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Old 07-23-2013, 12:00 PM
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This has been an interesting year with some great highlights and some...well I'll just say interesting challenges. I turned 50 years old near the end of April. It seems I've had one health challenge after another. Last week I had to have a bunch of lab work done.

For several years I've awoken at night, because my hands become numb and occassionally pin and needles feeling like my hands have fallen asleep. I spoke to my doctor several years ago and he said I have a sprain from my job which requires daily typing. Finally about 6 months ago this started happened after casting for a extended period.

However, I recently changed doctors do to moving into a different part of Sacrament, County. Now I'm quite P'd off at the previous doc. When I reported this to my new doctor he ordered tests and I was diagnosed last Thursday with Carpal Tunnel. So now I've made a claim against my State Government employers worker's comp.

The thing is I'm more bothered by the effect on my fishing then on my job.
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All I can say is welcome to the club...

6 operations, a fused ankle, new hip and a leg an inch shorter than it started is where I am right now. It slowed me down a bit when I was on crutches for almost 3 years, but I still got out fairly regularly.

Now that it is all healed and my mobility is limited, I still get out at least once a week and usually wade fish. I always have my wading staff and I go slow and easy and avoid the deep wading in swift waters that I used to love. I still catch plenty of fish and chalk it all up to life - you never know what you're going to get.

Check out Mike Lawson's Facebook page. He just had surgery on both hands! https://www.facebook.com/mike.lawson.180625

Here are a few shots of me when the bug just got to be too much and I had to get on the water:
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Hey, I say it is what it is and I deal with it the best I am able. I love life too much to let this stop me. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

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My buddy has Carpel Tunnel issues and despite having had surgery on both wrists, it still bothers him to the point where he never fishes for more than a half hour a day. Won't paddle his canoe at all.
Hope you have better luck
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FlyBum a suggestion, cost you about six bucks. Hit a Wally's World in the Pharmacy area you'll an elastic 'half glove' with a wrap bandage that goes around the wrist (Velcro closure). I have use one fairly frequently if I have to do a lot typing. Things work a treat.

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Getting old is not for sissies. I used too fish till I was exhausted now I fish till it hurts. I just thank God I still can do it!
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Getting old is not for sissies. I used too fish till I was exhausted now I fish till it hurts. I just thank God I still can do it!
So hear you JW. My clue is an old Yellow Lab who is no longer walking up/down the beach or in the water. In 'Dog Years' he's as old as I am.

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Thanks for all the replies - it's encouraging.

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Jim nails that one

I'll be 59 in November and after the life I've led & enjoyed I figure I'm lucky to be alive. I no longer take risks but every day I wake with enough pains to have me on a regiment of meds. Stubborn sort that I am I take nothing and like Jim I fish till it hurts and then some. After a days like I've had the past 2 weeks of marching miles up creeks and rivers where a trail would be a pipe dream I'm done in at days end but I'll go in the morning.

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I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and hope you can get fixed up quickly.
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"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Wobbly lower legs do give me a concern. Have to pay close attention when I walk even on flat ground.But Kelly suggests I'm being a wimp.

Good on Him!
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All I can say is welcome to the club...

6 operations, a fused ankle, new hip and a leg an inch shorter than it started is where I am right now. It slowed me down a bit when I was on crutches for almost 3 years, but I still got out fairly regularly.

Now that it is all healed and my mobility is limited, I still get out at least once a week and usually wade fish. I always have my wading staff and I go slow and easy and avoid the deep wading in swift waters that I used to love. I still catch plenty of fish and chalk it all up to life - you never know what you're going to get.

Check out Mike Lawson's Facebook page. He just had surgery on both hands! https://www.facebook.com/mike.lawson.180625

Here are a few shots of me when the bug just got to be too much and I had to get on the water:
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Hey, I say it is what it is and I deal with it the best I am able. I love life too much to let this stop me. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

Kelly.
Kelly: You are definitely my hero! I sure hope I can continue fishing with all the stuff you have had to endure.

Tom: Best wishes for some kind of solution to your wrist issues!
Getting old is definitely not for sissies.

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