Thursday, September 6, 2018

Recovery

The first thing they tell you is everything will take longer than you expect. A week in the hospital feels like forever but it’s nothing. I am still shitting in the bed no chance of even a bed pan. 
They roll me and pull out turd covered sheets as needed. So humiliating for a 60 year old adult. 

Fortunately the other party is 100 percent at fault according to the Highway Patrol. But it takes time and money to repair a pelvic bone and a femur. 

A little at a time as Chris lovely Philippine male nurse puts it. He is excited to get a much desired Tesla on Friday to help save the environment for his kids as he puts it. 

My wife shared the room at first though now KWPD has put her up in a hotel to help her sleep. 

And so it goes at Jackson south. Great people but damn am am I tired of being here! 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Extended hospital stays have a way of breaking down our humility over time. After a while, you tend to not give a shit (pun intended) and just do what you have to do. It is your new normal, but it'll get better. So glad you got through the second surgery without incident. Cudos to the KWPD for taking care of Layne! That's awesome. Keep your eye on the prize, getting back to your life and Rusty. Everyone's pullibg for your speedy recovery! KWBound

Adam Royse said...

I was also in a motorcycle crash. 3 surgeries and 3 months in a wheelchair. The hardest part for me was losing my independence. It took awhile to accept help. But day by day you will gain little things back and they are truly milestones. I also got hit on my triathlon bike at the enterance to NAS KW last summer, another month off my feet. But,it comes back. And I still ride both the motorcycle and the tri bike so all is not lost. Heal up, youll be back to Broga in no time!

Lakedog said...

Thanks for updating us! I was getting a little worried. Hopefully you will start trending upward, keep the faith. Best to your better half, I’m sure this has been terrible for her too.

Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry to hear of your accident, and wish you a fast and full recovery.
I've been following your blog since we were almost-neighbors - we used to live on Cudjoe, back in behind the Kickin Back. As Brits who'd moved to France, then came to the US in '86, and were thinking of retiring back to Europe - and who dearly missed our departed yellow Labs - your blog struck a strong chord. We left Cudjoe for Mississippi a few months before Irma showed on the doorstep of the house we sold, but I still check in on you each day.
Who's looking after Rusty? Bet you're missing each other.
Keep us posted on your progress....
Kirsty (& Steve)

Mike E said...

May you heal quickly. Rehab swiftly. And ride again soon. That you can still blog is a good sign.
Mike E

Sandi Foster said...

just be glad that you are able to shit!!!! nice to see kwpd taking care of your wife.. i would expect nothing less... its nice to be part of their family... get well.. listen to your medical team.. they know best

charlie said...

I've been following your blog pretty much from the start..Gotta say I was really shocked at your accident.I've been on a bike for a long while myself and have been lucky so far. I was in a car accident which had me in traction for months and seeing you lying there
really brought back memories. I came to see my nurses as a very rare type of people, almost like angels the way they cared for me. I hope you expierence the same thing.. Consider yourself also lucky that with your wide interests you will tolerate the stress of confinement and rehab better than many, so long as you have internet. I hope you recover well and continue blogging. Whether you know it or not, you have provided me and many others with a long stretch of interesting insights into Key West and beyond.
Reagards
Charlie Whitten

Anonymous said...

OMG! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! And all i can say is—do what your PT's tell you to do, even though it may suck; you’ll get the best results that way. Looking forward to seeing more photos when you’re up and about with Rusty.

David Masse said...

Michael it’s a relief to see that you are threading the needle of this tragedy so well. While luck played a role, you are surrounded by wonderful people and organizations guiding you through the hell that began when you made that graceless landfall. In time Rusty will be mercilessly prodding you to resume his walks. Thank you for sharing this unwelcome shitty experience with the same unflinching clarity you bring to all your other experiences.

Captain Jim and the Blonde said...

We continue to send good vibes your way, Michael. So glad the second surgery went well. You are one tough hombre - that and your great attitude will serve you well as you deal with this situation. As a sailing brother, you know the saying about attitude. Nothing about your accident is an adventure, but how you continue to deal with it WILL overcome the ordeal. You have a lot of riding brothers and sisters pulling for you. Take that energy and put it into what it takes to get better. (Jim)

Jerome Johnson said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and kisses to your wife and Rusty!

Cees Klumper said...

So sorry and shocked to hear what happened to you Michael. I hope you recover soon. As a fellow motorcyclist, I am always wary of those drivers who, after causing a crash such as you had, state that "they never saw the motorcyclist" even though they were right in front of them. I'll be in Big Pine for the next three weeks, if there's anything I can do for you (walk Rusty? anything on the scooter?) please let me know. Best wishes

Steve Williams said...

Hospital time is definitely slow time -- for you and Layne. Keeping your sense of humor, at least as it appears in the things you write, will help keep the experience as a life adventure rather than a plain old nightmare. Anyway, I want to believe that, for you and for me...

Glad your wife is able to get some sleep time in a hotel. Sleep makes a world of difference.

I will say, of all the things broken and damaged, what unnerves me most of the experiences you've shared, is the bathroom thing. You ain't kidding about humiliation. Perhaps my worst nightmare. Hope that changes for you sooner rather than later.

Onward!

Denise Phillips said...

Hope you get well soon. I am so sorry this has happened to you. Glad you still have your sense of humor.