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Re: Age and stability!

Postby rmcworthing » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:25 pm

Guess this is a bit much. But to all those who feel somehow limited, here is some shameless self-promoting propaganda that, nonetheless, comes from the heart.

I was once a primary care physician. At some point, I figured out that preservation of life was less important to me than quality of life. Everybody has their idea of quality. But for me, continuing to do the things I love to do is a big part of quality. I saw a lot of people (patients) who were at risk of loosing the things they loved doing. So I switched specialties, and became a Physiatrist. Physiatry, AKA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is one of the oldest medical specialties. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Bottom line is, we concentrate on preservation of function. In other words, my job is to keep people doing the things they love doing.

I am very disheartened by so many who feel so limited at such young ages (we should all consider 60's-70's to be young). I am also very encouraged by so many responses highlighting conditioning as a means toward preservation of functional independence. Many of us (myself included) have not always lead lives conducive to the preservation of function. Others who remain perfect physical specimens fall victim to accident, or genes, or whatever. Either way, with the right guidance, we are all able to do the things we want to do.

Unfortunately, many don't have access to the knowledge that physical limitation is not an inevitability. That is why I became a Physiatrist, and why I created TROutreach.

Tejplunkett, I am very sorry you feel so changed by a heart attack in your mid 50's. I won't pretend to know the details of your experience. But I know for a fact the vast majority of people in a similar situation do not have to be so limited. If you are interested, and have not already completed such a rehabilitative program, perhaps I could help steer you toward a reputable specialist in Cardiac Rehab.

In firm conviction that very few limits exist,

Rob
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Re: Age and stability!

Postby LURP DOG » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:16 am

I can relate to this topic as I just had a heart attack last week. At 51 I thought I was fit a fiddle but I found out that I was all messed up but I'm on the mend.
Before the heart attack I was an avid hiker/backpacker & LOVE to Tenkara fly fish. My doctor who treated me assured me that with proper guidance, I will be able to do all those things again.
I start rehab next week for 3 months & will see one of the best cardiac specialist around.
I am going to beat this & I know you can beat this too!
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!
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Re: Age and stability!

Postby GregM » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:45 am

LURP DOG wrote: I am going to beat this & I know you can beat this too!


That attitude can't cure all ills, but without it, it's a fast downhill spiral.

Go Dog Go!
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Re: Age and stability!

Postby TJ @ Tenkara USA » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:53 am

Since my 1st fall slipping on a large mossy rock as I entered the water about 2 years ago I normally use a wading staff now. Although I would prefer that I could walk easily over slippery rocks while wading without a wading staff, I know it is a good idea now.

I must admit as I have aged I am more clutzy than before. Heck just walking around the homestead I often bump into walls and doorways. As Bob Dylan would say - THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', and things that were easy for me yesterday are even harder for me today.

Having that 3rd leg while wading has become a nice thing even though it is a bit of a pain lugging around the extra stick. At least there is a camera mount on the stick I carry around so cool to mount a GoPro on it when I travel around.

The funny thing though at last years summit I was able to watch some of our Japanese guests wade and all these folks were older than I, yet they were like Jesus walking on water, so elegant, so easily, like it was nothing.

Granted every single one of them was in great shape and they probably fish a whole lot more than I so the experience of walking and wading is something I hope improves for me as I fish more and more.

I will push myself to be better on rocks but in the end, I will get what my body offers me, and if I have to fish with a wading staff, so be it.

This little video just posted on YouTube is quite amazing. I always thought 3 legs were better than 2 but man, I wish I had 4 sometimes.

This bore is kick ass! Just rifled through the water like nothing. Very cool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x67LQXj3_gg

Time to develop that 4th Leg Wading Staff I would say. :lol:

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Re: Age and stability!

Postby John @ Tenkara USA » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:27 pm

All jokes aside, a lot of hikers use two walking staffs, which are almost the same thing with as a wading staff. Tenkara rods are so easy to stow that you could pack up the rod and use two staffs if you new you were going to do something a little more "hairy". ;)

Of course, you really don't want to get in the habit of using wading staffs to get yourself into even bigger trouble.
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Wading staff or pontoon boats help greatly.

Postby LarryTullis » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:19 am

I'm getting in the same boat. I find that Tenkara works perfectly with a wading staff since only one hand is needed for casting. The third leg (staff) makes balance so much easier and my legs don't get so tired and wobbly wading slippery, swift sections. Use a staff tether attached to your wading belt so you can drop it when landing fish. I use a stiff butt section of an old graphite steelhead gear rod as an ultralight staff. An old ski pole is another cheap option. I also have and use the Simms break down staff sometimes. When I forget my staff and need one, any handy, stout beaver cut willow or branch will do. I generally keep some para-cordage handy just for that and other rigging chores.

The other option on floatable waters is a small but capable pontoon boat such as the NFO Escape, Renegade or Assault (yes, I work for the company). It allows you to sit when your legs get tired of wading. Wade with the pontoon boat hanging on your legs for convenience and wading support should you get off balance. In deeper rivers, use fin control to control the float and fish at the same time. If you've ever float tubed, you can do it. Just be aware of whats coming downstream and grab the oars when needed to maneuver quicker.
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Re: Wading staff or pontoon boats help greatly.

Postby Tenkara Guides » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:13 am

LarryTullis wrote:The other option on floatable waters is a small but capable pontoon boat such as the NFO Escape, Renegade or Assault (yes, I work for the company).


Hey Larry,
I have been looking into a lightweight watercraft for tenkara. I really like Erik's Watermaster but the price tag is a bit steep for something I just won't use enough to justify the cost.

I like the idea of being able to get my feet out of the water and use the watercraft as a raft for fishing shallower water or longer runs of river.

Do you have any recommendations?

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Re: Wading staff or pontoon boats help greatly.

Postby TJ @ Tenkara USA » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:59 am

Tenkara Guides wrote:
I like the idea of being able to get my feet out of the water and use the watercraft as a raft for fishing shallower water or longer runs of river.

Do you have any recommendations?

John
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I have this local creek that is very wadable during summer but where my entrance is, it is all down-stream fishing from there. I prefer upstream fishing normally to spook fish less.

I had thought about getting a float tube or something to gently get in the water and slowly float downstream, then work my way back both fishing from the tube or getting out of it and fishing while standing.

Actually considered doing in my kayak too since I own one already and don't have a tube yet.

Having some flotation device near or on you would be a nice safe thing to have for those of us less sturdy on our feet.

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