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Old 03-04-2015, 08:18 AM   #1
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killing time before surgery

Commuting home yesterday afternoon about a mile from the house, 3 lane, one-way residential street, pickup truck a (very) few yards ahead of me initiates a left turn from the middle lane right in front of me as I'm travelling in the left lane. Needless to say, driver cited.

Bike--'01 VFR--(as reported to me): frame broken at steering head, forks bent, fairings destroyed, clutch cover ground through, and who knows what else.

Rider (me): broken left forearm requiring surgery/plating, broken right femur, shattered hip joint/pelvis--end of thighbone blasted through hip socket, assorted bruising, never lost consciousness. 4+ hour attempted reconstruction surgery starting a couple hours from now to pull the thighbone out of my pelvis and put the pieces of my hip socket back together with Ti plates and screws. Already drove a rod through the leg above the knee to hang traction weight overnight. Femur to be set at the same time; future surgery for the forearm.

Gear: A'stars boots and gloves intact, heavily rashed but otherwise intact Shoei X11, Vanson Challenger jacket with small scuff on sleeve.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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That's one heck of an injury list. Hope you pull through ok, broken bones with plates and screws aren't any fun.

What part of Floridah?
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:00 AM   #3
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Damn.

Hope for a quick and complete recovery.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:03 AM   #4
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Thanks, I hope so, too. Tampa Bay area. Just wish it'd been my EX250 commuter instead of the VFR--loved that bike
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:05 AM   #5
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Damn.

Hope for a quick and complete recovery.
To be honest, I read this stuff, and wonder if it isn't time to hang up the helmet. Best wishes for your recovery South.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:25 AM   #6
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Dude, glad you are OK. Looks like you caught up to Evil Kineivel in one swoop!
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:48 AM   #7
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Ouch. A broken leg and a broken arm.

I found this website to offer useful information during my recovery from a broken leg and ankle. If nothing else, it gives you something to read while you are sitting around with your leg propped up:
http://www.mybrokenleg.com/

Hope you heal up with no complications.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:48 AM   #8
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Yep, survived. Barely. Surgery a little after 3pm, and didn't come out 'til midniht. Hip feels much better. Arm not done yet. Sadist nurses in ICU wake me every 2 hours to "turn" me to prevent bed sores; mindblowingly painful.-
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:08 AM   #9
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Yep, survived. Barely. Surgery a little after 3pm, and didn't come out 'til midniht. Hip feels much better. Arm not done yet. Sadist nurses in ICU wake me every 2 hours to "turn" me to prevent bed sores; mindblowingly painful.-
I am glad to see you posting, that will give you something to do and take your mind off things... The " Turning " seems like total needless BS. When I was in an accident broke my leg, I layed on my back and did not move for 8 days, not an inch !!! No bedsores, no problems of that sort of any kind. I really think they are getting that wrong in your case. If it were me, if this was just a matter of bedsores, I sure as heck would tell them no.

In todays super cautious society, people often want to be so careful at preventing some minor problem, and they absolutely do the wrong thing. If bedsores is the only worry there, I would not be moving... They are treating you like a guy in a coma for months when not moving is a concern, not like a guy that just needs to lay there for a week or so...

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Old 03-05-2015, 03:41 AM   #10
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To be honest, I read this stuff, and wonder if it isn't time to hang up the helmet. Best wishes for your recovery South.
It should make you think !!! You do not have to go to the extreme of giving up riding altogether. It does not have to be 0 or 100 % choice, there is a lot of in-between.

I LOVE riding, and would never give it up. Anytime I see mountains, desert, interesting areas, the only thing I can think about is wanting to ride them :) I want to ride until I am 80 !!!

I don't ride in the city anymore... Riding in the city is just to much risk, and not enough fun to make it worth getting hurt over. Riding to work every day is almost guaranteed to get you into an accident, as evidenced by your friends being killed... Riding in the city is also not a very rewarding, having to constantly try to predict and avoid all the dumb drivers that are constantly close to you and around you, just to see a bunch of stinking buildings and parking lots ??? It is just a setup for getting in a crash, and just not worth it as far as I am concerned, I drive my cage.

Riding on an open, lightly traveled road in a beautiful area, the risk is acceptable, and it is an awesome experience, so worth it !

Balance is the key here, ride, enjoy life, but don't be dumb make your life shorter than it needs to be...

Luck - Always a factor, but its so very important stack the odds in our favor. Just make good choices, smart people are usually more " Lucky " than ones that take foolish risks...

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Old 03-05-2015, 03:47 AM   #11
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Yeah, at this point, between the original impact, 24 hours of otherwise untreated traction (drove a rod straight through my legbone above the knee) countless IV, bloodtest, etc. needle insertions, lift/carry/twists for xrays and catscans, I'm just so damn tender everywhere. And still no word on when they're going to operate on the arm.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:19 AM   #12
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broken left forearm requiring surgery/plating, broken right femur, shattered hip joint/pelvis--end of thighbone blasted through hip socket, assorted bruising, never lost consciousness.
Crimony. All that happened "yesterday" (as of your report) and you're posting about it? Very coherently, I might add....
Dude, props. Here's to a complete & speedy recovery....
Keep us posted.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:19 AM   #13
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Bedsores can be a real problem, and can occur in a short period of time. Your commenting on his being moved as poor and unnecessary care is off target, unless you are completely familiar with all aspects of his medical conditions.

Glad the hospital you are at is trying to take good care of you. Heal fast.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:41 AM   #14
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Good luck, and God bless you.
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:19 AM   #15
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Bedsores can be a real problem, and can occur in a short period of time. Your commenting on his being moved as poor and unnecessary care is off target, unless you are completely familiar with all aspects of his medical conditions.

Glad the hospital you are at is trying to take good care of you. Heal fast.
Obviously if there are other medical problems, that can change... Given a healthy guy, no other problems, there is ZERO need to be doing it in the first 24 hours when all the surgeries have not been done. Moving could have more damaging effects than the risk of bedsores. And yes, nurses can make mistakes, who would have thought ????

Not moving worked VERY WELL for me, 8 days, not even a hint of bedsores. I would not just blindly accept it, I would have a real serious talk with a doctor, or even a second opinion about it if I were him.

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