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    Shattered Humerus

    I did a good job this time. The doctors were able to save my right arm. I have lots of hardware and a long road to recovery ahead. I'll be asking lots of questions along the way in this thread. I had the accident on 6/13. I'm following up with the doctor on 6/26 so I can return to work. I'll also be asking the more important questions like, when can I at least ride the trainer again? and when can I get back on the bike for riding and racing?

    My WORS and WEMS seasons are a lost cause and I'm out for the Wausau 24, but maybe I can return for the Cheq fat tire fest on 9/15?

    Otherwise I might have to wait for fatbike season to be able to "race".

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    photobucket sucks...I'll try something else.

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    Remember to always wear a helmet

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    and good bibs and jersey

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    ok now to the good pics. broken bones...yes they did poke holes in me. some chunks were visible.

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    After the first surgery to clean me up, repair the severed blood vessels and close me up. They did not set anything yet because of the severity of the injury.

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    According to the doctor who put me back together, on a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 15. Surgery took about 6 hours.

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    I developed a lot of swelling in my hand and fingers once I got home.
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    and was getting water blisters on my hand and shoulder, so I went in just in case.

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    glad I did. they put compression sleeves on my fingers, hand and arm. kind of like a burn victim would have. The swelling i way down. they also took the splint off and now I have a nice, removable metal brace to immobilize everything. much more comfortable.

    I will have a wicked cool scar afterwards too.
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    More to come soon. I need to get back to work and get started on PT.

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    ... holy crap, dude...

    I wish you the best on your road to recovery!! Take care, man!
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    Wowser, that's gonna leave a mark!!! You really did yourself in on that ride!

    What's the story? Lead us up to it and how the crash went. Alone, with someone, long hike out, bike park already near the parking lot, etc?

    And yes, hope recovery goes better than you expect.

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    Ouch.

    My wife broke her humerous on June 2nd. Clean break, everything in allignment, relatively small gap. No surgery for her recovery.

    Took two weeks for it feel stable enough for to go hiking. Healing is progressing well, she expects to be riding outside on the road in another 2 1/2 weeks and then starting to do easy MTBing in another 6 weeks. Hoping to return to competition at 8 weeks.

    Right now she is riding the trainer for a couple hrs a day with a harness that suspends her from the ceiling.
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    thankfully it was a group ride. The owner of the LBS hung back with me because I was not feeling all that well. Qdoba for lunch, high temps, and high humidity were not my friends and I tossed my cookies less then 10 minutes before my incident.

    I was riding behind George and he warned me about the upcoming section. We had a guy break his neck there a coupe weeks before I crashed. It is a set of jumps that if you are good you can double easily. I'm an old, fat, wheels of the ground kind of rider. I was on my Pivot Mach 429SL. Just a couple of weeks before the crash I was practicing on some mild tabletops and was landing way too much nose first so I added a click of rebound damping and it helped. Well I guess I needed more. All was well over the first jump. I just rolled/squashed it with no air at all and pumped the backside. I was already going pretty fast because of the previous downhill section. Well as soon as my front tire left the lip of the second jump, I was flying through the air like superman.

    After the crash my arm was pointed in the wrong direction and George was visible shaken when he came back to me. I thought it was dislocated so I asked him to give it a tug. That's when he could see the bones poking out and I felt the crunching. I laid on the side of the trail for a bit and then we walked out. I set my dangling arm on my handlebars and only had maybe 1/2 mile to a very nice sub-division. I bled all over some million dollar lawn.

    George rode on the rode back to get the shop van and I called 911. It didn't take long for the ambulance to get me and thankfully George grabbed my bike and took it back to his shop. I didn't want to leave my bike with some stranger.


    I've been doing my PT and can't wait to get back on the bike. I went to a race this weekend to spectate...it made me want to cry.

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    Glad you had someone with you to help get you out. Some of the crashes and bodily destructions we end up doing to ourselves would be that mush more terrible without friends to help us.

    Heal well.

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    Mojo sent man...makes my January separated shoulder look like child's play. At 58 I still ride hard but I'm finding no shame in the occasional 'go around' for stuff I can and have ridden over for years. Nobody plans to crash but I'm not interested in the potential consequences anymore. My objective is to enjoy a good ride and be ready and able for the next good ride.

    Hope your recovery goes well...that was ugly.
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    I'm 54 with a ruined summer and taking a real serious reflection on this too sturge. It's fun but not this fun.

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    no more jumps! youre gonna heal up like Ken Roczen but then just ride fast and flow!
    (telling myself the same!)
    God bless!

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    I went to see the doctor a few days ago. They took new x-rays. I finally got to see the high-res pics on the computer screen. Holy Shit! I really messed my arm up. I doubt I'll be back on thee bike before fatbike season. There are 1/4" gaps in some places because there weren't enough pieces left to put me back together.

    based on my vague memories and seeing good x-rays, I must have landed just perfectly with my ulna flat on the ground to not have broken it during the crash. The impact basically used my ulna to cut my elbow in half and then continue a few inches up my humerus.

    I'll be sporting good elbow pads when I ride again.

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    That is not funny!

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    Totally crazy how what we do daily can get so wicked so quick. Good luck with the recovery man hope it isn't too difficult!

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    I saw the doctor again. My left ring finger was indeed fractured, they just didn't see it on the x-rays taken in the ER. I got a cortisone shot, damn that hurts in the knuckle. Arm is still healing, huge gaps still need to be gapped. I'll be in the brace for a while. I finally got to 90 degrees of bend and can shower by myself. It will be at least a year before I'm done with therapy and whatever amount of arm bend I end up with will be good enough.

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    I've been doing therapy. They are really pushing me now. It hurts like hell. Also, I think I'm going to have a HUGE problem long term which might mean my riding days are over. The doctor checked my MCL and said it is intact, but my lower arm has zero lateral stability, just a light push will move it. I can feel it moving in the joint with very little resistance.

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    I saw the doctor again yesterday. Bones are healing, but I still have huge gaps. No riding anything for another month at least. PT is going well. I'm up to 125 degrees of bend in the arm and will start using a progressive brace next week to try to get the last 20 or so degrees of bend. At some point I'll be able to work on strength and hopefully the instability in the elbow will get better.

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    hang in there....can u pedal a stationary bike? while watching Redbull TV XC race in La Bresse on the laptop?

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    well its not going well. The titanium hardware failed. I was having tons of pain and swelling. After getting a CT I had an emergence surgery last week Wednesday to redo everything. The surgery was almost 8 hours again. All the titanium came out and new stainless steel stuff went in. They shortened the humerus and did a bone graft from my hip to fill in the still huge holes. So I'm back to square one. feeling has not returned to my right hand yet, which scares me. the doctor said the ulnar nerve was scarred in and they did everything they could to protect it during surgery. I have significant pain, stiffness and swelling in my left quad and left pec from laying on my side for 7 hours on the metal table. The doctor did order me an ultrasonic bone stimulator. I hope insurance will cover it.

    So next week I get the stiches out again and we start over with PT and recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    well its not going well. ... So next week I get the stiches out again and we start over with PT and recovery.

    Jeez, best wishes.

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    Wow, scary injury. Best wishes on the second surgery and hope its a success.

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    I'll try to get the latest x-rays uploaded soon. It doesn't look like any healing has happened over the last 4 months. my arm looks like a bunch of gravel held together with screws. I still have HUGE gaps everywhere. Insurance would not cover the bone stimulator, but the company was good enough to loan me one indefinitely. I might need it for 6 months or more.

    Lots happened since the surgery. I ended up at the doctors office a number of times for bleeding from the incision. They became concerned so I got transferred to the ER. They found a superficial blood clot and I was dangerously close to needing a blood transfusion. The bleeding has stopped and my blood counts have improved. My regular doctor does not seem concerned about the blood clot. My hand was swelling significantly, like almost comically. It looked like a blown up surgical glove. That finally went away a couple days ago. Now I'm just dealing with my pinky finger being completely numb. I can move it, but can't feel it at all.

    I follow up with the PA in 2 weeks to see if I can start with PT all over again.

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    That's pretty rough! Adding you to the prayer list whether you want it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    Lots happened since the surgery...
    Best wishes.

    It's amazing how the gravel can grow back together! I had something similar with my femur in 1998.

    Your x-rays remind me I need to get the plate off my humerus from last summer.

    Stay strong!
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    I can “slightly” feel your pain…….I fractured my tibial plateau 11/11/17, no surgery required and was off my bike for 10 weeks. Hoping you have a full recovery!! and back on your bike soon....

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    Wow! I took a fall September 15th on a demo bike and broke my humerus 2 miles into the ride. After reading your story it almost brings tears to my eyes. Tears of sorrow for you. Tears of joy my injury was a simple break.

    My biggest problem now is I probably waited to long to move the shoulder. My range of motion isn't quite where it needs to be. Looking back I wish the physical therapist would have given me goals to reach each week.

    Best of luck to you. And know that there are a lot of us thinking of you wishing you a successful and speedy recovery.

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    No real progress to report. x-rays look pretty much the same as they did 5 months ago. The new hardware is holding. I started very light PT to work on ROM. It will probably be a year before the bone is healed enough to use and might be even longer before I can attempt to ride again. I might get a recumbent fat trike if it is really going to be that long before I can bear weight on the arm and try to use it regularly.

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    Good to hear the hardware is holding this time.

    Do your best to stay positive... sounds like a long road.

    On the flipside, these are pretty cool:
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    7 month update. Bones are not even close to being fused yet. I do under the knife again next week to have my ulnar nerve relocated. After the second rebuild the feeling in my right hand never really came back. My two small fingers don't move much and have almost no feeling. I've lost significant muscle mass and strength in the hand and they need to do something about it soon. PT has been extremely limited because they don't want the hardware to fail again, so I doubt I'll be able to use my right arm to eat or anything that requires it to bend past 90 degrees.

    I haven't given up hope yet. I will be back on a bike again someday, maybe not a mountain bike and most likely not racing. I'm getting fat again. some of my 38" waist pants don't fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    7 month update. Bones are not even close to being fused yet. I do under the knife again next week to have my ulnar nerve relocated. After the second rebuild the feeling in my right hand never really came back. My two small fingers don't move much and have almost no feeling. I've lost significant muscle mass and strength in the hand and they need to do something about it soon. PT has been extremely limited because they don't want the hardware to fail again, so I doubt I'll be able to use my right arm to eat or anything that requires it to bend past 90 degrees.

    I haven't given up hope yet. I will be back on a bike again someday, maybe not a mountain bike and most likely not racing. I'm getting fat again. some of my 38" waist pants don't fit.
    Geez, sorry to learn of your ordeal, but, like you said, don't give up hope now. Take care and heal up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    ...maybe not a mountain bike and most likely not racing.
    Crazy talk. Dudes without an arm ride.

    But your right, you will be back.

    Good luck with the nerve surgery
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    I broke my humerus on 5/24/18. Was a miserable summer from that point on. Felt like I missed out on all the fun stuff. My comeback ride was the Cheq 40. Was a shit day for me. Slow, out of shape, afraid to crash, and endless mud bogs.

    Having read your story, I feel guilty for not enjoying the race to the fullest.

    Keep up with your appointments, and have faith you’ll be back on the bike at some point. It’ll happen.

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    I've lost most of the use of my right hand after the surgery. The numbness is gone and has been replaced with absolutely no feeling at all. The worst is the burning, shooting pains in my fingers and hands where I have no feeling at all, now it is just pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReXTless View Post
    I broke my humerus on 5/24/18. Was a miserable summer from that point on. Felt like I missed out on all the fun stuff. My comeback ride was the Cheq 40. Was a shit day for me. Slow, out of shape, afraid to crash, and endless mud bogs.

    Having read your story, I feel guilty for not enjoying the race to the fullest.

    Keep up with your appointments, and have faith you’ll be back on the bike at some point. It’ll happen.

    I was signed up for that race. I was hoping for it to be my comeback race too. I was a bit too optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    I've lost most of the use of my right hand after the surgery. The numbness is gone and has been replaced with absolutely no feeling at all. The worst is the burning, shooting pains in my fingers and hands where I have no feeling at all, now it is just pain.
    Shit. What's the prognosis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Shit. What's the prognosis?
    No prognosis at this time. Wait and see if my hand starts to work again. I start light PT again this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    I've lost most of the use of my right hand after the surgery. The numbness is gone and has been replaced with absolutely no feeling at all. The worst is the burning, shooting pains in my fingers and hands where I have no feeling at all, now it is just pain.
    This sucks so bad. A nerve must be messed up. I hope you get well.

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