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Old 08-26-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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How NOT to start the new year!

A lot of people that i've shared this story with say I should post it ,so here goes and please bear with me. This may take a few pages.

Jan 3rd started out a beauty of a day for this time of year. (highs in the sixties-great daay for a ride). Most of my usual riding buds were out of town for whatever reason so I thought I would hook up with some folks at the CrossBar Ranch in Davis OK. for some rock ridin'. I load my exc 450 on the trailer and throw the gearbag in the back seat and off I went. I already broke the first rule of offroading-Don't go alone! I live in a suburb of OKC and it is approx. 1&3/4 hr drive south to the "ranch". i see 2 people I know there so I won't be solo after all. After gearin'up we went for a short warm up ride. Those who have never been to the CrossBar need to know that this
is 8000 or so acres of wooded , rocky, land with about 35 miles of trails on it and some of it can be a little challenging especially with a little moisture on it. However it was dry this day-good riding. By the time everyone was ready, there was about 8 riders in the group including an atv rider who to this day I don't know his name and a beginner rider on a KTM 2smoker. I was the last of the group so as not to let the beginner get to far behind or lost. We had ridden about 13 miles an coming up a hilltop to a great view, everyone decided to stop for a break and enjoy the view. (If this seems long winded-it is for a reason). After a short break-off we go. We were coming up on a long, winding, rocky downhill and the beginner was tensing up and getting a little squirrely and was slowing way down. i was getting a little flustered so I found a place to make a clean pass to go around. My intention was to stop him a ways down and try to give him a few pointers on rocks(not to happen). I ride a few hundred feet tho and make a bit of a right turn and I see a tree limb sticking out in such a way as it COULD snag my throttle cables and (you get the picture) but what I didn't see was the tree branch to my left. I forgot to add that I was carrying a backpack with my helmet cam gear and yes the film was rolling. this branch somehow got under my left pack strap and all I remember is my left hand being stretched off the handlebar and I could hear my right hand roll on the throttle and WHAM! WHERE THE HELL DID THAT TRUCK COME FROM? I felt a sharp stabbing pain on my left side and I felt myself gasping for air. I lay on the ground for what seemed like forever-my entire left side from my hip to my neck racked in pain. What the hell just happened? I slowly opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was my front fender about thirty feet up hill from me. . . . . . More to come later. time for my pain pill.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:26 AM   #2
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(ouch! I've reformatted the post those who like paragraphs)

Nice day for a ride...
Jan 3rd started out a beauty of a day for this time of year. (highs in the sixties-great daay for a ride). Most of my usual riding buds were out of town for whatever reason so I thought I would hook up with some folks at the CrossBar Ranch in Davis OK. for some rock ridin'. I load my exc 450 on the trailer and throw the gearbag in the back seat and off I went. I already broke the first rule of offroading - Don't go alone!

The Ranch
I live in a suburb of OKC and it is approx. 1 ¾ hr drive south to the "ranch". i see 2 people I know there so I won't be solo after all. After gearin'up we went for a short warm up ride. Those who have never been to the CrossBar need to know that this is 8000 or so acres of wooded , rocky, land with about 35 miles of trails on it and some of it can be a little challenging especially with a little moisture on it. However it was dry this day-good riding. By the time everyone was ready, there was about 8 riders in the group including an atv rider who to this day I don't know his name and a beginner rider on a KTM 2smoker. I was the last of the group so as not to let the beginner get to far behind or lost.

Impatience, Grasshopper.
We had ridden about 13 miles an coming up a hilltop to a great view, everyone decided to stop for a break and enjoy the view. (If this seems long winded-it is for a reason). After a short break-off we go. We were coming up on a long, winding, rocky downhill and the beginner was tensing up and getting a little squirrely and was slowing way down. i was getting a little flustered so I found a place to make a clean pass to go around. My intention was to stop him a ways down and try to give him a few pointers on rocks (not to happen).

Faceplant!
I ride a few hundred feet to a and make a bit of a right turn and I see a tree limb sticking out in such a way as it COULD snag my throttle cables and (you get the picture) but what I didn't see was the tree branch to my left. I forgot to add that I was carrying a backpack with my helmet cam gear and yes the film was rolling.

This branch somehow got under my left pack strap and all I remember is my left hand being stretched off the handlebar and I could hear my right hand roll on the throttle and WHAM! WHERE THE HELL DID THAT TRUCK COME FROM? I felt a sharp stabbing pain on my left side and I felt myself gasping for air.

I lay on the ground for what seemed like forever-my entire left side from my hip to my neck racked in pain. What the hell just happened? I slowly opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was my front fender about thirty feet up hill from me...

More to come later. time for my pain pill.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:51 AM   #3
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Well that's just not nice. People don't give teasers in Face Plant. I hope there will be pictures and maybe a video coming, but glad you're seemingly okay.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #4
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #5
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Wrecked in January and still on pain meds?!

Sounds serious. Hope you're OK.

How 'bout the rest of the story?
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:02 AM   #6
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Those must be the seriously strong 2-day pain pills.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:47 AM   #7
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There should be a rule against this... It is a good start though.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:35 PM   #8
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Part 2 I'll type and let my editor fix. ( I never claimed to be a writer)

I looked around to see what the hell happened and slowly tried to sit up.
My legs felt ok so I tried to stand and slowly got to my feet. I started to take inventory of my self to size up the injury(s). I felt my left side and OUCH! I figured a broken rib or 2 as I had done that before. I felt up under my chest protector and Dammit! I could feel the broken end of my collarbone. Funny thing- the collarbone didn't hurt that bad. I didn't feel any blood or see any on my hand. Good news considering. I looked down and saw the left side of my jersey was shreddeded. Crap-not that old either. I was carrying a SPOT transponder and was contemplating pushing the 911 button but reconsidered. Hell I couldn't find it anyway, it was attached to my backpack strap (left side). I found out my pack strap had broken an tossed the spot. I looked around in the rocks where I was lying and there it was. It is orange for a reason. Finally the novice I passed earlier showed up as did the guy driving the atv. They asked if I was OK, and I told them NO then told them what happened. A few minutes went by and the lead riders came back up to see if anything was wrong. I believe it was Kirk, Randy, and Tracy. I told them I was hurt and would need help. One of them asked to call an ambulance. I said no not yet cause by the time they got here, I might be halfway back to OKC. We had to figure a way to get me down the bottom of this hill. (It was about an eigth mile or so). The guy on the atv asked if I wanted a ride down while Kirk said he would ride my bike down and I said OK. The bike was unharmed except for some scratches on the tank shrouds.

We get to the bottom and make a new plan. I asked how far we were from the truck and Tracy says about 4 miles of smooth road. I asked if someone would lead me while i rode back, Tracy said he would. It was a long slow ride back for sure. Tracy loaded my bike while I attempted to change clothes.( They aren't cutting my riding gear off). Tracy thought I should wait for someone to show up to drive me back, when I asked If anyone was from okc he said he didn't think so. I could see a big issue of someone driving a long way back in someone elses truck so I decided I would try to drive back solo. (side note: if I knew the extent of my injuries, I wouldn't have drove at all).......More to come.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:43 PM   #9
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We didn't know when anyone else would be back to the truck so I took off solo. I took it real slow to the highway where I decided I better call my wife Pat and told her what happened. Her being an EMT, she stayed calm while I told her I was coming home and she needed to take me to the hospital. This felt like it was the longest drive of my life as I felt every little bump and pebble on the road and I was driving an F450. Pat asked how far I had gone and I told her I was just getting on I-35 at Davis and should be home about an hour and 40 minutes. I am about 30 miles south of OKC when the phone rings. It was Pat asking where I was. I told her "just passing thru Purcell" when her voice got loud. She said to go straight to Integris Southwest Hospital and she would meet me there. OK I said and asked her to bring Mike our son so he could take the truck and Bike home for us. Just as I was going under the I-240 overpass, I was Pat going over the bridge. Good timing I thought as I pulled in behind her and followed her to the hospital. I started to relax a little as I knew I was close to help. I followed my wife into the ER parking lot and Mike got out to get an orderly and wheelchair. Slowly and painfully I climbed out of my truck and sat down in the wheelchair. I told Mike not to worry and asked him to take the truck and bike home and put away.
The orderly wheeled me to ER admitting and while the admit nurse was getting me signed in,another nurse was trying to get my vitals. My wife was sitting next to me trying to answer questions. The nurse could not get my BP to register. Shit! I thought to myself-I'm already dead. The nurse got another BP cuff and it didn't read either. NOT good. About that time I started to get tunnel vision and things were turning grey and faint-then I went out. When I woke up, I was in the ER on my back and six or eight people were working on me doing whatever it is they do.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:46 PM   #10
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I'm guessing that the only thing that got me to the hospital was pure adrenaline.
My wife told me later that when I lost consciousness she was escorted to THE ROOM-you know the one where they take you when the chaplain talks to you? Thats when she got scared.
The doctors and nurses were poking and prodding and asking questions about what happened. It's
funny cause everyone that asked questions also asked if I was wearing a helmet. I mean everyone. I told them all that I had full gear on. That probably saved me from the "lecture". After a couple of CT's and a bunch of xrays, the sum of my injuries are as follows: fractured left collarbone (I figured), left side 6 broken ribs,(I knew of at least 1), severe hematoma (bruising) left side, and a punctured left lung. I probably shouldn't have drove after all. I spent the next 6 days in the hospital and was told that if the lung didn't inflate on its own within 2 days, they would have to insert a tube. They took xrays twice daily for 2 days and you guessed it-tube time. Now for those who don't know or have never experienced a chest tube I hope you don't. Two very large doctors came in to do this procedure and I was starting to squirm.......a lot. They would numb the surface for the incision that's all. One doctor made about a 1 inch incision then I saw the firehose. Now I know why there were 2 docs. One to hold my arm away from my chest and the other to insert the friggin' hose. I swaer I felt the hose in my toes. That hurt worse than all my injuries combined. No kidding. I wore that hose for 4 days. It was to suck all the blood and air from the chest cavity I was told.

I was off work for 3 weeks in which time I noticed my lower left back was beginning to hurt. I had several follow-ups with a "back specialist" within the next few weeks in which I kept complaining about the back pain. 6 weeks out he ordered an MRI of the lower back region. The results: Nothing out of place physically muscle or bone wise. Great-Phantom pain I thought.The doc probably thinks i'm a clepto also. He prescribes darvosett and sends me on my way. Fast forward to JUNE. I have been on the bike a few times and also to a pain specialist in which he does a "nerve block" that lasts only a few days. Up to this point, there are days when my back doesn't hurt at all and some days it hurts a lot. My back is doing good for a while. June 12th is an offroad race in Erick OK that I really want to race in so I do the race and all is well except for the front flat in a highspeed section that almost crashed me out. Thats a different story tho! Anyway, I have an appt with the pain guy the following friday which made my back hurt a lot worse now. This ain't right ! He tells me to come back july 28th. Early july ,wife and I head to colorado for 2 weeks of dual sporting and atv riding which I only rode 3 days due to my back acting up again. I go to the Pain Doc like i'm supposed to and asks if any followup xrays were taken since the wreck. I tell him only the MRI so heorders more xrays on this time he wants a different position. WELL,GUESS WHAT! I'm still broken. That's right, I still have 3 broken ribs. Two of them up high and don't bother me so much but the third one-You guessed it-lower left of spine. This is not only still broken but has about a 3mm bap in the break of which looks like the ends have healed over. OH CRAP! So as of now I'm grounded from riding until I go back to the Spine DOC. Sept 14th. Keep in mind this happened Jan 3rd almost 9 mos. ago I can't wait for this to be over.
Sorry for the long read but the details were important. Wish me luck!

I also want to say that the staff at Integris Southwest in OKC were excellent and compassionate people that went out of their way to keep me comfortable.


P.S. To the atv guy the hauled me off that hill-THANK YOU. Sorry I never got your name.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:19 PM   #11
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Glad your writing this report and not your wife Did you wear a chest protector as well?
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:36 PM   #12
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Glad your writing this report and not your wife Did you wear a chest protector as well?
I was wearing a chest protector. It;s in the top of part 2
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:25 PM   #13
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Damn man. You're pretty lucky... My uncle spilled on the Hatfield/McCoy trail, still has slight brain damage after a year and a half. They almost pulled the plug, but he's made a miraculous comeback.. Hang in there.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:54 AM   #14
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DAMN! You don't sound "lucky" at all! But I hope you get lucky and heal up. I'm glad you weren't killed. Why the hell didn't one of those guys you were with drive you home or to the hospital? There's no way in hell I'd have let anybody in that condition drive himself anywhere.
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:23 AM   #15
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DAMN! You don't sound "lucky" at all! But I hope you get lucky and heal up. I'm glad you weren't killed. Why the hell didn't one of those guys you were with drive you home or to the hospital? There's no way in hell I'd have let anybody in that condition drive himself anywhere.
As I said in the story,I broke a cardinal rule of offroading: Going to ride solo. The guy that went back to the truck wasn't from okc, plus I was worried about leaving my bike and truck where it could "disappear".
Sounds like a typical man doesn't it?-more worried about the bike than himself. I also wasn't aware of how serious my injuries were. The folks at the hospital were just as amazed as you.

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