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#923264 - 03/12/15 04:13 PM Now the good news  
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First off I'd like to thank everyone for the out pouring of get well wishes from the board. I know so few of you and truly to hear from you is heartwarming. Now twelve days post surgery wherein a rod and several screws were inserted to stabilize my hip I'm doing fine.
It was the last half of the last day of riding in Southern Arizona near the border at the time of the "get off". I managed to hit the hardest thing in the desert on an otherwise simple ride down a dirt road. I'm still in disbelief as to how it all went so quickly sideways as they say. Help was summoned by one of riders of the group who quickly contacted a nearby Border Patrol truck who in turn radioed for the rescue.
I have many to thank for the personal support of myself and my wife. Friends across the country were prepared to drop what they were doing and drive thousands of miles to assist in any way I needed. Mine you I was filled with copious amounts of morphine and must admit that my brain power was altered.
My riding companion in Arizona, Barry Hatfield, hung with me three and one half days until I was through the surgery and into the evening with the knowledge my wife would be arriving in the morning. Conditions in the hospital were miserable. Such assistance, even though there are medical staff present, is a game changer lifting this patient's spirits. Please remember that the next time you hear of a friend or riding acquaintance who lands in a hospital.

As it unfolded my wife would not arrive as anticipated.
John Thompson living relatively close to the Tuscon and Sierra Vista areas dropped in to see me prior to the first "scrubbed" surgery. He also, late in the night on the day after surgery, picked up my wife in Tuscon. If you know John you know he would normally be fast asleep. She had endured a entire day of perfect storms in what can go wrong flying commercial to a destination hot spot on such short notice. During that time my insurance carrier Kaiser made the decision to transport me back to their facility in California. Juanita arrived to the hospital at 7:30am Tuesday March 3rd. She's also eternally grateful to John for the assistance.
Within 2 hours of Juanita's arrival to the hospital we were air ambulance transported via a "missile like" Lear Jet back to California within a short distance from home. Juanita was able to fly along. Upon landing I was admitted to the Kaiser Facility for treatment and observation. By 9pm I was home.
The prognosis is full weight bearing pending bone knitting generally in about 5-6 months. I'm largely independent with the ability to move freely about the house and outdoors with a two-wheeled walker. My next ortho visit is in 6 days for follow-up x-rays. I can't wait to see what hardware I'm sporting.
Thanks all

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Joe

'05 R1200RT 109K miles, takes me down the highway.
'13 KTM 690 Enduro R 16K miles takes me through the woods.
#923270 - 03/12/15 05:36 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Thanks for the update Joe. See you in April. thumbsup


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#923280 - 03/12/15 06:48 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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NJ: It's not that bad!
Very glad that you're on the mend!


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#923289 - 03/12/15 07:24 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: Sweendog]  
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Glad you're on the road to recovery. It's a reminder how things can change in a heartbeat. Heal quickly Joe.


Jim

#923293 - 03/12/15 07:58 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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It's really good to hear from you Joe. You hit the nail on the head with many of your observations about hospital life and the earth bound angels we know. I hope you are comfortable, although nothing says comfort like morphine grin

Keep mending smile





#923310 - 03/12/15 11:15 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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The things some people will do for a ride in a Lear... wink
Crazy things do happen. I'm sorry one happened to you.
Heal well. We'll see you in April!
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#923313 - 03/12/15 11:33 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Glad to hear your on the mend and things are looking up. Hang in there were thinking of you thumbsup


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#923315 - 03/12/15 11:36 PM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Good to hear things are going in the right direction for you, Joe. Too bad your KTM didn't get that memo. grin Good luck with your recovery & I'm sure you know better days aren't that far off. thumbsup

Pat


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#923322 - 03/13/15 12:24 AM Re: Now the good news [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Five-to-six months of home care with a doting wife. You poor bastidge.

Get well. See you at Fall Autumn Torrey.


Cary, Gleno, Rodger, Paul,
Godspeed, my brothers.
We will never forget you.


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#923331 - 03/13/15 01:35 AM Re: Now the good news [Re: EffBee]  
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Originally Posted By: Kathy R
nothing says comfort like morphine grin
Dilaudid......The original Vitamin D....

Originally Posted By: EffBee
See you at Fall Autumn Torrey.

Yup...... rofl


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