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philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 14, 2013 - 09:03am PT
Hey Big Mike, pain is a double edged sword my friend. It will tell you where you are at but it will hold you back. Don't be an idiot and try to out tough the pain! Don't try and be your own doctor and determine your own dosage. You WON'T end up a pill poppin' junkie if you take care of the pain NOW with the right protocol.
I should know. I have learned to walk 13 times now and have no lasting addiction. The nightmares are real in that they are extremely lucid and you go through them with deep conviction. Be careful! In 1980 after way too many days of doping I almost got permanently lost in a recurring Morphine nightmare about being buried alive. In a desperate struggle for air I would completely thrash everything in reach- including snapping in half three of those metal triangles they hang on your bed for you to pull your self up with-trying to dig and claw myself out. The nurses would find me splayed out naked, IVs yanked out and with my hospital bed an utter shambles. They would rebuild the bed, tiddy me up and re-stick the tubes all while I was in another galaxy far far away. I would wake up unaware and none the wiser and everything in order.
One day when I was finally getting on my feet for those first steps and was crutching pathetically but proudly down the corridor a real cute 'Candy Stripper went walking past me. Which was nice since I have always liked the way girls walked. I was hoping she would turn around so I could see what was on the other side of the perky pony tail. But curiously this one gave me not just a quick glance nor an intrigued double take but a knowing triple take. Intrigued I said something suave like "whut?" Probably while still drooling from the drugs. She looked me square in the blurry eyes and said with an impish smirk "I didn't recognize you with your clothes on" and walked away. Believe me i was absolutely befuddled and possibly twitterpated. It was several days later when my mind had cleared but my head had not that I was told the whole back story much to my deflated ego's chagrin.

Hope that brought a smile to your face.

They are so much better at treating pain these days. Talk with them, listen to them, work with them. And let me say that 15 steps is a major achievement. The equivalent of climbing a Grade V in a day at this stage of the game. PT is some of the hardest physical work I have ever had to do. But so ultimately worth it.

There are a few million stories in the nakedtacocity.
So now in case you missed it and for your reading distraction is the TR of my story,
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/C3-C7-a-psycho-physical-Trip-Report-from-an-A-type-personality/t11117n.html
May it give you the perspective to match your stoke.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 14, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
May it give you the perspective to match your stoke.

That is has done sir. Thank you. I read every word. Canada is such an amazing place to be seriously injured. Your perseverance is simply inspiring!!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 14, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
what Philo said. There is no need to concern yourself with thoughts of addiction etc when you are recieving dosage for real pain. As I understand it there is no physiological possibility of addiction while pain is present. Get the experts to explain it to you.

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.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 15, 2013 - 01:25am PT
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). It was pretty funny & all, but the custys definitely had to wait for their drinks that night since I had an anvil strapped to the side of my head & Maggie may sounded like Barry white was singing it over nine inch nails. Can't say I'm in a rush to get more of that stuff, definitely not a party drug. Pretty glad I don't work there anymore too! Good ur aware of the potential though Mike, way stronger than any meds you are, use em for their intended purpose & lose em as soon as u can!
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2013 - 08:30pm 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 - 08:37pm 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 15, 2013 - 10:40pm 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 15, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#225488
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 16, 2013 - 12:01am PT
Credit: BES1'st
Believe.--Griz Giant
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 16, 2013 - 12:05am 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 - 07:04am 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 - 07:50am 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 - 08:48am 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 - 09:26am 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 - 10:56am PT
I'm liking your new party trick, Big Mike!
Quick! More vibes!
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Mar 16, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Selkirks stokety stokage for Big Mike!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:04pm 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 - 02:14pm 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 - 04:42pm PT
A little levity for the day.

Credit: philo
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 16, 2013 - 06:33pm 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 :))
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