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Have resumed pilates again!

My back recov­ery is start­ing to real­ly come along. I am off the drugs, I only wear my back brace for stren­u­ous activ­i­ties, and thus it is time to start work­ing on strength­en­ing my core again.

Posted in Ballarat, Victoria

The posts in this cat­e­go­ry doc­u­ment the issues I have had with my spine, how I’ve treat­ed these and recov­ered, and rel­e­vant dis­cus­sions, debates, tri­als and tribu­la­tions return­ing to an active out­doors life after spinal surgery.

My first fishing outing for 2021

Today was a nice sun­ny day, only 14°C but it feels like 20-some­thing. I could take it no longer: I had to get out. I haven’t fished since ear­ly Decem­ber 2020 due to my back issues, so it was refresh­ing to get the spin­ning rod out and hit Lake Wendouree.

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Back on the bike and about to wet a line again!

The past fort­night has been a big change from a recov­ery per­spec­tive, some things have regressed a lit­tle and oth­er areas are rapid­ly improving.

The pain has regressed some­what. It was to be expect­ed as I low­ered my nar­cot­ic lev­els that the under­ly­ing pain would sur­face, but it has been hard to go back­wards in areas like sleep. On the oth­er hand, my trip to the phys­io­ther­a­pist cer­tain­ly paid div­i­dends and I have been able to help out more around the house, which with a trou­ble­some teenag­er reluc­tant to con­tribute, has been a good thing for our fam­i­ly dynamic.

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Coming home

I’ve been home for a full week now and though it’s been a big dis­rup­tion, it’s nice to be home where I can be comfortable.

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Recovery and rehabilitation

It’s been just over a week since my surgery, and I’ve dis­charged from St. Vincent’s in Fitzroy and am now clos­er to home at St. John of God in Bal­larat,…
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Surgery success

I’m very hap­py to report that my surgery on Wednes­day went very well, and I’m now recov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal. I’m quite sore, but up and walk­ing with help, sit­ting for…
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Surgery on my spine

It’s been a very tough few months. As I post­ed back in Jan­u­ary, I’ve been suf­fer­ing from severe low­er back pain symp­toms, and last Fri­day my sur­geon rec­om­mend­ed I under­go a spinal fusion surgery today.

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‘Staying in here’: What to do when a ‘rainy day’ turns into months

So I love the out­doors, this much is obvi­ous. Whether you’re read­ing my blog for the first time, or have been hang­ing around for a while, I think it’s safe to assume with a blog called Get­ting Out There that my hap­pi­ness in life involves being out­side. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in late Novem­ber 2020 I injured my spine, her­ni­at­ing my L5/S1 disc.

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Latest activities

  • Recovery Walk
    On 14 June 2021 12:06 went 2.40 km during 00:33:49 hours climbing 6.70 meters burning 289 calories.
  • Recovery Walk: Sightseeing around my house
    On 3 June 2021 17:13 went 1.01 km during 00:17:07 hours climbing 0.00 meters burning 122 calories.
  • Yorkshire
    On 2 June 2021 12:41 went 5.59 km during 00:30:16 hours climbing 104.00 meters burning 122 calories.
  • Recovery Ride: Goldfinger (1st half)
    On 1 June 2021 13:03 went 11.95 km during 00:30:29 hours climbing 117.40 meters burning 235 calories.
  • Recovery Walk
    On 30 May 2021 11:59 went 1.48 km during 00:21:57 hours climbing 6.80 meters burning 178 calories.