Thursday, October 25, 2007

Moving On

Have been concentrating on the damage at Nappanee the past few days....will update as Sam gets over that way sometime in the near future....hopefully the recovery will be steady and smooth...but that is not always the case, especially when government agencies are involved.....and involved they will be.

One more trip to the chiropractor tomorrow, then will back off that and try to work out the back problems on his advice....walking, ice, and no long sitting, get up and move after 10 minutes of sitting on my arse.....I can live with the pain, it's the lack of movement and lack of running ability(for football officiating) that gets in my crawl....I lived with the pain for years, not good, but I am not ready for surgery, I just don't think it's much of an option.

Saturday night I will officiate the "Super Bowl" for the Western Ohio Rec League....first game at 5 PM will be Sidney Lehman vs Union City, the 3th and 4th grade Championship....then following at 7Pm will be Union City vs Celina Lions, this is the 5th-6th grade match up...I coached the Lions back in the days when my youngest, Hal, played for them(1995 era)..we made it to the Super Bowl that season(after only going 2-3-1 during the regular season)...we lost at Greenville 20-6, but considering the way we started, we considered the season a great success, especially since we defeated the top Celina team(6-0 record during the regular season) to make it to the big game.

The 2 games will be my final football games for the season....time to rest the back, hopefully things will be "back" to normal come baseball season in late March. The "doc" says he hopes the back problems will be at a point where I can return to "normal" activity...but that I would have recurring problems for the rest of my life...that happens when the old motorcycle disk compression comes full circle...I can live with some pain and a some limited movement, if it's any worse than that, I may consider surgery, but that would be a last resort. Time will tell.

Not sure what effect this will have on my RV work...I can still drive, but not sure it I want long periods sitting, even in comfortable Luxury seats....we will see, I have not made a final decision, or even come close to that.

In the meantime, less sitting, more walking, and using the floor as a TV watch station....will take it one day at a time and what ever may come, I will deal with it.
{Hal in his youth football days in the mid 90s...more recent photo at one of my niece's, Patricia, and Hal, now standing at 6'4" and about 240....he finishes up at Wright State University this winter, then on to University of Dayton for his Masters)


~Fathairybastard~ said...

Great pictures man. Damn, that's busy schedule, but I know you love it. Hope they figure somethin' out with your back. Surgery should only be a last resort, but maybe it could do some good. My dad had his knee replaced back in the early 80s, when he was in his early 60s, and was back on the golf course in no time. If you wait till you're much older, the whole thing just gets harder, taking longer to heal back and recover fully, if you ever do. I know I'm not tellin' you anything you don't already know. Just thinkin', I'm about to be 47, and just startin' to feel tinges of pain in my legs, one arm and feet. Gettin' old SUCKS!

BRUNO said...

Wouldn't it be a "hoot" if, during your officiating, one of those linebackers would smash into you, and magically "re-align" everything back to normal?

Hey, it NEVER hurts to dream! Well, that is, as long as they're GOOD ones!

Just look at FHB bitchin' about gettin' OLD, at 47!!! Damned kid!!!

Buck Pennington said...

...that happens when the old motorcycle disk compression comes full circle...

I know from whence you speak, Pat. I was in the same boat and had back surgery in '98, a little over ten years following my motorcycle accident. While surgery may be "the last resort," it usually works. Emphasis on the "usually." The guy that cut me waited about three months before resorting to the knife, putting me through all sorts of physical therapy and other such things that ultimately didn't do a damned bit of good.

The upside of surgery is it really DOES correct the problem... in my case, at least. The downside is recovery is long (six months or more). And FHB is absolutely correct: the older one gets, the longer it takes to recover...and the prognosis gets progressively worse, too.

Just sayin'.

pat houseworth said...

After a "adjustment" this morning, I came home and took out the mower...screw it....followed it around the yard, to get my walk in...only tough spot it doesn't have electric start, and I had to yank it a couple of tiime....between this and the Rec Football League finals double header tomorrow(rain and in the 50s) night...we will see how it goes.

One thing for sure, I'm walking more and sitting less.

Had a brother, brother-in-law, and father-in-law, all under go back surgery...2 of 3 are happy with it(brother was a telephone installer/ poll climber and had to many tumbles down, it has not done much for him). As I said, I will see what happens in the next couple of months(unless it gets too bad to bear, which it's not)...I've always had a great tolerence for pain, when I need to have it.

It still sucks...