Rehabbing for pain management

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Back in November I wrote about my body renovation project, a veritable injury rehab situation. In that post, I outlined the history of my rib surgeries and various other procedures. Little did I know at that time that my project would be delayed by several months and cost a lot more money. I suppose all renovation projects are subject to such hiccups. When I had surgery in February, I wasn’t naïve enough to think everything … Continue reading

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The body renovation project

I watch home improvement shows. Not out of a desire or likelihood of doing any sort of renovations on my own home; no, I don’t have any plans for that. I am more like a voyeur, appreciating the niceties and waiting for the catastrophes, because, in the world of home improvements, there is inevitably some sort of misadventure. It takes a while to choose the right workers and then there are disagreements with the very … Continue reading

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Post-surgery update

Recovery from surgery is kicking my ass. I realize that is a rhetorical statement, but, it is. It is harder than any week of training combined with the absolute worst Ironman! The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. Indeed, when I left Boulder almost two weeks ago, I had no idea I would come home with a fresh new scar on my abdomen. The reason I waited so long to have surgery on my … Continue reading

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7 steps to dealing with chronic pain

Do you remember the book Flowers for Algernon? It is the story of a man with an IQ below 70 who undergoes an operation which triples his IQ. Over time, though, his IQ starts to drop and returns to its original level. I read the book way back in junior high, but I still vividly recall feeling compassion for this man who suffered so much. I cannot help but think about this story with regards … Continue reading

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Keep moving

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written an update about my rib health. Since my accident in 2009, I have been very forthright about the treatments, pain, and how the injury has affected my general well-being. With all that I have been through, the last 6 months have undeniably been the hardest; writing about the continued pain, the struggles I have undergone to alleviate the pain, and what the constant nagging pain has done … Continue reading

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Surgery recap

Instead of a race report, I am writing a surgery report. It’s almost the same thing. I met my parents in Minneapolis last Monday. On Tuesday, we went to clinic to meet the surgeon for the first time. His easy going demeanor instantly relaxed us. And let me tell you, I was feeling far from relaxed. Despite the knowledge that this surgery was imperative, and despite the knowledge that I was in capable hands, I … Continue reading

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