First Work Trip Post-op

It’s 5:30am and I’m in a cab on the way to the airport for a 7:00am flight to Toronto. Tomorrow, we will be undertaking an office and data centre move and it will continue on through the weekend. This will be a pretty good test for my back!

I’ll post again when I know how it went.


Normal Beer

“…and one normal beer for me because I am normal.” – In Bruges

I had a spinal re-assessment with my physiotherapist today and I’ve been declared “normal” (lol – my wife would beg to differ!).  My ROM far exceeds my original assessment back in April and I’m back to the same ROM as joe citizen.  Now, my goal is to get it back to where it was in 2009, at the height of my yoga practise.  I have plenty of time to do that and will not rush the process, mind you!

I was given a couple more neural flossing exercises and sent on my way.  I’ll continue my core workouts/stretching, but I’m officially done formal PT and only need to return if I have any problems.  So far, so good.

As I was finishing up, I overheard the doctor next to me giving the same spiel to another poor soul about a 2.5 year wait for their surgical referral.  My Canadian appointment is still set for June 2013.  🙁


Week 17

I don’t have a lot new to report, but my final physio session is tomorrow.  I’m still plowing through the core work and waiting patiently for the 6 month mark!  Everything has gone well (knock on wood) up until this point and I really hope it continues.  It looks like Mike, Tim and Jstuckey are doing well too.

Like Tim, I probably won’t be posting as much going forward… just milestones or setbacks as they occur.  I had another little milestone today. 🙂

Vintage me, 11/08/2011.

We had a photoshoot at work and I was asked to don some retro gear on the ice.  I jumped at the chance!  While my lower-back is still a little tight, the discomfort was a far cry from the old pain.  I could feel everything stretching back there as I slowly and purposefully went into my crouch.  There were no action shots – just stills and I’m no worse for the wear.  Hopefully, a sign of things to come!

I’ll add that it was quite emotional for me to step back on the ice in skates and gear.  It’s been over a year since I had to give it all up.

The old seats don’t seem as uncomfortable any more either. 😉