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Back Sugery

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  • Back Sugery

    So recently I posted about being a Lt. on a volunteer dept and that I was facing back surgery. I took all advice to heart and had long talks with my spouse. dam she is wonderful and understanding. I did sit down with my chief and we decided the best thing was to turn in my Lt badge and allow the dept to fill it with an up and coming youngster. I will still fill the roll of fire fighter.

    Now speed ahead a few weeks. I just got the bad news after seeing my surgeon. I already have a fused L5/S1. My damage goes up to and includes the L2. Now I have to have the L2/L3, L3/L4, L4/L5 and they will redo the pins at the L5/S1 so everything is tied together. HOLLY END OF MY LIFE! I explained my full time job and the doc said that is not a problem as we don't life over 50 lbs and it is not aggressive work. I then asked about fire fighting. With a smirk and a chuckle he said 90% chance of know as my bending at the lumbar will be highly limited.

    I have to have surgery as I am in some level of pain all day every day. The only relief I get is when I swim laps. the floating in water just takes all the pressure off. In the matter of one office visit my life has flipped and I am devastated. The last 12 years of service has been a passion for me. I have saved lives and lost lives. I have been in an interior collapse when I saved myself and saved another fire fighter. I luv what I do and want to always do it. But my back is just killing me.

    Sorry! forward to the end here. I really want to know if anyone has had 5 disc fused and ever come back to fire fighting. This **** sucks.

  • #2
    I know its not really what you want to hear, but its the truth. There are still ways you can be active and not have to lift/bend. We have two gentlemen who have bad backs that are our safety officers. We have one fella who has had both hips replaced, hes our traffic guy. Its not the end of your career, just a bump in the road.


    • #3
      Sorry to hear. I have back pains, but not that bad.

      As i said before, you can serve in some capacity, you do not have to be the one running into the burning building, to be part of the team


      • #4
        Turn in your gear, and ask your department if you can just be a driver. Your health comes first, and if you can't do the job, no need to risk yourself or anyone else. Many departments still need drivers or the apparatus, pump operators, and people who can Chauffeur the younger kids to the scene.

        I understand not wanting to give it up, but when your body can't do it any more.....
        If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!



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