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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2017, 06:30:49 PM »
So just got back from the doc.  He ordered up xrays which I got those done today to.  He is pretty confident that I tore my meniscus.  Just not sure how bad.  Still going out this weekend.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2017, 06:51:33 PM »
That sucks Russ.


Haven't even started this years preparations. Been averaging 75 hours a week since I got back from AZ in July and don't know when I will get laid off :tup:.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2017, 07:59:15 PM »
So just got back from the doc.  He ordered up xrays which I got those done today to.  He is pretty confident that I tore my meniscus.  Just not sure how bad.  Still going out this weekend.

Ive had that fixed.  I could still hunt but was just slower getting up and down the mountain.  Flat land didn't give me too many problems.  Takes about a month to get full strength back in the knee after surgery.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2017, 08:25:02 PM »
Got one the most important things finished for muzzy camp.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2017, 05:11:52 AM »
So just got back from the doc.  He ordered up xrays which I got those done today to.  He is pretty confident that I tore my meniscus.  Just not sure how bad.  Still going out this weekend.

Ive had that fixed.  I could still hunt but was just slower getting up and down the mountain.  Flat land didn't give me too many problems.  Takes about a month to get full strength back in the knee after surgery.
Had my right knee done 3 years ago during this time.  Was out late season.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2017, 07:04:30 AM »
Got one the most important things finished for muzzy camp.

Thank God they are camo, hate for a deer to bust because they smelled saw those!   :chuckle: 

All in good fun man!  :P

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2017, 07:07:31 AM »
So just got back from the doc.  He ordered up xrays which I got those done today to.  He is pretty confident that I tore my meniscus.  Just not sure how bad.  Still going out this weekend.

Ive had that fixed.  I could still hunt but was just slower getting up and down the mountain.  Flat land didn't give me too many problems.  Takes about a month to get full strength back in the knee after surgery.
Had my right knee done 3 years ago during this time.  Was out late season.

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Russ - if you're hunting locally just reach out if you need help with a packout.  I'll be home this weekend.  Don't bust up a bad knee any worse than it is man!

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2017, 09:31:58 AM »
So just got back from the doc.  He ordered up xrays which I got those done today to.  He is pretty confident that I tore my meniscus.  Just not sure how bad.  Still going out this weekend.

Ive had that fixed.  I could still hunt but was just slower getting up and down the mountain.  Flat land didn't give me too many problems.  Takes about a month to get full strength back in the knee after surgery.
Had my right knee done 3 years ago during this time.  Was out late season.

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Russ - if you're hunting locally just reach out if you need help with a packout.  I'll be home this weekend.  Don't bust up a bad knee any worse than it is man!
Thanks. I changed directions.  I am not going out this weekend.  Helping out with comms on the Norse Peak, American and Sawmill fires.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2017, 01:52:37 PM »
Due to my knee issues I didn't get out for early archery.  Got all the MRI's done and saw the doc yesterday.  Doc pretty much said I got some unusually stuff going on.  No tears or ligaments or cartilage.  :IBCOOL:  The bad stuff build up on my femur at the knee joint, bone or calicium unknown, swollen bersa sack, knee cap is chewed up, arthritis and fluid on the knee.  Have to see ortho next.  Doc explained tht it the same type injury to football and basketball players when the take a big blow to the knee.  Also said old injury.   :dunno:  Don't know when it happened.  Got me me on some drugs that takes care of the swelling and pain.  So anyway back to elk hunting went out this morning for opening ML season.  Well yup I know I have a screwed up knee.  Wow in some pain right now but I am not going to let this multi season elk tag go to waste.  Going to soldier on.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2017, 06:46:48 AM »
So updates for this season.  Saw an ortho specialist at the VA he pretty much said the same thing as my primary doc.  Arthritis in both.  Nothing surgical they can do yet.   Drugs and going to try some prescription cream.  Getting a custom knee brace made from the VA.  He is sure knee replacement will be in the future but not at this time.  It is pretty painful to walk but I did get this on the ground but I felt it when I got home and today. Think my hunting season is done.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2017, 07:32:18 PM »
Glad you got a nice bird Russ. Hopefully your docs can find a solution for you soon.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2017, 10:50:34 PM »
That's a nice bird.

Please be careful with the pain killers. They can cause a misery all their own.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2017, 04:02:29 AM »
That's a nice bird.

Please be careful with the pain killers. They can cause a misery all their own.
Best of luck.
They have me on anti inflammatory stuff.   I won't take that other crap.  I have to be able to function :chuckle:

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2017, 05:33:55 AM »
Knee issues suck!
I had my MCL surgery in late July, it took until September to feel comfortable with any kind of exercise. I was hunting Saturday and put in about 8 miles hiking. knee got pretty tired, today I am paying for it, LOL

Russ, have they shot up your knee with cortisone yet?
Works wonders for most people.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2017, 06:32:22 AM »
Knee issues suck!
I had my MCL surgery in late July, it took until September to feel comfortable with any kind of exercise. I was hunting Saturday and put in about 8 miles hiking. knee got pretty tired, today I am paying for it, LOL

Russ, have they shot up your knee with cortisone yet?
Works wonders for most people.
Not yet.  That will be last resort.  There are reports and study's out there that cortisone is a short term fix.  What it does over a longer period is makes you ligaments brittle so the snap more easily.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #40 on: November 20, 2017, 06:50:08 AM »
My bro in law is having his knee replaced tomorrow. Old injury from way back, I think late teen early 20's, cant remember what he did to it but its been getting more and more painful the past ten years as his job requires him to be on his feet all day.

He had a custom brace built for his knee this spring as his knee was starting to bow out. The brace helped a lot. I warned him about taking and getting addicted to the pain meds after surgery. He told me he has been taking them the past few months anyway just to be able to bare the pain and that was the last straw in deciding to go ahead and get this done now.

Money will be tight for him as he wont have a paycheck coming in which is another reason he put it off for so long. Hes hoping to be off the job for 3 months. Any longer then that and I think hes worried about being replaced. We laughed as he said "little Hitler" {his wife} :chuckle: will be on his case to do rehab religiously.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2017, 07:49:57 AM »
My bro in law is having his knee replaced tomorrow. Old injury from way back, I think late teen early 20's, cant remember what he did to it but its been getting more and more painful the past ten years as his job requires him to be on his feet all day.

He had a custom brace built for his knee this spring as his knee was starting to bow out. The brace helped a lot. I warned him about taking and getting addicted to the pain meds after surgery. He told me he has been taking them the past few months anyway just to be able to bare the pain and that was the last straw in deciding to go ahead and get this done now.

Money will be tight for him as he wont have a paycheck coming in which is another reason he put it off for so long. Hes hoping to be off the job for 3 months. Any longer then that and I think hes worried about being replaced. We laughed as he said "little Hitler" {his wife} :chuckle: will be on his case to do rehab religiously.
I am still young, I think  :chuckle: , so I am hoping that is a little ways off.
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2017, 08:48:07 AM »
Russ, you may look at a Rooster Comb injection.  I've known a few people who had good luck with this.
Hope you get it figured out. :tup:
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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2017, 09:19:40 AM »
My bro in law is having his knee replaced tomorrow. Old injury from way back, I think late teen early 20's, cant remember what he did to it but its been getting more and more painful the past ten years as his job requires him to be on his feet all day.

He had a custom brace built for his knee this spring as his knee was starting to bow out. The brace helped a lot. I warned him about taking and getting addicted to the pain meds after surgery. He told me he has been taking them the past few months anyway just to be able to bare the pain and that was the last straw in deciding to go ahead and get this done now.

Money will be tight for him as he wont have a paycheck coming in which is another reason he put it off for so long. Hes hoping to be off the job for 3 months. Any longer then that and I think hes worried about being replaced. We laughed as he said "little Hitler" {his wife} :chuckle: will be on his case to do rehab religiously.
I am still young, I think  :chuckle: , so I am hoping that is a little ways off.


My bro in law is 52 I think. For selfish reasons I'm really happy for him as hes my main outdoors partner. Hes great in the woods and I rule the desert so we make a nice team. Ive felt for him the past 5 years as he struggles with pain as he wants to be active.

My wifes cousin was around 55 when he had his knee replaced. His knee was badly bowed. His surgery went GREAT! He was so happy to have gotten it done. Hes a rifle Elk guy and he was getting tired of just basically being limited to road hunting. Now hes back to hiking a bit....though hes still a crappy hunter  :tung: :chuckle:

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2017, 10:23:40 AM »
My bro in law is having his knee replaced tomorrow. Old injury from way back, I think late teen early 20's, cant remember what he did to it but its been getting more and more painful the past ten years as his job requires him to be on his feet all day.

He had a custom brace built for his knee this spring as his knee was starting to bow out. The brace helped a lot. I warned him about taking and getting addicted to the pain meds after surgery. He told me he has been taking them the past few months anyway just to be able to bare the pain and that was the last straw in deciding to go ahead and get this done now.

Money will be tight for him as he wont have a paycheck coming in which is another reason he put it off for so long. Hes hoping to be off the job for 3 months. Any longer then that and I think hes worried about being replaced. We laughed as he said "little Hitler" {his wife} :chuckle: will be on his case to do rehab religiously.
I am still young, I think  :chuckle: , so I am hoping that is a little ways off.


My bro in law is 52 I think. For selfish reasons I'm really happy for him as hes my main outdoors partner. Hes great in the woods and I rule the desert so we make a nice team. Ive felt for him the past 5 years as he struggles with pain as he wants to be active.

My wifes cousin was around 55 when he had his knee replaced. His knee was badly bowed. His surgery went GREAT! He was so happy to have gotten it done. Hes a rifle Elk guy and he was getting tired of just basically being limited to road hunting. Now hes back to hiking a bit....though hes still a crappy hunter  :tung: :chuckle:
You said everything I didn't want to hear :chuckle: turn 49 this year.   I guess we just year our selves up to have fun.  From playing football from 3rd grade till I graduated.  Riding dirt bikes.  Knee knockers on my ship in the Navy, or doing radio installs in all types of vehicles.  Maybe it is passed down from my dad.  2 bad knees and was about to get both knees replaced.  But he passed 14 years ago this month.

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Re: How is everyone's preparations going?
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2017, 11:32:55 AM »
Got one the most important things finished for muzzy camp.
Now all you need to do is amount a toilet seat on the top and you will be sitting pretty!

 

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