LUCKY Lifeflight

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by MooseBuilt, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt ALMOST DEAD, but not quite! still kickin..

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    So, i was riding an event and following a local through the roads and just having a good old time in general, riding within my envelope etc and managed to flip the bike after hitting a mud puddle that stopped the bike cold, don't know if something was in it or not, probably been through a million puddles since i started riding at the age of 3, flipped out of a lot of them but never like this.

    Anyhow, didn't loose consciousness, but when i snapped out of it i was face down on the ground and couldn't' move my arms, pain was just racking my upper body and i thought i snapped my neck for sure( done it before in a cage, cager rear ended me whilst i was looking over my shoulder waiting to merge with traffic, snap!!). Life flight to the trauma mart, all good people save the lectures on riding them there dirtbikes sonny, thinking in my head, yeah diabetes is a better way to die(they were both rotund doctors and nurses).

    Three hours in tubes and getting Chernobyl'd confirmed that I had stretched my spinal cord and seriously pissed it off, hence the tingling, well lets define tingling, it's more like you smashed every square millimeter of your hands with a hammer all the way to your neck where it's just a giant knot of torn muscle. Soft tissue only thank god. I had just bought a jacket the day before that had more armor in it that any other jacket and was well insulated, saved my bacon as far as i'm concerned, invested in some top notch KLIM already, i'm a firm believer in atgatt, although i do ride to the gym in jeans or cargo pants sometimes.

    bills bills bills, luckily we have awesome insurance. Lifeflight called while I was high on pain meds and muscle relaxers wanting me to sign paperwork that said I'd pay what my insurance denied etc. I'm like uh, no thanks, that's why i have insurance, and lawyers etc, not to say that they aren't worth every cent, just that healthcare is out of control in this lovely land when my neighbors required Obamacare premiums for his wife exceed their SS checks combined and that's before the 6500 deductible.

    Anyhow, back to the whole ordeal. I've crashed a lot, usually offload and super-low speed, but something about this one has me spooked a little. The wife's reaction was one of calm, she didn't hop in the car and haul ass the 3 hours to see me in the hospital that night, friend i was riding with stopped by and hung for a while then rolled out to finish the weekend event. I felt like an ass-hat for screwing up day one of a three day ride. I thought about hanging it up, for the wife's sake. You see she has neck fusions the same as me and if she would have had this get off she'd be dead or at least paralyzed and she is a newbie rider after 20 years of me trying she out of the blue bought her first dual sport. Now three bikes later her brand new KTM duke 390 is on the trailer and we are headed for Florida in the morning to try to die via OLD fuckers in cars asleep at the wheel and i'm scared. Not for me but for her.

    I've been for sure dead three times in my life, lights out nobody paying attention or there to notice, etc, various circumstances completely unrelated to riding, but I've come to peace with death and if i go, it will be relaxing, that is to say I've accepted it as the final destiny so to speak, but the thought of her getting hurt, her cute little nose and sexy ass wandering around the house in the mornings after 20+ years of being together I would be lost.

    We both had a very frank discussion about this and she spoke up and said I'm not hiding in the house and waiting to die(a reference to my grandmother who could have lived through cancer no sweat but chose not to). I agreed, and we are off to Florida, I'm still on the mend from the prior wreck, but I can't wait to climb back on board. A bike is where I was born into this life, it lets me breath and be free, silent and calm inside peaceful and serene as i dance across the sugar sand, mud, logs, rocks......

    So in closing I'd like to say I love my wife dearly even though everyday i wake up i question her sanity for staying with me all these years, she really is a 10... me not so much. I may die on a bike, and that's just fine with me, but to all those out there that ride remember it's borrowed time, and hug the wife when you leave.
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  2. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Congrats on only having used up 3 of your 9 lives! With 6 remaining, there's still lots of fun ahead!!!

    To be fair from your description of how you're living life, you're a lucky man 10x over already.
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  3. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    You get older and your body is more fragile.
    I just got a bit more mellow after my last bad crash, you CAN remove some or most of the risk with a bit of caution...
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  4. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Hell of a story there and glad you're still around to talk about it.
    Anyone else lose it in that puddle or go find out what happened?

    Have fun in Florida and remember to count to 10 before entering a fresh green light.
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  5. Flying Tivo

    Flying Tivo Been here awhile

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    I really like your point of view, but as I say"Flip the Tortilla" and surely you wife
    will think the same way about loosing you, its not a one way street.

    N`joy and heal up!

    Felipe
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  6. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    I wonder if you would be safer on a scooter?:lol3
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  7. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Long timer

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    Bubble wrap? :hmmmmm
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  8. JettPilot

    JettPilot ADV Rider

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    Casinos make a LOT of money by understanding how odds work, it is not rocket science... A little harder concept, close calls indicate where you next accident is going to be, this is how we see risks for the next crash in aviation instead of waiting for it to happen. You have had a lot of close calls and not died, yet... But, it is pretty easy to see where you are likely to get killed... The risk of riding does not even compare to the risk of being killed by illness, statements like that show utter DENIAL, not honest enough to accept obvious, simple reality.

    Riding is dangerous, and when we ride, there is a really good chance you will die early, or get seriously injured, it sucks.... The universe and reality does not care about what you think or want. If you choose to ride, that is a choice we all make, but be HONEST about what the risks are. DENIAL leads one to make bad choices.... I ride, but knowing and accepting the risks makes me do all I can to minimize risks, stay out of traffic as much as possible, ride when conditions are good, etc. etc.

    Mike
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  9. JettPilot

    JettPilot ADV Rider

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    YOUR WIFE RIDING...

    That is awesome that your wife rides with you, but it is also a big risk. I would keep her out of traffic as much as possible, choose where and when you ride. There are a lot of nice and rewarding rides you can do out in the country, in places with reduced risks, less exposure to traffic. The worst can and does happen, so do your best to keep her risk level down. Good wives are hard to find, so take care of her !!! That will require a lot of choices of where and when NOT to ride. It sucks, but as I said in my previous post, reality does not care about what we like or want... There are a few of us here that have been in accidents and come to the realization, riding the motorcycle every day in traffic almost assures a bad accident sooner or later. See this very sad post by another ADV member:

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/wife-down.1187973/

    Mike
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  10. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    Christ, are you still here.
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  11. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Long timer

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    Wtf?
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  12. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt ALMOST DEAD, but not quite! still kickin..

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    yeah a second guy the next day bit it bad broke ribs etc... WTF right.
    went over my bike in florida and i hit something in there, cracked the steering head bearings, and shifted the battery tray about 10mm... hard hit...
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  13. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt ALMOST DEAD, but not quite! still kickin..

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    Probably, but it'd be ten minutes and i'd be wheelieing something... it's genetic i guess
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  14. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt ALMOST DEAD, but not quite! still kickin..

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    made it back from florida and still healing up. going to try the gym this week, should be fun/sore. so far only permanent thing is cant turn my head left and look up while bent over, pretty sure it's soft tissue or a disc. but i'm happy as a clam it's not more you know.
    as for the wife riding, i do my best not to tell her how terrified i get, and yes we/i try to pick our routes, she hates traffic as well. we really had a good time in florida putting around without the traffic of baltimore...
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  15. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Damn! That's a vengeful puddle.
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  16. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Clearwater Lights Save Lives!

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    Airbag vest! Seriously, just bought one!
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  17. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I am very sorry this happened to you, since it was largely an avoidable accident. Is there any reason you missed the daily rider's meeting where the organizers of the event implored riders to stay out of the bottomless pits/puddles. They even went so far as to drone on and on about all the various junk from dishwasher parts, engine blocks, bricks, etc they have found in them.
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  18. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt ALMOST DEAD, but not quite! still kickin..

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    Love the tone, here goes.

    So I didn't miss the meeting, I was there right next to jack and listened intently the entire time. My riding partner blew a tire and we were on the side of the road for about 45 minutes while he with the help of the road crew swapped his tube out and in that time i talked with a local, who said this was his backyard and he lived right around the corner. When we pulled off i was following him and my buddy was trailing the two of us by a margin and i was just staying in his line the entire time. not wanting to leave my buddy behind i began to lag further and further behind the local until he was about 50-75 yards ahead and he had hit a couple very small puddles, like 2 feet 3 feet max across, and i followed. Well, when i cam upon this puddle i saw the bank was wet, or looked it to me, and i figured he had just hit it and it was ok to go through. apparently and obviously i was wrong, to the tune of it almost cost me my life. As pissed as i was to have gone through the puddle and wrecked, i later found out through the same buddy that he didn't go through that puddle he skirted it and it was my error in judgement entirely that lead to the flight/hospital stay/pissed wife. Having said that and reflecting on my judgement I made an error that i am both comfortable with and accepting of, we all do it it's part of being human. Will i ever make that mistake again, not likely, that shit hurt, and continues to hurt today. I think next year I'd like to do the ride and yeah, i'll stay out of the puddles, but in general i'm a little scared/leary of the ride now because of the crap in the puddles and in the future i may opt to ride out west instead of the close NJ barrens. I've never ridden anywhere or grown up in an area that crap in puddles other than roots is an issue, we didn't have the volume of litterers in my state I guess. The worst thing I've come across is cables strung across trails with no markers in areas, equally if not more deadly, but puddles... this is a first. Adds to my desire to move west/south if anything.

    And in closing Dorito if I've taken anything away from your experience or anyone's future experience I certainly apologize, it is never my intent to rain on the parade. Jack and the guys work hard and to have something screw up the last areas to ride although inevitable I'd like to keep my name away from it.
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