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Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Hell of a sequel that film is. I nearly pooped when he muffed up that heel hook. I think his gear would have held though so no biggie.

Bumpin soundtrack. Good olde rock n roll.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 11, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
I thought it was a comedy.. Twin ropes and gear on a boulder problem?! LOL I was laughing all the way ho ho ho... ;) I also noticed he doesn't smoke on the more serious routes.. ;)

Every day, keeping at it 'til that dream comes true.

Thanks Gilroy

I will man!! More work today. I'm stoked!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Sunday mellow Sunday... Yesterday was great. A nice mellow start with 11.5 hours of sleep under my belt for a change. After breakfast I did some taco'ing and then Anders showed up and we had a nice conversation over my lunch. Then we headed down to the computer lab so I could post up my photos from Saturday night faster.


Anders lurking on the taco



We went outside for a bit, but it wasn't very nice out there, so we went back to my room because Tricouni was supposed to show up at any moment, but he had not arrived yet. Back downstairs again I bid Anders a good day and Tricouni showed up as we were parting.

Tricouni and I went upstairs and had an excellent conversation about the days of Squamish lore and showed me his u-wall pin, and his Dick Culbert: A Climber's Guide to the Coastal Ranges of British Columbia.

Which is in amazing condition and is being auctioned for my benefit. Current high bid is only 150 bucks! This historical treasure should go for way more. Go bid in on it!!

Then he asked me about my humble beginnings. After what seemed like a few minutes, but was actually a couple of hours he had to take his leave and I saw him to the door.

After eating my "pseudo dinner" provided by the good folks at gf strong I went back to my room and snoozed through the first period of the canucklheads game, and Scrubber woke me up for our real dinner meeting.

We cruised over to the little Singaporean eatery beside the sushi place which was recently converted into a drive in restaurant by an errant elderly driver the other night.

We were weary but the place was full of Asians so we figured it had to be pretty good. We had a very nice dinner and chat. It was awesome to get out of the institution for a bit of a change of scenery.

Me eating my sweet and sour pork "white man" special. ;)


No, I have no idea what is up with my left eye.. ;)


When the started turning the lights off, we figured it was time to skidaddle, Scrubber accompanied me back to my room, and gave me a couple posters to decorate my now not so boring walls. Thanks for dinner dude! It was awesome !!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
No, I have no idea what is up with my left eye.. ;)

The old "smack eye" is a well known symptom of, er, "pain relief".

Baby steps. It is going to be all about baby steps.

The days get better and then the nights soon follow.

"Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm."
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 02:21am PT
15 steps huh Mike? That's pretty sick!

Hey did you check out the new Indian Creek TR of cat wall? You are gonna love that thing, check it out!









Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:24am PT
Hey Big Mike say hi to Anders for me!

Plaid
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 12, 2013 - 03:12am PT

The old "smack eye" is a well known symptom of, er, "pain relief".

Baby steps. It is going to be all about baby steps.

The days get better and then the nights soon follow.

"Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm."

Nutin but pain killers on that face unfortunately ... ;)

It was all about baby steps today!!!

The days are continually more awesome and sleep is returning!


"Learn by doing" has always been the way for me. Trial by fire. Had another wicked day today.

The doctors finally came to check out my surgery scar and gave the go ahead to remove half the staples today , half tomorrow. Julius my fantastic nurse, pulled 14 of them today .


*WARNING* scar photo coming!!














My surgery scar



I get the rest out tomorrow. Beyond stoked. Pool time soon!!

I went to my pt appointment and we did some awesome leg strengthening exercises. Which tuckered me out pretty good. Then she asked if I wanted to do some standing! Yes please!!

I was doing good at my stands which lead to lifting one foot while standing on the other. My pt had to brace my left knee from going wacky on me, but I was able to accomplish this task pretty well, and learning to bend both knees again instead of just locking them. I got my left knee figured ok and then she asked me to put one foot in front of the other.

I could accomplish that pretty easy so then we started doing baby steps. Right foot, left foot. And so on. I started walking with her help for my left knee.

I did three lengths of the bars, and one backwards length to get back to my chair.

Needless to say I was ecstatic!!! When I got back to my room I used my dinner table to do a standing transfer to my bed solo-style and laughed my bag off like a little girl for about 10 minutes. I was pooped to say the least.

Then after lunch I did it again to get back to the chair!! I was so pumped!! I went to my ot and met up with him. We did some more standing first with chairs and then without. It was hard to stand up with my hands on my knees, but I got it done a couple times. Then we headed up to my room to practice some standing transfers, and I did one but he wanted it to be smoother and we ran out of time so we left it at that! My legs were poached!!!

After a bit of rest and an excellent visit from my buddie Nigel, i had a recreational therapy meeting where we discussed some of my options, and I signed up for the pool evening as well as wheelchair sports, and a tai chi course. We also had a very nice about how I ended up here and my lifestyle.

I went back to my room to post up yesterday's activities and then went to the kitchen to have some of Nina's amazing butter chicken for dinner, and it was excellent as always. THANKS NINA!!

My sister and Ryan and Jesse showed up and we hung out in my room. I was pretty darn tired so I just chilled I bed as we chatted.. They brought lots of nice snacks for me and I was quite pleased to have them. Ryand showed up around 6:30 and brought some amazing looking ribs and some nice looking veggies aka tomorrow nights dinner...

Tash and those guys took off not long after be showed up because they hadn't eaten yet.

Ryan and I had an awesome chat and he lasted till about 8:30 before he had to head back to squish. Thanks for coming !!!!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Mar 12, 2013 - 03:25am PT
Hi Mike glad to hear of your progress and your good timing on not having sushi.

Anders mentioned another restaurant fiasco,Dynamite Pizza on the sw corner of Broadway/Cambie.The guy was doing a real thorough job cleaning the ovens with gasoline = massive explosion that destroyed the whole corner both floors. He survived miraculously and nobody was hurt because it was 3 in morning. Darwin award candidate.

It's funny when I saw the brick wall in the games room I was going to say somebody should climb it and lo and behold my wish was granted. What was the grade.
Glad to see you are making the best out of the worst.

Oh that III movie was the bomb Brownie.

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 12, 2013 - 04:13am PT
Yeah Big Mike, good to hang today & see you doing good man! You are on your way! I was gonna ask to see the damage but wasn't so sure so thanks for that shot, wow. Gnarly stuff man- but you are gonna be like wolverine when you get those wheels working again :-)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:35am PT


15 steps huh Mike? That's pretty sick!

Hey did you check out the new Indian Creek TR of cat wall? You are gonna love that thing, check it out!

Ya man!! Stoked. Pretty soon ill be running circles around this joint! ;)

IC eh!?? Mmmm sounds tasty!

Plaid I will but rest assured he lurks on this thread so you have just done the job yourself!!


Hi Mike glad to hear of your progress and your good timing on not having sushi.

Me too!! Holy f.. How many lives have I burned through now??


Anders mentioned another restaurant fiasco,Dynamite Pizza on the sw corner of Broadway/Cambie.The guy was doing a real thorough job cleaning the ovens with gasoline = massive explosion that destroyed the whole corner both floors. He survived miraculously and nobody was hurt because it was 3 in morning. Darwin award candidate.

Dynamite pizza eh?? He picked the right name!! ;) wow..


It's funny when I saw the brick wall in the games room I was going to say somebody should climb it and lo and behold my wish was granted. What was the grade.
Glad to see you are making the best out of the worst.

Grade? Probably 5.6/7 the bricks were dusty for added spice factor ;) of course someone had to climb something! ;)


Oh that III movie was the bomb Brownie.

Agreed. It was all cheesy Hollywood drama style ;)


Yeah Big Mike, good to hang today & see you doing good man! You are on your way! I was gonna ask to see the damage but wasn't so sure so thanks for that shot, wow. Gnarly stuff man- but you are gonna be like wolverine when you get those wheels working again :-)

Dude, always rad to chill with you man!! My nurse asked yesterday if I wanted to get a pic and I said ya sure!! Wolverine for sure!! Adamantium tailbone boy!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 12, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Bump, I did my daily report last night and it's on the last page..
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
congratulations
on your stellar
(and i'm sure hard-won)
progress.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 13, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Thanks weege!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 13, 2013 - 01:46am PT
Hi Mike. Sorry to have been absent from this thread for a while, but I was down in Las Vegas watching the rain fall when I had time to climb and watching the sun shine when I had to work.

Back home now, and here's a picture to keep the rehab energy level up where it belongs

What it's all about
What it's all about
Credit: Ghost
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Mar 13, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Here's a vid from recent days.

http://www.vimeo.com/61169461

Stoke up.
browniephoto

climber
bc
Mar 13, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
REEEAAAADDDYYYY TOOO HHHAAAUUULLL!!!!!!

Credit: browniephoto






























































DDDDDDRRRRRROOOPPPPIIINNGGG IINNN!!!!!!

Credit: browniephoto
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 13, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
whats up mike,
im sorry that you have to be
stuck in the constant confines of a hospital room.

keep up the effort,
you'll bust out soon enough.

a great summer is just ahead,
and i think she'll welcome
you with open horizons into her
warm realm.
cowpoke

climber
Mar 13, 2013 - 05:46pm PT
Stoked. Pretty soon ill be running circles around this joint! ;)
And, I'm stoked for you!!! Great to see your progress, Mike.
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 13, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
After all that burger talk last week... You've probably seen this Mike, but just in case:


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 13, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Hi Mike. Sorry to have been absent from this thread for a while, but I was down in Las Vegas watching the rain fall when I had time to climb and watching the sun shine when I had to work.

No apology necessary. Too bad the weather gods didn't work out for you and Mari. It's pretty obvious to me now why things worked out so well for us. My stroke of good luck was balanced by this bad luck. I needed to learn to never ever take anything for granted or be disappointed that I didn't get to do exactly what I wished. I certainly will never do that again.

Every day on my feet is a good one and each time I walk out the front door even better. This injury has really taught me to enjoy every moment for what it is rather than what it could be.

I've always tried to make the best of things, but now I realize that as long as I have my health it is the best. I would even rather be at work then being here, and I always hated work, because I always felt it was time that I could be doing something better.

Now I would rather be able to provide for myself then be a burden. Thanks to Canada for our medical system. And GF Strong. I would be lost without it. Thanks to Cmac we have this awesome website and all the people who use it!!! The Taco has been a simply amazing support vessel both mentally and financially. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all of it.

People talk sh!t about this place all the time, but when the time comes, we are there for our fallen brothers. You guys and gals have taught me so much about the meaning of community, and for that, I can never thank you enough. I can only hope that I will be able to help the next person in need, when the time comes..

Thanks for the pic Dave. I am definitely stoked today, if not a little emotional, I have never really truely understood tears of joy before this incident. I feel as if I am a better person for it.



Stoke up.

Hell ya!! Sick vid man! Nice part! Tell your buddy I said thanks for putting it together. ;)



Kieran you guys are frikin' hilarious buddy. Thanks for all the laughs!!!!
I can always use a laugh!!




im sorry that you have to be
stuck in the constant confines of a hospital room.

Don't be Weege! I'm stoked to be here. I'm stoked to be receiving the therapy I need to get me back on my feet. I'm stoked that there is people to take care of me so my family and friends can continue with their lives without having to feel guilty or modify them severely to be able to take care of me. But most of all I'm stoked because the people here are awesome and they help me achieve a little bit more success every day.

Obviously I would love to be out playing in the snow, or cuddling on the couch with my beautiful girlfriend on our couch at home, but I realize than those things just aren't a possibility anymore. It's funny, I used to go nuts if I knew there was snow I couldn't play in, or dry rock I couldn't climb.... I don't get that way now for some reason. I seem to have learned to accept reality as it is and realize it just isn't to be at this time. I know I will get some again, hell, I'll get plenty. It can't always be my turn. I've had more than my fair share over the years....

As a great man once said...


a great summer is just ahead,
and i think she'll welcome
you with open horizons into her
warm realm.

You rock dude!!


And, I'm stoked for you!!! Great to see your progress, Mike.

Thanks cowpoke, every bit helps!!!



Oh sh!t scrubber!! That is classic!! Thanks!!
How would he feel about a splitz burger?? ;)
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