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I have been in a wheelchair since birth.
I'm not sure which is worst, being in a wheelchair since birth or waking up in the hospital one day as a quadriplegic after much of your life has been spent honing the skills, strength, and speed of the lower half of your body only to discover it is all gone.
On one hand a person doesn't miss what he never had although he may wish he could experience the feelings and abilities – human nature is to want what we don’t have -- but on the other hand, another is to be perpetually tormented for years with not having what he did not cherish until he no longer had it. Which do you think is worst, Mr. Nunchaku? When does one give up? When can he throw the towel in and decide he doesn’t want any more of it?
BTW, I went the double hernia route. It's not so bad except it's very painful and the worst part is the fear of not wanting to be operated on -- Misconceptions like "Oh no... I'm going to loose my nuts"
I went for years through karate practice, weight lifting, and long-distance running with a single hernia, and when the gut would pop out through the broken muscle wall, I'd just take my fingers and pop it back in. One day I sprang another hernia on the other side and became an unhappy camper although I was dealing with it. Somehow I managed to get into a hernia discussion with the owner of the house I was renting and he told me his father nearly died or did die from neglecting to have the operation. What happens is what they call strangulation. The circulation of the intestine gets cut of, it turns gangrene, and then your whole system gets poisoned and then you die; you don't even know anything is going on until it's too late.
The next week I got it fixed. Easy; just as slick as can be; same-day in-out, no-muss, no-fuss service. They lay you out, stick needles in you and then you go out. You wake up a couple hours later in a wheel chair. As soon as you can stand and walk a few steps they tell you not to let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Simple as that.
Painful? Hurts like hell to walk around at first, but in a couple of days the discomfort settles down to a low roar and as long as you don't get kicked in that area for a few weeks, you're better than new!Why the rant?
Because MANY men are walking around with inguinal hernias, the most common type, and continue to do so because they are AFRAID of the operation, most probably just the fear of the unknown. It's such a SIMPLE operation, and if you need the repair and don't get the operation, you could die.
Besides, it’s a lot of fun to show all the <strike>girls</strike> women the scars.
from Uechi-ryu Etcetera