Danny Bellmore – 2 Weeks Post Op

I am currently sitting at 2 weeks post op. Things are moving along a lot slower than I had anticipated. I have introduced some foods that have substance to them but I am still having a hell of time choking down most any food that I have tried. Every time I eat I need at least 3 bottles of water to wash anything down because it wont go down on its own. From what I am being told that this may not get any better over time. The passageway has been compromised due to the plate taking up room behind the trachea. The symptoms from the  nerve impingement on my left side are all gone. I still have some residual pain on my right side from the surgery and I am having trouble with my eyesight for whatever reason. It appears that I will be in a brace for another 2 to 3 weeks with some restrictions. The one thing I am doing is I am getting out and moving. There is nothing worse then sitting still.

I have not even given it any thoughts about future plans at this time. It is to early to tell how my body will feel at this point moving forward. I will say this surgery has been different than all the others. Every other time I was ready to get the ball moving right off. I don’t really feel that well and have made zero plans. My main focus is to get well and get my drag car ready for the spring. I will update more as I know more.

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Danny Bellmore

Danny has been involved in powerlifting since 1994. The first swing at a career was short lived due to a major back injury in 1999 that resulted in a 3-level spinal (lumbar) fusion. At that point, he took a 10-year break. Avoiding the gym all together because his body, and back, just never felt right. In 2010, Danny went to handle a good friend at a local meet. That experience re-ignited the fire within and he was back under the bar, never looking back. Danny established an elite total at my first meet back in 2010 and then accomplished a win at the 2012 APF Masters Nationals. Through his win at the APF Masters, he was training using the Conjugate Method, but he wanted a change. He needed a change. Danny reached out to a friend who stated that Brian and the Samson Barbell crew had it going on. In the process of connecting with Brian, he has endured a few setbacks. During our initial discussions, he had torn my rotator cuff and labrum, along with a separated AC joint. The surgery did not "take" and just nine months later, he was back under the knife for a "do-over." During the healing process, he had lost feeling and strength in my right arm. Being pig headed, he waited and waited. My choice to remain stubborn backfired, and I was back in the OR for another spinal (cervical) fusion. Now healed, and a few years under Brian, Danny’s total has moved to 1871 @ 165. He doesn’t like to predict or talk about goals, but he wants more, and feels like he has more. Plans now are to compete at the Senior Nationals in Jacksonville, Florida this June.
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