Danny Bellmore – 4 Days Post Op

I just completed the 2017 APF Senior Nationals. With just a small set back the meet went fairly well. I finished with a win in the Masters and the Open. I will be going into a long off season with nothing planned as far as meets go.

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I have been actively working on my Ql. I am following Dr. McGill’s protocol along with going to Empower Chiropractic with follow up visits with Lauren Dyer. The acupuncture along with the e-stim has been increasingly helping. I believe this has been an issue for such a long time that there is no easy fix.

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Friday 1/12 – I had been admitted to the hospital for my c3/c4 anterior fusion. I am currently 4 days post op and steadily gaining ground. The surgery went without any glitches, what was ahead was a few tough days. In recovery upon waking the first thing they made me do was drink some water.  Well the water went in and as I tried to swallow it shot right out of my nose. My initial thought was great this is not going so well. The doctor did say my swallowing would be restricted some, but water? Once I relaxed and learned how to swallow water again I was good to go.

Saturday 1/13 – I woke nauseous and the nurse had given me something to combat that. I didn’t eat because I was not feeling well. The Dr. came in spoke to me and if I passed the physical and speech therapy test I was on my way home. Once home the fun began, the nausea was on full force and I knew I would be in for a long day. I was having a reaction to the anesthesia and throwing up after having your neck fused was not a whole bunch of fun, but it is what it is.

Sunday 1/14 – Things were looking up just has constant diarrhea this day. I have not been eating up until this point. So, my goal was to get down some smoothies with protein in them. Popsicles and ice cream have very little nutritional value to them.  I needed something because at this point I felt like I was doing a severe weight cut and how you feel for the last few hours were how I was feeling for a few days.

Monday 1/15 – I started to turn the corner mid-day here. Smoothies were going down well. I knew I was not ready for solid foods, so I got some mashed potatoes down. Rested most of the day trying to reboot my system.

Tuesday 1/16 – Once I woke up I felt ok enough to venture out to work for a half day at least. If anyone knows me I am not much into sitting around. For the hell of it I weighed myself this morning, I left for the hospital Friday at 176 this morning I was 159. I will focus on more frequent meals and try to get some strength and weight back. One thing I did notice at work today is I can’t see all that well, I am way out of focus, I will keep my eye on that.

This is where the rehab starts, just take it slow and easy. I won’t push the envelope with trying to come back fast. There is no purpose in rushing just let things happen as they may. Now I am fused at c 3/4 – c 5/6 – L 3/4 – L4/5 – L5/S1. Rushing right back into lifting does not excite me at the moment.

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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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