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Injury Update....This is A Good One!(24 posts)

Injury Update....This is A Good One!BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 27, 2003 6:21 AM
Hey all!!
I hope everyone is doing well and the off-season training is starting to pay off. Im still way off starting my season...The back problems that the docs thought was a herniated disc was actually a tumor growing into my spinal column. It was at the point where it was compressing 95% of my spinal body was numb from the chest down and I was starting to lose a little motor coordination. They said it was amazing I wasnt parylized! well I had surgery, they removed the whole entire mass...and the biopsy came back things couldnt have gone all I have to do is heal up..I spent 2 weeks in ICU and i just got home a couple of days ago. So I hopefully will get back on the bike in a couple of months. =) This tumor was growing for a number of years and impeding the function of my spinal cord for that its out I wonder how its going to effect me? Hopefully Ill come back stronger...but after all that ive been through ill just be happy being normal =)
Neway, enjoy every pedalstroke no matter how mcuh suffering you are going wont realize how much you love the sport till your faced with the thought of never being able to ride again. so enjoy every minute on the bike...when i come back I know I will =)
have a great day
Mar 27, 2003 8:15 AM
That is just OUTSTANDING news BLOG! I could not be happier for you! I can only imagine how good you must feel with such a positive outcome! My very best wishes to you and your recovery! Sounds like the competition is going to have to be very, very careful of you when you return and they had better take advantage of your absence now while they have the chance!

Yes, great news, and BLOG is a great handle! LOL nmNo_sprint
Mar 27, 2003 8:38 AM
If you wore a helmet this wouldn't have happened.shirt
Mar 27, 2003 9:30 AM
Sorry, bad joke.

That's great you got that nasty thing out of there. You're absolutely right about getting a new perspective on the ability to go outside and do things after you've been laid low for a while. Look what it did to Lance! Don't get depressed sitting there; just plan your attack and when you come back, be slow and methodical.

Hang in there, BLOG!

Thanks guys! I think Shirt made a funny!BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 27, 2003 11:13 AM
Thanks everyone! It really has been a trying time...being bedridden for 3and a half weeksr was getting to be unbearable. I am up and about somewhat and everyday I feel better and better. Your perspectives really change when your faced with something like that, its very scary.
So now I look to fellow racers to fill me in on all the haps of your racing escapades...I will race vicariously through you till I am fit and able! haha

that was a funny one shirt...I actually was wearing a helmet at the time, i thinks that what saved my life!

thanks everyone!!!
are you kidding, shirt ***IS*** a funny:lonefrontranger
Mar 27, 2003 12:48 PM
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shirt cracks me up. His posts employ the perfect mix of sarcasm leavened with vitriol and a soupcon of insanity. I'd say he is the George Carlin of this message board.

Congrats BLOG I'm so glad to hear you got that solved!! You couldn't be more right, a few weeks staring at the walls is just the thing for one's sense of perspective. I couldn't be happier to hear you are looking at 100% recovery. Those other guys better watch out is all I can say. Go get 'em!
This Just Gets Better And Better!!! =)BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 27, 2003 3:27 PM
holy cow!
As if I am not going through enough right now, my g/f just called me and said that she packed up all my stuff and is leaving it on the front porch!!
I just got dumped!!!!
I guess when it rains it pours....thats some timing she has isnt it? Youd figure shed at least have enough decency to hold off till im a little bit better.
only me
You're in good companyshirt
Mar 27, 2003 3:52 PM
Well, maybe mixed company.

In 90' my old man came back from a failed attempt on Denali, having spent 10 days sick as a dog at 18'000 ft. He gets off the plane 30 lbs. lighter, glad to be alive, and his wife (not my mother) is standing at the gate just so she can say, "I'm leaving you, goodbye." Doesn't even drive him home.

BLOG, if she's going to dump you this way you don't want the crone anyway. There are millions of wonderful, bright, honest and beautiful women out there and you clearly just escaped getting nailed down by a card-carrying member of the Pointy-Teethed Harpies from Hell.

I would recommend crutches, Starbucks and a Penguin Classic at this point...

aww, dude!lonefrontranger
Mar 27, 2003 5:00 PM
I agree with shirt, pointy teeth harpies from Hell indeed (lol). What a dirty lowdown trick that was. You get a free hug from me anyhoo.

This ranks right up there with my SO's teammate having won his FIRST EVER RACE - only to have his (now ex) wife tell him "get your own ride home" - the little witch ran off with some Cat I el creepo loser dude that very same day. I guess it's okay 'cos IMO the silly wench was all boobs and no brains in the first place (meow, hiss).

I hate women...
I'm done with em....Did you say Hugs? =)BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 27, 2003 7:28 PM
I'm telling ya, when it rains it pours...if it wasnt for bad luck Id have no luck at all!
Im actually not that upset about it...Im more worried about getting healthy and she hated my training and racing anyways...she was jealous of the time on the bike and not with her, so i would always catch hell for it. So i figure its for the best.
I just wanna ride!!!!
This Just Gets Better And Better!!! =)Sharkman
Mar 27, 2003 10:38 PM

Very sorry to hear about your breakup on top of all the surgery and recovery. I have enjoyed your posts and read them all the time

I know a bit about compound stresses. In 1995-6, I got fired from a five year, no-cut contract that I was one year into on Christmas Eve, 1995. The following January, my wife of 11 years and the mother of my 5 kids left me unemployed with all five kids. She took off with someone she met on the internet.

But I survived and prospered, although my riding was gone from 1996 through 2000. I married a much better woman, who will stand by me forever. Be encouraged, because good things may be around the corner.

Hope your recovery is fast.

That just Plain Stinks!BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 28, 2003 3:52 AM
What is wrong with these girls today? That was a pretty slimey thing to do to you. Sometimes i just cant figure people out!
Well like they say...were better off. =)
Thanks for the keeping my head up and moving foward!!!
Warning signs53T
Mar 28, 2003 8:24 AM
Women who leave their guys when they are in the Hospital are evil, no question. However, a woman that leaves her five kids is likely to have a medical condition and be a continuing threat to herself and the public. Do you know if she is receiving treatment?
Warning signsSharkman
Mar 28, 2003 10:12 AM
No question she was clinically depressed. Her mother and others tried in vain to get her to address it, but failed in the end. It falls into the category of you can lead the horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.

My ex is OK today, but not what I would call mentally healthy. The kids are my concern now, not her, and they are all doing well. My current wife is a big part of that, and a big part of why I now have time to ride.

Have started racing for the first time at age 50.

do you have a dog?Zone_5_Junkie
Mar 28, 2003 5:59 PM
if you do then it's day's are apparently numbered...
re: Injury Update....This is A Good One!bikerbob
Mar 27, 2003 5:05 PM
Bigleadoutguy, Hang in there. I broke both my scapulas and fractured C-6 Dec. 30th,2002. The cervical fusion is almost 100pct. and the shoulders are better every day. I was on a trainer as soon as I could, probably a month after I fell, and am now putting in the miles every day as part of my rehab. I too am just happy to be able to bike, as I lie in the hospital contemplating the cieling tiles, I never thought that I would be cycling again so soon. Keep up the good attitude. You'll be back on the bike before you know it.

wow...that's some sh!tBigLeadOutGuy
Mar 27, 2003 7:24 PM
How did you manage both scapulas and a c-6? must have been something pretty gnarly...fill me in!
I have an aptment with the neurosurgeon on monday and hopefully he will clear me to spin on the trainer...I feel like I could manage that at least...once I can do that Ill be killer happy...You wont be able to pry my from that thing! hehe
thanks for the support!!!
Hey BLOG!!Jon Billheimer
Mar 28, 2003 10:32 AM
I just wanted to add my voice of support! Having been through some pretty awful times myself I can imagine both your angst and your relief. One thing about horrid periods like this: it makes you appreciate the good times. You'll come back a stronger racer and a stronger human being!!! All the best.
wow...that's some sh!tbikerbob
Mar 28, 2003 4:46 PM
BLOG, As I was unhooking the cable from a crane, the gable end truss that we had leaned 8 trusses against decided that it was improperly braced. Mr. Newton's physics then took over. I fell about 27 feet, fortunately I was in control of my fall. I fell in a fetal position, landing on the right shoulder, not a scrape on my melon, a few bruises on my legs. Thankfully the trusses hit a first story wall that kept them from falling on top of me. At the time I was in so much pain from the broken shoulders that I had no idea that I had broken the neck. thankfully the crane operator was an EMT, and wouldn't let me move, as all I wanted to do was get up. It felt as if I were in a vise. besides that the worst part was being on the bed board for inumerable hours while I ws x-rayed and ct scanned, then I was allowed to have some morphine, though I think maybe the button was busted
I think I was working out on the recumbent at the gym a month or so later.It felt great just to get out of the house. Rode about 40 miles today, trying to get in shape for Lake Sunnapee race May 17th. Should be interesting. Good luck with your rehab.

I was hitting the button like I was playing space invaders! lolBigLeadOutGuy
Mar 28, 2003 7:13 PM
they gave you the morphine drip thing that you can press the button so you can amp up the dose with? they gave me that after my surgery for a couple of days. I was probably really out of it at that time but everytime i hit the button it never seemed to do much either! lol
it was probably a placebo!
damn them!
im going to the surgeon on monday and hopefully hell clear me to at least spin on the trainer...that will be a huge step.
how does your neck feel now? how long did it take you to get back into life? that was some spill =(
Hey Big guy!look271
Mar 29, 2003 3:13 PM
Glad to hear you're OK. Hadn't seen you posting recently and wondered what happened.
My best wishes too...skimoviestar
Mar 30, 2003 3:36 PM
Hey BLOG... glad to hear you're on the mend! My wife recently went through the same surgery as you. We caught the tumor a bit earlier than you did yours, but it is a major surgery no matter what. She was in the hospital only about half the time you were... that was early summer last year and she is now about 99% and has been cleared by the neurosurgeon (i.e., no more post-op visits or testing). Occasionally she has a little numbness in one leg, but it is diminishing over time. Apparently, the central nervous system has its own time schedule for calming itself down after that kind of trauma. My thoughts and prayers to you for a speedy and full recovery! (As for the FORMER girlfriend... I say good riddance and you deserve better anyway.)
re: Injury Update....This is A Good One!flyinbowlofmilk
Mar 30, 2003 6:18 PM
It great to hear from you BLOG. I am very glad that you are getting better. And you will probably come back either stronger or at the same level you were at when this happen. I am sorry that your g/friend left you.But I wish you a healthy and speedy recover keep me posted on you recovery.


Thanks Everyone!BigLeadOutGuy
Mar 30, 2003 6:20 PM
Hey everyone!
I just wanted to say thanks for all the support!! It means alot to me =)
I am going to the neurosurgeon tomorrow for a check up...Ive been doing really well so hopefully Ill get cleared to at least get on the trainer and wish me luck!!
Ill let everyone know how it goes tomorrow =)

Ride safe!