After 200+ weddings, health issues have forced me to give this up. Doctor says that it may be temporary, but would at least cover the 2017 season. He also said to brace myself to give it up totally...
Nerve damage, major tingling from neck to left hand
some on right arm
lots on left leg
Biggest issue is gripping stuff, both hands are bad, left is worse.
the longer I stand, the more the left leg feels like its asleep, and the harder it is to walk and maintain balance
This will be monitored for the next few months, and then there will be a surgery discussion if the doc thinks it will help. he has even thrown the words "quality of life" around a few times. There was also a mention of me losing my driver's license.
Not asking for sympathy or anything like that... a lesson for many I'm sure.
If your doctor says don't do it, listen to him. I went to what is now my last wedding against his recommendation that I don't do any weddings until he clears me. i thought some rest ahead of time and meds on the day of would help.. It doesn't.
The only good thing I did is bring a 2nd shooter - the couple wasn't paying for it, but I thought I should have that safety net. I also thought that the doctor was exaggerating the issue, and that I was a lot closer to being Superman than he gave me credit for. My macro lens dropped to the floor on a swap. At least the 5D it was attached to was strapped to me. There was also a close call with a lightstand when I stumbled walking by. Church started great, and the first time I crouched down for some shots, I had a hard time getting up, and spent the next hour very slow to move around and keep up with what was going on.
After the nightmare that was Saturday, I spent most of the next 2 days in a very emotional state, and finally penned an email to send out to my wedding couples for the rest of the season.
Listen to your body. Listen to your doctor. And really, listen to your wife as well - that one hurts saying the most.
I didn't do any further damage to myself, physically at least. Embarrassed myself mostly. And I don't think I did anyone any good but trying to tough this out.
I've never missed a wedding. I've worked through broken toes. Colds. Sprained ankle. Headaches. I've missed funerals and birthdays.
And having to tell 17 brides that I'm not fit to be there for them really hurts.
I've already received responses from some. A couple are mad. I can understand that. Many more have said nice things back. Everyone of them, I have already reached out to local photographers to see what can be done to help them. I've also asked for an email address to e-transfer back all deposits.
Health is a precious thing.