This post has two theme songs…
1. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
2. Foo Fighters – Gimmee Stitches
Wow…what a week+ it’s been! I say this with all seriousness, I’m lucky to be alive and have everything functioning (fingers, toes, ,etc.).
For those who haven’t already found out, on Sat. July 17th my buddy Andre’ and I were racing as a duo team at the 12 Hours of Külsheim in Külsheim, Deutschland. Andre’ had already done his two laps and off I went on mine. Through the first bit of single and double track, down the tricky decent and back up the long hill which takes you to the Tank/Panzer practice range. I rode through all of that at a pretty good pace, while passing people every 1/2 km or so. Then I rolled up in to my favorite section of singletrack and passed two more people. I then rounded a corner to a fun descent (when it’s dry) and spotted two riders ahead that I wanted to try and catch………
The next thing that I remember was being lifted into an ambulance and looking down to see the front end of my bike missing (yes, the Curtlo is dead). Somehow, some way, the head tube (where the fork goes through) snapped off the front of my bike and from everything we can patch together, I went face first into the dirt and rocks. Strangely, 90% if my injuries are in the facial area.
In the ambulance they gave me a Tetnus/Diptheria booster shot and then proceed to cut off my new uniform (probably less than 4 rides in it) and they were about to cut off my shoes and socks until I told them how to get them off of me without cutting them off. Phew! I remember it raining and me making jokes with the people in the ambulance. They then took me to one of the two Uni. Hospitals in Würzburg and did a Cat Scan. It was then they realized that I had two cracked vertebrae (one in my neck and one in my back). At least I can now tell people that I’ve broken both my neck and my back. I know… not soooo funny.
They also figured out that my nose was broken as were both cheeks/orbital bones (diagonally across my face). I’d also managed to lose three teeth (I think that’s all…can’t count them all yet) in the process. Aside from that (isn’t that enough?) a few scratches and scrapes plus some serious bruising on my face from hitting the ground so hard. A lot of the bruising was caused by my helmet and glasses which I am guessing protected not only my head but my eyes from what could have been far worse injuries or death. Thanks a lot to Specialized for making an awesome helmet and Rudy Project for awesome glasses!
After two days in ICU I was moved to the other Uni. Clinic which specializes in Mouth, Jaw and Facial injuries. I spent another week there. It was there that they performed surgery to install two Titanium plates in my face to hold it together and they installed temporary braces to hold my loose teeth in place till I can get new ones installed (the braces come out this Friday). Sadly, the Titanium plates have to come out in 6-9 months too. I’d really rather not do another surgery like the last one. Ugh!
So, after some fantastic care from the Doctors and Nurses in Würzburg and the care of my loving wife, I’m on the way to a full recovery. I’ve now been home since Sunday late afternoon and it feels really good to not be lying in a hospital bed. Kera always says that I’m a “Shitty Relaxer”! She’s right. I find it really hard to just sit and relax.
Here are a couple of pics of my progress.
Things are progressing quickly, for the most part. My scabs are coming off pretty quickly in most places. Only around where I still have stitches are they being difficult. Almost all the bruising is gone and the majority of normal coloration is back in my face. Unfortunately, I have to wear the neck brace for the next 2.5 weeks. Hopefully, on Friday, I’ll find out how soon I can get replacement teeth as it’s no fun looking as redneck as I “normally” do, plus not having all my teeth. I also have to sleep on my back (a position in which I not only hate but I snore like a bull moose in heat). Sorry hon.
Supposedly, my Black Sheep is on the way back from Colorado where it’s been getting repaired and I’ll probably be putting in an order for a new frame sometime in the very near future. Till then, it’s probably just as well that I don’t have a mountain bike as I really, really want to go ride but I’m not allowed to for awhile.
I’m trying to find a Sport Orthopedist who I can work with to get my back and neck in proper working order but that’s proving to be difficult. It’s not that there aren’t many around, it’s more like picking one at random because you like their name or web page. References for these people are a bit tough to find.
Here’s a couple of last pics of the food selection that someone who can mostly only eat pureed food gets to choose from.
Well, about another 4.5 weeks until my bones are theoretically healed and I can probably ride again. I don’t know how long till I can work as I can’t really carry anything for a few more weeks. Plus… the whole bruised and battered thing doesn’t look good in class. I just have to play it by ear.
One last thing…. I have to extend a huge THANK YOU to my lovely wife Kera, our families, friends and my teammates around the world for all the Get Well messages. It really, really lifted my spirits and continues to do so. Also, thanks to my friends Andre’, Phaty and Christian for helping us out by getting the word out that I was hurt but that I was also going to be o.k. and for taking care of our cat as well. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! I don’t know if I can ever repay any of you properly.
The ironic thing is that I’ve been trying to loose weight for awhile now. Who new that by not eating for nearly 4 days and then eating more or less baby food for another week would I loose something like 15 lbs/7 kilos? I’m now at 175 lbs and I can’t ride a bike. Damn! At least I’ll be able to sometime in the future. I just have to keep that in mind. Anyway that was the point of my blog title.
While I’ve been healing, I found out that an old favorite musician/poet of mine had put out a new album. His name is Gil Scott-Heron and he’s probably most famous for his song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The video below is off his new album “I’m New Here” and the song is “Me And The Devil”.
His explanation of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is below.
And finally… “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”