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Singer
12-03-2009, 06:45 AM
I've been almost ridiculously cautious with my fusion, but yesterday I went outside and raked for about 20 minutes. I was really careful about not twisting, but it's almost impossible not to twist a little. I really felt it afterwards in my back and stomach muscles (which I didn't worry about) and also had the weird sensation that my muscles were actually pulling at the hardware (which concerned me a little).

I have been gradually doing more and more light yard work this year, but I don't want to push it. It's the twisting issue I'm most wary of....

LindaRacine
12-03-2009, 11:31 AM
Hi Chris...

I'm thinking that your fusion should be solid by now, so you should be able to do anything and not harm it. With that said, when you haven't used the muscles that do any task for several years, you're bound to be really sore afterward.

Regards,
Linda

loves to skate
12-03-2009, 11:44 AM
Hi Chris,

I agree with Linda. We have tons of leaves here in the fall and also in the spring. For some reason Oak leaves like to hang on over the winter unless the wind blows them down. Anyway, I did some raking and started with only 10 minutes the first time, then slowly increased until the end when I was raking for an hour plus. I didn't have too much pain doing it that way and because I am retired, I can take my time doing it. Its great to be outside in the crisp air. Enjoy the outdoors when you can; winter is coming. Just don't slip on the leaves if they are on a hill like I did. I was sore for a week or so, but no damage to my fusion.

Take care, Sally

debbei
12-03-2009, 07:15 PM
I've been almost ridiculously cautious with my fusion, but yesterday I went outside and raked for about 20 minutes. I was really careful about not twisting, but it's almost impossible not to twist a little. I really felt it afterwards in my back and stomach muscles (which I didn't worry about) and also had the weird sensation that my muscles were actually pulling at the hardware (which concerned me a little).

I have been gradually doing more and more light yard work this year, but I don't want to push it. It's the twisting issue I'm most wary of....

Chris,
I was never a fan of raking (after all what are teenage boys and a leaf-blower for?) and I'm not starting now. However, I do know what you mean about that 'feeling' that the muscles are pulling incorrectly on the hardware. Sometimes I'll move a certain way or do something strange and I get that feeling. It's not a hurt kind of feeling, but more 'wierd and uncomfortable' and I want to stop whatever it is I'm doing right away.

Maybe that will pass in time.

Shari
12-03-2009, 11:11 PM
Hi Chris,

When I started feeling well enough to do things that I hadn't done in a long time, I would always over do it. Then I would suffer for a few days. It took a while for it to sink in to my stubborn, bull head, that I should just do a little at a time.

It just takes time, this summer I felt invincible and got stupid. I got tossed out of a backhoe bucket, flew about 5 feet in the air down a hill. I landed on my side got up and felt fine. 2 days later it started to hit me with pain. I got scared to death after about 3 weeks of pain. I just got stoved up and will never ever do that again.

We live and learn,
Shari

Singer
12-04-2009, 06:42 AM
Thanks all ...

I will continue raking a little at a time. I can totally handle sore muscles as long as my hardware is safe.

We actually paid someone to do our leaves but then the neighbors' leaves blew into our yard during one of the many rainstorms we've had lately.

But I won't be flying out of a backhoe bucket anytime soon (Shari!!!!!) !!!

Shari
12-05-2009, 03:39 AM
Hi Chris,

Always knew you were smarter than I was.:)

Luv Ya,
Shari

txmarinemom
12-05-2009, 09:48 AM
Shari, I have to ask ...

What in the world were you *doing* in a backhoe bucket?!? :)

dolores a
12-06-2009, 06:01 AM
Hi Singer, I wonder if we all will always feel the muscles going over the rods, I certainly feel them at 6 months, but I was wondering if that feeling gradually goes away?

Shari you made me have a good laugh this morning! I work at a union apprenticeship program for heavy equipment operators, so it's not unusual that a women would be learning to operate, but usually she is in the cab, not in the bucket!

shortlilnikki
12-08-2009, 02:20 AM
I just had my fusion-- T2-S1, June 29th & July 3rd OF THIS YEAR!!! Last weekend I raked my entire yard!

I'm immensely proud & didn't even think of the possible bad things that could happen.. nothing did.. you just have to be careful how you do it.. use your arms, not your back. Takes a little longer, shorter strokes, but you can do it!

I agree with the others though, you should be bout fused & good to go.

(Small woot woot for me for raking! I am so proud! I hung CHRISTMAS LIGHTS outside too!! AHhh!)