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    When your friends save your life......

    well, i have always had the (dis)pleasure of having my bad accidents come in threes, this time was no exception.....

    first there was the virgin,ut crash with the broken handlebar that sliced open my chest at the beginning of the month. then the next weekend, i had the monster faceplant that left me with a swollen face and a minor concussion. then, just a couple of days ago, out at the dubbs, something else went wrong. nobody really saw what happened because i was between bowls out at our jumps (and it's easy to go out of sight at our jumps because of their height above ground and the bowls below ground are really dug out also to help maximize the size of the dirt piles.)
    (the rest of the story i was told because i was knocked so hard, i don't remember anything leading up to the crash) i guess i jumped off my bike in midair because something must have gone wrong, because at least Logan watched as i went of the lip and then pushed my bike away. he shouted out "whoohoo!" and then proceeded to go back to the top of the roll in. they turned around at the top and i had still not come out from between the jumps. a few seconds later they decided to come see what was up.....

    when they get up to me, i am on the ground unconcious(sp), somehow i had tripped over my bike and fell backward down the landing when this was all going on, and smashed the back of my head into the upcoming face of the next double.(the words of the only real witness; a little kid) i guess i was out for a few minutes before i started going into convulsions for the next 3-4 minutes with my eyes were rolling back in my head and i was choking. jake(roaming oregon) had to call 911 immediately, he even had to leave so he could get signal on his phone. about 25 minutes later, i was eventually medivaced out of there (the helicopter ride for those of you who don't know what that is)

    i got the easy part, i don't rememeber anything except for waking up in the hospital about 45 minutes later. it's my friends who have the fvcked up memmories of me, laying there wondering if i was going to die (sorry logan and jake)....

    somehow, VERY luckily, i ended up with only a major concussion and a disoriented feeling (that i still have) my helmet split all the way up the back and the inside foam practically exploded. one of the doctors told me i would have most likely died if i weren't wearing a helmet......
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    Wow dude. Thats why you havent been on lately... Serious healing vibes go out to ya man. Cant wait to see ya back up and shredding again... Im sure you will never ride a bike again without a helmet and I hope I for one learn that lesson the easy way...

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    glad you're alright...and very happy to hear you were actually wearing a helmet that day...bet the wifey makes a helmet rule in your house...

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    Quote Originally Posted by irieness
    glad you're alright...and very happy to hear you were actually wearing a helmet that day...bet the wifey makes a helmet rule in your house...
    yeah, the helmet is usually a hit or miss thing on weather or not i have it. well, it used to be......


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    so gnarly, i hope you feel better soon...
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    Glad that it wasn't much worse, and I'm glad you were wearing a lid. You'll feel better soon.
    Be grateful that your buds didn't panic and knew what to do for you when you needed help.

    Here is a pic of the inside of my full face after a crash this Summer. Maybe we can start a club.
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    Damn dude, that was one hard hit to break your helmet like that!!!!
    Good thing you had it on, would suck hardcore to see (or hear) that someone with talent could no longer ride!
    I'm glad to hear that you're ok WCH. Just make sure you take it easy for a while though, another hit to the head so soon could phuck you up!!

    And kids, wear your helmets!

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    Heavy stuff, glad you are okay and sharing the experience.

    Even worse than no helmet is no friends, I'm surprised I've made it this far considering all the crazy solo shtt I've done.

    Hopefully the disoriented feeling will pass, I often think that repeated blows (self inflicted of course) to my head for the past 30+ years could be one of the reasons that I am perpetually disoriented...

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    i ended up with only a major concussion and a disoriented feeling (that i still have) my helmet split all the way up the back and the inside foam practically exploded. one of the doctors told me i would have most likely died if i weren't wearing a helmet......
    Nice synopsis of the whole event. Everything happened so quick it was like it really wasn't happening... The medics were quick. Everyone there was pulling for you. Looking at that helicopter flying away while you were still not even close to coherent had me, Logan, and the others that were there freaked. Calling your wife wasn't exactly the most fun activity either...

    It was a big time relief walking out of the ER Sunday night knowing you weren't in a coma, all the scans came through without any problems, you were going to be fine, and that the nurses had asked Jill if it was normal for you to be such a "irritable prick."

    It really reminds you that freak accidents happen, and you should always be as prepared as possible.

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    Wow, I'm so glad you're okay Mike. That's really scary stuff and its nice to see that you chose to wear your helmet that time. What would we do without you man?!
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    Woa...

    So glad you are OK.

    My helmet rule is firmly in place, events like this help that!

    Stop crashing, I don't want to change my avy yet!


    Good luck to ya...

    Big Ups Jake and Logan!

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    wow...
    glad you're O.K. mike, and glad you had your lid on.
    thank bob you were wearing your helmet.
    hope you feel better sooner than later.

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    Wow!

    Glad that you ok. I'm also in the "no more concussion catagory" according to my doctor.

    a few winters ago I had a freak crash snowboarding and ended up with a fairly seroius concussion and a mesed up disk. The kind of crash were I didn't know what the F happened, I was pretty screwed up for about two weeks. Long story short, I had some minor disorentation that would re-occur from time to time, so take it easy b/c it might take you longer to recover fully than you think. All in all it took me a few months to fully recover, except for the disk which I can still feel every day.

    Glad that your ok. Take it easy for a while, you deserve it.

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    Glad you are okay!

    Hey man,

    Glad to hear you are okay. Hitting the back of your head is the worst. I knocked myself out for 15 minutes snowboarding a couple years back with a similar accident and had splitting pain for over a week every time I would bend down to do anything like tie my shoe or pick something up. I never snowboard or ride without a helmet now, no matter what.

    Please take it easy, your doctors probably told you this, but it could be fatal to get another concussion while you are recovering from one that major.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdirt
    Stop crashing, I don't want to change my avy yet!
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    Hey Pdirt, what is your avy? It grosses the hell out of me every time I look at it and I'm curious. It looks like lacerations on someone's chest, but how can it look like a face?Thanks.

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    crazy stuff, good to see you are alright...
    Everyone wear a helmet and make sure to have friends.. cell phone is a good idea too..
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    Damn it! I hate when Bob is right.
    Now we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    Below are the symptoms of a concussion. No worries man. You already display most of them without hitting your head.

    Glad you're OK, get well amigo.

    Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

    * Confusion
    * Amnesia
    * Headache
    * Loss of consciousness
    * Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
    * Drowsiness
    * Nausea
    * Vomiting
    * Unequal pupil size
    * Convulsions
    * Unusual eye movements
    * Slurred speech

    Delayed signs and symptoms may include:

    * Irritability
    * Headaches
    * Depression
    * Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
    * Fatigue
    * Poor concentration
    * Trouble with memory
    * Getting lost or becoming easily confused
    * Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
    * Loss of sense of taste or smell
    * Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs
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    Wear'em If you got'em

    I went for an urban ride this weekend with a group of guys I have never ridden with before. All of us were 30 or older except one. He was also the only one of us wearing a helmet or any gear other than gloves. I left mine in the car, after seeing this I won't be doing that again.

    Hope you heal soon.

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    thanks everyone. i've even left my bike over at my friends house for the time being so i can't be tempted....

    i guess i also did a lot of vomiting once i got to the hospital and also had to have a CT scan and some other stuff i was too retarded to remember...

    i feel really lucky to come away relatively unscathed....


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    Good job!

    WCH-
    Very glad your OK. Also glad it was a Bell that day and not the dickies hat. It would be sh*tty not having your hucktituede on this forum anymore. Heal up fast, bruddah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panthro
    Hey Pdirt, what is your avy? It grosses the hell out of me every time I look at it and I'm curious. It looks like lacerations on someone's chest, but how can it look like a face?Thanks.
    See line 2 of WCH's original post. Pdirt had some photoshop fun w/ WCH's carnage pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsb
    See line 2 of WCH's original post. Pdirt had some photoshop fun w/ WCH's carnage pics.

    I didn't make it... I straight gaffled it up... can't remeber who actually made it..sorry!

    But Ya, apperently it's mike's chest and nipples and a gaping chest-vag cavity...

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    That's pretty crazy mike... still though, I can't imagine you with any permanent damage no matter what the injury...in fact I bet this is the first time you had to stop riding because of a crash. Oh well that sucks.

    By the way I added up the facts and there's no way you could of survived choking for 25 minutes without someone doing mouth to mouth rescue breathing.

    hahah just kidding.. glad to here you're ok.

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    We need a WCH new helmet fundraiser!

    I really look up to guys like WCH for constantly going big and providing us with pictures as inspiration. I personally do not know WCH, but would sure miss him on the forum if he did not have a helmet next time he crashed (or had another trilogy...). I would like to start a new helmet fundraiser as a way to show WCH how much we care about him and all of our safety. Everyone knows how expensive ER visits can be and I don't even want to know how much it cost to get air lifted by a helicopter! WCH do you have a paypal account or any way we could donate to get you a new helmet?

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    Man, I'm glad to hear you're OK and glad to hear you had your lid on. You know I get a little "preachy" about the helmet deal, but dude, I want to keep seeing those pics of you on the jumps and to see that antique Monster T doing its thing. You get well and fire it up for us again soon.

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    Damn WCH.....you totally called it that number 3 was going to probably happen soon. A few weeks ago you were all, "ya bad things alway happen in 3 and I've had 2". you got to watch what you're saying. I already had my 3 things earlier this summer. One was KO'n myself at the dirt jumps too. I don't think I went into convulsions, but who knows. I was by myself. Some total strangers found me and took me to the hospital. It was a good time. Check yourself mang. You got to be careful for the next few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    one of the doctors told me i would have most likely died if i weren't wearing a helmet......

    wow ...and you guys always call me the helmet police...please please wear a helmet
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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    yeah, the helmet is usually a hit or miss thing on weather or not i have it. well, it used to be......
    thank goodness thanks for this post Mike...I hope all can learn from this
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Also on the long term sypmtoms.

    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    Damn it! I hate when Bob is right.
    Now we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    Below are the symptoms of a concussion. No worries man. You already display most of them without hitting your head.

    Glad you're OK, get well amigo.

    Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

    * Confusion
    * Amnesia
    * Headache
    * Loss of consciousness
    * Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
    * Drowsiness
    * Nausea
    * Vomiting
    * Unequal pupil size
    * Convulsions
    * Unusual eye movements
    * Slurred speech

    Delayed signs and symptoms may include:

    * Irritability
    * Headaches
    * Depression
    * Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
    * Fatigue
    * Poor concentration
    * Trouble with memory
    * Getting lost or becoming easily confused
    * Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
    * Loss of sense of taste or smell
    * Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs
    Take it from someone whose melon has been thumped by vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles...each subsequent concussion is easier to come by. And EIO...don't even dare suggest that the thumps on my head brought on Alheimer's or something! I'm just glad that Mike was wearing that lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    Damn it! I hate when Bob is right.
    Now we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    exactly..I will preach till my dieing day about helmets
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Man, glad to hear you pulled through. Seriously. You're going to have to watch out for future concussions once you get a bad one like that. You're lucky as hell your friends were there when you started rebooting. PM your address and I'll hook you up with a new lid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alloy
    That's pretty crazy mike... still though, I can't imagine you with any permanent damage no matter what the injury...in fact I bet this is the first time you had to stop riding because of a crash. Oh well that sucks.

    By the way I added up the facts and there's no way you could of survived choking for 25 minutes without someone doing mouth to mouth rescue breathing.

    hahah just kidding.. glad to here you're ok.
    Alright... my recount put's it like this...
    I checked my watch @ 3:00 (while pushing up the roll-in)
    Mike dropped in, and crashed on the second jump.
    We sluffed it off waiting for Mike's head to pop up (10 seconds)
    Kid looks freaked and is waving us down there.
    We run down to him (10 seconds.)
    He's having convulsions. Logan and I tried to either get his attention or talk to him. (5 seconds)
    We conclude to dial 911. I grab the first cell I see and try to dial from right there but it doesn't work (15 seconds.)
    I grab a bike and ride the 1/4 mile to were I could get cell coverage (1 minute.)
    I dial and get emergency, and explain the situation (30 seconds.)
    911 transfers me to local. I tell them the same story. (30 seconds.)
    Kid comes out to me and I ask if Mike is still in convulsions- the kid says yes.
    The operator says I was transferred to the wrong department- he was going to transfer me again and give me the local number- the he says forget it- he'll get it taken care of (15 seconds.)
    I book back to Mike (1 minute.)
    He is no longer having convulsions- but he is not coherent. After about 2 minutes I'm not satisfied with the speed that medics are arriving so I book back to my truck (2 minutes)
    I drive to the fire station (2 minutes)
    Medics pass me by, so I flip a "U" and get back to the parking area (2 minutes)
    I direct the medics to the area (1 minute)
    1 guy jogs, the other guy runs. The jogger probably arrive within 2 minutes.
    The ambulance takes 4 minutes
    The medics spend probably 5 minutes assessing the situation- getting oxygen, and then determining if the copter is needed.
    They call in the copter, and it lands 5 minutes later.
    They get Mike on the obard and in the copter (5 minutes.)
    The copter takes off- then we head back to the cars and try to account what just happened, and call his wife. (10 minutes.)
    I check my watch just before we leave for the hospital and it's close to 4:00.
    When we are near the hospital we get a call from his wife saying that he has woken up, and seems to be ok. (about 4:30.)

    When you put all this togethor it appears he was having convulsions for somewhere between 2 and 4 minutes, and was incoherent for somewhere between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes. That is along time..

    I did not notice if he was breathing during the convulsions- but he was breathing when they stopped.

    So Mark- when are we riding...

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    Damn mike. Glad you okey dokey. I had something similar happen to me on a vert ramp. I tore some meninges (tissue holding your brain in place) and if you did this, give it a few weeks....not a month necessarily just a few weeks before knocking yourself around again. I felt fine but getting back on moving objects took a while to get the balance back. Just take it easy yo.

    In the meantime I've started a donation account at seewch'sjigglebutt.com to get you a unitard and a hardtail xc race bike with some ballet slippers and oakley blades. There's nothing that has removed the danger from bike riding like the average uci or norba xc racing circuit. I think you'll be safe there for a while. Happy resting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    about 25 minutes later, i was eventually medivaced out of there
    I'm glad you're relatively OK!

    I really hope you got insurance in the last month or that's gonna be an expensive whirly-bird ride.

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    Mike, dude no more crashing in 3's... Good to hear that you're doing better. Bob called me at like 6 saying that you had crashed bad. Hopefully you'll be up and better soon. Good thing you were wearing your helmet. I used to dj sometimes w/o my helmet but now I think I'll always wear it....

    Healing vibes to you man
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    Same thing happened to Skinny-D this summer at Falls City. He went into convultions for 2 to 4 minutes, was incoherant for, i don't know, a very long time. He was puking and gurgling up blood. When he did wake up finaly, he didn't remember anything from the last week. He didn't know what state we were in, or that we were even on a road trip. When he finaly came to, we told him to quit being a pu$sy, and that we were headed to Canada. He said "fyck yeah", then he shotgunned a Sparks, and we were on our way.

    Mikes one of my best homebois, and he knows i'm with him. The moral of mikes story is, if he would have been wearing his Dickies helmet, this would have never happened.

    Now i got to listen to the helmet police for the next year.

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    dang meehoe, glad you're ok and going to keep being fine since this was #3

    had a similar experience over a rhythm section a few years back, lost my front tooth, major concussion, scabbed head and the works, don't remember sheeuht (mine was sans helmet though), I know how ya feel, and glad you're here telling us about it holmes

    get better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaming Oregon

    I did not notice if he was breathing during the convulsions- but he was breathing when they stopped.

    So Mark- when are we riding...

    Haaha

    Prolly same thing Mike said to you!

    ...so, when we riding?

    Man, that is a scary story, it's good to have a Roamer around fo sho.

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    Correction

    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    Damn it! I hate when Bob is right.
    Now we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    Below are the symptoms of a concussion. No worries man. You already display most of them without hitting your head.

    Glad you're OK, get well amigo.

    Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

    * Confusion
    * Amnesia
    * Headache
    * Loss of consciousness
    * Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
    * Drowsiness
    * Nausea
    * Vomiting
    * Unequal pupil size
    * Convulsions
    * Unusual eye movements
    * Slurred speech

    Delayed signs and symptoms may include:

    * Irritability
    * Headaches
    * Depression
    * Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
    * Fatigue
    * Poor concentration
    * Trouble with memory
    * Getting lost or becoming easily confused
    * Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
    * Loss of sense of taste or smell
    * Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs
    One correction, unequal pupils is a VERY bad sign! It usually means ICP. No, not Insane Clown Posse, IntraCranial Pressure. Most people I've seen with one blown pupil (fully dialated) have died. Pray you never see that in your riding buddy.

    WCH get well soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    Damn it! I hate when Bob is right.
    Now we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    Below are the symptoms of a concussion. No worries man. You already display most of them without hitting your head.

    Glad you're OK, get well amigo.

    Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

    * Confusion
    * Amnesia
    * Headache
    * Loss of consciousness
    * Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
    * Drowsiness
    * Nausea
    * Vomiting
    * Unequal pupil size
    * Convulsions
    * Unusual eye movements
    * Slurred speech

    Delayed signs and symptoms may include:

    * Irritability
    * Headaches
    * Depression
    * Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
    * Fatigue
    * Poor concentration
    * Trouble with memory
    * Getting lost or becoming easily confused
    * Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
    * Loss of sense of taste or smell
    * Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs
    As you know, these symptoms are caused by having children, as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdirt
    I didn't make it... I straight gaffled it up... can't remeber who actually made it..sorry!

    But Ya, apperently it's mike's chest and nipples and a gaping chest-vag cavity...
    Awwwww, forgotten already.

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    Damn, I get the heebie jeebies every time I see one of these horrific accident threads, but it definately makes the helmet rule a reality. Get better and get rolling soon.

    BTW, was your jump spot a secret before this all happened? Do you think that your dirt jumps are in danger now that paramedics have made a visit to the them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachdank
    Now i got to listen to the helmet police for the next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaFish
    Damn, I get the heebie jeebies every time I see one of these horrific accident threads, but it definately makes the helmet rule a reality. Get better and get rolling soon.

    BTW, was your jump spot a secret before this all happened? Do you think that your dirt jumps are in danger now that paramedics have made a visit to the them?
    These particular jumps have been there for quite some time (many years.) In recent months they have drawn attention. they are on private land and the owners put special sign up in an attempt to nullify any liability. As we left the "law" made a firm statement that we were no longer welcome... Since then no-one has sent an e-mail to a special address posted at the site for questions regarding the area, so either the sign is down, people forgot already, or they have been plowed. Regardless of what happens there will either be jumps there that we ride and maintain or the place will turn into an area for drunks, people dumping trash, or other trouble rousers...

    If they do go away I have been working on a back-up plan that is completely legit. Currently that plan is looking very positive...

    We won't go very long without a place to dj...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaming Oregon
    Alright... my recount put's it like this...
    I checked my watch @ 3:00 (while pushing up the roll-in)
    Mike dropped in, and crashed on the second jump.
    We sluffed it off waiting for Mike's head to pop up (10 seconds)
    Kid looks freaked and is waving us down there.
    We run down to him (10 seconds.)
    He's having convulsions. Logan and I tried to either get his attention or talk to him. (5 seconds)
    We conclude to dial 911. I grab the first cell I see and try to dial from right there but it doesn't work (15 seconds.)
    I grab a bike and ride the 1/4 mile to were I could get cell coverage (1 minute.)
    I dial and get emergency, and explain the situation (30 seconds.)
    911 transfers me to local. I tell them the same story. (30 seconds.)
    Kid comes out to me and I ask if Mike is still in convulsions- the kid says yes.
    The operator says I was transferred to the wrong department- he was going to transfer me again and give me the local number- the he says forget it- he'll get it taken care of (15 seconds.)
    I book back to Mike (1 minute.)
    He is no longer having convulsions- but he is not coherent. After about 2 minutes I'm not satisfied with the speed that medics are arriving so I book back to my truck (2 minutes)
    I drive to the fire station (2 minutes)
    Medics pass me by, so I flip a "U" and get back to the parking area (2 minutes)
    I direct the medics to the area (1 minute)
    1 guy jogs, the other guy runs. The jogger probably arrive within 2 minutes.
    The ambulance takes 4 minutes
    The medics spend probably 5 minutes assessing the situation- getting oxygen, and then determining if the copter is needed.
    They call in the copter, and it lands 5 minutes later.
    They get Mike on the obard and in the copter (5 minutes.)
    The copter takes off- then we head back to the cars and try to account what just happened, and call his wife. (10 minutes.)
    I check my watch just before we leave for the hospital and it's close to 4:00.
    When we are near the hospital we get a call from his wife saying that he has woken up, and seems to be ok. (about 4:30.)

    When you put all this togethor it appears he was having convulsions for somewhere between 2 and 4 minutes, and was incoherent for somewhere between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes. That is along time..

    I did not notice if he was breathing during the convulsions- but he was breathing when they stopped.

    So Mark- when are we riding...
    That's a pretty crazy story, I guess it must of been pretty serious to call in the helicopter but it sounds like everything worked out... I just hope there was someone there when mike woke up to call him a pvssy.

    We should all plan a ride this saturday or sunday... That means you have 3 or 4 days to get your bearings and be back on the bike west coast.

    Maybe make a new thread, we will have the WCH physical therapy DH ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .downhillfaster.
    OMG TNC that might be your first post EVER without "LOL"...a night of firsts....
    I like to laugh. And after a couple of shots of tequila, it's a full blown heehaw fest...or is that an LOLfest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaFish
    Awwwww, forgotten already.

    I guess all that matters is that my art is appreciated.
    Huge props... sorry!

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    Hey dude, I'll keep you in mind at the dj's. Hope ya feel better.
    She said "No, you're wrong." I said "You got a lumpy butt." She got mad at me and yelled at me and I pissed in my pants and I never did change my pee-pants all day. I'm still sittin' in my dirty pee-pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    Below are the symptoms of a concussion. No worries man. You already display most of them without hitting your head.
    Delayed signs and symptoms may include:
    * Irritability
    * Headaches
    * Depression
    * Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
    * Fatigue
    * Poor concentration
    * Trouble with memory
    * Getting lost or becoming easily confused
    * Increased sensitivity to sounds, lights and distractions
    * Loss of sense of taste or smell
    * Difficulty with gait or in coordinating use of limbs
    I have most of these too, resulted from a nasty motorbike accident some years ago imo. Hit the side of a car at 70km/h or so, my head hit the roofline and i was out for an hour or more. Have many problems with short term memory now more than anything. Although i did use drugs for quite a long time as well so that didn't help either!!

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    Frightening story

    By all accounts the kind of event we all dread. Bottom line, you wore your helmet, and had quick thinking buds close by who didn't panic. My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery and kudos to your buds and the paramedics for quick, smart, decisive reactions.

    And for those who read this thread and still think they're too cool to need a helmet......

    I won't even say it.

    Best wishes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    Heavy stuff, glad you are okay and sharing the experience.

    Even worse than no helmet is no friends, I'm surprised I've made it this far considering all the crazy solo shtt I've done.

    Hopefully the disoriented feeling will pass, I often think that repeated blows (self inflicted of course) to my head for the past 30+ years could be one of the reasons that I am perpetually disoriented...
    ...yeah that or #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    before i started going into convulsions for the next 3-4 minutes
    Last year I had a bad crash and went in to convulsions but wasn't knocked out so it scared the hell out of me. Hope you heal up man, how long before you start riding again?
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    Glad to hear you made it ok.

    Thanks to your lid and bros...w/o them who knows what the outcome would be.

    Get well soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by .downhillfaster.
    TNC, it can be whatever you want it to be!! Just trying to lighten it up a little!

    PS - Save a shot for me!
    don't worry TNC...he couldn't handle a shot...all he drinks is tall millers
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    I am very very glad you were wearing a helmet. I hope you heal fast, and I hope you have insurance cuz helicopter rides are NOT cheap.

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    o crap! get beter soon!
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    Maybe what really happened is you got drunk and your "friends" beat you up and then told you that you crashed and smashed your helmet to make it look that way. The helo was just a diversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    Maybe what really happened is you got drunk and your "friends" beat you up and then told you that you crashed and smashed your helmet to make it look that way. The helo was just a diversion.
    i thought about that, i had been talking a lot of ish earlier in the day.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    i thought about that, i had been talking a lot of ish earlier in the day.....
    HAHAHA.

    What would have been really funney is if they told you that you got beat up.

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    WCH - I guess I'm late to the party but I'm very, very sorry to hear about your crash but it sounds like everything will be ok. Glad to hear you're ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    HAHAHA.

    What would have been really funney is if they told you that you got beat up.
    oh he passed out one night and we beat his hands on the cement and then the next day told him he beat his friend....so he calls his frind and the friend tells him he is an a$$jack and that he has a black eye....mike was punked big time
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    WCH, I share the sentiments with everyone else; glad to hear that you came our “realitivly unscathed.” Glad to hear that you had the bucket on for that one. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Look forward to seeing more pictures of you when you get all better.
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    Damn

    I'm glad you're alright. Because eventually I'll make that trip up there for some photos. And I'll need a host

    Guess this gives you some times to practice with your new camera. That's not so bad. It's hard to ride and shoot.

    Again - glad you're ok. Everyone needs to remember that this is a dangerous sport. And most accidents seem to happen during what would normally be innocuous places and events. Be careful and don't take your health, skill, and safety for granted.
    Back of the camera, back of the pack.

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    Glad to hear you made it out ok WCH- getting hurt is no fun.

    Not to be a downer but...

    #1 Reason to wear a lid- WCH

    #2 Reason to wear a lid- So your friends dont have to deal with you dying

    #3 Reason to wear a lid- So your wife/girlfriend lets you go ride

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    That was really hard to read, must have been hard not ride for a while. Try a fullface and full body armor if you're crashing like that. Is the bike okay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    thanks everyone. i've even left my bike over at my friends house for the time being so i can't be tempted....

    i guess i also did a lot of vomiting once i got to the hospital and also had to have a CT scan and some other stuff i was too retarded to remember...

    i feel really lucky to come away relatively unscathed....
    Holy sh*t! Guess the old brain buckets are good for something.
    Hope you feel better man, and im glad to here that everyhting is cool.
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    [QUOTE=zachdank]Same thing happened to Skinny-D this summer at Falls City. He went into convultions for 2 to 4 minutes, was incoherant for, i don't know, a very long time. He was puking and gurgling up blood. When he did wake up finaly, he didn't remember anything from the last week. He didn't know what state we were in, or that we were even on a road trip. When he finaly came to, we told him to quit being a pu$sy, and that we were headed to Canada. He said "fyck yeah", then he shotgunned a Sparks, and we were on our way.
    Danny want the same at all on the trip and was still feeling the effects after a couple weeks.
    That was some scary sh*t. I thought we were watching him die.
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    WCH, how are you doing now?

    Back to normal, or still more time required?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    WCH, how are you doing now?

    Back to normal, or still more time required?
    he is still taking it easy....no riding at all...just building stuff
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    lots of building for sure on my time off, but i was back in the saddle for the first time just yesterday, testing out the new work. ripping as usual, but trying to remember to keep things in check. thanks for asking.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    lots of building for sure on my time off, but i was back in the saddle for the first time just yesterday, testing out the new work. ripping as usual, but trying to remember to keep things in check. thanks for asking.....
    checkety check yo self'


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    lots of building for sure on my time off, but i was back in the saddle for the first time just yesterday, testing out the new work. ripping as usual, but trying to remember to keep things in check. thanks for asking.....
    Saturday yo. Bright and early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_S
    Saturday yo. Bright and early.
    big surf storm supposed to hit friday..if it is still big saturday then I am not in.....but if it is small...then i am all over it
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    big surf storm supposed to hit friday..if it is still big saturday then I am not in.....but if it is small...then i am all over it
    have fun, I'll be riding my bike and shooting the freaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_S
    have fun, I'll be riding my bike and shooting the freaks.
    what day you coming to town???
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    what day you coming to town???
    I'm coming down late Friday. Hittin up the W and WCH's new creations Saturday morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_S
    I'm coming down late Friday. Hittin up the W and WCH's new creations Saturday morning.
    maybe i will postpone......depends on size
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    maybe i will postpone......depends on size

    That's what she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdirt
    That's what she said.
    touche'..................
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    Wow, glad to hear your ok. .
    Get well soon Mike,

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