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    Old 03-22-2006, 04:44 AM   #1
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    what about using a riding lawn mower?

    I know better than to ask my dr. this question because, naturally, he'll protect himself and say it's not a good idea. So, I'm posing it to you fellow "back friends".

    What's your opinion on using a riding lawn mower? I have a fusion at L5-S1, and have also been experiencing new pain in the lumbar and in my legs. Is that in the same category as riding horses? My daughters are both vehemently against me doing this, but since my husband died last December, and I see the grass getting green, I know that stuff is going to grow soon.
    (My children are unable to do it - two live away from me, and the one who is near has her own set of health problems.)

    I'm talking about 2 acres, one of which is NOT smooth. My common sense tells me it's not a good idea, but I'm out in the country with no teen-age boys around, etc., etc. I need to sell this place, I think, but it needs a lot of work done first.

    Sorry this ended up being so long, but it's just one more thing that's pressuring me right now. Thanks for any input.

    Carole

     
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    Old 03-22-2006, 04:59 AM   #2
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    Re: what about using a riding lawn mower?

    Hi Carken

    I think I would want to know what was causing you the pain that you are currently experiencing. However if you are going to mow the lawn I would do it in small stints of 5-10 mins each time to avoid prolonged sitting on what would be a seat that is perhaps not the best for someone with back pain. The most important thing to determine is what is causing the pain and whether its related to your previos surgery or a new problem.

    Good luck

    Losy

    PS If you do decide to do it dont tell your children - You will never hear the end of it.

     
    Old 03-22-2006, 06:53 AM   #3
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    Re: what about using a riding lawn mower?

    Carole,

    So sorry for the loss of your husband. Totally understand the desire and need to get out there cutting the grass.

    As someone who loves keeping their yard beautiful, the inability to ride my mower last year was ever so frustrating. With my 3 level fusions, I was allowed to ride the mower the next spring after the films showed the fusion was solid. With that, I was to also wear my elastic back wrap. Now, that gave me 6-7 months from fusion to being allowed to ride the mower. However, with this 10 level fusion, which took place in Dec 04, I was instructed NO RIDING MOWER at all until this spring.

    Okay, got to ride it the first time last week, since late 2004, and I can tell you that I took it so very slowly. The jarring is definitely there and the doc said to go much slower than normal. Also, when I did the banks, it tilts the spine which is really rough with this big fusion. The doc also instructed that to ease that jarring, I should get one of those donut rings that are inflatable (you can get them at the pharmacy where you get canes, etc) andn fill it with water. That helps to eliminate a lot of the jolts that the spine will take, even using the good tractor seat on my Deere.

    Be sure to ask your spine specialist, because I can tell you that after suffering a broken spinal fusion in a wreck,that your spine can crumble down into the canal and create more pain and mess for both you and the surgeon, than you could ever imagine. As my spine specialist directs, I do listen and follow his directives because dear, having dealt with 8 spine surgeries, I do not want to deal with a ninth surgery. This old gal is so happy to be able to walk and return to a mostly normal life, and I do not want to jepordize that.

    I seriously doubt that you want to jepordize that either, so do check with your doc, and if he says that you must not push a mower and not ride a mower this year, or at least not yet, hire someone to mow. It was an emotional strain on this retiree as I have always cared so much for how my yard looked, and it was an unexpected expense I could have done without, but had to look at what was best in the long run. I know that having 2 acres you will have to look around to find someone willing to do it without charging a huge amount, just like I did. But, start calling and getting estimates now, and if you are a church member ask the pastor if they know of a teen who is looking for some summer work. Since you have the mower they would not have to have one, if you instruct them on not zipping too fast, etc then let them use yours and it should cut the cost down.

    Best wishes and do protect that back.

    Although I had to let someone else do the ride mower, that did not keep me from getting knee pads and being on my knees to keep the flower beds neat and the grass out, and to do other landscaping things. Took a little longer, not being able to bend and do things normally, but making adjustments is just part of life.

    Don't ride that mower until the doc says the fusion is cured and it is safe. Also, ask about using the elastic back wrap or the water ring when you do mow, and see if your spine specialist agrees or makes other recommendations.

    Best wishes.

     
    Old 03-22-2006, 07:13 AM   #4
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    Re: what about using a riding lawn mower?

    Wow! You people are just super! Thanks so much for the information, and it all does make sense. The fusion is solid; it was done in Dec. 2003, but yes, I do need to find out about this new problem. Yuck!

    God bless you all, and thanks again for the suggestions and personal insight.
    Carole

     
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