Ouch!

Ouch!

Postby RB » Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:34 pm

Spare a thought for board member Mark (M6NTL) who is recovering from what can only be described as a horrific injury, his tale:
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I had just done a big cross country ride with my friend from Tennessee, we did a bit over 4,200 miles in two weeks.
We rested a couple of days at his house, then went for a little pootle through the mountains near where he lives. He was in front on his KLR650 with his wife on the back.
We stopped at the Shady Valley Country Store for a root beer, and then went off to do the 2nd half. On a particularly tight left hander in a series of switchbacks, my front end kinda 'notched' (subsequent checks of the bike have revealed a collapsed front wheel bearing) - I sat up to dab the back brake and bring thugs back in line, intending to drop back into the corner. But, the back brake locked and I went into the guard rail Armco.
My right leg was turned round 180 degrees facing backwards, spiral breaking my tibia (all the scrapes along the boot are on the INSIDE!), and I was dragged along the rail some. Momentum then carried me over the rail, snapping my tib and fib above the spiral break, this then poked my tib out the side of my leg.
I bounced on the top of the guard rail on my chest, breaking 3 ribs and dislocating my collar bone, and I landed the other side of the rail.
My newly purchase Dainese boots saved my ankle - absolutely definitely saved my ankle. It got severely sprained, but survived.
The surgeon though he was gonna have to amputate my leg at the knee, because I had smashed the tibial plateau into a thousand pieces (in his words). Thankfully, he did a miracle, and I still have my leg. It remains to be seen if it will ever work properly again, I have to keep it straight, and NO weight for a minimum of 3 months.
I spent two weeks in hospital in Bristol, Tennessee, and then they medically flew me home with a nurse escort the whole way.

The medical bill is over $300,000!

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Two points to note, ALWAYS have good medical insurance if riding abroad (the majority of "Holiday Insurance" policies only cover up to 50 or 125cc) and wear good riding gear! ( I KNOW, I'm a hypocrite! :oops: )
As far as possible be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story. Remember always, there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
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Re: Ouch!

Postby sam » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:45 pm

Wow that made me uncomfortable! Get well soon Mark. I know we all fail to protect sometimes!!!
Good friend of mine has spent 35 years of discomfort due to operations on leg. All because he had only trainers on when he had his accident. ( like most of us in those days.
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Re: Ouch!

Postby husson73 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:56 pm

hope the best recovery and for euro guys who go in USA, an american express card covers medical bill until $ 500 000 or more unless rule changes.
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Re: Ouch!

Postby M6NTL » Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:47 am

Thanks guys - yes, I'm bloody thankful that I had good insurance - really!
Got some rather graphic photos if appropriate to share on here?

Cheers, bored and frustrated, Mark!
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Re: Ouch!

Postby M6NTL » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:41 pm

Nobody want gruesome pictures then???
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Re: Ouch!

Postby tallyb » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:54 pm

Mend quickly. :up
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Re: Ouch!

Postby smokeyh2 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:14 pm

ohhh you big girls blouse
i thought it was something serious?
turns out its just a flesh wound :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

get well soon mate
take care
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Re: Ouch!

Postby M6NTL » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:22 am

Thanks for the kind words.
Pictures time...

Leg realigned just before surgery (I was already under anaesthetic for this, thankfully!);

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Repaired;

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From the outside (with massive fracture blisters);

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My Triumph in the States (the Rockies in Colorado here);

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This is one of my fave pix - the first bit of Historic 66 we found, in Illinois. Had a real 'moment' on this bit of pavement!;

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My bike, John and his KLR, at the Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo;

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Some fantastic memories of our 4,200+ mile road trip before it all went a bit pear shaped...
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Re: Ouch!

Postby smokeyh2 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:51 pm

wow
with all that metal inside you
your probably now worth more as scrap value :lol: :lol:

get well soon mate
hope everything turns out ok for you
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Re: Ouch!

Postby M6NTL » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:07 pm

smokeyh2 wrote:wow
with all that metal inside you
your probably now worth more as scrap value :lol: :lol:

get well soon mate
hope everything turns out ok for you

Thanks dude!
This little faux pas has definitely put a crimp on my Tony Foale Hub Centre H1 project progress... :down
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