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east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Mar 7, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Credit: east side underground
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
yer all guunnnaa diiee ....


but totally hilarious video
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 8, 2013 - 01:16am PT

G'nite Mike ; we fed Sandra pumpkin pie. She'll bring ya some lasagne tomorrow :-) Fer now some sleep!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Tami. The pie was excellent today. So was the lasagne. Mmm lasagna!


Love your last post, Mike! So happy that you met and made a new friend in Eugene. His story should indeed provide encouragement to a young, fit, motivated bad ass like you!

Thanks Wayne. I was actually quite shocked when he said he would come back and mentor me a little and be my friend. It was super inspiring to say the least.


I'd say it again but it would be redundant. Both parts are jaw droppers. Makes my roll down the hill 2 Sundays back seem like baby steps. Put a hole in my new 2 month old Patagonia jacket, and from your story I have nothing to complain about cause I walked away. Sh#t, what a story.

There are so many things I've walked away from over the years. When I think of the stuff that I've gotten away with compared to this, I laugh. I should have killed myself a hundred times over by now. Cars, trucks, racing skis and snowboards, dropping cliffs on them, more small avies than I can shake a stick at, big ones too. Only a few of those. soloing easy stuff waaaaaay off the deck. Ect. I'm so lucky. I will be taking a new awareness away from this one of what consequences can be and what acceptable risks are. Puts it all into perspective really.



Pt rules. I love it, crave it. Want more. Ot (occupational therapy) rules too. I was way to messed up for it today. More later

Sh#t yeah. That place looks a lot less like a hospital.

Ya Justin! It's way nicer. They are way more stoked for you to be independent here too which I enjoy. A lot.


WhatAreYaKiddinMe?

I was just wondering this, yesterday. . . DO YOU REALLY POST UP USING YOUR PHONE?

SOMEBODY GET THIS DAD A LAPPY!

Sandra just brought me one today. I doesn't do much good when you are on your back and sitting is a major pain in the A$$!! I has my sis's blackberry for awhile but never really used it because there isn't any wifi up here in my room. I'm stuck on 3G unless I go downstairs, if it's working. I can share my 3G with my laptop or tablet but it's all slow, plus you ever type anything significant on a tablet on your back?? This thing is heavy enough.


Thanks again for mentoring me into the trad climbing activity we all enjoy. I'm still learning from ya, be it how to tap and dye a new bolt, or how to keep a positive attitude.

Love ya big guy, keep up that steady progress, and holler if you need me to sneak in some baconators!

Your welcome bud. I wish i had mentors as early as you. but i feel like i have lots more now! Make em jr bacons and we are on.


I clicked on yet another thread bitching about the negativity on ST and read your post. Your comment there reminded me to leave that BS alone. Big Mike, you are truely a shining example of what positive attitude means. You have a long road of recovery ahead but there is no doubt in my mind that you will come out stronger and wiser.


Thanks Andy. The 2 biggest things my current relationship has taught me are; Patience and the importance of a good attitude. I still work very hard at both. In person I find them somewhat difficult to achieve sometimes, but here, I get to edit my thoughts before I post them. I find it a lot easier to maintain said attitude here although I am taking these lessons from the digital realm and trying to apply them back to the real world.


And. . . about the negative bullwhack all over this site. . . Life's too LONG to deal with it. If life went by in a flash, who'd care?

Exactly Kat. Exactly..


I know many, many people who have no clue how to read their emotions, let alone portray them. . .

Hey! I used to resemble that remark! ;)




Big Mike, you are an inspiration!

Continued well wishes for a speedy recovery.

Thanks. Just another human being who gets to read what he says before he posts. Me too on the speedy part!!!




Big Mike, you are an inspiration!

Continued well wishes for a speedy recovery.

Thanks. Just another human being who gets to read what he says before he posts. Me too on the speedy part!!!


will try to think of something i can do... :)
Neebs, you have already done so much for me. Thank you. Don't feel as if you need to do more. Your card was amazing and I'm really hoping your gift is what I think it is, and will allow me to sleep and explore the dream realm more. Once again. Thank you!!!

Went with 9(b) 27(f). Was carving it up pretty well until I caught something and went for a good slide.

It looks good Naitch. Caught edges will happen. Try not to cross up sports if you are really looking for progression. I know you don't have a lot of time to make that happen but progression comes with repetition. Something I'm sure you are familiar with from climbing.


I put an auction item up on Tami's "Help Mike & Sandra thread" so go check it out and start helping

You rock Dave. Thanks.



Sick vid Keiran!! Super fun. Thanks for the stoke!




Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! At least you got hurt doing something proud!

Imagine if *you* had been the one who slipped and fell in the bathroom! Holy frig, you'd never have lived it down.

LOL totally. Help big mike the dumbass who fell on his bathroom floor"

But seriously. Just proves it can happen anywhere.


Love that eye for the good stuff edited and soundtracked.

Kierans got it. That's why he's pro!! Too bad you gotta play the game in the snowboard industry... It's tough to be an artist these days.






Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! At least you got hurt doing something proud!

Imagine if *you* had been the one who slipped and fell in the bathroom! Holy frig, you'd never have lived it down.

LOL totally. Help big mike the dumbass who fell on his bathroom floor"

But seriously. Just proves it can happen anywhere.

Well...just wanted to say thank you for all the support, photos, stories, encouragement, jokes,etc. More later. :)
LOL OOPS!! That's my pet name for Sandra and I accidentally set it up as her screen name. Oops.. Cats outta the bag now ;) ditto what she said...

(No I'm not calling Mike a baby)

Lol ya you just did!! ;) truth is I feel like one right now, relearning all this stuff and being watched like a hawk....


Ethics are a must.

Clearly... Re edit!!! ;)


I can't stop laughing!

I gotta watch it again on something other than my phone... ;)

The most important thing to remember is to take care of yourself so that you can take care of whom you love. Your sleep and well being are as important as anything else, in order to be effective.

I will second this and have told her many times. While I absolutely love her being here and helping me and taking everything on, you come first babe. Don't forget it. I have lots of people here watching my back. And I got yours too as much as I can right now. But take care of yourself first please. Then we will both make it through this.



Ya eastside! Can't wait to do that again!!

Bmacd thanks for the call tonight.

So today was interesting to say the least. Started off great, slept a solid 6 hours before I woke up to sip some water and then woke up even more when dumped half the bottle on my head after nodding off with it in my hand.... Second time I've pulled this stunt lately...

Got back to sleep after a change of sheets and slept till eight or so. Took a shower again which was nice because if you can't do it for yourself then it's only twice a week. So things are improving quality of life styles too. Went to pt and had a great session figuring out where I was at and working some old injuries. Then Harry very kindly brought me lunch and Jim visited too.



It was nice to have the guys meet Sandra and the support you guys have offered is awesome!

After lunch we played some pool as mentioned..



After lunch we went back to my room to drop off some stuff and I ate a few cookies which I am assuming contained some green stuff which I shouldn't have consumed, and then went to a drug, tobacco and alcohol post spinal cord injury meeting.

I managed to sit through the first half of it, but my tailbone was killing me after three hours in the chair and pt, so I bailed to my room to rest.

Then I got my nurse to give me a breakthrough as well as my long acting for my ot meeting. I was a space case for that and made very little progress.

When I got back I felt like crap and my arm was bulging so Sandra called the docs. They were asking me all sorts of questions and all I could say was tired and then asked me if I had anything that might have crossed with my medication to receive this reaction to which I relplied "uhhhhhhhh, no" which was about the time i figured out that there might have been something in those cookies...

Then they asked me why were you so hesitant to answer that question? I replied that I might have had some cookies which potentially could have caused it. They weren't too fond of that answer, but after a promise to leave the cookies alone in the future they let me sleep it off.

I feel better now, but like a bit of an idiot. They are treating me like a kid again which is sweet (not), but I guess I kinda deserve it. In retrospect I should have seen the signs before I ate them instead of blissfully ignoring them.

Last time I let that sh#t interfere with my recovery. All right. Gonna try and sleep now after passing out a good portion of the afternoon. Tomorrow should be fun dealing with fallout.. Oh well such is life.

Btw if you like my shots on here and want to help us out a bit, go check my fundraising thread, I am selling prints. Also wallpapers for your computer for five bucks. Every bit helps guys!!

Thanks

Your favorite dumbass

Mike Cowper ;)

QITNL

climber
Mar 8, 2013 - 01:55am PT
Great stuff, Big Mike. Close your eyes and sleep tight.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 8, 2013 - 01:55am PT
hey there say, big mike...

as to this:

Neebs, you have already done so much for me. Thank you. Don't feel as if you need to do more. Your card was amazing and I'm really hoping your gift is what I think it is, and will allow me to sleep and explore the dream realm more. Once again. Thank you!!!


yep, it is... :)


sorry it takes so long to get there... my friend in boston should get it any day now, and she will mail it...

it is too hard for me to get the post now, as i said:
before, i could mail to canada and over seas, from the grocery outlet...


too bad, it changed. :(
:) but i find ways to do it, :))
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 8, 2013 - 03:37am PT
Get Well, Big Mike.
The Day After Christmas, when all through the house...2012.
The Day After Christmas, when all through the house...2012.
Credit: mouse from merced
from The Flames.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 8, 2013 - 05:27am PT
Your favorite dumbass

My favorite, indeed. . . but dumbass doesn't enter the equation!

:-)

ox

eK@
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 8, 2013 - 06:34am PT
yours is one helluva journey, mike.

im sweating it, and im only periphery to it.

your resolve is admirable,
though i'm sure that it wanes, at times.
we appreciate your updates,
and are rooting for you.

your care package compliments of norwegian
is waylaid; costs and such minutia
that i'll surely overcome.

you've dealings in the past
with heir gravity.

your present quarrel with her
is surmountable.

(i intend you no insult
by offering loose prose
in regards to your spinal injury.)'
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 8, 2013 - 07:09am PT
I appreciate your prose weege and I would never take offense to it sir. I enjoy every single one of your posts. The best part is re-reading them to try and interpret your meaning.

Mike

your present quarrel with her
is surmountable.

This line gives me power. Thank you sir!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 8, 2013 - 07:12am PT
"Cookies"


Ooops.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 8, 2013 - 07:12am PT
My favorite, indeed. . . but dumbass doesn't enter the equation!

Thanks kat. We can all be a bit hard on ourselves sometimes I guess. I felt pretty stupid yesterday.

Edit Tami yup... My fault... Shoulda known..
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 8, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Cookies!!!

Dude! Too funny! After I busted my leg, I was sitting on a bear box in Curry just kind of hanging out. I was starving and someone had some cookies, and I gobbled down three. She looked at me and said, "Didn't you hear what I said about those cookies?"

Uh-oh.

Well, I think they had given my some Vicodin for my leg, and except for booze and ibuprofen, I don't use any drugs. So needless to say, the combination hit me like a ton of bricks. I had the spins so bad I had to sit on the can inside from the Pizza Deck for fear I was going to puke from seasickness! The other thing I remember was the vicodin seemed to make the entire world turn orange.

That was not a pleasant evening. Sheesh.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2013 - 09:36am PT
Butter chicken naan wrap coming your way at noon!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Mar 8, 2013 - 09:39am PT
Where do you get those Relic? Inquiring hungry minds want to know.
Squamish Climber

Trad climber
Shangri-La
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:02am PT
Mike I've been following your close call and recovery on this thread and wanted to just say it warms my heart to see friends and strangers alike rally around you. Although we only met briefly at the Squamish Mountain Festival and at the Bluffs I feel I know you much more - thanks to your great live TRs and posts. You have put out a lot of good karma and now its coming back round - so great to see. I added some Tshirts to the Fundraiser and Auction for Big Mike thread.

So hang in there dude and when you reach the top keep climbing ...and posting.

PS: Id like to drop by for a visit and maybe have some cookies. When are the best visiting hours for you?

Dave
squamishclimbing.com
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Harry, there is a new Indian place near me on Broadway just west of Main called the Dhaba. That is where I get the naan wraps.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:29am PT
25 bucks for a new Tshirt dave?? I got mustered stains all over my other one.


Ooops
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:33am PT
It looks good Naitch. Caught edges will happen. Try not to cross up sports if you are really looking for progression. I know you don't have a lot of time to make that happen but progression comes with repetition. Something I'm sure you are familiar with from climbing.

cross up sports? who me? you mean like.....
board, randonee, skate, tele, xc
board, randonee, skate, tele, xc
Credit: nature

xc-tour, skate ski, telemark, randonee AND snowboarding all in one season? who me? naw... never....

realize though I started skateboarding 30 years ago, started surfing 25 years ago, and started snowboarding 20 years ago. so it's less about improving at this point and more about waiting for powder days so I can go get my steep and deep on.

skiing on the other hand has always been a challenge for me. the xc-touring at the nordic track is helping. I took one run on the telemark gear and realized the conditions sucked (the cords were frozen which really wasn't helping). I need a couple inches of fluffy stuff before I try again.

I love snowboarding so it's hard not to want to ride as often as I can (especially because my board is new). But I'm going to learn to be a better skier.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 8, 2013 - 02:43pm PT

Great stuff, Big Mike. Close your eyes and sleep tight.

Thanks QITNL.. Wow what a trip. I don't think I ever tripped that hard even back in the day when I was making a serious effort to!! WOW! Oops.

too bad, it changed. :(
:) but i find ways to do it, :))

Neebs you rock! Never forget it, or allow others to convince you otherwise!!!

Get Well, Big Mike.
from The Flames.

Thanks Mouse! I'm going to have to go back and read your epic flames thread! The opening salvo was awesome, but I ran out of time for it at one point with all my posting and recreating.....lots of time now! Especially this weekend!

Sweet pic!! Thanks!!

though i'm sure that it wanes, at times.
we appreciate your updates,
and are rooting for you.

your care package compliments of norwegian
is waylaid; costs and such minutia
that i'll surely overcome.

Thanks again weege. Ill be here Awhile still it looks like, so whenever. Stoked to see what you have in mind?!! ;)


Well, I think they had given my some Vicodin for my leg, and except for booze and ibuprofen, I don't use any drugs. So needless to say, the combination hit me like a ton of bricks. I had the spins so bad I had to sit on the can inside from the Pizza Deck for fear I was going to puke from seasickness! The other thing I remember was the vicodin seemed to make the entire world turn orange.

LOL!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Too funny Pete!! I can almost see it!!! At least you didn't have the docs poking at you going what's wrong????? ;)


Butter chicken naan wrap coming your way at noon!

Relic rules!!! Thanks buddy!!

So hang in there dude and when you reach the top keep climbing ...and posting.

PS: Id like to drop by for a visit and maybe have some cookies. When are the best visiting hours for you?

Thanks Dave. Sorry I haven't had more time for www.squamishclimbing.com, I get so caught up over here.... Visiting Hours are typically 4-8pm during the weekdays but weekends are free. I'm staying put, some come visit me while I finally get a chance to get into all the awesome reading I've been bestowed/lent.


Well, I think they had given my some Vicodin for my leg, and except for booze and ibuprofen, I don't use any drugs. So needless to say, the combination hit me like a ton of bricks. I had the spins so bad I had to sit on the can inside from the Pizza Deck for fear I was going to puke from seasickness! The other thing I remember was the vicodin seemed to make the entire world turn orange.

LOL!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Too funny Pete!! I can almost see it!!! At least you didn't have the docs poking at you going what's wrong????? ;)


Butter chicken naan wrap coming your way at noon!

Relic rules!!! Thanks buddy!!

So hang in there dude and when you reach the top keep climbing ...and posting.

PS: Id like to drop by for a visit and maybe have some cookies. When are the best visiting hours for you?

Thanks Dave. Sorry I haven't had more time for www.squamishclimbing.com, I get so caught up over here.... Visiting Hours are typically 4-8pm during the weekdays but weekends are free. I'm staying put, some come visit me while I finally get a chance to get into all the awesome reading I've been bestowed/lent.


realize though I started skateboarding 30 years ago, started surfing 25 years ago, and started snowboarding 20 years ago. so it's less about improving at this point and more about waiting for powder days so I can go get my steep and deep on.

Kinda figured.... Jack of all trades, master of Sushi?? ;) I've had so many days on a board, that I can land on my a$$ at 90 km/h and not kill myself. ;)


I had an awesome ot session this morning. Off to pt now. More later!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 8, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
Just got back from a great pt session, we did lots of standing. That seemed to be the focus of the day. This morning in ot it was the same. Using my legs and abs to hold me up rather than my hands.

I did pretty good but keeping my balance was tough becuase my left leg is still numb. I did start to get it figured out by the end of the day but I also got quite tired very quickly. I am still amazed at how exhausted I get over simple movements, compared to climbing or snowboarding it feels like nothing, but yet there I am pooped after simply standing for five or ten minutes or doing some easy range of movement exercises...

My physio says its because I am working twice as hard since the muscle isn't as strong because only half the neurons are firing, so the muscle just can't generate the power that it used to before.

Relic popped by to bring me a sick lunch and help me with my homework.



Which toe is this??

I had a couple minutes before my physio so I popped out to the sunny courtyard



I received a letter from Ekat today! Thanks Ekat!

In also not sure if I mentioned Mh2 brought me some prints for my wall!! Thanks Mh2!! Ill take some pics of my room tomorrow.


Oh ya, my physio said she can pretty much guarantee I will be walking out of here! No timeline but I'm thinking at least 8 weeks. She said I might be able to be back in full health within a year from now.
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