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philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 9, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Hey Big Mike sending you good vibes for your recovery.
And a few words of caution.
Take your time, be patient.
Speaking from the experience of having had 13 surgeries to repair damaged body parts you need to push yourself with appropriate care and moderation. When you are healed and sound it will be all good. Just don't let the frustration get you down. Particularly when you experience temporary plateaus or even set backs in PT. Always remember where you started from and where you want to go. Trust me you DO NOT want to reinjure yourself.
Cheers man.


Now the rest of you get on to the Auction Thread and let's raise this man some dosh.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:31am PT
I received a letter from Ekat today! Thanks Ekat!

Frikka-Zee. . . that only took 12 days!

:-)

You're welcome!

HappyHeartMan ROOLS the Earth!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 9, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Good luck!

Thanks Michelle! I slept until 8ish and then went back to bed for a bit. Sleeping in isn't nearly as fun as it used to be. It actually hurts to lie in bed too long. The drugs help, but I am getting weary of that too. It's a fine balance between handling the pain and being able to function normally, and being completely out of it.

It's Saturday, so rest day. Nuthin going on. Maybe I'll actually get some reading done today. Thanks to my friends, I have plenty of that to do! ;) I'm supposed to have some visitors later, so I'm stoked for that.



That seems like a long time, don't it?

It's not.

Be of good vibes today.

Thanks Mouse! I know it isn't. Really it's a lot better prognosis than most people who end up in my position will get. I know I need to have patience and work at it. I am prepared for that. It doesn't make it easy tho. I really wish I could go climbing today. Instead I will just have to dream and read about it. You never really know how much something means to you until it's taken away.

I have been given a chance though. A chance to improve my life by tying all the loose ends that I typically ignore and working on projects that I put off to go enjoy myself. A chance to improve my relationship instead of ignoring it because I'm too busy having fun. I am an addict. I am addicted to fun, and adrenaline, and will sacrifice everything else to pursue those things. I know it's not right, but I'm an addict, I can't help myself. This injury will help me get my priorities in order.

Take your time, be patient.
Speaking from the experience of having had 13 surgeries to repair damaged body parts you need to push yourself with appropriate care and moderation. When you are healed and sound it will be all good. Just don't let the frustration get you down. Particularly when you experience temporary plateaus or even set backs in PT. Always remember where you started from and where you want to go. Trust me you DO NOT want to reinjure yourself.

I know Philo. I know. But thanks. I have been down this rabbit hole before with less significant injuries and paid the price of not being patient. It bears repeating though, because I want for nothing more then to get back out there again. I will be patient this time. I must be. If you guys see me starting to slip to soon, let me know.

You will know, for I cannot resist sharing my stoke, as you might be aware by now. So please, let me know.

Frikka-Zee. . . that only took 12 days!

:-)

You're welcome!

HappyHeartMan ROOLS the Earth!

No, Ekat, you rule. Thank you for all the kindness and compassion you've showed me, even before my injury, you shared my stoke. I thank you for that. ;)

I thank all of you who have made time for me in your life. All of you who share your stoke with others, and realize that our differences don't really matter as much as our similarities.

No matter what, we all share one thing. We are all human.

weezy

climber
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:30pm PT


;)

hope you heal up quickly, big mike. i think you'll be fine by summer.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Lol!! Right now I would give up all my snowboards for one climbing day... ;) ill be back. Slowly but surely! Funny, for a kid who used to live for snowboarding, I don't post on any snowboarding sites!!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Big Mike, I am glad you understand. BUT, remember this isn't a knee or elbow this is your CORE. Take the time you need. Oh and one other thing and this is SERIOUS!!!!
Start taking stool softeners like now. You have not experienced agony until constipated with a spinal injury.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:53pm PT
They have me on em' Philo. It is serious. I understood that the day I couldn't get up off the snow. I'm not going to waste all this effort I am putting in, not to mention everyone else's time and all the money they are paying to keep me in this bed.

Not to mention the stress and agony my friends and loved ones are enduring. Nor the fundraising efforts that everyone is putting towards my recovery. Don't you worry my friend. I will take full advantage of this amazing chance that I have been offered.

I will not waste it. Mark my words.

Mike Cowper.

Edit:
Start taking stool softeners like now. You have not experienced agony until constipated with a spinal injury.

Unfortunately despite the softeners I have already experienced the agony you speak of. I must be diligent about my diet as well.

Thanks for everything Philo. Thanks!
weezy

climber
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
big mike, many years ago i dislocated my shoulder one fine january morning snowboarding at snowbird. i felt the same way, super pissed off at snowboarding for ruining my climbing ability and threatening to never do it again. all my friends who'd dislocated their shoulders said "you'll never climb again, it'll pop out all the time now." i was bummed as hell.

well, a few months after my accident i got some of the sickest spring powder days of my life. i was back on the rock that summer and i've only had a couple of times where it bothered me climbing in the time since.

my point is, don't think you gotta give up the things you love. just be diligent with your PT (which i've no doubt you'll give 100% to) and be patient. it's amazing how resilient and regenerative the human body is. i know a guy who broke his neck when he ripped a tcu and decked on a 5.9. he was onsighting 5.12 desert cracks a year later. and he was in his thirties! hang in there, bud.
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 9, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
mike hang on tight
i've thrown to the forces that be
between you and i
something that i enjoy!
though you may make of it what you'll.

regardless of how the weeds grow,
i admire you
and what you are battling thru,
and so i sent to you
what i hope will aid your passage.

browniephoto

climber
bc
Mar 9, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Credit: browniephoto

WE'RE COMIN FER YA!!
Baby Doll

Trad climber
Squamish
Mar 9, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
^^^^^ LOL! love it guys! Glad you're going to see him again today!!! I won't be able to get down there again until Wed :( Enjoy your visit! Feel free to do his foot/toe sensory testing exercises i posted on the wall with him!
Peace!!!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Did our best to get some climbs done for you at Red Rocks, but the first morning we were here the rain started, and it's looking like no sandstone climbing until about the time we leave. Mari might be able to grab some pitches for you while I'm working tomorrow or Monday though -- we'll see.

Hang in there, and take Phil's advice on the rehab: diligent, but not over-zealous.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 9, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Uhhhh Mike, I guess we aren't going out for sushi next door with you...

Sushi drive thru?
Sushi drive thru?
Credit: Relic

Errrrrr.
Errrrrr.
Credit: Relic

No sushi for you!
No sushi for you!
Credit: Relic
Baby Doll

Trad climber
Squamish
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
^^^^ HOLY SH*T!!!! This totally sucks! They have such tasty food too!! Guess we'll be going elsewhere for Sushi. They'll proly have it fixed in a week or two. :)
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
What, you mean it wasn't a drive thru?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 9, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Jeeze!! Glad we weren't there!!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 9, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
my point is, don't think you gotta give up the things you love. just be diligent with your PT (which i've no doubt you'll give 100% to) and be patient.

You're right weezy. I wasn't really saying that, just joshing around a bit. What I meant was, I'm more stoked on climbing these days then riding is all...


mike hang on tight
i've thrown to the forces that be
between you and i
something that i enjoy!
though you may make of it what you'll.

regardless of how the weeds grow,
i admire you
and what you are battling thru,
and so i sent to you
what i hope will aid your passage.


Thanks Weege, I will keep battling!! I am very much looking forward your package!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
full health within a year from now

Well Yippeee, but of course! Been thinking of you as I've been skiing my arse off this late season, but dang, it keeps following me around! Skied my 43rd day today which I thought was purdy good until a lady on the lift with me said it was her 76th day and she was close to me in age!

I would give up all my snowboards for one climbing day.
We need to get you and Sandra down to Moab and Indian Creek. I know this spring at Sushi Fest is too early for you, but next fall you guys are welcome to be guests of us. We're back down there in Oct and Nov. Moab has a great vibe...you guys would love it!

Sorry sleep is challenging. Sleep deprivation combined with pain....not good. Not good.

As for "cookies"....yeah well....I guess set it to "not accepting cookies".

As for the auction...there are a few things I want to add but won't be back to my home base for a couple weeks so I'll add them at that time.

You gotta lot strength and insight there for a young guy! Down the road people who are suffering go back and read these threads of folks that have shared their journey and redouble their own perseverance when faced with adversity.

May the Sandman sprinkle you with sleepy dust, as for cookies, stick with Girl Scouts for a bit!

Susan



cowpoke

climber
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
Big Mike - sendin' the love bro.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Mar 9, 2013 - 11:16pm PT
Big Mike;....you are strong, my brother;...you got this;.....Look forward to sharing a rope w/you when you get this all behind you. Listen to your doctors, drink more beer, and stay w/it. Next year when you come to So. Calif., let's go climbing....or I'll meet you in vegas or something too.....whatever....... I also would like to send you a check to help out a bit;....what is your mailing address please..(don't want to do the pay pal thing...)...thanks.....

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