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MV Santa
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Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:52 am quote
Ok. I posted on the "What's pissing you off?" thread that last Friday I injured my foot when I fell off a scaffold. Some of you wanted me to keep you updated and so I thought it would be best to move it off of the "pissed off" thread and start a new one. I know that some of you don't look at that thread because it's depressing and they don't want to hear people rant.

I also thought that this might be a regular thread where people can post any injury or general health issues that they are dealing with. I don't know if the idea will take off or not but we'll see.

Now for my update:
It's not good but it could be worse. When I first went into the emergency room and had x-rays done they said it was not broken. Then they said they weren't sure and sent the x-rays to a specialist who said it was a fracture but I didn't know how bad it was. I didn't think it was too bad. It seemed to be getting better but no such luck. I went to the orthopedist today. The heel bone is broken in half and I will need surgery to repair it. The worst part is that it will be three months until they will let me try to put weight on it and I probably won't be able to ride again until next year. It happened the very day that I was going to get the scooter out for the new season. Ugh.

The news isn't all as dire as that. I will be able to drive and work using a combination of a knee walker and a strap on hands free crutch called an iwalk. Google it if interested. They say that they are very effective and easy to use and I will be able to walk almost normally.

This is obviously going to be an ongoing and slow process. I will keep you posted and I encourage any of you to post any medical issues that you are dealing with that you are inclined to talk about.

Ask if you have any questions.
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Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:13 pm quote
Funny, I was going to message you to see what was up. Sorry about all of that. I can well relate. I keep telling myself how much worse things could be.... man, three months is a drag. My wife got me an iwalk, the first thing I noticed is that it's not for those over 55. Screw that.....I've been using it sporadically. It's great for stability and carrying things which is almost impossible with crutches. Far from real walking, though, IMHO.

Anyway, so glad you can at least work. It's a bit of a desperate feeling thinking of months away from your business and financial loss....besides, if you're a person that likes to get things done, sitting around at home is no picnic.


While I'm here, might as well report in. I'm 6 days out from my ortho appointment, when it had been suggested that I'd be able to ditch the crutches, etc, and wear the boot only for two more weeks. Fingers crossed. Keeping myself from being too optimistic, just in case. I think it's an age thing....when you're young, you naively think everything has to go well....at the other end you're just waiting for the other shoe to fall. I'm lodged somewhere in the middle.

Good idea with this thread, Matthew.... hope it takes off. And good luck with your recovery.
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Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:52 pm quote
Last year I broke my leg right at the ankle clearing fire hazards (with a group) off a lot in my neighborhood. Six weeks in a boot during riding weather, then four more in an evil ankle-corset-like thing Before I could ride.

But that's nothing compared to the broken clavicle. Good idea, VRM!
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:51 am quote
Had part of torn medial meniscus removed from my left knee on Tuesday. Riding group is going on first ride tomorrow, temps in the 70's. Already in PT, hope to be cleared to go in 3 weeks. Can't stand crutches, can ditch them this weekend. So far, so good, only needed ibuprofen after the surgery.

Originally got the injury in 2016 while jogging on level ground. Planted my left foot and my knee went side-to-side and began to hurt. Been working through it since then, but finally the flare-ups were getting worse and the surgeon said cut it out, or face knee replacement from the damage the torn flap was causing in the knee joint.
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:17 am quote
Sorry, Matt, that really does suck.
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:26 am quote
Matt, if it's the calcaneus bone, then this is a serious injury. My calcaneus was shattered in a crash in 2008 ("100 pieces" according to the doc). He described the heel bone as a shell that cracks like an egg. I couldn't put any weight on it at all for twelve weeks. Surgery was not an option.

It seems that falling off a ladder (in your case a scaffold) or motor vehicle accidents are the two most common causes.

In my case, the entire foot was crushed, so there were other complications including open wounds, so the situation was different.

Funny note: after one exam in the crowded ortho clinic, the doc shouted across the room to me as I was leaving, "Be patient!"

To which I immediately replied, "Be doctor!"
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:44 am quote
Uh, oh, this list is growing fast. Can you guys behave yourselves?

Matt, curious how things go with the mobility devices. I was in love with the cart until I got tired of that too..... the iwalk is useful, but not in love with it. Crutches simply suck if used more than 20% of the time.....

Michael, that sounds like a nasty one. That quip was almost of Dad-joke quality.

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Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:19 am quote
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Uh, oh, this list is growing fast. Can you guys behave yourselves?

Matt, curious how things go with the mobility devices. I was in love with the cart until I got tired of that too..... the iwalk is useful, but not in love with it. Crutches simply suck if used more than 20% of the time.....

Michael, that sounds like a nasty one. That quip was almost of Dad-joke quality.

Almost?

Whew!
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:34 am quote
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Uh, oh, this list is growing fast. Can you guys behave yourselves?

Matt, curious how things go with the mobility devices. I was in love with the cart until I got tired of that too..... the iwalk is useful, but not in love with it. Crutches simply suck if used more than 20% of the time.....

Michael, that sounds like a nasty one. That quip was almost of Dad-joke quality.

It was particularly nasty.

The foot swelled up so big and so fast that the skin split open like an overripe melon. The pain was intense and didn't let up for days. In addition to the "no pressure on the foot" proscription there was continual wound care.

One of the splits was over the Achilles tendon which, if it got infected, could have resulted in amputation. In fact I'm pretty sure that the doctors were expecting to have to amputate at some point.

Twelve weeks on crutches.

The heel bone is still somewhat misshapen and tender. My foot is always somewhat swollen and in some degree of pain, though usually not too bad.

I made a very conscious decision not to limp, because it was going to hurt no matter what and favoring that side could throw the rest of my body out of alignment. At a conference the following year I saw a friend of mine who is a professor in the occupational therapy department at Tufts. The first thing she said to me was, "Let me see you walk." I passed.

Tomorrow is the eleventh anniversary of the crash.
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:26 am quote
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The foot swelled up so big and so fast that the skin split open like an overripe melon. The pain was intense and didn't let up for days. In addition to the "no pressure on the foot" proscription there was continual wound care.

Geeze, nasty. I can imagine. I was impressed with my own swelling. Little purple sausage toes....got an itchy rash on the top of my forefoot, I think related to the swelling, which a week or so back started peeling like it had been burned. What was crazy was at peak swelling just putting my foot down increased the pressure enough to give near-intolerable pain for a minute...fortunately after a couple of minutes it abated. Guessing your version was a more constant version of that.

I've kept reminding myself that it could be worse, in many ways....and your story is just another confirmation.
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:20 pm quote
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Had part of torn medial meniscus removed from my left knee on Tuesday. Riding group is going on first ride tomorrow, temps in the 70's. Already in PT, hope to be cleared to go in 3 weeks. Can't stand crutches, can ditch them this weekend. So far, so good, only needed ibuprofen after the surgery.

Originally got the injury in 2016 while jogging on level ground. Planted my left foot and my knee went side-to-side and began to hurt. Been working through it since then, but finally the flare-ups were getting worse and the surgeon said cut it out, or face knee replacement from the damage the torn flap was causing in the knee joint.
I tore my left side winter of 2018 and it got better then again got lots worse. They said it could be cleaned up via a simple surgery with fast recovery time. Was sent for an MRI.
MRI showed the presence of osteo which based on medicare rules combined with my age of 75 thus surgery would not be paid for. Options I was given was two types of joint shots then if the joint got worse over time, a knee replacement. I went from a "quick fix" to a "rooster comb shot" which really helped. I was also told about a self-pay treatment available in that same town, Lexington, KY at the Tony Delk Knee Center. They do the blood platelet enrichment therapy there for ~ $1,800. Many professional athletes do such. Tony is a former U of KY & NBA player.
I postponed my appt for a check-up as the knee continues to do OK on the rooster comb stuff that lubes up the joint.
I was told that the medical odds for that shot vs. the cleanup surgery are both 50/50 so medicare options are based on that reality.


I self healed from a rt knee torn meniscus a long time back, maybe 25-30 years ago.

matt-are you able to work? Hang in there. Riding is nice but a small part of life overall. I'm also sad as KU & Kstate both got beat so I'm down to my other team, U of KY.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:08 am quote
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Had part of torn medial meniscus removed from my left knee on Tuesday. Riding group is going on first ride tomorrow, temps in the 70's. Already in PT, hope to be cleared to go in 3 weeks. Can't stand crutches, can ditch them this weekend. So far, so good, only needed ibuprofen after the surgery.

Originally got the injury in 2016 while jogging on level ground. Planted my left foot and my knee went side-to-side and began to hurt. Been working through it since then, but finally the flare-ups were getting worse and the surgeon said cut it out, or face knee replacement from the damage the torn flap was causing in the knee joint.
I tore my left side winter of 2018 and it got better then again got lots worse. They said it could be cleaned up via a simple surgery with fast recovery time. Was sent for an MRI.
MRI showed the presence of osteo which based on medicare rules combined with my age of 75 thus surgery would not be paid for. Options I was given was two types of joint shots then if the joint got worse over time, a knee replacement. I went from a "quick fix" to a "rooster comb shot" which really helped. I was also told about a self-pay treatment available in that same town, Lexington, KY at the Tony Delk Knee Center. They do the blood platelet enrichment therapy there for ~ $1,800. Many professional athletes do such. Tony is a former U of KY & NBA player.
I postponed my appt for a check-up as the knee continues to do OK on the rooster comb stuff that lubes up the joint.
I was told that the medical odds for that shot vs. the cleanup surgery are both 50/50 so medicare options are based on that reality.


I self healed from a rt knee torn meniscus a long time back, maybe 25-30 years ago.

matt-are you able to work? Hang in there. Riding is nice but a small part of life overall. I'm also sad as KU & Kstate both got beat so I'm down to my other team, U of KY.
At 68, I'm in Medicare as well, but fortunately have very little osteoarthritis in my knees. The shots worked for me until this winter when the "flap" in the meniscus folded over on itself. I'm four days out from surgery and walking normally (but slowly) and have almost a full range of motion in the knee. Before, it felt like I was compressing something in the joint when I bent my knee. So far so good -- glad to hear you're still in good shape was well. I'm hoping to get back on the scooter by mid-month. I told the orthopedic surgeon he should encourage it, sort of a type of job security for him.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:57 pm quote
I knew not that I had osteo in my knees either as had never had a reason to look inside them. After years of football and baseball plus hard physical work they have been my friend for a long time. I worked in the woods most of today cutting and crawling over logs, hooking up chains, back on the tractor, so on and never bothered me on either side. The trick to make my new left side joint get sore and tricky is side bending or torsion, twisting forces, then it gets my attention. Simply being weight loaded does not bother. One good thing is that bicycles don't bother it at all, in fact probably help I think.
My other osteo joints-shoulders and especially hands and back get a favorable response from ibuprofen fast! Knees I notice zero change from NSAIDS.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:41 pm quote
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I knew not that I had osteo in my knees either as had never had a reason to look inside them. After years of football and baseball plus hard physical work they have been my friend for a long time. I worked in the woods most of today cutting and crawling over logs, hooking up chains, back on the tractor, so on and never bothered me on either side. The trick to make my new left side joint get sore and tricky is side bending or torsion, twisting forces, then it gets my attention. Simply being weight loaded does not bother. One good thing is that bicycles don't bother it at all, in fact probably help I think.
My other osteo joints-shoulders and especially hands and back get a favorable response from ibuprofen fast! Knees I notice zero change from NSAIDS.
Until the last bout, my left knee was fine straight ahead. As you note, torsional forces through the knee were not pleasant. Finally, my straight ahead felt like a knife in the knee. I'm hoping the surgery also will provide some relief on the torsional forces as well. I also agree that NSAIDs provided little if any relief for the pain from the meniscus. I did use them after the surgery until yesterday. Tha ibuprofen was starting to raise hell with my stomach and there really hasn't been much pain at all from the surgery. My daughter was on ibuprofen (MDs orders) following a rear ender which gave her whiplash. Took her 6 months to get her stomach back to normal after taking ibuprofen for about a month.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:39 pm quote
Thanks for all your replies to both my and your own experiences. All very interesting and appreciated.

I don't have any real news yet. I go in for a CT scan on Monday and a visit with the doctor on Thursday. I will keep you updated. As for mobility devices I have both a knee scooter and an iwalk on order. Up till then it's only knee pads and crutches, and both suck big time.

I will be able to go back to work on Tuesday. I'm a barber. I don't need to walk but the knee scooter should let me stand. This is very good because I'm poor and I could not afford to be out of work for more than a month or two. Besides that I hate lying around the house all day while I should be fixing things and working on projects. I am definitely going to be geting disability insurance. I don't know how long I will be laid up after the surgery but I hope not for long.

Michael, yes, it was the calcaneus. From what I can tell from my uneducated eye looking at a simple x-ray it is more or less a clean break, straight across. The CT scan should be interesting. But your injury. Wow. I'm not feeling quite so sorry for myself now. It could have been worse.

Thanks again for your input.
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:11 am quote
Thanks for the update. I hope you love that knee scooter as much as I have. It's a real game-changer. Depends a bit on your terrain...the longer straight routes you have to travel, the better. Turning it around in close quarters is a bit of a PITA, but still handy. Make sure the height is adjusted, especially for stationary kneeling or your back will let you know. It took me a week or more to figure that out. Curious as to the iwalk experience for you. I like mine enough to not give it up yet, but I use it about 10% of the time, and only at home.

I get the need to work. It's the downside of self-employment. Not working means zero income, and if you have overhead to cover, it's negative numbers. Plus, if you're used to doing stuff, sitting around is pretty hard psychologically as well as you've already expressed.

The psychological impact was the real surprise for me. The frustration at inability, the extra effort required for every single activity, the fear of things not going well, feelings of depression.... The pain was never bad, surprisingly minimal.
I think these things are strains on relationships as well. Changing roles, dependency, learning how to support and be supported. I've been well aware of the challenges of caretaking in serious illness and the strain it causes in the healthy (hopefully) partner. It certainly is complex.

Insurance....sadly, not now. Nobody wants to look at you. Found out that good long term care insurances don't even want to consider you. Once you're healed, of course, worth considering. I'm in a good spot, I suppose, being within grasp of Social Security....I could take it at any point. I guess on the down side, my disability insurance only covers me to age 65, so I'm SOL in a year with that.

Hang in there. Clearly a lot of us know how it feels, so hopefully helps that you're not alone in this.
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:42 am quote
Just a short response to one thing fledermaus mentioned. My wife cannot be called healthy. She has Lupus and is in more or less constant pain. She has been a trooper throughout this. She has been doing everything around the house. She can't go to the bathroom for me but she would if she could. I would probably have to stay with my sister or check into a hospital if she weren't here.

And yes, not only do I not have any money coming in I have to pay $135 a week in booth rent whether I work or not so when I say I really need to get back to work I mean it.

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Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:01 am quote
Need to work
I also have a need to work. Not just for the income, but for my sense of self as a contributing member of society.

During my recovery from the foot injury, I was able to drive (it was my left foot) and use crutches and, for a time, a wheelchair. I'm not sure all my clients were completely comfortable with a big, wrapped foot being on a raised platform. It probably didn't smell that great after a while, either.

I was teaching a group of fellow professionals and, when it was my turn to present, I took a pain pill so that I wouldn't be distracted. Unfortunately, as I began to speak I realized that I couldn't remember what I had just said. I did the presentation feeling like I was walking through a room blindfolded. My colleagues said that I did just fine. I had to take their word for it; I wasn't really there.

Sometime later when I was receiving daily radiation treatments for cancer I kept going to work - on my scooter - telling myself I could take off any time it got too hard. I made it all the way through. I did have to cancel a business trip, though.

Ironically. a few weeks ago I had a cold that was so bad I missed a week of work.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:31 am quote
Just finished my last half gallon colonoscopy prep.....ooops, gotta go!!
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:37 am quote
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Just finished my last half gallon colonoscopy prep.....ooops, gotta go!!
Per Doc’s orders, I’ll be doing same in a few weeks. NOT looking forward....
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:39 am quote
Broke my big toe, right foot yesterday coming down the stairs and tripped on the runner.
Then I decided to post on this thread but holy shit, I'm not even close to you folks. Take care and good luck.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:20 am quote
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Broke my big toe, right foot yesterday coming down the stairs and tripped on the runner.
Then I decided to post on this thread but holy shit, I'm not even close to you folks. Take care and good luck.
Man, you've got to up your game.

Hope you're doing all right... still driving?
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zigzagguzzi wrote:
Just finished my last half gallon colonoscopy prep.....ooops, gotta go!!
Per Doc’s orders, I’ll be doing same in a few weeks. NOT looking forward....
Ah, memories.

Nothing like doing the prep like I did last time and getting a reminder phone call that morning for your colonoscopy NEXT week.
Their mess-up, I had it in writing....and yeah, they did me that day.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:15 am quote
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EN82pg wrote:
Broke my big toe, right foot yesterday coming down the stairs and tripped on the runner.
Then I decided to post on this thread but holy shit, I'm not even close to you folks. Take care and good luck.
Man, you've got to up your game.

Hope you're doing all right... still driving?

Yes, we're still at it, although much more judiciously than before. I just won't idle and stop with the right foot down for a bit. The weather has not been that good for the past few days, so I have been house bound.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:29 am quote
I hope work isn't too painful and that you get a good report on Thursday!
Best wishes
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:44 am quote
VRM so sorry to hear this. I hope the healing time passed quickly.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:20 am quote
Update?
Matthew,

IIRC, you should have your scooter by now. Hopefully it's working well for you. ....and work is working well for you. It's different, for sure.

Hopefully some news on my situation later today....
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:45 am quote
Heal and Get Well Everyone
I have the perhaps typical age 70 crap - Horrible dry skin, stiff neck,
bad back (self imposed).

After your posted breaks, bangs, and bumps, I actually feel better and lucky with my stuff.

Dave, the doc next door in my building is doing a great job helping with the neck and back. If I lived in your town in Wisconsin, I would go to you.

My hardest best wishes to everyone.

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Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:49 am quote
Sorry to hear of your woes Matt. It sucks being injured, sick. I have had my share of misery. You have my complete empathy and best wishes.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:00 am quote
Re: Update?
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Matthew,

IIRC, you should have your scooter by now. Hopefully it's working well for you. ....and work is working well for you. It's different, for sure.

Hopefully some news on my situation later today....
I saw your post on the cheering you up thread where you said you may be riding in a day or two and I was about to comment on it. Must be nice. How long were you down for?

I have a knee scooter on order. It was supposed to be here Monday but was delayed for some reason. Most of the medical supplies stores want $80 a month to rent one and the one i bought was $80 new. I did find a store that rents them for $5/day so I did that. Hopefully the one I ordered will come today.

The one I rented is great. I staarted back to work on Tuesday and I'm getting around pretty good on it. It slowed me down some but not too much. There is no way I would be able to work on crutches.

I have an iwalk coming and I am curious to see how useful it will be.

I go to see the doctor for an evaluation and, hopefully we can schedule surgery. The sooner we get it over with the better. I don't know if they plan to use a local or general anesthesia but I would guess general and I'm thinking that will mean a night in the hospital and who knows how much more work I will miss. I hope they let me go back soon. The money is part of it but I just hate sitting around the house all day, especially when the weather is nice.

I'll let you know tomorrow what the doc says.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:07 pm quote
I’ve been sick for almost 10 days with a monstrous head and chest cold. Does that count?
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:11 pm quote
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I’ve been sick for almost 10 days with a monstrous head and chest cold. Does that count?
Good enough. Get better, at any rate.

Extra points for breaking something, however.


Matthew, to answer your question...I've been down a good 5 weeks. Believe me, it feels like a couple of months. I'd forgotten that I could actually walk without crutches or kneeling on something. Impressive how new patterns ingrain after that long.

Took my wife along to the ortho consult. The last time he'd told me to stay off of it and she watched me like a hawk, chastising me whenever she caught me putting my foot down. Not only did he vindicate my actions, he admitted he expected people to cheat. I made sure it was perfectly clear what I could get away with, with her listening. She did forget to ask about me riding the Vespa, but I think we have that cleared up well enough.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:22 pm quote
I thwacked the little toe on my left foot against some furniture, while traversing the bedroom in the dark... Not broken, thankfully, but rather painful 10 days later - the wearing of some shoes is a considerable bother. As I like to walk for exercise, this has slowed me some.
Sorry to read all these other maladies, I hope everyone heals up quickly & completely!
I can almost see the day the scooter comes out of storage!
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:35 pm quote
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I’ve been sick for almost 10 days with a monstrous head and chest cold. Does that count?
I didn't think so.
So for completeness, I was down and out with something cruddy a couple weeks ago. Missed three days of work.
Went back, wished I hadn't, but it was Friday so I went home early.
I'm back to ~95%, hopefully just in time to start the commuting season.

Hooked
2019 BV 350, 2016 300 GTS Super Sport, 2016 150 LXV
Joined: 03 Aug 2015
Posts: 304
Location: Houston Heights, Tejas
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:11 pm quote
I have to be one of the luckiest guys in the world. Actually I attribute fa lot of my good fortune to over 30 of practicing Judo and Aikido and knowing how to break my fall and practicing Transcendental Meditation twice a day for 46 years. I reek of good karma.

So seven years ago my son wanted to have a sky-diving party for his 27th birthday. A dozen of his friends, including my daughter attended. We jumped with instructors, but somehow I got the dumbass instructor. He forgot to "flair out" and took us straight into the ground. There was about 200 yards of manicured landing area for the continuous stream of divers to land, but we landed in the weeds before the landing strip. When we hit I knew enough to try and hit and roll, but the instructor was attached to my back, making a roll very difficult. I heard my leg bone break on impact. We both laid there for a few minutes and finally the instructor said, "Hey, you alright?"
I said, "Yeah. But my leg's broken."
He asked, "How do you know?"
And my answer literally was, "Because my F-N foot is not supposed to be pointing backwards!!!"
I felt very lucky that all that I broke was my leg, and not my neck or back or whatever. I still have stiffness in my ankle, but even bigger issue is the emotional issue of seeing the ground come straight at you and then smacking straight into the ground!

Then in August of last year as I posted on here on MV, I tried to miss a pot hole and hit a curb. Once again, I believe my "cat-like landing" kept me from serious injury, save for a couple of broken ribs that landed me in the hospital for a few days.

Then as I also posted here on MV, Christmas morning, I had chest pains. I had more and stronger ones on Dec 29. Went to the E.R. and the Cardiologist found that I had 95% blockage in the main artery to my heart, Classic Widow-maker! Open heart surgery, double bypass and here I am today, better than ever!

Like I said, I'm a lucky SOB.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, S 150, GTS 250
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 7201
Location: KS USA
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:44 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
tdrake wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
Looks like I'm ankel buddies with fledermaus, although it looks like he is recovering well. I fell off a scaffold and injured both feet. The right not so bad. Just a bruise to the heel area but the left has a broken bone and I'm off to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Although the right isn't as bad, it is sore enough that I can't walk, even with crutches or a walker and I have had to crawl to the bathroom since Friday, when it happened. My knees have had about enough and so have I.

I am also going to miss at least a week of work and I don't have sick leave.
Oh, damn! Good luck and heal quickly.

Also: two words: "bed pan". Or "knee pads" ?
+1 Sorry that happened to you Matt. I also had an episode that my knee completely gave out and I thought I had broken it. But it was only a pulled muscle, Lucky me! Rest and put your feet up. Good luck at the doctor.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, S 150, GTS 250
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 7201
Location: KS USA
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
tdrake wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
Looks like I'm ankel buddies with fledermaus, although it looks like he is recovering well. I fell off a scaffold and injured both feet. The right not so bad. Just a bruise to the heel area but the left has a broken bone and I'm off to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Although the right isn't as bad, it is sore enough that I can't walk, even with crutches or a walker and I have had to crawl to the bathroom since Friday, when it happened. My knees have had about enough and so have I.

I am also going to miss at least a week of work and I don't have sick leave.
Oh, damn! Good luck and heal quickly.

Also: two words: "bed pan". Or "knee pads" ?
+1 Sorry that happened to you Matt. I also had an episode that my knee completely gave out and I thought I had broken it. But it was only a pulled muscle, Lucky me! Rest and put your feet up. Good luck at the doctor.
Hi matt! Recovery should take 2 weeks.
Are you doing physiotherapy?
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4213
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:33 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
tdrake wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
Looks like I'm ankel buddies with fledermaus, although it looks like he is recovering well. I fell off a scaffold and injured both feet. The right not so bad. Just a bruise to the heel area but the left has a broken bone and I'm off to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Although the right isn't as bad, it is sore enough that I can't walk, even with crutches or a walker and I have had to crawl to the bathroom since Friday, when it happened. My knees have had about enough and so have I.

I am also going to miss at least a week of work and I don't have sick leave.
Oh, damn! Good luck and heal quickly.

Also: two words: "bed pan". Or "knee pads" ?
+1 Sorry that happened to you Matt. I also had an episode that my knee completely gave out and I thought I had broken it. But it was only a pulled muscle, Lucky me! Rest and put your feet up. Good luck at the doctor.
Hi matt! Recovery should take 2 weeks.
Are you doing physiotherapy?
No such luck for me. It happened two weeks ago tomorrow and I haven't even had surgery yet. They are saying three months but I'm hoping it's more like two.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, S 150, GTS 250
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 7201
Location: KS USA
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:40 am quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
tdrake wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
Looks like I'm ankel buddies with fledermaus, although it looks like he is recovering well. I fell off a scaffold and injured both feet. The right not so bad. Just a bruise to the heel area but the left has a broken bone and I'm off to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Although the right isn't as bad, it is sore enough that I can't walk, even with crutches or a walker and I have had to crawl to the bathroom since Friday, when it happened. My knees have had about enough and so have I.

I am also going to miss at least a week of work and I don't have sick leave.
Oh, damn! Good luck and heal quickly.

Also: two words: "bed pan". Or "knee pads" ?
+1 Sorry that happened to you Matt. I also had an episode that my knee completely gave out and I thought I had broken it. But it was only a pulled muscle, Lucky me! Rest and put your feet up. Good luck at the doctor.
Hi matt! Recovery should take 2 weeks.
Are you doing physiotherapy?
No such luck for me. It happened two weeks ago tomorrow and I haven't even had surgery yet. They are saying three months but I'm hoping it's more like two.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I've got the electrical problem on the GTS fixed ***fingers crossed.
And I can also make it to your county on the S 150.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4213
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:29 pm quote
Ok. The latest update:

Saw the doctor today. I have been wearing a splint, which is sort of a cast but a little softer. When the nurse took it off so the doc could look at my progress she commented that it still looked swollen but the doctor might still decide to operate next week. She didn't sound optimistic and I was feeling a little depressed but when the doctor saw it he said it looked much better and asked if I wanted to do it Tuesday or Wednesday. "Tuesday, please." I want to get it over as soon as possible.

I can tell you that I never knew how many friends I have. Everybody wants to help. People that I don't know open doors for me. I have been an imposition to everyone, including my sister, her husband and especially my wife and no one has complained. Our own fledermaus has sent me a new kind of hands free crutch called an iwalk that he had used in his convalescence, Priority Mail, no less so I would get it a day or two sooner. I really need to find a way to thank everybody. I've said "Thank you." about a hundred times in the last two weeks and it's not enough.

Stay tuned. Same time. Same station.
Molto Verboso
2018 Vespa GTS 300 ABS- Bianco
Joined: 20 Apr 2013
Posts: 1911
Location: E. KY
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:10 am quote
Matthew, good to hear things are brighter your way. Hope your customers get you back real soon.

Self employment makes these physical issues hit home much harder to recover from. I spent many an hour talking to someone who'd been forced out of their livelihood by on the job injuries and mostly orthopedic issues. My tech school had very few opportunity's that met those needs as most all were hand's on.
Drafting came as close to non physical as any but the jobs were often not local.
One of my aunt's in Topeka was a self owned shop beautician who suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for years and yet she managed to use her gnarled hands for hours. My uncle, was a AT & Sante Fe RR clerk who earned not much so they depended on her $$$. She was also a gifted artist in many medias. I'm fortunate to have one of her stilllife paintings in my home now. It's a narrow rectangular board painted shades of green with ears of yellow corn. She held her paint brushes in the weirdest manner yet was able to paint with much ability.
Good luck on the repairs and stay in touch.
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