Other things that break on a YZ426
Posted January 04, 2001 - 12:53 PM
On a very remote trail, a tree trunk proved stronger than the tibia and fibula, both snapping and then partially dislocating the ankle.
The search and rescue guys arrived and wrapped my leg in cardboard and tape in the color of my choice. I went with blue.
Then off in one of those fancy rescue Suburbans, then into an ambulance, then off to the hospital and surgery. Now the lower leg is rods, pins and screws, but feels good. Very nauseas...still, but getting better.
Should be dancing in a few months.
Any tips out there on how to speed up the recovery process and keep myself sane?
Posted January 04, 2001 - 01:47 PM
Sorry to hear of you lousy news. I have been in you shoes before....more than once! From my experience the key ingredient to healing quickly and completely is a positive attitude. I can't tell you how important that is. Don't let yourself get down or feel sorry for yourself. Tell yourself everyday that you are bigger than the injury and you WILL be 100%. Do what you can to stay in shape and stay active.
Good luck, med56
Posted January 04, 2001 - 01:54 PM
Sorry to hear about your injury
Having just recovered from surgery, my only .02 worth is to try to stay busy......surf the net, read...anything to keep your mind occupied. Other than pain, boredom is your worst enemy.
Good luck.....Hopefully you're a fast healer.
Posted January 04, 2001 - 02:29 PM
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Posted January 04, 2001 - 04:26 PM
That is a tough break, pun intended. Seriously though, find out where you will be going for rehab (physical therapy). I am assuming you will need it. Talk to your doctor about using electrical stimulation to prevent disuse atrophy and assist with healing. Not a bone stimulator, unless fractures are slow healing, but neuromuscular stimulation. It can be done even on casted areas or on your thigh, above your fractures. It will promote healing by increased blood flow and reduce the muscle loss in your leg, which can be substansial in 6-8 weeks, especially if you are restricted with weight bearing. You may have to shop around to find a good therapist to set you up. Also, try to mobilize your ankle as soon as cleared by your M.D. as this will likely be the area of greatest restriction and difficulty during your recovery. The e-stim can be set up to do this as well (at low levels) E-mail me if you have questions. Meanwhile, what better excuse can you have to spend time tooling on your bike? Good Luck!!
Posted January 04, 2001 - 05:29 PM
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Posted January 05, 2001 - 05:38 AM
Best wishes and hope You will get back on track soon!!
Just remember to keep the spirit up and do not sit around and wait.........
Regards from All of the Vikings in Sweden!
Posted January 05, 2001 - 05:42 AM
Good Luck with your healing and do as the Dr say. Don't try to come back to soon as it can cause problems.
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Posted January 05, 2001 - 07:29 AM
TMX AND MY DOGS BITE!!!!!!!!!!1
Posted January 05, 2001 - 10:08 PM
Posted January 05, 2001 - 01:16 PM
And I think I saw a question about gear.
I had full Alpine boots and shin guards on, (nice stuff) which makes me wonder how much worse this would have been. The boots, pants, and socks are now of course history.
Posted January 05, 2001 - 02:54 PM
When it came to recovery, of course the PT is the most important thing. If you like to lift, it think that is a good sugestion to stay in shape upper body wise. But I found swimming was great. It gave range of motion with very little stress or impact. If you don't like to swim, you can try water running. You get in the deep end and run in place with your head out of the water. Sometimes people use flotation belts or life jackets. It looks silly but it works well.
Best of luck in your recovery. Hey, at least it is winter!
Posted January 07, 2001 - 01:18 PM
Only damage was lower leg, and some poison oak in the days to follow. That's enough for me for quite some time.
And I'll take your advice and get off to the gym as soon as I'm a little more mobile.
I'll keep ya guys posted.
Posted January 08, 2001 - 05:21 PM
Posted January 09, 2001 - 04:13 PM
Wait till you see the caveman fur that grows under casts!!
All these stories of crunching and rending give me that little twist in the gut reminiscent of when a guy gets booted in the nuts on TV and you instinctively curl up and protect your groin. Brings back memories.
Posted January 09, 2001 - 04:36 PM
When I went into the ER, the surgeon told me I could get surgery or a traditional cast. I opted for surgery with the promise of a faster recovery.
I did my first follow up yesterday, and they pulled the temp cast off and gave me a big cozy boot. They also told me to start exercising it and putting weight on it. AND, that I should be off crutches in 3 weeks??!!!
Even that has me surprised.
However, in reviewing the follow-up x-rays, I now have a rod that runs through the entire lower bone, about a foot long. It's pinned at the bottom, and at the top it has a grove for the pin to slide upwards as the bone compresses back together in the coming week.
The other break was fixed by what looks like one large wood screw. Nasty.
I had no idea that this much metal was going to go into my leg, but perhaps this is the way to do things these days.
In either case, at least I can take the boot off, exercise, shower, and keep my girlfriend happy.
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