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rockcastle


Dec 9, 2008, 6:08 PM
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I just got back from a good day at the climbing gym. This was a particularly special day.

I was only there for an hour. I went straight from the office, and climbed in my office clothes.

I finished 3 super easy beginner routes, 15' high on the 30 degree wall. I almost finished a fourth one. Quite a few people were cheering me on, but it wasn't meant to be.

What's so special?

It's been 5 months since I last climbed. I remember that day. I didn't have a particularly good day, but I finished 8 routes in the gym. Two days later I had a stroke.

I didn't know if I would ever climb again. In fact, I didn't know if I would ever walk again. I had lost my sense of balance, and couldn't stand up without holding on to something. I spent about a month in the hospital. They made me wear a bracelet that said "Fall Risk." I have a new sympathy for retarded people, because I was there. When I started walking again, they said that I looked like a drunken sailor. More than one doctor asked why I had rough hands, which made me smile.

I also had surgery on my right shoulder and left wrist.

I've been looking forward to this day. I had wondered how I would do. I did alright, considering, and I'm happy.

Wooo Hooo!

Wooo Hooo!

Woooooooo Hooooooo!

Today was the first day I ever left the gym without sore hands. That certainly felt different.

Always look on the bright side of life.


rtwilli4


Dec 9, 2008, 6:13 PM
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Congratulations man. It's awesome that you were able to get back to what you love and that you have such a great outlook on life. Stay positive.

PS... we don't say "retarded." Mentally disabled is much better :)


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Dec 9, 2008, 6:21 PM
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Moved from the Campground to General.

This needn't the abuse of Campground.


Lazlo


Dec 9, 2008, 6:32 PM
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epoch wrote:
Moved from the Campground to General.

This needn't the abuse of Campground.

Well done.


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Dec 9, 2008, 6:36 PM
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Woohoo indeed! Way to go!


Gmburns2000


Dec 9, 2008, 6:44 PM
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Congrats, dude! Keep forging ahead.


krosbakken


Dec 9, 2008, 7:11 PM
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Wow great post, and nicely done. (it gave me chills down my back, in a good way. for real though, I did.)

Sounds like your a trooper so stay in there.


shockabuku


Dec 9, 2008, 7:24 PM
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Sounds like a good day indeed! Congrats!


emick27


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Cheers man! that was a really good post! makes you really appreciate being able to climb everyday! Don't stop climbing!


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You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story and way to pull through! Here's to many, many more good days for you!


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congratulations- its stories like this that show us that any day climbing- no matter what kind of climbing- is a good one.


charley


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Congrats!! Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Keep up the great work.


rhythm164


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Nice, man, nice. congratulations


sdonis


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good stuff, keep your head up!!!!!!!!!!!!!


patmay81


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rtwilli4 wrote:
we don't say "retarded." Mentally disabled is much better :)
Technically his use of the word retarded was correct, because his ability to walk, climb, or even stand up steady was severely retarded.

oh, and congratulations on un-retarding your mobility! In all seriousness this is one of the best posts I've read on this site. I'm glad your back in the game, and I hope you have a lot of fun!
congrats again!!!!!


curt


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When I first clicked on this thread (A good day at the gym) my original intent was to flame it mercilessly. However, I can now see that yours is a truly inspirational post. Congrats on your recovery and best wishes.

Curt


rockforlife


Dec 9, 2008, 8:41 PM
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curt wrote:
When I first clicked on this thread (A good day at the gym) my original intent was to flame it mercilessly. However, I can now see that yours is a truly inspirational post. Congrats on your recovery and best wishes.

Curt

I'm with Curt, even after reading the first half of your post. But then there was the "I had a stroke" that changed the post a little bit, congrats and good luck.


rtwilli4


Dec 9, 2008, 9:09 PM
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patmay81 wrote:
rtwilli4 wrote:
we don't say "retarded." Mentally disabled is much better :)
Technically his use of the word retarded was correct, because his ability to walk, climb, or even stand up steady was severely retarded.

He said "retarded people." That is not correct. If he said "I know how people who have retarded movement feel" then it would be correct. Beyond that, let's agree to disagree and just be thankful that the OP is doing well.


caleb_danner


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Very nice job i bet there were allot of people that were at the gym saying why is that guy climbing in office cloths, and the doc must have known u were a climber with rough hands

congratulation on your journey so far and don't give up


clee03m


Dec 10, 2008, 9:19 AM
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Congrats!!!!


boymeetsrock


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Wooo!!!!!! CoolSmile


brownie710


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your post made me smile, glad to hear your reconnecting with what you love, keep it up.

Oh, and we don't use the word retarded or mentally disabled, "challenged" seems to be the new PC term whether it's congnitively or physically.

Thanks for sharing this with us man, be well


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I was just feeling a little sorry for myself and my tweaked finger..Thanks for giving me a reality check and reminding me why I thnink about climbing every day.


shockabuku


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brownie710 wrote:
Oh, and we don't use the word retarded or mentally disabled, "challenged" seems to be the new PC term whether it's congnitively or physically.

Who is this "we" I keep hearing about?


brownie710


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shockabuku wrote:
brownie710 wrote:
Oh, and we don't use the word retarded or mentally disabled, "challenged" seems to be the new PC term whether it's congnitively or physically.

Who is this "we" I keep hearing about?

The "we" i refer to is the field of mental health. That being said I'm not real anal about it. I'm more stoked for the OP and wish him the best!Smile

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