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We all hope and pray that the surgery gives you back some of what you have lost.

Hang in there, life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good. Hope is what you need to deal with this, along with a lot of faith..

Time required to heal is nothing if the results are helpful. Think nothing of that, other than it is just apart of the journey.

Good luck with what ever comes your way. Keep your faith and hope. It is at the core of who you are. Stay strong my friend.

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Thanks. That's all I have to draw on some days.

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Ask ALOT, ALOT of questions. A friend just had prostrate surgery and they didn't tell him what life would be like after the procedure.
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Thanks. Its gonna be tough but I'll make it. Always have. Got the surgery booked today. End of the month. The 31st.
On another note, when it rains it pours. My brother has had internal issues for a few weeks. Diverticulitis. They can't control it. He may be going under the knife too about the same time as me to have a part of his intestine removed.
It gets better. Just got word that mom had to go in to a clinic to have some abnormal spots examined on her skin. May be cancer.

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prayers for mom and your brother on the way.....
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Apparently I missed a call yesterday from the surgeon. They have a date for my surgery. Needless to say I'm scared sh-tless. Not of the actual surgery but the aftermath.

If someone is say 100% of their function ability before a surgery and it knocks them down to say 75% ability for a period before they are back to 100%again, that's fine. I could live with that. In my case though it's much more complicated. If I was 100% before the accident and was knocked down to about 20% and it's taken 18 months to get back up to about 35%, what's the surgery going to do to me? Am I going to be knocked back down to about 20%? Will I be even lower? If it's taken me 18 months to get back to about 35% ability compared to before the accident then how long is this going to take?

All questions running through my mind. How much more strength do I have inside? I keep getting knocked back down and it's harder to get back up each time. Not only is this a physical battle but a mental battle as well. It'd be so easy to just give up.

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I can't give you any answers as to before/after percentages; maybe PG could help a bit there. However, it has been my personal experience, especially with bone cutters, that after the surgery and requisite therapy, I was always better off (i.e. at a "higher percentage") than before surgery. If a surgeon cannot give me some assurance that his work will result in a better Me there is no point in hiring him! Why let some yay-hoo cut into your precious body if it isn't going to help? (Last-chance, no-other-option, sure-death-otherwise surgeries are obviously in another category.)

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The surgery should go alright. This surgeon is down to earth and knows his stuff. Very thorough.

I met him just after having the drain inserted last year in the hospital. He was the doctor oncall and agreed to take me on right away. At first he was thinking of doing both a mesh and flap to fix the hernia. Its basically from my ribcage to about 4 inches down right where they initially cut me open.

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Having a rough day all around. Its damned hard to stay motivated to do anything productive when i cant stand for more than a few minutes without nearly collapsing in pain. Days like today i find myself sitting in the living room staring out the window thinking that it took me 39 years to get to this point....is it going to be a case of me spending the next 39 years sitting in pain staring out the window. Only thing keeping me going is my wife and kids.
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So two days ago I was feeling so good I was thinking I could almost go back to work. I had a good workout at the gym. Etc etc. Fast forward to today.
My left foot is so flared up and red and swollen. I can barely stand. I was almost ready to drag my ass out to the garage and haul out an old pair of crutches to have in the house so I can move around.
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Oh. And to add to the frustration. I had been waiting for a surgery date since December for sometime in January. I did get a call in early January for a mid month surgery date but that was given to someone else when I couldn't call back in time. So they gave me the date of January 31st. So we made plans. My wife booked time off work. I get my preop booked. Then we find out yesterday that I was never actually booked for the 31st. So now its February 7th for sure unless something unforseen happens
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So I've been pretty much consistently increasingly frustrated recently with the warming temperatures. It gets harder every day to sit here in pain accepting my new life as it is and to stay focused on the positives. Every day I sit here looking out and watching people do things, simple things like walking their dog, and wishing that I could do that. Then I'll see someone ride by on a motorcycle and wish that I could still ride. Or when I see a truck hauling a boat I think "Man I miss fishing." I mean serious fishing. Heading out to a remote lake somewhere and spending the day on the water. There's so many things I can't do anymore all because some idiot panicked on the highway and nearly killed me.

Yes, I am thankful I'm alive. But there's a difference between being alive and living. Everyone is alive. Not everyone truely lives. And to live is to enjoy every moment you can with the people you love doing the things you love to do. And I can't do that anymore.

With all that being said, about the only thing I have to look forward to now is an upcoming week of grueling tests down in the butthole of Canada aka Toronto in may to determine whether my injuries are deemed "catastrophic" for insurance purposes. For more info see the following http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/in...16-1003787075/

Basically in a nutshell it will mean that I can not do more than 40% of what I was able to do before my accident.

I have a hard time sitting in a vehicle long enough to get across the city now. They want me to fly there Sunday. Get up at 5:30am. Take a freaking taxi an hour and a half to get to an appointment where they will poke and prod for two hours. Then take a two freaking hour taxi to another appointment where they plan on doing more poking and proding for the afternoon. Followed by a half hour taxi back to the hotel where they drop me off at the front door and expect me to navigate my way up a 17 story hotel to my room without assistance. And this same routine for 5 days straight. Not impressed but it is what it is. People will never understand the pain I'm in. Including medical professionals.
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This crap of only sleeping 4 hours a night is getting old quick. Been in pain for 8 days straight barely able to move.

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Still very frustrated. Can't sleep a full night and wake up pain free. Today is supposed to be a happy day as it's my 40th birthday. Instead I'm sitting in pain with both legs tingling and no strength in them. Hardly able to stand for more than a few minutes let alone walk.

Every second I stand feels like someone pouring lighter fluid on my back and lighting a match.
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Just a little update. I'm in for a week of hell this coming week. My insurance company is sending me to Toronto to basically duplicate all the tests I've had done in 2 years to prove how screwed up I am. I go to a 1 hour appointment here and I'm beat for 2 days.

Here's a sample of what my week will be like. Wake up at 4am for a 6am taxi ride. The taxi will be 2 freaking hours long to get to an appointment only 30 miles away. That appointment is 2 hours. Followed by another 2 hour taxi ride to get to my next appointment in the afternoon. Yah. I'm impressed.

And to make it worse is I'll be stuck in the cesspool of immigrants that is Toronto. Basically take all of the yuppy liberals in one country and cram them into a 40 mile radius. That's Toronto.
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And to make it worse is I'll be stuck in the cesspool of immigrants that is Toronto. Basically take all of the yuppy liberals in one country and cram them into a 40 mile radius. That's Toronto.
Look on the bright side. You will get to leave all that behind as soon as the appointments are over. Just make sure none of them follow you home.
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Sounds like Trudeau is going to try and legalize marijuana. There are some good medical options for pain and sleeping these days. Might want to give some stuff a try. Around here it's a panacea of varieties with all sorts of purposes for medical and recreational use.
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Funny you mention that. I had an appointment this week with the local marijuana clinic. Still trying to wrap my head around it as my whole life I was totally against it. Now I have a legal prescription for it. At this point I'll try anything to get some relief.
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I think it's all about finding a variety that works for you. Have fun uhh "researching".
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