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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.

Pure joy in getting back on the road again!

Final­ly got back on my bike today for the first time in 2021, after sev­en months recov­er­ing from spinal surgery. The shit­ty weath­er and blow­ing cold Bal­larat wind couldn’t take away from my sheer joy in being back on the road, with the wind in my face, fight­ing back tears of relief.

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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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Latest activities

  • Groceries
    On 22 February 2024 17:11 went 5.53 km during 00:18:52 hours climbing 20.00 meters burning 227 calories.
  • Ballarat Cycle Classic
    On 18 February 2024 07:36 went 107.74 km during 05:14:08 hours climbing 912.00 meters burning 5,124 calories.
  • Volunteering at Cycle Classic Enduro Jam
    On 17 February 2024 08:50 went 9.06 km during 00:32:42 hours climbing 57.00 meters burning 382 calories.
  • Volunteering at Cycle Classic
    On 17 February 2024 08:31 went 2.72 km during 00:08:53 hours climbing 15.00 meters burning 117 calories.
  • Evening Ride
    On 15 February 2024 19:04 went 2.83 km during 00:10:13 hours climbing 20.00 meters burning 113 calories.