I am starting this thread here, in the hauling forum with the specific intent of helping fellow GTT'er, ***********, who is often called **. As some of you may be aware, WB is a Veteran and recently, he had both legs amputated about 4" beneath the knees . He has a 1025r tractor that he calls Betsy, which is something he really enjoys using. He was very concerned about using Betsy once he returned home following his surgery.
I mentioned on the Good Morning thread, where ** regularly posted prior to his surgery and occasionally since the operation as he is able, that I am going to provide a new Ken's Bolt on Hook's Cab Step for **'s tractor in the hopes this will help him with his new prosthetics regain his ability to climb onto the operator platform and run his tractor once again.
JDForever, contacted me and indicated he would also like to help ** in his return to home and using his tractor. JDForever is going to provide the new 1 series assist handle which is soon to be released by Ken at Ken's Bolt on Hooks. JDF and I were corresponding via PM's and email and discussing this issue when he suggested starting a thread where we could coordinate the offers of assistance or any items which ** would find helpful.
We wanted a place in the public forum where we could have this discussion but that ** was unlikely to discover in his normal Use of GTT. From what I have heard from Jason (Dieselshadow), ** usually stays within the categories of the "Other" threads and Implements and Attachments and the SCUT categories. I came up with the idea speaking with JDF that we would "Hide our Thread to help ** in Plain Sight", and after consideration of a host of facts which I won't get into, I chose the hauling forum because it's not widely used and ** doesn't visit this thread.
So, here we are. I don't know when he is going to be released from rehabilitation and returning home. He has a very "Long Haul" ahead of him on his road to his new normal with his prosthetic lower leg limbs. I felt providing him with the step would be an emotional uplifting experience for him and encourage him to regain the use of Betsy again.
JDF is spot on that the assistance handle(s) are also going to be very important. While this thread was launched to help coordinate the effort to provide ** with these items to encourage him and also provide practical assistance for his use of the machine, I am sure there are numerous other things and ways which those interested at GTT could provide some motivation and practical assistance.
Other ideas I had included the Heavy Hitch trash can cart hauling bracket(s). If I recall, the very last thing ** wrote that he did with Betsy the day before he went into the hospital was to use Betsy to haul the trash carts to the curb and it seems like he may have even posted a picture of the tractor with the carts in the bucket, if I recall. This would be a safer and easier way to complete this task.
So, fellow GTT'ers, if you are interested in helping ** in any way, large or small, this is a thread to share ideas, discuss the plans each of us may have to help and also avoid efforts which could result in duplication of items or providing items which he may already have, etc.
Consider this an open discussion for asking questions, making suggestions and even getting and giving ideas of assistance for **.
I don't know ************ other than having "spoken" very briefly among threads here on GTT. I will work on getting his address and contact information and perhaps, even making contact with his wife so she can give us some insight and ideas and suggestions.
Please don't mention any details of this in the open threads, let's just refer to it as "The Long Haul". I would like to make as much of this as we can a surprise for ** once he returns home, which at this point, I haven't heard when he thought that might be.
As many of you know, my wife and I like to send animal friends we make on GTT nice little surprise packages during the holidays and at other special times or events. I am pretty sure ** has a dog as well, and if so, we will be sending his K9 companion a little gift box as ** has been away for some time and it would likely brighten the pups day as well.
I am going to go into the Good Morning thread and contact those who have already contacted me about helping ** in some manner so they can come over to this thread and post thoughts or ideas and share information.
** is a fellow GTT'er, an American Veteran and someone who had endured some very serious medical issues and some extremely tough times with what he is going through. His posts on GTT have remained positive and considering what he is going through, remarkably positive. He has a very good attitude about the entire process and he has been looking ahead to the next chapter in his life when he and his wife return home. If we can help him establish his new normal routine and regain the use of Betsy the tractor as well as any other ideas or assistance, lets do what we can to help.
You know, even doing something nice for his wife, Mrs. ** would be a very good idea. ** has posted about how worried about her he has been and how she always has a valiant attitude and in control demeanor when she is with him, he worries about the stress on her and her struggling to deal with all of this when they are apart. So, perhaps something to help Mrs. ** and to remind her that they have friends here on GTT who are thinking of them.
I am going to ask that each person either forward their own items to **, have something drop shipped to him or forwarded to him directly. I don't need to be in the middle of any gifts or whatever someone may have in mind. I do want to make sure he is home before anything is sent or done. The last thing I want is for our good intentions to be a burden on ** or his wife in anyway.
Thanks for listening and I hope we can help ** regain his independence and the use of Betsy once again and do something special for both ** and Mrs. **. Thanks for anything you can do and even sharing ideas and thoughts.
(Mrs. Bear and I will see that the ** K9 kids are provided with something special, as well, that's Mrs. Bear's specialty).