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Old 10-18-2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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Had 2 herniated disks repaired, 3 vertabrae 'ground' down a bit to make more room and prevent nerves from getting pinched in the future.

This was the first major surgery that I've ever had, so I didn't really know what to expect going into it. The catheter took some getting use to - and I think I speak for all mankind when I say that the pain involved in taking a cath tube out should never be associated with that part of a man's anatomy - it's just wrong to feel that much pain in your pecker.

Everything turned out pretty well though - I was leaving the hospital and going home 30 hours after they started the procedure. I've got about a 6 inch incision at my lower back - complete with staples.

I can't lift anything for than 10 lbs for a while and I'm not sure how long it will be before I get cleared to lift enough to brew again, but hopefully a 2+ months of not being able to brew will be offset by being able to play with my kids and go on walks with my wife without being in pain all the time.

Now I've got 2+ weeks off of work and can't move around very much. Let the post whoring begin!
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Well, there are a lot worse things than 2 weeks off of work and not being able to move much. Since you can't brew, I'd suggest catching up on some movies, some video game action and doing plenty of "style research" for when you can return to brewing.

Heal fast!!
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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Dude, that sucks! Glad everything turned out OK. Get well soon, bro!
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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I started loading up the DVR a few weeks ago and we joined Blockbuster's online deal where they ship movies next day.

Transformers is very good! I'm watching one off of the DVR now - Three Kings - great flick.

I'm going to work on recipies for my next couple brews, get ingredient orders together, maybe write some music, and hopefully pay for the rest of my kegging setup with profits from online poker.

There are definately worse things than being off of work for 2 weeks and not bring able to move much, but Im going to be bored out of my mind here in another few days.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:40 PM   #5
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...and hopefully pay for the rest of my kegging setup with profits from online poker.
I love an optimist! Why stop there - if you do well enough, you may never have to get off the couch again!
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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Wow, that sounds like a rough procedure... grinding down bones can never be pleasant. Glad you made it through okay though, hope the recovery goes well.

Personally I'd grab a stack of books and read all day long. Sampling as many brews as possible sounds like a great plan too, if SWMBO doesn't mind filling a grocery cart with sixers.

Let us know what kind of awesome new recipes you come up with!
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:48 PM   #7
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Nah, I'd go crazy. I'm the kind of guy that would have to work even if I hit the lotto. I won't stop at making enough to get the rest of my kegging gear though. I still need a Barley Crusher, extra kegs, more carboys - a homebrewer's wish list never ends.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:52 PM   #8
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Good luck with your back and the recovery.

I have been dealing with the effects of partial muscle tears, herniated disks and such for years and it sure is an unpleasant experience to say the least.

 
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:11 PM   #9
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Since both my father & brother had major surgery on their backs, I've lived with that nagging concern. So far, so good. I have one friend that, after years of pain, got some fractured vertebra replaced with a titanium cage. Came out of the surgery 2 inches taller.
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:14 PM   #10
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Glad you made it through ok.

Hopefully your catheter inserter was cute.

I'm assuming, she would be the "head" nurse.

Drink some beers.
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