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  1. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Interesting. Do you recall the name of the doctor? I suspect he was talking about neurological TOS. Venous TOS accounts for only 5% of all TOS cases, and decompressing the vein typically works. Neurological TOS is much trickier. Unfortunately, for me, it took way too long to diagnose and catch the condition despite all my efforts.
    I'm sure you are correct. I'll ask my wife for the name of the doctor.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Oh, Leslie, this was not what I wanted to read. Swimming will always be there for you and we all hope that your treatment is successful and brings you back to the sport.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    I was telling my wife about your TOS last night and, strangely, she had just taken the deposition (she's a court reporter) of a doctor and the subject was treatment for TOS. Apparently this doctor considers the rib removal method obsolete and doesn't use that method anymore. Although it sounds like the technique he does use requires a very long recovery period (something like 18 months). I'm sure different doctors have different opinions on this and you probably know more about the subject than you ever wanted to!
    Interesting. Do you recall the name of the doctor? I suspect he was talking about neurological TOS. Venous TOS accounts for only 5% of all TOS cases, and decompressing the vein typically works. Neurological TOS is much trickier. Unfortunately, for me, it took way too long to diagnose and catch the condition despite all my efforts.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, swimsuit manufacturers won't go out of business without your techsuit business. It was fascinating how you had all this success by coaching yourself and no one to train with on a regular basis.
    That made me laugh Tom!

    I think I just embraced HIT training and SDK before it was fashionable. And I am likely genetically pre-disposed to excel at SDKs, which transformed my swimming.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Ah damn, Fort, that has to be frustrating news for you, I'm sorry. I like Karl's ^^ point thought. Redirect and maybe something else will come up. I hope you're able to recover soon. Sending good thoughts!
    Thanks Fly! I can always take this year off and then re-assess.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    No doubt not the outcome you were looking for. A small suggestion: See this as an opportunity. Take the opportunity to focus yourself mentally (and perhaps physically if appropriate) on something that you have wanted to do but didn't have the time to devote your attention to. If you become absorbed in an alternate passion, time will pass more effortlessly and who knows, you may find yourself not only recuperated, but refreshed. Swim intensity waxes and wanes in life, but the waning periods are an opportunity explore another passion.

    Swimming or not, feel better soon.
    Good advice. I'm not sure what that is yet ... I've been in limbo for 6 months now. I will mull. In the meantime, I trip abroad is bound to perk me up.
  7. knelson's Avatar
    I was telling my wife about your TOS last night and, strangely, she had just taken the deposition (she's a court reporter) of a doctor and the subject was treatment for TOS. Apparently this doctor considers the rib removal method obsolete and doesn't use that method anymore. Although it sounds like the technique he does use requires a very long recovery period (something like 18 months). I'm sure different doctors have different opinions on this and you probably know more about the subject than you ever wanted to!
  8. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, swimsuit manufacturers won't go out of business without your techsuit business. It was fascinating how you had all this success by coaching yourself and no one to train with on a regular basis.
  9. flystorms's Avatar
    Ah damn, Fort, that has to be frustrating news for you, I'm sorry. I like Karl's ^^ point thought. Redirect and maybe something else will come up. I hope you're able to recover soon. Sending good thoughts!
  10. Karl_S's Avatar
    No doubt not the outcome you were looking for. A small suggestion: See this as an opportunity. Take the opportunity to focus yourself mentally (and perhaps physically if appropriate) on something that you have wanted to do but didn't have the time to devote your attention to. If you become absorbed in an alternate passion, time will pass more effortlessly and who knows, you may find yourself not only recuperated, but refreshed. Swim intensity waxes and wanes in life, but the waning periods are an opportunity explore another passion.

    Swimming or not, feel better soon.
  11. flystorms's Avatar
    Is there anyone who can help relieve you of some of the things on your plate? Is there another coach who might help out for a month or so? Or someone on your team who is interested in coaching and could give it a try temporarily?

    Definitely take some time for yourself for stress relieve - whether it's sleeping or swimming or whatever. Like they say on planes, put oxygen on yourself before helping others, otherwise you may not survive.
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