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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Colorado SpringsPosts: 7,821 Senior Member
    Good to see you back, Teach!

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Miss MaryMiss Mary Senior Member Posts: 743 Senior Member
    Jerry is now out of the hospital and in the rehab facility in Fayetteville until his surgery. He is adjusting to his new surroundings ok, just getting used to their routines. Supposed to be stormy tonight here, so hopefully he'll get some rest. :zzzz:
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Under a logPosts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Miss Mary wrote: »
    Jerry is now out of the hospital and in the rehab facility in Fayetteville until his surgery. He is adjusting to his new surroundings ok, just getting used to their routines. Supposed to be stormy tonight here, so hopefully he'll get some rest. :zzzz:

    Rest is good. Being close to home is better for both of you. Take care. :angel2:
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member God's countryPosts: 4,646 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Rest is good. Being close to home is better for both of you. Take care. :angel2:

    Ditto and please keep us posted.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Heal up fast, brotherman!
    Never laugh at your wife's choices.
    You are one of them.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member A true 'Southerner'. NZPosts: 8,401 Senior Member
    Miss Mary wrote: »
    Jerry is now out of the hospital and in the rehab facility in Fayetteville until his surgery. He is adjusting to his new surroundings ok, just getting used to their routines. Supposed to be stormy tonight here, so hopefully he'll get some rest. :zzzz:

    Excellent news Mary. Having him that close makes it a lot easier on you both.............and means its easier for you to check that he is following Doctors orders........
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Hey, he is getting closer to being fixed and closer to home to boot. How long do they expect he will have to stay in the rehab facility?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    The next surgery is scheduled for June 11th. then back to rehab for some time for some recovery and physical therapy. Back home? Not sure- - - - -it depends on how well I recover, and if they assign me a real drill sergeant therapist, I guess! Thanks for your continued concern and support, everyone!
    Jerry
  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    You up for visitors? If so, PM me the hours and name if the place.
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • samzheresamzhere Banned HoustonPosts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    The next surgery is scheduled for June 11th. then back to rehab for some time for some recovery and physical therapy. Back home? Not sure- - - - -it depends on how well I recover, and if they assign me a real drill sergeant therapist, I guess! Thanks for your continued concern and support, everyone!
    Jerry

    Your post got me to thinking, and here is a portion of my new novel that describes a very similar situation as yours -- my protagonist Mitch King has been seriously wounded in an ambush that killed his good friend Kate:

    I was in and out of it for more than three weeks. They saved my left arm but I’d need two or three refits, stainless implants, plus more surgeries to make everything whole. Even then they said I might never regain full use and would perhaps need more work in the future. My left eardrum was damaged as well, but they felt I’d regain most of my hearing there. If only there were procedures for repairing the soul.

    Meierhoff and Duggan were constant visitors. One of the ICU nurses told me that Meierhoff had sat holding my uninjured hand for hours at a time, talking quietly to me, assuring me I’d be fine. Of that I remembered nothing.

    Apparently a priest from my church came by twice, as well as Tony Vee, Cheryl Stern, a few other visitors, all of these appearances foggy and insubstantial, dreamlike.

    Eventually things cleared and I was taken off the critical list but they kept me in ICU. Pain was still digging deep into my left shoulder and I went from a fast rehab to a second surgery and back to the intense pain and more rehab to follow. Their intent was to get all the surgery completed as quickly as possible, before my bones and tissues healed wrongly, and they had the best for me in mind, but it was still hell on wheels. Sometimes even morphine wouldn’t be enough and I’d just lie there, hooked up to monitors and drains and drips, seething in pain despite maxing out on the good stuff.

    All the surgery and painful rehab and the drugs they pumped into me prevented me from thinking straight, a regrettable byproduct of trauma care. But through it all, one thing still remained in my rat-infested brain, one thought preeminent. That my beloved Kathryn Morley was dead, and that she was dead on my watch.

    A month later I finally got through all the surgeries, they moved me to a small urgent care ward just off the ER, and I was put on the list where that annoying little smiley face poster would indicate a four, meaning I’d live but not especially relish that fact for the next few weeks.

    Nights were the worst. I kept reliving the shooting and dreaming that we’d escaped, were driving happily and sedately on an endless street named Montrose Boulevard, no stopping the glory road, no pain, no death, just carelessly puttering along a street with no other cars and no annoying traffic signals to even slow us down. Then I’d wake up crying, reaching out for Kate, pulling at my surgical tape and drains, and it would start all over again.

    Eventually they transferred me to a private room and left me pretty much alone. I still had the physical therapist torturing me twice a day but I actually began to look forward to her stern and unflinching style. It was of course intentional, as she wanted her patients to fear her as much as Nurse Ratched and therefore work hard enough that she’d maybe never come back. Still, I was getting better. I regained all the feeling except for some oddly numb areas just under the bicep and over my shoulder blade. And I worked my way toward seventy percent mobility.
  • mosseybuckmosseybuck Member San Luis Valley, CoPosts: 564 Senior Member
    Good to hear you are making good progress, hope a full recovery comes quickly for you. It takes a lot to keep us Tennessee hillbillies down! Take care, I learned several years ago that I don't bounce like I did when I was twenty!
    USMC '59-'65, NRA Lifer, Tennessee Squire
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    BAMAAK wrote: »
    You up for visitors?

    It's the Donalson Care Center, 1681 Winchester Highway (US Highway 64 East) in Fayetteville TN, Room 48. PM sent!
    Jerry
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    How about a new left ankle? I'm pretty well provided for, but thanks for the offer!
    Jerry
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    "The boss" get the AC taken care of?

    Yep! We've got two brand new heat pumps now, courtesy of SIL Steve's buddy who does HVAC work as a sideline. Hopefully the next time one fails, it will be somebody else's problem since the ones they removed were 15+ years old! He also managed to cut the Home Depot estimate by over half! Thanks for the offer, though!
    Jerry
  • Miss MaryMiss Mary Senior Member Posts: 743 Senior Member
    For the continuing saga of Mr. Jerry and his injuries. His Doctor came in this morning and told him he has a shoulder separation on the left side....AND he has a L-3 vertebrae fracture. He broke the spinal process off that vertebrae....so the list now includes, 5 broken ribs, broken fibula, broken ankle, separated shoulder and a fractured vertebrae.

    His road rash is beginning to look mildly better, his bruising is every shade of the rainbow.. including some very unusual ranges of purple....his attitude about it all was summed up nicely today when he said "I'm getting really tired of this"....I sang him a verse "We've only just begun..." he pulled a Queen Victoria on me...."We are not amused".....(I think he fractured his sense of humor too!) :uhm:
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,219 Senior Member
    Oh Goddess Mother! What worries me is that vertebrae - it sounds like he missed a REAL catastrophe by "this much"! It could have been worse - much worse. Here's to his rapid recovery!! :beer:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • FlashoverFlashover Member New Brunswick CanadaPosts: 390 Member
    Yikes! Hope you have a speedy recovery Teach. When I got hurt bad back in 94 I spent a long time recovering in hospital and rehab so I truly hope you don't have too many aggrevating days.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I don't have much doubt all the problems were known to the docs- - - - -they just didn't share many of the details with us at the time of their initial intervention on the main injury. The leg surgery was, and is the pressing problem at the moment. There's a pretty narrow window of time for getting everything jacked back into place while the ankle bones are still only semi-healed. If they start to knit in the wrong position, they must be re-broken and realigned. That's not a fun prospect! Fortunately, keeping my foot and leg elevated on a stack of pillows virtually constantly has allowed the swelling to go down a lot, which is what the slice and dice guys say is required before they can complete the job. A couple more days should detrermine if the next surgery goes on as planned. Hope so!

    Now, if I could only sneak my reloading press and some powder, bullets, and dies into this rehab place, maybe I could convince them it's "physical therapy" to crank out a few hundred rounds of ammo!
    :tooth:
    Jerry
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,659 Senior Member
    That spinous fracture should heal up without complication. Hopefully you get lucky with the shoulder and you stretched out all of the scar tissue and you end up with some better function. Do your rehab like it is your job.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • samzheresamzhere Banned HoustonPosts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Teach & Miss Mary, not much more I can add, just that I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope you heal up quick. Bless you both!

    And maybe, just maybe, Teach needs to reconsider whether his two-wheel days are now behind him.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Teach, you got lot of "Hurts" Ouch!

    Does the thought of motorcycles right now give you a queasy feeling in yer gut, kinda like throwing a drunk and walking in a likker smelling bar early the next morning with a hangover from hell?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Actually, no- - - - - -I'm looking forward to the time when I can climb on and ride again. Now, I am engaging in a lot of self-flagellation for doing something as stupid as riding on a tire that I knew was getting dangerously worn! I got over taking chances on worn car tires many years ago, and that bike is too heavy to even think about running around on slick rubber! Nobody to blame but me for my condition right now!
    Jerry
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,219 Senior Member
    Hang in there Teach! Sayin' a few prayers for ya.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Thanks! a reckless old fool like me can use all the knee mail I can get!
    Jerry
  • bhl2506bhl2506 Senior Member NW OhioPosts: 2,042 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Thanks! a reckless old fool like me can use all the knee mail I can get!
    Jerry


    You got it Teach! Prayers for a swift recovery! :angel2:
    Refusing to conform to the left wing mantra of political correctness by insisting on telling the truth does not make you a loud mouth.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,219 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Thanks! a reckless old fool like me can use all the knee mail I can get!
    Jerry
    You're probably running neck on neck with my daughter - she's working on at least her third guardian angel. Said angel is drawing combat pay. The other two are in a sanitarium, and one of those is in a rubber room!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    Jerry, I'm going to come up for a visit this evening if it's ok. Be there around 5:30-6:00. What can I bring you? You want some real food? Magazines, snacks? Let me know. PMed you my cell # is case I don't see it here.
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Thanks! Since they would probably frown on us splitting a cold 6-pack of Budweiser, just bring yourself!
    Jerry
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Lake County, FloridaPosts: 7,927 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Actually, no- - - - - -I'm looking forward to the time when I can climb on and ride again. Now, I am engaging in a lot of self-flagellation for doing something as stupid as riding on a tire that I knew was getting dangerously worn! I got over taking chances on worn car tires many years ago, and that bike is too heavy to even think about running around on slick rubber! Nobody to blame but me for my condition right now!
    Jerry
    YES...THAT'S THE SPIRIT, JERRY!!!! You're a stubborn, hardcore rider like me. I didn't want to add my .02 to this because of all the "you really don't want to do that anymore do you," around here?
    PS: I don't think you're getting my PM's. If you get a chance, could you send me your email in a PM? Thanks. BTW, sorry for the additional bad news on your previously undisclosed injuries. I hope there's nothing else they didn't mention to you yet.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Thanks! Since they would probably frown on us splitting a cold 6-pack of Budweiser, just bring yourself!
    Jerry

    Hey, I'm not averse to breaking the rules an sneaking a couple of beers in if you want.
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
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