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mikemunsil
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Recovering from a motorcycle wreck. 5 ribs on the left side and the arm and wrist broken on the right side. Had broken left leg, left arm, left hand, left shoulderblade, left collarbone, skull fracture and concussions, right hand, right knee and right foot in the past, so I can tell you a lot about pain and how well someone can get around after a break. I'm always amused at how indestructible most heros are, when by rights they should be on their hands and knees puking from the pain.
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Meredith
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Ouch!!!!
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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Wow, Mike. Sounds like you had quite an adventure.

Reminds me of something that happened around here recently.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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The video on that link doesn't seem to want to load for my computer, so just in case, here it is on Youtube.

Edited to add:

Rats! I can't get that to even open unless I right click and tell it to "open in new tab."

[This message has been edited by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (edited September 28, 2011).]


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Robert Nowall
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Most broken bones take about six weeks to heal, but with multiple injuries like that, doubtless it'll take substantially longer. If any physical rehabilitative therapy is needed, it'll take longer. From your list of previous injuries, you already know what a pain it is.

My sympathies, and don't count on feeling much better for some time. And consider giving up motorcycle riding!


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Crystal Stevens
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Hey Robert; If Mike is anything like me, I doubt if he'll give up riding motorcycles. Your post could've been aimed at me concerning horses when I've listed all the horse related injuries I've had in my life, most of them broken bones. But will I give up my passion for horses or quit riding? Not on your life! LOL At least not until I'm physically unable probably due to aging problems .

[This message has been edited by Crystal Stevens (edited September 29, 2011).]


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Not that it's any consolation, but I once worked with a guy who'd been helicopter medevac'd four times in his life. None of the times were his fault. They were all things like this: he was driving behind a flatbed truck with a tarp over it when a granite cobblestone fell off, went through his windshield and hit him. And every time the doctors managed to patch him up, good as new, except when he took his shirt off his body was covered with scars.

And the helicopter evacuations weren't isolated incidents. He's apparently some kind of bad luck grounding rod. I was on a business trip down in Florida with him, and when we went for an early evening swim he was the one who got stung by the Portuguese Man o' War.

Fortunately, he does appear to be indestructible, although he is eminently *injurable*.


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Robert Nowall
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Well, I found, when I was a kid, that handling a motorcycle took a lot of muscle, more than I had at the time. I've probably got enough now, but I'm still gonna stay away from it. (My drivers licence still says I can drive one---grandfathered in, before it was necessary to qualify separately.)

On horse riding compared to motorcycle riding...well, probably, you're not riding them in, say, steeplechase races. Horse riding isn't without its risks, either. The horse will look out for itself, but not necessarily for you.

From Mike's account, it was likely a pretty good slamdown, too, at, likely, a pretty fast rate of speed.

(Of course I feel I take my life in my hands when I go driving a car---you could say driving a car is the worst way to get around, except for all other ways.)


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Oh! I forgot! Another skull fracture, too. They didn't tell me at first because they were worried it would make me depressed.

The accident was at about 10 miles an hour. I was in the middle of a left-hand turn under an overpass when the car on the inner lane decided to move into my outer lane. So I was crunched into a column on my right hand side, got the bike back under control, and then promptly hit the next column on my left hand side. Where the skull fracture comes from, I don't know. Since the bike weighs over 650 pounds, I guess I didn't have to be going very fast to get all broken up.


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The basic problem with driving on the road is that there are other drivers on the road, huh?

Well, since I'm guessing you can type through the injuries, at least enough to post here...since it looks like you've got some serious downtime coming, maybe you can put it to use and do some writing.

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Where the skull fracture comes from, I don't know.

You were wearing a helmet, weren't you?


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yes, I was wearing a helmet. And I'm using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate. It works very well.
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Sorry, so much for my assumptions...I'd be stuck real good if I couldn't type; I'm not verbally articulate and can't dictate anything.
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