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nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Mar 17, 2013 - 10:32pm PT

Big Mike, WOW...pretty incredible to see pictures of you walking!..... I'm so happy for you....

Thanks for all the updates, and always being such an inspiration.

Saludos....(-;



ps...i hope you are eating some fruits and veggies...

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 17, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
hey there say, ... big mike.... you are making big progress!!

all the little detail work is getting added in, how nice!

and--listen to nita, as to the eats, :)
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 17, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
After seeing that picture with the physio crew, I think your biggest problem towards a cure is bonking your forehead in a door jamb while walking back to your room...

HAHAHAHAHHAA ! ! !
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 17, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Looking good Mike, you and the ribs.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 17, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
I fact everything from putting your socks on to going to the bathroom is a new challenge.

No sh#t.

After they bolted my leg back on to my body it didn't take too long before I could get around a bit (a very little bit) on crutches, but some of the simplest things were bizarrely difficult and painful.

The one that I remember more than any other was lying on my back (yeah, I could do that) with a sock on my foot (getting the sock on was too much sometimes) and a sheet of Teflon under my leg. The idea was that I should raise my knee so my heel slid back along the Teflon sheet. No friction, no load, just a simple movement of the leg.

F*#king near killed me.

Keep at it big guy.
browniephoto

climber
bc
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:10am PT
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
I'd give you a free haircut whenever you like, too, Big Mike.
You probably wouldn't be as pleased by mine. ;-)
Meh. Tunes follow.



Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 18, 2013 - 03:54am PT
Yeah, but you are doing well. Important to get out of the chair; avoid sitting, get on your feet, no matter what sticks or bars or other help you need. Your progress is looking great.

Hopefully this week they give me a walker so I can do that. Right now I'm still stuck in the chair or bed when I'm not in pt or ot. My only out is my free solo standing trick, and I do that quite a bit, when ever it makes things easier.

When I hurt my spine, 3 years ago, I recall that putting on socks would just give me fits! For a while had to use a funny "cheater-stick" thingy to help.

I've got it down now, just fold my feet up over my knees, while lying on my back or sitting up and the slip em on. Same thing for shoes. It sure was annoying having to ask the nurses to do it all the time for the first week..

All the best!

Thanks man!


Big Mike, WOW...pretty incredible to see pictures of you walking!..... I'm so happy for you....
Thanks for all the updates, and always being such an inspiration.

Thanks Nita! I'm happy too!! This thing is kinda my interactive journal I guess, as for inspiration, I'm just trying to be as positive as I can knowing that it helps me a lot. It is nice to know others are inspired by it.


ps...i hope you are eating some fruits and veggies...

I have cleaned up my diet so much! Primarily because of my constipation issues due to my pain meds. I seems to be working! So I am really happy about that. I still miss my junk food though ;)

hey there say, ... big mike.... you are making big progress!!

I am very happy to be doing so. I thank my luck stars that the spinal cord damage was limited to bruising and a small tear to the sheath!!!! The support I have received both online and in person has made the largest difference I think! If ever I start to get down, I get a visitor, or log in to st or fb and I can't help but feel the love and realize I have nothing to be bummed about!

After seeing that picture with the physio crew, I think your biggest problem towards a cure is bonking your forehead in a door jamb while walking back to your room...

Once they let me loose on the walker, for sure!!! ;) lol.. I'm still focusing on getting my stride back which is why I'm looking at my feet. I still have majorly reduced feeling in my left leg/foot so I'm doing eye leg coordination!! ;)



Looking good Mike, you and the ribs.

But those ribs look better!! Lol!! Mmmm!!

The one that I remember more than any other was lying on my back (yeah, I could do that) with a sock on my foot (getting the sock on was too much sometimes) and a sheet of Teflon under my leg. The idea was that I should raise my knee so my heel slid back along the Teflon sheet. No friction, no load, just a simple movement of the leg.

Damn! That sounds rough ghost!! With the drugs, I've actually got everything pretty sorted. Nothing I do really hurts anymore, my leg just gets super tired to the point of where I just can't do it anymore!!




Sounds like you have a great GF, Mike.

I have an amazing girlfriend!! She has stuck beside me through thick and thin, and is the hottest, kindest, compassionate, sensitive, loving person I have ever met. This injury has taught us both a lot. I can never imagine being without her, and I hope one day, she can see all the things I see in her.


And lots of great people around you, I'm sure you'll come back stronger than ever.

Wishing you all the best, SC.

It makes it so much easier to have the support network for sure. I can never give up when so many others are rooting for me.

Kieran- thank you. You have no idea how much I miss those views. Just seeing Squamish, the mountains, the sky and the rock lifts my heart. I miss it so much. Please keep it up! Keep sending for me! I'm so happy to know you guys are out there still killing it!!!


I'd give you a free haircut whenever you like, too, Big Mike.
You probably wouldn't be as pleased by mine. ;-)

Thanks capt s! I probably wouldn't even care.... But Sandra would hate it ;)

Thanks for the tunes... What a weird video!!
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Good morning Mikey!

Sounds like you're making one hell of a come back. So stoked for ya!


Me, Ryan and Kieran have been out picking plums.. Ones called Big Mikes reach, which I pulled Off the second ascent of yesterday. An I picked one and called it The Blue Dragon, and Ryan got the second ascent.

Plums plums every where
Lets go pick a treat

These plums are for the ego
They're not ment to eat
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:55am PT
You guys rock man!! Thanks for the homage ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:57am PT
Friday started well, I woke up right before my nurse came in for breakfast. My breakfast actually contained bacon, which I simply could not believe!! I have not had bacon since I hurt myself!! After breakfast I headed down to pt.

I got halfway through my exercises and I was just bagged. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I ended up taking an extra long break before my walking session. My pt an I worked on balancing while stepping up on one foot, and a few other things, but i was so bagged, we didn't get much accomplished.

Then we went to the gym and I did a lap with the walker, and that was all I could manage. I went back to my room, and passed out. I slept until 2:00 when my nurse woke me for drugs, and I ate lunch before rushing off to ot.

It was my first occupational therapy appointment since Tuesday, and Nigel explained that he was pretty busy with other clients this week so he didn't have very much time to see me.

We worked on using the cane crutches to balance while stepping and getting my glutes and hip flexers firing properly when doing it. My left side which is the numb side is actually better at firing my hip and glutes while my right hip is weaker. Probably because of the mechanism of my injury.


Then we did some standing cane transfers to the chair,
and I tried one without the canes. I was pretty pooped at this point and Nigel could see it, so we called it early.

I went bad to my room and hit the sack again until around 6 when I took my Tylenol, and them not long after Nate and Relic showed up to hang out for a bit. We chatted for awhile and then I asked Nate if he had seen relics flick "No Permanent Address" yet. He said no, so i threw on the DVD copy that relic had lent me and we got the live commentary from him to boot, which was sick!

Then I showed them my now infamous party trick.

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


They peaced out not long after that so Nate could get his plastic fix on, and I watched "snakes on a plane" for my first time... Talk about cheesy.. ;) that was about it! I was so bagged I got to bed pretty early....


browniephoto

climber
bc
Mar 18, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 18, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
Glad to see your healing well. Cheers to good friends, family and the ST crowd keeping your spirits up.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 18, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
Kieran, Ryan and Luke! You guys rule!! Too funny man! You guys are killing it!! Glad to see the team is gelling! Thanks for everything boys! The stoke is high! I walked about 500m today from pt to ot!!

I predict big things for your valley trip!! Go rip it up and show everyone what Squamish pride can do!!! You will make the og's proud I'm sure of it!


Thanks dirt claud! Did you check ^^^^^^ those hosers out?? So much stoke!!!

For those who are unawares, the blue dragon is also the name of my snowmobile!!!

Too funny guys!! Keep cracking me up! I'll be back out shooting pics of
Youz guyz in no time!!


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 18, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Yeah, I saw them Mike, good fun being had, that's for sure. Great to grow up with good friends and create many great memories to reminisce about in the older years. Really awesome that we have the technology to make such cool videos these days too.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 18, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
"I have an amazing girlfriend!! She has stuck beside me through thick and thin, and is the hottest ...."



I'm stopping at "hottest". Man, ya just gotta love a girl in a smokin' hot toque. {sigh} It must be a Hoser thing, eh?

Great to see your steady improvement, Big Mike. Keep up the good work!
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
that's a nice ring-type-thing
she's wearing on her,
uh, wedding finger.

do you guys in canada have that same
cultural tradition?
the one wear pinky's neighbor on the left hand
is reserved as a communication medium of structured commitment?

you too big to put on the spot.
i think i just put you on a three-dimensional plane.

oh wait,
maybe some of that wadded up tinfoil
mistakenly got wrapped around her finger.

when i proposed to my wife
i was laying in a stranger's bed,
with her,
and i ratted thru their bedside drawers
and found a stick of gum.
so i freshened my breath
and proposed as i encircled her above referenced finger
with the chrome gum wrapper.

true as shite, i swear.
she said yes.
though she might regret that emotional wobble that
that tightened the knot entangling us.
cowpoke

climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Yee ha! Dude, a bold, endurance lead with multiple cruxes, but you are cruising this pitch!! Showed my family this thread -- so many folks rooting for your every step (literally) toward recovery and, ultimately, an even bigger and badder Mike.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Norwegian shines, huh?
this just in

climber
north fork
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Loving the progress reports and them canucklehead videos. Few things better than hanging with your friends and climbing in the forest.
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