New Plumber with 18 months experience at age 30. I love it! Have some questions for the pros.

Hey! Brief life story: I went to college because that's what they tell you to do, did well, got into hard drugs senior year, fucked up my 20s, got clean but still ashamed of my fuck up, got a job as a helper 18ish months ago, knew it was my last chance to develop a good career, now I'm driving around in my own truck, cant do everything but I've learned a lot, I'm good at what I've learned to do, and I absolutely love this work! I have my apprentice license and am considering taking a propane and refrigeration class for those licenses. My problem: I had a really messed up shoulder surgery, wont bore you with the details but went to the Urgent Care with a dislocated shoulder, they cracked my shoulder trying to relocate, then the surgeon put me back together poorly. My doctor says I need to be the boss as soon as possible because "you won't want to be turning wrenches for too long, hopefully you'll be able to wait for a shoulder replacement till your 50." This job has brought so much pride and happiness into my life that I refuse to give up, I have arthritis already, the pain is not nearly debilitating, but some nights when I'm lying in bed it hurts, and I'm expecting it will get worse. My question: are there any of you out there with similar injuries? have you found any tools to help take some stress off your shoulder? something to make moving a cast iron tub easier for example? are there any plumbers with shoulder replacements out there? I'm just really looking for someone to point me in the direction for ways I can mitigate the pain and difficulties my injury causes as much as possible, and tell me that I still do have a future of being a master plumber with my own crew if I continue to work hard and learn, if that is actually the truth. ​ submitted by /u/Random_Name_207 [link] [comments]

Hey!

Brief life story: I went to college because that's what they tell you to do, did well, got into hard drugs senior year, fucked up my 20s, got clean but still ashamed of my fuck up, got a job as a helper 18ish months ago, knew it was my last chance to develop a good career, now I'm driving around in my own truck, cant do everything but I've learned a lot, I'm good at what I've learned to do, and I absolutely love this work! I have my apprentice license and am considering taking a propane and refrigeration class for those licenses.

My problem: I had a really messed up shoulder surgery, wont bore you with the details but went to the Urgent Care with a dislocated shoulder, they cracked my shoulder trying to relocate, then the surgeon put me back together poorly. My doctor says I need to be the boss as soon as possible because "you won't want to be turning wrenches for too long, hopefully you'll be able to wait for a shoulder replacement till your 50." This job has brought so much pride and happiness into my life that I refuse to give up, I have arthritis already, the pain is not nearly debilitating, but some nights when I'm lying in bed it hurts, and I'm expecting it will get worse.

My question: are there any of you out there with similar injuries? have you found any tools to help take some stress off your shoulder? something to make moving a cast iron tub easier for example? are there any plumbers with shoulder replacements out there? I'm just really looking for someone to point me in the direction for ways I can mitigate the pain and difficulties my injury causes as much as possible, and tell me that I still do have a future of being a master plumber with my own crew if I continue to work hard and learn, if that is actually the truth.

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