Six Months Later . . .

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

  1. SmileyO

    SmileyO Sorta n00b

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    Firstly, I read the actual account and I think "daaayum!!!". But I am glad you are doing ok now relatively speaking. My big question to you Diesel is, would you get back on a motorcycle after this incident? I for one don't think I could even get on a pedal bike if anything remotely similar happened to me.

    Regrdless, get well soon. Oh and I won't be showing my mother who is an O.R. Nurse any of these posts.
  2. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words, amigo--you, of all people, understand the tough road we're both traveling. I've got some issues with the thigh that have to get sorted out. My surgeon is referring me to a wound care specialist due to swelling and fluid leakage. If we don't get this sorted out, I will lose my leg. The surgeon was quite blunt about that this afternoon. He knows I'm doing everything that is asked of me, but it's kinda tough hearing that kind of news eleven months after the accident . . . with my leg right there, with good perfusion, no numbness, etc. It would be a cruel twist to lose the leg a year after the crash. But no matter what happens, I'll take it in stride and keep you in mind--your story continues to inspire. Cheers!

    My femurs were most certainly broken by the handlebars, as I was ejected up and over the bike. My humerus fractures were caused by my landing. I'm not 100% certain when/how my ankle was broken.

    If it is at all humanely possible, I will ride again. I have several bikes that are begging to be ridden and I can't wait to ride again. Fates willing, this will happen.
  3. tokyoklahoma

    tokyoklahoma 75%has been 25%wanabe

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    Diesel I know there are some things, a person should only have to do once in a lifetime. Learning how to walk is definitely one of them.:wink:
    It's been 12 years after the injury for me, and I still improve from time to time. It gets frustrating hitting plateaus where you work your ass off, and don't improve. But then, one day something that didn't work the day before starts working.:clap

    Keep up the hard work of rehabbing, and keep a positive mental attitude.:deal

    I look at it like walking UP the DOWN escalator, if you stop you go down fast. If you try a little you maintain position, but if you really bust your ass you will reach the top.:freaky
  4. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Wow!
    Very sorry to hear and glad you made it out!
    Very lucky!
  5. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    Diesel, it's been three months to the day for me. You are an inspiration to me. Keep it up buddy. Remember, more will be revealed.

    Keep the faith.
  6. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Speaking from experience do you think the shift lever may have trapped your foot as you launched breaking the ankle?

    Heal quickly don't loose the leg. Man go to the doctor more often and get what ever treatment is available to make it heal correctly.

    Look at this guys story. The BIG CRASH
    Actual Amputation
    You may have to sign in to Yahoo to view.
    It's about an XR650R rider who had a crash and broke his ankle. 3 months later nerve damage, poor blood flow and leg is amputated at the knee.
  7. Dekatronic

    Dekatronic Adventurer

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    Wow, THAT'S the definition of due regard. In the split second that you had to make a decision, the degree of care and responsibility you've demonstrated speaks volumes about your obligation to uphold the safety of us civilians and on your conduct as a true blue and accountable member of your force. I have nothing but gratitude and humble respect for how you've chosen to handle yourself in this situation.

    I was compelled to read through each and every page, and I just felt I needed to acknowledge your sense of duty. I am sorry to hear about the current prognosis of your leg as I do not wish for such an outcome, but please continue to keep us posted. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I wish you all the best during your recovery.
  8. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Went for my first meeting with the lymphedema/wound care specialist yesterday. After a lot of measurements, some debridement, and some other stuff. the doctor told me that she feels confident that they'll be able to bring the swelling down and manage the wounds so that I won't have to lose the leg. I am heartened by her confidence. Next week, I begin daily treatments at the lymphedema clinic--treatments that will last several weeks.

    With fingers crossed, I remain cautiously optimistic . . .
  9. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Good news for a Friday! :thumb
  10. eric2

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    :clap Great to hear some good news! You're certainly overdue for some!
  11. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    :)
  12. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    Wishing all the best in your recovery.
    I have no experience with injuries such as yours, but am hopeful that your leg can be saved

    Steve
  13. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    The most talented dirt rider I knew, had a car pull out on him, is only decisions as he began to brake was hit her door or the passenger door. He did experience the brain processing speed increase we all have. Wreck happening in slow motion, maximum braking, hit her door or back door, no kids, hit back. He tried to jump the car. He said be scrubbed off only 25 or so MPH when he hit, broke both legs on car he thought. Impact of harley going 30 mph on car is impressive. Car was mashed in several feet. Driver would be dead if he had hit her door.

    He healed up fairly well, but used even more alcohol to deal with the pain. That got him years later. He was a good guy.

    That there is a zone of no escape, where if the other driver does X, you will crash. Making that zone as small as possible figures in my riding decision making. yesterday I had a car inside that zone start to creep forward. You never know if it is just creeping or a prelude to hitting the throttle. I hit the brakes hard, and they stopped. I pointed my finger (no not that finger) at them and then waved as I rode by. I hope it sunk in that creeping in front of a motorcyclist can alarm them. Yea right. They probably wondered why I slowed down so much. After all, they knew they were only creeping.

    Best wishes to you for a good full recovery. You were simply in the no escape zone, and took your best option. You still are.

    Rod
  14. rogerc

    rogerc FJRider

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    I use to be in charge of safety for our district. The way parents drive around schools is unreal. We would get these minor complaints about some unsafe item on campus and these same parents would run right through a crossing guards stop sign.
    I witnessed this over and over and even with enforcement there was only minor improvement.
  15. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Right now, one year ago, I was laying in that ditch--broken and trying to stay calm and alive. It's been a looong year. Progress is still being made and I appreciate all the comments and thoughts and prayers along the way.
  16. RAD3766

    RAD3766 0ld n00b

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    Hey Diesel,
    Been an occasional lurker here for awhile, but after reading your account of your wreck, which I just saw today, I felt I had to register just so I could post up some ongoing words of encouragement.
    I hope youre continuing along the road to recovery and things stay positive regarding your leg; reading your posts, I see that you have a positive attitude, which is an absolute must.
    Keep looking forward and push yourself as hard as you can doing PT, it pays off in the long run.
    (fwiw, I planted my beloved FLH into the side of a red light running left hand turning SUV at 50 mph in April 11, so I have a clue as to what you you have been thru. I broke my right leg, right hand, fractured a vertabrae and my right shoulder and had a few other gouges and dings. Got to go on a copter ride to Hermann also and was laid out from work for 6 months. Not back riding yet, but thats more to do with finances than anything else.)
    Keep pushing yourself and get back on the job soon.
    God bless.
    Bob
  17. diesel1959

    diesel1959 Been here awhile

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    Just an update. I went to the doctor on the 16th of October and got thrown into the hospital on an emergency basis as my right thigh was not doing well at all. The surgeon scheduled me for an I&D procedure for the next day. During that surgery, they opened up and worked on the thigh. They also manipulated my left knee and right shoulder to get a sense of how things were going there. On Friday, they went back into the OR and did a second I&D and opened the thigh up even more. The result of these two procedures is that I've got a deep thigh wound as large as my fist. That wound goes all the way to the femur. All the bad gunk has been removed and the wound is packed with a HUGE amount of Iodoform sterile gauze packing. Like almost five bottles worth of the stuff. Here are some pictures taken on Monday 10/22/12, at the doctor's office, as they unpack the wound. I apologize in advance if these pics are too graphic:

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  18. Kjharn

    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    Damn! That's brutal!
  19. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Holy Crap man, that's rough.

    What do they propose to do for you??
  20. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Diesel, wtf. I'm no doctor and I would have taken you to the hospital if I saw that.

    Keep going to doctors until that thing heals up. You need a doctor who has been to Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Find a specialist.

    I got burned once. They took me to the local hospital. They knew nothing about burns. Got home 4 days later, next doctor knew nothing about burns. Next day new doctor says you need to be in a burn unit. Burn unit got me straight.

    That is not the type of wound that you come back in a few months to see how your are doing.

    Contact Dr. Mark http://www.sandersclinic.net/mrksnders.html
    He is on KTMtalk.com under > Injuries - Riders down but not out. You may have to join (no cost) to access the threads.

    I hope you heal quickly.