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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Last Saturday, while on my usual weekend canyon ride with
one of my buddies, I had the unfortunate experience of
hitting both a rock and gravel that I couldn't see in a 90
degree left-hand turn. My bike (luckily not the Benelli but
my '98 Duc 748 ) got sideways, tried to high-side me and
for some unknown reason, I tried my damnedest to hold
on and get control of the bike. The bike slammed down on
its right side, but with my leg between it and the
pavement, shattering my tibia and fibula into many small
pieces, knocking me unconsious. The bike then bounced up
and slid off the left side of the road, while I bounced up,
flipped over, and landed on the chin guard of my helmet.
Didn't even slide.
I got airlifted to a hospital 2 hours from my house where
they did surgery that night to plate and screw together
what they could. I was released on Monday, and a friend
who had made the 2 hour drive out to visit me, ended up
driving me home. It's going to be quite a while before I can
even walk, much less ride. Estimates are 8-10 weeks in the
cast at a minimum. I've gotten first-hand experience now of
just how wonderful the motorcycling community is. One
couple riding 2-up on a Harley were the first folks to arrive
after the crash, and they have called me twice to see how
I'm doing. All my friends have been amazing, it's good to
know I have friends who will make sure I have everything I
need. (Having an injury like this sucks when you live
alone.)
Anyway, I probably won't be posting very often for a while,
as it's not good for me to sit at my computer much until I
figure out a way to do it with my leg elevated.
Be careful out there, folks!
mark
p.s. Toby, guess dinner Friday is off, since I had to cancel
my trip to Pomona. :-(
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Oh jeez buddy:( First of all I'm glad you're okay and I hope that you heal real soon, and secondly, you're not alone when you have us nice folks to talk to here so feel free to post your progress on how you're getting along buddy:)
I also hope that it doesn't knock your confidence too much the next time that you hop aboard the beast.
I've just poured myself a beer so I'll toast to your good health, speedy recovery and a lifetime of 'Wait till I tell you what happend to me' stories;)

Al
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Mark.... man... I don't know what to say. I'm so glad you're well enough to post this thread.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Hey Toby, you're gonna have to get yourself round to Mark's house with some takeaway food and some beer for yourself (Mark won't be having any as I reckon his medication would turn him into a blubbering idiot if he mixed the two:lol ) and a couple of videos of the AMA series or MotoGP to drool over:D By the sounds of things, this man's gonna need a lot of looking after:rollin

Al
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks for all the good wishes guys. It's great to be online
and know that I have internet friends all over the place who
are pulling for me. I hope to have a chance to meet a bunch
of you someday!
I haven't had to take any pain medication since Monday
night, which to me is a very good sign that the surgery was
successful.
I was just on the phone with the highway patrol officer who
was on the scene, and he was very cool. He didn't write me
any citation. Turns out he rides too.
mark
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Kind Regards

Mate,
Sorry to hear about your off. Upsetting as I know it is, you are alive and the bike is just a machine (even tho we seem to fall in love with them). Glad to hear that you are recovering and your two wheeled brethren are pulling for you in the UK. We will raise a pint to you this evening at the pub and hope you get on your feet soon and on two wheels shortly there after. Any word on your bike or is it too early or a total write off?
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Kind Regards

Just got back from egypt and read the threads. Real sorry to hear and I can only hope a good, speedy recovery


Dean
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: all the ........

Thanks guys, I appreciate having a pint raised in my honor
in the good ol UK, since it may be a while before I can raise
my own!

As for the bike, the insurance adjuster came by yesterday,
really nice bloke, we went over the bike and he didn't seem
to think it would be a total writeoff. I told him I could do
all the work myself because there's nothing too complex to
repair - the worst is the clutch hub and basket, which I've
done myself before. So, I should hear from him soon with a
total; he said that since the bike is paid for, they will just
cut me a check and I can do whatever I want. Not bad.

I'm up quite early today, just can't sleep any more. But I
won't last long at the computer either, can't sit up for long
periods of time yet.

Thanks again to everyone for you concern and good wishes!

ciao -
mark
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Re: all the ........

Mark, I bet insurance guys wish all of their clients are like you... honest and does all the repair work by themselves. Glad to hear you're making good progress in recovery. Ah, Pomona is too smogy anyway... you know I've heard it been called the armpits of LA :lol
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Re: all the ........

I've set up a diary of my leg recovery at

www.mybrokenleg.com/mark_w2

Yes, there's a site for folks with broken legs. Damn, is there
anything left for which someone hasn't set up a web site?
I'm thinking not :rollin :lol :rollin
At some point I hope to have some pics of the x-rays that
show all the hardware - I have 2 steel plates and 17 screws
holding it all together.
Lots of details on the diary site.

mark
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Re: X-Rays

I posted a couple of my X-rays here:

tinyurl.com/s2kzu
tinyurl.com/pho9n

Pretty impressive hardware if I may say so myself :eek

Another racer in my club (whom I had never met before)
came by last night and brought me a really nice lightweight
folding wheelchair to borrow as long as I need it. This will
help me a lot with getting around in the house.

Boredom is becoming my worst enemy now. To think I have
at least another 7 weeks of this is a major downer. I still
can't sit at the computer for very long because I need to
get my leg elevated above my heart. Oh well, at least there
are WSBK and AMA races on TV tomorrow, that will keep
me occupied for a few hours!

mark
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Re: X-Rays

Glad to hear you sounding a bit more cheery than in your first post ducboyjr;) Those linkies take me to a site called friendster and I can't see where I can view your legs hardware :lol

Al


Seeing as you can't get on your bike for a while ducboyjr, I reckon you should build yourself up on something like this to start with ....



Instant knee down action in case you get a little home sick:rollin
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Re: X-Rays

Hey Al,
Weird, I clicked on the links and it took me right to my pictures (they are posted on my Friendster profile).
Here's a link that should work:

Leg x-rays

mark

p.s. I'll try to get one of those things from the playground installed in my yard so I can practice!
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Re: X-Rays

Sweet Jeezuz!!!! That looks painfull:eek I think I built my garden shed with less screws than that:rollin

Take your recovery nice and slow bud and don't do anything that will make your leg worse than it already is8)
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Re: X-Rays

LOL yeah, I was pretty surprised at the number of screws they used. And those damn things look exactly like the screws I used when I built a wood deck! Scary!

Trust me, I will not push on the leg, I plan to do exactly what the doctor orders. No way do I want to jeopardize my recovery.

Thanks for the positive thoughts!

mark
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Re: X-Rays

save the trouble with playground sets, this would do...



And no, I am not this guy...
 
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