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Found out why I’m feeling so shit

The symp­toms I’ve been suf­fer­ing the past few days are like­ly effects of with­draw­al from the oxy­codone as I taper off over the next four to six weeks. Fun times ahead ladies and gen­tle­men, all aboard, toot-toot!!

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.

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 Ride - Yorkshire
    On 17 May 2021 11:49 went 7.44 km during 00:25:30 hours climbing 97.00 meters
  • Lunch Walk
    On 15 May 2021 11:12 went 0.74 km during 00:34:40 hours climbing 2.30 meters
  • Recovery Walk
    On 14 May 2021 16:56 went 1.36 km during 00:22:27 hours climbing 4.50 meters
  • Recovery Ride - Paris
    On 12 May 2021 16:52 went 7.51 km during 00:23:13 hours climbing 42.00 meters
  • Recovery Ride - Watopia
    On 11 May 2021 13:45 went 9.04 km during 00:26:05 hours climbing 49.00 meters