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jeneemohler
01-11-2012, 11:37 AM
Tomorrow is my 1 year check up. I am so excited to see xrays, and to hopefully get the go ahead to ski. I will let you know how it went.

Yesterday was the actual anniversary date, and guess how I spent it? I mopped the entire house. (It is all hardwood.) I haven't been able to mop for probably 10 years. My back would spasm up and the sciatica would be debilitating. I would hurt for days. I can't believe I did the entire house and feel NO PAIN. Aren't the small things amazing????

mabeckoff
01-11-2012, 11:41 AM
Hoping all goes well . I agree with you about mopping. I would so love to clean my home

Lorz
01-12-2012, 03:24 PM
Jenee- thinking of you, and hoping your check up went well today, and you can get back to skiing. I am so glad you are feeling so good, and hopeful that I will be there too, at my 1 year anniversary. Congrats to you!

Elisa
01-12-2012, 05:27 PM
Mopping? You're thrilled that you can mop now? I hope you're not letting your family members know that otherwise you're committed for life. Funny that you mention that though b/c my left arm has been really sore for the past three weeks now and I swear it's b/c of all the mopping I do at the hotel. It's a small boutique hotel and the floors are tiny but after four years of doing repetitive motion it is beginning to hurt. But in your case, it is nice to be able to clean your own home, lol.

mabeckoff
01-12-2012, 07:00 PM
Mopping? You're thrilled that you can mop now? I hope you're not letting your family members know that otherwise you're committed for life. Funny that you mention that though b/c my left arm has been really sore for the past three weeks now and I swear it's b/c of all the mopping I do at the hotel. It's a small boutique hotel and the floors are tiny but after four years of doing repetitive motion it is beginning to hurt. But in your case, it is nice to be able to clean your own home, lol.


How is your son doing?

JenniferG
01-12-2012, 11:30 PM
Congrats on your first anniversary, Jenee! I'm sure you'll get a good report from your surgeon. I totally understand about the mopping! (Yes really!) Every time I do something I struggled with pre-op, I feel totally pleased and grateful.

Elisa
01-13-2012, 10:52 AM
How is your son doing?

Hi Melissa, my son is doing great and hasn't complained of any back issues at all so of course I am really happy about that. He is in high school, grade ten and is doing well. Since we live so close to the school, he does come home every day at lunchtime for something to eat and just an sit down. Lunch break is really short but it does give him a chance to get away from all the noise and sit in a comfortable chair for a bit. He's got a brand new cell phone, a touch screen and he loves it. Thanks for asking. :-)

KathK
01-13-2012, 07:27 PM
In my "belief system ", mopping is forever restricted post surgery!!!! Please don't tell my hubby otherwise!

How was your 1 year appointment, Jenee?...hopefully stellar!

golfnut
01-16-2012, 04:10 PM
Jenee',
I am anxious to hear about your check up. I hope you got the green light to ski. When you get time, we would like to hear from you.

jeneemohler
01-21-2012, 11:58 AM
My appointment went very well for my one year check up. Hardware looks solid, no movement of the screws, fusion looks great. There are no areas of concern. She was thrilled at how the recovery has gone and how well I have done with it.

And now for the great news...I AM FREE TO GO SKIING!!!!! Of course, I was told to be careful. No more full-speed-barreling-down-the-hill kind of stuff. She is not worried about me actually skiing- just more concerned about others running into me. So as long as I stay away from the crowds, I am good to go. I have to start over, anyway. I will admit that will probably be a little intimidating at first. I think it will take some time to adjust to the new balance of my new body and relearn how to move since I no longer have the upper-lower body separation, as we call it in the ski world. I am excited just to be able to do it, so I am thrilled with even intermediate runs. I am only wondering about getting off the ski lift that very first time.... any advice, Ed??? I should be fine-I am just a little slower to get to standing from a sitting position than I used to be...

I also started my new job this last Monday. This week was training, then I am on my own next Monday. I am brain frazzled, trying to learn all the new procedures and things that need to be done to keep a medical office running smoothly. There is a whole lot to learn if you have no experience in a medical setting. And I do it all....scheduling, billing and insurance, processing blood for labs, ordering supplies, renting out the classroom and taking care of registrations, taking care of the website, newlsetter, FB, etc. We have eight independent practitioners, and there are varying types of assistance that I provide for each one of them. I just have to remember what goes with who! Not all take insurance, due to alternative care limitations, so fortunately some transactions are easier than others. I love the detail orientation of the job and working for an actual owner that you can communicate with, rather than a huge corporation.

I am tired, yet, I am oddly energized, too. I have been stagnant-mentally and physically-for too long. (Ebay and FB know me well...time to step away!) It is my first time working in over a year, I had some long, intense days, and yet I feel great. It feels good to be productive, needed, and appreciated!

walkingmom
01-21-2012, 12:15 PM
Hi Jenee,
Congratulations on your wonderful 1 yr post op report! I am thrilled that your new job is going well for you too. Now that you have been given the okay to return to the slopes, it sounds like you are back to a more "normal" life! Thanks for sharing.
Donna

golfnut
01-21-2012, 01:27 PM
Congratulations! I am so happy for you to get the green light for skiing. I am sure you will adjust quicklly. I just came inside from hitting balls off of frozen grass and hit them much better than a few days ago.The new swing is starting to feel pretty smooth ( no doubt not as much distance, but that's ok). I am sure you will love all of the challenges of your new job. Aren't you glad you no longer have to lift 100 pounds? Post a picture of you on your skis after your first outing.

jeneemohler
01-21-2012, 01:29 PM
Thanks! I will post if I get one.... Don't expect any movies like the ones Ed posts!!!

Doodles
01-21-2012, 04:22 PM
Jenee--
Congratulations on your excellent report. You must be thrilled. These one year anniversary folks are on the move--golf, skiing. I was horrible at both before, maybe I'd be better now--no, don't think so! Enjoy! Janet

nanut
01-21-2012, 06:22 PM
So good to hear the great news! As far as skiing goes, we are getting dumped on here in Park City. If you and Ed ever want a place to stay
while hitting the Utah slopes you are welcome at my house! My doc told me at my 6 mos. check that I could ski at the end of the season but I
will most likely wait until winter of 2013! Good luck at the new job, make sure to eat well and sleep lots-endurance may take a while to return!
Nan

jeneemohler
01-22-2012, 03:13 PM
What a nice offer! Between you, Amy (foofer), and Ed I can hit Utah, Colorado AND Tahoe! I'm ready to retire and become a ski bum!

I used to live in Ogden for a few years as a child. It is beautiful there. Maybe someday...

Work is great, but I really do have to keep up with taking care of myself. After this first week, I was more tired than usual. But actually...not any more so than I was before surgery, when I came home exhausted and in pain after a day at work! A bad day today is so much better than even a normal day pre-op!

mabeckoff
01-22-2012, 03:17 PM
What a nice offer! Between you, Amy (foofer), and Ed I can hit Utah, Colorado AND Tahoe! I'm ready to retire and become a ski bum!

I used to live in Ogden for a few years as a child. It is beautiful there. Maybe someday...

Work is great, but I really do have to keep up with taking care of myself. After this first week, I was more tired than usual. But actually...not any more so than I was before surgery, when I came home exhausted and in pain after a day at work! A bad day today is so much better than even a normal day pre-op!

I am so glad that everything worked out for you so well.

titaniumed
01-22-2012, 06:30 PM
Jenee
The biggest problems with skiing are getting the boots on. Be careful because you can do damage by pulling down reaching your boots. You have to do this slowly, itís best to get help. I also cannot see down to get my lift ticket on and need assistance with that. You will see what I mean when you buy your ticket, most areas want them on your pants.

Crashing is very scary....and of course skiing at any velocity and crashing is not a great idea.....dumb and dumber...I have caught myself flying down at about 50mph and realized that it was way too dangerous. My old bombing days are over, you can see why I waited so long to have my surgeries. I have crashed a few times, and in powder snow its not too bad with the speed in check. When you ski, be very aware of anyone that is in your vicinity. Start out slow on the blue groomers. The lifts are not an issue.

Thanks Nan for the invite. Utah is a special place for skiers....I hope you are healing nicely. I forget your surgical date but you need at least a year and approval from your surgeon to go skiing.

It takes about a season to rebuild all the skiing soft tissues. I had problems skiing faster since I couldnít handle the downward g forces. After you hit your 1 year mark and are doing well, resuming sports needs to be taken at a slow pace with rest periods.

On your 1st day, limit to 2 hours. 2nd day, 3 hours, and so on. I normally donít ski more than 4 hours anymore.

I have to give you a 2nd congratulations, you looked pretty good back in Sept.
Ed

jeneemohler
01-24-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks for all the tips, Ed.

I know I will never ski like I did before surgery. I was one of those crazy ones who never took a break or lunch, and timed my last run to hit the lift at the last possible moment. My favorite ski Tshirt says "Lunch? Lunch is for wimps!" Sums it up perfectly. Of course, that was a couple years ago in my younger ski bunny days! I noticed a definite slow down in my speed last year. Or I guess that would be the year before last.... This last year kind of got lost! My balance and slower reaction times were starting to slow me down and kept me from being as much of a daredevil. Stuck to more or less groomed black runs. I know...kind of an oxymoron, huh? But I like the steeps and the grooming kept me from getting into trouble.

Anyway, I will just be so stinkin' happy to be out in the sunshine, enjoying the crisp cool air filling my lungs, and the beautiful scenery.
I really want to take a trip down to Tahoe one of these times. I've been threatening for a couple years now. Maybe we could stop by and say hi on our way through when we do!

titaniumed
01-25-2012, 02:33 AM
Jess
50 mph yes. Very easy to do.

I have had a few(low speed) crashes on skis and I guess this proves my fusions are solid. My surgeon told me that I was in excellent shape from skiing and exercising my whole life. Iím actually more worried about other body parts now, like my hips and knees. I must say that ďover exercisingĒ is not what you want to do, Iím paying for it now. My dad ended up with ALS. He told me he exercised himself to death. He skied every day....

Check out Banana George and his barefoot waterskiing. He is a scoli and was fused in 1954.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk669JRl7vA&feature=related

Ski off a high cliff and you will reach terminal velocity in a few seconds.....its something to think about, if a thrill seeker. Terminal velocity is a ďlittleĒ faster than 50mph. (smiley face)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiL49xRz9LQ
Julian Carr does have a titanium femur and he continues his career. He gets paid very well....

I stopped jumping about 15 years ago. My highest was around 70 feet. Its amazing what the scoliotic spine can handle and my lumbar curve was stiff like steel.
Ed

titaniumed
01-25-2012, 02:58 AM
Jenee

Sounds familiar, I never stopped for lunch either, and the first time I quit at 2pm was at Targhee, storm skiing because it was too cold and my toes were turning blue. I was about 30 years old and couldn’t believe it. It was one of my first times in a ski lodge.

We just got 5 feet at Alpine Meadows.....it’s a start I guess, but we have 53 degree highs and sun all next week.....the temps are too high...its depressing.

Remember, try not to crash ok? Just ski easy for a year. Stop by anytime.
Ed

jrnyc
01-25-2012, 03:50 AM
people are soooo different...obvious statement, i know...
but it never ceases to fascinate me just HOW different...
the kinds of activities you describe, Ed, sound like my worst nitemares....
i find it hard to imagine anything scarier, something i would hate more than
those activities....
sitting in front of the fire with a hot chocolate...now THAT sounds good!
and i wouldn't have to fly down a mountain first to drink it!

please DO be careful....
going 50mph sounds a bit like pushing one's luck, no?

jess

golfnut
01-25-2012, 06:55 AM
Anyway, I will just be so stinkin' happy to be out in the sunshine, enjoying the crisp cool air filling my lungs, and the beautiful scenery.
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Jenee',
You and Ed are truly the daredevils of this forum & talented skiers!
Even if my golf game isn't where I want it to be this summer, I'm going to remember your above quote! I may have to substitute "crisp cool air" with "hot, humid air" (Midwest summers), but other than that, it works for me!

titaniumed
01-25-2012, 01:55 PM
Jess
I started jumping high at around age 7. Like 10 feet high for 30 foot distance.....My dad coached me way back then in the 60ís. I weighed about 60 lbs. LOL I skied with Suzy Chaffee (Suzy Chapstick) back then, remember her? (smiley face)

By the time I was 18, it truly became insane. Higher, longer, and learning more tricks became the norm. When I used to compete years ago, the stress standing above a large kicker was pretty intense. Julian Carr mentions that he controls his stress, he controls by mind diversion....which is tough to do. I think it helped me with the approach to my surgeries. Hard crashes in big mountain skiing do kill skiers, its happens all the time.

I guess itís a good thing I had my surgeries in this respect since I have always taken the sport just a notch below redline. I didnít usually crash much, but when I did, I broke stuff, like my shoulder just before my scoli surgeries.

My wings are clipped now. It was pretty depressing for me, but Iím over it now.

Stinking happy like Jenee has said is no lie. Just standing off in the woods and checking out the scenery on top of a mountain is excellent therapy.....Iíve been doing this my whole life.
Ed