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Borderline cycling related4bykn
Nov 5, 2001 9:56 AM
Thought you all might a bit of a laugh. This is a pic from two years ago that my brother spliced (not very well) with a high school pic from circa 1974. This was emailed to all my family and friends. Bike related? Oh, yeah, this is me in the hospital after my crash.
inFROmative and eduFROcational. nothing further can be said. nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2001 10:36 AM
You forgot AFROdisiac.....not. (nm)4bykn
Nov 6, 2001 11:50 AM
School pictures from the 70s are the bestmickey-mac
Nov 5, 2001 4:37 PM
In my 1976 junior high picture, I had a fake silk shirt unbuttoned about 1/3 down, puka shells, hair half-way down my back and parted in the middle, braces, and a tan that George Hamilton would have died for. I only wish I had a scanner so I could really impress the ladies. ;-)
Mike, was it a MULLET or just a bad 70s 'do?!? (nm)RhodyRider
Nov 6, 2001 11:00 AM
Never had a mullettmickey-mac
Nov 6, 2001 11:25 AM
It wasn't just long in the back; it was long everywhere. I guess I looked like the surf-skate rat I was at the time.
Whew, no mullet. I can identify with the puka shells and...RhodyRider
Nov 6, 2001 11:37 AM
...synthetic shirt, though - I think the fabric was called "quiana" or some such nonsense. One of my junior high school photos features me dressed in a rust-colored LEISURE SUIT with a hideous lime-green synthetic shirt under it. My God, it was unspeakably bad "fashion." Total Boogie Nights wardrobe.
So are you really Carrottop? nmBirddog
Nov 5, 2001 8:16 PM
No, but....4bykn
Nov 5, 2001 11:54 PM
How the heck can you tell from a black and white photo that my hair is/was red? Back when my hair was less gray I guess (without glasses) I could almost pass for carrottop. Of course, back when my hair was less gray, Carrottop wasn't famous! My hair kinda looked like "Bernie's" from "Room 222". How many of you remember that show?
Here's the original4bykn
Nov 6, 2001 12:01 AM
This is the original photo before my bro' doctored it. Notice that there is a pin going all the way through my left leg sticking out on both sides!
Nov 6, 2001 1:07 PM
Until now, I did not believe that contraptions like that actually existed. I always thought they were just absurd props for slapstick comedy routines. You know the ones, where the players keep getting caught in the lines, jerking the guy all around.

So if that thing is real and not a movie prop, my whole reality is in question. Maybe there are dinosaurs on that island.
Nov 6, 2001 1:44 PM
Yeah, I mean have you ever actually known anyone who was "in traction"? Didn't the Larry, Moe, and Curly invent traction?
Waddya mean...4bykn
Nov 7, 2001 9:28 AM
What do you mean, MAYBE there are dinos on the island?

Oh,uh, I can assure that "those contraptions" do exist. And it is not entertaining when somebody bumps the weights, especially the first few days. Remember, those weights and ropes and pulleys are connected to a badly broken bone. Morphine was a good friend of mine for a short while there.

A brief description of my treatment: My Acetabulum (socket) was broken in 3 or 4 places when I drove the head of my femur (ball) through it. To fix this my surgeon elected to do a closed reduction, not entirely unlike setting any other broken bone. To set the bone my torso was strapped to the operating table and he literally winched my leg back to the proper position. He then drilled a hole through my lower leg, all the way through the bone, to insert a pin to hold the weights for traction. He had to determine how much weight to hold the leg in it's position. I then lay in bed for the next 72 days in that position. There were other weights and ropes to keep the first weight from pulling me out of bed, and to position my leg vertically. For 72 days I did everything that a person normally does lying in that position, I became quite adept at using the bedpan.
My first room was semi-private, and I had the first bed, so every guest my roommate had had to get past my weights. Some would bump them, and the pain would begin. Love those self-administering i.v. machines. My Dr had a fit and ordered a private room for me for the duration of my stay.

Geez, I really can ramble on on this subject, sorry it's so long.
lucky to still have the legTig
Nov 8, 2001 7:27 AM
I had a few patients that had a different type of traction. One Harley rider was broad-sided by a car previously. He had shattered his tibia and fibia so bad that he had about 5 traction rings around his lower leg with about 20 pins going into his bones from the traction unit. He could move around in a wheelchair at least. The size of his leg was about 2 1/2 times larger than the good one, and he said that a few months before, it was twice the size! He was very lucky to have a good surgeon or else he'd be missing the leg. As a fellow motorcyclists at the time, I asked him if he'd ever ride again. "Hell, yes" was his answer. Not much different from cyclists, huh?!