Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I Am Back ... Sort Of

I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is — I am finally able to get up and in my chair again, but it is only for a couple hours at a time. The bad news is — the pressure sores are not progressing very well. In fact, they are getting worse, and it looks like I may be headed for another surgery and up to several more months on my back!

As many of you know, I just had the 39th anniversary of my accident. September third and the Labor Day weekend mark the traditional end of summer. For me, September third has always been more like a birthday. I have always felt like I have lived two lives. I lived to be sixteen in my first one and I am now thirty-nine in this one.

People tell me the aging process can be rough. Throw in a spinal cord injury and it can get much tougher. I do not recommend it. I have a bit of advice for you.

My advice is simple. "Never break your neck. It's not worth the good parking spots."

I will try to keep you informed. Meanwhile, what is it with the Vikings? They have a tough schedule coming up these next several weeks. They had better get it together.

Oh yeah! How 'bout those Twins! Let's hope they can take it all the way. I am going to go lie down now and watch their game.




Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you, Mike. I can't begin to know what medical situations you're encountering once again. But, I do think about you often, hoping for some more good news and that the medical personnel will ease your pain. Watching our 2 great teams can sometimes take the hurt away for awhile.
Thinking of you and offering encouragement.

Anonymous said...


My wife and I were having dinner last night when your post came through my phone. 39 years! Wow!! She and I had started dating. She was a sophomore and I was a senior. We remember the night like it happened yesterday!

I’ve got a cast up to my knee from recent ankle surgery. I’ve been complaining like a baby about what an inconvenience it is. I read your post and felt like a piece of shit for complaining about my ‘handicap.’ You remain my hero!

Stay Strong!!

I'm Not Done Yet said...

Anonymous #2: Thanks for your comment. I can't begin to tell you how many people have told me the same story about that night! Both people who were at the game and folks who weren't and heard about it that night or the next day.

For many people, it was one of those moments in time they'll never forget where they were when they heard. It was a big deal in a small community and fairly close-knit area.

You might not know it, but before we moved to Worthington, we also lived in Sibley, Iowa and Edgerton. Because of that and competing in sports against many of the small towns around those three towns, many people felt like they knew me.

It was also special because it happened in front of a grandstand full of people! Each one of them has their own perspective too. I continually get stories of peoples' memories of that night. I LOVE listening to those stories!

As far as your own current situation with your ankle and cast, don't ever put yourself down because you feel your problem is less than mine or anyone else's. It's your problem, you have to address it. Whine all you want. :-)

I tell every audience I address, "The problem isn't the issue, the issue is how you deal with the problem."

It's all about ATTITUDE!

Thanks again for your comment!



Earl Hipp said...

You are my hero Mike. What a lesson in patience (even if you're swearing now and then), acceptance, keeping a sense of humor, and getting the most out of each day. Thanks for being you and my friend.


Anonymous said...

Wow! 39 years? Do you know how old you make me feel? I still remember that night and coming over to visit you when you got back home. It really doesn't seem that long ago. You weren't that much of a bratty neighbor boy...actually you were a pretty good kid. You are a very special person to have the attitude you have had all these years. I wish my school would have had you come and talk after one of our students was injured. Anyway, I will keep you in my prayers. Take care.

I'm Not Done Yet said...

Thanks for your comment. But, I do not swear on my blog. :-)

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