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Book excerpt: After Effects of A Fractured C-1

Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book:

One of the injuries I sustained during my car accident was a fractured C-1 (broken neck). The C-1 is the first cervical vertebrae. In many cases, fracturing his vertebrae results in paralysis. Luckily, I did not experience this.

I was initially treated by having to lay flat with sand bags on each side of my head. My head was immobilized this way. This treatment lasted for six weeks.

After my immobilization period, I needed to wear a soft collar whenever I was up moving around. I did not need it when I was laying down. (Seeing that there was a velcro closure in the back, it would have been too uncomfortable wearing this while in the prone position). My soft collar was foam rubber incased in a cotton stretch blend. I needed to wear this for about two months.

Ever since my C-1 injury, sudden movement of my head causes me ill health. I can experience headaches, nausea, confusion and vision problems. I’m not a lot of fun to be around when this happens (that’s an understatement).

This is one of the main reasons I end up driving most of the time. Not many people are good drivers and I am tired of finding that out the hard way. 😕


New Development in TKR Strength

Hi everyone,
After previously mentioning how I was not able to lift my tkr leg up onto my toes as much as my non-tkr leg, I’ve been working at it. My lifting up onto my toes has been strengthening my calf and hamstring muscles. Nice…
Now…about a couple of weeks after my original post regarding this concern, my tkr leg can lift almost as much as my other leg. That is a vast improvement that I am so happy to see. 🙂 Whew…had me concerned for a while there.
Keep truckin’ ! Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) Anthem 09/25/09

Prior to today’s NHL preseason game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators (on the NHL Network), I saw and heard something quite interesting and ..what’s the phrase?…spare me?

Traditionally, prior to NHL games broadcast from Canada, we’d hear the Hockey Night in Canada theme played with musical instruments. It was great and very pleasing to listen to.

Now…there is an electronic band named “Simple Plan” playing the tune. The cameras shoot to the drummer, there are bright laser brights and electric guitarists playing the melody. A rock and roll band is playing the HNIC theme. The guitarists are good, don’t get me wrong. That is, I guess they’re good…anyone can sound good on an electric guitar.

Hearing the HNIC theme put into electronic format is not my cup of tea. The melody sounds like what we’re used to. But…electric squealing and drum pounding? Spare me with the rock and roll version (and I usually love r&r)…

The new version is probably geared toward the 18-25 year-old market place in an attempt to gain their dollars. Last thing I heard was that the NHL was focusing its publicity campaign on that age group in an attempt to increase exposure and sales. Oh well….

During television breaks, I noticed, the traditional sounding theme was played. Interesting….

Oh oh….Pierre McGuire’s back with color commentary. I heard him on a couple of other preason games. He is good at what he does, I was just hoping he’d get a coaching position for this season.

Tony Robbins is not about Positive Thinking

There seems to be a misconception about Anthony Robbins from people I talk to who have not used his information or programs. To the misinformed, he is tied to positive thinking.

Positive thinking is convincing yourself that things will work out. Even when tough times come, look for the positive. This train of thought can be a quick fix and “solve” concerns immediately. It does not involve any teaching, really, other than looking on the bright side of things. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s preferred over the alternative…thinking negatively.

Re-conditioning your mind, on the other hand, retrains your thought processes. You realize that current situations with negative impacts do occur throughout life. Your re-conditioned mind views the situations differently and effectively. You experience less distress. You are in control of situations instead of them controlling you. It is not a quick fix. It takes repetition and training to reach this point. (The training can sometimes be very boring). This is what Anthony Robbins does. He teaches you how to re-condition your mind.

This reminds me of a book titled “Rational Emotive Thinking” by Robert Ellis that I studied while minoring in psychology. That book stands out among others due to its making such sense to me. Reality is how we view and interpret it. In order to be successful, according to this psychological theory, we need to view situations rationally and not emotionally.

What is appealing about Tony Robbins’ information (I purchased the Ultimate Edge and Money Masters series) is the fact it applies psychological theory. Even though I have studied numerous psychological theories throughout my educational career, I was not taught how to actually apply them in real-life. Thanks to Tony Robbins I have learned how to do that. It’s just too cool and very enlightening.

Re-conditioning the mind takes work, repetition and diligence. It is not easy. The training can sometimes be very boring. It can be fun, though. 🙂

Thought I’d throw that out there for anyone else going through the same thing. Find interesting? Kindly share…

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Nerve Damage & TKR Update

I’ve written before about how I have nerve damage on my tkr leg. The nerve damage, prior to my tkr, caused me extreme pain. Every time I’d stand up, I needed to wait for my skeletal system to get in place before moving. If I didn’t wait, the pain was too unbearable to walk.

Then, when going through the process of discussing tkr surgery, I found out the pain was caused by a bone spur. My bone spur grew due to my knee being bone-on-bone. The spur was grabbing hold of the nerve that went the length of my outer leg.

So, after my tkr, the nerve pain was still there. It was lessened, however. Then it seemed to gradually diminish. Woohoo!

Now, 18 months post tkr, I find that my nerve damage returns if I sleep for an extended time on my affected (surgical) side. Bummer…I thought I was over pain. (I’m chuckling to myself over that comment).

The past couple of days, I’ve made a discovery. I stretch prior to getting out of bed and it feels great. Slightly painful on my tkr leg due to the nerve…but MUCH better than the first few months after my tkr when I couldn’t stretch without immense pain from my nerve and tkr. It feels great to just stretch now. So, I get out of bed with the uncomfortable (but not severe) nerve pain in place. I gripe to myself, but accept it. Then, I go for my daily walk.

First I go downstairs. Gulp. Then, I get outside and stretch a bit more. It’s great being outdoors. The birds are chirping, the grasshoppers are out strolling (or hopping) and on a clear day like today…the mountains are in clear view. It’s truly a beautiful site that I am very grateful for.

As I start my walk, ouch. I feel a little out of sync. I continue, though, since I’m on a mission. Then, I notice that the pain completely stops. It’s as if my nerve has found its correct place and everything is working in alignment. Cool…

Well, thought I’d share this with anyone else going through the same thing. And for all who are in the beginning stages of your tkr recuperation…it does get better. Believe me on that.

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Another NHL Lingerie Stop

I forgot to mention something about the 1965 Vintage Game…

There was a lull in the previously-mentioned 1965 Stanley Cup semi-finals game when Glenn Hall, Hawks goalie, needed a “lingerie stop”. His suspenders broke.

“Whenever there is a lingerie stop..it seems to involve goalies,” stated the announcer. As Hall went to the bench to have his suspenders repaired, Bobby Hull shot a rubber ball into the goal. The crowd went wild. 🙂

Have You Traveled Internationally After A TKR?

Hi everyone. I recently had a question posed to me that I’m hoping others can help out with as well. Do you have experiences involving airport metal detectors while traveling overseas?

The last time I traveled internationally, there were no metal detectors. And..it was when there was still an east and west Germany. Ok..I’m older than my young sounding words make me out to be. 😕

Can anyone help out by sharing their experiences? Inquiring minds want to know. (Actually, one of my readers wants to know and I told him others chip in here to share their experiences)..

Thanks in advance….