Friday, April 16, 2010


It's been two weeks since the pec repair. This week I went to see the surgeon for followup. He saw me and I could tell he was mad at me. "Where's your sling?" he says. "I Uh, Uh, didn't know you wanted me to wear it still" I lied. Wow what a typical patient I am. You'd think I'd know better. But that's just it. As patients we "think" we know our bodies best. Who else lives with them all day, every day? We'd like to think or hope we are different than the other patients. Maybe we have a special gene that will make us heal faster. Or maybe the doctor really has it in for us? Or maybe we are deluding ourselves. Yes we are all different as a whole but tissue are the same. A muscle is a muscle and a tendon is a tendon in all of us. And the doctor has seen a lot of different individuals but in the end everyone's tissue is about the same. And
tendons take a long time to heal. (All this is just my way of talking myself into being a compliant patient-so feel free to ignore the ramblings of a doctor/patient.)
I have to realize the only thing still holding me together are threads. I'd better quit digging sprinkler ditches...... As I expected the "after-surgery" is the hardest.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


This was the best part of the weekend! Dot's first ride after the surgery!

Dot, the family and in-laws picked me up at the surgical center in Provo around 9:3o am Friday and we were off to the races- except no one was planning on racing! Luckily they numbed my skalene nerve and I wasn't feeling a thing-until we got to Hurricane. We got down to wonderful weather and Dot did a "practice" lap with the boys so they could decide if they wanted to race the next day and then Dot went off to do another full adult lap! Pretty cool. She even considered racing in 35+ but we actually do have some scruples and both decided it probably wasn't the best idea. The boys decided to race. Here they are lining up. Dot rode with Jonny but Joey didn't want anyone to ride with him. I wasn't sure if it was because he is so independent and doesn't need us for support or he doesn't want anyone there so he can slack off. I believe it's the later but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Jonny had a hard time since he is racing the 12 and under category this year. Joey pulled out a third in the boys group and 5th overall in 9 and under. Not bad considering he was hardly sweating at the finish line.

The Mad Dog team did well and it was fun just being there to take pictures and cheer them on! Here, Carson is racing for his VERY respectable 5th place. Notable first place finishers were the Moffits- Kevin and Joseph. Good Job!

After the race the family and I parted ways. They headed home and I headed up to Gooseberry Mesa with Carson. "The Goose" is an incredible area for riding, camping and scenery! Since I couldn't ride I enjoyed a nice hike down this face toward that sun-lit Butte. It was good to test out the knee. You might be hearing more about "the Goo$e" in the next coming months since I have a special project going there.......

So it was a great weekend to get away and "get some rest" even if I had a couple aching nights. Things are feeling much better with the pecs at this time.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The surgery is in the morning to reattach my boob. Then we are heading down to Hurricane to get away and to see the race crowd. "Maybe" the boys will race.

This is where I start rambling and musing, so tune out if you want.

With this string of injuries to myself and Dot, I've been thinking, "Why do we do it?" I see that same question on people's faces when I've told them about yet another injury- "What is wrong with you?" BUT, despite my third (significant) injury this year I can't think of anything except how quickly can I get back to activity. I'm sure it's a kind of addiction, but I'd like to think I could stop (yet another sign of an addict) if I wanted to. But in reality I think its just my personality. And that's hard to change. (Wow, Its kind of interesting I just wrote that since I just heard Dot say the same thing, "That's my personality and I can't change it".)

I can't just do one thing. I am a multi-tasker and get a rush out of doing many things at once.

Granted, I am not an expert at anything, but sure can do many things well. I have experienced in this life more than most will ever even dream of- anything more from now on is just icing on the cake. I feel like I am in full time bonus land. I enjoy experiencing life and if I get an occasional bump from it, well then I have to make it part of the adventure. The probabilities of something happening grow with time. I guess its my time. I'll get over it.