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this just in

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Justin Ross from North Fork
May 15, 2015 - 09:21pm PT
Credit: this just in
Lol. Good times. The best guide is one who will think "what a f*#king idiot, wanting to go on a tree run with no snow." Meanwhile leads me down the sh#t with a smile on his face.

Condolences Tami, 92 is pretty good.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 15, 2015 - 10:23pm PT
Thanks Tami, sometimes i just have these thoughts i need to write down and i thought i would share them. :) Your parents sound amazing, my condolences for your pa. I would love to have a beer and chat about yer upbringing.

I really hope you guys can make it out this summer. That would be super fun!

Stewart- Thanks and I'm looking forward to it. The pain of my ankle injury served to return feeling to my neuro deficient left foot. A trade I would gladly make any day.

Justin that run was fricking hilarious. Were I a better guide i would have picked my way through there beforehand to be better aware of the bare patches.. Lol but my risk adverse attitude had kept me out of the steeper trees on Whistler. Until your visit.. That upper pocket sure was nice though!!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2015 - 10:42pm PT
Life, at times seems to be all about damage control. Feck!
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
May 16, 2015 - 06:10am PT
"Always look on the sunnyside of life..."
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 06:38am PT
Wayno! Lol! Sometimes it feels that way doesn't it.

Todd- I try man. Thanks again for the inspiration and hopefully we can tie in this summer!

I wake at 5 am to a lightning bolt of pain hitting the left side of my ankle. It feels like I'm repeatedly being stabbed over and over. This is the price of feeling.

While I welcome this nerve pain, to a place which not long ago lacked sensation, it sure is a bitch at dawn. Especially when your girlfriend is trying to get some sleep.

I need freedom to move so I head for the couch. Hopefully the pre-gab will hit soon and I can get a few more z's.

Reprogramming your body sure ain't easy... :)


FVCK OFF NERVE PAIN!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
May 16, 2015 - 07:14am PT
The how and why of what heals and what lingers as a reminder to take it . . .

There are many words of Ernest caution, that might apply
But BIG MIKE takes it in stride. . .

My hat is off to you

the road of pain control and perseverance in the face of Adversity !
Hmm sound Big Mike ish !
Dude is a hero to all !

The ankles
Man, that link needs major rest!
Smoke butter! Stay off 'em!
Stay sitting and do exercise


My own go all day but the next dawn I know it !
and it may take a day for the worst (at the time) to resolve to a no limp gate.
If that makes any sense ?

As an example:
Three days of seven to eight miles a day on solid trails, Not The 'roads' of the Gunks, and I am 'feeling it' swelling at the rests and pain all the time for what feels like equal to the length of time of the abuse oops use.



I got caught up reading all of this . . . .
I think I better think it out again!

Wow!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 16, 2015 - 07:21am PT
Big Mike, I often wake in the middle of the night with the feeling someone is ramming a pin deeply into my left foot.

Sometimes the pin is in the middle of the bottom of the big toe. Sometimes in the ball of the foot. Oddly, sometimes up on the top deck of the foot.

Inevitably, my lower back will be twisted in some subtle way. I'll straighten out and the pain will vanish like it was never there.

I also get cramps and, well, I think my left leg is no longer 'getting better' but is in fact getting a bit worse. And that muscle in my calf never did start working.

But still, headed out to go climbing here in a little while. Its all smiles, till it ain't.

Heal up (again) bro.

Cheers!
DMT
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
May 16, 2015 - 07:58am PT
This is kind of a long, personal thread for a newcomer to jump in, but I liked the title, and especially since I got in a bit of a pissing match in that other thread, I thought I should send some good vibes in this one.

I can relate to bodily malfunctions. I had some debiliting hip problems over the past decade. After three major surgeries and two artificial hips, I've been lucky enough to have a sort of a recovery. At my age, with my body, everything hurts a little bit, most the time, except maybe when I'm actually climbing. So I guess I better get out and go climbing, right now.
Salud, Big Mike, and good luck with the recovery.
Tim Bratten
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 03:02pm PT
The ankles
Man, that link needs major rest!
Smoke butter! Stay off 'em!
Stay sitting and do exercise


My own go all day but the next dawn I know it !
and it may take a day for the worst (at the time) to resolve to a no limp gate.
If that makes any sense ?

Thanks Gnome. I get it. Mileage is not my friend at the moment. I was able to sneak back into bed after the dayshift started. Sleep came quickly and drew me away from the lightning bolt ankle.

I awoke at 12:30, the pain was still there, but muted. Seems the pregab has accomplished it's mission. Might be time for another. Today is all about rest and physio. Riceing at the moment.

Big Mike, I often wake in the middle of the night with the feeling someone is ramming a pin deeply into my left foot.

Sometimes the pin is in the middle of the bottom of the big toe. Sometimes in the ball of the foot. Oddly, sometimes up on the top deck of the foot.

Inevitably, my lower back will be twisted in some subtle way. I'll straighten out and the pain will vanish like it was never there.

You got that right. I get the cramps too. Usually after a big day where i didn't consume enough water and electrolytes. I didn't however get cramps after my Chief lap last weekend! 2.5 litres of NUUN tablet water was the big secret on that i think. All the electrolytes of Gatorade but none of the sugar.

Do you still have the drop foot then? Don't give up my friend. Nerve damage takes a long time to heal or reprogram. You need to stimulate it to get it going again. Get the ankle cuff/elastic band combo going to strengthen that part of your calf. The nerve pathways are so weak right now so the signal is not getting through.

If you make it work, it will get stronger and the weak signal will have more effect. The more you use it the better the signal will get. It sounds like it's still degrading. You need to combat that. Don't give up my friend, i'm still reprogramming after two years which they say is the cut-off date.

Try accupuncture/ cold laser too? This therapy has been simply amazing for me. Anything to stimulate the muscle healing/ sensation. Make sure you are super "zen" when you go.

Heal up (again) bro.

Never stopped brother. You too eh? Get working dude!

This is kind of a long, personal thread for a newcomer to jump in, but I liked the title, and especially since I got in a bit of a pissing match in that other thread, I thought I should send some good vibes in this one.

Yes, it is rather personal.. I needed an outlet in the hospital, and i found it here. I appreciated our repartee on the pinkpoint thread until it degraded.. No hard feelings dude, as you said the topic was very contentious, especially the way I presented it.

I can relate to bodily malfunctions. I had some debiliting hip problems over the past decade. After three major surgeries and two artificial hips, I've been lucky enough to have a sort of a recovery. At my age, with my body, everything hurts a little bit, most the time, except maybe when I'm actually climbing. So I guess I better get out and go climbing, right now.

Salud, Big Mike, and good luck with the recovery.
Tim Bratten

Thanks Tim. I'm super glad i've avoided hip issues so far. Had I not been wearing padded shorts, I am fairly certain I would have destroyed my pelvis too, complicating my recovery immensely.

I feel you on the pain thing, adrenaline certainly makes it disappear. I am glad I still have that outlet.

Hope you enjoyed your climbing today.

Mike
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
May 16, 2015 - 03:07pm PT
i love you
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 03:09pm PT
You too bro.

Be well.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 03:28pm PT
On my fourth pregab today, and I haven't had one for a month. These nerve pain storms usually leave me with far more sensation and I'm glad I got the Lyrica again because they can be fairly debilitating. Mostly I like feeling the occasional stab, to remind me I'm healing.

These storms however are too much. I need to mute them as much as possible. The upside is I can feel my big toe better today, and it only seems to be improving in this regard. A trade I would gladly make, again and again.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 16, 2015 - 03:51pm PT
good vibes, still, bro.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 05:48pm PT
Thanks bro. I still want to visit AZ. One of these days i'll be knocking on your door.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 16, 2015 - 05:49pm PT
I'll save some pinkpoints :-)
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
May 16, 2015 - 05:50pm PT
Bump for 900 posts. You coulda been dead but you are alive. There you go.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 16, 2015 - 06:19pm PT

I'll save some pinkpoints :-)

I'll be stoked if i get em! ;)

Thanks Flip. Yup. Being here is way more fun than the alternative!
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