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Old 10-11-2011, 10:00 PM   #871
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no doubt this will turn out OK for you, we're all behind you, power to you bro
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:19 PM   #872
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My guess it would not be too hard to get a Doctor to write a 'scrip for Morphine there. It does less damage to your liver and is 100 times more effective for severe pain. Just one problem ... it's highly addictive. Use at your own Risk.

Massive does of Ibuprofen and serious anti-inflammatory drugs can do serious damage to Kidneys and Liver over time. Ask me how I know. I've been through six surgeries ... learned a lot about this over the two year recovering period. Now ... my kidneys are in trouble.

Morphine is your best bet. It's much less controlled down south. I ride with two Doctors. In Mexico they carry Morphine on board the bike ... just in case.
You MUST be kidding!
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:38 AM   #873
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Drugs

Don't worry guys. I'm not going to O.D. on Ibuprofen, nor am I going to buy/use any morphine.

Never had morphine before, and don't really care to try it.

Anyways, I feel way better now, and the Ibuprofen is less and less desired.


Like I say all the time, "All is well!"

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Old 10-12-2011, 09:04 AM   #874
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like i say all the time, "all is well!"
saweeeeeeeeeeeet!
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #875
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Hope the prosecutor doesn't read this ride report. He might try to make a case that it represents a pattern of things jumping out in front of you.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:21 PM   #876
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Broken Leg Update Photos.

While I sit in this lovely hotel, waiting for news about the traffic accident investigation, and calling my lawyer to ask about getting the necessary papers signed to release my motorcycle from the Police Parking lot, I have decided to post an update of the scar on leg where the Doctors in Barraquilla, Colombia cut me open, drilled 8 holes, inserted a place, screwed in 8 screws, and stitched me back together.

As of today, two months and nine days after the surgery, my ankle feels exactly like normal, looks normal, and performs normally. It's like it never happened.

EXCEPT for the awesome scar, and the fact that I can feel the metal plate under the skin. Check it out.


View #1




And here is View #2




Most excellent if I do say so myself.

Until next time! Ciao!

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Old 10-13-2011, 03:25 PM   #877
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Nice scar. Get yourself one of these tatoos.

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #878
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You MUST be kidding!
Have you spent much time in an emergency room? Are you a Doctor?

My good doc riding buddy is a Trauma specialist ... and an orthopedic surgeon. When he talks ... I listen.

Do you know what a Trauma surgeon does? Mainly, he saves your life, that's all. When you come in unconscious ... he's the guy who determines everything that is wrong with you and takes action. Life or death kinda stuff.

He trained at USC hospital in downtown LA. More shootings and Trauma there than most war zones.

Next time you :
1. break a collar bone
2. break (NOT CRACK) ribs
3. have a compound fracture
4. have Kidney stones
5. Get shot

You'll generally find Morphine is the number one drug prescribed for acute pain. Morphine is used for these and any number of other maladies and is generally used in recovery. (self administrating Morphine machine) No news there. Anyone who's done serious hospital time will know all this.

I've had six major surgeries. I questioned my Docs a lot through my two years and six operations and another year of Physical Therapy
I learned a lot ... and know a thing or two about pain.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:36 PM   #879
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Tattoo

I hadn't seen/heard of that design before. I just google'd some examples... Ugh..

http://www.hahastop.com/pictures/Leg_Zipper_Tattoo.jpg

I was thinking more along the lines of a map of Central and South America running over the scar, kind of like this map.




It would run along the same line as the scar. Could be cool.

I got this one in two series about 6 months apart, just over 4 years ago. Firs the sun/moon, then shortly thereafter, the Wings around (read the name) and word beneath.



Maybe some wings? Nah. These were on my bro's ankles.




No zipper tattoo for me, but maybe a map or two.

--Alex


P.S Ibuprofen has done just fine, and I rarely ever take pain medications anyway. No morphine for me until I'm in a hospital.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #880
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While I sit in this lovely hotel, waiting for news about the traffic accident investigation, and calling my lawyer to ask about getting the necessary papers signed to release my motorcycle from the Police Parking lot, I have decided to post an update of the scar on leg where the Doctors in Barraquilla, Colombia cut me open, drilled 8 holes, inserted a place, screwed in 8 screws, and stitched me back together.

As of today, two months and nine days after the surgery, my ankle feels exactly like normal, looks normal, and performs normally. It's like it never happened.

EXCEPT for the awesome scar, and the fact that I can feel the metal plate under the skin. Check it out.

--Alex
Looks great Alex. How is your range of motion? Compare with other ankle.
I would be working that ankle pretty good to stretch past the scar tissue build up. If you wait too long ... it will never go away and some range of motion could be lost.

You are lucky to be young and healing so fast. Makes everything easier. Can you feel the plate or screws through the skin at all? Be interesting to see how your riding boot feels. I feel my plate a bit through my boot.

When you get back to the US, you may want to consulate a good orthopod about removing the plate. Not strictly required ... but an option. Remember: some Docs (especially surgeons) just LOVE to operate. In my case my Doc advised leaving the plate in unless it was really bothering me. That was 12 years ago.

But research this option ... get opinions, see what you think on down the road.

After about a year bone calcification will begin to grow around the plate and screws ... making them more or less permanent ... and harder, but not impossible to remove. In the end the break area and plate may be stronger than the original equipment. My plates are Titanium, stainless screws.

Good luck, ride safe!
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:28 PM   #881
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Ankle

The range of motion is exactly the same as the other ankle. If there is any difference, I can't tell. Side by side the ankles (are fine). Remember though, I fractured the fibula near the ankle, and not the ankle itself.

I've already ridden in my riding boots nearly 1,000 miles since Bogota. I hadn't even remembered to think about it until now. I didn't notice a difference at all.

I can feel the plate through the skin. It doesn't bother me though. I can't tell it's there unless I feel it with my fingers on purpose.

I've thought about removing it. I'll consider it more when I get home.

I'm pretty sure my plate is titanium as well. Not sure about the screws.

So far so good :)

--Alex
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:47 PM   #882
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Have you spent much time in an emergency room? Are you a Doctor?

My good doc riding buddy is a Trauma specialist ... and an orthopedic surgeon. When he talks ... I listen.

Do you know what a Trauma surgeon does? Mainly, he saves your life, that's all. When you come in unconscious ... he's the guy who determines everything that is wrong with you and takes action. Life or death kinda stuff.

He trained at USC hospital in downtown LA. More shootings and Trauma there than most war zones.

Next time you :
1. break a collar bone
2. break (NOT CRACK) ribs
3. have a compound fracture
4. have Kidney stones
5. Get shot

You'll generally find Morphine is the number one drug prescribed for acute pain. Morphine is used for these and any number of other maladies and is generally used in recovery. (self administrating Morphine machine) No news there. Anyone who's done serious hospital time will know all this.

I've had six major surgeries. I questioned my Docs a lot through my two years and six operations and another year of Physical Therapy
I learned a lot ... and know a thing or two about pain.

But Alex says he's NOT in much pain...why would you suggest using morphine unless he was in agony?
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:15 PM   #883
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Regardless. It was a suggestion.

Every recipient of a suggestion is allowed to make his/her own un/biased decision.

Let us consider that he suggested it without knowing the entire spectrum of the situation, to be considered at such time that it might be desired or of necessity; out of personal experience with what was likely intense pain.

Consider it only a suggestion.

Also consider that Adv Grifter only mentioned it once.

Why do the people on the street suggest that the tall white gringo wearing shorts and flip flops smoke "herba" or snort "cocaine" (coke-eye-een-ah). Maybe because it works for them.

If we start to question everyone's authority, we undermine our own.

Let us let it rest, and continue on.

Remember, all is well here on the home front, so let us keep it that way here as well.

This what I prefer to hear

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Good storytellin' -- thanks Alex. I check back in from time to time to see how you are doing. Make the best decisions for you. Be safe, my friend. You have a long life to look forward to. Whatever you do will work out well -- you've got the spirit!
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Damn...Good luck to you. I really hope that you can continue on your journey....wherever that may be.


Everyone is entitled to, and encouraged to explain/demonstrate a suggestion, and ONLY I will make my decisions out here in the field. No need for anyone to argue it for me.

Thanks for understanding guys/gals. Its not ME that make posting here fun, it's you that make posting here totally awesome!

--Alex

P.S. Cariboostrom and Adv Grifter: This is not meant to be an offensive post against either of you, or a defensive post on behalf of either of you. It is simply a post meant to maintain and contain any outward posting that is not part of this adventure. You guys both rock, along with everyone else on here.

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:13 PM   #884
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Every recipient of a suggestion is allowed to make his/her own un/biased decision.

Let us consider that he suggested it without knowing the entire spectrum of the situation, to be considered at such time that it might be desired or of necessity; out of personal experience with what was likely intense pain.

Consider it only a suggestion.

Also consider that Adv Grifter only mentioned it once.

Why do the people on the street suggest that the tall white gringo wearing shorts and flip flops smoke "herba" or snort "cocaine" (coke-eye-een-ah). Maybe because it works for them.

If we start to question everyone's authority, we undermine our own.

Let us let it rest, and continue on.

Remember, all is well here on the home front, so let us keep it that way here as well.

This what I prefer to hear















Everyone is entitled to, and encouraged to explain/demonstrate a suggestion, and ONLY I will make my decisions out here in the field. No need for anyone to argue it for me.

Thanks for understanding guys/gals. Its not ME that make posting here fun, it's you that make posting here totally awesome!

--Alex

P.S. Cariboostrom and Adv Grifter: This is not meant to be an offensive post against either of you, or a defensive post on behalf of either of you. It is simply a post meant to maintain and contain any outward posting that is not part of this adventure. You guys both rock, along with everyone else on here.

You are wise beyond your years young man, I love your perspective on things.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #885
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But Alex says he's NOT in much pain...why would you suggest using morphine unless he was in agony?
Good point ... but I wasn't suggesting that ... just letting him know it's out there and if an emergency, he might be able to get it. Alex's track record hasn't been too good. Just really bad luck is how I look at it. So my info could be classified as "For possible future reference" Don't want to Jinx the man ... but "one never know, do one!"* (*Fat's Waller)

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