Hello all. I have been on this site, nearly day and night, for the past month or so, as some have noticed. No, I am not fired, or laid off from my job. I had a somewhat severe injury back in April. I only PM'd one person, who I have been friends with for a long, long time. We didn't start out as friends,(due to my openness and opinions and such, and he had his, and would freely tell me about how wrong I would be on certain subjects) but in time, well, we have become good friends through this site. The injury happened when I was putting into place a portable loading dock ramp, at my first stop. You all know what a portable dock ramp looks like, but some here may not, so a pic should be below. These ramps can be heavy. And by the way, my job, we work all alone, no help, no fork lifts, only an electric pallet jack, which does not fit under the ramp. The ramp has to be manually moved. Well, after reporting the accident asap, was told to go home, asap, or go to the hospital, which I told my boss, I can be waiting till the cows come home, before they see me. Boss told me to call him in the AM, and I will be told where to go to get checked out. They sent me to a Concentra, in my city. Ok, first doc say's "from what you are explaining to me, you have a bad #5 disk" She gives me powerful meds, and to come back in one week for therapy. Following week, another doc see's me..(this one is a bonafide quack), he say's I have a "back spasm".....but gives me more powerful meds. Well, the first doc was right. (I had spinal fusion back in 2001), so I kinda know the pain. Came back from the Neurosurgeon about 2 hours ago now.... I need another spinal fusion. First operation was the 3/4 disk. This one is the 4/5 disk. Only one more left down there guys.... I asked the surgeon if this was a career ending operation. Surgeon says....."we will discuss that after the operation and recovery and therapy"...... Personally, my thoughts are to end my driving career, and get onto permanent disability. With only one more disk down there....how long before that one blows, driving a truck, loading and unloading..???? Thanks to the guy I had PM'd for your friendship and keeping this to yourself, you friendship is truly appreciated. (PS...i cannot upload the pic of the portable loading dock ramp.) one more thing, i can see where i left out the details on moving that dock plate, sorry for that. the portable dock plate weighs ( i think) about 100+ pounds. now, it is on the dock floor. so i'd have to "slide it" to the edge of the dock floor. this i would do, going on one side and slide a bit. then go over the the other side, and slide it a bit. then when it was at the edge of the dock floor, i would have to lift it, again, one side at a time, then place one edge into the trailer..go around the other side, and pick it up, and place it into the trailer. when done, i'd have to lift it up, one edge at a time, and place it on the floor, then the other side. once on the dock floor, i'd pretty much leave it about 6" from the dock edge and then close the door. oh yeah...there is NO "lifting by the knees"..no room to maneuver it into the trailer, as the dock door is much narrower than the trailer door. and then, no leverage to pick it up from the floor or in the trailer.