You have no idea how relieved and thankful I am today. What would you like first, the GOOD news or the REALLY GOOD news?
The good news is that for the next four weeks, I’ll be featuring YOUR trip reports on the home page.
The really good news is that I will be skiing for years to come. (After four weeks off)
Yesterday I walked(very painfully) into the McCaig Tower at Foothills hospital for surgery on my spine, an L4-L5 decompression, to mitigate the effects of spinal stenosis.* It had been scheduled several months ago.
I was operated on at 1:30 pm, and woke up at 4:30 pm, extremely happy to still be kicking.
From the recovery room, I went to the McCaig presidential suite. Not having spent much time in hospitals, I may not be an authority, but this truly is a marvelous facility. As much as I liked it, however, I’m happy to be back home tonight. Walked out under my own power.
Being wheeled into the operating room is an eye-opener. For someone who is at home in the forest and mountains, I was awestruck and intimidated by the alien and sterile atmosphere, but re-assured that I was getting the best care possible.
The personnel are understanding, and adept at making you as comfortable as possible. I whisperd a quiet “thank you” to Tommy Douglas for our medical system.(a side-note, Tommy Douglas started his crusade for free medicare near my home town in SK).
I had some misguided notion that I’d be back skiing within a week to 10 days, but unfortunately, today the surgeon in his
post-mortem post-op consultation, said four weeks minimum.
Your trip reports are more valuable than ever, so keep ‘em coming.
If I had been able to get back skiing within 10 days, I would have bluffed my way through this, but with four weeks off, I thought an explanation was warranted. After skiing five times a week, going four weeks without skiing would look awfully suspicious.
*I’ve been afflicted with spinal stenosis for 10 years, but it became increasingly painful in the past two years. It mostly was affecting my ability to walk. I was still able to ski reasonably well, but lately, I was having to pop a lot of painkillers. It’s a good thing I went through with this, as the surgeon said when they opened me up that it was far worse than the MRI had indicated.
It’s mostly a result of aging, I had no injury or anything. You can read more spinal stenosis.
Anyone ski the Birkie today? How were conditions? How about on main street in Canmore?