesterday I went to Home Depot to look at the fiberglass sheeting, which I believe will do a great job. Just need to get some more information on how to make the bends on the outer edges. I believe I can do this with a heat gun, but first I'll have to buy a sheet of fiberglass to test this. The folks at Home Depot didn't know if that would work, so I posted a question to the manufacturer. Still waiting for an answer from them.
Caberg, I filed for compensation from the manufactuers three years ago, and thus far, two checks have come from the attorneys. The attorneys got 40 percent, the doctor that read the X-ray and made the diagnosis got $200, and I got the remainder, which was the lesser amount. What amazed me is the doctor gets $100 from each and every check, despite the fact he was paid by Medicare and Blue Cross for reading the X-rays and diagnosis. What a rip-off. I also filed with the VA for compensation. This was done 5 years ago. After waiting 3 years, the VA had a PA examine me at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, then denied my claim saying that I was not symptomatic. That PA had no training in pulmonary medicine, and knew nothing whatsoever about asbestosis, but that didn't make any difference to them. I was told to refile by my VA doctor this past July, when I had to go on supplemental oxygen, which by VA regulations, must be compensated 100 percent. The VA said they cannot process that claim because the initial claim is under appeal. I called the appeal team yesterday, spent two hours on hold, and they finally said they would enter the new claim as additional documentation to the original claim. I asked when I would be having a new review, and they said "These things take time, you know." I blew my stack because I know they want me to die first, so they don't have to do anything. I guess 5 years isn't enough time for the VA to take care of my case.
Tomorrow will be a bit chilly, but the winds are supposed to be kicking along at 10 to 15 with gusts to 20 - good sailing conditions for my old tub. If any of you are sailing around in the upper bay tomorrow, look for an old codger sitting in the helm seat with a cold beer in his hand and his feet propped on on the lazerette, smiling as he bounces off the remaining crab pot floats.
All the best,