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Old 03-23-2009, 01:55 AM   #1
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Ever watched a rider die?

I thought that was what I was doing today.
I'm actually writing this from ICU waiting. Sorry if I ramble, I just need to let some out in hopes some of you might do better when it counts.

So I'm standing there & the sounds were kind of far off & time wasn't quite right. It wasn't just a riding buddy, but my wife & I couldn't wrap my head around & make sense of the moment. WHAT THE DO I DO??? I've been riding for a decade. I've cornerworked a hundred races & track days. I've wrecked my share of bikes. I work on bikes for a living.........but I still couldn't answer that question. Some waste of life ****ing looser that's been living out of his 75 pinto station wagon had just pulled a left right between us & she buried her bike into his passenger door.

When I got to her side she was unconscious & she had blood coming out of her mouth & nose. She was lying on her stomach in a unnatural looking pose. My first reaction was "dont move her". So I tried to reach down & hold her hand only to find her arm shattered. I'm starting to lose my calm when she starts to choke on all the blood. I go frantically looking for a knife to get her helmet off. I saw through the strap only to realize later that I cut it in the wrong place. Over other people's objections, I'm determined I'm going to take her helmet off. I tell myself I'd rather have her paralyzed than watch her suffocate in front of me. I know the proper technique to remove a helmet and avoid neck injury probably better than the paramedics.........but that doesn't matter when you're in shock. I worked at it frantically while coaching those that were helping only to find that I never got the strap off and her breathing was getting fainter. She had bled so much by now that it was running into the next lane & starting to coagulate. She started moaning in pain & I just collapsed defeated & resigned to my failure that caused her death.

The accident was at 10am. She got out of surgery at midnight.
Her Injuries:
Left arm broken at the wrist, right arm compound fracture, broken fingers
3 broken vertebrae in her back
Punctured bladder
broken pelvis
broken nose
top lip reattached

No head injuries (thanks scorpion)
No internal bleeding (thanks to the man upstairs)

*******oh yeah***** & a neck that was broken in 3 places

I didn't kill her or paralyze her, but I could have. I wasn't ready for what I saw today. I could have done better and I should have done better. What will you do when its your turn?
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
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Wish your wife the best my prayers are out to the both of you and may she have a speedy recovery
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wow man....wow. i have helped many injured riders and motorists and have unfortunately seen a couple pass, but NOTHING i've been through could ever possibly prepare me for watching my wife in the same situation. it gives me chills just thinking about it. it must have been an absolutely horrific experience for you to go through. very glad to hear she is alive and without any life threatening injuries. and don't beat yourself up over what happened. we all do the best we can do, and we can't ask any more of ourselves. there is nothing you could have practiced or planned that would have prepared you to face that situation. you both have my deepest sympathies.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:13 AM   #5
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man oh man, I'm so sorry you had to witness that...i'm glad you knew what to do and kept your cool...congrats on that man...you're a life saver...now i give my prayers and best hopes and wishes for your wife to make a full and fast recovery.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:14 AM   #6
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:23 AM   #9
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wow man im sorry to hear of this. You did everything you knew. Hope for the best on the speedy recovery. Our parayers to your wife and you as this is a hard time. Prayers sent
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:04 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the thoughts & prayers they are very much welcomed and appreciated.

My real goal was to make some of you take a few minutes & actually think that thought........what would YOU do? Do you know cpr basics.....do you know how to take a helmet off is your phone charged before a ride? We went a half mile to a gas station to check our tire pressures & were headed out from there when the accident happened. We didn't have our "game faces" on so we never should have been on the road. We were riding on a sunday morning so traffic would be light........& she got hit by the only other car in sight.
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do you know how to take a helmet off ?
so what is the proper way to take off a helmet in this situation? i know how to take it off my own head but not off someone who may possible have a spinal injury.
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That was very dificult to read... Praying for your wife and you.

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i can't even imagine how painfull that must have been for you to witness.. i'm glad to hear that it didn't end up any worse.
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