Huge bummer. Our friend Jim (Munivision) took a bad fall at the end of our ride today and suffered three compression fractures to his upper back. Lucky for us he’s tough as nails - he walked the last mile of trail, under his own power, in horrendous pain and 95-degree heat. I would have hailed a medivac.
His wife called me the emergency room with the bad news and I trust any encouraging words might make a painful situation a bit better. Jim is not only great people but a super avid Muni guy who often organizes rides for all the So Cal guys. We’ll miss him while he recovers (quickly, I hope).
Thanks for the kind words! And thanks to the guys for helping me out and for Tim bringing me to ER. I woke up this morning feeling no worse which I take as a good sign. The drugs they gave me are great.:o The latest news is 1 to 3 compression fractures in the mid back. Doesn’t look like surgery. I’ll see a neuro-surgeon tomorrow.
My wife is a really good nurse so I’m in good hands!
Thanks again for the thoughts.
PS: Jamey, post a photo of it when you can.
Before his accident, Jim had planned on joining me and the OC club for a muni adventure at Whiting Ranch today, but of course he’s going to be healing for a while. Just wanted to say we missed you there today and hope you make a speedy recovery!
I felt sick to my stomach when I found out you had broken your back Jim. I don’t know what it means and how long it’ll take to heal but it doesn’t sound very good and I hope it’s a fast recovery. You’re one of my best new muni friends and I want to ride more with you.
Looking back it’s kind of ironic that we were talking about getting hurt in that cave, remember?! Think Jim said something like he has too many people counting on him to get hurt, like his patients, family and mortgage. Bummer man. When you know more, like how long it takes to heal and such, please let us know.
Jim thats rough. 6 weeks ago I compression fractured t6 and t7 in a skiing accident. Lucky for us, compression fractures seem to be pretty quick to heal and after a few weeks there is very little pain. If your fractures are high enough up in the thoracic region of your back I doubt that you will have to wear a brace. I don’t where mine are. It depends on how much height they vertibra have lost though, I’m no doctor but if its similar to what I did It should be a pretty quick and painless recovery. My estimated recovery time is a totally of three months untill, so you shouldn’t have to worry about quitting riding for too long!
Good luck and yay for pain meds!