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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Here I am, waking up from surgery:


Here I am, just after getting home:


No pain, thanx to the nerve block - which i made them wait until AFTER to give me.

The tear was 'massive.'. Will be in this sling for 6 weeks, supposedly.

Mostly right now I'm just thirsty...

  
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PONYFARMER 9/20/2011 7:24PM

    Man you looked cheery!!! I did not look this good after mine and I had the ice machine already attched to my shoulder when I came out. I was up later but slept a bit when I got home. Needed pain meds.

When you say you got the nerve bloc after? After what? I am confused. I missed out on that bonus.

No matter you look amazing.

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TRAVELNISTA 5/5/2011 8:00PM

    emoticon and emoticon I guess I was luckier than you, since my tear was small. I am only wearing the sling now if i will be out of the house for a long period of time. Had to go back to the Doctor on Tuesday because the stitch the doctor removed on Friday opened up slightly.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/4/2011 9:32AM

    great to see you on the better side of surgery, its great to have it done and on way to recovery, all the best

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2011 11:28PM

    Wait I thought it was your RIGHT arm that was messed up! emoticon

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ELYMWX 5/3/2011 10:22PM

    That is quite the sling! Keep on smiling...

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JLPEASE 5/3/2011 8:52PM

    Welcome home! Good think you are in such good shape. It would probably take someone else a lot longer to rebound from this.


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BREWMASTERBILL 5/3/2011 6:26PM

    Welcome home. Take it easy. No viagra.

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250STRONG 5/3/2011 3:37PM

    Amazement! You would never known you had been under! THAT'S what being in great shape does for you! :)

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 3:35PM

    Sounds like you made a wise choice to take care of business ASAP!

Glad to hear that everything seems to have gone well so far!

My bet is that with your fitness levels you will be bouncing back FAR more speedily than the average person...! :-)

Don

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Thanx you guys!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Thanks you all for the knd words and wishes! I'll be reading 'em over and responding this week while recovering. It'll give me something to do.

It's time to get up, change the litterboxes, fill the birdfeeders, put out the trash & recycling, and do all the last minute things that are easier to accomplish with TWO arms...

Then it'll be off to Rochester.

Seeya on the flip side with an update...

  
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BUNPOH 5/3/2011 1:41PM

    Multiple litterboxes!

I hope you have some help coming for that chore next week.

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Best wishes and speedy recovery!

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/3/2011 12:57PM

    Best Wishes! Can't wait to hear about your recovery!

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JENNSWIMS 5/3/2011 11:10AM

    Good luck with your surgery. If you need any help with surgical questions, like changing bandages or random stuff like that, I might know an SICU nurse who can help with some words of support in a pinch ;)

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CARRIE1948 5/3/2011 10:54AM

    Let me know when you're up to company. I can bring very healthy food

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TJHIERS 5/3/2011 9:37AM

    wishing you the best, stay in touch ! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 5/3/2011 8:19AM

    Good luck although I know you will be fine. Just please follow doctor's instructions. emoticonand emoticon

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 7:20AM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth, SMOOTH day today!

Don

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Surgery tomorrow.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Well, here goes.

They're cutting my shoulder tomorrow to reattach the infraspinatus to where it should be. (apparently the humerus end of it is about an inch from its original location)

I've been reading TRAVELNISTA's blogs with particular interest because she had something similar done 3 weeks ago.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_summary.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA


I've arranged to take the rest of the week off from work. I've stocked up on frozen veggies and apples and frozen protein of various kinds. I have a few frozen entrees available for the first couple of days when I might not feel like cooking at all.

I figure if I can handle it I'll be working out on the elliptical in the basement a couple of times a day and walking in the state park next door to get some outside time.

Next Monday I'll probably still have my arm in a sling so I've arranged for the vanpool to pick me up on a corner about half a mile from my house. (My car is a manual and it's my right shoulder we're doing.)

I hope I recover swiftly. He seemed to think that I had a lot of strength considering what the MRI looked like and he said the fact that I have almost no pain and no mobility impairment are both good signs.

I picked up a couple of 1.5 lb weights at Walmart in case they let me start doing some PT at home at some point. (I have heavier weights I can graduate to if/when necessary. I also have the resistance bands they already gave me for PT.)

They wanted me to have someone stay overnight in my house tomorrow "just in case you don't feel good." I was like, "why? how would having someone in my house make me feel better? I'm not used to it. Is there some kind of fatal risk?"

They said it was because I might feel off or nauseated due to the pain meds. I'm sorry, but why would I put another human through that? I have spent plenty of horrible nights alone suffering from reflux or the stomach flu and survived OK. I'll survive this too. And if I'm really afraid I'm going to die, I have neighbors I can call, like the friend who is driving me to the appointment tomorrow.

Apparently there's no risk of dying from something - if there were, they told me they wouldn't send me home in the first place.

I'll let you know how it goes. Maybe the next blog entry will say, "Holy carp, I feel awful. I sure wish there were someone staying in my house with me!" Or not.

One thing I can guarantee is that the next post won't be so long, because I don't type so well one-handed. Yet. LOL

  
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JOSOP2009 5/3/2011 10:44AM

    Good Luck.

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KAYOTIC 5/3/2011 9:57AM

    Best of luck, you have planned well....speedy recovery!

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BOOMAC1961 5/3/2011 9:23AM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery on your shoulder!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/3/2011 4:41AM

    wishing you all the luck and best wishes for surgery, with everything going smoothly and also a speedy recovery at the other end. having surgery is a step closer to a fully recovered and stronger, active hard core paddling arm.good luck

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ELYMWX 5/3/2011 1:30AM

    I hope everything goes well tomorrow!

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BUNPOH 5/3/2011 1:25AM

    My fingers are crossed for you! Hope it all goes smoothly, and your recovery is quick and smooth. Glad to hear you have plans in place in case of difficulty. Take care and let us know how it goes when you are up to it.

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2011 12:04AM

    Mmmm, protein.

Hope everything goes well, and you can break your new shoulder at winter pool practice. Progressive resistance works wonders, and I'm sure they can rebuild you. You'll come out better, stronger, faster on the other side. Or the other end.... whichever.

break IN your new shoulder.... IN.... sheesh, what's with me and the poor writing lately.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/2/2011 10:41PM

    Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow and for a speedy recovery! I'm impressed with how organized you are and hope all goes as planned!

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REYVE01 5/2/2011 10:36PM

    I had surgery last month and was shocked by the 7 pounds I gained from the fluid (IV drip)... don't get alarmed... It took about a week to pee it all out. Take care.. emoticon

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BBNWTEX 5/2/2011 9:51PM

    Good luck with your surgery. Sending you positive thoughts and wishes!!!

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JLPEASE 5/2/2011 9:36PM

    Good luck and make sure you follow doctor's orders!
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LADYGWEN25 5/2/2011 9:13PM

    good luck tomorrow!

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FRECKS96 5/2/2011 9:10PM

    Good Luck tomorrow!

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DDOORN 5/2/2011 8:58PM

    Wishing you the absolute VERY BEST with your surgery with everything done *just right* and the speediest of recoveries!!

Don

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MAXIE56 5/2/2011 8:21PM

    Good luck with your surgery

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250STRONG 5/2/2011 8:12PM

    sending positive healing thoughts your way!

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MOM5INFL 5/2/2011 7:38PM

    Good luck with surgery tomorrow! I know how important being active is to you so you need to take care of it! I know you will recover quickly...gotta feeling! Birdie

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VELVETCATT 5/2/2011 7:27PM

    I hope and pray all goes well!

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I cried in the car all the way back.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I got some unhappy news today. I went to a sports medicine shoulder specialist for a second opinion about my shoulder.

Some background:
I hurt my shoulder while snowboarding last month.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126192


While they were waiting for the inflammation to go down enough to do an MRI I came up with a plan to focus more on my diet and exercise the things I could.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141046


It's been working and between then and now I've lost 8.61 lbs according to Physics diet, and my % body fat has dropped from 27.2% to 24.42%

I had to drop out of a kayak race and do the bike section instead.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176423


I finally got the MRI results done and the first surgeon (a general orthopedic guy in the small town where I work) said I could continue paddling and fix the shoulder in the fall if I could handle the pain. When I tried explaining that I'm not talking about piddling around in a lake in a rec boat, he glazed over. I don't think he even knows what class IV white water kayking is. Anyway I tried it last weekend and paddled 9.5 hours over 3 days and had almost no pain, which made me a little suspicious, given the scary sound of the MRI report.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189575


So today I went and got a second opinion from one of the highest-regarded sports shoulder surgeons in Rochester. His eyes did not glaze over when I mentioned white water. And when I said "class IV" they widened. He knew what I was talking about.

And he basically told me that while I probably could physically paddle this season with the injury, that such injuries tend to gradually fray apart and become harder to repair. And that there was a risk that it would get so bad that it would not be repairable at all.

The recovery time for this surgery is 6 months.
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So I was basically left with a choice. Either give up this entire season of kayaking or possibly risk never kayaking again.

So of course I'm going to choose option A, but I'm not happy about it. He's cutting me on Tuesday.

This summer is going to suck. I'll probably be able to do the elliptical and spin class with the sling on (4-6 weeks) and after that I'm guessing I'll probably be able to ride on the road, but there won't be any boating.

Which is horrible. Because I love boating. I love it more than anything. I even love it more than eating, which if you've noticed I love an awful lot - a person doesn't get to be super morbidly obese without eating an awful lot.

I'll get over it and make the best of it, but right now I'm just upset. And I'm going to LET myself be upset. Because processing the feelings is better than eating them.

So much for getting that new boat once I go below 160. So much for all the camping trips and epic adventures I'd planned with my friends. So much for learning how to surf better and do tricks in my new boat.
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TRAVELNISTA 5/2/2011 7:20PM

    I know the post surgery time out will be very hard on you as you are so focused and determined. It is my opinion you get it now before it gets worse because your recoup will be so much easier and maybe even shorter.

I had the option of waiting but was explained the longer I waited the more down time I would face later on. I went for my 1st Physical Therapy after my surgery and she was amazed at how low my pain was on a scale of 0ne to 10. She was also impressed with my range of motion.

Bite the bullet and do it soon rather than later. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 5/2/2011 12:00PM

    I hear your disappointment in your blog am so sad for your bad news but am trusting that you will recover quickly and although there may be no extreme boating, perhaps you will still be able to venture out some just to feel the waves beneath you.

thinking of you...

Patti



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DEE0973 5/2/2011 10:26AM

    I'm sorry about the news. Honey your plans have just been delayed, thankfully you made the choice to forgo only one season for the opportunity to do what you absolutely love for a long time to come. Being upset is understandable and you have every right to feel that way.....I wish you all the best

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LIVESTRONG2010 5/2/2011 10:24AM

    I understand your pain but it's better to have it fixed and still be able to do what you love than to not have it fixed and take the chance of never being able to do it again.

All the camping trips and epic adventures will still be there when you are well. So what if the new boat has to wait a little longer you will still be able to get it.

I was out for 4 years so I know how you are feeling! Be strong and you will be back!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/2/2011 10:15AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I think it is absolutely normal and expected that you would grieve for time "lost" in advance. Work it out, the feelings will come and go. Just take care of your body and know that it will take care of you.

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ANNE7X7 5/2/2011 10:03AM

    If you feel the same way about kayaking as I do about running (and I have a sneaking suspicion that you do!), I know how hard it is for you. Doing the "right" thing is often much harder, but it pays off in the end! With your determination and strength, I know this is just a bump in the road. One you can learn from and come back even stronger from!!

I hope all goes well with the operation! Sending you tones of positives, healthy healing vibes! emoticon

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CARLY9578 5/1/2011 1:46PM

    That's really a big bummer, so sorry you have to go through this. I hope your recovery goes well. On a plus note, since you've been eating better and having a more healthy lifestyle, hopefully you will recover quickly.

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KAYOTIC 5/1/2011 11:54AM

    I had a similar event 5 years ago, except mine was much more sudden, I broke my ankle XC skiing (my passion for workouts) so I know how hard this news is for you. Mourn the loss of this season, and know that once you get this fixed, the coming seasons will be the better for it Taking the time to recover is hard, but must be done, it sounds like you have a good plan for just that.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/1/2011 8:18AM

    massive massive bummer, feel free to rant cry kick things and genrally winge about how much this sucks. Meanwhile make a plan for your recovery, so the time is not absolutely unbearable. You have time before sugery to read up on best practise for recovery, I did a pile of research on "injury update forum" where there were lots of blogs from peeps who had already had surgery and were recovering so you could read about the good bad and ugly, and any pitfalls. I'm not sure about your surgery but for mine the critical issue was to not get it infected (bad spot on glute/thigh near bum) so i followed all instructions to the letter to scrub area 3 x times bf preadmission. Another guy i met in hosital on same day/same op got a staph infection in his leg and has been back to hospital 3 x , also he didnt rest after surgery, he keep going, to work flying, didnt use crutches etc. So the point is all the years of paddling are more important than just 6mths of patience, let your body heal, rest the weight/lack of working out is painful but not as painful as not healing to be more awesome than you were. People told me this and it pissed me off but now as i am almost 12 wks post surgery and all is progressing, i feel lucky. So are you, lucky that you got a second opinion, lucky you are so fit before surgery, lucky you are an athlete so will do the physio diligently and will know what mucles they are working on. Find some meaningful shortterm goals to keep you sane. Remember you have the best surgeon, a fit body and the most amazing and committed attitude of anyone i know. Feel free to use your friends for support, as you slowly build a better stronger shoulder. emoticon emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/30/2011 4:04PM

    Is hashing "high impact" on your knee? I know it involves some lifting.

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GRACEFULIFE 4/30/2011 1:05PM

    Still waiting for an answer on Extreme Ironing. emoticon

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CARRIE1948 4/30/2011 11:54AM

    Let yourself feel what you need to feel. Although I don't share your passion for paddling, I do have it for other activities and know how much I hated losing most of last year to my back and the early part of this year to rehab.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let me know if you need anything. I can cook meals or pick up takeout from healthy places. Actually, just let me know if you need anything.

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BUNPOH 4/30/2011 2:01AM

    Oh, I'm really sorry to hear this! That really sucks. Getting sidelined is so upsetting.

I hope you can find something you enjoy to keep you outside and happy this summer. You rock so hard.

Hang in there!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 11:38PM

    Um John?

Are you forgetting that my shoulder will be in rehab? Somehow I doubt that would lend itself well to wheelchair sports, LOL

And yeah unfortunately it's my right arm which I use for most things. I hesitate to call it "dominant" since I seem to learn new things almost equally well with both sides.

Impact for my knee is anything that even involves walking, unfortunately. I didn't say HIGH impact, just impact. I can get around for normal activities OK, but I pay for it the next day if I do hiking or long walks, etc.

It's one of the reasons I kayak instead of running or backpacking.

I haven't heard much of collarbones being broken in recreational cyclists. That's more of a thing that happens to racers who fall down in packs, I think.

I don't really like heights, so I can't see bungee jumping in my future, although it seems like it might be knee and shoulder friendly. LOL

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GRACEFULIFE 4/29/2011 11:35PM

    Hiking involves impact?? I didn't say ultrarunning, or hiking for speed. If you need something where the knee is basically immobile, that's a different requirement to me than "no impact".

I don't recall if it's your dominant arm that's screwed... if not you could do any wheelchair sport. If it is... well more of a challenge. So I guess it's wheelchair tennis for you. Or how about wheelchair racing! You could get a speed wheelchair and do a half marathon this year!

And I do have some more for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik
i/Extreme_ironing
http://www
.zorb.com/ (OK so it's hardly a sport I guess)

You asked for extreme sports. According to wiki:
An extreme sport (also called action sport and adventure sport) is a popular term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger,[1][2][3] and that are counter-cultural. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts.[1]

It seems to me that most things classified as "extreme sports" are going to be fall risks. And I'm sure you realize how common collarbone fractures are in cycling. Nonetheless I think there are more things on their list that might be candidates:
-BASE jumping
-bungee jumping
-gliding
-hang gliding
-high wire
-sky diving
- sky surfing
-sky flying
-land yachting
-mountain boarding (WTF is that anyway??)
-sandboarding (I don't know what that is either)
-scootering (whatever that is)
-street luge is a good idea for sure
-surfing

Unfortunate
ly I suppose Extreme Croquet is out.

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DDOORN 4/29/2011 10:32PM

    Oof, OOF and TRIPLE OOF! A kick in the gut that knocks one speechless for a long, LONG time...and that is probably a GROSS underestimate of how badly I just KNOW this news must have walloped you! Cycling is my thing...and I know how devastated I'd be to just hit the "delete" button on Cycling 2011!

While not to trivialize in the LEAST that feeling of loss, I gotta hand it to you for getting down to business and getting in for surgery ASAP! Deleting Kayaking 2011 is one thing. Deleting Kayaking PERIOD is a whole other animal!

All those goals and aspirations that you have? They're still there, just on the OTHER side of 2011. It won't be easy, but it sounds like you've already got a plan to tackle this with wisdom, heart and a WHOLE LOTTA STUBBORNNESS!

Oh man, don't ever forget we are here for you 24/7...just know it's gonna be tough, but know even MORE that you can do it!

Don

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SARA72121 4/29/2011 7:14PM

    I'm sorry you have to put something you love on hold. It's ok to cry and be upset, just try and be as positive as you can be. After you get your shoulder fixed you'll be back and better than ever!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 4/29/2011 6:23PM

    I am sorry that is bad news but just think of next summer and how wonderful it will be.I know it will be hard but it is 1 year and not a liftime.

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IMIN2GENES 4/29/2011 5:53PM

    That sucks royally! So sorry to hear. But, look at the bright side... you'll be able to get back to it after 6 months. Just take that 1 month or even 1 week at a time. You can do it!

Glad to see you venting rather than eating your feelings! That is something to be proud of. Good for you!
Chris

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WOLFKITTY 4/29/2011 5:34PM

    Get in the pool and do some swim work, good for the low impact on your knee, for sure. This is your opportunity to find something else that you like. So, maybe it won't suck. I'm sorry for the missed adventures this year, but you will be able to do others in the years to come.

I think you made the right choice, and I'm SUPER glad that you found someone that knew what you were talking about. Whew!

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ELYMWX 4/29/2011 4:49PM

    Oh, wow. That sucks so badly, but given the choice I think you could only chose Option A.

Street Luge?

http://www.youtube.com
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 4:45PM

    Hiking is out. Remember, I can't use my arthritic knee for anything that involves impact. It's one of the reasons I kayak in the first place. :-(

Windsurfing uses a shoulder at least as much as paddling.

inline skating is a fall risk.

I'm screwed.

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GRACEFULIFE 4/29/2011 4:34PM

    Luge is on my list! Unfortunately it'll be a few months before you can try it. If you want to go super extreme you try skeleton!

I guess cat agility wouldn't work.

How about inline speed skating? Maybe sailboarding... still uses a fair bit of shoulder but it's not impactful. I think skydiving is low impact, if you're doing it right. You could also take up long distance hiking... my sister has hiked some sections of the Appalachian trail a couple times. Board surfing would probably work. Or you could just go tubing down all those rivers. emoticon

I'm sorry.

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/29/2011 4:19PM

    I'm so sorry! You seem to be handling it pretty well! Stay on track with your goals, get under 160 and look forward to the time you can purchase your boat.

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250STRONG 4/29/2011 3:27PM

    I can totally relate to what you are feeling. I have been going through this with my hip for nearly 2 years. It is totally frustrating to lose a complete season, or more. I have nickeled and dimed mine for most of the last 2 years and it's all I can do not to look back on that with regret. Hang in there.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 3:06PM

    Exactly what other extreme sport is there, that doesn't involve impact on my arthritic knee or using my shoulder?

Luge?

Keep in mind that snowboarding WAS my alternative (winter) extreme sport...

No, cycling won't hold a candle to paddling. But I'm sort of running out of options here.

This is why I'm afraid the summer is going to suck.

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/29/2011 3:01PM

    Dude, that sucks. I'll be pretty damn honest here, spin class probably isn't going to come close to filling the void. Have you considered trying another fairly extreme sport? I know we all fall hardest for our first love. I do loves me some baseball, so if I had a season ending injury, I've got my eyes on other things (but nothing would probably be quite as fun). Maybe this is an opportunity to expand into something else.

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SOSMEGOD 4/29/2011 2:50PM

    You have every right to be upset. If possible look at it this way you'll lose one summer compared to possibly losing every summer.You can do one summer it's doalble however to lose all summers is not.
I think your doing a great job handling this by letting your feelings out and not eating your way through them.
Good luck with your surgery and hang in there you'll be back out on the water in no time.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/29/2011 2:49PM

    Nah, class IV is pretty much intermediate. I'm not a class IV boater, but I have run class IV things. I'm just not comfortable enough in them to call myself a class IV boater.

The mountain dew commercials are class V and V+

See this definition. :-)
http://tripplanner.spruz.com
/whitewater-classification-syst
em.htm

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JENNSWIMS 4/29/2011 2:44PM

    Class IV? Holy crap, you're one of those people! Those crazy ones on Mt Dew commercials! I'm so freaking impressed right now!

I'm so sorry about your shoulder, taking off a season totally blows twinkies, but I am extremely glad you found a surgeon who actually speaks your language.



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Shoulder update: I'm BAAAACK!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

This past month or so I've been out with some injuries. I tore my rotator cuff snowboarding in March and had to stop paddling, lifting weights, and tae kardio. Basically all I could do was cycling - and even that for the first week or two I could only do indoors so I could sling my bad arm.

In the meantime I've been focusing stringently on the indoor cycling and on controlling my food. I've been using the energy expenditure estimates from Physics Diet to try and figure out my caloric needs and a sane deficit. So far it's working. I'm back down to 165 again.

I'm pleased to report that although the MRI came back last week indicating the need for surgery*, the PT exercises have been working and I've got full mobility and a lot of strength back on that side. The surgeon agreed to defer cutting me until the end of kayak season, provided I can handle the pain. He tried to be comforting, saying, "sometimes these injuries can be asymptomatic."

My shoulder was so much better this weekend that I ended up paddling 2 hrs in a pool class on Friday night, 5.5 hours in local creeks Saturday, and another 2 hours in a local creek on Sunday. And it didn't require a SINGLE PAIN PILL. So maybe I'm one of the lucky (asymptomatic) ones.

Saturday AM, Fall Creek, Ithaca
(9+ miles, class I-III+)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411190

www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/1304/

www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2910/
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2911/


Saturday PM, Taughannock Creek, Trumansburg
(2.7 miles, class III-IV)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411197
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/3693/
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
iver/detail/id/2400/


Sunday AM Flint Creek, Phelps
(5.4 miles, class III-IV)
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_maps_view.asp?rt=411201
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/R
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Sunday afternoon I went to a spin class and burned some more calories.

There is sometimes discomfort if I move the wrong way, but I can DO paddling, and all it seems to require is icing to calm down the inflammation after use. Now I just think I need to start gently lifting weights again so I can regain my former strength.

Upshot: I'm Baaaaaaack, baby!


*Here's what the MRI report actually says, for anyone who knows what this gobbledygook means:

The glenoid labrum appears intact with no evidence of labral tear. Supraspinatus is disrupted and retracted with a gap of approximately 2.1cm. There appears to be a small amount of supraspinatus which remains attached to the greater tuberosity, although this is a slender bit of tendon. The infraspinatus demonstrates slight hyperintensity near its humeral attachment, consistent with tendinopathy but without frank tear. Subscapularis tendon appears intact. The acromion does have a downward lateral sloping position with undersurface spur along its lateral margin. Deltoid attachment to the acromion appears intact. Degenerative changes are noted in the AC joint with only slight undersurface spurring, as seen on coronal image 11. Long head of biceps remains intact, although there is slight increased signal intensity centrally, as seen on sagittal images. The supraspinatus tear and retraction has uncovered the biceps which may contact the acromion.

Impression: supraspinatus disruption and retraction. Mild biceps tendinopathy. Downward later sloping acromion with slight undersurface spur. AC joint degeneration with slight undersurface spur.

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 4/26/2011 10:52PM

    yay awesome news, good idea to get a second opinion, but sounds like you are back in action gotta love it

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MRPLATSON 4/26/2011 2:07PM

    From the report it sounds to me like everything is normal for someone who is lifting weights and doing a lot of paddling.

1. tendinopathy - The risk of developing tendinopathy (pain in the tendon, often mistakenly called tendinitis) increases with age and is higher in people who routinely perform activities that require repetitive overhead activities in work or sport.

2. bone spur - watch out for these buggers, basically they're bones growing where they shouldn't. since you didn't mention it i'm assuming your doctor didn't make a deal out of it so for now you're perfectly fine, but with time they may suggest you have it reduced. spurs are relatively easily treated with arthroscopic surgery but have a tendency(pun?) to re-grow.

3. acromion - apparently it's in a 'down-facing' position instead of the straight position.... this in itself is not an issue.

It seems to my unprofessional opinion that what it's trying to suggest is that the combinations of the bone spur and the down-facing acromion is causing a 'pinch' spot in your shoulder that may have caused this problem...another way of putting this is that the two bones are rubbing against the tendon and the rubbing is lacerating the tendon (like two dull rocks on a rope).

keep in mind, i'm not a professional, i'm just trying to make sense and this seems reasonable for me to assume.

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DDOORN 4/26/2011 12:54PM

    Great news! I am a HUGE believer in physical therapy...have experienced benefits of their interventions in the past and have known many others who have benefitted as well.

Pump it up, pump it UP! :-)

Don

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GRACEFULIFE 4/26/2011 12:10PM

    It's scary that I can follow that medical report, though I would have to look up details of which tendon is which etc. I just haven't memorized all the bits yet... the shoulder is super complicated!

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BUNPOH 4/26/2011 10:36AM

    Wow, fantastic! So glad you're back in action! And you're so light. You really have the formula down, if you managed that while injured. Congratulations.

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ANNE7X7 4/26/2011 10:22AM

    One word for you: emoticon

It feels SO good to get back to the things we love post-injury!!!

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/26/2011 12:53AM

    CONGRATS! Wow, you burn some SERIOUS calories. IMPRESSIVE!

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/25/2011 8:47PM

    Damn, you rock. You're 165, lightest weight in awhile, got the injury handled and you're back to paddle some ass. Great stuff.

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250STRONG 4/25/2011 3:09PM

    yay!

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