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RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Hey that lamp is awesome!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 12, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
hey there say, sandra... as, well, too...

somewhere along the line, in life, we all have situations where things have seemed to either come undone, or roof caved in, or rug pulled out, etc...

and--us, being human, MUST adjust and in some ways even change our 'trail strategy' and not in the usual 'human sense, as to make things smooth, spiffy and easy' --nope, the change may involve HARD work, or self diciipline... and:

many folks learn sadly face this in the middle ages, or, when folks that are young, have kids TOO soon, before they UNDERSTAND the process of life:
life is meant for living for a whole picture, NOT just ourself...

so--frustrations sets in, and relationships fall apart when the 'easy self ways' bite the dust, and the hard trail part, kicks in...

if folks are shallow, they will never understand the great meadows and views that are to be AFTER these precious hard-tests...


relationships and love are better and sweeter and so are friendships with all that tackled or helped, or supported or encourages, during these times...



it is BETTER now, that you and big mike learn all this now, while young...
if you were still together, without this in the older years, it would have been much harder to deal with--both being set in the ways of 'youthful vigor, eyes on the end of world' etc...

also, for folks that later have kids, this is PRACTICE... practice to tackle whatever needs be, for that little one that needs all kinds of help that is not seen until 'individual baby situations surface' for each kid, trying to grow, grow up, and learn to live in the world...


trails are always best, when you know that the trail is more than you think, at first look... :)
easier to accept and take the challenges, then...
and --to win the prize...


god's grace and wisdom, and prayers to you both...

oh, and say:

hey there big mike, may the day be sweet today! and the evening,
a blessing, :)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Hi all!

Long time, no post. Sorry about that! Truth is, this summer's been rather challenging, both physically, and mentally.

I did ok for the first month or so after i left Gf Strong, kept up with my exercises, but didn't work much.

Things changed a bit when the boys needed more help on site, though. I started working a bit more to pick up the slack and started feeling guilty about not having enough energy to do both work, and rehab.

This lead me to depression, but i think it was also feelings that i never really dealt with after the accident.

Things are slowly getting better though. My business is paying a few bills again, rather than loosing money, so that is a great stress off my shoulders.. I'm feeling stronger all the time and my pain is getting significantly better, accupunture's been huge. It really does wonders for me, and helps my body loosen up. I get uber tight again when i don't go.

I've been climbing a bit, definitely getting stronger, but the loss of feeling in my left foot still makes things very interesting. It's hard not to skate off a slab when you can't feel your big toe, but i'm getting better at it.

My biggest effort so far was Calculus Crack, a 5 pitch 5.8 on the apron. Kieran was kind enough to ropegun us up there, and Nina and Kyle had a beautiful dinner waiting for us, at the top, on memorial ledge!

Ropegun, extraordinaire.


Sandra on p2


She cleaned it, despite having dinner and a huge thermarest on her back!

Me on p3

Kieran Brownie photo

Sandra on p3


Kieran starting up p4


Memorial Ledge (they set up the handline for the cripple...)


Dinner!!


I'm headed to the Valley this week for Facelift, so hopefully see ya'll there!!

Thanks again to everyone for all your support!! I would not be where i am today without it!!

Special Thanks to Sandra. Without her, all this would have been so much harder!! I love u babe!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
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!


Thanks Powder!! Sorry i never got back to you, my communication skills have been lacking this summer.

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.

Ya Plaid! You killed it this summer buddy!! You're my inspiration now!!

That is a hell of a task. I've read countless stories of people suffering injuries to their spine, and even though everyone told them they'd never do X,Y,Z, etc again (including their doc), they showed them differently with training, positive thinking, and a whole lot of stubbornness. Good beer too, probably.

You're right burch. Not allowing oneself to accept failure is the key. Stubborness. Pure and simple.

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.

Thanks Ryan. Funny, for me, things seem so slow, but when i compare myself to other friends with spinal issues, i've managed pretty well.

Rock on, big fella!

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

Thanks Reilly! Can you od on vibes?? Lol ;)

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.

Thanks Kris! I'm trying!! Thanks for everthing man! I can't tell you how much your hospital visits meant to me!!


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!

Heck ya buddy! Sorry i haven't been in touch this summer. I'll call u when i get back from the valley!!



way to go, mike.
i hope that your new stride
carries you strong and proud.

you have earned a bountiful gait.

Thanks Chuck!! Thanks for the lamp too! It rules!!

you've dealings in the past
with heir gravity.

your present quarrel with her
is surmountable.

Thank you for this. Is was my new motto the moment i read it!


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.


Thanks Mike! Sorry i never got back to your squamish moderates thread!! I will certainly be ready to give you and Jack a tour next summer!!


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... :)

Thanks neebs! How did you get so wise?? ;)

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.

Crunch! You know this all too well! I still have to slap myself occasionally and remember just how far i've come.





crunch

Social climber
CO

Jun 11, 2013 - 11:24pm PT

Don't sweat it if you feel like doing nothing, taking a day or three or so off. Go with the flow. You got to find a balance that works between training for the future and enjoying what you have. Good luck!

Thanks for this too. It's too easy to beat myself up for not doing enough sometimes. It's been good to remember i need time to heal too.

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


U got that right Wayne! I'm not perfect by any means, but i ain't giving up!


Hey that lamp is awesome!

Ya it is! My own piece of the sierra's hand made by an amazing artist!!

it is BETTER now, that you and big mike learn all this now, while young...
if you were still together, without this in the older years, it would have been much harder to deal with--both being set in the ways of 'youthful vigor, eyes on the end of world' etc...

Neebee is wise!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Sep 22, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
tx 4 the tr.

cant believe how clean calculus crack looks now.
MH2

climber
Sep 22, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
Extraordinaire all around, Mike.
gf

climber
Sep 22, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
What a wonderful photo set big mike -i was relating your recovery to my better half who has been immersed in her own road back to health with 2 major and 2 minor surgeries with another round of same coming up -all tied to a bad pelvic break sustained when she got taken down in a road race. "Fast recovery" was her response; the depression shall pass with work and you've dodged the oxy addiction bullet; nice job!

greg
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
cant believe how clean calculus crack looks now.

Thanks to Scrubber!! There's a new direct start too. It's sweet!!

Thanks Andy! It was great to see you last week!!

all tied to a bad pelvic break sustained when she got taken down in a road race

Ugh.. So glad my pelvis stayed intact!!!! I wish her well!!!

No oxy's but still using the hydromophone. sparingly though, down to 3mg per day. I usually skip it if I'm not doing anything though.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Sep 22, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Great you're up and at it, Mike. I have about 25% feeling in my left foot, zero in my big toe so it's weird, I know.

Hang tough and get better.

JL
WTF

climber
Sep 22, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Mike
I have been wondering about you these last few months and how you're doing.

If I may please deal with your depression. It's very taxing mentally on outdoor physical people like us who are injured and can't do what we love when we want and how we want.
I know I spent 10 years depressed after an injury changed my life.
From a 5.11 trad climber who did big walls every year to a limping gimp who couldnt even climb 5.9.

It's difficult man I feel your pain in your post, your bummed brother. I am too for you but here's the deal. Your still in recovery man. Refocus and do your rehab. Don't slack! Business is business ups and downs ride it and realize you can only control so much and make the best of that day and moment in which you are dealing with.

It hasn't been a year you broke your back and you are as we all know a large man. It's going to take time to heal from this. Good news your young and time is on your side.
Long term goals with baby steps Mike. The rocks aren't going anywhere.

Have a great facelift wish I was going.

ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Sep 22, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
BIG props to you, Mike! I wish I would have found this thread earlier. Your attitude is inspirational, and your recovery is nothing short of amazing. Keep strong! If I ever have the pleasure of meeting you, the beers are on me!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Wow John! You never told me that! How are you doing these days! Thanks again for the phone call, what a shock! I almost didn't believe it was really you!! Made my month!

It's difficult man I feel your pain in your post, your bummed brother. I am too for you but here's the deal. Your still in recovery man. Refocus and do your rehab. Don't slack! Business is business ups and downs ride it and realize you can only control so much and make the best of that day and moment in which you are dealing with.

You're right dude. I know it too, I've been out before, but never this long, so this is kinda new for me.


BIG props to you, Mike! I wish I would have found this thread earlier. Your attitude is inspirational, and your recovery is nothing short of amazing. Keep strong! If I ever have the pleasure of meeting you, the beers are on me!

Thanks ncrock! I look forward to it!!
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Good to see you'r on the road to healing mentally, a lot of us have been there. Little kindnesses mean so much, a great support group here.

Sending you good vibes and positive thoughts.

Like always your photos are awesome!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
MIKE!!! How didit go fer #44 ? Did you & Matt get a piece finished?

FUKKEYE HOPE SO !!! BIG STOKE !!!!


I know what sped up yer recovery ya bum :-D hahahahahaha.


Hugs to you & S. Yey, yey, yey !!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
Thanks Rolf!! You still in J-tree?

Tami! I think so! We hammered it out awhile ago, and Matt said that would be the last i'd hear about it till it prints! I'm hoping it's good to go!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Yeah Big Mike!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
YAHHHOOO!!!!!!!!!! I have a toon in there too - inspired by the pad people waddling past us at the recent par-tay.


Safe trip to Cali!!!!!!
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Mike, so glad to see that things are steadily improving for you. Keep rehabbing and keep your positive attitude toward everything and in no time you'll be progressing right back to where you were, and it'll be sweeter than ever.

Stay strong, brother.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:14am PT
Glad to see ya doing better Big Mike. You got good people around you. Hope everything keeps getting better for you physically and every where else in life.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 23, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Have a blast in the Valley dude. Hope you get to send some fun stuff there with everyone. RyanD might be by there soonish
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