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Old 10-05-2012, 02:09 PM   #151
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If you're wearing Crocs, chances are that you're not smart enough to tie your shoes.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #152
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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 . . .
Wishing all the best in your recovery.
I have no experience with injuries such as yours, but am hopeful that your leg can be saved

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:13 AM   #153
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The most talented dirt rider I knew, had a car pull out on him, is only decisions as he began to brake was hit her door or the passenger door. He did experience the brain processing speed increase we all have. Wreck happening in slow motion, maximum braking, hit her door or back door, no kids, hit back. He tried to jump the car. He said be scrubbed off only 25 or so MPH when he hit, broke both legs on car he thought. Impact of harley going 30 mph on car is impressive. Car was mashed in several feet. Driver would be dead if he had hit her door.

He healed up fairly well, but used even more alcohol to deal with the pain. That got him years later. He was a good guy.

That there is a zone of no escape, where if the other driver does X, you will crash. Making that zone as small as possible figures in my riding decision making. yesterday I had a car inside that zone start to creep forward. You never know if it is just creeping or a prelude to hitting the throttle. I hit the brakes hard, and they stopped. I pointed my finger (no not that finger) at them and then waved as I rode by. I hope it sunk in that creeping in front of a motorcyclist can alarm them. Yea right. They probably wondered why I slowed down so much. After all, they knew they were only creeping.

Best wishes to you for a good full recovery. You were simply in the no escape zone, and took your best option. You still are.

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:44 AM   #154
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I use to be in charge of safety for our district. The way parents drive around schools is unreal. We would get these minor complaints about some unsafe item on campus and these same parents would run right through a crossing guards stop sign.
I witnessed this over and over and even with enforcement there was only minor improvement.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:03 PM   #155
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Right now, one year ago, I was laying in that ditch--broken and trying to stay calm and alive. It's been a looong year. Progress is still being made and I appreciate all the comments and thoughts and prayers along the way.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #156
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Hey Diesel,
Been an occasional lurker here for awhile, but after reading your account of your wreck, which I just saw today, I felt I had to register just so I could post up some ongoing words of encouragement.
I hope youre continuing along the road to recovery and things stay positive regarding your leg; reading your posts, I see that you have a positive attitude, which is an absolute must.
Keep looking forward and push yourself as hard as you can doing PT, it pays off in the long run.
(fwiw, I planted my beloved FLH into the side of a red light running left hand turning SUV at 50 mph in April 11, so I have a clue as to what you you have been thru. I broke my right leg, right hand, fractured a vertabrae and my right shoulder and had a few other gouges and dings. Got to go on a copter ride to Hermann also and was laid out from work for 6 months. Not back riding yet, but thats more to do with finances than anything else.)
Keep pushing yourself and get back on the job soon.
God bless.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #157
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Just an update. I went to the doctor on the 16th of October and got thrown into the hospital on an emergency basis as my right thigh was not doing well at all. The surgeon scheduled me for an I&D procedure for the next day. During that surgery, they opened up and worked on the thigh. They also manipulated my left knee and right shoulder to get a sense of how things were going there. On Friday, they went back into the OR and did a second I&D and opened the thigh up even more. The result of these two procedures is that I've got a deep thigh wound as large as my fist. That wound goes all the way to the femur. All the bad gunk has been removed and the wound is packed with a HUGE amount of Iodoform sterile gauze packing. Like almost five bottles worth of the stuff. Here are some pictures taken on Monday 10/22/12, at the doctor's office, as they unpack the wound. I apologize in advance if these pics are too graphic:


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Old 10-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #158
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Damn! That's brutal!
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #159
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Holy Crap man, that's rough.

What do they propose to do for you??
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #160
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Diesel, wtf. I'm no doctor and I would have taken you to the hospital if I saw that.

Keep going to doctors until that thing heals up. You need a doctor who has been to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Find a specialist.

I got burned once. They took me to the local hospital. They knew nothing about burns. Got home 4 days later, next doctor knew nothing about burns. Next day new doctor says you need to be in a burn unit. Burn unit got me straight.

That is not the type of wound that you come back in a few months to see how your are doing.

Contact Dr. Mark
He is on under > Injuries - Riders down but not out. You may have to join (no cost) to access the threads.

I hope you heal quickly.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:43 AM   #161
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I just came across this thread, and I'm sorry to see the turn it has taken for you Diesel. As a Houstonian, I can appreciate the job you guys do to keep us safe. I've never gotten a speeding ticket I didn't earn, and was let off with warnings plenty of times when I could have been hauled away. You've definitely got the best health care available anywhere, and that's a big part of the battle. Keep your spirits up and get well!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:22 AM   #162
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Oh my god!!!!! Diesel!!!! Man, you must be made of Titanium!!! Those pictures are very scary, and you look calm as hell just sitting there as they're pulling you apart. I'm so sorry your healing isn't going so well. I don't even know what to say to you other than you're in my thoughts and I'm sending good vibes your way. Keep us in the loop!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:56 AM   #163
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Diesel, I hope I'm not out of bounds, trying to help. But here is Dr Mark's site

He is in Houston and a motorcyclist. I posted your pictures because I think something is wrong and you need attention.
Here is the thread at KTMtalk.

Bad wound after one year Dr Mark help Click here

"Dr Mark's response "It surely isn't normal. What germ is growing inside the femur and is the bone healed? Do you live in Houston?"

Again I'm trying to fight for your leg not harass or embarrass you.

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:02 PM   #164
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My thoughts and prayers are with you Diesel. I too had an accident recently and came away with a broken hip and pelvis but feel very fortunate. You deserve some good news. All the best and keep your head up.

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:27 PM   #165
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I can feel for you I was in an industrial accident and got a 12 " cut in my abdomen down to my muscle around my stomach.
The DR said it would abscess if they stitched it up.
I had to have hydrogen peroxide poured through it for the next 5 months so it healed from the inside out.
there is a big gash/ scar but no major problems afterwards.

Seek out a wound care specialist it made the difference in my case.

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