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Old 08-18-2012, 09:11 AM   #136
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Wednesday, last week, was the first day I've walked using both legs in over seven and a half months. Using an orthotic shoe with a three-inch thick sole, I walked about 30 feet at the parallel bars, including turning around and some walking backwards. A lot of pain and work and tears went into even getting that far, but that's how far I am for now. Other than that, I'm still stuck in a wheelchair or bed. Life goes on . . .

Keep your head on a swivel, folks. :cheers:
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Push hard with the physical therapy. Years ago I had a bit of it after serious burns and can tell you, as painful as it is now, in a few years the pain will be a somewhat faded memory, but having full range of motion/use of your limbs will yield benefits every day. Hang in and heal.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #137
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I wonder if some officers put a little too much faith in their lights and sirens, not saying diesel did or didnt. I remember an accident in washington state a few years ago involving a sherrifs deputy. He was going trough a red light making a left turn with lights and sirens blazing, the problem was he didnt slow down to make sure traffic saw him and the light was on a highway with a 55 mile per hour speed limit. He pulled through the light in front of a truck hauling a full load of lumber. Witnesses said he was going quite fast and his tires were screaming when he went into the corner. The officer died and they tried to say it was the truck drivers fault. The carr did not have rooftop lights and the truck likely never heard the siren. I think it came down to the fact that the officer didnt do his due diligence in making sure the intersection was clear. Sad part was he was responding to a peeping tom call or something similar.

Some of the bike cops here in denver are nuts. I had one pass me in my lane, was on a bike that day, to catch up to a speeder. Saw seven of then goind down the interstate with heavy traffic going over the limit with less than a foot between them front and back and the sides, they were stacked up in twos with a single at the back. One miscue by a front bike would have taken them all out.

They make yo buy your own bike, do you at least get paid decent mileage?
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:10 AM   #138
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Just read this.

Hang in there and keep healing.

Warmest regards and well wishes from way up north, Mark H.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:27 AM   #139
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well , from the other side of the world , i wish you the best, i must admit reading your first post ,, i thought to myself , " damn i wish i had that surgeon" ....like so many others have said , push hard with the rehab .... get everything bending that must bend .... bear as much weight as you can and do it often .... ....in the near future i am looking at getting osseointergration ... basically drilling my femur out . ramming a titanium rod up it ... leaving about 3-4 inches sticking out and then attaching my prosthetic knee and foot to the bit sticking out .... i will be bearing my weight back through my hip again like it was ment to .... hard rehab , but it will be worth it to get rid of the socket ....
good on ya mate .
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #140
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Diesel;

A question I haven't seen yet......

Did you figure out what broke your legs? Was it the cylinders, or the crash bars, as you were ejected from the bike? Or was it something that happened on impact?

Just curious?

God bless your recovery!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #141
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Firstly, I read the actual account and I think "daaayum!!!". But I am glad you are doing ok now relatively speaking. My big question to you Diesel is, would you get back on a motorcycle after this incident? I for one don't think I could even get on a pedal bike if anything remotely similar happened to me.

Regrdless, get well soon. Oh and I won't be showing my mother who is an O.R. Nurse any of these posts.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #142
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well , from the other side of the world , i wish you the best, i must admit reading your first post ,, i thought to myself , " damn i wish i had that surgeon" ....like so many others have said , push hard with the rehab .... get everything bending that must bend .... bear as much weight as you can and do it often .... ....in the near future i am looking at getting osseointergration ... basically drilling my femur out . ramming a titanium rod up it ... leaving about 3-4 inches sticking out and then attaching my prosthetic knee and foot to the bit sticking out .... i will be bearing my weight back through my hip again like it was ment to .... hard rehab , but it will be worth it to get rid of the socket ....
good on ya mate .
Thanks for the kind words, amigo--you, of all people, understand the tough road we're both traveling. I've got some issues with the thigh that have to get sorted out. My surgeon is referring me to a wound care specialist due to swelling and fluid leakage. If we don't get this sorted out, I will lose my leg. The surgeon was quite blunt about that this afternoon. He knows I'm doing everything that is asked of me, but it's kinda tough hearing that kind of news eleven months after the accident . . . with my leg right there, with good perfusion, no numbness, etc. It would be a cruel twist to lose the leg a year after the crash. But no matter what happens, I'll take it in stride and keep you in mind--your story continues to inspire. Cheers!

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Diesel;

A question I haven't seen yet......

Did you figure out what broke your legs? Was it the cylinders, or the crash bars, as you were ejected from the bike? Or was it something that happened on impact?

Just curious?

God bless your recovery!
My femurs were most certainly broken by the handlebars, as I was ejected up and over the bike. My humerus fractures were caused by my landing. I'm not 100% certain when/how my ankle was broken.

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Firstly, I read the actual account and I think "daaayum!!!". But I am glad you are doing ok now relatively speaking. My big question to you Diesel is, would you get back on a motorcycle after this incident? I for one don't think I could even get on a pedal bike if anything remotely similar happened to me.

Regrdless, get well soon. Oh and I won't be showing my mother who is an O.R. Nurse any of these posts.
If it is at all humanely possible, I will ride again. I have several bikes that are begging to be ridden and I can't wait to ride again. Fates willing, this will happen.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #143
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Diesel I know there are some things, a person should only have to do once in a lifetime. Learning how to walk is definitely one of them.
It's been 12 years after the injury for me, and I still improve from time to time. It gets frustrating hitting plateaus where you work your ass off, and don't improve. But then, one day something that didn't work the day before starts working.

Keep up the hard work of rehabbing, and keep a positive mental attitude.

I look at it like walking UP the DOWN escalator, if you stop you go down fast. If you try a little you maintain position, but if you really bust your ass you will reach the top.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:11 AM   #144
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Wow!
Very sorry to hear and glad you made it out!
Very lucky!
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #145
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Diesel, it's been three months to the day for me. You are an inspiration to me. Keep it up buddy. Remember, more will be revealed.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:46 PM   #146
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I'm not 100% certain when/how my ankle was broken.
Speaking from experience do you think the shift lever may have trapped your foot as you launched breaking the ankle?

Heal quickly don't loose the leg. Man go to the doctor more often and get what ever treatment is available to make it heal correctly.

Look at this guys story. The BIG CRASH
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It's about an XR650R rider who had a crash and broke his ankle. 3 months later nerve damage, poor blood flow and leg is amputated at the knee.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #147
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3. Take an out to the right. In this case, the right means an East Texas drainage ditch. This option made the most sense in the split second I had to make a decision. It meant that no one but myself would possibly be injured. THAT's due regard in my book.
Wow, THAT'S the definition of due regard. In the split second that you had to make a decision, the degree of care and responsibility you've demonstrated speaks volumes about your obligation to uphold the safety of us civilians and on your conduct as a true blue and accountable member of your force. I have nothing but gratitude and humble respect for how you've chosen to handle yourself in this situation.

I was compelled to read through each and every page, and I just felt I needed to acknowledge your sense of duty. I am sorry to hear about the current prognosis of your leg as I do not wish for such an outcome, but please continue to keep us posted. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I wish you all the best during your recovery.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:01 PM   #148
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Went for my first meeting with the lymphedema/wound care specialist yesterday. After a lot of measurements, some debridement, and some other stuff. the doctor told me that she feels confident that they'll be able to bring the swelling down and manage the wounds so that I won't have to lose the leg. I am heartened by her confidence. Next week, I begin daily treatments at the lymphedema clinic--treatments that will last several weeks.

With fingers crossed, I remain cautiously optimistic . . .
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #149
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #150
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Great to hear some good news! You're certainly overdue for some!
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