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Wednesday surgery and I'm already going nuts....small rant!(16 posts)

Wednesday surgery and I'm already going nuts....small rant!rtolle
Apr 11, 2002 1:10 PM
I just had my hernia surgery yesterday. I've now sat around for 1.5 days and I'm about to go crazy. It's 75 and sunny here in Indiana and I can't do anything. We hardly ever have days like this and I can barely walk let alone hop on my bike. I'm now starting my count down of 30 days, retroactive to yesterday until I get back on my bike and do a ride. This is like being placed on the 30 day disabled list and I don't like it. Thanks for listening, I know you all understand where I'm coming from cause no one else does.

RT
my complete sympathylonefrontranger
Apr 11, 2002 1:15 PM
The hernia surgery thing really sucks. One of my teammates has a herniated disc in her back and can't ride at all for a month.

At least when I broke my ankle last Sept. I had the "out" of being able to crutch myself around the local reservoir until exhaustion. Which I did. A lot. Then I got on the trainer in my cast, much to my orthopod's chagrin. Everyone thought I was nuts, but I healed at least 10 days ahead of schedule due to sheer stubbornness, I think.

Good luck, and OLN's got some really good stuff on Thursday nights. Use this time to catch up on movies you've missed, etc.
i am goin nuts too...weiwentg
Apr 11, 2002 1:19 PM
it's 70 degrees today. i should eb on the bike :(
maintenance?RideLots
Apr 11, 2002 1:34 PM
Can you at least work on your bike(s) or something? Overhaul everything, then it will be ready for you and won't take away riding time later. That might be some consolation. Better yet, work on them outside.
Sympathy for both of ya'sTroyboy
Apr 11, 2002 1:37 PM
A few years ago I was forced to retire from speed skiing after a nasty race crash shattered my leg and caused heaps of collateral damage. I was in skeletal traction for 9 days and had a round of surgeries. It took me months just to be able to walk again. I know how it is....

Just last August riding to the Manhattan race I had a fluke mechanical that caused me to fully endo spraining both shoulders and lots of other difficulties. All in all I was kept off the bike and out of the gym for two months. Trainer was ok after a week and a half although the road rash was vicious.

You'll get better and fast. Ride that trainer if you can, if not, enjoy some time off.
Guys! Really make sure you don't take short cuts.tempeteKerouak
Apr 11, 2002 2:07 PM
Like I often say, you can come out of an injury stronger than you where before.

The reciepy is simple;
Take all the time needed to heal, don't jump any steps.
Use the time to improve what can be improved; diet, mental, balance; if it is stretching the left calf only that you can do, then take the opportunity to do it.
Then, when the time comes to get back on the saddle, it does not mean you are "cured".
Take advantage of this "new start" to get rid of bad habits if you have any, so you will feel like you are smoothly making yourself a better rider, rather then trying returning to what you where (no matter how good you are)

If you take your time, you will succeed in what you have to do. And what you have to do is heal well, not get on the bike asap.
You'll do fine!
A Speedy Recovery Is Payback For Keeping Fit...helped me..GWSjagiger
Apr 11, 2002 9:54 PM
Another candidate for a Cycling Purple HeartSlipstream
Apr 12, 2002 5:26 AM
What's with you guys? These aint merit badges you are earning. Are you trying to set a trend or something?

Besides, I'm running out of compassion. (Just Kidding)

I imagine that today you are really feeling pretty lousy. Hang in there; milk as much sympathy from your friends and family as you can. These opportunities don't come along all that often.

Besides, you can show off your scar to your biking buds, ala, President Johnson--just make sure there is a photographer handy so you can post it.

From one who has been there: man did I ever milk the sympathy! ;>)
cheeky bastard!! :) nmweiwentg
Apr 12, 2002 6:09 AM
Where are you in Indiana? I'm in the NW... 70 degrees @ 6 AM! nmfloatch
Apr 12, 2002 6:27 AM
Munciertolle
Apr 12, 2002 11:08 AM
You are clueless about how very lucky you are.E33
Apr 12, 2002 1:42 PM
I'm not alluding to you being a wimp or sissy. What I mean is, you have a temporary condition that, after 30 days of healing, will leave you with an improved body and, consequently, the ability to ride better.

Let put your situation in perspective. Road cycling, other than my family, was my passion. I rode 150-200 miles a week and participated in several charity rides and a race or two every summer. I've been on the DL since April, 2001 with two degenerated discs in my lower back. I managed to ride through the pain for several years, but it grew intolerable and other related symptoms developed. I have received conservative treatment, but with little positive results. I will be on the DL for the forseeable future, maybe forever. Either fusion or, hopefully, artificial disc surgery is on the horizon.

Another ride-less summer approaches. We've had a mild winter and some beautiful spring days here in Texas. Not one day goes by without an emotional struggle over my inability to ride. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself, but mostly I just deeply miss the joy of riding. I have friends and co-workers that "get it" when I ask them to imagine their lives without golf.

I just turned 39 and have the back of a 90-year old man. I've lost my fitness, and I'm not physically capable of doing much to regain it. I own two recumbents, but I'm not even able to ride those at this point.

Thirty days is nothing. Please, use your time off to recognize how fortunate you are and, later, when you're able, ride hard and focus on enjoying every minute.

Good luck, don't push it to come back too soon.
You are so rightSlipstream
Apr 12, 2002 2:22 PM
I feel for you. My wife & I talk about this very subject quite a bit, about how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy what we do when there are others who cannot. Having ones health is so very, very precious.

Last year a car just missed hitting both of us while we were walking by less than a few feet. It smashed squarely into a guard railing at about 50mph. An old lady had simply lost control of her car. She had tried to hit her brakes but her foot slipped off and she accelerated instead. Had we been just a fraction slower, we would have been dead meat.

Thank you for your comments.
...clueless is pretty harsh.rtolle
Apr 12, 2002 3:39 PM
I do understand and agree with what you're saying E33. I fractured my spine in high school and was very lucky to come back from that. I do not mean to take anything away from someone who may not ever be able to ride again or someone who may be paralized and never be able to walk again for that matter. I was not attempting to use this forum for self pitty in the sense of "please say a prayer for me." I was using it to get something off my chest with a group of people that I know have "been there and done that." On that note I do wish you luck in your recovery but please do not take my post out of context with the idea that I'm ungreatful for the opportunities that I have or may have in the future, I do understand that there are much worse things that have happened and are happening to others.
Yes, you are right,...E3
Apr 12, 2002 6:51 PM
..."clueless" was a harsh term to use, and I questioned myself for using it, but I punched "post" anyway. My goal was to capture your attention and then explain myself in a more understanding manner.

I fully understand your message. In no way was I insinuating that you were being a whiner or whimp. I really just wanted to lend another perspective.

I used to populate this board very frequently (I soaked up a tremendous amount of cycling info here), but I weaned myself off, just like cycling. Today is the first time I've ventured over here in several months and I noticed your post. So, just as you vented a bit, I did the same. I meant no disrespect.

I, too, temper my emotions by the realization that I'm lucky compared to many others. After all, my condition is life-altering, but not life-threatening.

Speedy recovery to you. I mean it.
Yes, you are right,...weiwentg
Apr 13, 2002 5:54 AM
and i hope you, too, get better. better a 'bent than no bike.