Tibial Plateau fracture - from a kickstarter failure

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by The Bigfella, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. ontic

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    Damn Ian, what a bastard of a thing.
    I had three knee ops before I was twenty, two of them disasters (one had a major hemorrhage in joint after), and I've spent way too much of my life already crippled and agonised by knee injuries, so I can emphasise very strongly...

    I hope the recovery goes well.
    Getting round your place in your state must be interesting...:D barely enough spare space to swing a cat if I remember correctly:lol3

    I wonder if kickstarting that old thing after this is ever going to be stress free:eek1

    Good luck, keep up with those bastard exercises and push through that pain.
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  2. ecphelps

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    Oh man, that brings back memories. Painful, painful memories. I broke my tibial plateau and avulsed my ACL on 1-11-11 in what was otherwise a minor bicycle accident. Two knee surgeries and 10+ months of PT and my knee will never be the same. I hope you heal well and quickly.

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  3. The Bigfella

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    Thanks guys. Its a bloody pain in the arse being laid up. I've been off the pain killers and home for a fair while now. It was one week in hospital and two weeks in rehab... then home.

    Just before I got home, I got a phone call "your boat is sinking"... anyhow, its "in hospital" now... up on the slip being worked on. Let's just say its not proving to be a cheap exercise... and the whole show includes two new props. Arghh. I can't do any of the work myself either. I've been down to the yard a few times - on crutches or in the wheelchair... and was just itching to pick up some tools.

    I ventured out to a local business dinner the other night. Upstairs of course. After catching my knee and giving it a sideways twist... I ended up sitting down and bumping down about 20 steps on my arse. So dignified.

    I've started load bearing... using half crutches. There sure isn't much strength in that leg though. I've booked a ticket to Thailand for the middle of next month, to go to a mate's wedding... so that should be fun.
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  4. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Good luck with your recovery, stay with it, it'll be worth it.

    Here's some encouragement.:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap YOU CAN DO IT!
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  5. The Bigfella

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    Thanks.

    The recovery is progressing. I had two doctors read the riot act to me this week. The ortho specialist got into me for
    "walking" around at home with the brace off. Apparently its for the load bearing, not to limit the bending. I told the other doc about it while I was in for a skin check (all OK), and he lectured me about a tibial plateau fracture being the worst kind of fracture you can do.... Oops

    OK... so I'm wearing it all the time again... although I must admit, I've finally ditched it when I'm in bed.

    He's OK'd my plan to do a couple of weeks here

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    That's not my chunked up leg, but one of the guys who lives in Chiang Mai, where the wedding is. I'm planning on being in the pool every day.... followed up with a 150 baht ($5) massage.

    I'm not looking forward to the travel. Getting to the airport and onto the plane will be fun... I'm trying hard to figure out the shortest foot route for everything. I'm still on one crutch. I'm overnighting in Singapore and the main selection item for my hotel was "distance from the MRT station".
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  6. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    Hang in there...I'm 10 years out from my Tibia Plateau fracture and reconstruction...Mine was real bad.

    Pulverized the middle of the bone that left a crater they had to fill with mix of an Osteo-Progenic protein powder/substance (marketed as OP1) mixed with cadaver bone and some t..

    Sides fractured down, the part of the plateau the ACL was attached to became a "Floater" with nothing to attach to (center pulverized and sides fractured). They ended up drilling holes in that piece of bone and sutured it to the plate and screw heads hoping it would all set...

    It did. Thank God..

    10 year out shot of the Scar and Leg... do the Therapy and also watch your posture as you might start standing poorly to compensate for the injury which will cause back problems...

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  7. The Bigfella

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    Glad to hear that one went OK.

    I hear what you are saying about posture... but its damn hard. I was in agony last night / today - a combination of posture and a less than perfect mattress. I know there's a better bed... but its up another flight of stairs (ie 2 instead of 1)... not going to happen.

    I've made it to the pool once

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    .... but it sure isn't as nice looking water as the photo I borrowed from the guy who put me on to this pool. I kept my head above water. I'll head out there again tomorrow. I've been getting massages every day - and a herbal compress massage today seems to have me back on track... along with some magnesium tablets to relax the muscles.

    Travelling here was better and worse than I'd anticipated. Three flights over two days of 8 1/2, 2 1/2 and 1 hour duration were fine. It was the airports that nailed me. Oh, and stupid me used a backpack... extra load on the legs... although still possibly better than a wheeled case. It seemed that I always had to walk (hobble) the maximum distance at each airport for check-in gate and then aircraft gate.

    Singapore Airport was magnificent... offered the front of the queue every time they spotted my crutch/leg brace - customs and taxi. Taxi queue lady and check-in guys even rushed over with their own seat for me. Amazing service.

    Bangkok Airport had me do an angry customer dummy spit... a very, very rare event for me. The Bangkok Airways transfer counter wouldn't let me transfer because my airline wasn't one of the 40 on her list on the wall. WTF? You can't fly with them because they don't like the last airline you flew with?

    When I realised she was sending me on a route march of 3 - 4 kilometres, I told her she was causing me pain... and laid down in front of her counter. Not the most elegant protest... but she (eventually) did what she said she couldn't ie print my boarding pass. She still wouldn't let me through the door for the 100 metre walk to the plane... but she got one of their guys with a wheelchair and sent us the long way.

    The poor guy pushing the wheelchair was puffing and blowing... absolutely knackered by the time we got to the plane... and I was last one on. I hadn't yelled at her... I simply told her that if I missed the plane because she wasn't honouring my valid ticket, I'd write to the CEO of the airline. May the bluebird of happiness forever build its nest in her nostrils. There is no way I'd ever have made that walk on my crutch.

    Anyhow... enough ranting and raving. I'm getting around a bit better, I'm back on two wheels (shhh)... I've got a nice little Yamaha Fino - an automatic scooter... fold the crutch, don't put the right leg down... and away we go.

    I'd have gone stir crazy if I was still stuck at home, not able to drive (legally).

    First outing here though was to a funeral for a Norwegian expat, killed on his bike. Not the truck driver's fault either. Things are looking better since then... with a wedding yesterday.
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  8. Pampero

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    Hey Ian,

    Just stumbled on this here. No surprise of course, since I was in the know on that other forum, but it's always pleasant to bump into an old friend in an unexpected place.
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  9. The Bigfella

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    G'day mate. Wondered who you were over here.

    Update. After a couple of weeks in Thailand, I finally got the OK from my Aussie doc to ditch the damn leg brace. Things started to improve quicker after that. I sorted out the muscle cramping with plenty of massage visits and more water therapy.

    I've ditched the crutch unless stairs are involved... or for long walks. This was my first long walk... a road trip to a war memorial site and associated army camps in NE Thailand.

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    The automatic scooter in Chiang Mai was perfect for getting around. Not sure if I'm up to riding a full size bike yet though. Its 3 months in a couple of days.... haven't driven a car yet, but reckon I can (have to do a 400 km drive on Monday)

    I flew back to Oz from Thailand yesterday - still a tough trip the way the leg is... 20 1/2 hours with three flights as close together as I could manage.

    I've got a very severe limp still. I'll be working to eliminate that from now on.
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