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Old 10-07-2014, 12:06 AM   #121
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Benduro, that's awesome! I'm glad Evil Yoda was able to help put you back to rights. She's sure as hell not there to hold your hand, but I have learned more about anatomy and muscoskeletal dynamics from her than anyone else, ever. I'm hoping to get one more string of PT sessions with her once my screw holes have healed up enough to work hard again.

Nightfalcon, CRPS sounds like it is bloody terrible. How do you manage it, especially with riding? I know that the head surgeon and the PT were both watching carefully for it with me, to the point that they asked me not to do any reading or research on it, because thinking about it can become a causal factor.

As far as boots go...my GF and I are Serious Boot Testers. She's busted both of her ankles in her Sidi Crossfires, and I destroyed those Gaerne GX-1s as if they were tissue paper.

Sadly, I'm not sure my experience supports the hypothesis that good boots are the key to avoiding injury, though; I had darn good ones on, frequently mentioned as a quality choice on this very forum--and I was severely injured anyway. I'm not even sure that it was any particular shortcoming of the boots (though an inner bootie style might have helped a bit), just a fact of physics that some incidents simply generate forces too great for protective gear to withstand. Still, I think that constantly striving to make better and better protective gear is very worthwhile indeed. You just can't win 'em all, or armor every square inch of your body--but it is worth wearing quality, highly protective gear.

Since I don't fit the Crossfires very well anymore, I'll continue the search for truly good dirt boots that fit. I'm very happy with those Forma Adventures for the street and mild gravel roads. I ended up getting my GF a pair, too, in black, and she was delighted.
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:49 AM   #122
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Did you get your job back? Or a better job?
And yes, J.F. is the best PT I've ever had or seen. We really hit it off and are still fb friends. I should drop in on her sometime.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:28 PM   #123
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Nightfalcon, CRPS sounds like it is bloody terrible. How do you manage it, especially with riding? I know that the head surgeon and the PT were both watching carefully for it with me, to the point that they asked me not to do any reading or research on it, because thinking about it can become a causal factor.
CRPS is awful. Pain killers work to a degree but distraction tends to work the best for me. If I'm busy and active it takes my mind off it - riding my bike is actually therapeutic! Its worst when your trying to rest -pressure bandage with a heat pack in winter and cold pack in summer helps with sleep. You dodged a bullet not getting it - BIG TIME!
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:27 PM   #124
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Night Falcon, oh man. You are a true badass for enduring CRPS and riding, too; it's the syndrome that rates higher than anything else on the McGill Pain Scale: 42 out of 50 possible. Worse than childbirth or amputation, in some cases. Have you tried the experimental ketamine therapy? In any case, I hope it helps to know that up to 50% of cases go into spontaneous remission, especially if treated early.

Benduro, yes, we have J.F. in common. I'm truly fortunate to have gone through physical therapy with her, and she offers a real touch of whipsmart-yet-human experience in the midst of what can be a really dehumanizing encounter with institutional health care. She even helped me navigate some of the Highland bureaucracy and gave me tips for dealing with my insurance. Plus I'll never forget the training sessions in which she stood at the bottom of the stairwell made fun of me until I could go down the stairs properly.

"Okay, so you're remembering needing to limp down the stairs, and you don't have to do that anymore. Don't let your feet stick--go faster."

"Ok." *picks up feet, goes down the stairs more quickly*

"Now you're prancing down the stairs. Stop that. Plus it doesn't look very butch."

"I'm not fucking prancing, OK?!" *Gets mad, comes down stairs*

"THERE you go!" *laughter*

As for work: No way can I stand on my feet all day and push bikes around the shop, in and out of the freight elevator, and on and off the lifts. SF Moto folks were very kind and keep checking in periodically to see whether I'd like my mechanic job or a service writer job back, though. I miss life and the folks in the shop, as intense as it was. Fortunately my oil-recycling job has expanded, and has been just enough to keep me going. I've been going to motorcycle events to push oil recycling, and teaching local oil change and basic maintenance classes at places like Piston & Chain and Cycle Gear. Meeting with the OHV program head honcho on Thuesday to see if we can get some oil recycling tanks and classes in at the local dirtbike parks soon, in fact. Somehow I managed to finagle a promotion to manager while hopping on one leg.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:37 PM   #125
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I was very insistent and managed to get my bone screws back, as well. Man, those suckers were surprisingly big!





They're titanium, 1.5 inches long, with a 6.5mm diameter at the threads. The hollow core and the triple cutting jaws look pretty wicked. No WONDER it felt crowded in there.

I had to go through my tool chest and find the allen wrench that fit the heads; 7/64", as it turned out. Strange to think that orthopedists and mechanics have some overlap in their tools. Ooof.



It's very strange indeed to roll those screws around in my hand and remember running the pads of my fingers over the bumps formed by their heads, riding just below my skin.



I'm grateful for your support, bone screws, but I'm glad you're out of me.



Now...what to make out of the screws? Hmmm.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:07 AM   #126
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Night Falcon, oh man. You are a true badass for enduring CRPS and riding, too; it's the syndrome that rates higher than anything else on the McGill Pain Scale: 42 out of 50 possible. Worse than childbirth or amputation, in some cases. Have you tried the experimental ketamine therapy? In any case, I hope it helps to know that up to 50% of cases go into spontaneous remission, especially if treated early.
yup, discussed all that with specialists, it pretty radical and there is a risk you can end up worse off so not that keen on it. I've lived with it for 6yrs now so not much chance of remission but I'm always optimistic

I must have dainty dancers feet cos those screws look way bigger gauge than the ones in my hoof
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