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Re: Back surgery questions [Re: Team V] #7459097
01/13/22 01:11 AM
01/13/22 01:11 AM
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M.T.V. Alaska
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yukonjeff Offline
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M.T.V. Alaska
Good luck brother. Trap via the armchair this winter. Heal up.

Re: Back surgery questions [Re: Team V] #7459108
01/13/22 01:28 AM
01/13/22 01:28 AM
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Ohio
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I am a veteran of 4 spinal surgeries.
Recovery is simple.
It will take the rest of your life.

Re: Back surgery questions [Re: jbyrd63] #7459149
01/13/22 05:16 AM
01/13/22 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Originally Posted by LDW
In May I had surgery fusing 15 vertebrate. Was my 6th surgery. I thought I was in good shape for my age, but that really knocked me down. Did 6 weeks of therapy, which helped but have realized that there are so some things I will never be able to do. Can't bend over to tie my shoes, which is really frustrating, or just picking up anything off of the floor. Most of the pain is gone, except up between my shoulder blades. I was able to run some traps. Getting down to make sets wasn't bad, it was getting back up. Bought one of those folding walkers and took wheels off. That worked pretty good


Best invention for those of us that cant bend. A grabber and a sock puller. Trick I use on tennis shoe is tie them just tight enough to be snug and use a shoe horn to slip them on and off after a few time they will slip on with out the shoe horn. . Hunting boots are a different matter. Used to have boots with rings for the strings now all brands use hooks for the top laces . makes it difficult to put them on with all the clothes on.

I have a grabber in about every room. Lol I do the same with a pair of shoes. Getting dressed is almost exhausting, the worst part of the day. I found a pair of nail clippers that are 15in long, only way that I could clip them. Just google long handle nail clippers. I haven't slept in a bed for 6 years, only in a recliner. Also agree with the idea of avoiding surgery if possible. Once you start just seems to lead to more. Just try to stay active and keep moving. Good luck.

Re: Back surgery questions [Re: LDW] #7459322
01/13/22 10:39 AM
01/13/22 10:39 AM
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Posts: 335
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Iowa & Neb

I will look for those long nail clippers...thanks. Sock pullers almost made me normal, can almost put socks on as fast now then back when I didn't need one. As for getting my socks off. Our English Bulldog PUP is learning to do that for me. Seriously she is doing a great job so far and Training will be completed soon.

As for boots, my wife and I were in Maine this summer. I saw nearly all the lobster men wearing XtraTuff boots. https://www.xtratuf.com/ I bought one captain a beer and as we were talking about the difference between his trapping and mine. Really not that much we concluded, learn to read the terrain! Hahaha. Then I interrogated him about his boots. I told him I had trouble getting boots on and off. Especially hunting boots. I asked about his XtraTuff and the durability. He said they go like slippers. Then he explained, me as long as you pay extra money and get the legacy boots they will last 2 years. The $100.00 ones will las about a year. Now he wears his every day, 365 days per year. My wife got me a $100 6 inch pair for my BD. Man they go on easy. The front and back double pull loops really help also. My feet sweat so all I need is a heavy pair of socks in winter. When it's -10 they do get cold so next time I'll add another pair of socks. BTW....dont think the soles don't grip well they do. My experience early in Dec on snow and ice proved this.

Heres what I do on getting up from sets.

- Often on the plains I am lucky enough to have my vehicle nearly right on top my set. Thus the bumper works great. Yeah I may crawl a few feet but no biggie!

- I tried one of those carpenters totes with a fixed handle, it was just not tall enough.

- Now I just use a plastic 5 gallon bucket, I attached a carpenter's bag on the top using a belt for lures/urine. Traps and other stuff inside. The bucket is easy to grab, light enough even with gear to get that perfect angle to get up, and seems just high enough a guy can push himself up fairly easily. I was thinking if it ever got to a point where I need more height, I would just slide one bucket into another. Set the right height and then secure them together with some sheet metal screws at the height I need. Fast simple, light weight, tough and carries your stuff plus gets you off the ground.

Last edited by Larry Sills; 01/13/22 10:42 AM.

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