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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Operation Postponed‏

May 28th, 2008 · No Comments

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I decided to postpone the TURP operation that I had scheduled for July 3. The TURP is an elective procedure that will reduce the size of my prostate. Formally, it’s a transurethral resection of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is sometimes called (incorrectly) benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Ever since I scheduled the operation a few weeks ago I have regretted the timing. The operation — and more importantly the long recovery period — would rob me too much of the summer hiking season. My urologist said that I wouldn’t even be able to do any lifting for several weeks afterwards.

But it wasn’t until last night that I came to the decision to postpone the operation until the coming winter. One thing led to another, and I listened to the chain of events.

It started a month or two ago when Amazon.com sent me a message that a new book, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park, was just coming out. While I already had five guidebooks to hiking in the park, I knew that I needed this one, because of the emphasis on overnight hikes. That’s literally my next step.

The book arrived this week, and I immediately found overnight hikes in the Wild Basin and Glacier Gorge areas that I am very much looking forward to taking. But I also noticed a short paragraph on the “CORSAR Card,” which says that, “The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card (CORSAR) may be purchased at most outdoor shops, such as REI….CORSAR is not insurance — it does not pay for medical transportation, which may include helicopter flights or ground ambulance. The card does allow reimbursement to county sheriffs for costs included on a mission. These expenses can include mileage, meals, equipment, gasoline, and rental fees (horses, ATVs, aircraft) for vehicles used in the search….”

Yesterday was the first chance I had to get into REI after reading about the CORSAR card (because it was too dreary a day for any spring wildflower photos). While I was waiting for a cashier, I noticed the headline on the June issue of Outside magazine, “Hello, Summer: You’ve Got 13 Weekends Until Labor Day.” As soon as I saw that the implied negativity of the headline pissed me off. That was not reasonable, and at first I didn’t understand my reaction.

Unlike most people, of course, I’m not limited to weekend hikes. But it did remind me how short the Colorado summer is. And then I realized that I would be making the summer hiking season a lot shorter by scheduling an operation for one of the best hiking months.

I will therefore take corrective action today. As soon as I get back from my hike this morning.

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