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 GeeWizMan member offline
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posted 12/1/2018
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...I went out for a ride on my Ti-Aero recumbent bike. It snowed during the entire ride, but the snow was melting as it hit the ground which made the pavement wet. I was simply riding a local route of very familiar roads with an occasional bike path thrown in to help me avoid some of the busier road sections. Most of the bike paths around here are made up of paved asphalt interrupted with sections of wood boardwalks built over low lying areas. Every time I came up to a section of wood boardwalk I slowed way down and crossed it with extreme caution because wet wood can be very slippery. I successfully got across every wood boardwalk section except the last one on my route.

I was 21 miles into my ride when I came across the last section of wood boardwalk I would have to cross and I slowed down to about 5 mph like I had been doing for the other wood sections. Approximately 10 or 15 feet into the boardwalk my bike slipped out from under me and I went down hard landing on my tailbone. The force traveled up from my tailbone through the lumbar vertebrae to my thoracic vertebrae and fractured my T-12 vertebra. It is known as a compression fracture.

I laid on the boardwalk for a few minutes to assess my situation and noticed that this particular wood section was different than the others I had crossed in that it was covered with an extremely slippery algae. I got up, got my bike and could barely walk due to the slipperiness, but I got me and my bike off of the boardwalk and back on my bike and very painfully rode the 4 miles home.

I had no real idea of the extent of my injury but I thought I would have to take a few days off. After a few days off of riding, I realized I was going to have to take even more time off. I made an appointment with my doctor who sent me to the hospital to get an X-ray. After the experts looked at the X-ray they said I needed to get a MRI. The MRI revealed the the T-12 compression fracture and also some arthritis in the lumber section. My doctor then referred me to an orthopedic spine specialist. My appointment is next week Wednesday.

I am upset to say the least. I am anxious, nervous, and scared. Back in 2012 I fell and fractured my pelvis in several places, but this feels different. Back then, I couldn't even walk without crutches for several months, but after 5 weeks I managed to hobble on my crutches out to the garage where I was able to get on my trike and get in some short rides. I still don't understand how I could ride but not walk. I am a little worried because there has not been any decrease in pain since the accident and of course my mind goes to the worse case scenario where I have to give up riding. I hope I get some good news from this spine specialist when I see him next week.
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posted 12/1/2018
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Best wishes for the best outcome for the recumbent warrior.

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posted 12/1/2018
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So sorry to hear this. Stay with your doctors and press them for the information that you need. Back issues seem to heal slowly. Once those nerves have been bruised, they take a while before thry feel better. I

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posted 12/1/2018
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Sorry to hear George. Back issues can be a challenge. I understand what you are going through. I wish you the best.
I included what I had posted on the quarters forum earlier this morning.


Well, that was short-lived. I was doing pretty darn good on the comeback trail. However, I hurt my back bad last week cutting some palm fronds from over our pool cage. I always had a back problem flare up once in a while, but this is different. I can hardly walk. Sooo, looks like I will try to see a doctor this coming Monday. dang.

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posted 12/1/2018
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I hope that you get some good news (or not bad news at least)from the specialist next week. Keep us posted, please.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Fingers crossed!

Your 2012 story about the trike reminded me of when I sprained my ankle in a bike crash years ago. I couldn't ride a 2-wheeler out on the road since putting a foot down at stops wasn't feasible, but the tadpole trike was great for keeping my ankle loose and moving while it healed, and also great for keeping my mind clear with fresh air and exercise.

Hope your current pain subsides enough to get you onto a trike and on your metaphorical road to recovery.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Sorry to hear about the injury GWM. BJ wouldn't be the same without you, so hang in there amigo.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Fingers crossed for good news. Sorry to hear this setback.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Sorry to hear this. Take it slow and listen to the therapists.

I had a low speed crash in 2009. A local road had been coated with a sealant the DOT won't allow on public roads. My femur went through my pelvis. Major surgery by a trauma specialist. 8 weeks in a wheelchair. Other than a bunch of titanium and some arthritis, it's all good now. But it took a long time.

Hang in there and get better.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Hope you heal in time for your FL trip. Maybe you can ride the trike until it gets better.

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posted 12/1/2018
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery--danm that algea!
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