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Broken Bones all over(9 posts)

Broken Bones all overbikerbob
Jan 19, 2003 9:06 AM
On Dec. 30th I fell 26 feet off a gable end of a building, breaking both scapula's and the C-6 Vertebra. The neck has been fused and the shoulders should require no surgery. Any one out there experienced any thing like this? How long before you were up and riding? I'm shooting for the Whiteface Mountain Climb June 22. Does this sound realistic?

Thanks, and remember, it's not the fall!
re: Broken Bones all overtoomanybikes
Jan 19, 2003 9:35 AM
You have my sympathy.

Can't speak to the recovery time for your case. I have been off the bike for a month now as I have been diagnosed with Strep twice since Christmas, all I want to do is sleep.

I keep wandering out to the garage and looking at my bikes. I know by the time I get back on the bike I will have lost a lot of condition, in the meantime I'm going stir crazy.

I feel sorry for you for the amount of time you will have to be off.

Get better.
re: Broken Bones all overmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 9:39 AM
Jeez, dude, those are some pretty impressive injuries. Even more impressive is the fact that you're already trying to figure out when you can get back on the road. Your post demonstrates some serious fortitude. Good luck on your road to recovery.
re: Broken Bones all over53T
Jan 19, 2003 1:21 PM
Your post shows the effects of pain medication. You need to put your feet up and heal.
re: Broken Bones all overmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 1:50 PM
How did you know I was taking pain medication? ;-)
Jan 19, 2003 9:57 AM
I'm a chiropractor. I don't see a lot of scapular fractures but I come across quite a few cervical fusions. I see them go one of two ways. Either the fusion takes and all goes pretty well, or the fusion doesn't take and it can be pretty bad. I'm sharing this with you for one reason ... to encourage you to listen to your doctor. Don't push too hard. You want to make sure the fusion heals properly.
re: Broken Bones all overAkirasho
Jan 19, 2003 10:06 AM
... wowzer... glad you're on the mend!

Do you have a physical therapist? Sounds like you need to coordinate 'tween you, a therapist and your Doc... They, along with your own body is more likely to tell you if your goals are plausible.

Good luck!

Be the bike.
re: Broken Bones all overnwehtje
Jan 19, 2003 2:36 PM
as a licensed paramedic, RN, and a pre-med student, I would say take it easy. those are some severe injuries you have there. your health is a hundred times more important than getting ready for the next race. I wouldn't play around with those kinds of injuries. Give your body the time it needs to repair itself FULLY before you get back on the bike, hardcore. Your asking for problems if you rush this.

best of luck.
When will your body be ready to crash?Continental
Jan 20, 2003 7:55 AM
Your body will probably be ready to ride a bike long before it is ready to crash. I'd ask my doctor to tell me when my body is ready to tolerate a bike crash. Maybe you'll need to spend time on a trainer while yur body is ready to pedal but your bones aren't ready for impact.