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Old 07-29-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Cattle die so TexasYankee keeps his skin

Do leathers ever work!

Without good leathers, gloves, boots and helmet, I wouldn't be typing this. My right knee has a little scrape of the sort I got every day when I was ten years old. Everything else is working, although I do have a broken collorbone.

I was going into Gut Check about 100 yards further down from where I crashed last fall when someone passed on my right. I must have been startled and grapped too much brake. The front wheel tucked and I went over the handle bars. The only thing I thought was "Oh, !" and then landed on my left elbow and right knee. I felt the pain in my left shoulder right away and knew I had done some damage. I slid to a stop and decided to just lay there and hope traffic would miss me.

I had dislocated that same should skiing in February and thought I had popped it out again but this time the collarbone was broken. I don't know who got to me first, but I remember Buck and Jason asking how I was and saying I couldn't get off the track on my own power. They rolled the amubulance and the EMT's put a neck brace on and put me on the back board. I guess that is due to an excess fear of lawsuits. I kept telling them it wasn't necessary and that with assistance I could walk but they said it was standard proceedure.

Buck asked me if I had an emergency contact number and I told him it was on the cell phone in my gear bag. I found out later I had'nt charged the phone and the battery was completly dead. One thing I'm going to do Monday is make up answers to all the questions the medical people ask and put them on a card and laminate it and put it in the pocket of my leathers.

After getting to the hospital and getting a couple of precautionary cat scans (I have a congenital ascending aortic anurism (sp?)) so doctors always do that, they took me back to the room. I can't say how much it meant to me that Buck was there waiting. THANKS A MILLION!

The doctor was very impressed that I had crashed at about 60 mph and walked away with so little damage. While the nurse was putting my brace on, she asked what I was riding. I told her my Suzuki. "Get a Harley" she suggested. I wish I could have seen Buck's face when she said that. I told her I have a Harley too plus a new track bike SV650 that I decided not to use Saturday because of the rain. The TL100S survived with just a broken foot peg and a little more rash.

Thanks to everyone who got my gear packed. That means a lot. Thanks to Motorcycles Unlimited and particularly Suzanne for the gear suggestions. The leathers (which the medics had to cut off) were Fieldshear, the gloves were the expensive Technics ones and have little damage after slidding twice on the asphalt. There is a thread on the CMRA website about someone loosing a finger because the gloves shredded. Get the best gloves. The helmet which is dented was HJC and the boots were Sidi.

I got home about 6:30, had a little dinner and went to bed. Got about 4 hours sleep and feel fine. Although momentarily depressed and wondering if I should act my age, I think I'll be back in a couple months.

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Old 07-29-2007, 12:34 AM   #2
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hey what all are you putting on the card, thats a good idea.

imma keep it right next to my donor card in my wallet. =)
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:49 AM   #3
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good to hear from you bro and it sounds like you are in good spirits, thats awesome.

should have told the nurse, Well had I been the HD type I would not have had any gear on.
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:23 AM   #7
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:25 AM   #8
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:31 AM   #9
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Good idea, but sometimes the helmet gets destroyed, or discarded by the medical team. Dog tags stay on your body, even when they're cutting your leathers off, they'll find them. Don't ask how I know.
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Yea good job coming to the track with a dead phone Sam . Good thing it was an LG so Buck could us my phone battery to call your people . I got to your gloves and boots before they fell prey to the EMTs scissors like your suit did.....on a side note your Tecknic gloves have a place to put some vital info on the inside of the cuff flap.
As I told you at the scene I will tell you again IT WASN'T ME . I DIDN'T DO IT . I WAS NO WHERE AROUND! Besides Sam when I crash you I make sure you have a nice soft place to land in:icon_bigg. Anyway Sam I'm glad you are ok for the most part and hope to see you back out soon.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:46 PM   #15
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Glad to see you typing Sam. You are one tough sob, hardly a wince when she cranked down on the shoulder splint. As for acting your age......keep it up. You are a role model to the greying set.
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Glad you came out of it relatively fine. A quick stint in a hospital is better than a long one, but never fun being poked and prodded. Bet you're glad to be home and sleeping in your own bed, huh?
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Hi, welcome to the broken collarbone club. Tom welcomed me last week and this week, I am no longer the newest member.

It really sucks when the collarbone is hurting and they put that neckbrace on, I was cussing pretty good during that one.

Glad you are otherwise okay.

Heal up quick.

Oh, if all you have is a sling, get a waist sling that lets you velcro your arm to you. It will make all the difference at night.

And take it easy, the pain gets better every day.
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Glad to see you typing Sam. You are one tough sob, hardly a wince when she cranked down on the shoulder splint. As for acting your age......keep it up. You are a role model to the greying set.
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Hey Sam I'm glad you're ok (relatively speaking). I hated to see a fellow TLS man hit the deck. Get well and see you on the track next time.
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