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dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
When you have close to 50,000 International members registered for a forum site you are bound to have people from all walks of live.

So many professionals, business folks, white collar jobs, construction jobs, mechanics, electricians, housewives, hairdressers and so much more.

Here on Spine-Health we get to know each other via our spinal conditions/treatment. Yes, from that we also get to know a bit about each other's personalities. To me, that is just one of the extra benefits in having a community this large and one that shares one common activity.

But wouldn't it be nice to know the person behind those spinal problems? What they do for a living, their experiences, their fields of expertise.
I would be fascinated to learn more about you as the person and not just as the member/patient.

So, trying to keep it brief, comment a little about your self. Your job, your skills, areas of expertise, hobbies, etc

  • - Occupation
    - Sector
    - Years in the job
    - Major responsibilities
    - Areas of Expertise
    - Hobbies
You dont need to follow this format, any way you want to do it would be fine. Just try to keep it short....

Thanks, I will start .
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    I Retired in 2009 I spent 35 years working with IBM as a Programmer, Project Manager, Manager. Today I work part time as a wine consultant at a local wine shop and here with Veritas LLC.

    When I was with IBM, I was a program specialist in the field to trouble shoot / repair both IBM and IBM customers software problems. I spent several years as a project manager leading some of IBM's new products. My major area was main frame software, with VM Virtual Machine being the software. I moved on to developing and supporting both host and workstation tools. After several years in management, I returned to the technical side and was the Data Center manager for our mainframes and workstations. My major area was in moving data centers from one location to another. My final 15 years with IBM was spent with a unique small IBM group called TPF Transaction Processing Facility. We wrote the software for almost 99% of all Airline reservation systems, Hotels, Cars, and many 911 systems.

    I am a self proclaimed computer geek. Since my first Commodore , I've taken apart, bult hardware, software for almost all platforms. I am slowly beginning to realize that Apple just might be the way of the future.

    My passion though is with Wine Before joining IBM, I worked at a Wine Shop and was tutored by a Wine Sommelier (Wine Master). Over time, I became an expert in this field. Tasting all the different wines, understanding the grapes, the harvest, the wine making. I traveled to France to learn more about French wines. Since I am also a excellent cook , I concentrated on food pairing. I've taught wine appreciation in college, I've run hundreds of wine tastings/dinners and get so much joy out of seeing someone enjoy a glass of wine.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • This is going to be rather boring after yours Ron!
    I work with children with special needs, from profound & multiple learning difficulties to moderate learning difficulties. This includes children with autism, Down Syndrome, etc. I love love my job.
    At the moment I am working with a boy 1:1 who has cerebral palsy and is deaf; I am qualified in British Sign Language so I interpret lessons and am helping his BSL to improve too.
    I have 3 children so not much time for hobbies but I am an avid reader, especially crime thrillers!
    I also enjoy a glass of Merlot but I'm a lightweight so end up asleep after a couple :)
    Kirsti x
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 554
    edited 09/15/2015 - 10:46 AM
    I have often wondered about this subject.
    I am (was) a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 30 years. The last 7 or so years, I worked as a Hospice Aide. I was so happy working in that field. I just loved going in to my patients homes & taking care of them & interacting with their family members.
    I still keep in contact with several family members of patients that have passed away. It's like they become a member of my own family.
    It just breaks my heart that my doctor told me that I can't go back to doing that kind of work again. Too much lifting.
    Although, I am still on work comp, they have scheduled a hearing with me to try to get me to settle & move on. I would love to do this. I've been thinking about doing some kind of home health work? Maybe just go & keep patients company, remind them when it's time to take meds, help them with their meals and such? It would be quite pay cut thought, but at least I could still be seeing patients? My husband is concerned that I won't be able to stop at just doing those things for the patient. He says I'm too "hands on". He might be right!
    My hobbies are really just taking trips on the back of our Harley. Since the kids are grown & out of the house, we take advantage & pack up the motorcycle every year (usually in September) & head out. Sometimes we have a destination, sometimes we just ride until we feel like stopping. We've been to Mt Rushmore, Las Vegas, Colorado, Key West Florida & Myrtle Beach. Four years ago, we were in Arizona, heading to the Grand Canyon, but I got a call saying my mother had suddenly passed away in her sleep. We keep saying we will get back out there, but with all of my neck issues, it won't be any time soon.
    I also have a 4 year old grandson and a 4 month old granddaughter. They are what keeps me going.
    I love to sit by our fire pit, drink a beer & listen to some music. That's usually what you can find my husband & I doing on the weekends. Very relaxing.
    I love to cook & bake. I haven't really been able to do much baking lately (had rotator cuff surgery in June). My husband sure misses those cakes & cookies!
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    edited 09/15/2015 - 11:50 AM
    - Occupation: I am currently an engineer working project management for Shell Oil, i worked in various oil and gas manual labor roles prior to returning to school after back injury
    - Sector: Oil and gas
    - Years in the job: 4 years with Shell , 10 total in oil and gas
    - Major responsibilities: See to the completion of oil wells so they can flow oil to surface for processing. Work as go between office engineering and operations
    - Areas of Expertise: Well completions and well intervention
    - Hobbies: Really none right now, its work and doctors. I much hope to find some when stabalize.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • - Occupation: Before my accident I was a union sheet metal worker
    - Sector: Construction
    - Years in the job: 12
    - Major responsibilities: Complete installation of HVAC duct systems in commercial/industrial buildings.
    - Areas of Expertise: HVAC ductwork
    - Hobbies: Before my accident, and the cause of my accident, it was motocross. I'm also and avid hockey fan and enjoyed playing with and taking my two labs to the dogpark. Now not a whole lot. Still try and do what I can with my labs, which isnt much and just waiting for hockey season to start up again.
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
  • I'm currently a homemaker. I keep the lives of three amazing men, one is my hubby. He travels almost weekly, mostly domestic now, but long overseas before that. Because of the travel and my back pain, we decided his role fit our family best.

    I love to read, anything and everything: The book thief, Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter series (please don't give me too hard a time on this, I love it, and I'm a die hard potter head. But I also read chick lit, Stephen King (awesome), the bible, and young adult. I was a children's librarian before I was a homemaker, and a darn good one.

    I love love love to walk. I love to travel and get lost in a city by myself. As I cannot walk right now, this is ....well I just don't know what will happen on this one yet. I have fusion scheduled for late October. I'm hoping to take on a new city somehow soon.

    Crafting and crochet, creating. I love to garden. I love wine, but I have no clue about it. I intend to change that and am inspired by you Ron! The hardest part of gabepentin for me is no wine. I will surely be having a tall red glass one day soon I'm sure, but in the meantime I'm grateful the gab works!

    Lastly, BOATING. We have a Searay sport and love going on the water as much as possible. I named the boat and I think everyone here will appreciate her name: iiwii, pronounced ee wee. Stands for: it is what it is :)
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