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titaniumed
07-13-2010, 01:17 AM
Sometimes people need vacations. We dream of relaxing and taking time off, and usually that happens unless you are like me. I'm exhausted now, and need a second vacation! Whew!

I was just following FDR's advice from his "fireside chat" from Many Glacier,Mt in 1934, which was to get out and visit the park, Glacier National park in Montana. If he, who was wheelchair bound could do that, well then, so could I.
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=14733

Sometimes there are places that we dream about visiting. The places I dream about just happen to involve some effort to get to and well, I must say that I am very pleased with the way my spinal surgeries turned out. On one of my hikes, I ended up at a place called "Iceberg lake" which was approx 10 miles roundtrip with a 2100ft elevation gain and loss. I carried approx 40 lbs in a backpack, and didnít have any back issues at all. The knees are another story. Sometimes you have to push past the pain. Its something I learned as a scoliosis survivor.

After driving through a few states, I ended up at Mt Hood in Oregon for some summer skiing but didnít ski due to the re-paving of their parking lot. Oh well, no worries. That will happen another day... Upon camping the Cascade range I ended up near Mt Bachelor and ran into a scoli in the woods of all places. She is retired and is hosting at a historical site for the summer. We talked for hours, and she was amazed at how far scoliosis surgery has come through the years, and in how I was doing all these things after being fused. Things like skiing, motorcycling, hiking, lifting 75 lb rocks to complete a fireplace ring, carrying large tree limbs through the woods etc. She will post after the summer is over as there is no internet in the mountains..... just lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

Its good to be back.
Here are a few pics.
Ed

Back-out
07-13-2010, 01:39 AM
Totally awesome, Ed!

I have been wondering perhaps most of all if I could ever again carry anything of significant weight (so much of independence seems to boil down to this).

This heartens me greatly - not that I expect to ever have "man" muscles but carrying a heavy purse and being able to push a luggage cart are indispensable for travel.. I didn't think I ever could again (and it's so important for me). I'm thoroughly sick of being accompanied everywhere by a walker.

And what a view! Great just to borrow it -- a spiritual vista suggesting the endless possibilities you epitomize. Thank you!

titaniumed
07-13-2010, 03:19 AM
I can lift heavy rocks,"carefully" but a purse would kill me since the weight is offset.

It might not be a bad idea to use a small hip belt as a purse, it would take the weight off the shoulders, and arms, and lower the load off the spine.

Try walking poles, or ski poles or maybe a cane and see if that works. They are much easier to deal with.

Borrow the view, the benefits are endless... better to just go there. I really didnít know what I could do, but really couldnít answer the question without trying.... I needed to know.

A few more
Ed

gmw
07-13-2010, 06:16 AM
Awesome pictures, Ed! What a wonderful experience that must have been. It is unbelievable what all you are able to do physically. You are definitely an inspiration to others coming along behind you. My son is the hiker in our family. He just hiked Mount Whitney in June and brought back some beautiful pictures. Would love to think I'll be able to do some short hikes again in a year or so.

Singer
07-13-2010, 07:57 AM
Fabulous pictures, Ed!!

TexEx
07-13-2010, 09:08 AM
Great pictures Ed. I live in Houston, Texas and am just jealous of you wearing a jacket in July.

Glad to see you doing so well. It is an inspiration. Going to Colorado in August, look forward to doing a little light hiking.

Melissa

Susie*Bee
07-13-2010, 10:01 AM
It is always so good to hear from you, Ed! :cool: The pics are great-- especially the one with you in it. :) The other ones are GRAND, but people pics always personalize things... (I've got you in my scrapbook, though, remember???) Thanks for always keeping in touch here!

Doodles
07-13-2010, 01:16 PM
Ed--Itinerary is pretty much what we've come to expect--75 pounds rocks and all! Always amazing what you are able to do. Pictures are great. Thanks for the update. Janet

kennedy
07-13-2010, 02:53 PM
great pics ed that pics of the mts are amzing

lray
07-13-2010, 03:16 PM
Beautiful scenery Ed! I just returned from a trip to Lassen and did a little hiking myself, though not a backcountry/backpacking trip like you did! I sure hope that I'll be able to continue with the hiking post-surgery. You are an inspiration to us pre-surgical folks, for sure. :)

JenniferG
07-13-2010, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the pics Ed. It's so great to see you enjoying life so much. And you really do look like the new 31. :D

debbei
07-13-2010, 06:53 PM
GOOD FOR YOU ED!! :) I'm glad you had such a good time. 40 lbs on the back is impressive!!

KathK
07-13-2010, 09:30 PM
Your hiking and skiing is an inspiration! (I like the term scoliosis survivor!).

Also, thanks to all "on the other side" who continue to post and provide answers and inspiration!

But, what happened to the Ed with the bolts in his neck :D....

LynetteG
07-13-2010, 11:47 PM
I agree with Susie Bee - I loved the fabulous scenic shots but I especially loved to see the picture of you - great pictures Ed. You inspire and encourage all of us. Thank you sooo much!

jsully
07-14-2010, 08:06 AM
Absolutely awesome pictures!!

Radiogirl
07-16-2010, 10:50 PM
Ed, thank you soo much for sharing such breathtaking moments. And aren't they especially sweet being a scoli survivor!?!

titaniumed
07-17-2010, 12:03 AM
Your welcome. Yes, its great, and I waited so many years.

I did have my doubts in my early recovery. It hurt like hell.....I was warned by my surgeon, but had to do it.

Maybe next year, I will do the peaks. Those are no easy task, with brutal verticals straight up rock. We will see.

Here is an example
Ed

loves to skate
07-17-2010, 10:45 AM
Hi Ed, Is that you on top? Don't jump!:D
Sally
PS: Great pictures by the way. I love your smile. Thanks for posting them.