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Postby Hikin Mike » Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:51 pm

Every so often some people e-mail me and wonder how I’m doing, so I figured I’d post.

Background:
    February 2006 Right knee replaced.
    Two more surgeries on my right knee because of “infection”. I go once a month to get an IViG Infusion…I have to do this forever.
    September 2006 another surgery to do a skin graft and “Flap” on my knee.
    October 2006 had to remove my hardware on my right knee. Basically I don’t have a knee. Two days after my surgery, I got a minor Stroke. I’m 42.


Update:
My speech/typing is getting better…much better than 6 months ago! I still have a few problems but there getting better.

I saw the doctor(s) March 28, 2007. Plastic surgery said I was finally “healed” and I don’t have to see him again…yeah! My Orthopedic surgeon (Knee) doesn’t want to try installing a new knee again. I still have a bad immune system and he thinks it will do it again…I agree.

Right now, my right leg has fused together…it just did since October, so I can’t bend it. Also since then, my left leg won’t straighten out. The doctor did some x-rays to see what he can do, if anything. I need to find out if I can put any weight on it at all. Should be getting a phone call this or next week about that. Right now I’m in a wheelchair.

Right now it doesn’t look like I’ll be hiking/backpacking like I used to. Most of the time, I’m okay with that…it could be worse, but other times…well you can imagine it. My wife Stacy has been my rock…I couldn’t do it without her. She jokes…”For better or worse; and you better not get any worse”. My two kids (9 & 6) now know that I’m not going to die soon (they were concerned) and that I will probably not walk like I used to, but we can do things together.

Now I can start to move on with my life. I’m planning on camping still; just it’s going to be a bit different. I’m still into photography. I can’t go to those remote places, but there are places that I can go to. We just bought a “new” van a few weeks ago. I can get into the van now so I can start going places again, in fact I went to church for the first time in almost 2 years last weekend. Went to the San Luis NWR on the way home from the doctors and took a few photos. Planning on going to Yosemite soon!

That’s about it for now. Thanks for listening…

-Mike



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Postby mountaineer » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:22 pm

Thanks for the update Mike! I pray for you often.
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Postby The Other Tom » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:37 pm

Keep hanging in there, Mike. We're all pulling for you. Keep that good attitude...it will take you a long way.
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Postby hikerduane » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:58 pm

Did you have to sell your beast of an old car? A shame if you can't drive that anymore. I'm glad to hear you can do stuff with the kids, I know they will appreciate it when they look back if they don't now.
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Postby Hikin Mike » Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:03 pm

hikerduane wrote:Did you have to sell your beast of an old car? A shame if you can't drive that anymore. I'm glad to hear you can do stuff with the kids, I know they will appreciate it when they look back if they don't now.


Still have both "Hot Rods". Haven't decided about that yet. I can always put hand controls if I need to go that route... :D
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Postby hikerduane » Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:48 am

Way to go! I know a young man who as a teenager was injured and afterwards, he and his dad restored a '56 Chevy, then had it outfitted with hand controls. Very nice car. At Hot August Nights one year, the crowd was wanting him to burn a little rubber, so he asked his dad how to do it. His dad explained how to operate the controls to leave a little smoke in the air.
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Postby Rosabella » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:25 am

Mike, all along, you've had such a great attitude, it's amazing! "Stuff happens" and what we do with it and as a result of it shows the true character of the person we are. I don't know you personally, but I've "known" you on the board for how many years, and have just seen the "tip of the iceberg" as to roller-coaster ride you've been on with doctors reports, tests, surgeries, and results. You've ridden this out with class and grace.

We may never know WHY somethings happen, or if there even is a "why", but we go on the best we can. At the blink of an eye, any one of us could be in a very similar situation as you..... and we can only hope to have your same amazing attitude. As always, my best wishes to you and your family.

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Postby ERIC » Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:44 am

Wow, thanks for the update, Mike! I didn't realize you were unable to go to church all this time. What a bummer! And I agree, keep the cars if you can. If nothing else, your kids will be driving age before you know it! :p

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Postby Shawn » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:34 pm

Mike,

I too appreciate your update. Likewise, I admire your strength and attitude. It is obvious to me your family is very proud of you.

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Postby Timberline » Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:45 am

Hey, Hikin' Mike!

Rosabella said so well what we all feel, and I share her sentiments exactly. Even tho we've not met personally, it's an honor to "know" you through this network. You continually show us the best traits of character, strength, and grace. :)

Bless you, bro!
Let 'er Buck! Back in Oregon again!
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Postby Hikin Mike » Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:07 pm

Thanks everybody!
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Postby SSSdave » Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:37 pm

Find your place Mike and don't look back. It's always a struggle and is never easy as we all have our precious experiences as memories. I've been there myself having to live almost all my adult life with a cruel physical limitation that forever changed my goals and ambitions afterward. Life of course isn't fair. It doesn't seem to matter how good or evil, rich or poor, fit or unfit, deserving or unworthy we are, fate just happens seemingly by chance. For any of us one minute we might be healthy and the next crippled, a vegetable, or dead. Anyone that drives highways knows how real that possibility is. In the end, even if we manage to remain healthy, there are only a few decades that any of us are in the prime of life that we might enjoy the physcial nature in our world. Though our lifetimes seem long, they are a mere moments in the vastness of infinite eternity. An eternity of nothingness or possible salvation for those that seek His gift that we celebrate tomorrow. ...David
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