Six Months Later . . .

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by diesel1959, May 2, 2012.

  1. 74C5

    74C5 Long timer

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    Best wishes Diesel! Remember, even in a wheelchair, it isn't how well you ride....it's how good you look (or your attitude). It is what it is and you've got it handled. Keep up the positive attitude.
    Don't forget to ask the surgeon, in the O.R. to sign off on your timecard. When he looks confused, tell him you're just getting acknowledgement of your hours of credit to a surgical residency for med school later. Mine got a kick out of it....don't know what they did to me in response while I was out though.
  2. C-Stain

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    Best of luck, Diesel. You're in my thoughts -
  3. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Wow, that is a lot of body renovations going on there.

    Amazing how you are taking it in your stride and just getting on with it with an eye on the prize.

    Best wishes fellow rider.


  4. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Diesel,

    I stumbled across this thread and read through it this morning. Keep on keepin' on, man! You are in my thoughts.

    Steve
    (21 years LEO)
  5. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I generally don't read the threads here but every so often delve into one.

    This thread is an testament to endurance that is for sure, a bit of wade through the posts of a few wankers, but in the end it even brought a tear to my eye. Diesel I hope things continue to improve for you and wish you all the best.

    Being over the bonnet of a car before it is certainly a terrifying time when that car pulls out in front of you.

    Cheers,

    Craig

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  6. Night Goat

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    diesel1959

    <sup></sup><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> Holy Shit. Admittedly I haven&#8217;t read this entire thread, but what I have read is pretty hellish. My heart goes out to you and your family. I somewhat understand what this is like.

    On Feb 10 of this year I went head on with a drunk driver. We were both going about 50 mph. She was totally out of control and entered my lane. I was launched, according the police report, about 100 feet up the road. I was busted up pretty bad, but nothing compared to your story. Like you I owe my life to first responders and kind by-standers. I too was taken by helicopter.

    I sustained a compound fracture to my right tibia, a shattered right fibula, broken sacrum, bilaterally shattered pelvis, broken right radius (my human anatomy has improved), punctured scrotum, and ended up with compromised vision. My left eye doesn&#8217;t work so well any longer. The Ophthalmologist has determined my vision damage is likely rooted in my brain rather than the eye. I was also bleeding internally, so the fact that I was in the ER approximately 30 minutes after the initial impact was very fortunate.

    I have new found respect for health care workers, nurses in particular. I owe my life to many very amazing people.

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    My experience has proven to be extremely challenging mentally. I don&#8217;t understand how I made through. I write this not as a pissing contest, but to vent to someone who understands. I feel compelled to tell everyone I see about my accident, and when those I do tell respond trying to comfort me, I get angry. I want to yell &#8211; No you don&#8217;t &#8220;understand&#8221; or no you don&#8217;t &#8220;get it&#8221;. You have no idea. Anyways I&#8217;m ranting.

    I was in shock when I read your first post, it really took me back to my accident. Again, my heart goes out to you. You have been dealing for almost 2 years with what sounds like more to go.

    Stay strong.

    EDIT: I should add, I was geared up. I also owe my life to my helmet and modern gear.
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  7. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    NightGoat, it sounds like you and I are both living on "borrowed time", to an extent. And as you point out, BIG thanks are owed for the superb efforts of a lot of people using a lot of technology. I would urge you to collect your thoughts (as you seem to have done so well above), and start a new thread. Tell your story and see where the lessons apply. For me, this thread has been very cathartic and there's been at least a dozen times I've gone back and read the whole thread from start to finish--including remembering most of the posts that the mods/admins had to cut out. If you're like me, this thing plays over and over again in your mind and a faceplant thread can be of assistance in chronicling your path of progress and mindset.

    Stay strong and keep getting stronger, amigo.
  8. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Found out yesterday that what my surgeons meant by "as soon as possible" turns out to be no sooner than 25 July.:eek1 This is most likely because my surgeries are classified as elective, rather than emergency. Pretty much everything else comes first and they've got to fit mine in when they can get a slot. I assure you, these procedures are not "elective", but I understand their point. It's just hard to wait, and wait, and wait some more.:norton
  9. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    My surgeries went on every 3 months for 4 surgeries. At least I can walk again on that leg. 2011 was a hell of a year for me. Heal fast.
  10. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Hell of a year. I've had 13 surgeries so far, and there will probably be at least seven more.
  11. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    diesel, your injuries are significantly more severe than mine.....all I can say is you must have a great doctor to fix you back up. My first dr was a quack....second dr did a hell of a job, I wanted my leg cut off, he saved it though.
  12. edge2edge

    edge2edge Evil Scotsman

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    Diesel1959, I am relatively new to AdvRider, but have served like you. I have had similar injuries (military time not my police career) and I thank you for your service and ongoing sacrifices! Stay strong!
  13. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Well, I'm back in the hospital--came in yesterday. I'll be here for about two weeks or so, for three procedures. Yesterday morning, I had the first surgery. They went in and cleaned out a lot of fluids and gunk, de-burred a sharp bone shard, and then took a big sample from deep into the femur. Then they roto-rootered the femur to clean out what appears to be pus/gunk/yadda yadda, leading them to suspect osteomyelitis. Also, they removed the two big screws that were in the femur between the break and the knee. After they cleaned the bone up, they inserted a rod filled with antibiotic beads, and then closed up.

    I'm in very little pain, weak as a kitten, and being attended to by hot-as-balls nurses and techs. So I got that going for me.
  14. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Diesel,

    Best of luck. I'm pulling for you.

    Just a little hospital humor to lighten your time in the wards.

    My first night after my surgery, I really had to pee. All the cute nurses had gone home and the two burly male nurses were on for the night. I asked one of them for an in and out cath to drain my bladder. Dude looks at me and says, "Just keep trying, you'll end up going."

    So I'm trying to go in the urinal and all I get is a dribble. And at that point, I'm in agony.

    So I call the nurse over again and BEG for him to put a tube in my penis to drain my bladder. Again he tries to persuade me to use the urinal.

    I look at him and say, "Look - I'm a dude. Asking a dude to shove a plastic tube into something only my wife and I touch. PLEASE PUT THE CATHETER IN".

    He agrees and proceeds to drain 1100ccs and then has the nerve to say, "Wow. You must have been in pain. You should have asked earlier".


    Be glad you have hot nurses and techs. :D
  15. 74C5

    74C5 Long timer

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    Best wishes Diesel.
    The nurse thing doesn't exist without photos! And, it never hurts to ask for one unless they're going to catheterize you with a hose.
  16. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Yowza! Last night and today I had a horrible urge to pee but couldn't get it done. Finally, after some twelve hours, I was able to squeeze out 800ccs bit by bit. Oh what a relief.
  17. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    Hey Diesel,

    Just checking in on the thread and wanted to wish you best of luck with this latest round of procedures. Hang in there!
  18. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread and read it through. I'm glad that the original BS that the mods trimmed out has simmered down and it's a more positive place.

    I wish you the best and hope that your surgeries and recoveries go well.
  19. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    This was earlier today, when the surgeons came to change the surgical dressing:

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  20. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    That is hardcore. It looks like a long road, but I hope you get the best possible outcome.