Sorry, but more delays

August 20th, 2013
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I had been planning on returning to full time posting and I was about 75% done with a post on GMO opposition when I suffered a mishap which will prevent my return to full time blogging.

On Saturday I was on a bike ride when a family decided to stop and completely block the bike trail on a blind curve at the bottom of a hill.  This, by the way, is a stupid thing to do.

I could  not stop in time.  I swerved to avoid them.   I successfully missed hitting anyone, but was thrown from my bike so violently that I fully lost consciousness.  I started to awaken in the ambulance as it arrived at the hospital.

I have the following injuries:

  1. Numerous bruises and soft tissue injuries
  2. Sprained foot
  3. Minor skull fractures
  4. Moderate concussion
  5. Badly broken right humerus

Of these, my right arm is by far the worst.  I am right handed and have zero use of it.  Also very painful.   It is in a sling, but I am scheduled to have it operated on next week.  Screws and pins will be required to rebuild it.

I am told it will be months before it is 100% back to normal, but hopefully much sooner that I will be able to type with both hands. For now I am of limited capability and taking a lot of pain killers.  Hence, no new posts for at least a couple weeks.

Also:  I do not doubt there are typographical errors in this post.  It took a grueling 45 minutes to write.  Please, just deal with it.  I am in no mood to go back and edit errors which may be obvious but do not detract from understanding the content.

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    drjim Says:


    I’m so sorry to hear that. Although I don’t reply much here, I *do* read almost all of your posts.

    Hope you heal soon, and again, my sympathy.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

    Yeah, I will be fine in the long run. Modern medicine will be able to fix this and I am fully insured. Will take some time to be 100%, however.

    It hurts quite a lot. I have some opiate pain killers that help enormously. I do not know how I could sleep or function without them. However, I have seen addiction ruin lives, so I am being super careful to use them only when absolutely necessary and to keep the dosing minimal. Of course, never going beyond what is prescribed.

    I like them for the pain relief but do not crave them for any other effects. The moment I start to feel even the slightest urge to take them for the feeling they produce, I think I will throw them out and bite the bullet instead.

    It might seem paranoid, but like I said, I have personally witnessed lives ruined. Also, I can get some pretty good pain reduction with just OTC stuff like ibuprofen, before I need to go for the oxycodone. But at this point, I still definitely need oxycodone to get any sleep.

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    Sean McKinnon Says:

    Good luck Steve. Sorry to hear about your unfortunate accident. I am glad you recognize the addictive potential of opioids. I broke my ankle in 11 places and required surgery and a titanium plate be installed 11 years ago. At the time opiate abuse was just becoming the HUGE problem it is today and my awareness was zero. All I knew was I was depressed that I could not get out of bed and if I took the Percocet they have me I felt better. I ended up going on a 5 year “run” and losing everything and everyone and I remember being at the point where I honestly did not care if I died and accepted that I would soon.

    Fortunately, after trying detox’s and hospitals, and NA, and religion I found a methadone treatment program. I found that when treated as a medical/psychiatric problem rather than a moral/character problem I was able to stop immediately. I have been sober for six years now and am a successful father, business owner, son, and fiancé. To me it was a dose of good medical science that has allowed me to have my life back.

    Anyways, it sounds like you have a good plan to be cautious with the pills just… Please… Be careful.

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    TomT Says:

    Ouch. Sorry to hear about the accident. And yes it will be a while before your up and about. Surprisingly you could be doing well in a couple months or still healing in a year. It literally comes down to what was injured when you got hurt. :p Anyway good luck with the recovery.

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    mike Says:

    If the opiates are a concern then maybe try one of the new “naturopathic” pain killers.
    Just be careful to take the full amount as any less may cause an overdose!

    Thanks for your years of great posts. I look forward to your recovery.

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    DV82XL Says:

    Sorry to here of your run of bad luck old man, I won’t insult you with a string of hollow platitudes as I know they give little comfort and I’m sure you seen them all before. Times like this all you can do is hunker down and wait for things to get better and hope the universe finds some other poor s.o.b. to torment and leaves you be.

    Rob Gauthier

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    KitemanSA Says:

    Suggestion for next time; don’t swerve. Use those blithering idiots as a crash cushion.
    Why is it that those who CAUSE accidents are so seldom IN them?

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    Matthew Says:

    Hey, don’t worry about the blog. Concentrate on getting yourself fixed up, and we’ll be here when you get back.

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    Stephen Says:


    I hope you feel better soon!

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    Matte Says:

    Ooooh, they gave you the good stuff! You must be in bad shape…

    Get better first, blogg later!

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    Joseph Says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident.
    Like others I have read your blog but this is the first time I have commented here.

    A year ago I went thru simular (auto accident) and one item that helped me a lot was getting a voice reconition program for my computer. In my case I got Dragon Naturally Speaking and with it I could control my computer as well as dictate papers and other functions. Maybe that or simular might help you while your not able to use your arm.

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    Lucario Says:

    Sorry to hear about your injuries. Get well soon, and be a little more careful in the future.

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    I'mnotreallyhere Says:

    Look after yourself Steve. Hopefully the bad luck is done for now. Come back to us when you’re ready and not a moment before.

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    drbuzz0 Says:

    Made it through my final big operation. Now I expect a minimum of 2 weeks before I can easily type wth two hands and start doing normal things like driving again.

    A few people have contacted me asking if I need money or they should start a collection. I am flattered by that generosity, but the answer is no, it is not necessary. I have insurance and medical bills are not an issue. There will be some financial burden from things like lost wages, misc expenses not covered (taxi cabs, wound dressings, prepared food etc) but I can handle that. I have enough savings and credit that it will not be a big issue.

    If you feel compelled to help out someone, please find someone who really needs it. I’m okay financially and just need some time to heal from surgery and get out of the sling and brace that I am in

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    Q Says:

    Glad things are going ok. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

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    TomT Says:

    Glad to hear your recovery is moving along. Hopefully it continues smoothly. I remember years ago falling off a 100′ cliff and bouncing down its face into a river and being fine, as well as diving head first down a cement staircase at work and getting up being fine. Only to suffer 3 years of serious back pain doing a prat fall a few years ago in the driveway slipping on black ice. :p So you take care you never know with injuries if it will be a fast recovery or not.

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    I'mnotreallyhere Says:

            TomT said:

    Glad to hear your recovery is moving along. Hopefully it continues smoothly. I remember years ago falling off a 100′ cliff and bouncing down its face into a river and being fine, as well as diving head first down a cement staircase at work and getting up being fine. Only to suffer 3 years of serious back pain doing a prat fall a few years ago in the driveway slipping on black ice. :p So you take care you never know with injuries if it will be a fast recovery or not.

    A friend of mine did a year helping out in a spinal rehab ward before starting medical school. She got to know a guy with a broken neck who used to be a full on extreme sports nut : rock-climbing, motorcross, base-jumping, snowboarding, pretty much everything.

    He broke his neck falling off a step ladder while putting up kitchen cabinets.

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    outcast Says:

    Ouch, get better soon.

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    Calli Arcale Says:

    Yow!!!! I’m very very VERY glad you survived that! Thank goodness for orthopedic surgeons! They’ll get your arm back together. In the meantime, don’t feel guilty if you have to take time off from the blog; we may get petulant at times, but I’m just glad you’re gonna be okay. I hope that family learned a lesson from that experience. Never ever ever ever stop in a way that obstructs the path completely, and ESPECIALLY not at the bottom of a hill with a blind curve! Idiots.

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