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    Not winning at Marshall Mesa

    Thanks to the well wishers last night. I knew my clavical was broke right when it happened and I wanted to hike out as far as possible before the pain really set in so i appologize if i was a little in a rush going down the trail. So much for biking in May, but see you all on the trails ASAP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindavis
    Thanks to the well wishers last night. I knew my clavical was broke right when it happened and I wanted to hike out as far as possible before the pain really set in so i appologize if i was a little in a rush going down the trail. So much for biking in May, but see you all on the trails ASAP!
    You wouldn't think Marshall Mesa was bad wreck territory but I didn't think that about Spring Brook either before my similar wreck a year ago.

    Take the long view, you'll be back riding sometime this year, maybe not end of May but keep the faith. Good luck.
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    ...and I didn't expect it to happen to me on flat glassy-smooth doubletrack @GM.

    Heal up!
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    Did you happen to run into someone's pack of off-leash dogs?

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    Wow, are you having surgery to have a plate put in? I was up there today, the Boulder crew must have heard about your wreck cause they were taking all the rocks off the trail on Springbrook.

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    heal up fast, the bike park opens in a month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lubes17319
    ...and I didn't expect it to happen to me on flat glassy-smooth doubletrack @GM.

    Heal up!
    And I didn't expect it to happen to me on innocent Lair! Healing wishes going your way!
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    I did a nice OTB coming down the connector to Spring Brook last year. Luckily I only scraped up/bruised my arms and tweaked my elbow a bit. Was completely smooth and I still don't know what cause the accident, it all happened so fast.

    Conspiracy theory: Are there invisible woodland creatures that make us crash when we least expect it on smooth trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yetigirl
    And I didn't expect it to happen to me on innocent Lair! Healing wishes going your way!
    Speaking of LOTB, there's a not-so-innocent switchback on the early part of the trail (can't be more specific than that) where, going for the win, I motored up and thought I was gonna continue but failed miserably, put my foot down, there wasn't anything to put my foot down and almost tumbled down crap who knows how far, 80 feet? Look down there sometime and figure how far you'd tumble if you just went off of it.

    I'm just sayin', innocent trail, flat trail, when it's your time...
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    Ortho says they cant see me till monday (kaiser) I'm gonna ask for a plate for sure. If not through kaiser, then i will borrow some dough and do it out of plan (which i may do anyways)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindavis
    Ortho says they cant see me till monday (kaiser) I'm gonna ask for a plate for sure. If not through kaiser, then i will borrow some dough and do it out of plan (which i may do anyways)
    When I crashed I called my doc at Kaiser and drove straight there. From your Xrays it looks like that was what you did. Are you saying you can't see a specialist/surgeon till Monday? I'd just keep calling, that's not right. I've had surgery at Kaiser (Exempla Hospital next door at Rock Creek ) the day after some other accidents I've had.
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    Yeah--they said, over the phone, i was too swollen. Im calling back in the morning for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindavis
    Yeah--they said, over the phone, i was too swollen. Im calling back in the morning for sure
    Good luck, man. I mean, Monday is five days from now. Swelling could go down by Friday, you get worked on, you start healing starting Saturday. What do I know, I'm not a doc, I trust Kaiser, it's just that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, ya know?

    Fer instance, I was gonna get my cast off on (fill in the date). Me being drugged up, I forgot and went in the next day. They said, no that was yesterday, we can get to you in two weeks. I screamed and yelled (respectfully, always be respectful but forceful) and got my cast off within the hour. Freakin' casts.
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    Heal up fast bud!

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    Kaiser has pretty good ortho docs. I'm sure they would want the swelling down before they do surgery to avoid complications. Clavicles heal pretty well, good blood supply. Best of luck to you.

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    no idea if this is common with everyone with Kaiser, but my 3 breaks/crashes requiring MRI's in the past 4 years were handled by Kaiser ortho folks very well. from initial screening to fixing to PT, it was pretty good.
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    When I completely shattered my collarbone it was a week before they did surgery. A very long week.

    My son cratered his in Canada and he waited about a week, also. No big deal.

    BTW, if they have to put in a long plate, it can be a real PIA for stuff like backpacks, so you may be looking at another surgery in 9 months to a year.

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    i hate kaiser - x rays are quick and easy - but I had to wait a long time to see the surgeon (and I would rather have a choice of surgeon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Good luck, man. I mean, Monday is five days from now. Swelling could go down by Friday, you get worked on, you start healing starting Saturday. What do I know, I'm not a doc, I trust Kaiser, it's just that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, ya know?

    Fer instance, I was gonna get my cast off on (fill in the date). Me being drugged up, I forgot and went in the next day. They said, no that was yesterday, we can get to you in two weeks. I screamed and yelled (respectfully, always be respectful but forceful) and got my cast off within the hour. Freakin' casts.


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    for easy, low cost, cast removal.

    On the note of hidden trail features: I caught a rock hiding in the grass on the trail side. Smashed my left foot, which threw me forward into the bars/stem, while my right ankle caught the pedal. It was one of those times when you just keep riding, because looking will surely make it broken and bleeding.

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    Bad wrecks occur when you least expect it, because you least expect it.
    When you start riding again this perspective will help you, hopefully.


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    I do appreciate all the comments and well wishes. Especially all the others that were attacked by the elusive Trail Snipe which favors attacking on smooth sections of trail! Just reassuring to know I am not alone. ;-)

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    Surgery tomorrow, plate and screw style. Very happy to get it going and start healing. Still scratching my head as to the cost-- the physicians assistant said it will probably be more than I am guessing. Oh well--I will cross that bridge when I come to it--gonna have to be on credit and really no coice either way. If any of you with surgery recall the cost, I would love to know the ballpark figure.

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    Surgey. . . Really? When I broke mine the docs said as long as the two ends are in the same zip code you'll be fine. Yeah I have a bit of a lump now but, oh well. I had to use spider fingers for about a month to do anything with my RIGHT hand. I was 27 then (maybe why?) and thought it healed up reasonably fast. No joke I was going on 20 mile road rides a week after my break. I couldn't move my hand off the top of the bars but oh well I was going places. I was NOT going to sit on my a$$ and watch tv with all the time I had earned (from the break) off from work.

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    My ends after a week still are not even close---here is the shot from this morning. pretty large broken chunk in there, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindavis
    Surgery tomorrow, plate and screw style. Very happy to get it going and start healing. Still scratching my head as to the cost-- the physicians assistant said it will probably be more than I am guessing. Oh well--I will cross that bridge when I come to it--gonna have to be on credit and really no coice either way. If any of you with surgery recall the cost, I would love to know the ballpark figure.

    Holy crap, are you saying you don't have insurance? None?

    I don't know if you know how our wonderful modern medical system works, but if you have *no* insurance, they charge you an absolutely outrageous fee for everything, while the insurance companies get massive discounts. This is why *no one* should not at least get a policy of some kind, even if it has a massive deductible. If you have coverage of any kind, you'll get the insurance company's negotiated rate, which will be at least half of the "rack rate."

    If you are paying the full rate for that surgery, you are looking at $30-40K. Then later, the plate removal will run at least another $10-15K.

    Seriously? No insurance at all?

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