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Fish Boy

Social climber
Squeamish
Mar 25, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Glad to see you're doing so well man, catch ya soon!

-peace-
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 25, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Awesome to see you progressing so well Mike! We've been thinking about you during this bit of nice weather and being thankful for our health.

Hopefully we can rope up together by the end of this season. If not we'll drag you up on the first wheelchair ascent of the apron. see if you can get some 5.10 stealth tires for that rig.

Kris
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 25, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Ya nick!!

I'll be sending this summer kris. No worries. Soon enough. I will be training Sandra a lot this summer and getting some practice in on the easy stuff first i think. Maybe some cleaning too!
We'll see.

I'm so behind on my journal it's ridiculous. Oh well. It is what it is.



Tuesday was crazy busy!! I thought i had a double block of pt in the morning, but it turned out i had ot. Ot went well, nothing special.

After i was supposed to have a meeting with the drug and alcohol counsellor but i got her to move it to this week because my day was such a gong show.

This allowed me to get my wheelchair fixed finally. It's been pulling to the right ever since i got it. I went to see the boys in wheelchair services and they said to get my nurse to bring it down and they'd fix me right up.

I went back upstairs and jaydeen my awesome nurse took it down for me. i got to chill in my bed for awhile which was nice cause the double pt blocks wear me out.

I asked my social worker to meet me in my office, so i could chill in bed. She agreed and the meeting went well. She also agreed to let me set meetings when i want them rather than having a standard appointment. I really don't need to talk to her every week since i'm in pretty good spirits. I find it rather annoying anyways since it makes my tuesday pretty nuts!

After my sw left, i got ready for pt we did some standing exercises and then a bit of walking. To end the day i climbed my first set of stairs. First with the rails, then with one rail and one crutch. In total I did four stairs four times.

I was really excited about that because it was one of the final hurdles between me and going home for the weekend.

When i finished, i was bagged. I headed back to my room to chill for a bit.

My mom and sister came to visit for a bit, and went to grab my dinner for me when it was time. Then they let me snooze a bit before my pool outing.

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.



Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 26, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Uggh.. One of those days.. Shouldn't have stayed up so late last night!! Nap time!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 26, 2013 - 10:30am PT
........"I slept like a baby that night......"

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.
Baby Doll

Trad climber
Squamish
Mar 26, 2013 - 01:02pm 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 - 01:13pm 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 - 01:26pm PT
Sweet babe! I wanna get this lamp rockin!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 27, 2013 - 07:50am 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 - 08:10am PT
You guys are soooo cute :-)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:29am 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 - 08:42am 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 - 10:42am 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 - 01:01pm 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 - 06:03pm 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 27, 2013 - 09:26pm 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 27, 2013 - 11:22pm 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 - 05:46am 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 - 06:34am 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 - 07:04am 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.
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