Sending Big Mike some good vibes


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Big Mike

Trad climber
May 12, 2013 - 01:11am PT
Getting there! I still can't do a sit-up without my feet held, but the fusion in my lower back isn't helping that i bet.. ;)

I guess it's good when they kick you out for being too able eh?? ;)

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 12, 2013 - 01:35am PT
Grrrr, I deleted your address!! I need it, the package will fly the first part of June

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 12, 2013 - 01:48am PT
You're out! You're out!! YES!!!

Smiles everywhere!!!!


Big Mike

Trad climber
May 12, 2013 - 01:49am PT
Ok. I'll send it to you michelle

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
May 12, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
What is it with you getting out of jail free and then the rain starting up again?
Big Mike

Trad climber
May 12, 2013 - 03:01pm PT

What is it with you getting out of jail free and then the rain starting up again?

I know!! Seriously right!!

Burch- Thanks, one thing that i'm not sure everyone realizes tho, i also sustained a spinal cord injury which resulted in a total loss of function in my left leg. I literally had to train it to do what i wanted again, hell i still am. It also affected my right hip which still isn't normal either.

You will be happy to hear function has pretty much returned with much training, and now i have to make it work better. Feeling in my left leg below my left knee is still spotty. I feel certain parts and not others, but i keep getting more back and am really hoping that it will return 100% some day. If not i can learn to live without it, adapt to my situation as it were.

I will be buying a gym pass for the local rec center as well as my local rock gym to keep my training going and am arranging a local physio to work with.

This is all pretty unusual for me as i have never really "worked out" per say, just went outside and did fun stuff. I can no longer afford to take that approach and must train to be a superhuman to overcome my nerve signal weakness as well as try and stimulate the nerves to allow for more connectivity so the muscles affected can work as hard again as they once did.

Thanks Ron! And thanks to everyone who has supported me in any way! Your support has been a beam of light in an otherwise dark tunnel. It is a long road and this is only a small step along my path the freedoms that i used to enjoy.

A piece of advice to y'all cherish everyday, realize how good it is to be able bodied. It might not always be so easy and you will look back and realize how lucky you really were to be able to do the things that you love!

Trad climber
the Flower Box
May 12, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
SUPER glad that you're going home!!!!!! Yayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!! :D

It's a start of a new journey. It's not going to be easy but you'll make it through and be fine, with that strong will and super positive energy!

Keep healing and recovering!! Looking forward to more of your mini adventures - whether in town or in the mountains!

A piece of advice to y'all cherish everyday, realize how good it is to be able bodied. It might not always be so easy and you will look back and realize how lucky you really were to be able to do the things that you love!

Yup. ...feel that... totally!

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
May 12, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Dude glad your on the mend. I'm going the workout thing too. Thought climbing was enough. Found out I got to work to keep the weight off. Down 16 pounds and working out nearly everyday.

Keep after it man. You are an inspiration.


May 12, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
The sweet taste of Freedom!!

Awesome Mike,glad to see u where u are man. Really amazing how fast this time had cruised by & the adversity which u have overcome.

Thx for the cams too- I placed more than a few & thought to myself "Big Mike approved" before climbing past em'. I'll drop em off maybe tomorrow or Tues if ur around. Cheers.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I've four friends who broke their backs climbing. OK, not climbing, falling.
That was it for one, pretty much it for another, and barely phased the other two; more yer ilk. :-)

Rock on, big fella!

Aren't you just a little worried about ODing on good vibes?

Straight outta Squampton
May 13, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Can't wait to see you back out there Mike. Thanks for helping put most of my petty woes into perspective. I try to feel thankful every day for what I have, because things can change so fast.

Lets have a beer on the back deck soon.

Fish Boy

Social climber
May 13, 2013 - 02:02am PT
Awesome news Mr Mike, totally stoked to see you kicking ass and making a strong recovery.

It'll be a pleasure to get out there again with ya!


Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 14, 2013 - 08:43am PT
way to go, mike.
i hope that your new stride
carries you strong and proud.

you have earned a bountiful gait.

Baby Doll

Trad climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 09:43pm PT

Hey All..long time no posts... Mike's been a busy boy since he got home (May 11). Despite the fact that he coulda used another month in GF Strong, he seems to be doing quite well with his transition of being home. His motivation could use some help right now. I'm posting today though cuz I wanted some of you awesome peeps to see some of the things I've been up to other than rope-gunning for Mike since his return home:

Weege's lamp
Weeg...finally found a lampshade for your beautiful gift...
Weeg...finally found a lampshade for your beautiful gift...
Credit: Baby Doll

Tammi! I found the PERFECT space to hang the painting you made for the big guy... one of the nicest, not to mention, most meaningful, pieces we have in our collection. The photo of it doesn't do it justice...the walls are actually white not yellow and the painting glows blue during the day. Thank you!

And I also made a Get-Well Collage out of all the nice cards and messages which is hanging on our kitchen wall...

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Keep working Big Mike. I hope to see you in the needles or tower sometime and I still have to get to Squamish. I hope you are ready to give me the tour when I get there. I haven't been checking in with the taco too much lately, but it sounds like you are making great progress.

Social climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
hey there say, sandra... thanks for posting all the 'at home and settled'...
i will sure send 'keep on keeping on' the ol' trail, motivation to
big mike!

when the trail twists and turns a bit, or hits a new uncharted spot, or an old sore spot, the nice breeze can fizzle a bit...

you can or may want to slow a bit, think and contemplate, and try new strategies, then--you will find you are moving ahead again, :)
with grace and dignity, :) and a happy heart... :)

Jun 11, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Great to see those pictures, Sandra. Thanks!

Social climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:56am PT
All the best, Big Mike!

Not sure how you are doing, exactly, likely sorta mixed, some good, some not so good. You're in this for the long haul. You're still young and your nerves and spine will be improving for many, many months ahead. For goals, just figure on doing something, some hiking/walking, if nothing more, each and every day. Improvements will come slow (too slow, I know too well) but they WILL come.

One day at a time; appreciate and relish everything you CAN do.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:10am PT
Mike! Keep at it Brother. You are going to be amazed by the progress that there is to be made by staying positive and working really hard. Healing is a strange and mysterious thing. It comes on its own schedule, no matter how much we may wish otherwise. However, by being patient you can expect more of it than you may be able to imagine in this still fairly early phase of your recovery. Adapting to your situation and focusing on getting the parts of your body that do work well to be as honed as possible is a great plan. The rest will come in time.

Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will.


Jun 12, 2013 - 01:59am PT
Not sure about indomitable, but Big Mike has good enough will.

(I happened to meet Will S today)
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