Gretaboy’s recovery

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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby marinmomma » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:09 am

cowled wrote:GB, I have been quite inspired by your determination. I know that my own injuries are not as severe as what you have suffered, but I am on the path of recovery and rehabilitation. I have found that the mental recovery is, in many ways, more difficult than the physical recovery.

When you do have a down day, it helps to reflect on how far you have come. Self pity is indulgent and destructive.

All the best, GB. You are doing really well.

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+1 especially true of the mental recovery, I found that the black dog creeps up on you very easily when you're dealing with the physical pain.
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby TailWind » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:23 am

gretaboy wrote:had a bit of a down day today...worked on my hands and it got me down plus I was very tired, think it was from the big day yesterday. Picked up a bit tonite tho

Chin up, old chap. I'm sure those days will decrease in frequency as you progress. Keep at it mate!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby moosterbounce » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:25 pm

Working on your hands huh. I'll keep you company from afar. So I can slightly begin to appreciate your frustration, I'll do everything my preferred hand used to do with my non-preferred hand. Mouse, opening doors etc. I'm swapping. Not really the same, but the best I can do from here. :)

2 minutes in and my mouse coordination resembles the old frog-in-a-sock.
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:14 pm

moosterbounce wrote:Working on your hands huh. I'll keep you company from afar. So I can slightly begin to appreciate your frustration, I'll do everything my preferred hand used to do with my non-preferred hand. Mouse, opening doors etc. I'm swapping. Not really the same, but the best I can do from here. :)

2 minutes in and my mouse coordination resembles the old frog-in-a-sock.


Stick with it, it's a useful skill to have. I had a right hand injury while I was doing my PhD and I learned to mouse left handed. I haven't switched back. Strangely, if you can master the fine motor skills on your off side, your gross motor skills improve as well. This means I can fence reasonably well with my left hand!

GB, I'm sure the physio already has you making elephants etc. with play dough. Keep at it, then get some Sugru and work at making some useful shapes for family and friends. It's great therapy for your hands, and it keeps your mind active as you look for ways that Sugru can change the world. Google it or look up instructables.
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gretaboy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:05 pm

Had a good day today....was more upbeat even though I was with OT working on my hands again

did my two sessions in physio but didn't flog myself

am now moving around in a human powered wheelchair, this due to the wife, I miss the lazy electric wheelchair lol

the big news for the day is that I no longer have a pee bag attached....the catheter got removed this morning and so far I have passed all bladder tests so hopefully it will stay out
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby warthog1 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:51 pm

Very inspiring efforts GB. 8) That video was good to see and it looks like your wife is a champion who is great support too. :)
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby moosterbounce » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:24 pm

Please no vids of catheter removal :shock:
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby foo on patrol » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:55 am

^^ They are not fun when removed. :shock::D

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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gretaboy » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:07 am

foo on patrol wrote:^^ They are not fun when removed. :shock::D

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Wasnt as bad as I thought but it was uncomfortable :o

Now on the pee by schedule regime lol
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby Stefan_A » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:35 am

gretaboy wrote:the big news for the day is that I no longer have a pee bag attached....the catheter got removed this morning and so far I have passed all bladder tests so hopefully it will stay out


back to getting up in the middle of the night Gretaboy??? :)
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby TailWind » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:59 am

gretaboy wrote:the big news for the day is that I no longer have a pee bag attached....the catheter got removed this morning and so far I have passed all bladder tests so hopefully it will stay out

Excellent news - does that mean you'll be off to the pub more often now? :mrgreen:
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby foo on patrol » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:56 am

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foo on patrol wrote:^^ They are not fun when removed. :shock::D

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Wasnt as bad as I thought but it was uncomfortable :o

Now on the pee by schedule regime lol


You're lucky then, my experience was......think of a rubberband stretching.:geek:

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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby cowled » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:24 pm

gretaboy wrote: ... the catheter got removed this morning ...


Eucch!! Stings on exit and you end up feeling like you have to pee all the time. :oops: The worst thing I found about having the catheter removed was that I had to get out of bed to go to the toilet. I know, I know ... you can get those little jugs to pee in, but I didn't feel comfortable doing that.
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Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby Dr_Mutley » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:53 pm

Greta: the stinging will settle down pretty soon, but in the meantime, ask your nurse for some ural sachets... Drinking one of those a few times a day will make voiding much more pleasant...
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby g-boaf » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:13 pm

gretaboy wrote:the big news for the day is that I no longer have a pee bag attached....the catheter got removed this morning and so far I have passed all bladder tests so hopefully it will stay out


Ouch. I've never experienced that myself - and hope I don't have to. But eye-watering is a description I've heard. :shock:
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gretaboy » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:32 pm

With regards the catheter removal.....I haven't had any issues at all, must b lucky, am peeing like a champion and meeting the targets easily. The best thing about it is the fact that I can start venturing out further from the hospital and the visual factor of having my pee on my leg is no longer.

Had a lazy day, no physio, but did have four medical appointments to attend. Body needed some rest it seems as I slept most of the arvo away. I didnt push myself as I know rest is just as important plus my session with OT working on my hands was mentally draining, it is such hard work trying to get fingers doing stuff when the signals between brain and fingers are a little dodgy.

Best thing I guess is that my mental state was/is solid and upbeat...in good head space
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby Xplora » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:58 pm

Lot of laps left in the Rehab Criterium yet, but you are attacking well and recovering fast. No one is going to slip off the front and get away from you, you are too strong for this grade. Just need to wait for the bell, takes time 8) you will smash the sprint!!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gabrielle260 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:59 pm

Good to hear you are in a good head space! Keep at it... You are a champ!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby newbris » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:52 pm

Hope you have a good fri gretaboy !!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gretaboy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:55 am

newbris wrote:Hope you have a good fri gretaboy !!

Cheers for that...I will now :)

To see posts like this, from anyone and everyone, keep me going that much more
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:02 am

gretaboy wrote:Best thing I guess is that my mental state was/is solid and upbeat...in good head space


awesome place to be!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby gretaboy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:07 am

jasonc wrote:
gretaboy wrote:Best thing I guess is that my mental state was/is solid and upbeat...in good head space


awesome place to be!

It is.... but be even better if I was at home...in time I know

am missing the commuting challenge mate...missing riding in general
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby jasonc » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:55 am

gretaboy wrote:am missing the commuting challenge mate...missing riding in general


I get the shakes if I don't ride for 3-4 days so I understand.

BTW - TW is about to blow passed me in the "Gretaboy commuter challenge"
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby TailWind » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:19 am

jasonc wrote:
gretaboy wrote:am missing the commuting challenge mate...missing riding in general


I get the shakes if I don't ride for 3-4 days so I understand.

BTW - TW is about to blow passed me in the "Gretaboy commuter challenge"


No immediate danger of that...it's a going to be a lazy Friday. :mrgreen:

Keep plugging away at your recovery gretaboy, you'll be back in no time!

Hope you have a good weekend, guys!
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Re: Gretaboy’s recovery

Postby westab » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:14 am

gretaboy wrote:am missing the commuting challenge mate...missing riding in general


Mate log the kms you are doing and don't forget to add the zero - the extra zero is for the insperation you are to us all. Static bike, wheelchair, walking thing with wheels I think they all count.

Gretaboy & Mrs Gretaboy - good work so far; I hope you continue to improve and recover. Hope you get your wish and get home soon.

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