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Baby Doll

Trad climber
Squamish
Mar 26, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
The pool was awesome! I had lots of fun there. I noticed that my left leg certainly doesn't work the way that it used to. I was trying to flutter kick but i wasn't really going anywhere fast, i really had to concentrate to get going.

Walking in the deep end (it's only 4 feet deep) was fun, since i haven't done much walking unsupported.

After I tuckered myself out, I spent the rest of my hour of pool time, roasting in the walk in hot tub. The tub is actually attached to the pool, and you open a door and walk right in. Pretty cool for disabled people, since hot tubs can be particularly difficult to access.

I didn't want to leave!!! Eventually i had to, and we took the bus back to get fvcking strong.

I slept like a baby that night.

Sooo excited for Mike to home for the weekend!! I think he's getting a little stir crazy at Get F**king Strong. I'll be able to bring him to Meadowpark to swim/hot tub a couple times while he's home. :)

Thanks for all the posts, visits, gifts, donations and cards everyone!! Thanks for EVERYTHING...you've helped Mike (and I) more than you may know... its been incredible to see. Because of all the gifts, cards and visitors he's now known at GFS as "Mr. Hollywood". LOVE it! :)

As for the "ropegun wedding"...i best be getting my leads together quick! haha.



Baby Doll

Trad climber
Squamish
Mar 26, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
Oh and Weeg...awesome lamp btw! Finally got time today after work before the gym to run down to the Re-Use It Centre in Whistler to see about getting him a used lampshade. Wish me luck!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 26, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Sweet babe! I wanna get this lamp rockin!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:50am PT
I remember the last time I "slept like a baby"....I wet the bed and cryed all night. LOL. ...Man....good times, but I digress, sounds like you are on the path to wellness though, damned nice.

Damn couch.., that sounds lame!! ;)

I was rudely awakened at 6am this morning, because my roommate has an early appointment. FVCK!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:10am PT
You guys are soooo cute :-)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:29am PT
To end the day i climbed my first set of stairs.

Major milestone, dude. That's often the ticket out of the hospital -- as in "We're not letting you out of here until you show us you can go up and down a full flight of stairs by yourself."

Keep on it.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:42am PT
You guys are soooo cute :-)

Where? ;)

"We're not letting you out of here until you show us you can go up and down a full flight of stairs by yourself."

Yup. That's the deal. That's why i get weekend passes now. Thank god. Maybe i can get 8 hours sleep for once!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Yay!! "Package for mr hollywood" says the nurse!

I recieved Neebee's beautiful dream catcher today! She also sent some lovely earrings for Sandra!

I just had to take a picture.




Thanks Neebs!!

Hopefully we can get a lampshade for weege's super cool lamp so i can get a proper picture of that too.

Edit

Might as well put up a couple shots of my room i took this weekend too

My humble abode



Phylp's cool print and mh2's awesome collage with the climbing poster scrubber passed on to me.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 27, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Good to see that you're progressing nicely, Mike. You might be home just in time for Spring. Then again, if I had a hot tub, hot nurse, and hot meals...I might stick around a while.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Thanks Elcap. Once i leave here, i gotta pay for pt and pain meds, so i'm definetly going to take advantage of this opportunity while i have it. Less distractions here too (besides the sleeping ones) so easier to focus on my recovery.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 28, 2013 - 12:26am PT
hey there say, big mike... wow, the stairs, now THAT is great progress, :O :)


say, it sure took a long time to get the dreamcatcher to you, :))

i could not add all the feathers, in three strings, as i like, 'cause i got
to get more leather strips, so i am using them sparingly, or, i'd
have put more feathers on...

most all my recent ones are the single feather now...
however, i just got some new beads, so am most glad for that...


looks like it came on a great day, though, during your dreams of going home for the weekend... weekend, only? or do you need to stay, for getting
'weller' :) before you can reallyyyyyyy go home to stay...

:)


sooo happy for you, big mike!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 28, 2013 - 02:22am PT
I did two flights of stairs today neebs! I can now officially skip the elevator if i'm feeling bold and have lots of energy. Yes, weekend only. I need more work before i can walk without the crutches, and that is my goal. At least for a little bit.

I also have access to lots of stuff here that isn't cheap when i leave and need to save my funds for my longterm physio care. Daily physio just isn't going to happen anywhere else, and i need to focus, so this the place for me at the moment.

Your dreamcatcher may have taken awhile, but it is timely as you said. Even more so because i found out that my childhood dog Kobe passed away while i was in Vegas before i injured myself today. I geuss with all the commotion my parents forgot to tell me about it.

I was pretty shocked when i talked to my dad tonight and he accidentally dropped the bomb on me. He said he'd been getting up early lately and i said "why to walk kobe?" to which he replied "no, no dog anymore". I said "what???? Kobe died????" "Ya i thought you knew??"

I almost broke out in tears right there but i kept it toghether long enough to get off the phone, and have my nurse leave my room (she just happened to bring my meds right at that moment). Then i wailed like a baby for about an hour, right through my shower and when i got out i called Sandra and she calmed me down a little. I'm tearing up right now writing this though. It's good for my soul to just get it out and deal with it.

I'll be fine. Just a bit of a shock, it's hard to lose a family member. The last time i was home, he snuck out of his bed and came and jumped into mine and we cuddled all night.. I will miss him dearly.. RIP KOBE!!

Ok that's it i'm done for tonight. I hope you are all well and don't worry i'll be fine, i'm just dealing with it still...

Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 28, 2013 - 08:46am PT
Sorry to hear that, Big Mike...Dogs don't last as long as us. I think it's because all that love can't be contained for very long. Their candle burns bright & fast. RIP Kobe.
I'm amazed & stoked by your progress, though. I think it's the vibes. Keep it up, man. You're doing great. (Mr. Hollywood....Hehehe).
WOOT!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 28, 2013 - 09:34am PT
Don't want to sound like your Mom but,
Pick up that messy room Mike and remove that porn from the walls! LOL

Glad your recovery is goin well,
way to send those stairs!

Tad


Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 28, 2013 - 10:04am PT
I did two flights of stairs today

Holy shiiiiiite man! That's awesome! Hope you have a great time at home this weekend bro.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Mar 28, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Awesome news on the progress!

PS make your bed you bum!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 28, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Time for some travel stoke!

A couple weeks ago, Christina and I were in Death Valley looking for an F-100 Super Sabre crash site. Here are a few pics of the trip.

Clouds over Red Rock
Clouds over Red Rock
Credit: Vegasclimber

The Amargosa Opera House, opened by a former New York ballet dancer wh...
The Amargosa Opera House, opened by a former New York ballet dancer who then performed there for 40 years. She hand painted this entire building.
Credit: Vegasclimber

The rolling end of the famous Borax "20 Mule Team"
The rolling end of the famous Borax "20 Mule Team"
Credit: Vegasclimber

Death Valley
Death Valley
Credit: Vegasclimber

We were stopped and inspected by a pair of coyotes. One was standing b...
We were stopped and inspected by a pair of coyotes. One was standing by my door, and the other was on Christina's side.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Then we took a trip to Kelso Dunes, and found an endangered Desert Tortoise on the road. He kept following me to get in the shade I was casting, so I managed to move him off the road without touching him.

Christina and the season's first tortoise sighting in Mojave National ...
Christina and the season's first tortoise sighting in Mojave National Preserve.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Our second trip to DV last weekend was fun too. We firmly located the site of the F-100, but it's in super steep terrain and our friend couldn't make it up to the site. We then went and located the site of an SR-71 crash, and camped out in DV in awesome temps. The next day, we went to another F-100 site that I have already visited and did some more cataloging of the parts that are there. All in all, awesome trips!

Edit to add, really sorry to hear about your pup. When I lost mine, I hadn't seen her in years, as she had been living with my Mom. It still hurt, big time.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 28, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
I managed to move him off the road without touching him.

Perfect! Most people aren't aware that if you handle them, they often freak out (think it's a predator) and void their bladder/intestines as a defensive mechanism...this, in turn, severely dehydrates them and if there isn't adequate vegetation around for them to munch and replinish the lost water, they die.

Once you get on the CA side of I-10,15, or 40 you might notice that the much of the right of way fence has a second layer of fencing on the bottom 1/3 with very small openings, and when the fenceline ends, that smaller opening fencing is run in a sort of "U" shape to act as a forced turnaround/cul-de-sac for tortoise cruising along the fence. This is specifically to excluse tortoise from the roadway, and is present in most of the designated critical habitat area, although not all (not yet anyway. CalTrans usually mandates addition of tortoise fence to areas in critical habitat without it when that section of road is up for resurfacing).

So Big Mike, heal up and come on down to groove on the tortoises.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 28, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Sorry to hear that, Big Mike...Dogs don't last as long as us. I think it's because all that love can't be contained for very long. Their candle burns bright & fast. RIP Kobe.

Thanks cap! I know. It was just a shock. I'm dealing better with it today. You're spot on about pups. They give it their all and then head off into the blue yonder.

Don't want to sound like your Mom but,
Pick up that messy room Mike and remove that porn from the walls! LOL

Ya right Tad! ;) i'm so tired from busting my ass usually, it's all i can do just to get to my bed and pass out! :D

Yesterday i passed out for a good three hours after pt. She had me on my feet for over an hour! The stairs were the last thing i did!!

Holy shiiiiiite man! That's awesome! Hope you have a great time at home this weekend bro.

Ya buddy!! Killing it!! Have fun in leavenworth!!


PS make your bed you bum!

Thank god the cleaning ladies do that for me! I think i could almost do it now..


Super cool pics Trav!! Sounds like fun!! I take it since you catalogue parts, you guys leave the crash site as is and don't take souvenirs?

Edit to add, really sorry to hear about your pup. When I lost mine, I hadn't seen her in years, as she had been living with my Mom. It still hurt, big time.

Thanks dude. It hurt pretty good last night, but Kobe did his time, and hopefully he's having fun out there somewhere!


I had a good day again today. This afternoon in ot we played some games in the games room i managed to play ping pong without my crutches, but i sucked just as bad as before i hurt myself, and then we played two games of pool without crutches, and i just put one hand down on the table lightly to walk around it!!

My ot suggested i could start climbing again (on toprope) for rehab! He asked my pt and they agreed that when my surgeon cleared me I could start climbing again in the gym!!!!

SO STOKED!! Hopefully we can get my post op checkup done next week!!!!!








WOOOOOOOOOOOO FRICKIN HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 28, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
NIIIICE on getting cleared to top rope! Awesome! I am so stoked every time I read your progress reports. Keep it up!

Yeah, I am very anti removing anything from crash sites. A lot of the ones we visit are close to 50 years old, and some of them have historical significance. Everyone wants to take a "souvenir" and pretty soon there isn't anything left. That's what happened with the SR-71 site - very well known and right next to a road. We found three fragments about the size of a quarter, and the remains of the power lines it hit coming in. Several years back, this guy got the grand idea to go out there and get everything he could find and is still trying to sell the pieces online.

We have visited the site of an F-100 that hit a United airliner here in Vegas, total loss was 49 people. That was the straw that broke the camels back, along with the airliner midair in the Grand Canyon, and caused the formation of the FAA a few months later.

There is another F-100 (yeah they crashed a lot) near here that was flown by a gentleman named Boyd, and the crash almost cost him his Air Force career. He went on to write the book on dogfighting strategies and tactics, many of which are still in use today. The location of that site is a very closely held secret.

Here are a few crash site photos - when jets hit, they usually scatter all over the place. The debris field at this site is almost a mile long, with the engine at the end of it.

F-100 part - the 192 prefix shows that this was an F-100
F-100 part - the 192 prefix shows that this was an F-100
Credit: Vegasclimber

Another F-100 piece, probably a vent tube for one of the fuel bladders...
Another F-100 piece, probably a vent tube for one of the fuel bladders.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Wiring harness
Wiring harness
Credit: Vegasclimber

Oil cooler
Oil cooler
Credit: Vegasclimber

Awesome budding on the plants
Awesome budding on the plants
Credit: Vegasclimber

Budding Joshua tree
Budding Joshua tree
Credit: Vegasclimber
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