Relocating and restarting after changed life

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thehistorian
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Fortunately, I’m gonna be pretty strapped during the trip, so I won’t be able to afford to eat extravagantly. :-)


thehistorian
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If anyone wants to see an Excel spreadsheet of my rough itinerary, send me a PM with your email address.


thehistorian
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I’ve run into a couple of snags. They are my patellas, which mistrack in my knees. I’m seeing a doctor next week, but it’s probably chondromalacia. I have no idea if I’m going to be able to stick to my May 1 departure date. Or even ride this year, for that matter.

I still plan to relocate to Pittsburgh as soon as I can, but I need working knees to do it.

Thanks again for the interest, folks!


reddan
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Neil,

Varna makes some truly sweet handcycles.

Knees are helpful, but not required.

Good luck!


thehistorian
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Reddan, thanks, but that doesn’t help my mental state. :-(


ejwme
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my uncle has loved bicycles his entire life, somehow got a sting working on them in Germany in the Army, is a total Tour de France nut, and is on a bike every chance he gets. I’d put half my paycheck on him being (a lot) heavier than you (for his entire post-army life), he’s got diabetes, and had almost dibilitating knee problems his entire life, making walking painful.

After getting his knees both replaced, he’s back on his bike and cycling MORE (’cause now it doesn’t hurt!).

I wish your knees as happy a resolution to their problems as his. You can do it!


cburch
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you might also want to look into riding a ‘bent for the long rides. i’m sure dan can give you plenty of info on them…


thehistorian
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We’ll see how things go. Because I’ve had to switch doctors when my work’s insurance carrier changed on January 1, I’m waiting on my medical records arriving before the new physician will see me. So I expect in about a week or so I’ll have a better idea of what’s going on in my joints.

Thanks for the support, yinz. Did I say that right?


edmonds59
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You got it. Good luck, man.


thehistorian
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Let’s make it official. I’m not heading out May 1.

I hope I’m still welcome here in the meantime. Once I get the medical stuff worked out, the trip will be on again.


thehistorian
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Yinz have probably forgotten me or lost interest, or both, but I’m still planning on making this happen. But its 2012 now.

I’m working with an ortho on a conservative course of treatment for my knees – custom orthotics and physical therapy to increase range of motion. He seems to understand I have a little more at stake than just being able to walk up and down stairs. I’m not confident I’m not going to get replacement knees this year, but let’s see what happens.

Meanwhile my moving out to the Land of the Three Rivers is on hold, since I need the medical coverage my job provides. Once I near the end of my treatment, whatever end that is, I’m back on track to join the Bike Pittsburgh community. I hope to be celebrating the New Year at OTB.

Thanks again for letting me share here, and welcoming me when I first posted.


edmonds59
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I’ve been wondering about you, I was thinking of sending out some kind of “ping”, but there you are. Good to hear. When you’re doing your PT, just imagine it’s all part of the trail, it just happens to be a part you have to do before you get TO the trail. Keep on chugging, we’ll see you when you get here.


thehistorian
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That’s if PT and whatever else we wind up doing doesn’t lead to replacement. I’m trying to persuade people the 290 pound middle aged guy in front of them was once a 240 pound athlete. It’s a hard sell. And that’s on top of everything involved with my ‘changed life’ plans.


thehistorian
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It looks like when I finally relocate out there it’s going to be with replacement knees. I’ll keep my friends on this board, both of you, updated.


thehistorian
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OK, I underwent bilateral knee replacement March 8. I’m currently stuck on a walker, but in a few months I’ll be riding again and back on track to relocate.


edmonds59
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Alright! Everyone I have known who has had this type of thing done has been very happy with the results. Good luck!


ejwme
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Nice! Congratz, and wishing you a speedy and better than full recovery :D


thehistorian
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I’m stuck on a stationary bike for now, but in a couple of weeks I will be cleared for riding outdoors. At that point my limits will be stamina – I developed a blood clot in my lungs that resulted in an additional hospital stay and extended time on blood thinners. Provided all is well and my recovery progresses as it should, I will be back to normal by December. And, with any luck, riding in Pittsburgh.


ejwme
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Just in time for Icicle Bicycle :D


thehistorian
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edmonds59
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Wow, outstanding! And I don’t mean that to be funny. Well, maybe. Best of luck to you!


ejwme
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wow, that is awesome. May your newly aligned knees take you far :D Also, your good posture (in both pics) makes me feel bad for slouching at my keyboard. My mother and shoulders thank you for the inspiration to sit up :D


thehistorian
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Good posture? The before photo is a horrible example of posture. I’d not wish it on anyone… well, almost anyone.

BTW, I got taller. While I’ve not been measured, I went into surgery at just under six feet tall and a friend estimates I’m between six 2 and six 3. My bikes might be too small for me now. I’ll have to deal with that when I’m riding in a couple of weeks.


ejwme
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naw, your shoulders are back and your head is up, in both. I tend to hunch my shoulders forward, stick my chin out like a turtle, and let my belly sag, like a lazy Erkle. There’s reasons why it all started, but just excuses why I still stand that way.

I’m aiming for the day that I find out someone’s taking a picture of me and end up just smiling, no straightening necessary. Bit by bit.

That’s awesome that you got taller. Literally a whole new perspective on life, eh?


thehistorian
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Well, I’m constantly being reminded about posture by my PT guy. I want to get to the point I automatically stand and walk in a good posture. At the moment I still have muscle ‘memories’ of the old knees, so I still have my feet splayed out even though I no longer have the valgus deformity.

Need to get the bikes refitted soon….

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