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I have developed a lung condition that leaves me short winded and a below average oxygen level in my blood. At least I’m not on an oxygen bottle yet.

I am finding it hard to ride comfortably sometimes and I can no longer handle the bike with confidence and am afraid I may miscalculate and get in an accident.:(
I never noticed the amount of energy it takes to ride a bike before. I always thought it was easy to ride.

Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do? :confused:

See link to the thread. http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=13202
 

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Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do? :confused:
I have gone through a couple of serious cancer treatments in recent years and chemo saps the energy right out of you. Even after the treatment ends, it takes a long time to build the energy level back up. That's the reason I'm riding a Victory - I needed a lower seat height and CG in order to continue on two wheels. I was riding first generation Yamaha Ventures, which are tall and top heavy and became too intimidating, just like you are experiencing. So a change was needed.

The best lesson I learned, going through that, was to listen to my body and don't overdo things. When I didn't listen, I paid dearly the next day. If you have limited capacity and still want to ride, be very honest with yourself and trade down to a bike that you'll feel confident with and ride it to the best of your physical ability, but no farther. There are some really cool motor scooters on the market today - that's a route I'd go if that's what it takes to stay up on two wheels.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery. You Canuks have "free" medical care, you should get cured real soon, eh? thumb up
 

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I had a biopsy for cancer came back negative thank goodness as I’m still 13 years from getting my pension and am still able to work (I’m management so the days of hard physical work are behind me).

Thanks for the words of wisdom RICZ but my condition will not get better only worse with age.
PS; free medical turns into year + waiting lists for treatments.
 

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PS; free medical turns into year + waiting lists for treatments.
I know, that's why I made that facetious comment. Too many Yanks think Obamacare is gonna be the cure-all, do-all for their health problems and mistakenly use Canada's system as an example.

I wish you luck and a good doctor. My Oncologist is keeping me on top of the lawn, so far. cheers
 

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Hate to ask but are you overweight. Diet, exercise and a good mattress can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Obesity seems to be the common denominator with a lot of health issues.
 

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Hate to ask but are you overweight. Diet, exercise and a good mattress can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Obesity seems to be the common denominator with a lot of health issues.

My condition is from years of welding exotic metals before respirators became common place. I have a WCB claim but it will not help me get better. Same as older coal miners have gotten black lung disease or insulators and boilermakers have gotten asbestoses.
 

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Sorry to hear. I was asking about weight because of the strain it puts on the body
 

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I know, that's why I made that facetious comment. Too many Yanks think Obamacare is gonna be the cure-all, do-all for their health problems and mistakenly use Canada's system as an example.
Canada's system is not very good, Part of the problem is the low pay doctors and nurses recieve compared to the US. Lots of them leave for the greener pay in the US as soon as they graduate.
 

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Canada's system is not very good, Part of the problem is the low pay doctors and nurses recieve compared to the US. Lots of them leave for the greener pay in the US as soon as they graduate.
If BO gets re-elected, your doctors will be running back north, as that's been the plan here and payments are scheduled to get strangled even more.

Even tho my cancer is incurable, I am very fortunate to have private insurance (so far) that's covering more than 95%. That's cuz my cancer is so rare (only 8 other cases) and I am the only survivor, so I'm being used as a guinea pig by all concerned. I have a sign in my office that reads; God does not deduct from one's life time spent on a motorcycle. I've been riding 60 years, so I guess I'm working on that credit I accumulated. thumb up
 

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If BO gets re-elected, your doctors will be running back north, as that's been the plan here and payments are scheduled to get strangled even more.
So you think Romney is going to spend more on medical care? He has already made it clear he will be spending more on defense. Where is this raging liberal going to come up with all this money?

The problem with medical care is it does not lend itself to the free market. When someone gets ill, they aren't in much of a mood to shop and there is not much comparative data available anyway. The whole industry is a price fixing cabal and gov't and a few large insurers are the only ones with enough leverage to have any hope of keeping prices in check.

Best of luck to the both of you with your therapies.
 

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If BO gets re-elected, your doctors will be running back north, as that's been the plan here and payments are scheduled to get strangled even more.
A few years ago there was a Neurosurgeon that was investigated by the Alberta government because he was the highest paid doctor in the province ($500,000 the previous year) it was all over the news and the government was seeking to have part of his salary returned to them. This doctor was very highly regarded as the best in Canada at the time. I guess $500,000 a year was too much in Alberta compared to $700,000 in the US when the Canadian dollar was only at $.75 to US dollar this would make his salary the equivalent of US $375,000. He left the Canada because of this and his name was cleared after the investigation and it came to light that he worked harder than most doctors and did not have a vacation in years because of his dedication to his Patients.

Yea Canada has a great heath care system if you do not mind waiting for 1 year + for treatment. :soapbox:

RICZ if you lived here …………...sorry did not mean to offend you…….”you would not have lived if you were in Canada”.:mad:
 

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I can't disagree with you Saddle - its either the devil we know or...

About a year ago, there was a program on Public TV about health care as it is handled around the world. They went into great detail about all the major country's plans and the upshot was; there is no such thing as a perfect plan. But what the two yahoos running for president are offering is way far from even being mediocre.

Thanks for the well wishes. I get hit about every 5 years, and am down for the count for about a half year. Hey, as long as it keeps me on top of the lawn...
 

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RICZ if you lived here …………...sorry did not mean to offend you…….”you would not have lived if you were in Canada”.:mad:
All too aware of that my friend. There are no survivors of my cancer because there are no symptoms. Mine was discovered serendipitously and acted upon immediately. A practice not practiced in Canada. I have friends up there in the Great White and they keep me posted. One is retired career military, so he gets preferential treatment, otherwise....

You did not offend me. I read our Constitution and Bill of Rights and (contrary to popular belief) nowhere does it say I have a right to be offended. Therefore, I avoid that.

If you ever find that you are heading for Portland, Oregone, let me know and we can commiserate together.

Cheers Ol' Chapthumb up
 

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I don't want to start a healthcare debate but, I am a Canadian and even though our system is far from perfect, at least we have a system. Nobody in Canada is turned away from an emergency room because they don't have money. I can call my doctor anytime and usually get in the same day. I can choose the specialist of my choice. If I need an operation, I don't have to worry about going bankrupt to pay for it. The problem with Americans, they don't really understand how our system works. I think its disgraceful that a country like the USA, which calls itself the greatest country in the world, it still fighting about providing healthcare for its people, while many are losing their homes, being denied care, or even dying. I'm proud to be a Canadian, at least we take care of our people before we waste billions of dollars to put men on the moon.
 

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Ya, I hope bo gets back in, then he can provide me with everything while i just sit on my porch and drink beer. i think i am going to ask him for a new roadking :ltr::ltr:
 

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Ya, I hope bo gets back in, then he can provide me with everything while i just sit on my porch and drink beer. i think i am going to ask him for a new roadking :ltr::ltr:
Why not do it now while he's in office?

If you make millions a year you'll stand a much better chance of scoring lots of Road Kings from Robme's tax breaks. Chances are though, you are just a working stiff who will work until you die to pay for his fat Swiss bank accounts. Hope it's worth it for you.
 

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Funny those that have health care act like they are experts in the field. I have many Canadian friends and all of them have told me that while the Canadian system is not perfect no one in Canada is turned away. The 1 year wait is BS. While here in the US you cannot get coverage no matter how much you can afford if you have a preexisting condition I can only wish O gets in again. Romney has character traits that make him a lousy human being. Mistreating animals, bullying high school classmates, avoiding military service. No thanks
 

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Ya, I hope bo gets back in, then he can provide me with everything while i just sit on my porch and drink beer. i think i am going to ask him for a new roadking :ltr::ltr:

There are more Americans sitting on their porch drinking beer than Canadians, and they still don't have a decent healthcare program. I don't drink beer or any other alcoholic beverage, but if I did, it would be nice to know I'm covered if I ended up in the emergency room drunk.
 

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There are more Americans sitting on their porch drinking beer than Canadians, and they still don't have a decent healthcare program. I don't drink beer or any other alcoholic beverage, but if I did, it would be nice to know I'm covered if I ended up in the emergency room drunk.[/B]
I did that 20+ years ago don’t really remember how I cut my hand because I indulged in the beer heavily but was stitched up at the emergency room in the local hospital and returned to the bar to continual the beer indulging with my buddies. It never cost me any money just an interruption of the beer indulgence for about 1 ½ hours. :D

This is the good thing about the Canadian heath care. cheers
 

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I did that 20+ years ago don’t really remember how I cut my hand because I indulged in the beer heavily but was stitched up at the emergency room in the local hospital and returned to the bar to continual the beer indulging with my buddies. It never cost me any money just an interruption of the beer indulgence for about 1 ½ hours. :D

This is the good thing about the Canadian heath care. cheers
Ironically, this is probably the most useful part of healthcare. Here in America, most of our healthcare dollars are spent in the last 6 months or so of our lives. Heroic amounts are spent to help us survive an extra week or month of lying around in a bed.

Ensuring that bar stools don't sit around empty is a much better use of that money. The get cold if unoccupied for too long.
 
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