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#41 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:12 pm

ofblong wrote:ill be missing riding more and more each day here shortly. Snows gonna start flying and well I ride to work at night and with temps starting to dip into the high 30's low 40's at night im leaving the bike at home and driving to work so I can drive home in a nice warm vehicle. I am getting lazy in my "older" age (yes I know im only 31).
well my first year riding I rode when it was 14F outside. now im just too lazy to put all that gear on to stay warm. If it involves more than my jacket and thermal underwear its not time to ride lol.
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#42 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:54 pm

It's been a few weeks since I've visited my friends here at TMW - still concentrating on healing, have some setbacks with a brand new infection to battle now. But, it seems like I have gotten the edge on it now - which is good. went from two crutches, to one, to cane, back to one, then back to two with the infection - painful as hell!

On the up side, since I'm still not riding for a while, I needed to keep myself busy, so meet my newest friend and companion...
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rescue dog from VA, 36lbs, 8 mos, probable mix of border collie, beagle, and dachshund ... he's surprisingly mellow and gentle, and a good 'blue' friend from here suggested that when I get a 'new' bike next season, a sidecar is in order, for my newest pal. I think that's an awesome idea :)

Anyway, hope everyone here is well, and on the east coast as winter approaches, everyone keeps their rubber side down!

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#43 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

Titanium vs. me = ME! broke/bent/sheared 5-7 of the screws holding my ankle together.
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back to NO weight bearing, can i tell you how much i HATE CRUTCHES???

I know, I should be happy I still have my leg, and I am, but dammit, this sucks!

I really need to take it easy, but it's much harder now that I'm back to work full time - and their patience is seriously thin.

here's the picture. For fun, compare it to the earlier one.

at least the Dr. said my ankle is still in the correct position and is healing, even though i totally killed the hardware.

hope everyone else is doing well...
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#44 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:38 am

Impressive to shear titanium!!! Behave you!!!
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#45 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:54 pm

Well, it's been 4 months since I've checked in - I see lots of new names floating around, as well as the oldies and goodies. My recovery has had a number of bumps and bruises - the newest is that my left leg is now shorter due to the accident - but apparently only the TIBIA is shorter, and not the fibula which means that my walk and balance are still screwy, and unless it gets fixed (and I'm not sure yet how to do that) my back, neck and all sorts of things will get messed up.

The bike is gone - not worth fixing, and now i will apparently have yet aNOTHER season to save up for the next one - if I ever finish healing ... I miss riding!

Will know more after surgeon's appt this week.

Thanks everyone!

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#46 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:13 pm

Welcome back man! I've missed ya! School year treating you ok?
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#47 Unread post by fireguzzi » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:27 pm

Zman! Hope the Dr can get you all sorted out soon. Best of luck healing up and getting back in the saddle.
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#48 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:16 pm

So, the surgeon appt goes something like this...

surgeon: Can you live with it?

me: you mean crappy balance and not walking right?

surgeon: yes. How much does it bother you?

me: well, not that much yet - i'm only out of the boot two weeks now

surgeon: ok then.

me: ok, then what?

surgeon: the correction for the shortening and slight rotation of your foot is the same now as it will be in a year.

me: ummm, ok, but what IS the correction?

surgeon: We go back in, saw through the ankle, rebreaking it, put in new posts and screws, and start all over again.

me: #^&@! The physical therapist said that it will really mess up my hips back and neck...

surgeon's resident (quiet until now): maybe you should get another physical therapist?

surgeon: seriously, if it begins to cause problems for you, we will re-evaluate and talk about options. Why don't we wait, you continue to heal and strengthen your leg and ankle and I'll see you in 3 months.

me: ^8#@ ...
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#49 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:54 pm

Until you can get a new surgeon...get a heel lift.....or get one shoe built up.....
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#50 Unread post by ofblong » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:53 pm

I agree with the getting of a new surgeon.
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#51 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:43 pm

I've gotta agree with them. Sounds like he just doesn't want to go back in there and admit he screwed up.
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#52 Unread post by zeligman » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:13 pm

he didn't screw up - all was fine for the first two months... then ... not. i just went too fast while under the care of the PT. I know - everyone has horrible PT stories - but mine seemed pretty reasonable. I think i was too eager to get back on my feet, and just screwed it up. nothing anyone can do now - gonna try non-surgical remedies - orthotics and shoe builds - at least these days they aren't frankenstein boots any more.

thanks for checking in everyone!~ :)
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#53 Unread post by Joe_F » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:25 pm

Don't give up. I went down 1 1/2 years ago, similar injuries tore up my leg and ankle, in a cast for 2months, tore the bike apart while I was still in the cast, fixed everything myself, except the swing arm, had a mech I know heat it and straighten it out, and true it up, put everything back together, and was riding before my cast was off, when they put me in a walking cast, I went back to work, riding the bike, I heard the same things, crazy, what not. I've been riding most of my life, even when injured. I just don't pay attention to anything anyone else has to say, and the people that know me know I won't change now anyway, so they just put up with it.

So keep plugging away, if you want it bad enough, it will happen.

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#54 Unread post by zeligman » Fri May 20, 2011 8:14 pm

Hi all - thanks for all the continued support. got some rough news today - discovered that my ankle is disintegrating and needs to be operated on quickly - also a very likely bone infection in my tib and ankle. It's basically a mess, and if i wait too long, i won't ever be able to walk normally.

had to drop out of a family cruise, all different work planning, and a whole bunch of crap. They tell me that the recovery won't be as rough as last time, but I guess time will tell. June 6 is the operation date - will update after.
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#55 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon May 30, 2011 9:40 pm

Best wishes for a good surgeon and speedy recovery.
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#56 Unread post by ceemes » Mon May 30, 2011 11:17 pm

Z man. Feel for you bro, went thru the same thing years ago, tho with out the complications you are suffering. Took me three long years to heal up to where I could walk without support. It'll take time and a lot of effort, but it will get right in the end. Just don't push it too hard too fast, I know its frustrating, but just take it easy and heal.

Once you been given the clearance to do so, head down to your local swimming pool. Enter into the water at about chest or shoulder level while standing. Then go for a walk. The water will support your weight and allow you to exercise your leg. Did this when I was only allowed 25% weight baring and it helped me reteach my leg how to move. Plus the water resistance helped tone it up without putting too much strain on the fractures or the hardward.

As for riding again. Don't delay, get back as soon as you are able and feel up to it.. I was off the horse for a good 8 or 9 years after getting t-boned, swore I would never ride again. But something was missing. Then I found my Sabre, took it for a test ride and realized what I had been missing all along. Now I ride pretty much all year and in all weather.
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