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View Poll Results: What should I do?
bail out, don't risk damage to my intestines 0 0%
ride to the 1st rest stop and fake a knee injury 0 0%
ride to the middle and fake chest pains 0 0%
ride slowly to the finish drinking jack and coke 1 100.00%
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Old 09-18-09, 09:43 AM   #1
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Getting ready for a MS 75 mile fundraiser...

Hi, I am training for a 1st time ever (for me) 75 mile MS city to Shore fundraising bike run that ends in Ocean City,NJ....and I just found out that I have a reappearing inguinal hernia from like 25 years ago...so do I bail out and tell 50 donators I'm not riding? I have raised $500!! Or stick it out, and push it back in during each rest stop? I am going with the latter. Let me know your thoughts. I have heard that if you can push it back in, it doesn't need surgery (yet)...have a good day, Tracy Allen
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Old 09-18-09, 11:55 AM   #2
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Whether you ride or not is obviously your choice. Probably depends on your pain level and stuff. In my local MS (Kansas City) ride, there is also a shorter option that is only about 30 miles.

Another possibility, is that you could volunteer to help in some way. Perhaps helping with a SAG station. The donations are still valid and important and I would think your donors will be happy to have donated even if you are unable to ride, especially if you are still involved in some way.

Good luck!
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Old 09-18-09, 12:01 PM   #3
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Can you do some sort of wrap (sort of like an abdominal compression sock) to keep things in place?
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Old 09-18-09, 02:52 PM   #4
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Welcome Tracy. I was going to suggest that you post this in the 50+ forum but I see you have a reply there in a 4 year old thread.
Most BFers don't spend much time in the Intro forum. Would you like for me to move this poll to the 50+ forum for you? If so, just send me a PM or reply to this thread.
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Old 09-18-09, 03:27 PM   #5
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I'll be there as well. I'm gonna try and go the distance though. All 175 miles. You can always throw some of the donations towards me. I'm only at $220. Stilll need $80 to qualify. Getting the donations is harder then pulling teeth.

As far as the hernia, thats your call. If you can ride without it causing problems, then go for it. But if it is going to cause lots of pain or more damage then what is already done, then I wouldn't do it. No need to risk further injury for a bike ride.
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Old 09-21-09, 05:42 AM   #6
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Luckily I work at a huge, caring, electric utility that really cares about the community....and also luckily, there is no pain at all yet, just the bulge that goes in and out. But I haven't been training much. Good luck in your fundraising...where r u from? If you want, email me at tracy.allen@atlanticcityelectric.com and I will email you back my phone number so we can maybe meet up in Cherry Hill or my home town of Ocean City after the end on saturday! Thanks for the reply, Tracy
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Thanks for this idea...I am new to threads, period, so I am clueless.....I appreciate your help..go ahead and post in the 50+
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there are trusses made to help, but I have read on medical sites, that if the bulge squeezes out between the truss and the muscle wall, it can pinch the intestine and make your problem worse...they say not to use one unless examined by a dr. first.
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How'd you make out?
I couldn't believe how many people were there. I had a great time, except for those pb&j ******* sandwichs kinda ruined my taste for peanut butter, and I love peanut butter.
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Old 10-04-09, 09:28 PM   #10
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I think that's a tough question to answer. Beleive I'd have tried doing the ride, but couldn't see recommeding that to anyone else.

That ride was scheduled for 3/4 Oct..so all discussion is mute anyway - did you ride it or not?
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Here are the results on my ride....finished the 75 miles against the wind and had 1 hour of torential rain....hernia is basically the same...it only burnt alittle from time to time, nothing major....I will put off the mesh surgery for some time....only broke some blood vessels in one leg cause of cramping. Looking forward to next year already! Tracy Allen
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Great job finishing the ride!
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1 hour of rain. Jeez, what time where you riding? I only hit about 3-5 min of rain.
Congrats on finishing. That last bridge was fun.
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