Personal Narrative: The Oilfield Changed My Life

676 Words3 Pages
I always believed that working in the oilfield would take me to retirement. Unfortunately, it

Would not be the case. It would change my life and my goals to the present.

It would begin a little over a year ago, even the oilfield was still going strong in my area. The

drilling company I was working for was putting out a new rig, and was going to be one of the

top drillers placed on that rig. I was so excited, it was unbearable on some days. One day on

one of my days off, I was walking outside going down the steps to finish my yardwork around

the house. I tripped on the steps, landing hard on my right knee. The pain was there, and I

thought it would work itself out in a few days.
Carr 2 As I began my hitch on my rig, the more pressure I put on my
…show more content…
Six weeks following, the pain and pressure still existed. This time, it was a synvisc

injection to my knee, or what I call gasket maker, hoping to maybe get some relief. This would

continue over the next year until my doctor decided to conduct another MRI. At this time, they

had concluded that my days in the oilfield were through, that my knee could no longer bear the

stresses of what they require on a daily basis on the rig. My knee began developing

fibromyalgic cysts around my where they did the scope and scrape procedure. I suggested to
Carr 4 doctor about a just going ahead and replacing my knee, but instead refused. He prescribed me

more medication and continue my steroid and synvisc injections in hopes that it will heal itself.

To me, I just felt like a guinea pig experiment and that’s when I decided to make a change.

As my wife and I left one of my appointments, we were discussing what changes were

needing to be made. And before we left town, the idea of me going back to school and

changing my occupation had to be considered. I cannot stay on disability forever. And as long

as I could still function and make my family better, the it was a choice I had to
Open Document