Bad news for me.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by DougFromKentucky, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Setting here in front of the computer. Had a visit with my Internal Medicine guy today. Told him about how weak I still feel and he explained to me that I had just had a heart attack and to cut myself some slack. He promised that things will get better. You would think that I would know this as I have had three of these things before this one but this last heart attack seems to have effected me more emotionally than the others. Gotta hang tough, remind myself that I was a Marine...

    I have been out to the shop to visit my WeeStrom a couple of times since I have been home. I got a chair out and sat in it several evenings ago and did a little work on it (not much and not strenuous) but I have the back end of the bike apart hooking into the rear tail light wiring so I can light up my top-box (A Bestem, it came with wiring and lights). I have a friend coming over this weekend so we can do a fluid exchange on my rear brakes (I think I get to watch and hand him tools). Looking forward to it big time. I miss riding.

    I promise I will come back from time to time to let anyone who is reading this know how things are going. And hey, everyone; thank you for all the posts and all the prayers and good thoughts. It does help.
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  2. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Good. More coming your way!
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  3. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    positive thoughts for you. hang in there!
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  4. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    Good adaptive thinking! As doors close in our lives, others open. It is our choice to go through them or not.

    Even if you were to find yourself all the way down to something like an old Honda Trail70, you'd still be out puttering around and having fun on two wheels.

    A man who has fun with what he has is better off than a man who simply laments what he has lost. At least in my opinion. Kudos to you!
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  5. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Good luck, and I hope for your speedy recovery.
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  6. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    I am hoping the best for you. I too had a event about a 1 and 1/2 ago while out riding on a solo ride through Montana and North Idaho; kept feeling really tired and weak with what I thought to be a case of bad heartburn. Bee-lined home and went to see the doctor, right into the Hospital I went and 2 stints later I'm out.

    As Life long riders I shutter to think some day I may have to quit riding, but you say you have a scooter. That should at least fill the void, just no more long road trip I suppose.

    I am sending you good vibes man............ All the best. Rest and recover so you can ride again real soon.
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  7. buzzardco1

    buzzardco1 Adventurer

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    Prayers and positive vibes heading your way.
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  8. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Big thing is Don't Stress. Also, it's not too late to make every effort to improve your quality of life through diet and exercise if you think there's any room for improvement in this area. If the doc makes you hang up the helmet for awhile, hopefully you've got enough memories to get you through.

    In our prayers.

    RZ Rob
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  9. Dirtbiker

    Dirtbiker Been here awhile

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    You know, take it one day at a time. Hand your friend the tools, stay busy, but take it, low and slow, a former "Flying Tiger" gave me that advice. It was a while ago. I was getting through A/P school at the time.

    I'm new to street riding myself, and, I may have health issues as well. Also, I'm riding a 650 V-Strom, as a first adventure bike. So do take good care of yourself.
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  10. bigbadandugly

    bigbadandugly Been here awhile

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    Best of luck in your recovery. I'm sure your doctor has told you this, but the best avenue for recovery is diet and exercise. Old habits are hard to break, but take baby steps and you'll be fine.

    Based on your condition as you describe, I'd suggest you give serious consideration to turning in your drivers' license to the state and quit driving on public roads. This past year I witnessed two accidents caused by drivers having medical conditions while behind the wheel that could have caused catistrophic damage had circumstances changed. the first was an 80+ yr old man who parked in the handicap spot in front of the local liquor store. When he got back into his car he had a stroke and drove the car right through the front doors of the liquor store. Luckily no one was injured. It was later revealed that his daughter (60+ yrs old) had been after the province for a couple of years to revoke his drivers license on medical grounds but they refused. He has now voluntarily agreed to give up driving.

    The second incident had a gentleman driving eastbound on a four lane road suffer a heart attack and suddenly veer off to the right, plowing through a fence and right into a swimming pool that, fortunately, had been drained for the season (pic attached). Had he veered to the left into oncoming traffic, the results would have been disastrous.

    Remember, this isn't just an issue of your right to drive. It is an issue of the right to safety of others on the road. In my view, given your medical history, if you get behind the wheel and have another heart attack which results in a serious accident, you're just as guilty, if not more so, that the guy that stumbles out of the bar dead drunk and causes the same catastrophic accident.

    [​IMG]
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  11. BigWrench

    BigWrench Been here awhile

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    Prayers up for you Doug. I hope to travel to KY a few times
    this year (Middlesboro and Louisville), maybe I'll give you a shout
    as I head through. Hope you make it back on 2 wheels but a
    Vstrom hack would be cool.
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  12. 2wheelwilli

    2wheelwilli n00b

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    I pray you are feeling better and healing quick, Just be positive and fot now bolt a set of handle bars to your recliner watch some superbike ... no wheelies,,,,:freaky
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  13. dav_dman

    dav_dman Been here awhile

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    time to spend some real money and get a canAm for the day the doc gives you the all clear. I partly agree with ontario... stop driving cars. spend as much time on bikes as possible but have someone drive you if you need to go in a car.

    i love scooters. And canAm's. Scooters are cheaper but I told the kid already my last check is gonna bounce, aint gonna be no inheritance tax to worry about.

    Our prayers are with you my friend, ....
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  14. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Thanks for all the well wishes and all the prayers. I am getting stronger faster than I thought I would. Got to take my 250cc scooter out for two short rides yesterday. Felt really good.

    Again, thank you all. Hope to be on my big bike in a month or two now.

    Doug
    :clap
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  15. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Good thoughts flowing that way. Heal up. Best wishes.

    I trust you are doing a little bit of exercise i.e. walking a little each day. 'Gotta keep the body moving even if minimally and slowly have it come back.

    Hang in there.
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  16. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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    Get well, hope you feel better soon Doug.

    Healing thoughts heading your way.
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  17. damiane

    damiane Adventurer

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    Greetings and best wishes from Down Under. Some gentle exercise if you're up for it?
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  18. StriderJim

    StriderJim Adventurer

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    Best wishes to you from North Carolina, Doug.

    Hope to meet you on the road this summer.

    Strider
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    "...eventually, all things turn into one,
    and a river runs through it."



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  19. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    Prayers up for you Doug
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  20. tire joe

    tire joe Been here awhile

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    Doug prayers from 35 miles up the road,you soon be able too ride your big bike.
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