It has been over seven weeks since I’ve hit a golf ball. I’m still coming back from my separated shoulder, which was seven weeks and two days ago. Full recovery according to my doctor, is 6-8 weeks. I think the shoulder is healed over 90%. For the first time in weeks I actually slept on my right side for about 10 minutes without pain. And the last couple of mornings I’ve awakened to no shoulder pain. It was especially bad in the mornings for weeks.
The bad news
I’ve been moving my home and HOG World Headquarters to a fantastic new location, but the heavy lifting has taken its toll on me. For years I’ve been under doctor’s orders not to lift heavy items because of my scoliosis (curved spine). Being a rock head, I disregarded those orders and lifted some very heavy items. I’m paying the price for doing that. For the last couple of weeks I’ve had extremely bad back spasms. The best way to describe them would be like having an ice pick stabbed into your lower back. These spasms are so bad they make me actually “yelp” out loud. Yesterday it was so bad, I could hardly lift a gallon of milk from the store shelf to my shopping cart.
I’m going to take it easy now. I have to. I hope the spasms end soon. Nothing heavy today. Just watching golf on TV and doing some golf blogging.
I’ve been sitting here in a daze, hypnotized by the footage of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake was a massive 8.9 on the Richter scale and hit in north-eastern Japan a little after 2PM local time.
The resulting tsunami has hit Japan, Hawaii and is headed for the west coast of the USA.
HOG best wishes to all of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Stay safe.
4.6 weeks ago I separated my shoulder. It has been NO fun at all, especially at the first when I couldn’t even put my own shirt on or take it off. I’ve got most of the pain behind me and I can use my right arm for most things in my daily activity except for a few. There are still a couple of angles that kill if I point my arm in that direction. Drying off in the shower is one. It hurts like hell in the mornings because I think I tweak it in my sleep.
The doc has said it will be 6-8 weeks before I’m ready to hit a golf ball, so I’m getting close. Fortunately the weather here has sucked and I probably wouldn’t have golfed much anyway.
I’m going batty at this point, having not swung a golf club in over a month. Need to hit some balls soon. If the snow melts enough I hope to go practice some putting, and maybe attempt chipping in the hopes it doesn’t hurt too much.
After spending a couple of days slicing up HD video tape with a rusty razor blade, and taping it back together with golf club impact tape, the final cut of the 2011 Battle Of The Golf Blogs is done. Due to YouTube’s 15 minute limit, I had to leave a few scenes on the cutting room floor, so the “directors cut” of the movie may be available some time down the road…
The Battle Of The Golf Blogs is now in its 3rd year. This year was to be a tie breaker between myself and Dave Lair of the Orlando Golf Blog. I won the inaugural year and Dave won last year. But this year, we’ve grown the tournament field by over 100%, by adding our pals Rob Hayashida from Sandbox8, John Duval from Into The Grain and spotter/sticker Lindsay Dolamore.
Unfortunately I had to WD from the tournament due to my shoulder separation which occurred during a freak ski crash in the parking lot at Alta ski resort.
Who will be the champion golf blogger for 2011? Who will win the “Lefty Challenge?”