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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-24-08, 03:47 AM   #1
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going under the knife this morning

Well, I finally got in to see the ankle specialist, that the insurance would pay for, yesterday. He does seem to be a good local doctor and comes reccomended by a few pt friends. Here is a link to my problems: http://www.mdmercy.com/footandankle/...ochondral.html

He took me over my MRI and report line by line and translated it into English for me. He had an opening come up for today! Seems another patient had to canceal due to sinus infection. So I went ahead and took it. If not, I'm limping around for another eight weeks and missing work and just feeling like crap.

Funny thing, my ankle doesn't hurt this morning! Too late, still going through with it.

This is my last ride for the next three weeks. But the doctor says I should be back to work and biking, on restrictions and light duty, in about three weeks. I'm pretty stoked about that, and so is my boss. Its the holidays and we start Thanksgiving prep next week. A half a ton of turkey roast, eighty sheets of pumkin pie, a ton of cornbread dressing, and 75 gallons of gravy doesn't just cook itself. Its allot of work feeding 1925 guys who don't play well with others.

I'm heading out to bike along the fields on the edge of town for one last ride for the next three weeks. I get a little spooky riding along this time of year on a singletrack in the dark. I have my headlamp on my helmet, leftover from coonhunting, but its still keeps me on edge. I read allot of Steven King, but what scares me are the damn deer! They have trotted a nice singletrack path for me that goes about four and a half miles that is allot of fun. But sometimes they are still around when I come through. I about tagged two nice forked bucks last week. They were rubbing a little and I was watching a squirrel....it could have been ugly, are at least widllife harrassment! Thinking about getting those deer alert things you mount on your cars bumper for the Hardrock!

I've planned on swapping out the good stuff from all of the Hardrocks and putting it on my favorite. I like the 22" Grey Ghost frame the best, so I'm going to tune up the 19" Red Rocket, a convert it to a SS for the Oldest Princess to ride singletrack with.

I also went by and ordered some books from the library to read yesterday. A few about the bike culture and commuting and whatnot. Should keep me sane for awhile.

Well, I'll check in later tonight, after everything calms down and wears off. Its an out patient surgery. I go in at 8:45am. See yea.

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Old 10-24-08, 05:02 AM   #2
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Good luck, Jerry

BTW - I seem to remember reading somewhere that those deer thingies don't really work...and they don't start whistling until you hit around 30 MPH...kinda tough speed to maintain on dirt, eh? I ride a lot in the early morning and have had a couple of close calls with deer and I'm riding on suburban streets!
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Good luck, and it sounds like you have a good plan to follow. Keep your head up and thinking positive and follow all of the Physical Therapy information. PT makes a HUGE difference.
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Good luck! Heal fast.
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God luck withe the surgery! I hop that you heal fast.

The deer things actually work very well. They are essentially just a dog whistle that goes on the front of the car. After years of growing of in the Mississippi countryside where the deer out number the dogs, I still have them on my car. You are right about the speed. I don't remeber the exact speed, but I doubt you could maintain it on a single track.

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BTW - I seem to remember reading somewhere that those deer thingies don't really work...and they don't start whistling until you hit around 30 MPH...kinda tough speed to maintain on dirt, eh? I ride a lot in the early morning and have had a couple of close calls with deer and I'm riding on suburban streets!
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Best of luck, all be it belated!

Here's hoping for a quick recovery and return to the bike.
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Good luck, Jerry! I hope you are able to get back on the bike soon!
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Good luck and a speedy recovery!
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Hey Jerry - Good luck with the surgery. By the time your read this you should be back home lyimg around.. I hope youa have good drugs and are recovering nicely!
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Good luck with the surgery Jerry, hope you heal up quick. I had surgery last month and I'm doing fine on the bike now. Had an MRI on my back yesterday, so I'm a bit nervous about that. I think I better get in as much riding as I can.
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Well, the surgery went great, according to the doctor. I wish I had eleceted for the nerve block while I was knocked out. It felt like one of those dentist shots, the one where they are trying to find the nerve. Anyways, its numb and should be for the first day. GREAT DRUGS ALSO!

The doctor told my wife it went better than he planned. He is going to start me on pt a week early!

Its hard as hell walking with these crutches! I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm still kinds of woozy.

I'm just going to lay back and read some tonight. My head hurts sitting up too long.

Thanks for all the well wishes, thoughts, and prayers.

I have to say this....my wife said the doctor was "impressed" at my legs, low heat rate, and blood pressure for the size I am. She told him I was a bike "freak" and that is what has changed my stats. He told her to keep up the riding, when I'm released. Well, when I awoke from this last nap, she told me what the doctor said and that my Mom had called to check up on me. She told her what the doctor said and Mom is sending a check towards for my new bike! Now I should be able to get it at Christmas! But my Mom has always been there for me. Now to decide between the LHT, Raleigh Sorjurn, or Fuji Touring.

Well,I'm getting that "going to throw up" feeling, so I'm going back to bed.

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Good news: hope you feel better...plenty of fluids!
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Glad to hear it went so well!
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Well, the surgery went great, according to the doctor. I wish I had eleceted for the nerve block while I was knocked out. It felt like one of those dentist shots, the one where they are trying to find the nerve. Anyways, its numb and should be for the first day. GREAT DRUGS ALSO!

The doctor told my wife it went better than he planned. He is going to start me on pt a week early!

Its hard as hell walking with these crutches! I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm still kinds of woozy.

I'm just going to lay back and read some tonight. My head hurts sitting up too long.

Thanks for all the well wishes, thoughts, and prayers.

I have to say this....my wife said the doctor was "impressed" at my legs, low heat rate, and blood pressure for the size I am. She told him I was a bike "freak" and that is what has changed my stats. He told her to keep up the riding, when I'm released. Well, when I awoke from this last nap, she told me what the doctor said and that my Mom had called to check up on me. She told her what the doctor said and Mom is sending a check towards for my new bike! Now I should be able to get it at Christmas! But my Mom has always been there for me. Now to decide between the LHT, Raleigh Sorjurn, or Fuji Touring.

Well,I'm getting that "going to throw up" feeling, so I'm going back to bed.

Jerry
One thing to remember, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DOCTORS INSTRUCTIONS It goes in the following order, surgeon, physical therapist, your regular doctor, your employers doctor. It's hard for guys to admit they are not invincible, things need to heal, so between your surgeon your PT and doctor make sure they keep in communication. When I was in PT, the PTist knew when I had an appointment with the surgeon, and he would write a note, I would take the note, give it to the surgeon, he would write a note back to the PTist which I would give to him on my next visit. It was between the surgeon and PT to decide when I should return to work, and to what limits there were to that work. Make sure you get that in writing, and keep copies employers have a nasty habit of losing things when convenient. I find the easiest way, is to take the documentation in to the employer and ask them to make a copy for you. I find that if they know you have a copy they are less likely to lose theirs.
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Great to hear, Jerry.

Give me a shout when you get your pass from the Dr. and we can hook up for some peddlin.

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Good news there Jerry. It's always great when the doc is very pleased with how it went, lol.

Sounds like you can spend some time shopping for bike schwag too. That's always a plus!
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Glad to hear it went well. Naturally we'll need photos when you have your new steed
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One thing to remember, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DOCTORS INSTRUCTIONS It goes in the following order, surgeon, physical therapist, your regular doctor, your employers doctor. It's hard for guys to admit they are not invincible, things need to heal, so between your surgeon your PT and doctor make sure they keep in communication. When I was in PT, the PTist knew when I had an appointment with the surgeon, and he would write a note, I would take the note, give it to the surgeon, he would write a note back to the PTist which I would give to him on my next visit. It was between the surgeon and PT to decide when I should return to work, and to what limits there were to that work. Make sure you get that in writing, and keep copies employers have a nasty habit of losing things when convenient. I find the easiest way, is to take the documentation in to the employer and ask them to make a copy for you. I find that if they know you have a copy they are less likely to lose theirs.
Will do!

I just believe the pain I was in compared to how well my ankle foot seels now. It like night and day. But I will take it easy and not push anything.

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Glad to hear you are recovering well. I agree with Wogsterca about the instructions... I work in health care and see the consequences of "cutting therapy short".

On the subject of deer though, could you use that canned air horn and tape it to your front handlebars? If you're going too fast though, it might defeat the purpose.

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Jerry - totally missed this post somehow, but glad to se eyou came through! Hope everything heals up, take it easy - it's a good time of year for it. Once healed, you'll probably be dropping all of us!
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Congratulations on the successful surgery. Heal up now. Best of luck.
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Great to hear everything went well. A speedy recovery to you my friend.
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deer whistles !!! - maybe for character, but usually 2 out of 3 deer hit cars i look at for work have them on, im not sayin they dont work, im just saying they sell a lot of deer whistles !

hope your quick on the mend !

btw - you work in marion ?
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