Back in August I crashed on my roadbike. Front tire went flat at about 35-40 MPH, downhill. I did a bad lawn dart impression (I didn't stick), destroyed my helmet, received a severe concussion, broke my neck, broke a few ribs in my back and had some tendon and muscle damage, but the worst of it was I crushed the T9 vertebra, and damaged the T7, 8 and 10. I was fused T7-12 the day after the crash, 6 hours in surgery. Spent a week in the hospital and then two more in their physical rehab unit. Was in a full torso brace with braces holding my head up and still. At 5 weeks, I was allowed to remove the torso brace, but had to have the collar full time, waking or sleeping.
Had a checkup with the surgeon yesterday. 3 months, or if you prefer, 14 weeks and 2 days, from the wreck and I got my collar off. She says I'm doing well. Neurologically, I'm on track, says I'm walking very well. Most restrictions have been lifted. But no high impact activities, no aggressive mountain biking or ATV riding. No bouncing or jarring activities. And NO NO NO running. At least until August. I go back in March for more Xrays, and August for Xrays, CT scans and maybe MRIs. After August, I should be able to run. In the meantime. I can have a full return to the gym. No limits on weights, beyond what I can tolerate (you would be surprised how tough 5 pounds can be right now!!!). I spend 10 to 15 minutes with my bike on the trainer now.
I weighed 294 the day of the crash. I currently weigh 258. I was down to 257 for a while, but ate a lot last week. My blood pressure is down some as well. If there is a silver lining anywhere, its that I've lost some weight and have lowered my blood pressure some.
Never a spectator!!!