Hi there! I'm Ed Rodgers, a retired Navy Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (EOD/MTS). August 1st, 2003 gave me 30 years and 5 days of honorable service. I worked as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician/Diver for the last 22 of those years. The first 8 years I spent as a Personnelman.

Check out the Idaho Info page to learn more about where I live now. Life here in Idaho is pretty good. If we're lucky we have maybe 3 thunderstorms even worth remembering each summer. We have four seasons. Boise was voted one of the best places in the U.S. to live. Micron and HP are here. Potatoes? Got 'em. All over the place! Our crime rate is nothing compared to large metro areas. Friendly people, great weather and lots of wide open spaces. I believe Idaho may be one of our nation's best kept secrets! Go Broncos!!

4 Sep 1973 - 1 Aug 2003   Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Breast Insignia   100% VA Disabled

If you've known me for a while you may not know that I've been fighting some type of muscle disease which first started with my arms in June of 2000. It progressed to my legs the day before Thanksgiving 2001. At present I'm barely able to walk or do much of anything with my shoulders, arms, or hands. My broad scope diagnosis for now is metabolic myopathy. I've also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome. The VA rated me 100% disabled and Social Security found me totally unfit for any type of employment. My muscles easily fatigue to total and complete failure resulting in paralysis or partial paralysis of the stressed muscle group. Click on the Medical Update link above and a new window will open with my medical web site I call "Searching For A Diagnosis". As of April 2007 I don't really make many diary entries there any more. Nothing is changing which I interpret as a good thing. If anything does improve or worsen then I'll make an entry.

For those of you on the front lines in the war on terror, my prayers go out to you. I wish I could be there. I really do. I'm asking everyone to pray daily for our EOD troops around the world. May God bless you and bring you peace and may He bring all our troops home safely.

John 15:13 ~ "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

My cat Squeekies asleep on my arm. ** RIP my friend - 3 Jan 2019 **

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