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Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Nathan and I went over for a visit tonight to bring Mike a smoothie and shoot the sh#t. We threw on some crappy climbing dvd and gabbed about things when out of nowhere Mike's like, "hey wanna see my new party trick?"

look Ma, no walker!!
look Ma, no walker!!
Credit: Relic

I was pretty surprised to say the least!
MH2

climber
Mar 15, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
Great to see that. Quite a surprise at this stage.

Don't think I want to do the set-up for that trick, though!
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:40am PT
Mike this is great! I am really glad to see things going the right way. Perhaps your incredible attitude is driving the process!

We were out on the Olympic Peninsula today and the rivers were ripping, sun popping out, and spring fully going off. Sneak outside and get some nature to help with the mending.

Again, excellent progress!!!
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:37am PT
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 16, 2013 - 03:01am PT
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Believe.--Griz Giant
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 16, 2013 - 03:05am PT

My wife had a bad reaction to morphine which sounds similar to yours ( nightmares, halucinations) which went away when she switched to Hydromorphone / Dilaudid which is a synthetic opioid. Its pricier but thats not your problem.

That's what I'm on now Bruce. Btw i was really sorry to hear about your loss. Your one tough dude, I never would have known if i wasn't informed.. It's the short acting hydromorphone that messes with me.. The reason I tried to back off a bit again on the long acting was because I was hoping It would help with my constipation, but obviously I'm not ready yet.



I had a bad reaction to morphine once years back too when my boss at the place I used to bartend slipped some liquid morph into a few vodka tonics he made us at the start of the night, then a rod Stewart impersonator showed up to play for some lady's 50th birthday(no shit).

Wow Ryan! That's hardcore!! Thanks for the story!! Lol!! Morphine can be pretty nasty and will mess you up good for sure!!!

I was pretty surprised to say the least!

That's for sure " whoa dude! What are you doing!! ;)"

I've re-learned alot this week. It's been pretty intense. I'm still working on my Wednesday post becuase I've just been so physically exhausted! This weekend is full snooze fest for sure!!

It was great to see you guys tonight and get the live commentary while watching "no permanent address"!!

Don't think I want to do the set-up for that trick, though!

The set up has been busting my ass all week! Unless you mean the initial injury, then which ya totally ;)


Mike this is great! I am really glad to see things going the right way. Perhaps your incredible attitude is driving the process!

I am certain of it Todd! My attitude and the incredible amount of support I have received from you guys and gals is certainly the key!!

We were out on the Olympic Peninsula today and the rivers were ripping, sun popping out, and spring fully going off. Sneak outside and get some nature to help with the mending.

I will if the weather gods allow. I haven't any rain gear with me so I'm rather reluctant to get wet ;)

Cool pic moose! I love rapping too!! Interesting how the angle of the sun makes the shadow look as if there is only one rope near the bottom.

I do mouse! I know you guys do too!! Cool pic!! your tress down there are pretty amazing!!


couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:04am PT
F*#kin A man, right on! Picture says it all, congrats on standing Mike, that's the big one, the big hurdle: running, boarding and climbing all coming up next.





ps, like the poster! LOL
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Awright, ya big-ass Canuck! Upright first, then "Up and at 'em!"

You, sir, are awe-inspiring...
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 16, 2013 - 11:48am PT
YES!!! I've been waiting for that pic! And I'm psyched to see the next steps in your recovery. Keep healing, and keep up with your positive attitude!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 16, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
I know the look in that face. It is amazing how much joy can come from something as seemingly simple as standing up.
Keep it in balance.
Credit: philo
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
I'm liking your new party trick, Big Mike!
Quick! More vibes!
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Selkirks stokety stokage for Big Mike!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Mar 16, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Life is hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch.
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 16, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
awesome upright, mike.
you're tectonic.

like a mountain range rising from
the sedentary unto absolute heights!


it looks like the lamp took some shots
enroute.

just grab the socket (unplugged)
and wrench it back to vertical
(oh the parallel irony is outrageous!)

buy an incandescent lite bulb
(with the proceeds from your auction)
pick up a shade at the thrift
store and it's like the sun
setting alpine syle within
your confines.

cheers to you,
valiant mike.
may the sierra-stone-stack
light your wiley path!
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
A little levity for the day.

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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
hey there say, big mike...

wow, me too! i love that new party trick of yours, :)


three cheers and many more!!!

gift is still on the way... but be in mid air, somewhere, :))


say, oh my, sorry the ol' egret could not earn you any funds...
i tried, :)


but, if you ever DO need some kind of help, i am still here, :)
god bless!!!!!
soooooo very happy, soo very happy...


too many sad stories in all kinds of subject-matter...
these stories, inspire folks to not give up, :)






























say, did i yet tell mention????

















you are sooo tall! :O :))
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Wednesday started off a new routine, a double block of pt starting at 9am. Mat exercises were the name of the game, and muscle strengthening the goal. I was happy to have it, I've been feeling like i could do more, if I had a chance.

First session went well, and second session we focused on standing. That had me stoked, i love standing!! Then some balancing and soon I found I could balance on my own two feet! Since I was able to do this, my pt decided to see how I would do on a "berg"? Test. The test involved a lot of balancing and reaching while balancing, picking stuff up off the ground (fail), picking one leg up at a time, balancing with my eyes closed, stepping up... I got a 29 out of 56 which was pretty sweet for a first effort so soon.

After the test they got the walker out, and I did a couple laps across the pt room with it. Then they just happened to receive some cane crutches which seemed like the perfect height for me. Another pt handed them off to me to test out the height and before I knew it we were doing a couple laps on those. After that I was pretty pooped, and my time was up, so I headed back to my room for a rest.

I missed lunch, and since I've been pretty mobile, they expect my to come to the day room and eat with all the other spine patients. If I don't, they usually bring my meal to my room but I guess my nurses forgot because I never got one. That was ok though, because I had an ace up my sleeve.

And what an ace it was...


Mmmmm ribs!!!

Ryand's mom provided this excellent meal for me!! Thanks dude!! The ribs were awesome!!

When I headed back to my room, I got my 6mg of hydro and chilled for a bit before I realized it just wasn't doing the trick. I tried switching positions and sitting in my chair for awhile but it just wasn't cutting it. I called my nurse and told her the deal. Since the doc had switched my meds that morning, the nurses didn't have the authority to up my dose so I had to take the breakthrough (short acting hydro 4mg). After that I felt great, a little dopey but great.

I had a shower to get cleaned up because I had my favourite visitor coming. Sandra showed up at around 6:30 and promptly whipped my messy room into shape for me. Then she went and got us some nice sandwiches for dinner and we ate then in the cafeteria.

My Beautiful Girlfriend


Then we cuddled a bit and watched some tube before she had to run off to Tami's house for the night.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 17, 2013 - 12:45am PT
running, boarding and climbing all coming up next.

You know it couch!! Thanks!!

ps, like the poster! LOL
courtesy scrubber!! :)

Awright, ya big-ass Canuck! Upright first, then "Up and at 'em!"

Thanks Gilroy! That's the goal!! I can hear my pt now " allright Mike, i need you to fire those glutes and hip flexers!!"



YES!!! I've been waiting for that pic! And I'm psyched to see the next steps in your recovery. Keep healing, and keep up with your positive attitude!

Ya Darkmagus!! I think a lot of people have! Truth is I've been doing it all week, but nobody's been around to shoot pics!!

My thought is, what's the point in thinking negative? It's not like I'm going to lose anything by believing in myself?

I know the look in that face. It is amazing how much joy can come from something as seemingly simple as standing up.
Keep it in balance.

That's my, "I'm not really supposed to be doing this unsupervised" smirk ;)

Don't worry, the bed is right there and I can do it for about 4 or minutes solid now...


I'm liking your new party trick, Big Mike!
Quick! More vibes!

Thanks captain Skully ;) I received your letter the other day, thank you very much!!


Sweet pic Dru!! Lots of parties eh?

Life is hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch.

So true! Big jobs are much easier when you just break them up into little pieces!!!

it looks like the lamp took some shots
enroute.

just grab the socket (unplugged)
and wrench it back to vertical
(oh the parallel irony is outrageous!)

Lol. It is isn't it. I just thought that was your artistic twist sir!! Thank you for the gift! It's beautiful!! Just like your family!

A little levity for the day.

LOL! Good one Philo!


gift is still on the way... but be in mid air, somewhere, :))

say, oh my, sorry the ol' egret could not earn you any funds...
i tried, :)

Stoked on the gift! Thank you! And your painting! Try indeed! No apologies necessary! The effort was more than I could have asked..


you are sooo tall! :O :))

There is a reason for the nickname I guess! ;)


RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 17, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Nice Mike! Ur killing it buddy, glad moms ribs found a rightful place in your gut!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 17, 2013 - 03:16am PT
Mmmm so good dude! Thanks!
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