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Reflections on Golf and Life After ECU Injury - Part 14

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I am subtitling this: “the Tao of Cipher”

Last week I was able to play my first full round of golf in over two years.  It was not pretty, but it was so much fun.  I completely chunked about nine shots and I took at least 4 penalties.  I had the absolute best time doing so.  A co-worker and I took a couple business partners out and it was very rewarding to be able to do that again.  All the hard work, patience and time weighing the tough decisions have been to the benefit of playing again without a concern at this point and without any sort of swing alteration to do so.  I am incredibly pleased with the result and with being able to play again. 

It gives me great joy to know there are many days including yesterday in which my wife will mention the positive change she has seen in me.  I don’t want to keep bringing up perspective, because I think it is and has been the least relatable thing in this blog so far based on the reactions and comments.  I will just leave this series to be for now with a few final thoughts.  This is probably one of the best things that ever happened to me, even if my wrist decides to give out next week.  If everything continues to go well don’t be surprised if I play quite a bit less than I did in the past, but also enjoy the game more than I ever have.  Don’t be surprised if I do not work on the swing at the same level or someday soon really at all.  Don’t be surprised if there are days I would rather go throw a disc into some chains or go fishing with my son and daughter nearly every weekend.  Don’t be surprised if I have little to no interest in playing competitive golf.  I will however probably try and get the game in shape enough to qualify for and be part of the Newport Cup if I am lucky enough to be chosen.  I was looking forward to that the last time and I would like to redeem that missed opportunity.  I am most looking forward to meeting some of people I have not met yet from the site and also seeing those again that I have. 

Thank you to all who have read this series and have wished me well over these past couple years.  If anyone comes across this blog in the search for information on this injury, please reach out to me if you are experiencing the same thing.  I know the information out there is not great.

I will possibly try and continue with another series of blogs in the future, but for this series on the “Reflections on Golf and Life After ECU Injury” I am signing off, for now.   Wishing you all great health and don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy each day you are.


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I'm 8 months* into this injury situation with my left triceps and recovery has been less than fun. I also just got an MRI on my neck last week to see if I have a pinched nerve, which may be the reason for the shoulder pain I've had for the last eleven months. Very depressing times for me when it comes to my golf hobby. Your recovery gives me hope that there's hope. Still no word on my shoulder pain issue, but hopefully I get an answer soon.

If it takes me two years, it takes me two years. Congrats, Nate. Really happy for you. Injuries like these definitely put the game of golf into its proper perspective. My plan once I'm healthy is to do some traveling and play various golf courses other than my home course. Score will be at the bottom of the priorities list. 

Great post, and thanks for sharing. 

*Actually ten months but had a setback, so I'm not really counting the first two months. 

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32 minutes ago, JetFan1983 said:

I'm 8 months* into this injury situation with my left triceps and recovery has been less than fun. I also just got an MRI on my neck last week to see if I have a pinched nerve, which may be the reason for the shoulder pain I've had for the last eleven months. Very depressing times for me when it comes to my golf hobby. Your recovery gives me hope that there's hope. Still no word on my shoulder pain issue, but hopefully I get an answer soon.

If it takes me two years, it takes me two years. Congrats, Nate. Really happy for you. Injuries like these definitely put the game of golf into its proper perspective. My plan once I'm healthy is to do some traveling and play various golf courses other than my home course. Score will be at the bottom of the priorities list. 

Great post, and thanks for sharing. 

*Actually ten months but had a setback, so I'm not really counting the first two months. 

I've known you long enough to know it is not just an 8 month thing for you either.  The injury deal off and on for you has been going on well before my incident two years ago.  I really hope you get through this and can enjoy doing what you love to do Constantine.  Glad to know this blog has shown that has helped you look towards a positive outcome for your golf future.  I believe it can and will happen for you.

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Keep re-habbing the game.  The odds are against it but maybe we will be partners at the Newport Cup.  Lucky you!

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We're all members of this forum because we have some level of passion for the game in common. I think it would take an injury to prevent me from playing golf because even at my skill level, it's simply a lot of fun. But it shouldn't be the single-most important part of my life.

Over the last several years, golf has dominated my free time. I think your series of blog entries made me think more about some of things I used to enjoy. ... perhaps made me realize I might need to bring a little variety back.

I think I can speak for everyone in that we're happy in the progress and apparent recovery. I hope you continue to enjoy the time back out on the course.

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23 hours ago, bkuehn1952 said:

Keep re-habbing the game.  The odds are against it but maybe we will be partners at the Newport Cup.  Lucky you!

Thank you, and yeah I will keep at it and if I am lucky enough I would love to be part of the NC.

18 hours ago, JonMA1 said:

We're all members of this forum because we have some level of passion for the game in common. I think it would take an injury to prevent me from playing golf because even at my skill level, it's simply a lot of fun. But it shouldn't be the single-most important part of my life.

Over the last several years, golf has dominated my free time. I think your series of blog entries made me think more about some of things I used to enjoy. ... perhaps made me realize I might need to bring a little variety back.

I think I can speak for everyone in that we're happy in the progress and apparent recovery. I hope you continue to enjoy the time back out on the course.

I think that you hit on some of the main points here indeed.  Thank you for the kind words as well!

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