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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JerryH, Jul 8, 2019.
Great posts Jerry and we are all glad to see you sharing your adventures!
I had to have a minimaly invasive surgery to relieve my sciatic pain . I was at my wit's end trying to cope with it. First Dr. I saw said he didn't think he could help me since my arthritis was so wide spread . He said it was the worst case he had seen in 25 years of practice. Second guy said he felt confident he could help with the sciatic problem , but that was it. Said that if I had to have more surgery it was going to be a massive rebuild with all kinds of hardware and I would still have arthritis pain. The surgery worked, I was in and out the same day, but recovery took longer than anticipated. I was doing great , then I had the stroke and life turned upside down. If I were you I would ask again about a minimaly invasive repair , that sciatic pain is awful. Hope you can get some relief.
I did a spine MRI, then saw a doc who's a spine specialist some years back. My spine report is three full pages long and includes all the common maladies of disc issues, vertebrae that are out of line, osteo and more-a classic worn out back. I have been told to live with it until either the pain is too much or my bowels become incontinent then a spinal fusion- perhaps the "Tiger Woods repair" if I was so lucky?
That doc is nearing retirement and I'm now giving thought to seeing the new whiz kid doc that the old U of KY doc (I saw) personally brought in several yrs ago from Vanderbilt to replace himself. I estimate I've had R & L sciatic episodes ~ 8-9 times now and this is the first one since my hip replacements which seemed to help, sciatic wise until now. It's one nasty party this stuff. Matters not what I do physically either, as today I loaded gravel with tractor front end loader and carried over rough woods road and spread for 3 hours today. When I was done my left leg was near totally numb, not hurting until i sat for lunch break. Those epidurals are worrisome but I'd get cut on if it would get me past this stuff.
It does limit proper sleep but not my activities when awake.
Doug, was your surgery medicare eligible? Pm me so we don't wear out the medical thing here on our scoot talk place.
Yes between Medicare and Blue Cross they covered the majority of it. As always they find ways to nickle and dime you to death. I was in such distress that I would have agreed to most anything to get relief from sciatic pain.
I had sciatia in '05, had a lumbar laminectomy in '06. I was near suicide when I had it done.
Pain and no sleep 24 hrs. a day will do that to you.
I woke up from surgery pain free, and have been pretty much so since.
Now scoots and bicycles, etc., lucky man Mark!
I was advised against surgery based on my activities at that time. me thinks we need to act humble and decrepit to get fixed?
I'm calling today as this is not fun stuff. TMI=currently sitting on my "right cheek" toughing it out for a few minutes of cruising ADV. I'm certainly nowhere near the final solution but it damned well hurts. having many times it becomes sort of ingrained in ones psyche as to pain level? When they doc offices ask our pain level it makes me snicker, but they need to CYA their business.
Some years back I went to a series of back docs and one guy talked down to me as if I were a child, stating, "when you start shitting yourself, then come back". Knowing full well that I don't come across as a pill head I never understood the ridiculous interaction from him and some other noteworthy/bad attitude docs-most are regular folks and out to be of help.
We both are on Ky teacher retirement plan provided-> United Healthcare - Medicare supplemental plan with Rx as well. I don't use the VA. Meds are cheap(90 days @ $10 or less) and the supplemental plan's free. We pay only the typical 4% after the Medicare deductible's been met. THR's cost me a couple hundred each for e.g..
“ The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour. Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night... All memorable events, I should say, transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere. The Vedas say, “All intelligences awake with the morning.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
For many years my routine has been to wake up between 2:00 and 3:00 am, have coffee and toast, then get out and start the day. Almost no one up and about at that time of day in Central Oregon but even in mid summer temperatures can be in the 30s. I can be at a high Cascade lake in 30 minutes while it's still dark, listening to the wildlife, waiting for sunrise. Best time of the day.
Last week while waiting for sunrise over Cultus Lake I was surrounded by a large flock of night hawks. They'll fly within inches of you without fear. Neat birds. In addition to all the different kinds of birds I see bears, coyotes, elk, and lots of other animals that usually hide during the day.
After years of fighting with the VA ( 1960--1967 Army) I just either went without med care, or paid the premiums for private ins. I have a VA ID card to use if I am catatonic and cannot get away from them my own power. Later on in life I got covered through my wife's plan at her work .
I got the early morning feeling when I began to caddy at age 12. To get my name on the caddy job list I'd try to arrive by dawn and be "first up" and on good days your name might come up twice as a result. Farm work also began near daylight in 100+ seasons or harvesting. Mostly played baseball at night when younger. Long days from dawn to late night ball...
I used to get up really early (for me) so I could get to work by 6:30 when they unlocked the door. My reasons were mostly because my brain works better in the morning, and because I was trying to hit the least traffic. The brain working part seems to have been true, but the traffic thing was only a partial success because a lot of the San Francisco business world starts work closer to 6am to coordinate with the time zones across America.
And then I retired.
Now the fact that it's pretty cold in the pre-dawn hours anywhere near the Bay, it's almost always really foggy and hard to see and the roads are wet, that keeps me home. So I might as well loll around in bed until 7.
I managed to get in a ride today, took familiar roads . Feel pretty good while moving along at under 60 mph, still a bit tentative coming to stops.
Don't trust my legs to hold me upright . It will get better with time .
Have not tried riding in any traffic or congestion yet .
Something I noticed that seems a bit odd, rear brake lever nice and smooth, the front feels a little spongy and the travel length is a lot more than the rear . Is this common on Vespa's ?? Scooter stops ok just using the front, just feels a bit odd. ??
Here are some pictures from my 2 1/2 hour ride yesterday morning. First one is where they blocked a local road to build yet another freeway. Second one is the AZ desert, complete with a little mountain and a saguaro cactus. Some may find this interesting, I've lived with it for 60 years. Third one is a picture of the scooter taken through the window of a McDonalds where I stopped to get something to drink and take a break.
I am not and never have been a morning person. I will admit that occasionally see a lovely sunrise but sunsets are just as lovely in my opinion.
Unfortunately the summer temperatures here make it a necessity if you want to go outside. It cools down a bit after the sun has been down all night, and reaches it's coolest point just before sunrise. Several people a year die from the intense heat we have here in the summer. I really have no idea why so many people live here, especially since 90% of them are from somewhere else. I am a Phoenix native.
Sunsets can be beautiful. I have watched the sunset over the ocean from Malibu Beach. It's almost surreal.
That is why I count I will ever live in Arizona though Sedona, Prescott areas would be bearable.
This was what I enjoyed seeing during my morning ride on the Burgman today. No scoot in the pics as I took them without dismounting. Annapolis MD on 8/17.
This was when I was making tracks home from California to Colorado to beat a snow storm a few years ago. Just because I'm not a morning person doesn't mean that I can't get up early for a good cause. Taken on US 50 in Nevada.
Bow that is some scenery. You are lucky to live there. Nothing like that where I live.
Sedona and especially Oak Creek Canyon is probably the most beautiful place in AZ. But it has been taken over by tourists. Prescott is still mostly desert, but a little cooler than Phoenix. There are some pine trees there, but they are pretty dry and brittle because they don't get enough water.