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Old 2010-12-24, 03:47 AM   #1
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I'm finished riding for a long long time

15th December I had my last ride for a long time before heading for surgery same day to reattached some tendons to my shoulder.

I have been riding for a couple of months in a sling but now, post op, I am off the uni for, I'd guess, anything from 3 to 6 months.

Which is really tough for me as I ride daily, managing just short of 5,100km for 2001 despite the injury.

Better luck to the rest of you, have a great festive season and have a ride or two for me.



(And I certainly will not be looking to increase my wheel size (24") or add gearing as any falls other than a UPD to my feet will be a big no no until this time next year. Who needs gears and big wheels when you have time anyway!)

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Old 2010-12-24, 04:09 AM   #2
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Colin, I wish you a speedy recovery and hopefully you will be wheeling it in 3 months or less. I feel your pain.
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Old 2010-12-24, 12:25 PM   #3
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Bad luck Colin but I hope the surgery goes without a hitch and you're back in the saddle before you know it. I had shoulder surgery recently ( a sub-acromal decompression amongst other things) and was back in the saddle within a month.
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Old 2010-12-24, 12:33 PM   #4
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I feel your 'pain'. I'm at just about 9 months with almost no riding trying to get my knees healthy enough to ride again. It was really hard the first few months since riding everyday was what I looked forward to everyday.

Good luck, and wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Old 2010-12-24, 01:27 PM   #5
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Bad luck Colin but I hope the surgery goes without a hitch and you're back in the saddle before you know it. I had shoulder surgery recently ( a sub-acromal decompression amongst other things) and was back in the saddle within a month.
I wish - Your conidition would have been what is often termed "impingement syndrone" which is very real and debilitating but these days readily fixed. I've had two acromioplastys done, one just incidental while the major stuff was going on, a follow up a few years later.

But I'm afraid that tendon on bone is a beast that can't be rushed.

btw, the acromio's worked really well, and I could work overhead again as a result. More people should have it done.
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Old 2010-12-24, 04:36 PM   #6
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The commutes just will not be the same ...
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Old 2010-12-24, 05:23 PM   #7
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I'm really sorry about that. Maybe you can try dreaming about riding - that feels pretty real to me. And honestly, I doubt you'll be able to help doing it...get well soon.
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Old 2010-12-24, 08:19 PM   #8
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Heal well!

I hope you will be back up to riding after a few months. Don't rush the rehabilitation.

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Old 2010-12-24, 08:32 PM   #9
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I couldnt ride for 9 months or so after I broke my leg, I feel your pain hope you heal quick!
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Old 2010-12-25, 03:30 AM   #10
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That sucks! I hope I wont have to get my tendon repaired too, I'm waiting for a call from the doctor right now
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Old 2010-12-25, 05:45 PM   #11
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That sucks! I hope I wont have to get my tendon repaired too, I'm waiting for a call from the doctor right now
A few years back, and after I had work done on my right shoulder, scans indicated a decent tear in the left one - I recall it was described as full thickness (I may be wrong tho) but over a shorter distance. They elected to leave me to rest it and a year later it was fine. Surgery would have had me no better in that same time. It stil has never had any surgery though I do still have some limitations, but then I also demand a lot more of my body and connective tissue than most.

If they do not firmly favour surgery and you go with waiting, it can be the right option, though I did rely on my surgeon who I trust and who is not averse to referring me to others such as physio and sports medics who do cortisone. (His beemer must be paid off!) Just something to keep in mind.
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Old 2010-12-26, 05:50 AM   #12
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I'm really sorry about that. Maybe you can try dreaming about riding - that feels pretty real to me. And honestly, I doubt you'll be able to help doing it...get well soon.
When I had to get my shoulder ligaments rebuilt I had really vivid (possibly drug induced) dreams of riding. It sucked because I could not use my dreams for inspiration and go ride.

I was out for 4 months, doc said 6-8 but it healed really well. I hope yours does the same.
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Old 2011-02-07, 11:25 PM   #13
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I'm feeling great at this moment.

I saw my physio and then my surgeon yesterday and they have freed me up for a lot more movement and use of the shoulder. Allowed to walk around with my arm swinging normally and as far as it wants to go. Given the ok to lift things, and rotate the humerus as far as it wants to go.

I still need to avoid sudden movements including much that makes juggling worthwhile. I'll probably use the sling for a while on the unicycle when I get back to it - to keep reflex movements under control if I lurch off, things like that. And I won't be on stilts any time soon as a fall, though they are rare, would not be good. It's not the worth the risk atm.

It's all come together far quicker than the lst time. Apparently you heal better as you age?!?!?!?!

The down side is that I go back to work in a couple of weeks.
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Old 2011-02-08, 12:10 AM   #14
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Hope you feel better soon and go unicycle sooooon! Tell doctor that you want unicyle so badly and its only one wheel! Chicago have lot and lot of snow .... I have to wait for awhile!
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for me. i'll be going on a mission for my church and won't be able to ride for 2 years.... i just hope i dont forget how to do all my tricks.

but get healing soon man! that really sucks
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