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Good news, bad news.(14 posts)

Good news, bad news.Elefantino
Oct 3, 2001 11:51 AM
The good news is that my broken neck has healed and I am no longer wearing my collar. The bad news is that the doctor says he wants me to wait at least three more months for my spinal cord to heal — maybe even longer — before he'll clear me to ride again.

In the meantime, I will become a trainer demon, I guess. Fire up those old Tour tapes!

My repaired, repainted Trek thus still sits in the dining room, beckoning me.
re: Good news, bad news.morey
Oct 3, 2001 11:59 AM
It must be hard to not be able to do one of your favorite exercises and/or hobby. I know that when I was first diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, I wanted to quit. The Dr. told me not to ride. After 3 mos. I got bored and said the hell with it. You have got to die sometime-I have been riding ever since!
Bummer, butmickey-mac
Oct 3, 2001 12:01 PM
I had a case with guy who broke his neck when a piece of wire became tangled in his front wheel, sending him over the bars. Although he returned to close to his pre-crash movement, his doctor wouldn't clear him to ride at all. I'm glad to hear that it will be a go for you at some point. Best wishes in the continuing recovery.
Listen to the Doc.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 12:02 PM
Why fool around with a spinal cord injury and take a chance on the rest of your life. Seems like you have a pretty good attitude there-keep training. Besides who wants to ride in the fall/winter anyway?

Take care, see you down the road.
bummer, how about a Computrainer?Dog
Oct 3, 2001 12:09 PM
At least on a Computrainer you could sort of "see" where you are riding up hills... Anyway to talk insurance into one?

Getting hurt sucks. Lots of television on the trainer, I guess. Went through the same thing after separating my shoulder, and a year later breaking the same collarbone.

Or, rig up a computer so you can post while on the trainer! There you go.

re: Ask all the right questions?Turtleherder
Oct 3, 2001 12:10 PM
Glad to hear that you got the collar off and will be cleared to ride eventually. But I have to inquire, did you ask the doctor if it is alright to ride the trainer? I am thinking of the bend your neck will have to assume even to ride the trainer. Those collars and halos keep everything very straight and full extensions of your neck might not be the best thing this early. So, did you ask?
re: Good news, bad news.morey
Oct 3, 2001 12:12 PM
Can you ride on a trainer? I know this can be a bummer.
Hopefully, the winter months are really cold where you are at. I am in Florida where it never gets really cold!
Tell me somethingmoneyman
Oct 3, 2001 2:00 PM
I see in your posts that you participated in the Peloton Project. I did too. Did we meet? Have I asked this before? Because if I did, please forgive me. My ability to retain information suffers proportionally to the number of years I am past 40.

E-me, please.

Matt Potter
Bummer...Len J
Oct 3, 2001 2:29 PM
but at least it's progress.

What else do you want to do with your time? I have this running list of things that I am going to do If I ever have the time. Might be a good time to get some of them done.

That trek must be like salt in the wound. I'd be going nuts. Hope the healing continues.

Thanks, allElefantino
Oct 3, 2001 2:42 PM
The doc did agree to let me ride the trainer. The neck is cleared for full movement. (And more physical therapy, grr.) He just doesn't want me jarring it or, worse, falling off. His initial diagnosis was "take at least a year off." I said "how about tomorrow?" We compromised at six months.

Come Jan. 8, when I get the OK, I'm going to be a bat out of hell. I live in Fla., so the weather will be OK — and I'm aiming for 30 on the flats again. Well, maybe not on the first day.

But you know, in the meantime that post-while-you-train idea doesn't sound all that bad, Doug. Might just have to invest in a new iBook.

Late responseTig
Oct 4, 2001 9:33 AM
I have to spend forever reading the evening's posts the next day, so this is a bit late. I'm sure you are really let down, but the good news is you have healed up well. No need to remind you how things could have turned out. Health is one of the 'big rocks' that you must take care of first. Hang in there as long as you can. I think you will know by the strength and mobility of your neck when the time to ride again is. Remember, doctors are extra cautious for fear of law suits. If it was HIM in the exact same condition, I wonder how long HE would wait to ride?! All the same, a spine is something to never take lightly, so follow orders for as long as humanly possible.

Your bike and the roads will be there waiting for you no matter how long this takes. Until then, you're stuck with us! LOL
re: Good news, bad news.DINOSAUR
Oct 3, 2001 5:21 PM
Yes, bad news. A word from the wise, now is a good time to diet. A lot of guys have a tendency to gain weight when they are down due to an injury. It's easy to pack on 20 pounds if you are not riding. Try to come back at your riding weight, or lower. It will make a big difference when you start riding again. Alas, you might have to cut back on those beers. Good luck, and hang in there...
re: Good news, bad news.mackgoo
Oct 3, 2001 6:28 PM
Listen to your doctor and go slow. Winter is almost here any way. Soon enough you'll be riding again.
Congratulations . . .LAIrish
Oct 3, 2001 10:27 PM
Welcome back.

BTW, thanks for your responses to my newbie question posts. It's great to have some insight from a fellow clydesdale with an age issue.