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Old 11-08-21, 09:54 AM
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Update on injury

Hi everyone I thought I would give an update on my injury. On March 31, I had a low speed fall on my road bike and fractured my femur in 4 or more places, NOF, had surgery on April fools (I think thatís funny). Had a rod inserted and pinned in the femur. I did everything the doctor told me to do and spent the next 10 weeks on crutches and a walker, went to PT, everything was going good. BTW, I lost 10 pounds at this point (I donít recommend this for losing weight).

At this point, I was given the go ahead to put weight on the bad leg. At this time I started riding on a trainer. A few weeks later I was okayed to ride my bike outside, this went well. So at this point I am walking fine and riding my bike, this was near the end of July.

On July 30, I was just walking along and there was a pop, I had extreme pain in my hip. Called the doctor and went in the following week. Apparently I broke the rod in my leg and refractured my leg. I waited to surgery all through August but there werenít any beds available due to the upsurge of COVID.

I finally has surgery in mid September, replaced the rod. Almost back to square one but less trauma. Three weeks later the incision isnít healing due to an infection. Lost another 10 lbs.

Another surgery for the infection, now I have a fresh incision, a new rod in the leg and IV antibiotics for six weeks. Lost another 5 lbs.

Well Iím doing good, putting a few lbs back on but Iím a bit under Clyde status, Iím under 190 lbs. Iím able to put some weight on the leg but not my full body weight, going to PT and working my legs. Donít worry Iím still a Clyde based on my height.

Im expecting that I will be up and around in 3 months. At least in 3 weeks I will get the IV line out.

And one more thing to add to this adventure, we bought a new house in January that is 1800 miles from the old house. We still have both houses and I havenít been able to travel during this period.

Im still upbeat but the strangest thing when in the hospital with the fist surgery, the OT asked me if I was done with riding. I was wondering if he knew something that I didnít. Well Iím not done with riding.

Well if you read this , you have a lot of patience.
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Man what an ordeal!! Sounds like you're in good spirits
hope you heal quickly and become a Clyde again soon
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Man what an ordeal!! Sounds like you're in good spirits
hope you heal quickly and become a Clyde again soon
Im trying to patient and cautious with my recovery. I follow doctors orders strictly. We are both being conservative with the recovery, I donít want to break the leg or rod again. All will be fine, it just will take time.
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Best of luck on your recovery.
I hit 70 this year and I love riding my bikes , but Iím now on blood thinners and I worry about having another crash . They happen..
Arthritis is getting worse every year too .
Enjoy while you can .
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77, pacemaker, a-fib, blood thinner, arthritis. I feel great, though - I rode 1,300 miles this year, the most this century.

I'm really sorry you've gone through this. I expect I'd be a lot less upbeat if I were in your shoes. I think you're making a good choice in being cautious - making haste slowly is probably your best bet for extending your riding.

I stopped riding in 1992 because I became a road warrior. I started again 10 years later, but stopped because I got depressed and anxious due to job loss post-9/11. Got depressed again in 2013 and remembered that exercise usually helps reduce depression. I have to be satisfied with speeds I used to sneer at, but live and learn.

IOW, you've got this. With a little luck, you'll ride your bikes again, and you'll really enjoy it.

I wish you the best.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
Hi everyone I thought I would give an update on my injury. On March 31, I had a low speed fall on my road bike and fractured my femur in 4 or more places, NOF, had surgery on April fools (I think thatís funny). Had a rod inserted and pinned in the femur. I did everything the doctor told me to do and spent the next 10 weeks on crutches and a walker, went to PT, everything was going good. BTW, I lost 10 pounds at this point (I donít recommend this for losing weight).

At this point, I was given the go ahead to put weight on the bad leg. At this time I started riding on a trainer. A few weeks later I was okayed to ride my bike outside, this went well. So at this point I am walking fine and riding my bike, this was near the end of July.

On July 30, I was just walking along and there was a pop, I had extreme pain in my hip. Called the doctor and went in the following week. Apparently I broke the rod in my leg and refractured my leg. I waited to surgery all through August but there werenít any beds available due to the upsurge of COVID.

I finally has surgery in mid September, replaced the rod. Almost back to square one but less trauma. Three weeks later the incision isnít healing due to an infection. Lost another 10 lbs.

Another surgery for the infection, now I have a fresh incision, a new rod in the leg and IV antibiotics for six weeks. Lost another 5 lbs.

Well Iím doing good, putting a few lbs back on but Iím a bit under Clyde status, Iím under 190 lbs. Iím able to put some weight on the leg but not my full body weight, going to PT and working my legs. Donít worry Iím still a Clyde based on my height.

Im expecting that I will be up and around in 3 months. At least in 3 weeks I will get the IV line out.

And one more thing to add to this adventure, we bought a new house in January that is 1800 miles from the old house. We still have both houses and I havenít been able to travel during this period.

Im still upbeat but the strangest thing when in the hospital with the fist surgery, the OT asked me if I was done with riding. I was wondering if he knew something that I didnít. Well Iím not done with riding.

Well if you read this , you have a lot of patience.
Disturbing to read that you broke that rod in your leg, from just gently walking around.

Did they "underspecc" the strength of the rod they put in?

Is the new rod any stronger?
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Disturbing to read that you broke that rod in your leg, from just gently walking around.

Did they "underspecc" the strength of the rod they put in?

Is the new rod any stronger?
I wonít speculate on the cause of the broken rod. They did put a stronger one in.
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77, pacemaker, a-fib, blood thinner, arthritis. I feel great, though - I rode 1,300 miles this year, the most this century.

I'm really sorry you've gone through this. I expect I'd be a lot less upbeat if I were in your shoes. I think you're making a good choice in being cautious - making haste slowly is probably your best bet for extending your riding.

I stopped riding in 1992 because I became a road warrior. I started again 10 years later, but stopped because I got depressed and anxious due to job loss post-9/11. Got depressed again in 2013 and remembered that exercise usually helps reduce depression. I have to be satisfied with speeds I used to sneer at, but live and learn.

IOW, you've got this. With a little luck, you'll ride your bikes again, and you'll really enjoy it.

I wish you the best.
I have no doubt that I will ride again, Iím determined but patient.
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Geeze, what a rough year! I hope you heal up and get back to doing what you enjoy doing.
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Geeze, what a rough year! I hope you heal up and get back to doing what you enjoy doing.
I'm enjoying catching up on TV and it eating my way back to Clyde status. I gained 5 lbs. I did ride over 2400 miles this year so it's not completely wasted.

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Attitude is almost everything. Yours is great. Best wishes for a happy and well-managed recovery!
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Hat's off man that is no easy life. Any chance of osteoporosis or did I miss that?
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Attitude is almost everything. Yours is great. Best wishes for a happy and well-managed recovery!
I have seen bad patients before, ones that thought they knew more than the doctors. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will be in the daylight soon and riding a bike.
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Hat's off man that is no easy life. Any chance of osteoporosis or did I miss that?
Donít really look at that way, things happen and I will be fine after this is over, I just need to be patient. I asked my surgeon about the osteoporosis and he said no, He said the impact was the same as getting hit by a car going 50 mph. I donít want that to happen either.

Another thought is that I am a diabetic and the diabetes may be inhibiting the healing process. I and my wife are taking a more holistic approach with my nutrition, so I am eating lots of protein and my carbs are from leafy greens, I am also taking calcium, vitamin D and C.

I am making some sweet rolls today, thatís the silver lining.

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Tomorrow I will get the PICC line out. 6 weeks of IV antibiotics every 8 hours. What a PITA at least it was only 6 weeks. I can really emphasize with patients that have these in long term, although I hope most of them donít have to use crutches too. I am also glad that mine is only due to minor infection.

One more leap in the right direction. The incision has healed completely and there isnít any pain except when doing rehab at the PT clinic. I have ridden on the recumbent at the clinic, that is within the weight parameters allowed by the doctor. I can almost put the sock on the foot of the impaired leg.

Oh yeah, I have put a few pounds back on and am getting close to Clyde status again.

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I started putting on some weight again and am hovering around 200 lbs.

I bugged my doctor about riding given that I canít put more than 100 lbs on my leg. I donít want to gain any weight through the holidays

Finally got the ok on Dec 11 for indoor riding. Nothing too extreme because I still have the weight restriction.

Got 300 miles in for the month.

Iím just waiting for the the leg to heal, work on getting my leg over the saddle and the ok to start riding outside.
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Thank you for the update as the new year starts. May this year be more forgiving than the last. Hoping nothing but the best for you.
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Wow, just reading this and really sorry to hear of all your mis-adventures. The closest I came to your story was 5 years ago, when a wild dog attack broke my pelvis and derailed a great year of cycling. I recovered, and had my very best year in 2019 due in part to COVID, cycling over 8,000 miles for the year.

Then, in 2020, at the beginning of last year, a trip to the cardio revealed a heart arrhythmia (genetic, Mom had a-fib) at which time he stated Ď you canít outcyle your genesí. Put me on metoprolol.

Iím close to your age, will be 65 late 2022. So I backed off a bit on the cycling and generally do about 3 or 4 x 22 mile rides each week. I no longer track my miles, but whatís weird is I always feel good on a bike. In September I did the Rappahannock Rough Ride in VA, about 61 miles in the hills, which was about 5,000 feet of climbing. Had a strong effort and felt great after the ride.

I have no other maladies to speak of, no arthritis, no allergies, nothing. But the palpitations do remind me Iím aging and to not overdo it. Not a whole lot I can doÖ.except keep under 200 (which Iíve been doing).

I hope youíre are to resume your activities to a level you enjoy. I still love cycling, albeit at a slightly reduced effort.
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Thanks for the update. Best of luck in your recovery and your riding!
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Wow, just reading this and really sorry to hear of all your mis-adventures. The closest I came to your story was 5 years ago, when a wild dog attack broke my pelvis and derailed a great year of cycling. I recovered, and had my very best year in 2019 due in part to COVID, cycling over 8,000 miles for the year.

Then, in 2020, at the beginning of last year, a trip to the cardio revealed a heart arrhythmia (genetic, Mom had a-fib) at which time he stated ‘ you can’t outcyle your genes’. Put me on metoprolol.

I’m close to your age, will be 65 late 2022. So I backed off a bit on the cycling and generally do about 3 or 4 x 22 mile rides each week. I no longer track my miles, but what’s weird is I always feel good on a bike. In September I did the Rappahannock Rough Ride in VA, about 61 miles in the hills, which was about 5,000 feet of climbing. Had a strong effort and felt great after the ride.

I have no other maladies to speak of, no arthritis, no allergies, nothing. But the palpitations do remind me I’m aging and to not overdo it. Not a whole lot I can do….except keep under 200 (which I’ve been doing).

I hope you’re are to resume your activities to a level you enjoy. I still love cycling, albeit at a slightly reduced effort.
I'm sorry to hear about the arrhythmia, I'm glad that you can still be active and feel well. Take care of yourself and your health, it's the best thing we can have as we get older.

I don't think my issues with my leg are bad at all, it's just a broken bone. I assume that I will ride like before or better with the little weight lose. It just takes time and patience, also listening to my doctor and not get too aggressive in trying to get back on the bike.

I was asking my doctor about my heart a few years ago because my brother had his second heart attack. He decided that it was time I did a stress test to see if there were any problems. He said that my heart is strong and there are no issues.

I was thinking that this is a good year to be injured, with Covid, I don't go out and lessens my chances of getting infected.

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Thanks for the update. Best of luck in your recovery and your riding!
Thank you. I will see what the doctor says after the next visit.
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hi everyone i thought i would give an update on my injury. On march 31, i had a low speed fall on my road bike and fractured my femur in 4 or more places, nof, had surgery on april fools (i think thatís funny). Had a rod inserted and pinned in the femur. I did everything the doctor told me to do and spent the next 10 weeks on crutches and a walker, went to pt, everything was going good. Btw, i lost 10 pounds at this point (i donít recommend this for losing weight).

At this point, i was given the go ahead to put weight on the bad leg. At this time i started riding on a trainer. A few weeks later i was okayed to ride my bike outside, this went well. So at this point i am walking fine and riding my bike, this was near the end of july.

On july 30, i was just walking along and there was a pop, i had extreme pain in my hip. Called the doctor and went in the following week. Apparently i broke the rod in my leg and refractured my leg. I waited to surgery all through august but there werenít any beds available due to the upsurge of covid.

I finally has surgery in mid september, replaced the rod. Almost back to square one but less trauma. Three weeks later the incision isnít healing due to an infection. Lost another 10 lbs.

Another surgery for the infection, now i have a fresh incision, a new rod in the leg and iv antibiotics for six weeks. Lost another 5 lbs.

Well iím doing good, putting a few lbs back on but iím a bit under clyde status, iím under 190 lbs. Iím able to put some weight on the leg but not my full body weight, going to pt and working my legs. Donít worry iím still a clyde based on my height.

Im expecting that i will be up and around in 3 months. At least in 3 weeks i will get the iv line out.

And one more thing to add to this adventure, we bought a new house in january that is 1800 miles from the old house. We still have both houses and i havenít been able to travel during this period.

Im still upbeat but the strangest thing when in the hospital with the fist surgery, the ot asked me if i was done with riding. I was wondering if he knew something that i didnít. Well iím not done with riding.

Well if you read this , you have a lot of patience.
keep on keeping on!
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Bikes: Modified 26 inch frame Schwinn Varsity with 700c wheels and 10 speed cassette hub. Ryan Vanguard recumbent. 67cm 27"x1 1/4" Schwinn Sports Tourer from the 1980's. 1980's 68cm Nishiki Sebring with 700c aero wheels, 30 speeds, flat bar bicycle.

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Good luck with your recovery. I fell off my recumbent at speed a couple of years back. Because of the lower height I did not break my hip or femur. I was 66 at the time. I fear falling off my upright bikes because of the height but still ride them all the time. I hope you defeat the infection issues for good.
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