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#1 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:35 pm

seems silly to start a story in the middle but thats all i got for now
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#2 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:06 am

Did you have the surgery on your leg yet? What's up with all that - post up and let us know how you're doing.
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#3 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:23 pm

Yeah...it's August now.....we need a post. :)
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#4 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:53 am

Hey guys, Z-man just contacted me and asked me to update y'all.
He's still in the hospital, tomorrow will be 4 weeks since the accident.
It's hard to type for him since he has a broken right thumb (and trust me you think you can survive easily without one finger, it is no fun!)
He also had a left tib/fib/ankle break so it's another 2.5 months at least til he can do any weight bearing on it.
His spirits are up!
He's getting around in a wheelchair/walker now, but it's a PITA with a broken thumb.
He says he misses riding a LOT, but this is the worst thing he's ever endured. He's not sure what his riding status will be after this, but I'll make sure to let him know he's more than welcome to stick around!
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#5 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:08 pm

Thanks for the update.
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#6 Unread post by zeligman » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:23 am

Hi everyone. It's been 7 weeks since I went down - Been home for a week and continuing to heal/recover here. I'm sorry I haven't posted in so long, it is really difficult to type on the laptop, but now that i'm home i have a regular keyboard which makes a HUGE difference.

Really great to see my family and be seen by them. My 10 year old son was talking to me the day before I came home from the hospital and said he's looking forward to being 'inwhack' again. I asked him to say that again, and he said since I have been in the hospital he's been 'out of whack' and was looking forward to being back 'in whack' again. Best story to come out of this whole ordeal.

Thanks to Ryan for updating everyone. I broke my right thumb, left tib/fib and a bunch of ankle breaks. They've installed some hardware in my ankle and leg, 7 screws and multiple plates. Doc says I'm healing well and should have full use back - as long as I follow his directions and stay off of it :) (which I am doing). He says I'll be walking by the end of October.

so, another friend of mine that I ride with and I have reconstructed the accident together and believe we figured out what happened. The truth is that there were so many cars surrounding me that there was very little I could do at that moment except to choose a different way to go. It was a slow speed crash - i was going maybe 15 mph. I stayed conscious the whole time as i was hitting the ground and rolling - and when everyone wanted to know what i was thinking, I actually remember very clearly thinking - 'oh, so THIS is what it feels like to hit the ground' then i concentrated on tucking and trying to protect everything as much as possible.

I felt my left shoulder hit first, then my head - BIG scrape more than a hard impact... rolled twice, then saw the bike come back into my field of view 6 feet or so away and then fall over.

Ok, I know that there is plenty of talk about helmets and gear on here, but I have now lived through one crash - and here is what I learned:
1) if i did NOT have a full face helmet, my jaw certainly would have been broken and my face would have lost a lot of skin - I will post pics of the helmet damage later.
2) my armored jacked saved me from a broken arm/damaged shoulder and/or elbow
3) my kevlar jeans kept all my skin intact - can't say the same unfortunately for my leg/ankle bones.

Now on to the bike. The insurance company totaled the bike immediately. it's 'book value' is just shy of $2000 and the repair estimate was about 4k. So, full loss. I haven't seen it in person, and have held off making a decision for the moment. At most, I will receive $2000 from the insurance company. If I get the bike back, it is then a 'salvage' title, and I will be unable (or virtually anyway) to sell it privately or trade it in at a later date.

However, if it's not in really bad shape, and ride-able (cosmetic damage aside) i know i can't get another similar bike for the same $2500 - this one was in considerably good shape.

so, any advice from those of you who may have gone through this would be welcome! :)

It's great to be back - I miss riding, and talking about riding, and everything. I honestly don't know what will happen regarding my riding after I am healed. My injuries, while only temporary and not life-threatening are fairly debilitating (albeit temporarily), and a huge pain in the "O Ring" for me and everyone around me.

My personal risk tolerance may have changed - not sure about that yet. Each of us have different set-points for this based on our own lives.
I DO know this - I will ride at least once or twice next season after my healing is complete - I won't let fear of riding stop me. Even if I just re-take the BRC or an intermediate class to get back in the saddle - I will certainly do that.

I am happy to be on the road to recovery, and that I have friends here who stayed in touch and are so so supportive - it's like family. Thank you everyone!

Fondly,

-Z
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#7 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:10 pm

Yay! Glad to hear you're on the mend. As for riding again....it may take a while for the fear to go away...but it will. :) Start with very short rides to your local parkikng lot and work your way up.
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#8 Unread post by zeligman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:30 pm

first, I have to heal - cant even get on the bike now.
second, i need a bike to get on - have to figure that out now too
third, I have to explore whether the next accident will kill me, or whether my wife will do it pre-emptively for getting back on a bike.

just saying...

seriously - not sure about riding again long term. It just seems that the traffic and distractions of so so many drivers on the road make it an unmanageable risk.

I actually realized that part of my internal healing challenges are due to my mourning the potential loss of riding. Though I may very well stay on the horse once I get back up on him (so to speak)

thanks to all my TM forum family for keeping my mental rubber side down :D
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#9 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:01 pm

hmm

My brother was in a 3 wheel accident that put him in a coma for 28 days and rehabilitation center for 180 days. He has no short term memory loss. first thing he did when he got home was get back on a 4 wheeler (his 3 wheeler was trashed). Yes he was nervous at first but got over it. He has now been riding 4 wheelers for almost 20 years now since his accident.

Just saying that if you are afraid and dont get back soon after your healed you will never ride again because you will always have that fear.

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#10 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:42 pm

I hear you - I will definitely get back on to make sure that the fear is banished - even if i just re-take the BRC if I don't have a bike myself. I just don't know about long-term. but thanks Ofblong!
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#11 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:23 pm

so, physical therapist came today to work on getting in and out of the house. unfortunately, it was pouring outside, so too messy to do that. instead, she taught me how to crutch up (and down) steps.

You might think that it's obvious, or simple, but it isn't (at least for me) as obvious as it looks.

there are actually two (at least) methods - one crutch, using a handrail on the steps, and two crutch, straight up. unfortunately, I have a cast on my right hand due to my broken thumb - and that got in the way of the one crutch method - although, by tucking my elbow between the railing and the wall I was able to do it fairly well.

The two crutch method escaped me - to my extraordinary frustration. crutches stay down, bad foot lifted off the floor, hop up step using good leg, stand/balance on good leg, pull up crutches, repeat. my problem: apparently I can not balance on one foot very well. tried to pull crutches up with me as i hopped and almost fell on my "O Ring". And I wasn't wearing my helmet (or padding! :)

after an hour of that I was toast. I'm a big guy - bigger than ryan, tho not taller (I don't think). I have a fair amount of upper body strength - esp now that I'm 'crutching' and carrying myself with my upper body, but I just couldn't get the two crutch method.

Ended up resting with leg up for an hour - then up and on the phone and computer for work.

I am not sure how to get out of the house without sliding/bumping down the steps on my butt, which is just a disaster once i wear work clothes - even though it is endlessly entertaining for the kids in the neighborhood, and probably their parents too (sigh) - but I gotta do what I have to!

We have a ramp for our daughter, but it's over 90 feet long and fairly steep - i'm not ready to crutch that either - at least not without practice... which I haven't done yet.

I've gotten out with a lot of help in the wheelchair going backwards down the ramp, good thing i still have my riding gloves, they came in handy holding onto the wheels to avoid a backwards freefall.

tomorrow, standing in place and step hopping practice; leg lifts.

hope this isn't too boring!
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#12 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:34 pm

Not at all man! We're all glad you're surviving and working your butt off!
Although can I ask why you have a ramp for your daughter?
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#13 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:17 pm

yes - she has special needs. i wrote about it in the 'why i ride' section. In a nutshell, she was born with Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) and suffered an additional brain injury during surgery at 3 months old. She doesn't walk, crawl, etc, tho she rolls over like a champ! So, she's in a wheelchair. She is visually impaired, doesn't talk (yet) or sign. She does do a good job of communicating emotions and favorite people, toys, songs, etc, as well as NON-favorites (LOL) by smiling, laughing, and crying. There are a few more things but no need to list them :)

We do our best every day, and she has added experience, joy, empathy, and most important, wisdom to our lives. I won't pretend it's easy, or joyful on the whole, but we have many moments filled with joy and laughter to even out the challenges.

Thanks for asking Wrider :)

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#14 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:06 pm

so, one thing I remembered today from my time in the ER after the accident:

me: "i hurt my right thumb too"
E.R. Doc "yes, you broke it!"
me: "really?"
Doc "Yes, didn't you notice it is now an inch shorter than your other thumb?"
me: "no, but now i do, that's really weird - and ... I don't know. But it doesn't hurt THAT much"
Doc (under breath) "it's about to" and pulls my thumb
me: "OWWWW - you didn't warn me"
doc "believe me, it's better that way. All done with it now. And it should hurt less now"

And it did hurt less eventually.

tho it might have been the morphine :D

today I actually got out of the house - all the neighborhood kids were playing out in the street and the parents were hanging out like we usually do on the nice nights on the weekends.
so, I crutched out of the house and down the ramp - a little harder than it looks, but i went carefully! and then wheeled around to visit everyone.

it was VERY nice but tiring.

then some guy on a custom chopper came down the street... so loud it shook windows. Sorry for all the loud pipes save lives people, but i gotta say, i'm a 'loud pipes annoy the $#*t outta people kinda guy."

Really obnoxious. Ahh well.

Still getting lectures about riding again - why is it that people feel like they are welcome, or actually... OBLIGATED to give you their opinion about certain things that YOU do.

1) Pregnancy
2) Smoking (unless you are blowing smoke in their face, then well at least it is directly affecting them at the moment)
3) riding a motorcycle

sigh

have a good weekend everyone :)
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#15 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:41 pm

Lol yeah you should hear some of the lectures I've gotten for "riding a death machine", especially from some of the wacko christian conservative right wingers we have here. Then again I've gotten it from the nutso atheist ultra liberal lefties here too lol.
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#16 Unread post by zeligman » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:52 pm

A friend from work came over today with his family - the bonus is that he also rides and we have ridden together a few times... had a lot of fun. He rides a kawi 1200 I think...

His wife hates that he rides and is trying to use my crash as an excuse to leverage him - sigh.

anyway... he reminded me of a good story about his childhood friend who rides - when this friend had his last serious crash - a number of people asked him during his multi-month recovery - "are you thinking about riding again? (his answer was always yes) and then they would add "When did you start thinking about getting a new bike?" - his response was - "I thought about gettting my next bike and what it would be while i was on the ground waiting for the ambulance!"
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#17 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:10 am

*raises hand* done that too... lol
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#18 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:53 am

LOL wish I could get a new bike...

at least you didnt have a lady at McDonalds try and tell you that you shouldnt be giving your 6 year old a ride on the back of the bike because they dont understand the consequences. Course I just looked at her and said "thats ok I have life insurance on him". Her jaw hit the concrete lol. shut her up though :D.
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#19 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:40 pm

ofblong wrote:<snip> I just looked at her and said "thats ok I have life insurance on him". <snip>
LMAO that's awesome! You literally had me LMAO.
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#20 Unread post by zeligman » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:09 am

ofblong wrote:<snip> I just looked at her and said "thats ok I have life insurance on him". <snip>
I could sure use some pithy comebacks.

I went back to work this week - part time... though ive been working part time via email and telecommuting for weeks from home.

on the one hand, it was great to re-engage in the normalcy of my pre-accident life, but barraged by well-meaning busybodies who all had some version of "you're not going to get back on that death/destruction/horrible/dangerous/stupid/moronic (plus a bunch of other adjectives added) motorcycle are you?

To which I consistently respond with a direct glare occasionally accompanied by an 'of course I am' until they look away in discomfort from the intensity of my glare.

Of course, I'M NOT sure what i'm going to do long term - we have to heal first, get ready to hop back on that horse, and THEN decide long term. But I'll be damned if I want to give these buttheads an excuse!

in the meantime ... upper body getting much stronger from the crutches, tho it has been 90 plus all week and hot as hell, the toning feels good. leg hurts a lot sometimes, and even the arm too. Beginning to hate the arm cast mo0st of all =- and am praying that at my doc appt in two weeks they say it can come off permanently. its itchy and gets in the way. sometimes in my sleep i accidentally bop myself with it - don't ask how, i don't know, all i know is i wake up saying owwww!

long weekend coming up - dreading it a bit actually. But, I am HERE to be miserable, I'm only temporarily held back, and by thanksgiving (US one) it should all just be an unfortunate memory!

enjoy the riding all weekend my good friends, and take me with you - at least in mind and spirit! (blues you can take more of me if you want ... hehe)

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