Was hit while turning.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by cab591, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Long time lurker, don't post often. After years of being off and on bikes, I decided to rent a BMW G650GS, to see if I'd want to buy one. Cue two incredible days riding around on an awesome motorcycle.

    Unfortunately, I'll have to leave most of the details out of the post, for legal issues. Long story short, I was stopped, turning, waiting for oncoming traffic. Person behind me did not yeild.

    End result, I was hit on the side. No idea how fast she was going, police are still investigating.

    Injuries are localized to just my left leg. Broke the tibia and fibula just above the ankle, and tore through two of three arteries that go to the foot. Basically, my foot was held on by one good artery and some tendons. Had all 3 arteries been damaged, I would have lost the foot.

    I'm in the hospital now. They've got an external fixator on my leg, with plans to install hardware by the end of the week. It's bad, but it could have been a lot worse.

    Still no idea how long recovery will be, or just how many surgeries I'll have to do. Just posting this to get thoughts in order, and to hear words of wisdom from other people who have gone down and faced similar recovery.

    Thank you!
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  2. takeiteasy_U2

    takeiteasy_U2 Been here awhile

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    what happened to bike?
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  3. takeiteasy_U2

    takeiteasy_U2 Been here awhile

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    Wow. I hope you heal up real well. What a bummer to start back & get nailed so fast. You will be OK. Sorry about the first reply...just a joke to pick you up :)
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  4. MFGamesta

    MFGamesta Been here awhile

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    So you got rear ended while you were making a left or right turn? How many lanes was on your side of the road?

    Hope your lawyer does you right.

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  5. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    It's great you are looking at the positive side!

    Wishing you the very best recovery possible.
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  6. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    The bike was, somehow, undamaged.

    Keeping details to a minimum for legal reasons, but it was a narrow 2 lane road (1 lane in each direction), and I was turning left / pulling a u turn.
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  7. Brokein2

    Brokein2 Been here awhile

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    Sure glad you are here typing with us....sounds like you are possibly in line for a rod down through your tibia to help stabilize it. Many times with external fixation and a rod (nail) down through the tibia, the fibula will just be left to heal on it's own if it is not too badly displaced/fractured. I had this same injury in the early 80's (when I was young) and it all healed pretty quickly (3 months). Had the pin pulled after a couple of years due to pain anytime I was stressing the area (such as skiing). Hopefully your lawyer can get the other parties to settle quickly/reasonably and you can get back to life.
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  8. Just A Number

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    My break was not nearly as dramatic as yours but I did lose the feeling in the bottom of my foot for 4 years after my break. I'm just getting the feeling back not b/c of time of physical therapy from the doctors. I started to wear what I considered weird toe-spreader things, yep all that time in cast and boot apparently squashed important things together too much. If I had it to do over again, I'd be wearing "correct toes" or something similar all through what I refer to as the painful, boring time. I'm convinced it would have saved me a lot of misery over the last few years.

    Also, I can't stress enough that when you do get up and about for PT, get some pool time in there if you can, it really does get the swelling under control. If you aren't afraid of needles also look into inter-muscular needling/dry needling. It was like voodoo magic in getting all my jacked up muscles and tendons to actually let loose. Spend the boring time researching PT centers as well. The first one I went to gave me a repetitive motion injury b/c they sucked, I didn't properly research them...I won't make that mistake again. Inattentive and mostly intern staffing, walk out of the door. When I changed to the second place it was night and day. Good luck and hang in there, it's long road.
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  9. Skidmarkart

    Skidmarkart Dirty Middle Age Man

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    Oh man, I feel your pain. Literally. In 2000 I spent 10 months in an external fixator with a similar injury. I feel it every step of every day. All I can tell you is this. BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THEY HAVE FIXED YOUR ANKLE PROPERLY. I ended up in a teaching hospital, at UNC Chapel Hill. They let a resident set the ankle, and they completely f**ked it up. I regret, DEEPLY, the decision not to consult a sports doctor or specialist or even get a second opinion early on, when the issue could have been helped. Do not make the same mistake I did. Get your ass to a specialist (if you have not already) and be certain you are set properly. Trust me, it is worth it.

    That said, be patient. It takes a long time to heal. Get your a** to PT as soon as possible, and do as much as you can. Be sure to get your heart pumping everyday (healing that far from the heart is slow if your blood is not flowing). Study nutrition, healing that much bone really depletes calcium from your other bones. Be sure you have what you need to heal, and what your body needs to stay in good shape.
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    Life can be a bucket of spit sometimes. But, you're alive and I dare say of a purpose. All the best.
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  11. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the support, guys.

    I'm already working my ass off with physical therapy. Making progress every day. The ortho surgeon here is a foot / ankle specialist, so I should be with the right people.

    I'm out of my home state, though, and will look for an expert when I'm eventually moved back.

    I've got everything, with all the details written down. Once we're past the legal waters, I'll post all the details.
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  12. LostInPA

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    Hey buddy, glad you made it and are alive. Sorry about the bad leg injury. I hope you heal up soon and get many sponge baths from hot nurses.

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  13. mike151

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    Probably Texting and driving. My daughter's car got rear ended twice while stopped in a situation like yours.
    Get better soon!!!!!!
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  14. sprok

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    Just curious where in the lane you were positioned? I always position myself near other cars because cars avoid other cars. If I'm by myself in a lane then I'm watching my mirrors like a hawk and more than a few times moved forward to avoid a dumbass putting their bumper inside my ass.
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  15. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    LostInPA: no shortage of hot nurses here!

    mike151: that's my running theory

    Sprok: can't discuss details, as the investigation (and pending lawsuit) are still going. Suffice to say, she has no excuse for not seeing me.
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  16. mike151

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    I'm thinking that I might start wearing yellow and putting reflective tape all over my bike. At least bigger mirrors to watch the behind.
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  17. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Still can't post too many details about the accident (lawyers, ongoing investigation), but figured I would give you guys an update.

    I'm still in the hospital. The only injury I sustained was to my left leg. In my first post, I said hardware would be installed within a week. But due to the location of the break, they've kept me in the external fixator. The past 3 weeks have been pretty repetitive. They've been doing "clean out" surgeries twice a week. Basically going in, snipping out dead tissue, and letting natural growth occur. Going into surgery #8 tomorrow morning -- this'll be the first "big" reconstructive surgery. Speaking with the surgeon this morning, he actually said it was looking pretty good overall. They're no longer going to be doing any internal hardware. Instead, they'll do a skin graft to seal me up, then cast it and let the bone heal naturally. Feels good to finally be moving forward with everything!

    Financially, I'm in a pretty good situation. I'm an Army Reservist out of Phoenix, AZ, but was in Hawaii on active TDY (temporary duty) orders. Because I was on active orders at the time of the accident, the Army is completely footing (no pun intended) the bill, including my recovery. I already have 6 month long active orders, keeping me here in Hawaii for my recovery. My civilian job is just listing it as "extended military leave", so I'm not touching any sick / medical leave, and get all of my military leave benefits (pay differential compensation being one of the big ones!). Before leaving Arizona, I sold my car, put all my stuff in storage, cancelled all of my services, and got out of my apartment lease -- so I basically have zero monthly expenses (except for the storage fee and my cell phone). I'm getting my full Army paycheck, plus entitlements, plus the pay differential between base pay and my civilian pay from my civilian employer. So with no medical bills, and no expenses, I'm basically saving money left and right being in the hospital, which is a pretty sweet silver lining. As well, because I have nothing to deal with "back home", and no looming medical bills, I literally have nothing to stress over. Yes, getting hit sucks. And recovery is a long, uphill battle. But I'll be spending the next 6 months with an active Army rehabilitation unit (actually called a "Wounded Transition Battalion", WTB for short), basically getting paid to recover. The only thing I have to worry about is my own recovery -- so I can literally put 100% of my effort into it. I'm sure I'll come out fine on the other side.

    The amount of support I've gotten has been wonderful. My parents flew out the day after the accident. Dad had to go back to work, but mom can work remotely, so she's stayed behind. The Army has provided her with free housing nearby. They've also been reimbursed for their travel, and my mom's getting paid per diem (enough to cover rental car, gas and food)! I have the support of 3 different commands (my home unit, the unit I was working with out here, and the WTB), as well as the Wounded Warrior Project. The bike was completely undamaged, so the rental company isn't charging me anything extra. The police and the locals have all been great, and the staff here at the hospital is wonderful. I don't think I could be in a better situation, short of not getting into an accident in the first place.

    You guys are awesome. I love spending time reading ride reports here. Some of the photos are incredible. I've never met any of you, and I hardly ever post anywhere, but I absolutely feel like a member of a community here. Accidents suck, but it's not going to stop me from doing what I love. I'll be buying a new bike as soon as I get back to Phoenix. :D
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  18. El Duque

    El Duque Been here awhile

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    Wow!
    You are very lucky/fortunate on many levels.

    Sounds like all you need is time to get better.

    take care! Learn all it has to offer.
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    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Thank you!

    Yeah, that's pretty much the only thing right now -- time. Sometimes I wish it would hurry the hell up! :D

    Just gotta take it all one day at a time, and push myself a little harder every day. The skin grafts tomorrow will probably put me on my ass for a bit (especially because my foot needs to stay as still as possible while the grafts take), but it's the first major step towards getting past this situation.
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  20. LostInPA

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    Glad to hear things are looking up. Not having to stress over medical bills is a major relief. That's good that you don't have to get bolted back together and can heal naturally.
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