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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: I am still alive.... Reply with quote

I have recently had some email asking why I appear to have stopped caching and not posted about the big Alien Event I attended in June in Rachel Nevada.

I have toned down my caching almost to nothing because I have injured myself badly while caching recently.
It all started in May when I was preparing to go caching and I reached into the cupboard to get a Tupperware container so we could take a snack. While reaching in with my left arm it appears I popped my shoulder out of the socket and then popped it back in when I took my arm out. In doing so I pinched the nerve from my neck to my left arm. It didn't hurt at the time but I knew I had done something. I rested and took it easy but still planned to go to Rachel for the event but my Daughter now had agreed to come along.
We were in Twin Falls staying the night and agreed to get a few caches. I was in the Wal-Mart parking lot getting a cache that was on the buggy return. I put my left arm out and went to pull my self up ( bad move on my part) As I went to do this I had instant pain like I have never had before (and I have had kidney stones). It took a major amount of time to settle down. After a couple of Advil we decided we would continue south.
Now we did the event and spent 4 days there caching and getting over 700 caches and watching the world record get broken on the Saturday with over 950 caches in a 18 hour period by Alamogul, Materus, nvsrvyr. I managed to cache the Alien head on the Saturday night with these three and they have a set-up next to none for caching. It wasn't till later I figured out why. When you cache with guys that have over 45,000 caches and 22,000 caches then they know what they are doing and they do it quick.
Because I didn't go as part of a team like most, I drove while daughter jumped out or the other way. With my shoulder being what it was climbing in and out of the car left my shoulder feeling not good but we managed to get 300+ caches on the Saturday in a 6 - 7 hour period.
Yes we ran into snakes, lizards, horny toads, fox, badgers, scorpions of different sizes and lots of cows and horses running on open range land.

In all it was a fun time. I will go back next June for another event which is being planned if I get my shoulder sorted out.

I came home and have done a few caches on and off and each time my shoulder has bothered me. It wasn't till before the long weekend I was up trying to finish off some Gold Country up Veddette Mine Road. I was at Split Rock with another daughter of mine and making my way down from the cache. There had been many reports of rattle snakes in the area and to be careful in the back country. Well I was climbing around some rather large rocks and thought I had my footing right for my left foot. Well that was soon short lived as my left foot went out and I landed on you guessed it my left shoulder. Well the pain was the worst I have ever felt and for a brief time I thought I may have broken something. After being helped down my my daughter to the car where she performed first aid to my right hand which I cut in the fall. I popped several Advil and waited. It wasn't long before two guys on motor bikes came by and offered help. We talked and figured if I waited I should be able to drive out on my own.
Well the Advil appeared to do the trick to we went and got a few more caches.
It wasn't till the next morning when I woke up I knew I had done more damage. We decided to head back home.

Since I returned home I have been to my Doctor and he says yes I have done more damage. I had already had a MRI scheduled but it wasn't scheduled till June 3 2011 and if surgery was needed ( Doctor pretty certain it will be) that won't be till January 2012.
After attending Pyhsio this week they said you need a MRI now and I was going to pay for it but it was suggested I call and see if I am on the cancellation list and see how long it will be. I called on Monday and was told they called me at home on Sunday for a Monday scan and I didn't answer and they didn't have my cell number. (they don't leave messages either) I could have cried at this point. I was giving her my cell number when she said it is your lucky day my partner is taking a cancellation for tomorrow do you want it?

So the good news I had my scan and now await the results and then the wait to see the specialist.

In all this I have learned it can be something as simple as reaching in a cupboard that can screw you up and then a rather small fall that can really screw you up even more. I am now in the BC medical system of waiting and you may get your surgery 6-12 months.

I am now regulated to do drive up caches and nothing with a slope or slippery so I don't fall again.

So now you know why I have slowed down caching.

Phil who is now in BC Medical hell for the next little while.....
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: I am still alive.... Reply with quote

Yikes best of luck Phil.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: I am still alive.... Reply with quote

Yikes is right! Quite the adventures!
Hope recovery goes well! Bandaid

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: I am still alive.... Reply with quote

I have ended up with a near complete tear of the anteroinferior aspect of the labrum in the left shoulder. In other words no amount of Physio is going to fix this. A trip to a Orthopedic surgeon is next.
Trust me this is very painful at times. Getting dressed is a whole new experience.

I am also in Cache withdrawal right now as well.

This is the latest word.

Thanks for the words and the emails.

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