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Post by Mr_Sheesh » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:45 pm

ATM I have a cane (one of the adjustable Aluminum jobs with a wood "T" handle) - It seems "sorta slightly" unimpressive to me somehow. Not the best Zombie bashing tool, not even an ideal cane. I bent it in a near fall by a bit (prevented falling down - a good thing IMO - I'm glad the curn was there, not so glad about the greasy spot in the parking lot.)

Search for "how to pick the right cane length" and you should find some good information - http://www.arthritistoday.org/daily-liv ... t-cane.php for example - or ask your PT (aka Physical Torturer, Personal Terrorist, etc., and rarely as your Physical Therapist.) I'd imagine you have one; I sure HOPE so!

Oh, and on the "Quad Canes", I found those tended to trip me, IMO a BAD bad bad thing; if you need more support than a regular cane, look into "AbleTripod Standing Cane Tip" or the "tri support" clones of that, basically a small triangular base (say 8 cm diameter or so) but quite unlikely to trip you. I may still get one of those. Could make one on a 3d printer easily enough, plan it to use some standard cane tip for traction etc.

My personal plan is to either build a better cane from Purpleheart, or, from black iron gas pipe, and make a handle either using one of those neat 3D Printers that're out there, or from Purpleheart. (I just LIKE that wood, it's SOLID and I like the color Purple too, LOL) Either should be FAR better at Zombie Thwapping, should the need arrive, than the Aluminum cane; I'm a lot slower than some, I want to at least rack up an impressive Zed body count so people toast me "in memoriam" as the guy who helped them make it LOL I think if I go with the black iron gas pipe one, I'll fill the center with some solid hardwood dowel, then epoxy coat the dowel & drive that wood in, and have one HECK of a strong cane; then coat the whole thing with a nice glossy black brushed urethane so it looks like a wood cane - if you manage to bend THAT beastie - you were cheating somehow or doing something EPIC, LOL. I'll keep the current cane for airline travel though, IDK if I want to try to board a plane with that beast. There's a guy on the web who makes "Exec protection" canes like that, I cannot afford his but I can make one :)

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Post by foghern » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:03 pm

I was in a similar accident on my motorcycle. A car turned and stopped in front of me when I was going 40mph and I was so close to him the only thing I could do was hit the side of the car, ended up getting thrown over the hood and landed on my hip and rolled onto my face. Miraculously I only suffered a bruise and swollen fluid sac in my hip. Your post made me realize just how luck I was that day. Just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery, glad you are still around to make posts!

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Post by 72hours » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:46 am

Its been a long haul in hospital but if all goes as it should tomorrow I will be released and will go home!!! Things aren't over. far from it. But will it ever feel good to sleep in my own bed, see my dog, hold my amazing and strong and gorgeous wife outside of visiting hours......

Thanks for all your help, advice, kind words and well wishes ZS .... I will keep this thread up to date with my progress.

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Please do & enjoy being back in home sweet home :)
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Post by deMaccusweil » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:12 am

Hmmmm, NZ is looking more and more like a good place to live. Apparently people still treat each other like they did in the UK 50 years ago...
Is it as empty as it looks?

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Post by ZombieGranny » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:42 pm

I snooped -
Hey - sue me, I worry; I'm an old lady that's what we do.

I see you came on today...
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Post by 72hours » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:39 pm

Thanks for caring enough to snoop Granny....
Things are OK. The insurance company is slowly replacing the things that were stolen, but I am in no condition to be unpacking them or setting things up, so most of the stuff sits aaround still in the box. Mrs.72hours got her exams shifted around and her professors were very understanding.
The leg is healing up well I think. The background pain is less, but I am also spending more time exercising my leg and ankle, and up to go toilet (no more bottle), so the twinges and breakthrough pain gets pretty bad, and I have nothing to take for it except panadol, which doesn't usually take care of a headache. I am hopingrhe doctor will give me something a little stronger.
Mentally I have discovered I am much more affected than I thought, but I have an appointment with our GP tomorrow. It's just hard to look at the road ahead, and what I am doing now, and see it as recovery. I have panic attacks, and wake up at night all the time. But we will get there. I am normally a positive person, and I want to keep that optimism and attitude.

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Post by Jenny » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:41 pm

That looked like it really hurt. :gonk: Man that looks worse than when I dislocated my kneecap. It looks very painful. I am glad that you are okay and are healing.

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Post by 72hours » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:52 am

Thanks Jenny.
The skin around the stitches has pretty much healed, except for one spot on the inside of my leg that is acting like a drain for all the swelling and just can't seem to heal over.Few spots where the internal stitches poke through a few mm. It aches all the time, sharply after I do physio. So spending days in my favourite chair, with my favourite dog, doing some training, watching DVD's together, with LOTS of pee breaks. I have never peed so much or had so much urgency as I have since the accident and returning home.
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Post by ctbarb » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:10 pm

Glad to see you are home and trying to get back to normal. It will take a while! You have to recover from the double whammy of the home break in and the accident, so it is no wonder that you have trouble sleeping, etc.

I have never suffered the injuries that you are recovering from, but I did walk in on a burgler when I came home from work one time about 20 yrs ago. He dropped my stuff and fled out the back door, but I had nightmares for months. Mostly because my bedroom was right next to the front door that he had kicked in. I had to move before I could sleep all night again. It all came back to me a couple years ago when my neighbors had their door kicked in and everything that wasn't nailed down stolen! We live in a condo on the second floor and I had the front and back doors replaced with steel security doors and frames after I moved in so no one is kicking in my door! And the windows are way out of reach.

Keep up your spirits as best you can. I am sure your wife, family, and friends will be there for you when you need them. And of course, ZS is there for moral support, too! If you need to vent, just lay it out-we can take it! :clownshoes:

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Post by Mr_Sheesh » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:02 pm

Be patient with your wounds, care for them properly, the one that's not healing properly is probably going to stay like that (I imagine it's "the" remaining path for drainage, so it's there for a reason - until everything else heals up enough, then it'll heal pretty quickly; That's what I've seen, in my wounds and those of friends/family, not that I'm an expert.) Patience helps a LOT though - Especially with yourself.

And of course peeing's more urgent now, because it's harder now than before, and lots more inconvenient :lol: That's the way it goes with bladders, seems. They're just there to annoy us LOL - Keep hydrated despite it all, water helps healing :)

And razz us back / keep us updated, we will hope for a very speedy recovery for you, despite all of us knowing it won't be instant (And will seem to you to take 25 eons, I'd imagine!)
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Post by Kiwi Bowhunter » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:16 am

Hey mate, just saw this thread!
Hope you're coming along well and that quake tonight was felt to badly up your way!

I haven't had anything like that, but broke my back about 12 years ago now and that was a good amount of time lying around letting it do it's thing, entertaining yourself in ways that don't effect the injury can be difficult sometimes! PS3 definitely sounds like a good one, though! ;)

Also had a serious car accident this time last year(Must almost be to the day, actually), where I slid out on a patch of diesel on a corner and had a 25 tonne sheep truck run over my car with me in it!
I'm normally a very gutsy driver, but that made me very, very road shy for quite a while! Seeing that big tyre come over my bonnet I thought I was a goner, so I can sympathize there!

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Post by colinz » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:18 am

How'd I miss this thread. /facepalm

Gutted to hear you were in an MVA dude, all the best for your recovery! :)
72hours wrote: Asked one of my lawyer buddies today if i can take any legal recourse. He went off on a legal explanation/rant and i lost most of it in my opiate haze, but the gist of it is that ACC takes the place of any legal action i could take....
IIRC, you cannot sue someone in the civil court for occurrances like this, but you can/should be able to press criminal charges against them (such as failing to give way, careless driving, etc).

ACC is a fantastic system too, and it works reasonably well most of the time. :)

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Post by Kutter_0311 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:13 am

Wow. That whole ordeal would be enough to kill a lot of people. Glad you're still breathing!

Do much reading since the accident? If you've never read everything written by Douglas Adams or Peter Hathaway Capstick, now's your chance! I know that's how I killed time when I broke my leg. OK, that and internet porn, but I was a single Marine living in near-empty barracks(unit was deployed), not married to a hot chick :wink:

Really keep up on the therapy, and down on the calories. I'm 75 pounds heavier since I broke my leg, and the shit just won't come off!

I advise not self-medicating with lots of beer. That may have been my worst mistake...
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Post by 72hours » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:57 am

Well, almost 9 months of pain, acupuncture, physio, stationary bikes, weights, and resistance training, The pain wasn't getting better. The orthos would pat each other on the back every time they took new xrays. But because my pain wasn't going down, my gp began taking huge amounts of my painkillers away and basically called me an addict. Long story short, my brother in law is a physio in another country, but took a look at my knee while in NZ for the chili peppers concert. LCL was not good according to him.
I had to browbeat him, but my GP finally referred me for ultrasound imaging..... my LCL has a 7mm rupture filled with fluid, my knee has severe effusion, and I have bone chips in my muscles, and a 3x4mm piece in my patellar tendon. I could a been healed and better MONTHS ago, if anyone had listened to me or just opened their damn eyes. Now waiting for more surgery....won't happen until the end of march at least..... sigh.

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Post by Angry Sapper » Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:25 am

Gutted for you matey, hope this post finds you further on your route to recovery.
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Post by 72hours » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:07 am

Nah, still waiting for them to sort it out..... arthroscopic surgery seemed to make things worse, although al they did was drain some fluid and clean up the joint a bit. My knee locks and grinds at every move. Oh well.... Here's hoping they sort it out before May comes round again.....
Any one passing through, living round here,feel like a drink or something, drop me a line.... still killing time/boredom....

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Post by Trident » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:41 pm

Hoping to see an update.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for healing and easing of your pain.

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Post by 72hours » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:19 pm

Finally convinced my orthopedic to refer me to two other doctors. One for the nerves and ligaments and the other another ortho...
My leg is stronger, but the pain is still the same, as is the instability. They reckon there's a lot of nerve damage and are mildly concerned that the loss of feeling on my leg has spread to circle it.... I am trying to convince them to repair/regrow me meniscus, but the hardest part is reattachingthe ligaments, thanks to the titanium plates.
If I can save up the money, I might sign up for the Coastguard's course for skippers, refresh my memory on a bunch of stuff and familiarize myself with the coastline here. I am also trying to find an old British Seagull to restore and use for getting in and out of harbour, as sailing to your mooring is frowned upon for some reason.... But the payments I receive barely cover mortgage, food, and our vehicles.... so I am throwing a few things up on the local version of eBay.
Also have to start thinking of our 5th wedding anniversary.... wooden... was thinking of getting her a wooden Longbow. She's talked about getting into archery for a while.....

Basically, I have learned to keep busy, because if I stop to think about my leg, I have to work twice as hard to drag myself from the doldrums.....

Any kiwis got a Seagull sitting in their shed they don't need?

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Post by colinz » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:56 am

I'll ask my old man if if knows anyone with one of them things laying around for you dude. :-)

I sincerely hope that the other docs can sort out the pain for you. :-(

Im pretty sure that they prefer people being under power in and out of port due to the potential control issues of being under sail.

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Post by 72hours » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:11 pm

That would be great Colinz.
As for the pain, I just keep taking my meds.... I have to see if I can find a massage therapist, although I have been advised that ACC wont cover them.
Actually, I better call the orthotics place and see if my brace is ready....

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Post by 72hours » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:20 am

Fun stuff.... Been diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).... ranks higher on the McGill pain score than non terminal cancer and unmedicated labour....*gulp*
This is why my leg is numb, swollen, red AND painful with altered sensation...a year and a half later... See Doc? I am not an addict, rather, my body builds up a tolerance for certain medications. The names I would love to call my last doctor are not appropriate for on here....
Still trying to find a replacement for morphine, as I don't like the side effects, and the amounts I was taking was ridiculous.
Have been going to a TCM clinic, and the acupuncture seems to help, especially combined with the Reflexology/Tuina massage...
Started Tai Chi and Qigong three weeks ago. It hurts, but I have to do something while waiting around on doctors, and the meditation time helps, as does the breathing exercises. Hell, anything that gets me out of the house and around people for short periods is good.
I thought I was going crazy for a while, before they diagnosed me with CRPS, as it affects the memory.

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Post by Mr_Sheesh » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:44 am

Ack, dang. Would a TENS machine or the like help you on that? If you haven't tested it, it may be worth a try at least (Many PTs have access to one; you'd need a prescription to buy one tho.) Hoping the Acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Quigong help.
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Post by Mad Mike » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:32 am

72hours wrote:Hello folks.
Last Wednesday afternoon someone smashed our back window, avoided alarm sensors (we have since got more installed so there is no way for this to happen again) and stole everything they could get their hands on. Then as i was driving home on my scooter, things got much much worse.

I was driving two car lengths behind the car in front of me. They indicated and turned left (remember in New Zealand we drive on the left) and a car on that street pulled out without looking. When he saw me, rather than accelerating and moving out of the way, he hit the brakes and came to a stop blocking the whole lane. To avoid hitting oncoming traffic or slamming into his car and have the handlebars embed in my abdomen, I barked hard and came off the scooter at around 40km/h. I hit the asphalt face first, protected by my full face helmet. My armoured jacket kept my clavicle from breaking when my shoulder struck. I felt some pain in my hand as it hit, and then the whole force and weight of the scooter crashed down on the back of my knee, crushing it into the street.

Traffic stopped and I directed people to block the street with cars and got them to help me over to the sidewalk. As they assisted me, just a little weight was put on my injured leg and i could hear the broken bones grind together. No head injuries so my helmet came off and I quickly went into shock. Sweating and trembling, I got someone to call 111, and called my wife (home was just 200m away). Eventually police arrived, the driver was given a fine. Paramedics arrived and after administering some nitrous, they straightened and splinted my leg and loaded me up.

Lots of morphine, another bottle of nitrous, and some xrays (they didn't want to xray my hand but I insisted) it was determined that I had a Bennett's fracture in my hand. A large chip off the bottom of the carpal of my thumb that allowed it to continually dislocate. A comminuted tibial plateau fracture (the head of the tibia is shattered and the tibia is split and each half broken into pieces) that will require a lot of time and surgery to put back together.

My local hospital inserted a wire into my thumb to hold the carpal and chip in place to heal and put in a cast. Saturday morning i was strapped to a stretcher and loaded into a cessna fixed wing plane and my wife and I were flown to Auckland where one of the country's best bone specialists was waiting with a copy of my CT scan and a plan.

Monday morning they did the first surgery to attach an external fixator (a large metal frame drilled into my femur and tibia to make later surgeries easier and create more space from what i understand). There were a few complications during surgery. From what I can gather, after attaching the external fixator they began taking xrays and I started coming to. They must have given me more morphine to compensate and I nearly stopped breathing, was only taking 3 breaths per minute. Not sure what happened after that but I remember spitting out the o.p.a.or whatever it was, and the pain was overwhelming. I was screaming and crying for a half hour before they could get my pain level to a manageable level.

Now I am waiting for swelling to go down and am stuck on my back in the ortho ward until early next were when they plan to put my knee back together with plates and screws. Mrs.72 hours left Sunday night before my surgery so she could meet with the insurance people and arrange with her school and professors so she can come back to be with me. I am on a wide assortment of pain killers and injections. They are not sure how long until I can start putting weight on it or walking again. I have been told everything from 3 to 16 weeks but I guess only time will tell. I will upload my photos in my next post.

**Mods feel free to move this if it is in the wrong place. I guess I am hoping to get some useful advice from people who have been laid up for a long time after an accident, how they kept mentally resilient, or anything else people have to offer to help me through this...


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