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To Elefantinoweiwentg
Feb 3, 2002 10:55 AM
Get well soon ... how's the recovery coming along?
Notes from the reclinerElefantino
Feb 3, 2002 8:45 PM
Thanks for asking. Slow, but I think better, back-wise. I have been able to walk and stand a bit more (although the walk is almost a shuffle) and able to keep the pain under control, although the occasional stab I feel back there reminds me who's in charge.

The shoulder is worse; tomorrow I go for a consult with an ortho guy in town who specializes in shoulders. Hopefully it'll be something that can be handled with steroids and not surgery.

Very excited in that my new Spinergy wheels came for my S-Works this weekend. I can report that I have had them for two days and have not yet broken a spoke.

Of course, they're still in the box.

As am I.

Feb 4, 2002 4:53 AM
if you can poke fun at yourself, you're OK.
get well soon ...
small stepsTig
Feb 4, 2002 8:23 AM
It sounds like you are making small steps forward literally and figuratively. Of course, you don't have much choice! Hang in there. Some day you can look back on all of this and see how it somehow changed you for the better. I know that sounds like BS, but it will happen as long as you try to keep a good attitude and learn through life's lessons. When everything is wonderful, we never learn or grow much.

Let us know about the shoulder prognosis. I've had one "rebuilt" and it has been a blessing in the long term. As for how this all will affect your riding, its too early to guess. The negatives are that your wife will be even more concerned about you riding, and you'll have to build your fitness from the ground up. Hey, that sure didn't hurt Lance, and after feeling real pain exercise pain will be nothing! That is one of the positives... to have a higher pain tolerance threshold.

As for the back, I'm glad they didn't fuse any vertebrae together. One of my old riding buddies went through that after getting hit by a car, but you'd never know it from how strong he rides. The human body and spirit are amazing!