Heavy Metal Club

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by lineareagle, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Unscathed

    Unscathed n00b

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    Yup - I'm in the club.
    Titanium plates on both collarbones after multiply fracturing each one in two different accidents...
    Now one of the plates has a screw backing out of it, and I look a bit like frankenstein when the shirt's off!
  2. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    I feel your pain--two of the screws in the plate in my humerus have backed out quite a bit. They've planned more work for that, but only AFTER I'm back on two feet.
  3. lineareagle

    lineareagle philomath

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    "So in other words, it will be dark and gloomy for awhile there, my fellow injured inmates, but if you live to ride, there is hope! "

    I believe just about everyone on this thread plans to ride or is riding now, even after being a member of the 'club'.
    I have to hand it to you though, you got gumption to be out there hill climbing with a brace on your elbow!:thumb
  4. Filthy Cheesemonkey

    Filthy Cheesemonkey Satans Lapdog

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    Hi to all the members of what I am sure is a very illustrious club.

    Had my leg shortened for me a few years ago which was pretty inconvenient and scared the bejeesus out of my wife and kids.

    The road to recovery can be very long and hard but its inside your head that the worst battles are fought.
    Back on the bike now and happier than the proverbial pig with lots more exploring to do.

    The irony of repairing the mighty KTM from the comfort of my wheelchair was not lost on my family and friends with most seeing the funny side but a few willing to push their own anti bike stance. Don't let those afraid of living life pull you down.

    Happy trails.

    [​IMG]
  5. UNO_RIDER

    UNO_RIDER Adventurer

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    Albuquerque, NM
    Ouch...Looks like it hurt, just a little. Lots of hardware for sure. Nice legs! :D
  6. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    :eek1
    So, how did that happen?
  7. Filthy Cheesemonkey

    Filthy Cheesemonkey Satans Lapdog

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    Yep, there goes my leg modelling career. :lol3
  8. Filthy Cheesemonkey

    Filthy Cheesemonkey Satans Lapdog

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    Dirt road in the middle of nowhere instigated by a Toyota Landcruiser 4x4 who was more surprised to see me than I was to see him 'cos he skidded through the corner and wiped me out.
    Fortunately he stopped and did the right thing, even if he did not know where he was.
    I had to give him GPS readings to relay to the paramedics so they could send the rescue chopper.:bluduh
    Two months in two different hospitals, 8 operations and 4 months not walking.
    The leg is just over an inch shorter than it used to be but there's nothing wrong with walking like a pirate.
    A few adjustments to the positioning of the brake pedal and where back in business. :clap
  9. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    Where the hell is Truckee, CA?
    Oh look, his littlee pee-pee shows up in the x-ray! Ha ha. I have a shot like this with mine showing and my family LOVES to laugh at me about it. Wish I knew how to get my x-rays to digital...
  10. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

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    Nope, not yet, that college girl in a SUV I got in a car accident with almost initiated me(And my passenger, still, everyone walked away without a scratch, so that's what matters) though. Went like this:

    *Wreck happens, my car does a 180, I'm disorientated as hell*

    "What's that white shit on my steering wheel?"

    "Oh shit, that's my airbag"

    "What's that other white shit coming from my dash?"

    "Oh, that's smoke"

    "Didn't hurt much, must have been a fender bender or something"

    At this point I get the other driver out of her SUV, I don't even look at my car, more concerned with checking out my passenger and the other driver for injuries, I'm still disorientated, adrenalin rush still has me going at 110%.

    "Wait, a third car in the wreck? Holy shit, that Mazda 3 got fucked up"

    "Wait, there's only two cars in the wreck, and that's my Mazda 3 that got fucked up, god dammit"
  11. Wingfixer

    Wingfixer Watch this...

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    I'll let someone else say it......
  12. UNO_RIDER

    UNO_RIDER Adventurer

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    Sometimes you just have to look at the pie to get ideas. Looking at pie can cause grown men to win wars. I love apple pie!
  13. Wingfixer

    Wingfixer Watch this...

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    ftfy
  14. Hardhead

    Hardhead Long timer

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    Well everything went well for the recovery. Well at least for the first 6 months. Back on the bike riding, most road but hey, that was a good start.
    But I was having trouble putting pressure on my arm (pushing). Standing up etc.
    Turns out the implant had come loose and was wearing at the bone. This in turn had put my wrist out of alignement by about 4 mm. Not much but enough to cause issues.

    The short of it is, they went in 2 weeks ago and replaced the replacment with a different sort of prosthesis.
    It has realigned my wrist and I now have no pain and probably more movement than I did before the latest op.

    It can only get better from here....

    Sorry no Xrays to share this time...


  15. NWBoon

    NWBoon Adventurer

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    During the last weekend of August I crashed my DR650 on a forest service road which caused a fractured ankle and fibula, as well as ligament damage. 2 screws for the fractured ankle bone, 2 screws to repair the ligament, and a cast for the fibula. The doc will remove the 2 screws that were used to repair the ligament(s) in about 2 months.

    First broken/fractured bones at 41 years old. I got back into motorcycle riding about 4 years ago after not riding for about 16 years. I was also introduced to dual sport riding about 2 years ago and really fell in love with riding in the wilderness.

    I rode every day (street) during my college years and somehow managed to escape injury even though I was pretty reckless back then.

    Question for those in this club: will my ankle/fibula be a "weak spot" or will it be as strong as before the crash after healing? If I crash again and injure the same area, will the 2 remaining screws be an issue (meaning will having metal parts contribute to more serious injury?)


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  16. Shadow 9er

    Shadow 9er renegade

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    Well, as my Orthpod explained it to me:

    everyone's injury is essentially unique, as is how they heal up.
    The healed bone should actually be stronger than it was originally, but if it ever gets re-injured, the outcome may be worse than the original injury.
    Added hardware can definitely complicate matters.

    I shattered 6in or so of my tibia, got a full length knee to ankle rod and buncha screws.
    I figure I won't ever really break my Tibia again...might bend it a bit...

    seriously though, I expect that if I ever re-injure that leg significantly in the future, it will probably come off. When I shattered the tibia, the surgeon said it was about 50/50 I'd be able to keep it at the time.
  17. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    As a member of the heavy metal club myself, with a tib/fib and ankle fracture, I found this thread to be useful:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742690&highlight=ankle+fracture

    Also this site was interesting and useful:
    http://www.mybrokenleg.com/

    Hope you heal well! My injury was about 21 months ago. It's pretty much back to normal, but my ankle still does not have quite the full range that it used to have. I continue to do ankle flexibility exercises.
  18. lfmn

    lfmn Been here awhile

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    That's GOTTA hurt! :D
  19. NWBoon

    NWBoon Adventurer

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    Thanks for the replies Shadow 9er and Eyes Shut. The links were also very informative, thanks for sharing them with me.

    I was introduced to dual sport riding in 2009, went on my first adventure ride from Seattle to central Oregon in 2011, loved it, and really got into it this past year (I was away from home for about 6 months in 2012 due to work overseas). This injury messed with my head and reading other's similar experiences helped. I plan on taking a PSSOR class next spring to improve my dirt skills and boost my confidence.
  20. Right Turn Clyde

    Right Turn Clyde Pongo pygmaeus

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    Jeep pulled right to side of street....then suddenly U-turned left "to drop off my friend at her apartment".

    Went thru driver's window at 40mph (that caught her attention). ACDF = titanium plates = 3yrs of GEICO claim development = near constant head/neck aches.

    :p3rry

    Is it worth it? Seriously...