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Old 02-15-2015, 09:23 AM   #31837
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Good Morning all yee who mutate, future mutaters and especially those of you who lurk - with OR without RVM numbers. We wish you would join us with a update or membership pledge. It's the only way into the GC1.2 Redux at Beautiful Catherine's Lading in Hot Springs Arkansas - 4/15 - 4/22 Closing Night.... and that my mutants is well worth the price of admission. Speak up and be heard from!!!

TOP 10 Reasons You Don't Wanna Miss GC 1.2 Redux in no particular order.... or mutant style...

10. Well there's my Luau Smoked Pork butts and gallons of my special blend of Hurricanes that will accompany the Paul Byrd Band. Saturday Night.

9. There's Tims Sunday Morning "Driver Improvement Seminar" to start at 11am on Sunday, followed by Kates' Sunday Morning Meditation, and then a repeat of Bloody Mary Mixer.

8. Don't forget - The Big One Crock-Pot-Luck Wonder
Dinner Tuesay night. Di is coordinating this culinary art adventure and the side dishes for luau night.

7. Speaking of Di and Art - Paint With Di is back by popular demand. Learn to watercolor via personal instruction, Friday at 1 pm in the Pavallion. All supplies provided and paint alongs on other days as time permits.

6. Di has also expressed interest in leading a filed trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens for great for photo ops.

5. She has also suggested - Walking Downtown Hot Springs - Monday, much to see and pomder - art galleries, historic bath houses, and sitting on the porch of the historic Arlington Hotel.
Possible -10:30ish with lunch/brunch at the old Pancake House - or elsewhere.

4. That same Monday 4/20 - The Pushedarounds', Annie and will be fishing with the same guide that put Papaw Steve, Mary Ann, Annie and I on over 60 pounds of striped bass. If interested in joining - John the guide has other guides available. PM me for details.

3. AND - Let us not forget the Grand Poobahs' Ceremonial Opening the Kimono, Thursday eveming April 16th. You will never be the same.

2. The wine and cheese social (without last year's Pre Opening Grande Wind and Rain Storm) on Wednesday.

1. Meeting your fellow mutants face to face.

And One To Grow On.
Sitting up or downwind of great campfires at the evening Pavilion meet ups as Tim attempts to dispose of the Tree that jumped out and tagged their rainbow rider - and the acres of wood cleared in his fencing escapades.

If you have followed along this Mutant Journey - you have read many testimonials and first hand accounts of the wonders of a GC - a mutant retirement party in Rockport - and many Mini and Midi Curiosities that have been held across the RVMdom. This is no joke - you absolutely cannot have a better time than a gathering of mutants. Period. End of Sentence.

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Old 02-15-2015, 09:26 AM   #31838
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virginiamtns,


I have had two spinal fusions. I want to give you back some hope. The first fusion was over 20 yrs ago and at L4, L5. They placed a piece of donor bone in my spine. I had been in pain for years and was to the point that I would prefer to die if this was what life was going to be. I told the doctor just before they put me out that if he could not fix it please slip and let me die. He was not happy with this comment but it told him how bad my pain was.


I was so scared! I came out of surgery with absolutely no pain! It was almost shocking to me. The doctor came into my room a few hours later and told me they were going to fit me with a body support system. It went from breast to butt. It held me completely still at the spine area. I wore it 6 weeks. The doctor told me if I laid in the bed I would be there the rest of my life. If I got up and walked I would walk the rest of my life. Five yrs ago my husband and I walked 2000 feet down the Grand Canyon and back up.


The biggest reason people have things go bad after surgery is because you have been hurting so long that when the pain is gone you just want to do things. You bend over and it is all over. You pick something up that is to heavy and it is all over. You move outside the bounds the doctor set for you, it is all over.


I followed the doctor's instructions EXACTLY. I have never had problems since. It took a full year to fully heal. I can move a full wheel barrel around my garden, have refinished wood floors with all the heavy equipment, and have worked 40 or more hours a week including moving 400 pound patients.


Back surgery is like anything else. Do what you are told and you will recover. Go against instructions and you will have problems.


Second fusions is at C6, C7. I was not scared at all because I already knew what to expect and do. Follow the doctor's instructions. I have donor bone, a metal plate, and 4 screws in my neck. Automobile accident. I was sitting at a stop sign and got broadsided. I get a bit sore at times, but not much. I do not take pain meds on a regular basis, only occasionally.


One thing we added to our toys or health aids is an Inversion bench. I hand upside down once a month and it keeps my discs open and functioning properly. If I get sore from moving too many patients I get on the bench. It takes 2 minutes and feels great.


Get your surgery done. I had put it off for 4 years because I was afraid because of the stories I had heard. I could have kicked myself when I woke up and the pain was gone. All that pain and it hadn't been necessary. PM me and I will give you my E-mail and we can talk If you have questions.


It really will help. Lynne
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Old 02-15-2015, 09:35 AM   #31839
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^^^^ X2 - I had disc crumple in my neck - the hockey puck has been there 13 or 14 years and doing fine. A piece of the disc that broke off was sitting right on the nerve for my right arm. It was dreadfully painful but worse - I was losing strength in my right arm. Left undone my arm would probably have died and fallen off...

Discs, necks and spines are nothing to fool with. Nothing is risk free but these things are serious and unless a Doc recommends leaving it be - it's probably best to get it fixed. I have noted that where orthopedic and spinal doctors are concerned - other than trauma - they would rather not cut into you... JMHO...
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I agree Steve. They won't cut unless they feel certain they can help. It is usually the patient that screws things up because they don't follow post op instructions TO THE LETTER.


This is one time you CANNOT play with those instructions.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:52 AM   #31841
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Hi, Tim and Mutant folks. I haven't been on much. Suffered a back re-injury and having a rough time. However, camping season is coming! We've made lots of reservations, including two weeks at Ocean Lakes.
Healing Ohmmms pointed in your direction Elizabeth. Get better soon!
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Healing Ohmmms pointed in your direction Elizabeth. Get better soon!

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Now there are some spectacular pics! Any idea what that last critter is? Some kind of desert fly? (Nonono, not dessert!)
Sena and I went to that garden years ago, but we had to view the butterfly garden from the outside. She considers all those lovely creatures appetizers, entrees, and desserts. That is a wonderful place!

Thanks for the lovely zigsaw puzzle pics, Dave!
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Gourds! 😍 Those are lovely, Nola. What a great item for the auction!

Do you happen to have any plain ones left? I would happily decorate one of them to donate, but I don't do paint on gourds. Other media work better for me.

Nola thanks you, Sue!
The gourds were a gift from a neighbor in Yuma. She heard I wanted maracas for..... Oh wait! Secret.
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:13 AM   #31845
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Morning Muteys!

Hope all is well on the rainbow today. Healing Oohms To Liz and anyone else needing them today. I guess Mel is on the back side of knee surgery and feeling well enough to drag Kate out to practice for the sack race at Redux!

Di and Timmy I hope there is more snow than ice for you guys today. Apparently it's going to get really close to us too. Steve be glad you headed south cause it's gonna get chilly here in the Rollin hills.

I'm sad to see this beautiful weather come to an end cause we have a bad case of Spring Fever along with the Redux itch. Everyone enjoy your day and make it a good one.

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Now there are some spectacular pics! Any idea what that last critter is? Some kind of desert fly? (Nonono, not dessert!)

Had to be desert dweller, Sue. It was outside the gardens just chillin on a tree branch. Looks a bit like a zacada, but smaller.
Maybe dessert for a local lizzard
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I have had two spinal fusions. I want to give you back some hope. The first fusion was over 20 yrs ago and at L4, L5. They placed a piece of donor bone in my spine. I had been in pain for years and was to the point that I would prefer to die if this was what life was going to be. I told the doctor just before they put me out that if he could not fix it please slip and let me die. He was not happy with this comment but it told him how bad my pain was.


I was so scared! I came out of surgery with absolutely no pain! It was almost shocking to me. The doctor came into my room a few hours later and told me they were going to fit me with a body support system. It went from breast to butt. It held me completely still at the spine area. I wore it 6 weeks. The doctor told me if I laid in the bed I would be there the rest of my life. If I got up and walked I would walk the rest of my life. Five yrs ago my husband and I walked 2000 feet down the Grand Canyon and back up.


It really will help. Lynne
Great advise. My wife had L3-L5 fused, and then due to her scoliosis which that surgery could not correct, the disks above and below failed 8 years later. She had another surgery to fuse L2 down to S1, which fixed the spinal curvature and now she is pain-free! She can exercise, walk and ride a bicycle as far as she wants. The right spinal surgeon can do wonders.
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Sena and I went to that garden years ago, but we had to view the butterfly garden from the outside. She considers all those lovely creatures appetizers, entrees, and desserts. That is a wonderful place!



Thanks for the lovely zigsaw puzzle pics, Dave!

You are very welcome, Sis!
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The RVMdom is very quiet today. Here in the RGV the winds are blowing. I even took a GFMN - that's a Guilt Free Mutant Nap. As they say in the Valley - Manana.
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GOOG MORNING Mutants
Preparing for the weather to come....
In Arkansas, we get it so rarely, that our state is not equipped for much.... Think we do have a few salt trucks..... But for the main roads. We live in the highest, steepest area of Little Rock....

If we lose power we can go to the rv, but If we get down our driveway, we cannot get back up it......
Wayne, Tim, and Dwayne have been here....

Larry is starting up the fireplace, i will soon start a hot pot of soup.....
Just in case of power outages...
But think i will start a new book and just sit by the fire....





Diane toftSFM#64....... (The Original Fast Talking Sliding Finger Mutant) and is retired, duh!
My favorite thing to do on snow days!
We are slated to get some too... but I have a dozen or so cats to care for while their people have gone off to seek warmer weather....that will mean driving in it if we get it....and they are forecasting some tonight...
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