The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sabastian (‘Gus’)

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Thanks for the update Mark.
  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Get well soon, Steve. House work sucks and more people get hurt doing that than riding bikes. Having said that, I am not riding because Mrs Kokopelli is nursing one or more cracked ribs from a couple of days ago. The big F650GS is not so good in sand with a short(ish) less experienced rider.
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Honey, I'm home!!!!

    Thanks for all of your well wishes (again) guys.

    I'll post up some pictures when I'm feeling more with it. No X'rays though. Hospital was bloody marvellous, but they need softer springs in the back of the ambulance, & I'm sure that they were have a bloody laugh when they filled me full of laxatives..

    Broke my L1 vertebrae (bottom of the ribs). In a brace to stop me from moving (for the next 3 mths), & have another couple of big boxes of drugs to work through. They've sent me home with a double decker toilet seat, a litter grabber thingie & a chair for the shower (bloody daughters not getting hold of that - she spends too much time in there as is...)

    Padmei, stay away from any falling hazards :deal. Let me assure you that you DO NOT want to go through this

    Made sure I didn't book this one to the motorcycle ACC account. Talking of which have you all paid your house registration costs to date. I'm afraid that one is going to take a bit of a hit..
  4. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Good to hear you're home. Poor bugger. Busting up back bones can't be much fun.

    When're you back to riding? I'm about to set a date for the RRRR :wink: (probably the last thing on your mind at the moment).
  5. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Good to hear you're home Steve. I guess the old internet will take a hammering - better up your plan. We'll try to keep you entertained so as you don't go completely batty.

    So.... what's the bet you won't be getting any for a while:augie
  6. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    This now seems somewhat prescient considering the events a few days later, and the resulting brace.

    Michael
  7. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    Hi Steve - sorry to learn of your latest misfortune - hope you heal well and soon - certainly seem to be having a rotten bad run of luck

    Best regards Stephen O
  8. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    It will be at least 3 mths. First assessment in 2 weeks time. But back injuries are something to be cautious of. Assume that I won't be able to make it. I am thinking it'll take longer than 3 mths before I have any back strength again, & can ride for any length of time..I certainly won't be rushing back to work like I did with the ribs (as a for instance).

    It's bloody frustrating, because I was going to attempt the ride with you & Mark - and now that's been taken away from me.
    I'll need entertaining. Unfortunately they've taken away most of the drugs ending in -eine. There was some good ones there for a while, which allowed you to make your own fun (or at least not worry about things).

    It's uncomfortable to sit in the computer chair - unlike when I did the ribs. So I suspect there'll be a bored Steve for a while.

    Mandy has offered to host a beer & bullshit pizza night sometime in a few weeks though... :D
    I can't take that bet....But my capital with Mandy is pretty high at the moment. She has been pretty worried (and I have to take my hat off to her for what she has been doing). Where there is a will...
    :lol3. Don't think this set of braces is for cool kids though...:cry. You need to be special to get one of these
    Agreed. Thanks Stephen
  9. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    you'll become a persona non grata if you are not careful

    You didn't actually miss much - it was so hot on the side of the hill that Bart and (particularly) my energy just evaporated in the heat. I got about 1/4 of the way up and sat there digging trenches while Bart tried twice and very nearly did it but the heat of the direct sun made it such an unpleasant place to be. We tried another hill climb past the hut and got pretty much to the top but that was like a baking oven.

    Bart had to head home about 3ish to meet family obligations so I farted around and road via Gladstone and Highway 52 up to Pahiatua and over the track and home - all seal but a lovely ride

    are we allowed to give you shit over being such a dumbass?
  10. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    so whats happening?

    are you still alive?
  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Still here, yes.
    Remember you asked for it

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    I had just been fitted with the brace & was about to take my first steps.

    I am fully institutionalised. I have no shame. I was entertaining vistors. I was wearing nothing underneath those gowns. Those are support stocking for my cankles. That is the catheter by my leg. Fortunately the clearer photos of me & the catheter are..currently unavailable.

    Briefly here are the gory details:
    • When they pulled the firehouse they laughingly called a catheter (Sunday), they caused some damage. So we were back at hospital A&E Monday trying to determine the extent of this, & whether my pissing blood was a result of my kidneys crumbling, or a UTI. Passing blood clots is not a lot of fun. Fortunately with the help of antibiotics this has come right. For a while we were joking there were three people suffering through their periods here;
    • The catheter has improved flow significantly - reckon the pipework gauge has gone up several sizes. Couldn't recommend it for any of you old buggers with prostate issue though;
    • The brace has caused pressure sores on my back. Mandy is trying to keep on top of those;
    • 1st thing in the morning is a bit crappy. I take a leak, swallow drugs & go back to bed for a 1/2 hr to allow the drugs to kick in;
    • When I overdo things the outside of my thighs goes numb & my knees tingle;
    • My right side is definitely weaker than the left;
    • I'm better walking or moving around then just standing;
    • The lung damage from the rib injury is still causing issues. They had me on oxygen overnight while in hospital, because they couldn't get the 02 sats up - they hovered around circa 90 (should be 97-99%) - not dangerous, but knock your energy & concentration levels around...
    REALLY notice when its time for the next drug dosage though. On Panadol, Ibuprofen, & Codeine currrently.

    Despite all of the above I have actually recovered significantly from the fall. Yesterday walked a visitor to the garage, & today I managed a walk down the street to the post box - so getting better all the time.

    Spending most of my time watching movies, blobbing, or on the computer. Surprisingly, I haven't been interested in Dakar this year.

    Got a meeting with the Specialist Wed 16th. Still haven't got my discharge papers from the hospital, which is annoying,
  12. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    That was an unfortunate transformation from Advrider to Advreader.

    I am glad things are looking up a bit. I know there are no nipples in the photo, but surely they amount of leg shown is excessive. Less is more here. :evil

    Seeing how quickly things can go pear-shaped and how old bones take their time to heal, I will take it very easy on the Dusty.

    Keep up the healing and get well soon.
  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    That can happen. When I was a prison officer in Darwin NT many years ago I had to escort a young crim to hospital because he couldn't wee for a routine drug test.

    Seems that a few years earlier, he had had a catheter inserted, and apparently they inflate them a bit when inside the bladder. On its removal, a young nurse who didn't know what she was doing just pulled it out instead of deflating it first, resulting in scar tissue on the inside of his willy.

    Every now and again the scar tissue would close up and he couldn't wee for love or money, so a rod had to be inserted down his willy to open up things up.

    I had to watch the whole procedure and could not believe that one person could wee so much at one time.

    This is not scaring you is it Steve? :D hope you come good soon.
  14. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Bloody hell, there have to be easier ways to indulge your bondage fetish than that! Get well soon mate.

    Cheers
    Clint

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  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Thanks Alex. Hope the Dusty goes well for you. Weather's not looking too promising in the lead up again
    You are such a comfort...Your bike's looking good David
    Thanks Clint. Talking of which, how is Rosie?
  16. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    Clint wouldn't know... he's on holiday in the South Island and I am stuck at work :cry
    I'm getting much better. I'm in a moonboot, and am moderately mobile, but it's still a bit uncomfortable. I get x-rayed again in 1.5 weeks to see how things are getting on.
    I'm trying to enjoy the sit-and-do-nothing phase while it lasts. Getting the ankle working again, and seeing what is left of my strength and fitness is going to be a shock to the system :arg

    I have to say I'm mildly envious of your anti-cankle socks. Extremely un-envious of the rest of your setup though. I hope things go well with the specialist tomorrow.
  17. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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    Hey Steve, sorry to read this. That's quite the run of bad luck.

    Haven't checked in here much lately, but enough to remind me to take care on my improvised scaffolding and such around the house.

    Heal up good and soon, mate. PM me or something if you're having your BS and pizza session. I'll miss it if it's buried in a thread somewhere.

    Take care.

    Igor
  18. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    MAn oh man...see you should have gone for a ride round makara or something instead of contemplating house maintenance...:D

    on the beamer front all the sidestand bits seemed fine,no huge play in the pivot ot the spring attachment plate.All the parts seemed very similar.Will get another pair of spring though so you can have yours back
  19. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Thanks guys. Agreed that I made poor choices on that day. I should have gone for a ride instead.
    Sorry you didn't make it down to the Dusty Butt after all.

    For those that are interested, here are the Xrays. My Doctor is very pleased with progress. Has said that I can have another 32 days off, & that I might be able to get the brace off in 8 weeks. I can ride after that (but I am conscious I can't ride offroad unltil I am confident I can pick Gus up). No Physio. He warned ACC might try to push this, but that it could do more long term damage.

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    To quote Sesame St 'One of these things is not like the others, one of these things ain't kind of the same...' :lol3
  20. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Hi Steve. I admire your positive attitude dealing with this injury - I guess it could have been worse but I'm glad it wasn't.

    OK so I'm no doctor but one of those vertebrae looks thinner - compressed(?)- than the others. What is the most positive outcome from it? Will it mend but still be thinner or will it decompress over time. What causes the pain? has the disc been pushed out & putting pressure on the sciatic nerve - There seems to be a healthy gap where the disc is so that must be a good thing.

    If you were over here I'd have a go at pulling your spine bits out, giving them a clean, lube (non moly of course) & reassemble. If I gave the broken bits a lite grind I reckon some of my welding would hold back together quite well. Actually just give me a call when you are coming over & I'll shift some stuff from the workbench.