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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:03am PT
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For you, BigMike, it's calm waters from here on out!

KEEP THE MAGIC ALIVE!

oxoxo

Kath
crunch

Social climber
CO
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:19am PT
So I know I've been slacking on the progress reports. Truth is i've been pretty darn busy, and got tired of the daily thing a bit. My recovery continues at a rapid pace.

Great!

Yup, probably best to concentrate on your pt, let other things slide. With a spine injury, the first few weeks and months are critical. Good to hear you are off the wheelchair.

With climbing, I'd recommend an indoor wall and toproping (no leading!) on juggy stuff that is vertical or just slightly overhanging. You can use your upper body to "spot" whatever your legs and feet can stand on/push off of. Lower-angle terrain, however "easy" mightl be pretty challenging. Keep the toprope tightish.

And careful with lowering to the ground, have your belayer go slow and easy.

It's excellent therapy, once your body feels up for it.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 4, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
One day you will look back at this as a distant memory and just a blip in your otherwise productive life.

My life's been productive? ;)

Nice pic Harry! Some inspiration for sure. I don't think i'm gonna need these things for that much longer tho... Six months tops.

Look forward to seeing you when you are well again. Do me a favour and give bmacd a call, if you haven't spoken to him lately.


happy to see you back out and on belay duty, that's awesome. Keep it up!

Ya man! Stoked to get out there again! For sure!


For you, BigMike, it's calm waters from here on out!

Thanks ekat! That looks fun! I could totally paddle right now. That would be sweet.

With climbing, I'd recommend an indoor wall and toproping (no leading!) on juggy stuff that is vertical or just slightly overhanging. Keep the toprope tightish.

Yup! That's the plan for sure. Everything else is secondary to my therapy for sure. I just started setting up my room today. It drives Sandra crazy because she stresses when things aren't done, but i have my priorities straight. Everything else will happen in due time..

Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Apr 4, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Looking good Big Mike!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
hey there say, just checking up o big mike :)
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
And now for a message from our sponsers: Uncle Ben says "Hope your mending up well. Have a beer."
Now if that isn't a face you can trust...
Now if that isn't a face you can trust...
Credit: Scrubber
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Ben Ginter. Tartan Brewing Company !!!!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:44am PT
My life's been productive? ;)

THAT cracked me up! Gak, isn't that how we all feel sometimes?!



I've heard that kittens are good in helping improving rehab time.
Credit: survival





So does thinking fondly of your countrymen in uniform.
Credit: survival


Just trying to help man.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:29am PT
Thanks Roots and neebee! Good to see your looking out!

Hi Kris! Tell Uncle Ben i'll have one but no more as they mess with my pain meds and dilute them! No fun!

Yowza Bruce! I like kittens!! ;)

Well another day on the gf spine ward. My day started off with my nurse waking me 15 mins early. I wasn't super pleased about it, but i asked her nicely if she could please refrain from doing so in the future..

I started doing a bit of exercise for my morning commute..


I made it to pt early which is rare. Strengthening went well and i bumped up the weight a bit for my leg exercises. I had pt directly after that, and we did some more driving stuff.

Then we focused on my shoulder a bit to help out an old separation i had which is nice, and then off to the bars for some balancing. I was on one of those soft half balls, but upside down, and it was not too hard.

The she says "try it with your eyes closed! " That was hard. I managed to stay upright, but not too much else. We did some more foot routines for my clutch foot, then calf raises followed by some tippy toes walking.

I thought i had a appointment with my pharmacist, but it turned out i was mistaken so i just taco'ed a bit till lunch. Lunch has been quite fun lately, joking around with the usual characters, and some of the nurses.

I went back to my room and started to put up some of my pictures and stuff. It's still pretty disorganized tho, and i kinda like it that way, because it feels like my room growing up.

I got tired of standing after fourty five minutes, so i hit the sack for a bit and chilled. Then i headed off to OT where i had a medical student ask me if he could sit in on our session. I said yes so he started to grill me a bit. After a few questions i turned the table on him. Turns out he helped startup a energy solutions company that installs a lot of solar panels on houses and buildings in california.

Then Nigel showed up and we started off with some barefoot standing and stepping, followed by some short walking without the crutches.

We also did some more hip strengthening stuff and i tried catching and kicking the ball again. After a bit he told me to kick the ball with my eyes closed. I actually did better at that than with visual clues! ;)

We finished up the session with a walk, and a short stint outside in the pouring rain to see how i would fair on the wet grass. It was fine. At the end of the walk, i went back up the stairs that i started my day by going down.

The rest of my day was pretty mellow. Some taco'ing and a bit more room arranging..

Tomorrow is another day and then I get to go home again!! Thanks to Luke and Ais coming to pick me up!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Great update Mike.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Whoa man, I can't believe you are doing stairs Mike! That is amazing. The picture of the stairwell kinda made my arse pucker. That's where I screwed up my knee on Monday, at work walking down the stairs. I have a partial tear of my MCL.

Sooooo, ya. I'm stuck at home unable to walk while you are ripping up the carpet over there. Pretty funny ehhhhhh?!

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:07am PT
Thanks Bruce!

Awww poor Relic! Which knee did you screw up? The bad one again?
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
yeh the right one
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Ohh right knee.. No driving then! No!
cowpoke

climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
then I get to go home again!!
Woo hoo!!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Heck ya!! I found out my appointment with my surgeon isn't till the 29th, but my resident dr, said she would send him an email to ask if it was ok to climb in the gym again!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I missed a couple of decent pictures when i got behind last week.

Jim Brennan was kind enough to stop by and he, Sandra and i went for a walk..


The next day Sandra snuck me out of the hospital to buy some pants at mec.


Me making my first wheelchair purchase



It was a pretty sweet day and this view from the flagship mec rooftop parking lot.


Luke should be here shortly to pick me up..
silentone

Mountain climber
wisconsin
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:42am PT
Mike very cool to see your doing well.
I don't know you but I feel like I do.
I'm sending you somthing and would like to order some of your prints, are you still at the same address just a different room?
Please post it up so I can send you some stoke.
Carry on
wishing you and Sandra all the best
S.O.(Paul)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 05:29am PT
Man, you're grooving right along. I'm digging it.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 08:19am PT
Umm so I heard you like crack?
Royal Flush, Leavenworth
Royal Flush, Leavenworth
Credit: Relic
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