I currently live in the
Columbus, OH Johnstown, OH area, where I work for Qwest Communications CenturyLink in the IT department. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I ride / race motorcycles for fun, when my back is willing and able. Since August of 2004, my back is definitely neither willing, nor able. If you look here, you will find some pre-op pictures of the two herniated discs in my lower back. Trust me, it just hurts. All the time. A lot.
19-OCT-2005: After a trip to Yale University Hospital, looks like I will be participating in an Activ-L vs. Prodisc study sometime around September 2006. This means that I have a 100% chance of a two level disc replacement, at no cost to me or my insurance company (who probably would have denied me anyway).
5-APR-2006: Here are some ADR (Artifical Disc Replacement) documents that I find interesting / helpful: ADR documents
7-NOV-2006: As much as I tried to wait for Dr. Yue’s study, it just wasn’t in the cards. Seven days from today, I will be on the operating table in Straubing, Germany with Dr. Bertagnoli. Not the perfect outcome (at a cost of around 28,000
€), but I was left with no other options (other than waiting more).
21-JAN-2011: Been married now for about 3 years, and I am now the father of triplet girls (yowza!). Due to my changing life, I have since decided that focusing on my family for the time being should be my priority, so I no longer own any bikes/do any riding (perhaps some day again in the future). My back continues to give me little to no issues in my daily life, and really doesn’t restrict me in any way, shape or form (I have toyed with the idea of running a marathon or at least a half-marathon sometime in the future, if I can get in good enough running shape).
4-JUN-2015: I did get back into riding motorcycles around mid 2012. Other than that, pretty much status quo. Keep the bills paid, keep the triplets fed, keep the spousal/unit happy.