I am feeling it especially this week.
The Hubster has his own one man business he has run for almost 30 years, but the actual business is a lot older, as is the building and much of the equipment. The nature of the business requires refrigeration and freezer facilities for meat storage, they are absolutely essential.
As with any equipment that’s old, we go through stressful phases of breakdowns and repairs pretty regularly. But this time the main compressor that runs all the cooling parts needs replacing and will now only work with constant watching and help. He thinks the severe cold here has caused this to happen, as it was working before and it now seems the oil in it is getting too thick to flow due to the cold, and this was enough to finally tip it over the edge.
The compressor is 40 years old, so there is no straight swap or quick find of a replacement. The Hubster has been trying to source another since Tuesday, but as many of you know, Oklahoma was hit hard by the winter storm and many places have been closed since then. One supplier he got through to refuses to understand that he doesn’t need everything they want to sell him, and that they know better about what he can replace it with. He finally said to them, “what do you suggest I do then, just give up and close my door!”.
There is nothing I can do to help, but I am so worried about him because he is just terribly stressed to the point of not sleeping and little or no appetite. It is just worrying him constantly and now the weekend is here almost and as he said, he can’t be down there 24 hours a day nursing it.
He and his refrigeration engineer are doing all they can today to hopefully find a solution and I am praying they are successful, it’s all I can do right now.
Many think having your own business is a ticket to wealth and happiness and for a lucky few it is, but the stresses are many and for me outweigh the advantages. Right now I would give anything for him to be employed with benefits and not having to carry this huge burden alone.
If by some miracle one of you works for an industrial compressor manufacturer or supplier, let me know!