Sorry, there are no photos to go with this post. I had my consultation with the doctor, today. They did a complete checkup on me and evaluated the condition of my nerves to be sure I had no nerve damage/blockage. After X-rays and a physical exam, they concluded that surgery was not needed and that I could heal naturally, but it would take about 2 years for a full recovery. It’s mostly good news, although I am not supposed to lift a kayak for at least 6 months. I may rig something to assist me with loading my boat, but until I resolve that, there will be no more trips into the swamp for me.
I did invite someone down to accompany me into the swamp and do all the heavy lifting. We’ll see if that pans out. If it does, I may have some video of someone else, drowning in the evil swamp muck.
So, for 6 months I need to take it easy on all heavy exercise and focus on cardio that doesn’t stress my lower back. I’ll be riding my bicycle and I’ll probably get an exercise bike. Oh, and I have been remanded for physical therapy. Maybe, I can talk my physical therapist into taking me kayaking.
So, I’m somewhat relieved. I’m always happy when someone tells me my body will heal naturally. The bad news is that I’m going to have to make some serious lifestyle adjustments and the recovery time is going to be long.