Perfect Earth Landscape

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PerfectEarth, May 9, 2010.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    We're pretty much in the same boat, we're working six days a week, I refuse to work on Sundays, that's just my personal decision.
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How's this disc doing? Just got diagnosed with a herniated disc myself. Although I'm quite sure I've had it for about 4-5 years, two years ago really did it in. Maybe mine is not as bad but working actually makes me feel good. It's later that night that kills me. Bush trimmer really does me in for sure. Posture is everything. Luckily my background is in strength and conditioning so I've built up the strength, just pushed it too far. Hoping for recovery vs. surgical intervention.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Disc is still giving me issues. The past three months have been pretty steady. I am working a bit smarter, careful to not do stupid things with full green buckets and wheelbarrows, not foolishly yanking on stuff that's rooted into the ground!

    Every day is the same- sciatica at night, sleeping ok, pain when I wake up, eat something in the truck on the way in and pop an 800mg ibuprofen. 20 minutes later, I am good for the entire day. The Ibuprofen knocks out almost all the inflammation during the day.

    I can guess I am probably not healing, but I am no where NEAR how I lived in January and February. That was the worst time of my life. Still need to work on better posture. And my wife and I have an appt. with my physical therapist/back specialist guy next week to discuss mattress options and get HER back checked out, lol!

    So, it's an ongoing thing unfortunately. Just glad I am able to work.....for now. Have this terrible feeling my days are numbered in the future.
  4. ETPRO

    ETPRO LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Pittsburg, TX
    Messages: 325

    Thought I might share, I Have a good friend of mine that had back surgery 6 weeks ago. She is 32. I was surprised that a doctor operated considering her age. However, given how long she had been dealing with the pain of 2 herniated discs pressing on her spinal cord causing nerve damage. Was surprised that they were able to operate through a 2" incision on her lower back. 8 weeks later, she is very glad she had the operation, is off of all pain meds and is walking, sitting and standing very well now. However, she is still advised to not lift anything over 5 lbs.

    Would imagine that would pose problematic for you as it would me.

    Thought I would share. I had always thought back surgery was the end of your working career, but her surgery experience surprised me at how minimally invasive it was.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Only thing that has kept me going and my back issues is a combination of things.

    Stretching is the key more than anything. It help with my sciatic nerve also.

    Massages, luckily my wife is a massage therapist and gives me a random massage, but mostly to help with stretching. Some of her techniques she has learned has made a huge difference.

    The occaisional chiropractor visit is a must too. Not consistently going, but going when it gets too bad and I need an adjustment.

    Since doing these things, I rarely take ibuprofen or any other meds. The only real supplement I take is L-glutamine and that stuff is awesome for repair.

  6. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My rehab is starting to give me a little relief so I'm feeling positive. I must not have had such a bad herniation or the fact that major strength training has been a large part of my life may have somewhat protected me. I actually injured it during a lift but the bending a stooping over the years has definitively not helped. I think the thing that will help over the years is me getting someone to do the heavy work. Or else the days are in fact numbered. Any way for you to get general laborers each year to take the burden away? If I ever got/get to your pain level and needs I'd be hanging up the boots or making sure I can get workers. A lifetime full of pain is not worth owning a business in this industry. Unfortunately unless you're in the category like ETWman, it's hard to find quality laborers because the money is sometimes not there to support good employees in this industry. Good luck to you and remember that you only get one body and what you are dealing with now WILL affect you later in life.
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  7. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have not posted any pictures in a while. Here is what we are working on right now. It will be pretty sweet when we're finished. It's been HOT out on this job with no shade relief.








  8. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Haven't commented on your thread in a while, but those last pics you posted look awesome. Hope everything is going well for you.
  10. Triton2286

    Triton2286 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    That job I coming out awesome. If I was their neighbor I would be jealous for sure.

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