Broken neck update!

Got back from the doctor today. He asked me if I had been back on my bike yet, and told me how he just got back from a downhill mountain bike trek he went on (first time doing downhill, rode it with a full suspension.) I told him how religous I’ve been about this brace, and he said that was good. He told me it should be a little time before my neck gets all it’s mobility back, and said I should be able to ride in 4 weeks.

That’s good to hear, Adam. Any mention of residual problems from the fracture or did he say everything was all clear? Don’t rush it.

5-B-4-Accord

Adam,

Whooo hoooo!!! Hey that’s great news.:smiley: Just take it easy at first and don’t rush.

Be gratefull it happened when you were young.

You’ve been really lucky. May your luck stay with you always!

He said I’m basically in the clear as long as I don’t do anything crazy in the next month to break it apart again. Don’t think there will be any long term problems from this, everything was in the right spot and it wasn’t close to any veins or arteries as far as the healing will go. I’m afraid these four weeks more will give Harper a jump on me. But fear not, I will have a new tatoo soon.

“5-B-4-Harper”

Adam,

I have to echo the other thoughts of not being in a rush. You’ve got a small fraction of time in which to allow your injury to heal and a lifetime to enjoy the benefits of allowing it to heal correctly.

All the best,
Bruce

Re: Broken neck update!

Adam,

Four weeks- that’s great news! I’m already lamenting the fact that
winter is coming and will put the stop on our (M)Uni fun. :frowning: I already
have an outing planned in Hawaii for riding this winter and possibly one
to Portland Oregon later in the fall. I may also start a Unicycling club
so we can ride in a gym this winter and expose other people to the joy
that me and my kids have found. It’s something that I not yet looked
into.

Cheers,

Jason

AccordNSX wrote:
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> Got back from the doctor today. He asked me if I had been back on my
> bike yet, and told me how he just got back from a downhill mountain bike
> trek he went on (first time doing downhill, rode it with a full
> suspension.) I told him how religous I’ve been about this brace, and he
> said that was good. He told me it should be a little time before my neck
> gets all it’s mobility back, and said I should be able to ride in 4
> weeks.
>
> –
> AccordNSX - Broken Neck
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Re: Broken neck update!

Adam,

I’m sure that I will be out and about a few times, but the simple fact
is that winter in Alaska is not very inviting. It gets cold and dark. At
winter solstice we will have about 4.5 hours of daylight and that
includes dusk and dawn- translating to about 2.5 to 3 hours of actual
daylight (sigh)… It’s just not the same as in the summer.

Jason

yoopers wrote:
>
> Jason Neumann wrote:
> > *I’m already lamenting the fact that
> > winter is coming and will put the stop on our (M)Uni fun. *
>
> ???
>

Dude screw letting that thing heal all the way, just dont fall on your head and you’ll be straight. Get back on that thing so you can get sponcered tomorow. Or not.
Chex

Patience is worth a lot when it comes to healing. If the neck is still tender at week 4 there’s no harm in waiting a couple extra before hitting the trails again. Better 6 weeks now than 6 months on a re-injury, right?

I’m learning the hard way. I kept pushing despite some pain and now I’m recovering on MONTH 8 of a back injury, still unable to be very physical.

Then again, if your body feels good, charge it!

best of luck and congrats on the doc’s good prognosis.
Sam

The doctor said everything is fine and just needs to finish up healing. The only thing I’m lacking is my mobility in my neck which I’m slowly getting back to. I have a 20" Semcycle XL freestyle uni “fireball” thats getting done. I’ll ride that for a bit and pickup skills before hitting the trials/trails.

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— teachndad
<teachndad.9p4zn@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
>
> Adam,
>
> Whooo hoooo!!! Hey that’s great news.:smiley: Just take
> it easy at first
> and don’t rush.
>
> Be gratefull it happened when you were young.
>
> You’ve been really lucky. May your luck stay with
> you always!
>
>
> –
> teachndad - The Munieer
>
> Rod Wylie

wait a minute…

he has been really lucky, yet he broke his neck?!

i call myself unlucky when shit like that happens to
me.

im joking, i know what you mean.

Good luck in not screwing anything up this next month,
adam.

later,

=====
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Hey,
I missed the begining of the “broken neck”, but am guessing someone “broke their neck”. -probably in a unicycle related incident. I “broke my neck” (multiple compression fractures) in an MGB in 1984, while trying to drive it upside down (with the top up, of course) and while sleeping. I was rudely awakened in the hospital days later and found myself wearing a “halo” for the next few months. I found it irritating when I heard how lucky I was. But the fact is, I am. (Lucky.) It hasn’t affected my ability to unicycle in any way. My lower three bones are fused together, and I have (slightly) limited mobility -but other than that, I’m perfectly normal. Perfectly normal. I had no operation. The bones were kept imobile until they grew back together.
My point of all this rambling is -your body takes time to heal. Allow it what it needs. Not many people break their neck twice! Of the 3 of us that broke it in back on the same night in 1984 (different accidents), only one walked away.
You’ll be fine, if you’re careful…

RE: Broken neck update!

> he has been really lucky, yet he broke his neck?!

Yes indeed he is. He is not dead. He is not paralyzed or permanently
disabled. Hopefully the crash is far enough in the past now to talk about
these things and not scare him! It looks like he will recover completely (in
which case I think he already knows to follow the advice of his doctor over
unicyclists saying “just go for it”).

He landed on his head, with most of his body weight behind it. Simple enough
a crash as it was, it could have been much worse. I don’t know if there was
discussion about this while I was away for the conventions, but it’s one of
the few types of impact where a helmet probably would not have had much
effect (unless it were on rocks).

This goes to show what we already know, that bikes are just plain dangerous.
Though it’s possible for a unicyclist to land on his head the same way, the
design of the unicycle makes it a much rarer possibility. On a bike, going
over the front end is a common occurrence on technical stuff.

> im joking, i know what you mean.

Understood. I just wanted to jump up on the soapbox for a minute…

Heal well, and ride with care. Think about wearing a helmet (anyway) next
time, and most importantly, stick with a unicycle for stuff like that–it’s
a lot safer!

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com

“I was burning his dinner when I was 17, and now I’m still burning it when
I’m 52.” – Brett Bymaster’s mom Rita, talking about how she met husband
Frank at age 17, while at Brett’s wedding in July

All is well as far as the healing goes. Things are moving along quite well and the new bone is filling in nicely. I’m in and out of a brace depending on when I feel like wearing it, and in about 4 weeks my neck should loosen up enough so I can unicycle again! I was stupid for not wearing a helmet, but the doctor said I probably would be paralyzed or dead right now if I was wearing one. It’s just one of those situations where you luck out and have to look up.