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Getting back to a normal life.

dbarbeau48ddbarbeau48 Posts: 332
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Pass that bag of ice, will ya. I did something today I never thought I'd ever be able to do again, I played golf. Prior to all my back woes, I was a decent golfer, a 15 handicap. Today, my son and I played 9 holes of golf. I rented a golf cart out of necessity, not cause I'm lazy. I played poorly, shot a 56, but I'm the happiest man on the face of the earth. I did something normal, something that was an important part of my life B.S. (Before Spiney).

Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.


  • Woohoo! It is great isn't it. Just a little bit of living a normal life. Take it anywhere you can. I am just starting to have some enjoyable life moments myself, although not quite to that point yet, I can't wait. So happy for you!
  • It's always great to hear when someone with our problems is getting back to their "normal". Keep up the good work!!!
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  • It's always great to hear when someone with our problems is getting back to their "normal". Keep up the good work!!!
  • That's great news. Before you know it you be back to your old game!

  • the smile in your post. I really feel quite excited for you, especially knowing that now you have done it you can do it again and again and again. :) :) :) :)

    Sara O:)
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  • Dick,

    That is fantastic and I share the feeling with you! A frightened sense of freedom and accomplishment all rolled into one. You ROCK sir! I am so psyched that you took the bull by the horns and just said to heck with it and went. Phenomenal sir, absolutely phenomenal!!!

  • YAY!!!! I tied my own shoes today and was ecstatic, I can only imagine what 9 holes of golf would do. You go!!!
  • I am very happy for you.

    Thanks for sharring,

  • Dick -

    Congratulations. Knowing how much my hubby pines for the golf course, freshly mowed grass, a gentle breeze, and his clubs, I can imagine how big a day this was for you. Enjoy the ice.

    Looking forward to the day I can be a golf-widow, Terri

  • What an inspiring story!! Not being able to play golf is killing me. The first surgeon I talked to said he didn't want to hear the "g" word, that it just puts too much strain with all the twisting! :''( I'm seeing another surgeon at the end of this month and I want to hear his take on a single level fusion with golf in my future!

    You give me hope!

    Thanks for sharing!

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