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Real name:
Murray Williams

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Austin, TX

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Men's 50

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March 23, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

My pain was just bone-on-bone in the knee joint itself.
March 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

mad dog, I said running hard not FAST! Kenny, I always said that once I gave up softball I would start playing golf...I guess that is why I keep playing softball!
March 21, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

Tater50, please refer to this thread for some detailed information I (and others) posted earlier about knee replacements. http://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread=79247&message_topic_id=misc

To answer your questions:
1. I would NOT hold off as long as possible if you are in pain and it is affecting your quality of life. For me, it was waking up several times a night in pain that convinced me it was time to get it done. Plus having to limp and not being able to run very well. I could have taken the pain while trying to run for a while longer but it was the pain at night that made it unbearable. Plus I couldn't work out or even take batting practice like I wanted to because of the knee.

2. I only had one done...my other one is in good shape for a 57 year old knee. I have a desk job and was off work for 3 weeks. The first week back I worked 4 hour days then full time after that. Sitting for long periods of time lead to quite a bit of swelling, stiffness and pain. If I had it to do over again, I would have tried to stay home another week or two and kept it elevated and iced longer. I had it done on Dec 7th, 2010 and started hitting in March 2011 and playing at the end of April. It was probably about August before it started feeling pretty good and I felt like I was close to normal again. I DH'd most of all of last year. It's now been a year and 4 months and it feels much better than at the end of last year. We play our first tournament this weekend so it will be my first real test of this year to see how it feels to run hard on it. I definitely recommend it. One month after the surgery I was much better than I had been in years.

3. They do replace both at once, but as you can imagine rehab is much more difficult because you don't have a "good" leg to help you out while you are recovering. My 82 year old dad had both of his replaced 1 month after mine and he went to a full time rehab facility for the first couple of weeks after surgery. He said that if he was going to have to go through rehab and be miserable he would rather only do it once. If it were me, I think I would do 1 at a time.

Good luck!
Murray
March 20, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: cv3

mad dog, definitely not M+. We don't have the power or sponsorship money. We were Major last year and SSUSA reclassified us as AAA this year due to our margin of defeats against major teams. We also lost a few players so we plan to start at AAA and see where we end up.
March 19, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: cv3

mad dog are you coming to Georgetown this weekend for the SPA tournament? Here's my email address: murray.williams@austin.rr.com
March 16, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: cv3

mad dog, we may need an outfielder for Austin Rock 50's. Send me his contact information and I will pass it on to our manager.
March 8, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

Thanks Ed. I'll be calling you in a few days to order another Melee. Does the Vector-O come in an end loaded model also?
March 6, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

Ed, Are their differences between the 2011 and 2012 end loaded Melees?

Jan. 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bifocals and softball

I would recommend 2 different pairs of glasses. Use non-bifocals on the softball field and bifocals off of the field. That's what I do with my contacts.

I have single vision contacts that I wear for softball and multi-vison ones that I wear at work and for general use. My correction with my single vision contacts is 20/15 and with my bifocal contacts it is 20/25. I've worn my bifocal contacts to league games when I forgot to bring my singe visions with me and I do notice a difference.
Dec. 14, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

Leave it as is.
Nov. 9, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

He may be talking about makoplasty which is what I had done. During normal knee replacement they remove the ACL. They don't do theat with makoplasty. It's robot assisted surgery where they don't have to cut or grind away as much bone to put in the device. Not everyone will qualify for makoplasty...it depends on the condition of your knee. My outer part was still OK and only the center and inner part needed replacment, so I was a candidate for makoplasty.

I felt that my recovery for the first 2 months was faster than most who have full knee replacement but from the 2 month point going forward the rapid recovery slowed down and from what I have read, my recovery was pretty much in line with those that had a full knee replacement. Like everything in life, there are exceptions and some people do recover very quickly, but don't go into this thinking that just because someone was back playing softball n a matter of months that it will necessarily happen to you

Check out the bonesmart site I linked a few posts ago and it will answer many more questions than we can in this thread. Our team is not going to Vegas or otherwise I would show you my scar! Good luck in Vegas and with your surgery.
Murray
Nov. 7, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

goforit,
I know you asked Comeback Kid, but I'll throw my 2 cents in here. Finding someone who does many of these (100's per year and 1,000's total) is important. You want someone who has seen it all and knows how to custom it for your knee and your problems working on you rather than someone who is just learning how to do it. Also, find someone who specializes in knees...you don't want someone who mainly does hips or shoulders to work on your knee.

There are several different manufacturers of the joints. Generally, a surgeon will have his preferred one and that is the one that he has built up all the experience with. I would not want a surgeon who has 1,000's of surgeries using a particular joint to try out a new one that he has no experience with on me.

Many doctors have waiting periods that are months long, so if you want it done after Vegas, you probably needed to schedule it a few months ago. That's what I did last year. I had mine done 12/7/2010 which was as close to playing the Vegas tournament as I could get. I also wanted it done as close to Vegas as he could do it so I could start playing in 2011 as soon as possible.

For a lot of good information about the surgery and recovery, I recommend this site: http://bonesmart.org/public_forum/knee-replacement-recovery-area-f39.html

Good luck,
Murray
Nov. 4, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

I was your age (56) when I got mine done. The Synvisc didn't work for me. It all depends on your quality of life and what your pain level was.

For me, it was when it started affecting my everyday life that I made the decision to have it done. I couldn't stand for more than 1/2 hour and I had trouble sleeping at night due to the pain.

One thing I did not do was think of putting it off because of fear of it wearing out sooner. I'd rather get it done now and be pain free for the next 5 years rather than wait for 5 years with the hope that it will wear out when I am 90 instead of 85. I imagine that 30 years from now the knee replacement technology will be much different than today.
Oct. 27, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Seeding Criteria at Senior World Tournament

I don't have a real strong opinion on what the tie breaker should be, but the argument that it is runs allowed and therefore that is fair because the home team may not bat in the last inning, does not take into account the advantage that gives the visiting (losing) team by not having more runs scored against them. The losing team could get a lower seed than if they had been home team instead of visitors.
Also, I see several people talking about not running up the score if they are ahead. Really? Do you make outs on purpose? With 5 run limits on innings before the buffet, I think it would be very hard to feel that any lead was comfortable to not try to add to it going into the buffet.
Oct. 26, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

John, I am very glad that I had my surgery last December. I had gotten to the point where I was in constant pain and couldn't practice or work out enough to be consistent in hitting and my back was often hurting because of the compensation for my bad knee.

I definitely lost power over the last 6 months of last year. I was very diligent (for me) about working out and strengthening my leg for the 3 months prior to surgery and post surgery. I started hitting in March and playing in April.

When I started playing it was 5 months from surgery and I still had a lot of swelling and limited range of motion...but it did not affect my hitting or power very much as I was able to hit HR's as consistently as I had a few years ago before my knee got so bad. I just DH'd and had a runner whenever I got on base.

We went to Phoenix last weekend and that was the first tournament where I played the field for more than an inning or two. I played 1st for 1 game and 3rd for the last 3 games. I'm still working on my running and it hurts a little when my right (surgical) leg hits the ground when I run. I was able to beat out a double play ball this weekend on a grounder that I hit to 3rd!

During my rehab I was very happy with the progress for the first 2 months then from that point up to 6 months I felt like I made very little progress. At that point, I started going to a massage therapist for active release therapy (ART) that really helped to break up the scar tissue and give me more range of motion. It was one of the most painful things I ever went through with her digging deep into the soft tissues to break up the restrictions...but really worth it. When people heard I was getting a massage they asked if it came with a "happy ending" and I said it did. The happy ending was the end of the hour that she was torturing me!

Sorry for such a long post, but hopefully it helps answer some questions. Good luck, Murray

Aug. 22, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 Core Ball

mad dog, Yes Fidel is running it. One day tournament in Georgetown September 3rd. Let me know if you need Fidel's phone number or email.
Aug. 22, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 Core Ball

mad dog, as stated in my original post, we are playing in an NSA tournament in Georgetown in 2 weeks, mainly because it is local and we haven't played since the beginning of August.
Aug. 19, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 Core Ball

tattooball, so what brand do you consider the best and where can I order a few online to try out at the tournament we are playing in a few weeks?
Aug. 18, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 Core Ball

I think we used the AD starr.

Aug. 18, 2011
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 Core Ball

1st off, this is just a straight forward question and I am not looking for a debate as to why this ball is the best/worst thing that ever happened to senior softball. I personally dislike the ones that I have hit this year.

We are playing in an NSA tournament in a few weeks. The only reason we are playing in it is because it is local. We have played in a couple of others that have been local to Austin, TX this summer and the ball we bought from the tournament director was not good.

With that said, what is the "best" 52 core ball and where can you buy them on line? We'd like to try another option at this tournament to see if a different brand is better than we have experienced in the past.

thanks,
Murray
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