Musings on music, sports, life in general from Quincy, Illinois.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Back Out

Today I was told my days of playing basketball are very likely done.

I have a bulging disc in my back and I think I probably screwed it up for good in August when I played golf one day and in Gus Macker's Hall of Fame basketball deal the next day. 

I'm used to back pain when I'm a dumbass and overdo it, but this is different — it seizes up when I stand for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Yesterday I had to be on my feet for a couple of hours and I almost passed out the pain was so bad. At church last Sunday even when I was sitting down, it seized up near the end of the service and I was wondering if I was going to walk out of there unassisted.

So ... my chiropracter Shawn Irvine sat me down today and gave me the grim reality. 

No more hoops. Golf? Nope. Walking? Not a good idea right now.

Funny - I'm very good at laying around the doing nothing. But I'm not good when told that's all I should be doing.

I'm going through the anger and denial thing right now. Really ticking me off is the fact we've got some musical stuff happening and just picking up my equipment is also a no-no.

Getting old sucks.

I'm thinking about getting an MRI, but I don't have the big bucks to shell out (don't even get me started on health insurance because I might write something stupid and regret later).

There are some options and I believe my back will get better. In fact I had some traction therapy this morning with Dr. Irvine and it does feel better. I was on my feet for a while this afternoon and whether I'm just stubbornly refusing to feel pain or maybe it's healing, I didn't feel so bad.

Back off, bad back. I simply don't want to deal with you and reality right now.



12 comments:

Rocky Cola said...

What about your famous David Lee Roth Splits off the stage into the pit?
Is that a no as well?

PPGA Commish said...

Maybe we can set up your work station so that you can make like Larry Bird late in his career.

Remember when he used to lay down on the sideline when he wasn't in the game? It was because of his cruddy back.

I'm honored to have assisted on the last basket of your career. The Harlem Ambassadors never new what hit them.

PPGA Commish said...

Um, the Ambassadors never knew what hit them.

You know what I meant.

RH said...

It is and actually that's a huge concern. I am not responsible for my behavior during Funions shows and it's probably contributed to my demise ... but we are still ready to rock Oct. 31 at The Elks!

RH said...

Shhhhssss. Don't tell anybody about me making a layup. Before you know it everybody will expect it to happen all the time ....

SheyFey said...

I thought you dunked it too....

Anonymous said...

You should try inversion therapy.

Dr. Phil

TOOKIE said...

Walk around every 15 mins . Trust me it gets the blood going . Maybe try a shot of roids' up in there ? Many a cure but remember NO HEAT !

Ice Ice Baby ............

TOOKIE said...

Stop being a P**** ! DOB never let a sore back , broken leg , a shitty blog, a tripple arm fracture with gang green , or a damn 76 Ford Toranado stop him .


Go to the Mall and by a MIX of DOB Man SHakes at GNC ........

SheyFey said...

Seriously, suck it up dude!

Steroid shot to the spinal cavity is no big deal. I have had three and seem to do better with each one. I have gone about 9 months since my last one and don't think I will need another one.

Took is right about the ice.....

UMRBlog said...

Bulging Disks are funny things and everybody responds differently. I find the worst thing I can do is rest. Light walking, some specific exercises and inversion exercises on big, thirty inch physioball set me straight.

As I've written in UMRBlog before, we are blessed with outstanding phys. therapists here. You have an excellent chiro but PT's are another whole resource. A good xray and a good p.t. consult and you might find you're inaction is not terminal.

Best of luck.

UMRBlog said...

That would be "your".

Sorry