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    Rider Down - Busted Femur

    Well, I snapped my femur in 2 on Tuesday night. Even worse, I snapped it slipping and falling on a wet spot in the kitchen while going to get a popsicle, rather than bombing down some sick gnar. Currently sitting on a hospital bed (they have free wifi!!!) in traction. Doctor just gave me the surgery plan....and 6 months to a year of ZERO weight bearing after surgery, let alone any kind of pedalling, then gradually move back to riding a bike. That is gonna be a long, long time. The break is complicated by the fact that my knee and half my femur were already metal, looks like i'll be getting some "upgraded parts". Attaching a pic here

    Now its time to look ahead on the calendar and pick my comeback event/race....Whiskey Off-Road 2012 may be looking good!

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    You def have the right attitude.
    Heal up!

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    oh god that looks painful . Sorry to hear
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    knarly break, good luck with the recovery, x-box knows no bounds

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    I think I am going to go drink a glass of milk. Sorry dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork
    oh god that looks painful . Sorry to hear
    Been hooked up to a morphine drip for the last 2 days...so at least I've got that going for me!

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    You caught a bad break there dude. That sucks.

    Heal up fast!
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    one more step towards being bionic. Congratulations!

    Seriously though that looks painful. Sorry.
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    That's it...I'm giving up popsicles. Too dangerous.
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    Popsicles are killers...

    They going to put a rod in it ? I've got one from my knee to my ankle and spent 6 days on the 'drip'....

    word of caution, do not try to stop the pain pills all at once when your ready , slowly ween yourself !!!

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    Dang !!! Thats one hell of a break. Dang !!!! Hope you heal up soon.
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    Man, sorry to hear !
    I snapped a femur years ago on a motorcycle but I was 16 at the time and healed up a lot quicker then I think I would now.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.

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    Holy smokes! Busted femur is serious business. The no-weight-bearing thing is going to be one of the hardest things you've ever done in your life.
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    That weight bearing deal sucks. I went 90 days doing it and it gets old after the first week! Good luck on healing up quickly.
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    Oh man, that looks wicked painful That lower half of the femur looks like it can spear right out of your thigh! Best of luck with your recovery, hope everything heals up good!





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    bummah!

    Heal up,big dood.

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    Maybe you can check out a hand pedal bike for when you are feeling better. I think there is one on Craigslist. Get well soon.

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    Bigdude,

    Wish you a speedy recovery! That looks like a very gnary break!

    I think you're on the right track, pick a comeback event, gives you something to dream about.

    Tiff

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    How your recovering Tiff ?

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    Sorry to hear the bad news, I too hope your recovery is speedy.

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    whoa! Major healing vibes man!!! Best project to keep is to build your dream bike as you heal up. That's what I did when I was sideline for a good amount of time and keeps your stoke on for when you are ready to ride!!!!!! Good luck in recovering!

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    wholly crap! I bet that sounded like a cannon going off.......heal up.

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    heal up man..

    sorry to hear.. sending some positive vibes your way

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    Ouch! Good luck with the healing and having a comeback plan is the right attitude!

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    Ouch!

    Enjoy the IV drip Matt. Get well man!

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    Thanks everybody for the well wishes!! I greatly appreciate it. Wife and I are having our first kid in a few months, so, I probably wouldn't have been riding much for the next year anyway. But I do still plan to build up a dream bike while I'm "down" and make my glorious return to riding on that new stead (possibly with a baby trailer )

    Here's another pic showing the break in relation to the metal post already in my leg from my knee/distal femur/tib/fib replacement 15 years ago. The pic also shows how far the broken piece got jammed up my leg.

    Doc is actually gonna try to set the bone back in place and put some plates/bolts/wires around it to keep it together and let the bone grow back, rathen than try to put in a bigger rod. The traction the past couple days has pulled it back nearly to where it oringally was so we are hoping it'll fit back together

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    Thanks again everyone!

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    Gosh darn that pic is making me squirm. Sending healing vibes your way. Keep up the good attitude!

    Looks like it broke right where the old rod ended. Any idea if the bone became brittle at that spot or something?

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    best wishes big dude.

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    Wow dude ... that sucks! Hang in there and congrats on the baby on the way!

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    Sorry to see that break man; that must have hurt like hell.
    I wish you a quick and successful recovery.
    You might want to consider a knee brace for the other side so you don't over-stress your knee with such long-term weight bearing on it (I trashed my knee exactly like that & am due under the knife soon for repairs).
    I have a brand new unused pair of xtra heavy duty crutches for sale ($70.00) if your ins. doesn't cover a set. PM me if interested.

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    scray photos. Heal strong!

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    Thanks for sharing the xrays and 3D image. Very impressive!! I guess if you're going to do something really really bad, you might as well go big. However, I'm thinking you'll be back to walking and biking well before the doc's predictions, especially if you just get the bone set with a few screws for good measure instead of new hardware. good luck!

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    That's a bummer for you, but like someone said, way to carry a good attitude. Maybe, since you have some extra time, can you learn to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_O
    Looks like it broke right where the old rod ended. Any idea if the bone became brittle at that spot or something?
    Yeah, I think just a bit of the old rod may be exposed. the doc can't see anything in the current images indicating the bone was weakened at all, but he is gonna take a good look at it once he gets in there to make sure the bone is still all healthy. If it turns out to be bad, he'll go to plan B with a whole new rod from Hip to Knee.
    We're basicaly thinking it was just a combination of perfectly bad angles to be able to bust the bone at that point Doc kinda explained the physics but I'm too whacked out of dilaudid to follow him

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdudecycling
    Well, I snapped my femur in 2 on Tuesday night. Even worse, I snapped it slipping and falling on a wet spot in the kitchen while going to get a popsicle, rather than bombing down some sick gnar. Currently sitting on a hospital bed (they have free wifi!!!) in traction. Doctor just gave me the surgery plan....and 6 months to a year of ZERO weight bearing after surgery, let alone any kind of pedalling, then gradually move back to riding a bike. That is gonna be a long, long time. The break is complicated by the fact that my knee and half my femur were already metal, looks like i'll be getting some "upgraded parts". Attaching a pic here

    Now its time to look ahead on the calendar and pick my comeback event/race....Whiskey Off-Road 2012 may be looking good!

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    You have our permission to change how this happened. I ruptured my achilles playing Ultimate Frisbee. Since not many know what Ultimate is, I just said I ruptured it playing Frisbee. I got odd looks, so I just started saying it happened playing hop scotch.

    Good luck in your recovery!!!
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    Wow, That looks nasty.

    Healing vibes going to you - I hope they get you out of the hospital and at home for when the baby arrives! I'll tell you though - pulling a kid trailer with a cruiser bike is pretty good exercise if you're getting back into shape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    You have our permission to change how this happened. I ruptured my achilles playing Ultimate Frisbee. Since not many know what Ultimate is, I just said I ruptured it playing Frisbee. I got odd looks, so I just started saying it happened playing hop scotch.

    Good luck in your recovery!!!
    Thanks, okay, i'll fess up to the true story, I was going to actually get a healthy choice fudge bar, not a popsicle. I feel guilty for having given popsicles a bad name.....

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    Yikes! That's a bad break man. Your outlook is admirable though, very inspiring!

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    Well, they put humpty dumpty back together again yesterday. 5 1/2 hour surgery. Here the best pic I was able to get of the post-op x-ray. The OR looked like the hardware section of Sears, which explains the agony today. Hopefully I get to go home soon, then start the long, patient journey back.....
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    With that bionic leg, you'll be up and around in no time !

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    I cant fathom the pain your feeling today, yikes! Hope you heel up fast man, with those 4 screws and 7 zip ties, you'll be good to go in due time

    All the best with your recovery and the upcoming new member to your family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdudecycling
    . Doctor just gave me the surgery plan....and 6 months to a year of ZERO weight bearing after surgery,

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    I find that hard to believe as I broke mine in more then 20 pieces and was weight bearing in < 6mths. do pool therapy - it helps hugely. - Steve Garro, Coconino Cycles.
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    WHOA!!! Nice Dog & Pony Show of all the breaks, rod, surgery...Here is to a much FASTER healing time than expected.

    Supreme bummer that it even happened at all and all the pain you are experiencing. Aarrrgh. That had to be really freaky to hear the snap and the instant pain. Your attitude is awesome with all the stuff on your plate. New human on the way too!!! Enjoy your down time and heal up soon!
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    Holy smokes, that's like the entire hardware aisle at Home Depot right there in your leg. :-/
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    wow nasty! at least you'll never have to rely on a weather man to know when the rains are eminent.

    Heal fast. Heal right!
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    yeeeouuuch!

    Wow, here's to your recovery. Are you at St. Joes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coconinocycles
    I find that hard to believe as I broke mine in more then 20 pieces and was weight bearing in < 6mths. do pool therapy - it helps hugely. - Steve Garro, Coconino Cycles.
    I hope you are right Steve, I'm sure the doc was just giving worst case to kinda manage expectations

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    I just walked (if that's what you wanna call it) for the first time using a walker. Actually first time I'm been of this bed since i got here, except to slide onto the OR table. Did a 6 foot out and back, just barely touching the bad leg to the ground. I'll be back to 100 milers and 24 solos in no time!!

    Thanks again to all of you for the encouraging words and well wishes . It helps to restore my faith in people to see essentially strangers (I think i've only actually met a handful of people who have posted on this thread) cheering people on and providing them support and good will during trying times! So I guess I'm really saying thanks for the support and for reminding me that people are good!!! (especially AZ MTBR people!)

    Have a great day! Go get a ride in, its barely over 100 today!
    matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbone
    Wow, here's to your recovery. Are you at St. Joes?

    Good Samaritan. Actually initally went to Paradise Valley since its closest to home (and is where my wife is gonna deliver...), but my surgeon works out of GS so they had to transfers me that night.

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