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Joffrey Lupul's In the Loops Blog: Recovering from Back Surgery

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By Joffrey Lupul

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Updated Monday, February 15

I know, I know. I said the next blog post would be before Valentines Day. One day after isn't so bad. Besides I had nothing to tell you anyway...

Recovery from surgery has been tough, to say the least. What was originally expected to be eight weeks has turned into three months. A second surgery and a blood infection are the reasons behind that. While it's frustrating, I'm now at least seeing some signs of improvement.

First and most importantly, the blood infection is gone. That was the doctor's No. 1 concern. Fortunately for me, they caught it early and were able to treat it with antibiotics administered through an IV for four weeks. Not exactly how I wanted to spend a month, but it was necessary.

With that out of the way I can now focus all my energy on getting back this year and helping this team get into the playoffs. The boys are playing great and I'm starting to get excited. It's that time of the year where it's soo much fun to play. Games are more intense, the crowd is louder, every play means so much more. Ahhhh, I'm getting excited here. I just need my body to cooperate now! I'm going to be working at it every day over the two-week Olympic break, and by the end of that I should know if playing again this year is a reality.

Congrats to all of the Ducks Olympians. What an honor that must be. I'm especially happy for Ryan Getzlaf. I was in the locker room when he came off after spraining his ankle. I even made the stupid mistake of trying to help him into the training room (obviously forgetting the fact that at that time I couldn't lift a 15-pound dumbell, let alone a 230-pound star center). I felt so bad for him and could see the disappointment on his face. With a four-point night last night he made it clear that he's either feeling a lot better, or he's better than everyone even with sprained ankle. Either way it's pretty cool! Best of luck to all you guys but....GO Canada!

All the boys are at the Olympics or vacationing for the break and I'm "stuck" here. Ha, Newport Beach -- not a bad place to be "stuck." We are all so lucky to play here. That's it. I'm going down to the beach to get some sun and read a book I picked up yesterday -- Led Zepplin Stairway to Heaven Uncensored. You know you're a bad-ass when there is a censored version of your biography (LOL). They don't make rock stars like they used to...

Also, because I suck so bad at updating my blog, follow me on Twitter. You can follow my rehab and whatever else I'm doing while I'm "stuck" in this paradise.

- Loops

Updated Wednesday, December 16

Well, since my last blog (Halloween) a lot has happened. I missed seven games with back pain, then got an MRI that revealed a herniated disc. I came back and played three games dealing with, what I thought, was a problem with my right skate. I was falling down every time I turned right or got pushed!

After a couple of games and practices and arguing with Sluggo (our equipment guy), I realized it wasn't a skate problem at all. My right leg had lost its strength and was not supporting my weight. (Nobody said us hockey players were smart! Apologies to Sluggo for making him adjust my skate 12 times).

After that I was sent to see Dr. Watkins in Marina Del Rey, who is thought of as the No. 1 doctor to see regarding back and neck injuries. He told me within five minutes that surgery was what was needed to correct the problems that have bothered me all year.

I was upset about missing the 6-8 weeks he said the rehab would take, but was also excited at the prospect of playing at full strength and pain free again. Surgery is tomorrow and I'm not nervous one bit. I wanna get it done and get back to full strength to get back and help this team make the playoffs.

I will leave you right now and resume this blog in 2 days once surgery is done -- successfully I hope! By that time the Ducks will have gone to Vancouver and beat the Canucks.

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Updated Friday, December 18

Surgery successful! I'm lying in a hospital bed and I want OUT OF HERE!!! I'd write more right now but I'm heavily medicated and I don't wanna say anything I'll regret --  like "learn English,  nurse!!!" I'll resume tomorrow, hopefully from the comfort of my own home.

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Updated Saturday, December 19

Okay, I'm back home, but I'm not comfortable. Give me back my morphine (LOL). My back is very sore, but I guess that is to be expected.

I'm staying at my friends' house today and they are taking care of me. I'm pretty lucky they took me in because I'm not moving around very well at all. The boys are playing Phoenix right now in a game we must win. The feed of the game I'm watching is the Honda Vision feed from the arena.

It's tough to watch the boys play. I'm their biggest fan right now but sometimes I'd rather not watch. Too stressful. Also, fans, you're not the only ones who have Dan Sexton fever! This guy's awesome! It's great as a veteran player to see a young guy come in and bring so much energy. He looks like a young Martin St. Louis... No pressure, Dan. Better name...

I have to apologize for being a poor blogger thus far. Three blogs in four months is probably not what you anticipated when I said I would be blogging!

Bobby Ryan scores, Ducks win! Hope the boys enjoy their Saturday night. They deserve it. I'll be here in bed, alone, shopping for a Sexton jersey (HAHA). Until next time... I swear it'll be before Valentine's day

P.S. Thanks to all the team doctors and trainers for all the help over the last month!

- Loops

Updated October 31, 2009

Okay, I'm back. I'm on the plane to Phoenix for our game with the Coyotes. We finally just won again so I feel comfortable blogging. I didn't want to answer questions while I was typing on my computer instead of doing push-up pyramids. The win feels good but the reality is, it's one game and we have some making up to do for our recent play on home ice...OMG, Teemu just walked onto the plane wearing a George Bush mask. What a legend!

That leads me to my next topic, Halloween. I can't tell you what I'm gonna be this year, because our team's Halloween party isn't for 10 days still. I guess that puts it somewhere between a Halloween party and a Christmas party. Oh well, a party nonetheless. Walking around dressed up as a '70s basketball player (last year's costume) on November 10th is grounds for ridicule though.

Is it just me or do girls use Halloween as a chance to scantily dress now? A sexy nurse, a sexy librarian, a sexy cop, a sexy drunken sailor (Someone actually said that one to me). I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong. Gone are the days of putting on a white bed sheet and cutting two holes for eyes, I suppose. Ha, George Bush mask..

On my first blog I asked people to write in questions and or topics for me to write about. I was amazed at the response! Questions ranged from music to cars to my favorite cheese (really???). I honestly was expecting like 5 to 10 questions. I will try my best to write on all of them.

Last week I had the opportunity to go see U2 at the Rose Bowl with 100, 000 thousand people. Insane! I'm not a huge U2 fan but just to see a show of that magnitude was impressive. It was more of a spectacle than a real music performance, but that's what U2 is now. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" still pumped me up. "With or Without You" made me wanna be Bono in 1990 for just 10 minutes. Between a stage that looked like it might fly away any minute, to live video of a man on a US space station, I was impressed. That Bono seems like a pretty good guy. He may do some good in this world yet.

Oh yeah, Black Eyed Peas opened up for them. Slash came out and played "Sweet Child O' Mine" with Fergie. She was awesome!! Is she single? Does she read "In the Loops" blog??? One can only hope. (I didn't make that name up, by the way).

Well, we're starting our descent. I've gotta go get some sleep. Back-to-back games are always tough, but we have got some momentum going from tonight. Favre at Lambeau on Sunday will occupy my day off. Brett Favre is the man. Even he wouldn't wear a costume on a team charter though.

Congrats Scotty Niedermayer on 700 points. Amazing player, nicer guy.

Wait, I didn't get to any of your questions! Ummmm, my favorite cheese is gouda. With crackers. Ha.

- Loops

Updated October 13, 2009

After getting home from our first road trip of the year we got a much needed day off yesterday. The day off for me took a turn for the worse early, when I forgot that my housekeepers were coming at 8 a.m. (I swear you forget what day it is when you're on the road).

Later in the day the movers came over with all of my clothes and furniture from my old house in Philly. The clothes are now in an enormous pile in my spare bedroom, while the furniture all went to storage. They also brought me my favorite guitar (which i used to play the first song in my head -- Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy (LOL). It was probably time I should have spent unpacking, come to think of it.

Another thing I was excited to get yesterday was my back-up set of golf clubs. I mention this because last week someone stole my set that I use in California out of the trunk of my car! (If you are reading this, GIVE ME BACK MY PUTTER!) Luckily, I have an extra set of clubs and can now use the excuse, "my clubs were stolen" to justify a lousy round. Maybe I'll even get a couple strokes from the boys now.

The road trip started in Minnesota for us and we were eager to get going after losing our first game at home. We came out and played a pretty solid road game. I scored my first goal of the season, which always seems to be a tough one to get. It was a pretty good feeling, but it didn't last long.

The next shift I went to block a shot and was hit with a puck right above the right eye. I was pretty sure when the puck hit me that my eye was okay. It was still scary because the blood was running in my eye and I couldn't see. It must have looked pretty bad though because I had a lot of messages on my phone from people making sure I was okay. I always tell my mom, "It looks worse than it is." She obviously didn't believe that because six of those messages I mentioned before were from her (love you, Mom!). Even more painful than the puck in the eye, was the fact that we somehow squandered a three-goal lead in the last 10 minutes and lost in overtime.

We were still winless and heading into play the best team in the East -- Boston. In Boston things finally fell into place and we played a solid game and beat them 6-1. Corey Perry scored the nicest goal of the season and another goal off his head. That is how you earn the nickname "Worm"!

From Boston we went to Philadelphia where I had played the two previous years. It was nice to be back there and see a lot of my friends and old teamates. We had a team dinner at my favorite restaurant there,  Del Frisco's.

One of the best parts of being on the road is just bonding with the guys. We are honestly like a bunch of kids on the road and it is awesome to travel city to city with a bunch of friends. That game was an emotional one for me. It was hard playing against some of those guys over there, but I wanted to win soooooooo badly. Luckily, come third period it didn't matter what anyone tried to do -- Teemu took over. He scored twice to tie the game for us and once in the shootout to win it. Safe to say he's still got it. Don't retire. Ever.

This blog will be done whenever I have free time. I encourage fans to send me your thoughts or questions and I will write on those topics. Topics do not have to be hockey-related by any means. I'm a huge music fan, love football and generally am very outgoing, so there's a wide range of topics to go along with hockey. (That kinda sounded like a personal ad for or something.) Oh well, I'm still getting the hang of this....

- Loops

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