HappyAndy

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Last Sunday I had my first, and probably last, ride on a real trials bike.

It bit me hard only moments after I decided that I'm too a old and fat to be riding a trials bike, and headed back to the road to bring it back to the owner. The course was about 3/4 of a mile of fresh cut medium tight single track. I'd ridden about a dozen loops on a 300 2t Enduro earlier in the morning. Half way into the second loop I knew this bike wasn't for me. I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, but I probably forgot there was no seat under my fat butt. Anyway, my foot snagged something on the trail, I got pulled back a bit and whiskey throttled a bit. I went down hard on my left hip right at the transition from dirt to tarmac and now I'm sitting at home with a fractured hip socket  and a prescription of very strong pain killers.

The Ortho Dr said it's not nearly the worst acetabular fracture she's ever seen, but wants me to go see a pelvic fracture specialist just in case. She doesn't think it will need surgery, but wants a specialist to say so.  Easier said than done for me at the moment, since I can't even get from my front door to the car without a wheelchair and strong friends to get me down the porch steps.

Honesty, I'm amazed that I'm not insane yet. I've never been still this long in my entire life. One week down of a minimum 6 week recovery period, but 8 to 12 is more likely from what I'm hearing.  I'm really concerned about what this is going to do to my body. I'm a big guy in my mid forties, my weight has been stable for years, but 50 lbs over what it really should be, but I'm otherwise pretty fit, probably thanks to my physical activity levels that I can not at present maintain.

Some highlights from the experience so far:

I got my first ever ambulance ride, strapped to back board on rough rural roads.

I had the hospital try to discharge me from the ER at 1am, knowing full well I was 4 hours from home, after a few hours earlier telling me they were keeping me overnight for observations, and I made my transportation plans accordingly. The joke was on them though, I had to ambulatory to be discharged, I could sort of stand on crutches, but couldn't go anywhere. They brought me a walker and I managed to shuffle myself backwards enough to flop onto the bed, I declared that I was exhausted, and they stopped fighting with me and gave me a shot of something strong that knocked me out in seconds. 

It took me several hours to get out of the passenger seat of our truck and into the house, it wouldn't have happened at all if my neighbors boyfriend wasn't there to give a hand with the wheelchair going up the steps. 

Coughing feels like a gunshot to the hip, God help me if I sneeze.

I'm basically living in a power reclining chair, like the ones you see advertised for old folks with arthritis. I do get in the wheelchair and roll myself around the living room for exercise a few hours before I go to bed. 

#2 is a huge project. I have a beauty of bruise coming down the back of my left thigh, the side bar of the hospital commode presses right into it. 

I smell wonderful. I haven't had a proper washing yet. My wife has been washing me down the best she can, but we need professional assistance. I don't see myself taking an actual shower for a few more weeks. Hopefully I'm wrong on that one. 

Thankfully the groin pull that came with injury is better now, at least I can move my right leg mostly normally now. 

Aflac doesn't seem to understand that dirt bike accidents on private property don't generate police reports, I say its a sports injury, but they say it's a motor vehicle accident, and they are holding up my claims. I've spoken to two different representatives, before and after I began the paperwork for the claim, both said it wasn't a problem, yet their system still says they can't proceed without one.

The supposedly independent third party healthcare advocate service that my employer uses is useless. 

My health insurance company claims to cover all sorts of things, so long as done through an in-network provider. Guess what, there are nearly none where I live. We went through dozens of phone numbers of durable medical equipment suppliers that they claim to be in network in my county. None are currently in business. One has been out of business for almost 6 years, I know because they were once a client of my employer, I serviced their warehouse forklifts up until the day they closed. 

Clearly they are going to put me through the same runaround with transportation and in home assistance, did I mention that the health care advocate is useless yet?  They are supposed to solve these issues.

 

Any other old or middle aged guys with less than ideal fitness levels have any tales and tips on recovering from a hip, pelvic or other long recovery fracture?  I could use some encouraging words.  I need to recover well enough to go back into my old routines, and I definitely want to ride again, although I'll skip the trials bike next time.

 

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I've had two total knee replacements (2009 and 2013), an ACL done back in the day (1990) where I was in a hospital for two weeks and then home in bed for three months before I could walk at all.

You are at the base of mountain with a 500 pound weight you have to get to the top. Given time and perseverance, you will do it. After it is done, 99% of the effort will be a faded memory.

I made a promise to myself in the mid 1990's that I was no longer going to ride above my ability at any time, that my 'glory' days were fond memories and going forward, rides were going to be fun and no risk.

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Last Sunday I had my first, and probably last, ride on a real trials bike.
It bit me hard only moments after I decided that I'm too a old and fat to be riding a trials bike, and headed back to the road to bring it back to the owner. The course was about 3/4 of a mile of fresh cut medium tight single track. I'd ridden about a dozen loops on a 300 2t Enduro earlier in the morning. Half way into the second loop I knew this bike wasn't for me. I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, but I probably forgot there was no seat under my fat butt. Anyway, my foot snagged something on the trail, I got pulled back a bit and whiskey throttled a bit. I went down hard on my left hip right at the transition from dirt to tarmac and now I'm sitting at home with a fractured hip socket  and a prescription of very strong pain killers.
The Ortho Dr said it's not nearly the worst acetabular fracture she's ever seen, but wants me to go see a pelvic fracture specialist just in case. She doesn't think it will need surgery, but wants a specialist to say so.  Easier said than done for me at the moment, since I can't even get from my front door to the car without a wheelchair and strong friends to get me down the porch steps.
Honesty, I'm amazed that I'm not insane yet. I've never been still this long in my entire life. One week down of a minimum 6 week recovery period, but 8 to 12 is more likely from what I'm hearing.  I'm really concerned about what this is going to do to my body. I'm a big guy in my mid forties, my weight has been stable for years, but 50 lbs over what it really should be, but I'm otherwise pretty fit, probably thanks to my physical activity levels that I can not at present maintain.
Some highlights from the experience so far:
I got my first ever ambulance ride, strapped to back board on rough rural roads.
I had the hospital try to discharge me from the ER at 1am, knowing full well I was 4 hours from home, after a few hours earlier telling me they were keeping me overnight for observations, and I made my transportation plans accordingly. The joke was on them though, I had to ambulatory to be discharged, I could sort of stand on crutches, but couldn't go anywhere. They brought me a walker and I managed to shuffle myself backwards enough to flop onto the bed, I declared that I was exhausted, and they stopped fighting with me and gave me a shot of something strong that knocked me out in seconds. 
It took me several hours to get out of the passenger seat of our truck and into the house, it wouldn't have happened at all if my neighbors boyfriend wasn't there to give a hand with the wheelchair going up the steps. 
Coughing feels like a gunshot to the hip, God help me if I sneeze.
I'm basically living in a power reclining chair, like the ones you see advertised for old folks with arthritis. I do get in the wheelchair and roll myself around the living room for exercise a few hours before I go to bed. 
#2 is a huge project. I have a beauty of bruise coming down the back of my left thigh, the side bar of the hospital commode presses right into it. 
I smell wonderful. I haven't had a proper washing yet. My wife has been washing me down the best she can, but we need professional assistance. I don't see myself taking an actual shower for a few more weeks. Hopefully I'm wrong on that one. 
Thankfully the groin pull that came with injury is better now, at least I can move my right leg mostly normally now. 
Aflac doesn't seem to understand that dirt bike accidents on private property don't generate police reports, I say its a sports injury, but they say it's a motor vehicle accident, and they are holding up my claims. I've spoken to two different representatives, before and after I began the paperwork for the claim, both said it wasn't a problem, yet their system still says they can't proceed without one.
The supposedly independent third party healthcare advocate service that my employer uses is useless. 
My health insurance company claims to cover all sorts of things, so long as done through an in-network provider. Guess what, there are nearly none where I live. We went through dozens of phone numbers of durable medical equipment suppliers that they claim to be in network in my county. None are currently in business. One has been out of business for almost 6 years, I know because they were once a client of my employer, I serviced their warehouse forklifts up until the day they closed. 
Clearly they are going to put me through the same runaround with transportation and in home assistance, did I mention that the health care advocate is useless yet?  They are supposed to solve these issues.
 
Any other old or middle aged guys with less than ideal fitness levels have any tales and tips on recovering from a hip, pelvic or other long recovery fracture?  I could use some encouraging words.  I need to recover well enough to go back into my old routines, and I definitely want to ride again, although I'll skip the trials bike next time.
 

Call your insurer and have them point you to a provider...

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@FITZI6_7  

I did. The dozens of phone numbers that I referred to were on a disjointed list provided by them, including the one for the business that is 6 years defunct that I personally knew.  It was supposed to be set up by county, but there were places clear across the state in our counties list, and vice versa.

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57 minutes ago, William1 said:

I made a promise to myself in the mid 1990's that I was no longer going to ride above my ability at any time, that my 'glory' days were fond memories and going forward, rides were going to be fun and no risk.

The funny thing is, I was trying to avoid a problem when this happened. I wasn't trying for any hero action, just a new experience. As I mentioned, I was taking it back. I wasn't going particularly fast or on challenging terrain. It was a new GasGas txt 300. To me it felt like an evil pitbike with KX500 bottom end and Velcro traction. 

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[mention=497073]FITZI6_7[/mention]  
I did. The dozens of phone numbers that I referred to were on a disjointed list provided by them, including the one for the business that is 6 years defunct that I personally knew.  It was supposed to be set up by county, but there were places clear across the state in our counties list, and vice versa.

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9 hours ago, HappyAndy said:

The funny thing is, I was trying to avoid a problem when this happened. I wasn't trying for any hero action, just a new experience. As I mentioned, I was taking it back. I wasn't going particularly fast or on challenging terrain. It was a new GasGas txt 300. To me it felt like an evil pitbike with KX500 bottom end and Velcro traction. 

The simplest things in the world can 'bite you in the ass'. As we get older we get less invincible and have to direct more of our energies to staying vigilant and considering multiple outcomes. I found as I've gotten older, I have also gotten clumsier when I walk. I do not know if it is from all then leg surgeries or what, but I drag my feet a little when I walk and that has caused me to trip. Fell down the stairs a week ago.

Sunset begins right after the peak of noon but is not noticed until it is at the horizon. Starting June 22nd, the days will begin to get shorter yet summer is just beginning. This sneaks up on you.

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If your broke your acetabulum and you are in your 40's you need to get that fixed! I am a critical care nurse. Pm me for questions.

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It's been almost two weeks in on this. Things are improving, but it took a complication for that to happen. 

Earlier this week I had to go back to the ER. The bruise on my thigh that I mentioned became unusually painful, more than my hip pain for a while. My wife convinced herself that it was a blood clot (a huge problem in her family) and called 911. The EMTs weren't sure what to make of it, it was warm, bulging, ugly and sensitive. They thought it might be an abscess, so they strapped me into stair chair and took me to a local hospital. The Dr at the ER suspected a torn quad muscle, which made sense considering the location and nature of the accident.  Two rough trips through the CT scan machine later they diagnosed a whopper of a hematoma. The pain is just the effect of it working itself out naturally. It's big and deep. 

The part that is most helpful though is that the local hospital got a case worker involved, and recognised that I need to have in home care and professional medical transportation to get in and out of my house. They are dealing with the insurance company to make it all happen.

Hopefully I'll be able to get to the hip specialist Ortho Dr this coming week.

I'm feeling much less pain, and haven't taken any of the pain pills in days. I'm still far from mobile, but I can get from chair to walker without drama now, and my walker speed has gone up from mega slow to extra slow. The PT guy is going to be coming next week to help me with getting around on crutches. 

I'm still surprised that I'm not insane yet. This is the longest I've been immobile in my entire life. Normally I'm constantly moving if I'm not asleep. A few years ago I caught a nasty flu,  the Dr said I should have gone to the ER due to dehydration, and I needed to take a week to recover. By day three I had cleaned out my basement and reorganized the inside of my work truck, I went back to work on day four. Maybe it'll be day 104 this time. 

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Avascular Necrosis is a real possibility. You really don't want to end up with a total hip at your age. Ask Bo Jackson.

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If you want to bounce back you need to give yourself every opportunity. Get healthy now. Now's the time to make any necessary changes. You can do cardio bicycling with your upper body while you are injured for instance. It's all relative to how much you want to put into it. Let me know if you need help coming up with ideas and solutions. Be glad to help.

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