GRUESOME Leg Wound

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  • 07-20-2009
    derockus
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    GRUESOME Leg Wound
    I was riding at The Rock trail in Gainesville, FL. Theres a ramp/bridge over a fallen tree there. It's about 6' high at the peak. On the second try I went over off the top. The bike hung up and as I fell past it head first towards the ground the outside of my pedal caught below my knee and filleted a huge chunk of skin. My buddy was there with first aid; just gauze and tape but I couldn't have made it without it. We ditched the bikes and had to walk 20 min back to the car. 42 stitches total.
  • 07-20-2009
    AlexJK
    holy ****!!! what kind of shin fillet-knife pedals are you running?!?!
  • 07-20-2009
    grungePoodle
    Holy hell! I woulda gone into shock over seeing that. Dang.
  • 07-20-2009
    derockus
    Shimano halfies. Spd/Cages

    Definitely brutal. The first thing I yelled when I saw it was "HOSPITAL! HOSPITAL!"
  • 07-20-2009
    blazemaster83
    wow that is quite an injury. def shock worthy lol. glad your leg is cool and your friend had his first aid. :thumbsup:
  • 07-20-2009
    spongstick
    They did a good job cleaning you up better you better hope that skin don't sluff off:eek:
  • 07-21-2009
    andy85
    farrout! thats nasty!!
    third pic really shows how far it went!!
  • 07-21-2009
    derockus
    yeah, they cleaned the hell out of it. they used some pre-soaped sponge/nylon scrub brush. I guess since it was so deep it basically took all the vascular tissue with it in the flap. this is apparently a good thing as the flap will continue to get blood flow. its starting to bruise pretty bad today.

    you can see the bone in the third one.
  • 07-21-2009
    nachomc
    Yikes :eek:
  • 07-26-2009
    MarkMass
    DUDE!! Uggggh! My stomach is turning right now.

    Did your leg getting ripped save you from landing on your head?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by derockus
    I was riding at The Rock trail in Gainesville, FL. Theres a ramp/bridge over a fallen tree there. It's about 6' high at the peak. On the second try I went over off the top. The bike hung up and as I fell past it head first towards the ground the outside of my pedal caught below my knee and filleted a huge chunk of skin. My buddy was there with first aid; just gauze and tape but I couldn't have made it without it. We ditched the bikes and had to walk 20 min back to the car. 42 stitches total.

  • 07-26-2009
    545cu4ch
    JESUS! I cant imagine how painful the cleaning with the brush might have been.. i get shivers just thinking about it haha
    What did the doctors say when you turned your stitching session into a photoshoot?? haha
  • 07-26-2009
    AZ
    Definatly some quality carnage , ever think about some armor?
  • 07-27-2009
    goingblankagain
    Damn buddy! Hope you heal up alright!
  • 07-27-2009
    kmacon
    Jeez, those pedals would have to go to the metal recycle bin and I would be buying some ATACS, Egg beaters or ANYTHING with smooth surfaces!

    Good luck with the healing.
  • 07-27-2009
    DavidNeiles
    Holy freaking sheisse@!!!$@## That is nasty!!! I have to say you take the gold.
  • 07-27-2009
    Cino
    I have the same pedals on my errand bike. Always thought that serrated edge could do some nasty damage given the opportunity. I don't think I'll ever put them on my mtn bike now.

    Doc cleaned you up real good. Heal well.
  • 07-27-2009
    2wheelsoul
    Ummm....well.....just throw some dirt on it....
    Daaaaaaaaaamn.

    I can't believe that it was only 42.....looks like an easy hundo to me....doc must have been in 'saving' the sutures mode.

    Heal well.
  • 07-28-2009
    derockus
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    Thanks for the support, dudes.

    It's day 9 and I'm still on farking crutches. Healing is going slooowly. I went and saw a wound care surgeon yesterday because there is some seriously bad bruising and a small black spot developing in the top half. He said that it could be necrotic but he would have to wait and see how it looks at the end of the week. If it is necrotic he's going to have to cut it out and do a skin graft. F.

    But, theres no infection, and no fluid building up underneath between the flap and bone; which is good news. He said just keep on caring for it like we have been and hopefully I won't lose too much skin.

    I ride my road bike a lot also and spent all last week on the couch watching the tour. I just wanna get back on any bike! I never figured I'd even be on crutches this long.

    MarkMass - No, I still landed on my head.:D

    AZMTNS - My sixsixone shin/knee guards already arrived in the mail!
  • 07-28-2009
    Trek7000rider
    daaammmnnnn... thats going to leave an epic scar!

    Hope it heals quickly- crutches suck. I was on them for 10 weeks last year with a broken foot- but it wasnt nearly as badass as your injury.

    Take it easy, man
  • 07-30-2009
    ALEV8
    That is nice. You will treasure it.
  • 07-31-2009
    Garlock
    this wouldnt have happened if you shaved your legs
  • 08-01-2009
    nuck_chorris
    i fowarded this to my sister , title : awesome leg
  • 08-02-2009
    zambonikane
    I wish i never clicked on this tread. I am getting light headed as we speak. you might see me post up pictures of my head injury i get when i try to get up and pass out. I am such a pu$$y when it comes to this stuff.
  • 08-03-2009
    derockus
    UPDATE UPDATE

    So I've been going to a Wound Care Surgeon since my regualr doctor I think is a little intimidated but how bad this wound is. I went last Friday to get the stiches removed and it only took one glance for him to say "OK, we need to get you into surgery next week." FOCK.

    So this Thursday he will be "debriding" my wound; which means cutting all the dead skin off. In that picture above with all the red area, all that is now purple/black/disgusting and needs to come off. The mystery is what's underneath. He said if there is new, live skin underneath than it won't be too terrible and healing can continue on its own. If he finds some new skin, some dead/gone skin he will have to do a skin graft. The worst case is that there is NO live skin underneath, just bone, muscle, and tendon. If this happens I have to have a "Wound V.A.C." installed for "Negative Pressure Wound Therapy". It is essentially a medical sponge and dressing they apply to the wound. The vacuum pressure stimulates skin cells to grow from the edges faster. They use it for bed sores frequently. He said that depending on the size and severity I might have to lug this 3+lb vacuum apparatus around for a month. This is not at all unlikely and the stupid vacuum has already been ordered.

    Boners.
  • 08-03-2009
    harmonf
    Does this seem familiar......
    After reading your crash description I found a video I took of my buddy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1HyyDWgx0

    Now you can relive your fall over and over through the eyes of another.....with slightly less blood.
  • 08-03-2009
    derockus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by harmonf
    After reading your crash description I found a video I took of my buddy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1HyyDWgx0

    Now you can relive your fall over and over through the eyes of another.....with slightly less blood.

    AAAHAHAHAH!!! That's the exact same bridge! I was going the other direction, and fell off the other side though. Did he rack himself or something?
  • 08-03-2009
    harmonf
    Ladder Bridge and Teeter Totter
    Yea, it's crazy that it's the same place. He was actually just looking through this forum and linked us all to the post because he couldn't believe that your story sounded exactly like his. I've never even considered hitting the bridge coming from the other way....and now I may be hesitant to. He did infact rack himself pretty good, nothing compared to your pics though.

    Did you ever get a chance to hit the teeter totter out there? If you check out my youtube channel you'll see I've got probably 7 or 8 other video's from out at The Rock on the totter and bridge.

    Get better soon.
  • 08-03-2009
    derockus
    We rode by the teeter totter but didn't get to attempt (it's gonna be awhile now too!). It was actually my first time riding out there. Nice trails for being private property. I went to UF but didn't start biking until I had moved away. I usually go ride Alafia these days since I live in Bradenton.
  • 08-07-2009
    derockus
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    UPDATE UPDATE

    So I had surgery yesterday. They cut out all the dead skin all the way down to the flesh and bone. I didn't get a skin graft at this point because there was nothing to graft to. Instead, I have the Wound VAC attached to my leg. It burbles every 30 secs or so; sounds like a little coffee percolator. The canister collects the fluid the VAC sucks out. They put a little tampon in there to absorb some of it. It's kinda gross watching the fluid travel through the like 8 feet of tubing they used. Follow up appoint on Monday to peel off the sponge and see how it's been working. Then I'll have to schedule another surgery to get the graft.

    On the bright side: I got a sweet pair of used XTR v-brakes from craigslist for $35. There gonna go on my '94 Parkpre Singlespeed that I wish I was riding.
  • 08-07-2009
    RockadileSX
    I slipped on a wet log and hit my knee pretty hard last week and got a small deep gash but no real injury. Kneepads were ordered the next day. I got a laugh how you said your kneepads had arrived. Its no joke even I was like, "ok Im not dealing with that pain again". You are a kneepader for life now. Welcome to the club. :thumbsup:
  • 08-11-2009
    derockus
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    UPDATE UPDATE

    Day 22 - Went to the doctor yesterday and got to see underneath the VAC for the first time. The granular skin cells are growing in but it looks like I gotta lug the VAC around for at least another 2-3 weeks. You can sort of see the cells they are talking about, they look like red, "beefy" (doc used that to describe them), spherical, grains in the upper area and around the edges.
  • 08-12-2009
    MarkMass
    Thanks for keeping us updated. All of us are hoping you're back on your bike again soon! :)

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by derockus
    UPDATE UPDATE

    Day 22 - Went to the doctor yesterday and got to see underneath the VAC for the first time. The granular skin cells are growing in but it looks like I gotta lug the VAC around for at least another 2-3 weeks. You can sort of see the cells they are talking about, they look like red, "beefy" (doc used that to describe them), spherical, grains in the upper area and around the edges.

  • 08-12-2009
    Cino
    What is that yellowish stuff in the middle, is that fat?
  • 08-12-2009
    bacon11
    That is some...wow. Kind of glad I ride clipless without meat grinder platforms.

    Sucks to hear about the vacuum, but at least you're good spirited about it. Get better.
  • 08-13-2009
    wvmtb
    Damn! This is the 1st time I have ran across this thread and it is SICK!

    About a month ago my wife almost cut the tip of her thumb off trying to adjust her brakes. Jammed the thumb in the rotor and pinned it against the caliper. Slicing through the fingernail and through the tip of the bone, stopping just in time to leave a little skin on the back side. It was sick but nothing like what you did. It's looking pretty good and we now know that she is going to be able to keep the tip.

    Hope it all works out well for ya!
  • 08-17-2009
    derockus
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    UPDATE UPDATE

    Day 29 - Doctor said it is looking much better. I should be ready for the skin graft surgery middle of next week. After that I'll wear the VAC for 5 more days and then I'll be DONE. :thumbsup: The pain has really subsided and I haven't been using crutches for about a 5 days, thank god. I haven't tried to get on a bike, I don't think I've got enough range of motion in my knee yet... still too much pulling on the hole.

    Cino - yeah, that's fat in the middle. The doctor trimmed some out last Friday to help the skin grow in... free lipo!
  • 08-18-2009
    Mtnchick
    Man, that looks soooo much better! Good thing you saw a specialist early on!

    Keep up the good healing!
  • 08-19-2009
    derockus
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    The offending pedal... note the dried blood still on it. I took this last night.
  • 08-19-2009
    drdoak
    Wow, huge improvement. So you definitely need a graft still? Where will they take the skin from?
  • 08-20-2009
    LaLD
    dud, glad you're doing better, that was nasty. but,chicks dig scars. thats all i have to say about that. oh, and you could always say it was a shark bite if you want to look really really cool.
  • 08-20-2009
    derockus
    Ya know, a lot of people have told me that "tell people you got bit by a shark, that'll be awesome!" And, being bit by shark is cool and all, but even fat people, tourists, and old people get bit by sharks. You gotta be a raw dude to *uck yourself up shredding some mtb.

    Living in FL we always hear about shark bites. My girlfriend knew a kid who got his arm bit off by a shark, then the kids uncle WRESTLED the shark to shore, killed it, got the arm out, and they reattached it! That might make you awesome.
  • 08-20-2009
    Jonesy33
    You know sometimes it's the little things that push you over the edge....

    I was fine with this whole thread until you showed the PIC of the pedal with bits of you still on it! Once I saw that, it made my knee-skin crawla nd made ME light-headed too....

    Glad to see though that you had your priorities straight on continuing to buy parts while early on in recovery! :P
  • 08-20-2009
    sbpinnacle
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jonesy33
    You know sometimes it's the little things that push you over the edge....
    I was fine with this whole thread until you showed the PIC of the pedal with bits of you still on it!

    Yeah, I was doing fine until I saw the pedal and noticed it looks exactly like my new Forte pedals that I just installed a few rides ago...

    Hope you continue to heal well derockus... Gator football season is starting soon :) and hopefully that will keep you in good spirits until you can get on the bike again!
  • 08-20-2009
    derockus
    Yeah, I bet they're the "Forte Campus" pedals, right? They can probably tear you up the same as my shimanos.
  • 08-20-2009
    sbpinnacle
    Winner winner, chicken dinner! I got them thinking they would be a great pedal if I can't make the clipless work, or wanted to ride around with my munchkins. So far I'm happy with them and getting use to clipping in and out. Thinking of shinguards now!
  • 08-20-2009
    rabidchicken
    Those Wound VACs are great. I have used them on several patients. Most of them were inpatient overweight diabetics with decubitus ulcers. The only part that sucks (from the nursing standpoint) is changing out the "sponge". I am glad to see everything is healing up just fine. I have a pair of six six one shin guards and never wear them. I might just start.
  • 08-20-2009
    goingblankagain
    Phew! Nice to see everything is healing, how much did you drop on the insurance deductible? I am awaiting my ER bill, though mine was nowhere near as gory as this...f*#%&%#ing pedals.
  • 08-21-2009
    Garlock
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by derockus
    The offending pedal... note the dried blood still on it. I took this last night.

    Half your leg skin is still on it!:eek:
  • 08-21-2009
    derockus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rabidchicken
    Those Wound VACs are great. I have used them on several patients. Most of them were inpatient overweight diabetics with decubitus ulcers. The only part that sucks (from the nursing standpoint) is changing out the "sponge". I am glad to see everything is healing up just fine. I have a pair of six six one shin guards and never wear them. I might just start.

    Yeah, I hear that's a popular use of them. I think I'm one of the few who use for sporting related injuries! Changing the sponge is a pain; that tegaderm is sticky as hell! I gotta switch M,W, & Fs.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by goingblankagain
    Phew! Nice to see everything is healing, how much did you drop on the insurance deductible? I am awaiting my ER bill, though mine was nowhere near as gory as this...f*#%&%#ing pedals.

    Dude, the total bill was like $5,800+... My federal employee insurance rules and I only owed $75! But once all this is over it's gonna be like $2,000 total out of my pocket. It unfortunately is putting a serious hold on me getting a new bike.
  • 08-25-2009
    BigSwede
    Glad to hear you are doing better.Do you have any nerve damage?I understand your pain.I ripped a big freaking hole in my arm in 1990."Don't land on broken glass":yikes: You have a positive attitude,and this will get you back on the bike in no time..