Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Coffee Break- Flat on my Back Edition



That's right, you're going to have to listen to me complain about my health. I'm afraid morning is come and gone, so there won't be any of that yawn-stretch-scratch routine. Despite some minor back pain I was having a pretty good week last week- I night fished in terror and wrote that post Monday night, then Wednesday I got to take artist Becca Schlaff fishing. Her fish art is amazing, and she has painted several canvases from my photos, with more in the works. I had pitched her the idea of coming up and fishing, photographing her fish and then seeing how the whole experience would affect her artwork. We had a great time and found some fish and so we'll see. Despite how small and brushy the creek was I took her to, I think she enjoyed herself, as she says she's coming back soon.


Becca up north
one fish from the day


I had big plans for the weekend, including finishing a job and night fishing. Thursday morning when  I woke up my back was hurting noticeably, and when I reached for a  shirt in my dresser I almost collapsed. I quit work early and saw my chiropractor.

Friday morning I was unable to walk.

This isn't the first time, but the last time I was confined to my bed by lower back pain was 8 years ago. Since then I've learned how to cope with and manage the pain and avert a complete collapse. Not this week. I hope this doesn't come across as some sort of disrespect to disabled people, but to suddenly not be able to walk gives me at least some glimpse into their lives. How did I get by? I had to crawl around my house, that's how, and that was excruciating. By Saturday evening I was able to walk a little, and by Sunday morning I could walk unassisted. Usually exercise in the form of walking is actually helpful at this point, as it seems to re-align my back and muscles. So what did I do?

I went fishing.


another sign of fall


This was an incredibly dumb thing to do. For starters, I couldn't be satisfied  with the streams close by. No, I had to drive an hour into the Pigeon River State Forest to fish. When my back is out, sitting and driving is one of the most excruciating things I can do. Secondly, it's one thing to walk down the side of a paved road, but the uneven bottom and large stones of a stream regularly jars things that don't wish to be jarred. Kind of like jarring a jar of bees now that I think about it. Walking back across the tussocky grass on the bank was even worse. Thirdly, to go that far into such a remote place in such condition was foolhardy to say the least. I did catch a couple brook trout including one ten incher, then headed to a nearby lake thinking that it would be easier on my back, but by the time I fished a couple of hours I knew it was time to race home and get back in bed.

I hope this was worth it

a dumb bass caught by a dumbass


One would think that with all this time on my hands I would have started writing my book, but no, I had to discover Trailer Park Boys on Netflix. Think "My Name is Earl" but more realistic. Being that I live in a trailer park I took it less as entertainment then a guide for living, minus most of the petty crime. I'm definitely gleaning style and decorating tips. There's nothing like mindless entertainment when you're in pain and thinking is something you don't want to do.

So, between naps and staggering to my feet to care for various needs, I'm working on nailing down the details for my Isle Royale trip. Do me a favor and go to our Facebook Page and click "Like".  There's a synopsis of the trip and its purpose, pics and bios of the team members and I'll be sharing more information and photos from the trip. The lodge on Isle Royale has Wi-fi, so I'll try to at least post pics every day, maybe even get a blog post or two done. Morning and evenings are the best fishing, and I'm sure I'll have some time at night as well.

Well, I've said enough. It's going to be a busy week, if ever I can make it out of bed.

Let's get after it.

morning scene this week

13 comments:

  1. Well, unfortunately I can say "Been there, done that"! Backs are a tough thing to get over. I love that last photo. Absolutely gorgeous! And if it took a dumb bass to put a smile on the dumb a... so be it. I always say that a little bit of fishing helps the hurt go away for at least a little while! = )

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    1. With a big trip on the horizon I hope it gets better quickly.

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  2. Great blog, just started following recently after friend/fellow tyer Mike Schmidt turned me onto it. You're very talented, keep it coming. We both must be aligned in the same section of the universe as I ended up in the same predicament on the same day as yourself. Back pain sucks, and I hear you loud n clear on "Coping". Once it goes, it is just a matter of using my head and trying to stretch and keep upright. Good luck on the back, and hope it gets better soon.

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    1. Richard- thanks for stopping by. Mike dropped your name a few times, said he was heading out to fish with you (and as I recall you had some really tough weather). I hope to meet you some day.

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    2. Likewise. Sounds like we have very similar likes in the fishing realm. You have a boat load of rivers in your neck of the woods that are on my "To do list".

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  3. You should really get into kayak fishing heavily. That'll solve your back problems ;). At least you were able to make it out. Back injuries suck.

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    1. This back problem has kept me from doing a lot of solo trips. That kayak seat is at just the wrong angle.

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  4. The dreaded back pain. Despite it being several years since I had an episode that confined me to bed for 2 weeks, my back tried knocking me out of commission earlier this year. I feel for you. I hope you get it resolved soon! Have a great trip!

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    1. Thanks AG! I'll be fine. It sure made for a bad weekend. It hurt to lose one of the last nice weekends of summer to that. Thanks for commiserating.

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  5. Jason - From one bad backed fly angler to another....keep up the great work! Bad back or not, the fish don't care one hoot, and if you just happened to wrestle with that 'Hawg Brown' fellow....well...I'm sure he would use your back problem to his advantage. So take it to em'

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    1. I plan to do it. I'm going to take it easy, as I'm leaving in just over a week in search of Coaster brook trout. After that we'll see about this Hawg-Brown character.

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  6. I'm not sure that fishing wasn't the therapy you needed...it may have been a questionable decision based on the facts, but it's fishing. It always makes you feel better. Kinda like bringing puppies into a nursing home to visit the old folks...there is no real health benefit, just the fact that you made someone smile.

    I like dumb bass...

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  7. I just hope someone visits to make me smile soon, as the nursing home may be my next stop.

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