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Old 09-08-11, 10:03 PM
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Dang Hoss! I've been through the Achilles tear thing and managed (just) to avoid surgery. You've definitely experienced insult on top of injury. Good luck with the surgery, and here's hoping for a full recovery.
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I don't always read EVERYTHING posted on these forums, but had wondered why you weren't riding the GAP at the end of the month... now I know.

Glad (?) to read relief is on the way (I hope). Let's hope for an early spring ride together.
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Old 09-09-11, 09:24 PM
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You were in the same sort of boot I was in a couple months ago brother. Sorry to hear things went south quickly, but yes, the VA can move quick sometimes. I have yet to put my trust in them, but the local VA *IS* pretty good I keep hearing. Would be easier to use them if it weren't a 45 minute drive.

Thoughts and prayers your way, I expect to be leaving this hospital as you are under the knife. Good luck brother and keep us posted!
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I don't always read EVERYTHING posted on these forums, but had wondered why you weren't riding the GAP at the end of the month... now I know.

Glad (?) to read relief is on the way (I hope). Let's hope for an early spring ride together.
You've got it! I am already trying to figure out how to keep "moving" even though I'll be pretty motionless for a while. I'm a little ticked off about the timing, but I am super motivated to riding as soon as the doc says so. I would love to join you guys for the GAP ride, but I also want to walk again. Spring is exactly what I'm shooting for, so look out roads, I'll be pounding you in April.
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You've got it! I am already trying to figure out how to keep "moving" even though I'll be pretty motionless for a while. I'm a little ticked off about the timing, but I am super motivated to riding as soon as the doc says so. I would love to join you guys for the GAP ride, but I also want to walk again. Spring is exactly what I'm shooting for, so look out roads, I'll be pounding you in April.
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I'm headed out to the hospital, surgery at 2. Wish me luck.
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I'm headed out to the hospital, surgery at 2. Wish me luck.
I'll do better. I'll pray for you. Looking forward to riding with you soon, Stoutie!
 
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Home and stoned! The surgery went off without a hitch, they used a nerve block (which I was skeptical about) and didn't have to use a general anesthetic. I'm home, and following the doc's orders, lay down with foot elevated, take pain meds as prescribed, and rest. I have a one year handicapped parking pass, crutches, and a wheel chair for getting around. I'll elaborate more later, as the painmeds are taking their toll. Thanks for everyone's positive thoughts and prayers.
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Old 09-13-11, 06:15 PM
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Good to hear from you. Glad you're home and resting. Thoughts and prayers at ya!
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Nearly a month has gone by without much to report, except that I have been recovering as expected...until Friday night. I ate dinner and began having pain in what felt like the right side of my upper rib cage in back. Around 3am Saturday morning the pain was so severe that I could not draw a full breath, and it had moved to the rib cage on my right side, under my arm. At much prodding by my wife, I (we) went to the ER and had many tests done, and discovered that I have many pulmonary embolisms in both sides of my lungs, so into an ambulance I went and off to Akron General. I am still here (early Tuesday morning) and almost ready to leave, only waiting for my INR PT levels to get into a "therapeutic" range so I can be removed from the heparin drip. Well, this certainly is not what I was expecting after a month of recovery, but at least the PE's were caught before killing me, setbacks seem to be a part of this wonderful recovery process, however, I really don't need anymore. I will get back in the saddle again, I promise!
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Glad they were caught indeed!!! You'll be riding before long. Indoor trainer for me as long as my back can tolerate it!

I was thinking of you just yesterday. Good to hear the HEEL isn't an issue!
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I just got the "go ahead" from the doc, they're letting me leave the hospital today!
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I just got the "go ahead" from the doc, they're letting me leave the hospital today!
We have to go riding soon, so I can put you back in. :-(
 
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We have to go riding soon, so I can put you back in. :-(
I'm game, but we'll have to save it for next year. :-)
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Sorry to hear of your problems. Makes my rib pain seem more manageable now. I fell last week, not bike related. Falling at 64 it isn't as much fun as it used to be.

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I have some major inflammatory issue that must have a million symptoms and I am almost 100% sure that it was caused at least in part by MOLD.

The combination of toxic environmental pollutants, and stress is a dangerous one because the body becomes sensitzed to things at a vastly heightened level when our bodies are loaded with stress hormones. And thats irreversible.

The mold problem has hit a lot of people very hard because it makes them ill when they get exposed to mold and mold is not regulated in any way. Many buildings, workplaces, etc. are moldy, and its not uncommon for somebody to work somewhere for 30 years, then start getting sick when some flooding makes the building moldy, and then they have to quit because the building and they dont get along - because of the mold.

A lot of the time people who are exposed to mold suddenly gain a lot of weight. They get chronic fatigue so they don't exercise.

One thing that Ive found helps is a device called a heat recovery ventilator that basically acts as a double fan and it exchanges the air in your home for outdoor air while moderating the temperature of the outdoor with the indoor.. (he two flows are balanced) The effect of this is to prevent the buildup of anything in your indoor air.

That may not be the primary cause of your problems, but I think it's often part of them for people. I have repeatedly heard from people who work in the area that mold exposure is one of the least discussed, least recognized causes of illness. As homes have goten tighter, more and more people are getting sick.

Formaldehyde too is very bad for you, and most homes are filled with it. (all the fake wood products use it in their glue.)

Inflammation causes obesity, so I think its a safe bet that most people with weight issues are dealing with some major inflammation.

There are dozens of largely unrecognized causes of inflammatory illness, common ones.

Some plastic chemicals persist in the body and cause systemic inflammation, forever.

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How you holding up brotherman?
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Trying to heal, how about you? I hear the Mrs. is home now!
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Mrs. is home, my daughter doesn't think she had a great day. I've managed another day back to work. I really can't wait till I get this collar OFF!!!

Fully understand the trying to heal... Thats all I'm trying to do to.
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Update: It has been nearly two months since my surgery and I have to say, this is the best I've felt in a LONG time. I'm still wearing the cam-walker, but can walk without crutches, and next Friday I get to start trying to wear a regular shoe (hooray!!!). Like I said, I feel great, and have dropped below 300 lbs for the first time in over a year. I can't wait until I can actually start walking, cycling and maybe someday, jogging again. More to follow later...
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Update: It has been nearly two months since my surgery and I have to say, this is the best I've felt in a LONG time. I'm still wearing the cam-walker, but can walk without crutches, and next Friday I get to start trying to wear a regular shoe (hooray!!!). Like I said, I feel great, and have dropped below 300 lbs for the first time in over a year. I can't wait until I can actually start walking, cycling and maybe someday, jogging again. More to follow later...
You are my hero, stoutdog. I can't wait until we ride again!

 
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