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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2018, 12:32:46 PM »
Busy week of doctors appointments. Ortho, ENT, sports for the knee, and Trauma.

Sounds good!   :thumbsup:


Why vocal cord issues? From the impact / trauma or from no use due to wired mouth?

Most of the news is really good. Especially the 'not eating just shakes';. I'm down to 180 lbs, from 205 in November and that's with the most calorific shakes Heather could make and lying around like a lump all day! (I even managed toast today, though not yet toast and marmite). Maybe for elevenses.

Sadly, it's not from dis-use. There's (more than likely) nerve damage from the pretty impressive crush job I did on the larynx. (That damage is why I ended up with a tracheotomy and why I was listed as critical for 3 days -- seeing if my airway would recover, even with the plates and the surgery they did on it). The good news is there's a solid chance the nerve is just stunned, not severed. If that's the case, it'll recover (but will take up to a year). If not, well -- there's lots of options, and finding the right one and the right surgeon is going to be key.

We will see.
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2018, 12:54:24 PM »
I’m just realizing now - after your last post - how badly you were injured.  Holy s...!  Best wishes & heal up welll.

Thanks Skee -- honestly, it was one of those that you go 'holy cow, I'm /really/ lucky to be alive'. 3 days in critical, 6 days in the ICU, and the list of facial breaks alone is scary:

bilateral superior orbital wall
bilateral medial orbital wall
bilateral inferior orbital wall
bilateral medial and lateral maxillary wall
bilateral zygomatic process
bilateral pterygoid and sagitally orneitated hard palate
nasal septal fractures
comminuted bilateral nasal promience and nasal bone fractures
comminuted and displaced right mandibular neck fracture
Left comminuted and mildly displaced mandibular body fracture

Add in the leg, the throat, the carotid hematoma, and the pulmonary contusions and I am /super/ happy to be standing (even if it is on crutches for a lot longer), talking, and typing.

All I can say is WEAR A HELMET. I was, and I'm told that's what almost certainly at a minimum saved me from serious brain damage, if not saved my life. I know we have a few bicyclists on here, and I can't stress this enough.

Also, thanks to everyone who has sent cards. It means a lot, since I've met very very few of you. :)
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2018, 01:46:12 PM »
I’m just realizing now - after your last post - how badly you were injured.  Holy s...!  Best wishes & heal up welll.

Thanks Skee -- honestly, it was one of those that you go 'holy cow, I'm /really/ lucky to be alive'. 3 days in critical, 6 days in the ICU, and the list of facial breaks alone is scary:

bilateral superior orbital wall
bilateral medial orbital wall
bilateral inferior orbital wall
bilateral medial and lateral maxillary wall
bilateral zygomatic process
bilateral pterygoid and sagitally orneitated hard palate
nasal septal fractures
comminuted bilateral nasal promience and nasal bone fractures
comminuted and displaced right mandibular neck fracture
Left comminuted and mildly displaced mandibular body fracture

Add in the leg, the throat, the carotid hematoma, and the pulmonary contusions and I am /super/ happy to be standing (even if it is on crutches for a lot longer), talking, and typing.

All I can say is WEAR A HELMET. I was, and I'm told that's what almost certainly at a minimum saved me from serious brain damage, if not saved my life. I know we have a few bicyclists on here, and I can't stress this enough.

Also, thanks to everyone who has sent cards. It means a lot, since I've met very very few of you. :)

Damn Dude!!  Stay on the motorcycle.  It's safer!

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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2018, 01:49:37 PM »
I'm with Skee - just now realizing the severity of damage.
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #49 on: January 11, 2018, 05:23:32 PM »
I’m just realizing now - after your last post - how badly you were injured.  Holy s...!  Best wishes & heal up welll.

Thanks Skee -- honestly, it was one of those that you go 'holy cow, I'm /really/ lucky to be alive'. 3 days in critical, 6 days in the ICU, and the list of facial breaks alone is scary:

bilateral superior orbital wall
bilateral medial orbital wall
bilateral inferior orbital wall
bilateral medial and lateral maxillary wall
bilateral zygomatic process
bilateral pterygoid and sagitally orneitated hard palate
nasal septal fractures
comminuted bilateral nasal promience and nasal bone fractures
comminuted and displaced right mandibular neck fracture
Left comminuted and mildly displaced mandibular body fracture

Add in the leg, the throat, the carotid hematoma, and the pulmonary contusions and I am /super/ happy to be standing (even if it is on crutches for a lot longer), talking, and typing.

All I can say is WEAR A HELMET. I was, and I'm told that's what almost certainly at a minimum saved me from serious brain damage, if not saved my life. I know we have a few bicyclists on here, and I can't stress this enough.

Also, thanks to everyone who has sent cards. It means a lot, since I've met very very few of you. :)

Damn Dude!!  Stay on the motorcycle.  It's safer!

It really would have been. I’d have had a full face on, which would likely have saved my jaw and face. And gear, which might not have saved the pelvis (posterior acetabular with dislocation is a classic high impact break, usually seen in auto accidents) but who knows — better than Lycra!

I think I was Miles who said earlier bicycles were dangerous!!

Nonetheless. I plan to get back on one when allowed. The only reason I am bouncing back even this fast is the fitness bicycling gave me. If I was not in decent shape, this would be so much worse, say  the docs.
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #50 on: January 11, 2018, 05:27:03 PM »
One more thing — did the mystery ‘Broken Bone Story: $10’ t-short come from anyone here? It’s awesome!!!
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2018, 10:12:40 PM »
Quick update. Jaw is doing better, and it looks like wrinkle remover will be the end of the month. Hoping that gives me more of a voice.

My father is flying in tomorrow; he managed to schedule from Bangkok to Albuquerque via Houston when the last got hit by an ice storm and had 100s of cancelled flights. We got him to Denver, and he can join me at PT tomorrow. Hopefully the new scars (see pics) I found after shaving for the first time since the wreck don’t scare him too much. He’s seen me on FaceTime though :)

Also had some fun at PT; Antoine on his Zero as he does his recover from being t-boned in LA.  Couldn’t QUITE get the busted hip up enough to get on the thing. Guess the Therapist’s happynsith my range of motion doesn’t yet include motorcycles. Dammit.

Finally, dropped the bike off st the shop to see if it was reparable for the insurance. Looks like not just the fork but also frame is cracked, so that’s totaled.  Probably for the best.

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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #52 on: January 17, 2018, 02:07:40 AM »
well, at least you're better looking now....
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #53 on: January 17, 2018, 08:44:25 AM »
well, at least you're better looking now....

Than before, to — maybe not. The war wounds photos in the hospital were great.

I won’t attach the really grim ones; face swollen post surgery and in the ER with the purple eyes!!!
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #54 on: January 17, 2018, 09:36:11 AM »
That was a hell of a hit! Glad to hear you are still making progress. Has the driver been executed yet?
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #55 on: January 17, 2018, 11:18:37 AM »
So glad to hear you're on the mend!
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #56 on: January 17, 2018, 12:56:09 PM »
well, at least you're better looking now....

That's very subjective and I'm not sure I agree.  :)

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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #57 on: January 17, 2018, 01:35:24 PM »
well, at least you're better looking now....

That's very subjective and I'm not sure I agree.  :)

I am the sole arbiter of taste around here.  :twofinger:
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #58 on: January 17, 2018, 03:00:00 PM »
Just keep doing what the PT says. Glad you're bouncing back. Still shaking my head at what a big hit that was.
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Re: Riding after acetabular break in pelvis (and more)
« Reply #59 on: January 17, 2018, 04:54:39 PM »
That was a hell of a hit! Glad to hear you are still making progress. Has the driver been executed yet?
Sadly, total hit-and-run. No driver to execute.

Which sucks a lot.
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