My right elbow is bone on bone. The left is getting there quick. Even specialists have very little good to say about elbow replacements. So far, casting isn't painful but I'm curious if anyone here has crossed this bridge.
Thanks for your honest and authentic sharing regarding fishing with your dad in his later years, and about some of your own physical struggles. You are an inspiration to us all! Life certainly throws all of us unexpected and unwanted curve balls, but as you eloquently stated, it's how we choose to respond that makes all the difference. May you (and all our forum friends) enjoy many more years on the water.Many years ago I faced a progression of health deterioration with my father....his later days were handicapped by some debilitating effects from several strokes. His balance and leg strength was significantly lessened to a point of no longer walking very far even with cane/brace assistance, let alone wading even shallow streams...his arms were weakened and casting more than single shots was impossible....I opined in a thread some time ago that I had no issue fishing for the joy of the sport, especially with family and friends, with any type of tackle available. Together we transitioned our time together to fishing from shore with dries and small streamers on light short 3wt rods, that could be worked from a seated position and single casts from lawn chairs, an occasional small lake seated in an easy access boat, and then to ultra light spinning gear from lawn chairs at lakes, creeks and ponds that we could back a car almost down to. We had a blast, made some great memories and continued to fish together....we talked more, rested more, and really never missed a thing....it was just a new chapter that we embraced....different but just as much fun....we made it fun and were always excited to just fish......point being...where there is a will...there is a way.....as we age and face challenges we may change the methods, but we should never lose the passion. If you really want to fish...you can always find a way.
I'll also add this....I spent a great deal of my early career with 10-12 hour days spent in less than ideal climate control on concrete carrying heavy weight numerous times a day.....years later, and added sports and life injuries, I basically screw myself out of bed each morning, I have herniated and/or ruptured T3,T4, L1,L2, and S1 in my back with nerve damage added....my right side mobility is about 82%, both right and left ankles have sustained multiple breaks each...most fingers have been broken, one wrist, and several dislocated shoulders and elbows.......I generally hurt for the first two hours of each day and the last two hours before sleeping of each day...arthritis is coming on fast....I sometimes hobble around on bad days.....I still have no intention of stopping fishing until they pry the rod from my cold dead hands.