Posts Tagged ‘surgery

13
Sep
16

take care…

me-salmon river-SwittersB-Oregon

As some of you know, SwittersB & Exploring use to be SwittersB & Fly Fishing. I switched names because my interests had expanded into a broader arena, photography wise. That said, in the past, I frequently reminded readers to stay fit for safety reasons. I am ever more convinced of the need for maintaining strength and flexibility, particularly in the lower extremities if one is out hopping about on uneven terrain (see those shoreline rocks behind me).

I have taken several bad falls the last few years along rivers and trails, which ultimately required a complex surgery on my ankle this Spring (further I have damaged the back, wrists and elbows). The rehabilitative process is ongoing and not like it was even ten years ago.

Please maintain your foot, leg, hip, core strength especially if you are out moving about on uneven surfaces. Once older, the restorative consequences are sobering. Stay stronger, be safe!!!

23
Aug
12

Casting the Fly Rod: Both Hands

SwittersB

Yes, that’s actually me fishing. Hard to believe. Now aside from the fact that I am a terrible double hauler…there is something else about this shot for you to consider for your own evolution.

My right wrist is fully fused. It has been for the better part of maybe 15 years. A titanium bar extends from right behind my middle knuckle half way up my forearm, secured with 7 screws. The wrist bone is actually a lot of hip bone, as the original bone was so badly damaged with arthritis it had to be removed and hip bone fused into the location. So, I can still cast ok with the right arm, my natural arm. But, my finger tips are partly numb and my knuckles are slightly swollen and painful.

But, after that surgery, a very painful ordeal I might add, I started out of necessity to cast with my left hand/arm. Yes, at first it was clumsy. At first, I played with the roll cast. But, today I am a passable caster with my left arm and you should be too. Not that you will have surgery necessarily.

But, injuries happen. Surgeries happen. Pain happens. Give it a try on a small scale. You won’t be wasting valuable fishing time. Or, go to a nearby park or your back yard or school yard and practice the stroke, the line management in your right hand, the single haul and if you are real coordinated the double haul (eventually). It will add to you arsenal, to your presentation. Of course, you will have to adapt to that reel handle being where it has always been should you catch a fish. Easy enough to switch over to the other hand as ‘normal’ to play the fish. 

19
Aug
12

Emma, Post Op

Emma Louise, Smiling and Upright (SwittersB)

Emma wanted to apologize first for her somewhat off putting photo of her surgery site. Nonetheless, she is better, almost too well. Finally, up and alert, slowly walking outside to take care of business and contemplating the stairs (not ready for that yet). Slow and easy on those front muscles. Again, thanks for the well wishes…much appreciated. Amazing that just this past Wednesday we were holding our collective breath for a positive outcome. So far, so good.

 

15
Aug
12

Emma Is Half Way There…Thank You

Emma, according to the doc, held up just fine. He got in and found a severely ruptured disc and pulled it out like strands of spaghetti. The bleeding was a potential problem so he didn’t dawdle. Her weak heart held up. Now we wait several days to see what shakes….hopefully that tail. And, as was said today, by Craig in the comments section, the rehab is as challenging for the care givers as for the pup. Small price to pay. If no further complications in the weeks to come Emma girl will be shaking that rear end soon.

The most sincere thanks to all here and at Hoarding Woes that extended their very kind well wishes and prayers. Thank you!

 

14
Aug
12

Family Member In Trouble: Emma Louise, the Yellow Lab

Emma

Emma Louise recently, upon being let out the back door, decided to chase a squirrel. This unfortunately necessitated charging off the upper deck to the lower deck and then launching off the deck over a rose bush.

Emma forgot she is 9 years old and about 15 pounds overweight. Within a few days, Emma could not walk. She tried to rise but fell to the side in frustration. She could not rise on her rear or front legs. Head hung low. Scary. Into the Vet she went this weekend. Blood tests were fine. Steroids were administered to reduce inflammation and suddenly she could momentarily stand, but still collapsed. Indications to the Vet of probably spinal issue.

A decision was made to get her to a neurologist for a MRI. Several possibilities, some more probable than others: a tick, ‘coon-hound’ disease, damage to spine/disc. Emma was put under for a MRI this afternoon and has a very ruptured disc at the C6 point. Surgery needed. Expensive. I would sell every piece of fly fishing gear I own to pay for the surgery. Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. They go in through the front. Prognosis risky for this ‘family member’. Say a little prayer for this sweet girl. She is very tuckered out. So are we. Thanks to all for the well wishes! Very kind.

 

12
Jul
12

Fly Fishing: Casting With Your Off Hand

There are  obvious practical reasons to learn to cast with your off hand. A few years back, because of injuries and degeneration, I had to have my right wrist fully fused. A titanium bar was inserted from the back of my middle finger/upper knuckle, up my forearm and screwed in along with the wrist bone being replaced with hip bone and then fused. May I just say that it is a very painful surgery/recovery if you consider it. That said, years later, my right hand is slowly suffering loss of sensations and swelling/pain in the knuckles.

A full day of casting (maybe catching) eventually makes the right hand give out. I have learned to ease this gradual decline by casting with my left hand/arm. I have never progressed beyond a single haul, but I can get the line out via roll casts and normal casts. The right hand is able to do the normal line retrieval. Because my reel is still set up for left hand cranking, if I do hook a fish I still have to revert to bringing the fish in with the normal right hand holding the rod while the left hand cranks the reel or strips. But, that occasional casting with the left hand helps. It also helps when the lay of the land necessitates a different casting presentation.

Also, there are theories that doing endeavors with your off hand, arm, foot etc. actually may improve your performance afterwards with your dominant side. I recall my son’s venture into throwing the javelin. He had smaller practice javelins/darts and he was encouraged to also practice throwing with his off hand and practice his footwork to support that off hand approach-throw. It seemed to work…for whatever reasons. The same seems to work by casting with your off hand. 

Not only do you expand your tactical possibilities, but you may well improve your strong side casting abilities. Worth a try.




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