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Apr 19, 2021 - 5:10:52 AM
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Ron C

USA

1421 posts since 3/17/2004

I am sitting here in a rehab facility, recovering from back surgery. No banjo in sight. The rules are No BLT. I thought it meant bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It's No Bending, Leaning, or Twisting.
The order of recovery is: 1 week - use the neurosurgeon's name in vain; 1 month - start to feel more comfortable and start to walk normally again; 2 months, I'll be happy I did it; and 3 months, I'll be out walking and hiking.
Right now, I am in the name-calling stage.
Ron

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:18:31 AM

figmo59

USA

33107 posts since 3/5/2008

Heh...
N you thought the surgery was the bad part...
It's the early recovery stage that ..sucks...

As fer the name callin...
Just think of it a s pet names...
With a bad...atyatood...

Hope it goes fast..
N..more importantly... works well... ;0)

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:33:47 AM
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857 posts since 9/6/2019

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Originally posted by Ron C

I am sitting here in a rehab facility, recovering from back surgery. No banjo in sight. The rules are No BLT. I thought it meant bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It's No Bending, Leaning, or Twisting.
The order of recovery is: 1 week - use the neurosurgeon's name in vain; 1 month - start to feel more comfortable and start to walk normally again; 2 months, I'll be happy I did it; and 3 months, I'll be out walking and hiking.
Right now, I am in the name-calling stage.
Ron


I had neck surgery 23 years ago and I don't know if I ever got out of the name calling stage wink

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:47:07 AM
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57105 posts since 12/14/2005

Since you're in the name-calling stage ANYWAY, just try think up new lyrics for old banjo tunes.
And if you're not singing them OUT LOUD, they can range from the silly to the porno.
Heard a new (to ME) verse for Cripple Creek, right here on BHO.


"Got me a gal and a hound dog too!

(Plink, plunk, plink, pluck, pick, pick pick)
Gal don't love me, but the hound dog do!"

I came up with a "Booze version" of "I SAW the LIGHT"

"Once I was down, a slave unto sin,

'Til I discovered the Power of GIN!

Pulled out the cork, poured shot after shot.

Woke up Tuesday, sins all forgot!"

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:10:13 AM
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37 posts since 4/13/2021

Shoulder surgery rehab kept me sidelined for a time. It made me appreciate the noise of my banjo more as I realized it was a major part of who I'd become over the years. Heal quickly, my fellow Coloradoan.

Edited by - Carter Canyon on 04/19/2021 06:11:09

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:28:54 AM

15147 posts since 12/2/2005

Heal up fast!

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:07 AM
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Ron C

USA

1421 posts since 3/17/2004

Thank you for the well wishes! I was told by the physical therapist that I am ahead of the average recovery process.

I did stairs for the first time and it was a challenge. My discussion of the stairs included phrases such as : gosh darn it! Gee whiz! My goodness gracious! There were some other words and phrases, as well.laughsurprise

The neuro surgeon did a cleaning and scraping of 4 lumbar vertebrae and 1 sacral vertebra, then fused the bunch of them with titanium wire and screws.

The food is more painful than the surgical area.

There have been major improvements in spinal surgery. Even so, I won't be able to try out for the Broncos offensive line! Being over 74 might disqualify me, even if the back heals properly.

Ron

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:11:06 AM
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rinemb

USA

13272 posts since 5/24/2005

I have always heard that the Denver Metro Area had good back doctors and surgeons. I wish you a full and rapid recovery. Brad

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:17:54 AM
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DC5

USA

18430 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Ron C

Thank you for the well wishes! I was told by the physical therapist that I am ahead of the average recovery process.

I did stairs for the first time and it was a challenge. My discussion of the stairs included phrases such as : gosh darn it! Gee whiz! My goodness gracious! There were some other words and phrases, as well.laughsurprise

The neuro surgeon did a cleaning and scraping of 4 lumbar vertebrae and 1 sacral vertebra, then fused the bunch of them with titanium wire and screws.

The food is more painful than the surgical area.

There have been major improvements in spinal surgery. Even so, I won't be able to try out for the Broncos offensive line! Being over 74 might disqualify me, even if the back heals properly.

Ron


Maybe not the Broncos, but don't rule out the Jaguars - they could use some help.  Either way I hope you heal quickly and return to a semblance of normal - whatever that happens to be.

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:31:22 AM

57105 posts since 12/14/2005

Long as they don't Borg Queen your entire spine, you oughta be just fine!

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:11:29 AM

3323 posts since 4/22/2018

Hey Ron

best wishes from over the pond - a few weeks of sitting tight may be a pain but the long term gain will be worth it.

All the best!

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:30:37 AM

10031 posts since 8/22/2006

My wife had knee replacement surgery back last October. Everything went ok I didn’t mind being her help maid. It says I had to be in that contract thing “for better for worst” so I manned up and did it BUT about the fourth week she wasn’t where she should have been on the I can do somethings myself chart. I made myself unavailable so she would have to get up and take care of the little stuff. She started to heal faster and became less reliant on me and of course I praised her progress. She also was smart and had a hospital bed set up at home so the getting in and out of bed was a whole lot easier.

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 04/19/2021 09:31:45

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:40:06 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25812 posts since 8/3/2003

I hope you heal quickly and with no problems and can get back to some semblance of normal quickly.

In the meantime ..... since you can't play the banjo, how about listening to a lot of good banjo music of whatever genre you prefer? If you're in a rehab facility, will they let you bring in a cellphone, ipad, small CD player or something like that where you can listen when you're not doing therapy? Might help pass the time and be something you can enjoy. Just a thought.

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:40:31 AM

11766 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Ron C

I am sitting here in a rehab facility, recovering from back surgery. No banjo in sight. The rules are No BLT. I thought it meant bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It's No Bending, Leaning, or Twisting.
The order of recovery is: 1 week - use the neurosurgeon's name in vain; 1 month - start to feel more comfortable and start to walk normally again; 2 months, I'll be happy I did it; and 3 months, I'll be out walking and hiking.
Right now, I am in the name-calling stage.
Ron


Ron .... this has been a tough year or so for you, but hopefully this is the last of it for a long time.  I'm glad you got it taken care of and are on the road to recovery.  You have not lost your sense of humor ....... and sometimes that's all you can do about a not so pleasant situation ..... like my colonoscopy last week.  With all the threads on here about food, I thought I would not post my "procedure" last week.  Best of luck in your recovery and do what the doc says!

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:53:08 AM

Owen

Canada

8339 posts since 6/5/2011

I hope for the best for you.   

[I know I'm an outlier w.r.t physiotherapists......  most people advise that instructions should be followed to the T..... but  my experience has been that in most instances it hasn't done me a lot of good, BUT I've never had back surgery.  In the one instance where physio was a big help I simplified their regimen, and at each check-up was "ahead" of expectations. Go figure.  The foregoing  ISN'T "advice".... just reminiscing....  to each his own.   Heal quick.]

Apr 19, 2021 - 10:11:05 AM
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OM45GE

USA

106012 posts since 11/7/2007

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. My wife had similar fusion surgery a few years ago. It had to be done, but I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Apr 19, 2021 - 11:30:44 AM

804 posts since 9/7/2005

Ron,
Hope the recovery goes fast and well. Might also give some thought to expanding the banjo collection. Nice light open back as not to strain the back like those heavy old pre war models do. Maybe you can write it off as a therapeutic aid and medicare will pay for it! Nurses and doctors might want to release you from the hospital sooner too. As you get better you can slowly work up to slightly heavier banjos. By the time you are fully recovered, you will have quite a collection. Good luck with that! Cheers.

Apr 19, 2021 - 2:46:51 PM
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Ron C

USA

1421 posts since 3/17/2004

There are some great thoughts, here. I have a collection of 1960s and 70s videos of bluegrass festivals. This is the perfect time to look at them again!

I've had some health challenges as have most of you. Like the bumper sticker says "Stuff Happens (or something like that)." My choice is to deal with them and optimize my chances. Medical advances have been dramatic. Surgical advances permit us to survive operations that were, in the past, at best, risky. Overall, I feel fortunate.

Ron

Apr 19, 2021 - 2:56:59 PM

figmo59

USA

33107 posts since 3/5/2008

Atta'boy.... :0)

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