KVD is on the mend

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Kevin VanDam

Kevin VanDam

In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world. KVD has 4 Bassmaster Classic wins and 7 Angler of the Year titles to his name. 

I’ve never met a lake that overwhelmed me.

Never been intimidated by a field of tough pro anglers, either.

And big fish? I’ve caught giant sharks and big sailfish that flopped around in the boat within inches of my legs.

No big deal.

But I have to tell you, I found something that sends shivers down my spine.

Surgery.

I had my first experience with that this week and hope it’s my last. It wasn’t serious – I had a hernia repaired – but it put me down for awhile and the whole experience was a bit frightening.

Shoot, I’ve never had stitches before. Other than when I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was 18, I’ve never been “put under” for a medical procedure.

And injuries? The worst I’ve experienced was a broken toe that occurred on a boat dock during a B.A.S.S. Tournament (I was wearing flip flops and learned my lesson!) a few years ago.

I have no idea how this injury occurred. I noticed some discomfort this fall and it worsened. Finally, 10 days before Christmas, I went to the doc and he diagnosed the problem and said I needed surgery.

It was a catch-22 – I didn’t want to be laid up during Christmas holidays because it’s such a special time for me to be with the family. On the other hand, I needed to get it fixed and back to 100 percent before the Bassmaster Classic in February. 

I’m dictating this blog from the couch less than 24 hours after the surgery. As long as I don’t move, I’m comfortable. Walking, climbing into bed or coughing or sneezing is painful.

Now, this procedure is minor compared to others who were being admitted to the hospital at the same time. I saw a friend who was having a heart valve replaced and woman who was having a hysterectomy. So, a little hernia repair isn’t that serious.

But when you’re accustomed to busting around at full speed, this is a little daunting. I’m confined to a couch for seven days and can’t lift anything for three to four weeks. I have to give this thing time heal or it might bust open again. Definitely don’t want that.

The down time has enabled me the chance to answer a lot of questions on my Facebook page, button up some business contracts, order jerseys for next season watch The Bassmasters shows I’ve taped on my TV DVR.

I also started studying Strike King and Quantum catalogs so that I can place orders for lures and equipment this tournament season.

Before I do that, though, I’ll inventory the tackle I have in the “tackle room” in my house. My wife Sherry helps keep me very organized which makes it easier to determine what I need.

Until then, and between cat naps, I’ll be thinking about how to attack the Red River and defend my Classic title. I may be down temporarily, but I’ll be on top of my game when we launch our boats in Shreveport!

Remember, it’s all about the attitude!

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