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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Rex Nemo, May 4, 2013.
Wow....that is disgusting!
Glad your okay and hopefully ride soon.
So angry leprechauns aren't first choice as party pals? Nasty little gatekeepers at the half-way point to getting the K-wires out. I imagine those next guys will be a bit meaner but at least the stitch/incision annoyance slips away. No weight bearing is one of the worst conditions. Those wires protruding down and behind the toes are the real deal killer. No way to just rest the bottom of your foot on mother earth and maintain that sole connection. Hopefully those bones are knitting well and this pending screw insertion will tidy things up.
The stitches are out, and the foot is continuing to heal. It went through a weird phase in which ALL the skin dried, got scaly, and peeled off. Yuck!
Fortunately with a good bit of gentle exfoliation that stage passed. I did get a
knee crutch in addition to the scooter, and after the steep and wobbly learning curve, it's great. I can't drive or ride yet, but I can get out of the house, do my own damn laundry, cooking and garbage-taking-out, and even have a little fun...
Best of all, they let me pull my own pins out of my foot. What a freaky experience--feeling pressure from inside your body and the tugging of the K-wires as each resisted, pulled free from the bone, then slid out of the skin, followed by a small gush of blood...whoa.
The doc tossed the first one into the sharps container, but I insisted on keeping the rest of the K-wires as souvenirs.
These were touching my bone marrow!
The doc pulled the first one, then we talked him into letting me pull two:
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And my girlfriend pulled the last two--the longest ones. The last one, unlike the others, was intensely painful!
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Yea, you go girl. Been wondering about you. You make me appreciate my feet even more. Hope the weight bearing, walking part starts soon. That rig's gonna need an alignment.
On that note what are some really good armored boots?
Holy Crap, Nemo!
I've been wondering how things have been for you since you sold the 919... Sorry to hear about this! I hope the healing goes really well for you!
Oh, I still have the 919...I'd just added Renthal CR High bars and heated grips, too, darn it, and tossed in some Race Tech front springs when I replaced the fork seals earlier this year. I may need to sell it in order to get an automatic commuter car, though, as I've taken a big economic hit not being able to work much, and I'll be able to drive before I can ride. Haven't owned a cage in years. I do think I'll be selling the DR350, too; it's in great shape, just needs a wash and a new rear turn signal.
As for boots--golly, I'm not really sure. I think I'll be getting some Sidi Crossfires once I get back on the dual-sport horse, but my gf managed to break both of her ankles wearing those. No boot is perfect.
Because they're ridiculous amounts of fun when you don't get hurt. Nothing else is quite enjoyable like a nice long wheelie, especially if you're shifting through the gears and standing up while doing so.
Unless you absolutely need the money, you will want to ride that moto again and selling it will only require the future purchase of another moto. Best to just keep it until your foot heals and you can ride it again. Of course if you were to sell it and get a 450 that would be more fun.
There are probably some MX boots that have stiffer armor in that area of the foot but most boots are going to offer similar protection as what you had in the crash -- however, it's how you crash that determines how badly you're going to get hurt. Practicing your slow speed get-offs will help more with preventing injury than buying more or better armor. If you don't want to drop your moto over and over to practice then a $150 BMX bike works well - just take it to a dirt area and put on all of your moto armor and practice crashing, it really helps to train your body for the real thing.
Hey Rex, hope the healing is progressing well. Just headed out for a hike, thankful I can still use mine. At 6 - 8 miles it starts feeling beat but it's worth it. Last week's view.
As far as being kind to our selves, is a contradiction. Our sport gives us every chance to see all the world has to offer
And in return does everything it can to damage us.
I know how the pain is, 5 1/2 years ago I spiral fractured my Right tibula from the knee to the ankle ,and the fibia in the middle.
I spent 17 days in hospital after they found a compartment syndrome and I had had 12 hrs with no blood flow to lower leg.
I'll walk in pain and a limp for the rest of my life, but would trade it for all the sport has shown me.
Now tell me it hasn't damaged my brain more than my leg.
Glad it has all been worth it to you.
I think so, in my case, too--joy I'd never have experienced any other way, wheelies included.
Thanks for the hiking shots, psmcd!
I'm a long ways from hiking but I have been looking up gimp-accessible campsites in the Sierra for a camping trip or two before the summer ends. I've been starting the process of looking for a car, too--haven't owned one of those in years! Hoping to snap up a compact SUV with automatic transmission soon.
One complication I've had in the last little while was a short-but-nasty bout of appendicitis. :huh Dunno what is up with my medical stuff lately, but a couple of weeks ago I came home from work with a mild tummyache that rapidly progressed into a nasty abdominal pain and was, by 5 am the next morning, savagely unbearable. My long-suffering sweetheart took me back to the ER (is it bad that I recognize so many of the docs and nurses in there by now?) and after a CAT scan they found a badly-infected appendix, about to burst. 22 hours in the waiting room later, it was time for MORE emergency surgery. :eek1
Fortunately they caught the appendix before it burst, and were able to perform the surgery laparoscopically, so it was minimally invasive and seems to be having a relatively short recovery time.
Here's a similar video detailing the appendectomy. They insert ports, pump up your abdomen with C02, then insert an endoscope and tools and take it out.
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I had my hopefully-final surgery on the broken foot a few days ago; the surgeon fused the first cuneiform to the first metatarsal with a couple of bone screws. While he was in there, he re-broke the second metatarsal and re-aligned it, then fixed it with a smaller titanium bone screw. It hurts a fair bit, but I'm glad for the stronger and straighter weight-bearing architecture this should achieve. I'm in a plaster cast now, VERY relieved to be bloody done with surgery for a while, and looking forward to beginning physical therapy when the cast comes off in 6-8 weeks.
Adv-wolf, I hear what you're saying. I don't want to live or die on the couch.
Oh my! Lisfranc is no fun at all. If you don't mind me asking, what is the brand name of that nifty leg brace? What the heck is the type even called? Hubby will need to go back to get his Lisfranc fused in the fall, and I wonder if that might be easier than his knee scooter?
They claim that Lisfranc injuries are rare. Heck, there are 1/2 dozen of them on this subforum alone!
Hey Dorito, hope your husband's Lisfranc fusion goes well. If you can, get the scooter and the knee crutch!
The "pegleg," as my buddies have been calling it, is made by a small Canadian company called IWalkFree. If you poke around online they can be had refurbished for around $200. It is VERY nice for doing chores around the house (laundry and cooking, as well as regular activities like getting the mail, putting bikes on and off the trickle charger, and taking out the trash) are possible again with the thing. Stairs, too, are not really a problem, you simply have to turn around and go down backwards.
It is not as great as a knee scooter for longer distances, and for alternating sitting and standing it is not as convenient as the scooter, since you have to take about 30 seconds to strap yourself in with the 3 straps. It is however vastly superior to the scooter on stairs, over curbs, etc. Keep in mind when trying it that the learning curve is quite steep--the first day I was wobbling all over, and had to clutch the bed, the furniture and the walls to even get across the house. I used a cane with it for a couple of days, then my body began to be able to extend its proprioception through the IWalkFree crutch and its contact patch and feel the ground.
I figured out now that I'm good with the crutch that I can, with effort, even walk on sand. Walks on the beach (short ones, anyhow) are restored to me!
One with the crutch off
And here is the most current x-ray after last week's surgery (seen fuzzily through the plaster cast)
Compare to the x-ray before it was fixed with the screw--that 2nd metatarsal is still un-healed and deviated upwards.
The 2nd metatarsal was offset a fair bit, which was why the surgeon re-broke it during the surgery and threw a screw in. I'm glad he did--it looks much straighter now.
I caught this early on, and stumbled on it this a.m.
Glad your recovery is coming along nicely.
You'll get there, as many of us have.
Thanks! It's coming along. I've been in a fair bit of pain since the last surgery, but I'm not really afraid of pain anymore, so it isn't as distressing as it used to be. It's exciting to feel the bone healing, too--it feels really "busy" in there, which I take as a good sign.
Reeeealllly ready to be able to get off Vicodin, though...it turns my bowels to concrete and makes me suck at everything. Seriously, that's the creepiest part of taking opiates for me; I make mistakes at things I'm normally easily competent at doing, without having any idea I'm screwing up until I see the results! You should have seen the haircut I gave my girlfriend the other day. Thought I was doing fine, paying close attention, but oooh was she mad when she saw the results! Fortunately she was able to fix it with a little scissor time in the mirror.
Here's the latest incision--this foot is gonna have some battle scars!
And here is the bone stimulator the doc got for me to use. It's an Exogen 4000, supposedly uses pulsed ultrasound technology to cause micro-tremors in the bone, which encourages the osteoblasts to get busy building new bone at the fracture sites.
Research isn't completely solid on the healing value of ultrasound bone stimulators, but seems encouraging. Could be snake oil, who knows? But I'm all for trying.
I think you've turned a corner
A friend of mine, ER nurse, broke her hand and used one of those. Her hand healed amazingly fast but there was a downside....the unit made the hair on the back of her hand grow like crazy, if she hadn't shaved it you coulda braided it.
WOW ... just found this thread .. glad you are healing.
amazing that this happened with what looks like a full blown/protective riding boot.
Oh man...I'm gonna have a hairy hobbit foot, then! :d