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    Senior Member Frolicking Dino's Avatar
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    A happy announcement

    As many of you know, I had a car accident in 2004 that left my right leg partially paralyzed. I had tried every sort of hammock I could find, but was unable to get in and out of any without a lot of help and falling....

    Apparently, small nerves can and do grow / regenerate - very slowly (like 1/4" a year). My largest quad (vastus lateralis) was nearly totally paralyzed because of small nerve damage - it has started to move voluntarily a bit and two other muscles are moving enough that I am actually able to train them. I am doing unsupported squats and lightly supported lunges for the first time since the accident and have been able to walk nearly 3 miles without my cane (paved surface). I also tripped on a recent day-hike and caught myself without using the cane - something I have never been able to do before and the reason I always hike with two canes.

    So why am I announcing this in a hammock forum? Because I think I may be able to get in and out of a HH-style hammock now or very soon. I'm going to try this at the Speers campout in April if someone will let me try out their set-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dino View Post
    As many of you know, I had a car accident in 2004 that left my right leg partially paralyzed. I had tried every sort of hammock I could find, but was unable to get in and out of any without a lot of help and falling....

    Apparently, small nerves can and do grow / regenerate - very slowly (like 1/4" a year). My largest quad (vastus lateralis) was nearly totally paralyzed because of small nerve damage - it has started to move voluntarily a bit and two other muscles are moving enough that I am actually able to train them. I am doing unsupported squats and lightly supported lunges for the first time since the accident and have been able to walk nearly 3 miles without my cane (paved surface). I also tripped on a recent day-hike and caught myself without using the cane - something I have never been able to do before and the reason I always hike with two canes.

    So why am I announcing this in a hammock forum? Because I think I may be able to get in and out of a HH-style hammock now or very soon. I'm going to try this at the Speers campout in April if someone will let me try out their set-up.
    Great news! I'm really happy for you! I'll have at least a couple of setups with me at HS (HH and homemade) and you're more than welcome to use one!
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    That's great, FD! I remember when you first joined WB...it was an inspiration that you had even decided to keep hiking! You won't have any problem at all finding a hammock to try out at Hot Springs.

    I'm sure the recovery is tough...keep up the hard work.
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    I said it on WB and I'll say it here, GRATS!!!!

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    That' wonderful, FD. Keep up the hard work and praise the Lord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dino View Post
    As many of you know, I had a car accident in 2004 that left my right leg partially paralyzed. I had tried every sort of hammock I could find, but was unable to get in and out of any without a lot of help and falling....

    Apparently, small nerves can and do grow / regenerate - very slowly (like 1/4" a year). My largest quad (vastus lateralis) was nearly totally paralyzed because of small nerve damage - it has started to move voluntarily a bit and two other muscles are moving enough that I am actually able to train them. I am doing unsupported squats and lightly supported lunges for the first time since the accident and have been able to walk nearly 3 miles without my cane (paved surface). I also tripped on a recent day-hike and caught myself without using the cane - something I have never been able to do before and the reason I always hike with two canes.

    So why am I announcing this in a hammock forum? Because I think I may be able to get in and out of a HH-style hammock now or very soon. I'm going to try this at the Speers campout in April if someone will let me try out their set-up.
    Cool, dude. Happy Hanging.

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    That heck with trying to explain why you announcing it here in the hammock forums. If it were me I would totally happy and yelling it at the top of my lungs. That is AWESOME. I am very happy for you.

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    that is great news indeed!!! praise the Lord for a recovering body!!!
    you've been greatly supportive to us here & i'm excited to hear that you should be able to manage a hammock soon! i know you've been hoping to be able to use a hammock for quite some time.
    you'll soon be entering into the most comfy phase of camping yet!!! ...tim
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    That's great. I will also have a couple of different setups at the campout and you are more than welcome to use one. You can even use my HH.
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    Oh WOW!!!! That is WONDERFUL news!!!! Keep working hard and before you know it, you'll be telling us you're planning to thru!
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