Left Eye Socket Fracture
Neck Fracture @ C3
Six Fractured Ribs
Dislocated Left Shoulder
Dislocated Left Knee
Severely Bruised Pelvis
Severely Bruised Left Hip
Severely Bruised Left Foot
Broken Fingers - Left Hand
Nine Teeth Knocked Out
Leg & Foot Paralyses
Not pretty, but alive.
Hey y’all !
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life. If not it is time to get started, cause I realize now more than ever, life is indeed too short.
Well 2013 has been a rough one for yours truly, but I am trying to keep a positive outlook on life. However, I will admit I do not wish my 2013 experiences on anyone. Ride safe and defensively to avoid all the cagers that can change your life in a second or two. Be happy and safe.
First off I want to thank everyone for all the get well cards, encouraging statements and telephone calls wishing me well. This is the first time I have had access to the Internet since 01-24-2013, the day of my accident, and that is why I have not responded to anyone electronically. My accident injuries require others to assist in my care so I am temporarily staying at my Dad and Step Mom’s house in Kentucky. I am not pleased with my living arrangements, but I am grateful to have a loving Dad and Step Mom for stepping up to the plate and helping while I am unable to fully live on my own. Once I receive the “green light” from Doctors to live on my own I will somehow find my way back to Central Florida. I will not be moving back to my home because my condition, physical and financial, has put my home in foreclosure so I will be seeking somewhere else to live when I am lucky enough to return. SSA doesn’t think my injuries are serious enough for disability so my income is reduced to zero and without family I would be in worse shape than I am. Guess you must be near death to qualify from their point of view to qualify for benefits. (I have been denied 3 times.) This mess has caused me to lose my four best friends, my dogs, and my heart is still broken over that but I am trying to mend slowly. My Whippets are a bad subject with me and I don’t like to talk about them, so I will leave things there cause I miss them dearly.
On the evening of 01-25-2013 I was run off the road by a cager and left to die. After crashing I remember hearing a male and female voice scream in panicked voices say we gotta get out of here. My vision was so blurred I could not see the individuals as they left the accident scene. From that point on my memory is very poor and in fact do not even remember the EMS ride to the hospital. Apparently I laid on the road side for quite some time before being noticed by another passerby who called 911 to get EMS onsite.
After arriving at the hospital I spend several hours receiving several different types of care. I received brain surgery due to skull fractured around and above my left eye socket. This means I lost my long hair too cause it had to be cut off for the surgeries, but it is about 3 inches long now that it has had some time to grow. I also have lost my eyesight, both eyes due to the brain injury, hopefully temporarily cause I am beginning to notice some minor improvement over the last two weeks. I pray daily for improvement cause I need to be able to drive/ride some form of transportation.
I also fractured my neck at cervical point 3 (C3), broke several ribs, broke some fingers on my left hand and severely bruised my hip, leg, knee and foot. Had some cuts, but nothing too serious. I was in the hospital for seven and one half weeks after surgery, but only remember the last two weeks cause my brain just was not working very well. Due to brain blood clot problems a drain device had to be installed on my skull and when combined with meds the blood clot problem was finally resolved. The nurses had plenty of stories to tell me when week five arrived during my hospital stay. The nurses were saints to handle me during the first few weeks cause I apparently was not a very nice guy. They did an outstanding job of taking care of an unruly “me”. Anyway, in case you are wondering I have a large nasty scar on my head from my eye brow to the center of my skull from the brain surgery, so I will not be winning any beauty contests any time soon. The plan is too grow my hair long again in an attempt to cover up most of the nasty scar.
Essentially I have been reduced to a couch potato taking enough “meds” to kill a small horse and an Internet connection that is terrible. I have been trying to get email to work for hours without any success and I am still having difficulty acknowledging it is already May. To me everything still seems like January when all this mess began.
My access time on BON is going to be limited due to my living arrangement and very weak eyesight, I get headaches, so I won’t be on BON a lot but I will try to checked back from time to time. Without email working I do not get BON post notifications so I will try to work on that a bit too in an attempt to be a bit more responsive.
Getting very tired and my vision is getting blurry so I gotta go. Take care of yourselves and enjoy every precious moment in life. It all can be taken away from you in a second or less so make them all count.
Be happy and healthy . . . . . . . . . your fellow www.bikerornot.com member RanMan !
One month before totaling my 2001 Suzuki 1400 Intruder I bought this 2013 Yamaha Raider "S". Her name is "Lady Pearl", in Pearl White paint. I named her after my Grandma "Pearl" (RIP) who died of breast cancer bout 15 years ago.
Starting to move a bit while recovering in Kentucky. I know, bug time hair trimming due to fractured skull, but it really is me. I have not ridden Lady Pearl yet, but hope to be in May 2014. Gosh, she feels good.
So many have asked for an update on my condition so I thought I would get y’all up to date. Again, thanks to everyone for their support and friendship. I am a lucky man. Today is four months from the day of my accident. (Seems like four years.)
Headaches from the skull fracture and brain injury has been reduced to a few hours or less per day. Simply washing my hair causes a headache, but at least the pain goes away in a few hours instead of lasting all day like it used too.
My neck pain from the fractured neck at C3 is still my worst enemy. The pain varies from nonexistent to an annoyance to downright painful that makes me a grouchy old fart. The “Meds” help some, but not completely. However, it by far is my most difficult obstacle right now. To minimize my pain I have to lie down, sit down, stand for a while and do whatever else that takes my mind off the pain. Movement and varying my position seems to be the key cause if I remain in one position for too long pain becomes a concern. Some days are better than others.
My vision is not restored by any means, but on some days I can read for a couple of hours before my vision becomes impaired again. When things start to get blurry I stop reading or I risk a big time headache. At least the dry eyes problem is much better. I only have to take eye meds three or so times per day when before I was adding drops 20 times per day.
I still have some foot and leg swelling, but it is much better than it was. The numb toes problem has not gone away, but at least the pain has changed to numbness instead of pain. I consider this an improvement cause pain sucks.
Broken ribs are much better, but I still cannot sleep or lay on my side (s). This is a PITA cause I cannot sleep on my stomach due to broken neck and sleeping on my back is a part time affair too.
Pain in hip is nearly gone as long as I do not try to stand too long. This is good.
Pain in broken fingers is nearly gone. Left hand small finger is severely bent, but at least if doesn’t hurt much anymore.
I love face to face conversation and miss it dearly. I sincerely miss my friends back in Florida. Loneliness is a problem. I am a very social person and currently if I state 100 words in one day I am lucky.
The unusual cold weather here in Kentucky spurs on my pain. I miss the warm climate of the Tampa Bay area. I seriously miss the area and know I would feel better in warmer weather, but nothing I can do bout it right now. Been a very long time since I have felt helpless. Feeling helpless and being lonely truly sucks.
I sincerely miss wind in my face. My pretty new Yamaha Raider “S” just sits in the basement collecting dusk and I cannot wait to ride again. I have not owned a car in two years, so missing the Bike riding happened rather easily. I continually pray for good eyesight and reasonable pain level so some day I can ride again.
I pray daily for very small improvements in my life. My expectations of life have become dramatically reduced. It takes very little to make me happy these days.
y’all the best and appreciate everything good bout your life. Trust me in a matter of seconds your life can
be severely degraded or ended. Make
every minute of your life worth it. Love your friends and family.
Unfortunately still recovering from my
accident, so my holiday weekend was spent sitting on the sofa, like every other
day, boring !
My Dad tortured me by watching every black and white war movie ever produced by Hollywood from 1942 to 1965. Some of the actors have been dead for 35 - 40 years. I like a good patriotic movie, but dozens of them ! !
Anyway, today was boring as hell and since most of ya were free to roam I am hoping y'all had a great time. Ya know . . . . . participating in a holiday task/celebration, riding, BBQ'ing, having a picnic, thanking ya live where ya mostly enjoy freedom. It ain't perfect, but it beats most places. The "Western World" mostly is OK. God we’re lucky !
Gonna try to take some pics of my new Yamaha this week. Nothing spectacular cause I ain’t even gonna wash it, but been lots of questions that warrant repeated answers so I am gonna try to answer most questions with pics. The current pic posted in my BON garage is the stock version. The performance mods I did won’t be noticeable on pics, but some of the “Pretty Mods” will be.
I always name my street bikes, good luck thing, and since my new Yamaha Raider “S” is Pearl White in color I am gonna name it after my Mom’s-Mom (RIP) cause her name was Pearl. If she is looking down from heaven it will make her happy. My Grandma was one of those born shortly after the turn of the 20th century that was smart, thrifty, wise, a trained nurse turned Iowa farmer, Rock of Gibraltar woman that helped raise strong American kids to be proud of. I was very close to my Grandma Pearl and naming my new Bike after her is the least I can do. She taught me some “Life Lessons”, even though some of them hurt the behind, I love her for it all. She has always made me proud and her smarts, wisdom and kindness. She was amazing. She was strong enough to be married to Grandpa Byers for 67 years. Trust me, I love my Grandpa Byers too, but Grandma deserves a metal. Grandpa and she were newlyweds during the great depression and figured out how to make it work. They hugged, kissed and horsed around like high school sweethearts well into their 80’s.
Anyway, sometime during the week I will get some pics uploaded. They won’t be winning any awards, but hopefully they will answer some questions.
BTW, this Yamaha Raider “S” link will show some pics of mods on my scooter, not perfect but they may be somewhat useful for the tech-minded to indicate what I am trying to do. Scroll to bottom until ya seem 05-27-2013 Update.
Had a scare today. My Doctor gave me four new "meds" at end of last week’s routine checkup especially for my brain injury and it made me blind over the weekend, again. Scared the hell out of me cause it seemed as if the great eye sight progress I had made over the past couple of months had fallen by the wayside. Saw the Doctor again today and he stopped the new meds and my eye sight has begun to return. Not great yet cause that will take a few days, according to the Doctor, but it appears if I stop the meds I will be back on the road to recovery again. Being blind is scary. Especially scary when so much progress had been made since my initial brain injury that impeded my eye sight. To be perfectly honest it scared the hell out of me cause I immediately remembered the 7.5 weeks of blindness I experienced while in the hospital trauma center. Trust me eye sight is definitely a human sense ya take for granted and if ya lose it your confidence disappears and ya tend to over emphasize the extend of the injury cause ya automatically assume the worst and fear it is permanent.
Anyway, I am feeling better bout things and if positive progress continues by next week I should be back on the trail of recovery. Even though all of this began on January 25th, the date of the accident, it seems like it has been going on forever.
Y’all be safe and watch out for cagers that can change your life in a matter of seconds.
Enjoy the rest of ya
Hey y’all ! Hope everyone is doing well and mostly enjoying life. Y’all better cause life is too dang short and in a matter of seconds your life can be negatively changed forever. I am talking bout living semi-comfortably to living in poverty or being homeless. Trust me your state and federal government does not give a damn and they spent more time blaming others for your situation that applying any thought or effort to actually help ya. I am a perfect example
I am starting to get quite a few BON messages requesting my current status, so thought I would give a quick update.
June 20th of this month I have a Doctor’s appointment setup by the SSI to further investigate my request for temporary or permanent assistance to allow me to live a somewhat normal life. I have not had a paycheck since December 2012 yet I cannot receive any temporary or permanent assistance to allow me to live a somewhat normal life.
· I am jobless.
· I am homeless.
· My income is zero.
· I cannot qualify for food or financial assistance cause I am unmarried and have no children.
· The medicare discounts I get for required “meds” are a joke. I am currently taking 14 different “meds”
and if I refuse any the federal government refuses to pay “any of my medical bills”
further expanding my debt. Saturday I
received a medical bill exceeding $500,000.00 and this DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL
SERVICES. These charges only include 01-25-2013
to middle of April 2013 while I was in the trauma center. I have to pay cash for "meds" that I get from selling personal belongings.
· I am going to a local Doctor that has NEVER physically examined me since I arrived in Kentucky. All he is interested in doing is giving me “meds” I do not want. I have been admitted to “ER” twice since my arrival due to extreme pain and he has never once asked for documentation or paperwork that even explains or defines what treatment I received during these “ER” visits.
· The brain damage I received during my skull fracture injury induced blindness for over one month due to brain swelling. Since my arrival in Kentucky I have not received a single MRI, X-Ray or any tests to evaluate any of my conditions to determine whether there has been improvement or degradation of the conditions, yet I have had three Doctors claim I am lucky to be alive. I only relay my condition verbally to a Doctor. I have yet to receive any physical examination. The last time I visited a Doctor he prescribed four “meds” that reintroduced my blindness. It took three days for the “meds” to get out of my system before my sight to begin to correct itself and then nearly a month before I could even read. This “meds”, which I had to throw away, cost over $100.00 of money I ain’t got and after he figured out what he did he responded with “sorry”. No refund or credit.
In a nutshell if I again turned down for assistance I will have to return to Florida homeless and broke.
I conclude this silly update with do
not trust Doctors or the system. You
will starve to death or live on the street and they will not lift a hand to
help ya. Trust no one and question
everything or they will just blame your situation on a flawed system, but do
nothing to help ya. Nurses are saints and I sincerely admire them.
I have another Doctor's appointment today at 1pm EDT and as usual I have no idea what to expect. This game has grown weary, unpredictable, unfair and literally insane at times. Round trip travel time is 3 hours & 16 minutes to Jackson, KY., discounting waiting room and examination time, to receive who and the hell knows what kinda examination.
Please wish me luck and patience to go through another flaming hoop of insanity.
This was the first "real' examination I have received since arriving Kentucky. Essentially if was bout 1.5 hours of mental exercises to test function, memory, vision and retention. To be honest it was exhausting and toward the end I got a bad headache from the visual tests. I was given a bit of slack on some visual testing cause I am partially color blind, but overall I sucked.
I learned it is gonna be 3 weeks before I get the actual test results, so again I wait. What else is new !
BTW, taking a mental examine when ya doing enough "meds" to kill a small horse is not fun. I felt like Forrest Gump with a hangover.
Nasty fractured skull scar and broken up nose. I know, not pretty, but gonna have to live with it. BTW, I sound like Wolf Man Jack instead of RanMan and doctors tell me it is probably permanent due to damage done by accident. This completely spoils my plan of profiting from a singing carer ! LOL However, I do sound like crap, just so y'all know. :)
Today is 07-15-2013 and I am
still awaiting results of mental examination conducted on
06-20-2013. This no news situation is driving me nuts.
Last I heard was SSI could take a few / couple of months to make a decision
even though I explained to them I had not had a pay check since December 2nd of
2012. SSI sucks ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Still hoping for some news this week, good or bad, so I can make some important decisions. I am ready to move back to Florida even if it means living on the street if I cannot get SSI assistance. All prayers and well wishes welcomed for some good or positive news. :)
More bad news from Doctor today. They are not gonna treat me
after 07-26-2013 unless I attain SSI or get some form of insurance.
SS says it could take another 18 months before they decide whether I get any benefits or
not. Why did I pay SSI taxes for 40 years of my life
? This world is an evil place and SS Sucks ! ! ! ! !
For those wondering if I moved back to Florida the answer is no. I am still in Kentucky recovering from my accident. The reason I changed my BikerOrNot.com profile "back" to reflect Tampa was so I could see what rides and events were going on back home. I am missing home bad. Even though I am not ready to ride I want to view what is going on back home with my fellow riders, thus the change back to Tampa.
Hey y'all. I am finally giving in to the requests for pics of how I look post accident. No laughing please . . . . . . life is hard enough as it is.
Here I am with fractured skull scar (starts at eye socket and ends at crown), broken neck still a problem (swollen C3 is in back and cannot be seen in photo), broken nose in need of serious rebuilding, hair attempting to grow back (hair has a mind of its own these days), no Goatee and no skin color cause no decent exposure to sunlight since January 25th. Why no goatee ? I cannot see well enough to trim it properly, so it finally went away. Losing ya eye sight sucks !
My face is a bit narrow, but
that is the result of going from 205 lbs-210 lbs to 178 lbs. At least that is what I weighed at the
Doctors office yesterday and he is concerned as to why I am not putting weight
back on. Of course muscle weighs most and
I have lost a lot of it due to inactivity (arms & legs mostly), so there ya go. Only good thing is I am back into 36 inch
waist pants, but otherwise it sucks. I feel very light and odd. My belt is so loose it needs another hole and it was made by a local Kentucky Shawnee Native American, so I am hoping it ain't gonna be a big deal to modify.
Foot swelling is in a bit more under control these days. I am back into my normal 11 ½ shoe size, but I got the size 13’s in the closet should I need them again. Spinal injury had induced leg and foot swelling for months now, but I am hoping it is finally going away. It is very hard to walk when ya legs and feet are numb, and ya blind as a bat !
Anyway, there ya go. Do not show the pics to the elderly or small children to avoid inducing nightmares of the battered RanMan. No worries . . . . . one of these days I will be back to normal, whatever that is, and ornery enough for y’all to recognize me again.Enjoy the wind and be safe cause cagers can do to you what they did to me and that really messes things up.
Seeking help from friends in Florida to help me find a place to live. Hoping to leave so I can be in Florida by beginning of September 2013. If anyone knows of anyone renting a place, one car garage preferred, that is small and affordable I am interested. I was hoping to live in Spring Hill area, but will consider anywhere decent in Hernando or Pasco counties.
If anyone has any leads you can contact me on BikerOrNot website under RanMan or use the email button located on any pages of this website.
Thanks to everyone and wish y’all the best !
To give friends an idea of what I am looking for in what appears to be Hernando County cause prices seem to be better there, but I have not given up on Pasco County yet, here is a brief list of the place I am trying to locate. I do not need a big place cause thieves robbed my last house of all my possessions, so I have very little to move. However, I do need a garage, although a small one will work just fine, to lock up my Bike and some tools, so having a garage is paramount. Anyway, here is the list:
(A small place cause I don’t even have furniture, but will need to get a bed, some inexpensive living room furniture and a cheapo microwave oven for food. I am alone so I don’t need much.)
1 or 2 Bedroom house
1 or 1.5 Bathroom.
Minimum yard work cause I cannot do it myself due to physical injuries and will have to hire it out.
I finally got SS disability approval after three denials. On my fourth application I was accepted for income, but denied medical care. Sometimes life is not only difficult, but don’t make any sense either. I guess my only advice is if ya unfortunately get brain damage from a fractured skull, blindness from brain damage and a fractured neck do not give up. Eventually someone with half a brain will realize you deserve a break and will actually do what SS disability is supposed to do. Help those in need that paid into the system for years and even though they did not want to gain access to the service had no choice but to accept it. You will certainly not get rich, but with a bit of luck can afford rent and food. Everything beyond that should be considered a gift. AND, for those that are abusing the system with fraud that makes it harder for those that deserve assistance to get it, kiss my ass ! Hopefully Karma does indeed exist !
Gonna take a while to get used to living on a low fixed income, but I am just ornery enough to make it happen. God bless resilience, orneriness and the patience to deal with some ignorance and lack of human kind care from the decision makers. No one that truly deserves assistance should have to put up with this crap cause the stress from a serious accident is bad enough.
Now, for the good news. Due to my terrible credit rating cause my medical bills are now $560,000.00 and I have no means to pay it, I could not get anyone to rent me property so I had a place to live. A single landlord has decided to take a chance with me and rent me a small place in Hernando County to give me a chance to rebuild my life as I literally start over with very little possessions. The thieves that robbed me of everything while I was in recovery I hope ya have trouble sleeping at night for kicking a guy when he was down and out. Anyway, unless everything falls apart between now and the end of the month I will be living in Hernando county Florida come the first of September 2013. I consider it a blessing that I am getting a chance to move back to the Sunshine State where I have spent the last 29 years of my life. I will be at the mercy of good friends for transportation cause it will be several months before I can regain my Driver’s License, but I guaranteed them I will be there for them should it ever be necessary. This is a promise I will keep . . . . . . Bank on it !
If anyone knows of a good and reliable place, in Hernando County, to get Lasik eye surgery please let me know. I am still legally blind due to injuries and according to Doctors they only way I can get reclassified as NOT legally blind and get my Driver’s license back is to have the surgery performed. I have no medical coverage, so I will have to pay for this surgery myself, so even though the most important aspect is to regain my eye sight, money will have an impact on when and where I get the surgery performed. Eye sight is something I took for granted and I am willing to pay a fair price for the service, but I ain’t made of money. I will not truly be free again until I get my Driver’s License back and this eye surgery is required for that to happen. To live alone and be independent I need a Driver’s License. I lost my car, so my Bike is my only transportation, but that is OK. I spent the entire year of 2012 without a car and although a PITA when the weather does not cooperate, I am willing to deal with that again. A motorcycle license only may seem to be a problem for some, but for me it would be a blessing.
Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement. At times frustration would get the best of me and kind words, get well cards, pleasant emails and gestures of kindness got me back on track. I truly have some great friends that reminded me life can be wonderful, full filling and worth the effort to demonstrate to others you care bout them. Only shame is it took a near death experience to remind me of what is really important in life. Sorry for being so ignorant !
Remember to laugh, smile, practice some kindness and extend some encouragement to those that need a little bit of help from time to time. “Paying forward” is a good plan and the emotional rewards you will gain are priceless ! Y’all be good !
Plans for moving back to Florida are slowing coming together. A pain when so far away from my destination, but hopefully whatever hurdles are created will be conquered easily cause I am jumping in both feet first. Being partially handicapped and alone does create some problems.
I will be in the rental house over the Labor Day weekend if the plan stays together or suffers from any major disruptions or unplanned obstacles. If anyone in the area knows of a good used washer & electric dryer set I would appreciate it. Due to being legally blind I still do not have a Driver’s License, but if a deal is good enough I will pay for gas and a bit of time to get the set delivered to my house. My broken neck pain is still significant, so I am worthless regarding any lifting too. Sorry for being a PITA, but I wanna be upfront and honest from the get go. Anybody that knows me can testify this is how I am all the time. No surprises from me, but to be honest I am gonna need occasional help from friends for a few months. Without this hardware I got no way to clean clothes so please help.
If anyone wants to contact me use the email button on any of my personal website pages.
Y’all ride hard, have fun, but beware of the cagers. Trust me, they can mess ya life up big time !
Hey y’all ! Happy Monday before Labor Day weekend. Hoping y’all had a great last weekend and
gonna have a safe week. Everybody is
Paradise take the necessary precautions cause there are scattered Thunderstorms
predicted for the next few days. I know
it sucks to ride in the rain, but I did it all of 2012, so it can be done if ya
careful and be on the lookout for cagers that ain’t paying no attention. Be careful cause they can change your life
forever in a nanosecond. Just be cool
and defensive . . . . . . . . . . and ya be alright.
Thanks to my wonderful friends in Florida I was able to attain a clothes washer and dryer. I am so happy ! Thanks so much “Shelbalyn” and the "muscle" that gonna deliver it to Hernando. I love y’all and some day when I start to feel better I am gonna make it up to ya. Right now I ain’t worth a damn, but with some prayers and luck that will change things, later I can demonstrate my appreciation for all that has done for me. I am an incredibly lucky man to have such caring friends.
I should be in Florida by the Labor Day weekend ! Y'all be good ! ! !
Things are starting to look up. After six days of cold showers the propane was finally turned on today and hot water is flowing through the plumbing. Wooo Hooo ! ! ! ! Broiler in oven and furnace don’t work, but plenty of time to get that worked out before winter rolls along. To be quite frank I could give a dang bout the broiler not working, but here in the Tampa Bay area the winter temperatures do drop into the 30’s and sometimes the 20’s, so having heat would be nice.
My computer tech showed up this morning and installed my surround sound speakers that I bought back in January of 2013, but never picked up or had installed cause of my accident and temporary relocation to Kentucky. DAMN they sound good. If the thieves that robbed my house would not have stolen all of my music CDs and movie DVDs I would be rocking out right now ! However, the technician played some online music and it sounds awesome ! To be honest, the best sounding stereo I have every owned, even though really a high powered tower PC. Oh yeah, he also got my EPSON printer, fax, copier and scanner machine working on the wireless network too. I normally would have done this, but printer instructions were too small for my injured eyes to read. Anyway, “James” got things working very well and my little mini-office is bout 95% functional. Need to get a fax/phone line for EPSON printer and then my little mini office will be 98% functional. ANOTHER Wooo Hooo ! ! !
Yesterday day my buddy nighttrain48hd - BON stopped by and assembled
a computer L-Shaped desk, a bathroom storage unit, ran me to the bank and we
had a decent lunch. A fun day for me .
. . . a lot of work for him cause of my injured ass. He is a great guy and I appreciate everything he did for me ! Gonna make it up to him someday.
Y’all have a great weekend !
Hey y’all ! Hope everyone
is doing good and feeling well. If there is anyway at all to catch some wind get-r-done !
Still glad to be back on the Nature Coast of Florida, so I'm cool with that. Good to be in an area where I have lived since 1984 cause it feels more like home. The place I got ain’t perfect, but it suits me pretty well when a few things are worked out. When ya love heat and humidity, like me, there really ain’t no where else one can go here on the lower 48 to get the tropical weather of the Sunshine State. Well, till winter comes and we freeze our butts off. Cold don't go over well here. LOL
I feel so bad cause I had told a friend I was gonna go out to an event after she so graciously offered to cage me there and I ain’t gonna make it. After this morning’s tasks my neck is killing me and I feel bad enough that I ain’t gonna take a chance in spoiling her outing cause I couldn’t cut it today. If I induced a very short afternoon I would feel terrible. I cannot do that sort of thing and sleep at night, so when she arrives I am gonna apologize and beg for forgiveness. I am also disappointed in myself, but I cannot change things so I need to do the right thing by doing exactly what I DO NOT WANT TO DO and that is miss an opportunity to see my friends and be around Bikers. This recovery crap SUCKS !
So if ya hear I did this terrible thing . . . . . . it is true. I ain’t as ready as I thought I was, so today I gotta whimp out. BUMMER cause today is beautiful outside, threats of showers later in the day, but the type of weather I love to dress cooler and more comfortable in. Shirtless, leather vest, jeans, fingerless gloves and a good set of boots. AND me wearing a helmet for the first time in 30 years. I sincerely believe it should be a riders choice, but at least for now fractured skull memories got me wearing a Lid. A year from now, who knows , but for now I ain't risking another head injury, so close to this one ! This recovery crap SUCKS !
Sometimes I just wanna scream ! ! When I try something new to speed things/recovery up I regret it later, so I have stopped that silliness. However, I may have set a Guiness World Record for most time sitting in front of a PC. Between research, BON'ing, software fun, graphic Image design in an effort to strength my eyes, windows shopping for everything from furniture to local Pizza Parlor prices . . . . . . . . . my ass now has a flat factor or bout -10. I do not know if it is true or not, but I heard that if ya ass reaches a flat factor of -20 your ass implodes and your eyes cross permanently ! In other words, ya never play air hockey again ! Hey, did I mention this recovery crap SUCKS ? !
"KID" I apologize Darlin ! I owe ya a couple of backseats when I return to the two wheeled world. Really hoping ya had a great time today. Ya know, this recovery crap SUCKS !
I want to thank those of you that have provided support. Ya might not think something as simple as demonstrating
some support would be much, but let me tell ya it really does help. Support ranging from “Hey” to rides to attain
groceries has been extremely valuable and I could not do without either, and
everything in between. Thanks to y’all
and especially thanks to Kevin for hauling my ass around. Thank God for Kevin and Walmart !
Well, today is day 248 since my accident. Geesh, seems like forever ago. I am still dealing with some pain and super boredom, but otherwise I can tell that my recovery is progressing. Yeah, it is at a snail’s pace, but nothing I can do bout that. Wish there was . . . . . . cause I have been told to expect 16 months to 18 months before my recovery could be completed. I am only 8 months and 5 days into it, so I gotta ways to go.
Slowly, and I mean slowly, I am getting my new home together. So odd for me to be in a tiny rental when I am used to living on 3.7 acres of land where ya don’t hear each and every car that drives by. I sincerely miss rural living. Might sound a bit wimpy, but I am still at the point that an errand to the grocery store kicks my behind. Not just from pain, which always follows even if I don’t experience any during the store visit, but the lack of energy is amazingly startling. The old saying of use it or lose it . . . . . it’s true. All of the simply things we take for granted can turn into a major task if ya luck goes sour like mine did. It definitely gave me a whole new outlook on life and a great appreciation living.
The major goal is to try to remain positive regardless of what goes wrong, lots of things do, or it just slows the recovery pace down even more. I am still hoping to be back on the road by 1Q 2014 and with a bit of luck taking a serious ride by summer of 2014. There are some things I have decided / need to do cause I now realize how important they are. A near death accident will get ya thinking bout those sorts of things. Too soon to discuss the details, but I sincerely feel I have to do these things and not risk jeopardizing their completion cause, “ I will do it another day”. Another day may not happen and it ain’t worth the risk.
Sooooooooooo, all is well at the home front and I hope y’all enjoy yourselves as much as possible. Don’t be a dumb ass like I was and possibly allow some things to escape ya cause of excuses or procrastination. Be kind, helpful, wise, forgiving and mindful of others regardless of what ya decide to do, but do it ! !
Hey, it is still great to be back in the Sunshine State !
Hey y’all ! Hope everyone is doing well and having a great time.
Thanks to everyone that has shown their support during my recovery period. Very nice and I genuinely appreciated your efforts as I work my way through a lengthy recovery period of which I am bout half way. Today is 8 months and 17 days through what has been predicted to be 16 months to 18 months for complete recovery. Yeah, sometimes life has some hard lessons that test ya level of patience, which cannot be change, but what is important is how you react to attain improvement.
Got a favor to ask . . . . . . no charity, a favor.
Some of ya may know that part of my injuries was a fractured skull and severely damage left eye socket. The brain damage that occurred has diminished my eyesight and I am currently legally blind. This prohibits me from re-attaining my Driver’s License and regaining a significant part of my freedom. To restore my eye sight I need to get Lasik surgery to remove cataracts (from good ole fashion aging) and reform my eyes to compensate for the brain damage that was done during my accident. Apparently where the eyes connect to the brain there has been damage. So, since I do not have any medical coverage and I cannot get any state or federal assistance I have to pay for this surgery myself. I am looking for a good Lasik surgeon in Hernando County, preferably, or Pasco County secondarily, Florida to perform this surgery before the end of this year so I can take another step toward rebuilding my life. I no longer own a car and only have a motorcycle for transportation, so it is imperative that I have good vision to safely ride my Bike. I ain’t looking for any charity or a handout, just a surgeon that charges a reasonable price so I can get on with my life. Sucks not being able to go to the grocery store on ya own and being an inconvenience to your friends to acquire rides everywhere. I got no family in Florida. I ain’t made of money and now live on Social Security disability, which is poverty level, so price is important to me regarding “when” I can get the surgery performed. The more it costs the longer it is gonna take me to save up. If anyone knows of a surgeon or medical facility just send me a BON message or click on the email button on this website and I will respond as quickly as I can.
have a great time and enjoy the fast approaching Fall Season. Get out them jackets.