Darran Moore 4:27pm May 29 2012
First post, great resource, which I found this sooner. Reassuring to read that many you guys been through and recovered from similar or worse injuries to mine. It's easy to get trapped in your own world of sorrow and self pity.
I have had ups & downs since my accident. The 45 mins wait for helicopter paramedics (Great North Air Amulance team are amazing!) was fortunately and surprisingly pain free, with help of 2 great buddies and other helpful MTB'ers passing by scene.
Day 2 was surgery and again not too bad, late afternoon to theatre and not remembering much of it until waking up next day which was a day from hell which I am trying to forget.
Spent full week in hospital before going home. Mixed experience but don't rush to get out as you really do need strength both of ind and physical when you get home as a shock to the system how incapacitating crutches really are. I wish I had read some of the tips on this site 6 weeks ago!!!
Getting used to the NWB fibre glass cast now, most pain gone bar the obvious bumps or knocks. Itchy and uncomfortable nature of stuck in cast is only bug bare really. I have 2 weeks to this day until I am freed from this shackle and given a WB walking cast, not sure what type yet but will be removable!!!!
Good luck to everyone further behind recovery than me and thanks to all those ahead post positive encouragement.
I am counting down the days until I can get back on my bike (even indoors in turbo trainer frame)
Regards from sunny NE England
15 Apr '12 - PER Stage III - Tib & Fib (Mountain bike accident)
16 Apr '12 - Surgery - ORIF (plate & screws) back slab
20 Apr '12 - Fibre glass cast
21 Apr '12 - Discharge hospital
04 May '12 - Stitches out
12 Jun '12 - Walking c