Had a bad motorcycle accident on
Sep. 21, 2008 and suffered some very bad injuries. In a
nutshell, broke both bones in my right leg (compound fracture of
tibia, fracture of fibula), one bone in my right forearm (radius), as
well as my right shoulder blade (scapula). I was in the hospital
for ten days and out of work for three months. My 1993
Superlight (#920) was destroyed. :o(
The orthopedic injuries, while
serious, were nothing compared to the nerve damage I did to my neck.
I injured the upper trunk of my brachial plexus. The brachial
plexus is a bundle of nerves that comes off of your cervical spine
that control your shoulder, arm, and hand movements. I damaged
the nerves that control my deltoid, rotator cuff, and bicep.
What this means is that I am unable to lift my right arm or use much
of my right shoulder. My right forearm and my right hand, are
intact. For more information on the brachial plexus injuries,
I had nerve transfer surgery at the
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The neurosurgeon (Dr.
Wolfe) took portions of nerves that were working fine and 'spliced'
them into the non-working nerves in hopes that the injured nerves
would begin to function. I had this surgery on Mar. 20, 2009.
As of June 20, 2009, I don't have any return of arm/shoulder movement
yet, but it is still early. Dr. Wolfe doesn't expect to see any
real return until 5 months post-surgery. Keep your fingers
In the meantime,. I'm trying not to
let this injury prevent me from doing the things I love. I'm
still out looking for snakes, and have just gotten past the pain
window where I can start working on cars again.. I can drive
without any problem, but my shifting is a bit slower than before.
I still cannot ride, but have every intention of getting back on the
motorcycle. That said, I'm going to sell my 1098R
because it is
unlikely I'll be able to ride that bike for some time due to the
aggressive seating position.