What a drag it is getting old.

About four weeks ago, I pinched a nerve in my leg.  It hurt like hell but was clearing up… until I did something really stupid in my garage.  I woke up yesterday unable to get out of bed… took something that dampened the pain, but left me not in a blogging mood.

I’m a little better today, so we’ll see how far along I go.


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64 responses to “What a drag it is getting old.

  1. Smitty

    Man I feel your pain. Pinched nerve in my neck last summer and this summer sprained my back. Like a fool I grabbed a pair of dumbbells off the floor with all the care and caution you would for picking up a pair of socks…..

  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Empathy, compadre, but getting old beats the opposite.

    • Ray

      Please take care I yourself. I screwed up my back when I was 30 and didn’t take enough time to rest and ended up doing permenant damage. I am now 38 and have had constant pain since then and will for the rest of my life. Nerves are nothing to play around with…unless you are trolling😉

      • Bulldawg165

        “Nerves are nothing to play around with…unless you are trolling ”

        I LOL’ed

      • Cojones

        Correct, Ray. Hope everyone, including Bluto, takes heed and they tend to it like life itself is threatened. From a broken coccyx (age 33 river float over small waterfall -untreatable) to lower back injury (age 49 skiing accident -eschewed treatment of back operation for pain offered at age 54) to painful arthritis of hips and knees (all need replacing) and final insult of left hip replacement that’s resulted in painful deep vein thrombosis and life-threatening lung embolism pain (problem: -if I take recommended narcotic, how do I alert physician to new developments of clot-movement pain?). Don’t get used to pain as I have; spare yourself from energy drain and life-altering habits that affect those around you. Good humor helps immensely, but you have to work hard at it. Have your wife take you to a strip show.

        A pinched nerve can produce more pain (every time you move or stir) than ailments mentioned above. Treat it now and quit the “I gotta go to work” syndrome that exacerbates pain. Lay back and dream of our great season to come. Didn’t we do well when you left us to our own devices? Insert smiley face.

        It takes guts to get old. Too late, shmart about treating pain.

        Smoke’em if you got’em. The irony here is that smoking exacerbates my pain, but makes me sleepy enough to get rest. So, I usually drink about 6 shots of tequila and beg for sex until sleep arrives. Unfortunately, the Amnesian has an I-Pod as an alternate lover. Sought to end the cuckolding by sending photo of me in my birthday suit to her I-Pod. After her regaling laughter stopped ringing in my ears, she told me that it needed ironing.

        • uglydawg

          Priceless, Cojones!….That ranks right up there with Munson’s description of his “My what you mah call it” s disfunctionality.
          Missed you yesterday, Bluto…made us all worry a little and some of us were getting the DTs for need of the fix. Hope you’re better..Take it easy. Take it eeeeeeasy…sorry.

        • Cosmic Dawg

          Best post ever. Senator, hope you and Cojones feel better…and we all get more sex regardless of wrinkles or infirmity.

  3. allthegoodnameswereused

    Hate to hear about the nerve but glad that it wasn’t something more serious and hope you’re up and around in no time. As you’ll notice by a few of the comments yesterday we missed you man!

  4. charlottedawg

    Damn injury bug strikes again……

    Feel better soon

  5. Castleberry

    Get well soon. Clearly our S&C staff has lost control of blogger injuries.

  6. 202dawg

    We’re all glad you’re ok, and please ignore my email. But seriously, man; suck it the hell up! 🙂

  7. Dawgxian

    Get well soon, Senator. Summer is boring without you

  8. Rebar

    Hope you feel better soon Senator. Getting old ain’t for wussies!

  9. Spike

    Glad to see you are back in the hunt..

  10. Slaw Dawg

    Yeah, well, when I take stuff “to dampen the pain” it can render me non-functional for a couple days. Not to mention headachy and dry mouthed.

    Seriously, that crap hurts. Don’t get back on the field any sooner than you’re ready to, man.

  11. Normaltown Mike

    You need pickle juice Senator.

  12. Skeptic Dawg

    Get well soon Senator! And thanks for your tireless work on a great site! Judging by the comments above, I am not alone in my thoughts.

    • Lrgk9

      If you haven’t , check out the bodies exhibit. One exhibit shows exactly what nerves look like for the entire body. Once seen, it’s indelible and you get an understanding of the complexity and fragility.

  13. Bulldawg165

    “until I did something really stupid in my garage”
    Well…. (in my best caddy shack voice), we’re waiting!

  14. Vinings Dawg

    Hate to hear it. Getting old is a pain and here’s to hoping things clear up sooner rather than later for you. Good to have you back sir.

  15. Cousin Eddie

    Just keep in mind getting old beats the alternative…..dying young.
    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

  16. Four Boys Brew

    Hope you feel better soon.

  17. I Wanna Red Cup

    So is this the “game day” thread for all us old farts to talk about our various and sundry physical ailments? You were missed yesterday Senator and hope you are back to normal soon.

  18. Jack Klompus

    Thanks for taking one for the team! Here’s hoping you’re the only Dawg that goes down this year.

  19. BMan

    Sorry to hear it, Senator. Take the time to recover properly. You’ll be needed at full speed in September if Mason is going to throw for 5,000 yards, win the Heisman, a Natty, and steal Gisele from Tom Brady before negotiating peace in the Middle East.

  20. DawgFaithful

    Get better. I was starting to have withdrawals.

  21. Irishdawg

    I recently turned 40 and have to my dismay found that I don’t recover from things like I did 10 years ago. Now, it takes 3 days after a leg day in the gym to walk without soreness, I have to ice my shoulders on a regular basis, and I’m seeing more gray hairs every morning. Getting older can kiss my ass.

  22. Saltwater Dawg

    Take a bath. Then wrap a hot towel around your head. And then make yourself some soup.

    Seriously, hoping you fully recover quickly.

  23. Russ

    Hope that injury isn’t an omen for this season. Get better Senator. I can’t quit you.

  24. Mayor

    Gawd….I hope you’re not out for the season!!!!

  25. papadawg

    I blame Bobo.

  26. Dawgoholic

    Go to PT or DR soon. I had some nerve issues in my back that caused leg pain. Had I gone to PT early on, probably would have never needed surgery. Often, we can develop everyday motions that put added stress on certain areas and make them vulnerable to injury. Correcting those through PT or Chiro can make us much less vulnerable to injury.

  27. Ole Dokes

    Glad you’re okay. Was a little concerned about you. You are a daily staple & are appreciated immensely by so many of us. My almost 44yo body feels like it’s going on 54. Suffering through some G/I issues myself right now. Getting older ain’t for pussies. Hunker down you guys!!

  28. Tronan

    Hope you feel better soon, Senator. Not just because your blog posts make the day more interesting but because nerve pain is just awful.

  29. Coweta Dawg

    Hope you feel better quickly. If there is a silver lining, then it is in the timing. Where would the team be if this happened during the season? Just sayin’.

  30. Dog in Fla

    @I Wanna Red Cup July 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM
    “So is this the ‘game day’ thread for all us old farts to talk about our various and sundry physical ailments?”

    That’s only because the physical ailment casualty list was long so much so that it was even hard for the lead drummer to carry on

  31. WF Dawg

    I echo the others, Senator: get well soon! The dawgosphere ain’t the same without you.

  32. 81Dog

    Dude, what I want to know is this: what were you doing working on Mudcat’s car in your garage?

    also, was Malcolm Mitchell handing you tools? Because that guy, in addition to being an immensely talented football player, may be the Joe Btfsplk of the UGA family.

    One hopes your recovery is quick and uneventful.

    • Cojones

      Joe-with-the-cloud-over-his-head Btfsplk drawn by Al Capp? Joe is one of my life mentors.

  33. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    Mark Richt has lost control of the senator’s sciatica

  34. awreed79

    Soft kitty, warm kitty
    Little ball of fur
    Happy Kitty, sleepy kitty
    Purr, Purr, Purr.

  35. jack

    It’s good to see how much you were missed. Get will soon.

  36. … As of now, I am in control here, at Get the Picture, pending the return of the Senator Blutarsky and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course. Right now I want to make sure that the Trolls don’t overrun the place in his absence. I will safeguard bandwidth by instituting some limits. Please I need everyone on board here.
    First… Ivey we need limit your posts to 8000 words or less. Aight?
    Second… you long timers need to man up and engage in some attractive exchange/banter. Mayor you and Mac man up. Bulldog Joe add some flavor. Aight?
    Conjones: good to see you up and around, but for goodness sakes keep DIF out of your stash. He is simply not ready and it shows up in his post. Aight?
    Ok guys … break on three…. 1..2…. 3 …… GO DAWGS!! Aight?

    • Cojones

      Gotta laugh at the DIF reference. Thought the same thing myself. Think if he headed for the “Recreational ganja states” now, he wouldn’t get past the peyote buttons in an Arizona.hogan.

      • Dog in Fla

        Don’t bogart that button my friend, pass the 3,4,5 trimethoxyphenethylamine over to Melissa Joan Hart (“I experimented with weed, [Countdown to] Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half,” Hart tells Life and Style magazine).

        We were in Mudcat’s Impala in back country somewhere around the edge of the desert when Melissa Joan Hart began to take hold and chant wiki saying tyrosine and phenylalanine serve as the metabolic precursors to synthesis of mescaline. Tyrosine can either undergo a decarboxylation via tyrosine decarboxylase to generate tyramine and subsequently undergo an oxidation at carbon 3 by a monophenol hydroxylase or first be hydroxylated by tyrosine hydroxylase to form L-DOPA and decarboxylated by DOPA decarboxylase. These create dopamine, which then experiences methylation by a catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) by an S-adenosyl methionine (SAM)-dependent mechanism. The resulting intermediate is then oxidized again by a hydroxylase enzyme, likely monophenol hydroxylase again, at carbon 5, and methylated by COMT. The product, methylated at the two meta positions with respect to the alkyl substituent, experiences a final methylation at the 4 carbon by a guaiacol-O-methyltransferase, which also operates by a SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile) -dependent mechanism. This final methylation step results in the production of mescaline or you could just snap it off a cactus like you do a rattlesnake’s tail, now pass it over to me my friend because we can outrun any trooper in this state and who wants to open with a prayer?

        • I saw what you did there DIF. I woud have preferred something from Carlos Castaneda there. But I’m probable quibbling and giving you too much cred.
          Here ya go…
          “But trying to mix writing and fucking around with old friends don’t work no more, this maddening, time-killing late-work syndrome, never getting down to the real machine action until two or three at night, won’t make it… especially half drunk full of pills and grass with deadlines past and people howling in New York… the pressure piles up like a hang-fire lightning ball in the brain. Tired and wiggy from no sleep or at least not enough. Living on pills, phone calls unmade, people unseen, pages unwritten, money unmade, pressure piling up all around to make some kind of breakthrough and get moving again. Get the gum off the rails, finish something, croak this awful habit of not ever getting to the end – of anything.” Hunter S. Thompson, First Visit with Mescalito (Los Angeles, 1969)
          I met Hunter in an elevator once… we shot a few games of gold. Sweet.

          • Dog in Fla

            Good point. I never got Carlos Casteneda. Kind of like the same way I never got Thom Pynchon. I never met any of them, Hunter included although I always thought it was strange that he killed himself

            • 81Dog

              My experience is that people who claim to “get” Thomas Pynchon are trying to tell you what deep thinking intellectuals they are, and generally they tell you that in a very condescending way. “Oh, you don’t understand Pynchon? That’s too bad; his imagery and nuance really aren’t for EVERYONE, I suppose.” The word “everyone” is hit with the same inflection and tone such highly evolved life forms use when they say “morons” or “sports fans.” Me personally, I think they just pretend to like his work so they can sneer at those of us in the lumpen proletariat who find him to be a pretentious, self absorbed bore.

              If you like Thomas Pynchon, however, good for you. I love to read, and I have a slightly higher than room temperature IQ, but I’d rather jam a screwdriver into both eyes than have to read another paragraph of that guy’s work.

              At least Hunter Thompson was interesting, albeit completely deranged.

  37. Gentlemen. My first step here is to institute a palate cleanser.
    Go Dawgs!

  38. CannonDawg

    Be careful with the nerves, Senator. They damage easily and they are very, very slow to heal.

  39. sectionzalum

    can we acknowledge that when the good Senator goes down it makes the national media? Viva Blutarsky!!


  40. JG Shellnutt

    If you’re ever in need of medical attention in Habersham…you know my email address.

  41. W Cobb Dawg

    Get well brother Bluto. The Dawg world is a better place with you.

  42. americusdawg

    Best wishes that you get well soon. These dawg days of summer suck without your insightful posts.

  43. Ole Dawg

    Senator, as one of those who attended a different high school with you all I can do is quote Dan Jenkins and say “You Gotta Play Hurt.”

  44. 3rdDegree

    Based on your symptoms, I wouldnt be surprised if you herniated an L5/S1 nerve in your lower back and the pinched nerve is shooting pain down your leg. That pain is miserable. That was my problem but I finally got a laminectomy-microdiscectomy (should be a last option) and have felt amazing ever since. I’m only 32 which is a bummer given the limitations I can now put on my body.