TAT Cut Short

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Litespeed77, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Litespeed77

    Litespeed77 Adventurer

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    I started the TAT on August 2nd. I made it to central Oregon when I had a bit of bad luck.

    The weekend of August 25th was the opening day of bow season. Hunters were everywhere. I had a full day of riding in the Ochocos. I popped out on the blacktop on Highway 26 heading to Prinville. I was looking forward to grabbing some food, water, gas, and deciding where to camp for the night.

    I got behind an old 70's Ford and stayed behind him for a handful of miles. He ended up turing right and I passed him. He got completely off the road but then decided he wanted to go to the other side. I smacked him at speed.

    My knee hit his front bumper. I ended up severing a handful of muscles, broke the condiles off my femur, dislocated and fractured my patella, lost a few blood vessels, severed a few nerves, lost a lot of soft tissue, and obliterated my ACL and MCL. The PCL is fine, but it popped off the bone where it was attached.

    I bought a lifeflight to Bend Oregon. I was lucky enough to keep my leg. I spent two months in the hospital and one month in a rehabilitation facility. I'm currently at a friend's house in Portland. I have a dream team of orthapedic surgeons that are working with me. That is why I'm staying close to Bend- I live in Florida.

    I've been to the OR six times to date. I have at least one more to go. The first surgery was to set my patella, reattach muscle, and clean out the very large open wound. I made it ten days before I mounted a massive infection. This prompted another trip to the OR where they had to remove lots of tissue and cut out a good bit of muscle. Now I had a big hole in my leg that went down to the bone. Now I had to wait until that hole filled up and then get a skin graft before the next surgery. They put me in an external fixator and put on a wound vac. I had that stuff on me for a couple of months. I also had a PICC line installed and had six IV infusions a day spread out over the day and night.

    I do PT three times a week. I lost a ton of muscle and mobility in my leg. Being in fixation totally screwed me up. I got so week that I couldn't lift my leg. I'm better now. I'm at a zero degrees extension and 90 degrees flexion. I'm at limit on the flexion because my leg below the knee is slightly off center.

    I am waiting on a phone call to schedule my next surgery. It could be a simple repair of the ACL and MCL. It could be as complex as fixing/replacing the ACL, MCL, PCL, doing a partial knee replacement, and doing a gastroc bypass. I'll need the gastroc bypass if they have to cut my knee open. I don't have the bloodflow to facilitate healing and I'd be too prone to infection. A gastroc bypass is where they take a part of the calf muscle and wrap it around the knee.

    Equipment:

    I was wearing a Klim Badlands top and bottom. The pants were the current gen and the jacket was the previous gen. I wore Alpinestar's Toucans, Revvit gloves, and a Thor MX helmet. I took out the knee armor on the pants and wore full length Fox MX knee guards.

    My only injury was to my right knee. I did have a tiny bruise on my right front of my sholder/chest.
    The pants blew out at the seams on the right leg. I believe that the Klim gear saved me from other injuries and possibly saved my life.

    I've left off quite a bit. Just putting down a few jumbled thoughts.

    -Chris
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  2. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Owww. Just. Owww.

    Gotta figure out why I keep reading these injury reports. It's like that Geico commercial with the raccoons in the dumpster.

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  3. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    Top of the line textile pants along with MX knee guards. It's easy to feel invincible but there's only so much gear can do for you. Sorry to hear about this incident. These posts are difficult to read but I force myself in order for me to feel more grounded and aware.

    Think it would have been different with a knee brace?
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  4. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Is the pickup driver being held responsible for his erratic driving?
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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Wow, I was cringing the whole time reading that. Amazing you are able to tell it so calmly.
    I hope all goes well with the next surgery and that you can start to put all this behind you.

    Amazing that you were past his window when he turned into you.

    You mention bow hunting season but then nothing more about it. Were these guys drunk? Hunting deer from the road?
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  6. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Thank You for sharing your story. It is a good reminder that other drivers are so completely unpredictable. We expect that they are going to do or NOT do a certain thing and base our actions on that. Unfortunately when they do something different we get caught by surprise with potentially disastrous results.
    I had a SUV do exactly the same thing to me this summer. As it turned to the right I went on red alert and started slowing. When it turned left across in front of me I was able to get stopped. The driver and passenger were two young ladies both looking at their cell phones on GPS maps LOST. They had no idea how close they came to taking me out. I have no idea what made me decide they were a threat and not just turning right onto the sideroad.
    I hope things go better for you soon.
    Best Regards....just jeff
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  7. Litespeed77

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    The impact was both blunt force and cutting from the old school metal bumper. It tore the inside of my knee to the bone. I think that a knee brace may have helped with the twisting forces but not the cutting part.

    The officer decided to call it a 50/50 fault. Both myself and the driver were issued warnings. The driver said he had insurance at the time, but he did not. The officer was trying to take the easy way out.

    There were to young guys in the truck, dressed in camo. It was later in the day and I'm guessing they were looking for a better spot to finish day hunting. I bet they were completely distracted.
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  8. Litespeed77

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    I left out quite a bit of details. I'd like to mention that I had a Spot Tracker. I had help on the way within minutes of hitting the ground. There was no cell coverage in the area. The closest signal was at least 15 minutes away. I guess that the Spot Tracker saved about 30 minutes. That could have been the difference of keeping my leg.
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  9. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I had the same with UPS last Christmas. 40mph street, he pulls over to the right, comes almost to a stop then swings a U-turn in front of me. I almost rode up in through the open front door but stopped in time. Oddly, he never saw me either. I had forgotten about that until your story.
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  10. NJ-Brett

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    Really nasty to just READ about it let alone live through it!

    Common thing though, we seem to read about the same thing happening every so often here.
    Car pulls over, rider continues on, car pulls a sudden U turn, rider impacts car.

    I see a car on the side of the road I expect the worst bone head move...the outcomes are very rarely good in that situation.
    Glad you are still alive.
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  11. husqvarna

    husqvarna Been here awhile

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    All the very best on your recovery - but a very irritating occurrence. Here in lawless Africa (comparatively) we have plenty of erratic, cell phone using, drunk or just plain unlicenced drivers (South Africa (pop around 50m) has 15 000 odd road related deaths every year; around 1/3 are pedestrians). General rule is never overtake (or be very, very cautious) a vehicle behaving erratically - you just do not know what will happen next; stop, left or right turn, all without indicating are viable options. As is just proceeding more or less straight on after a temporary aberration; often alcohol induced. Ditto for pedestrians except give them a wide berth.
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  12. Vinz Klortho

    Vinz Klortho Square Peg

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    Man, my heart goes out to you.

    I know this is a shitty thing to say but I swear if I ever was taken off my bike by a guy with no insurance I would file a civil suit against him for negligence and get his wages garnered for the rest of his miserable, minimum-wage life...just to fuck him, his cousin-wife, and his mongoloid kids.

    And how the hell did the cop cite you?

    Yeah, I know I would spend more than I would ever recover but while OP will NEVER be the same after this injury, Joe Redneck is back to business as usual already.

    These threads piss me off.
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  13. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    Under/non-insured insurance is worth it always. Especially if you live in a border state.

    Never be in such a rush where you absolutely must pass someone ASAP. People go to turn then stop on a dime also all the time!

    Motorcycles are dangerous. The whole risk reward thing.

    Sorry this happened OP. Life is precious, be glad you're still here, hope things work out for you man and wish you luck.
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