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CarlZ993 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2017

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Carl "Z-man" Zimmerman
City: Austin
State: TX
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 30, 2017
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sat, Feb 11th, 2017

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Surgery: L3/4

Well, I had my surgery on 2/7/17 (Tue) @ Seton Hospital (Austin). I had to show up @ 5 am for the surgery @ 6:30 am. Yikes! That was really early. As my wife was driving me to the hospital, we had only gone about 1.5M when I asked her to pull over. The pain in my back was so severe that I couldn't stand it. I got out & laid on the sidewalk for a few minutes. The pain lessened. I decided to lie down on the back seat & see if that would be better. It was. I managed to go the rest of the way there w/o having any major issues.

After checking in, I was placed in my stylish hospital gown, they checked my vitals (temp, BP, Pulse, catheter port, etc). My Dr showed up & was his normal chipper self. Too chipper for that early in the morning if you ask me. They wheeled back to the operating room & I was out before I got there.

A couple hours later, I was waking out of my daze. My wife was there talking to the Dr. I don't remember much that was said. I was wheeled up to my room on the 6th floor of the hospital. Penthouse views of the parking garage roof. During the day, they kept me pretty doped up. I did a lot of sleeping. I did get up & walk a couple of times (very short). Around 5:30 pm, my wife went home to rest.

My night in the hospital wasn't very pleasant. I hurt from time to time. It seemed like my meds came after the proscribed times on the dry-erase board. I got very little sleep. The next morning, after breakfast, my Dr showed up. He said that I'd probably be discharged today if I passed a series of tests. Mainly, being able to get in & out of chairs, beds, handle steps while walking, etc. I did that & kept waiting for my Dr to show up after lunch to give me the final check-up & sign off on my release. He never showed up. Eventually, I called his office #. They eventually patched me to him. He said he'd already signed off for my release. <Wish I'd known that earlier.> Anyway, I contacted my nurse & she started my discharge paperwork. I didn't leave until around 5:45 pm. Good old Austin rush-hour traffic didn't let me down. Bumper to bumper all the way home.

Since I've been home, I've been doing a little walking (down the street to my cluster mailbox) using my wife's walker (when she had hip replacement surgery). Not exactly conditioning necessary for the PCT. I have to avoid the 'BLTs.' Bending, lifting (anything over 10 lbs), or twisting. Fortunately, the pain has lessened greatly. Of course, I'm on 3 different meds - pain meds, muscle spasm meds, & meds to calm my nerves. And it's great to have all those meds clog your digestive system up. Someone could have told me that I was full of you know what & they would have been right.

I don't make a good patient or passenger. My wife, bless her heart, is taking good care of me... and is somewhat patient when I try to brake the care from the front passenger seat. I hope her patience doesn't run out & I end up planted in one of her cinder box planter boxes in the back yard. She has already reminded me that it would only take 42 cinder blocks to build a sufficiently sized above ground planter box to house my carcass. I feel the love! It'll be 37 years of next month... maybe.

We will see if this hikes comes to pass. I've got my trail permit, California Fire Permit, Canadian Entry permit, my airline reservation to San Diego, and my reservation @ Scout & Frodo's place (trail angels deluxe). I just need to get my body healed & in some semblance of conditioning to get going. I definitely won't be worrying about cranking out some big miles right off the bat.

Almost there... just around the corner.

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