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Old 05-18-12, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
He's alive and functional, but can no longer ride a bike (no balance).
He needs a tadpole recumbent.
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Originally Posted by apacherider View Post
Looks like a local TV news channel did a story tonight

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Cycli...151959175.html
From the article: "McNair is expected to recover from his injuries, but is family said that is likely to take months." Good news. Still... how can they *NOT* cite driver for hitting a cyclist? I can see if he made some kind of move to go into an adjacent traffic lane and the motorist couldn't react, but if the motorist simply misjudged the distance, they should be charged at the very least with an unsafe pass or something. In Fort Worth, there would be a violation of the 3 foot passing law which was passed a year or two ago.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
From the article: "McNair is expected to recover from his injuries, but is family said that is likely to take months." Good news. Still... how can they *NOT* cite driver for hitting a cyclist?
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I don't understand this either. If you hit someone walking wouldn't you be charged with SOMETHING? If you hit another car don't they normally determine who is at fault--at least for insurance purposes?

What we need is someone to take bicycle advocacy on as his personal cause and try to get some things like this changed.
Oh wait, someone did. . .but he got hit by a car this week. . .
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Wow..... please get well Mike. Hope you're back in the saddle soon.
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I am going up to the hospital today.

BTW http://mcnairfamily.chipin.com/mcnair-family-fund
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
He needs a tadpole recumbent.

Actually, he does. Stamina isn't great, but he gets himself around.
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Dangit. Just read the update

With those thanks, however, she has added a request. Since Tuesday morning, Michael has required blood transfusions repeatedly - and blood banks across the country are challenged to respond to the demands placed upon them. Please, if you are eligible, take an hour and donate blood. If you don't know whether or not you are eligible, find out - the basic eligibility criteria can be found here. For the donor, it only takes the equivalent of your lunch hour... but for the recipient, it can (and often does) mean life or death.


How is Michael doing? He weathered the surgery to stabilize his chest wall today well, but it has been a tough day on him nonetheless. The MRI confirmed what the neurosurgeon suspected - he has many fractured vertebrae (spine bones) in all sections of his spine. Fortunately, his spinal cord is intact, and looks reasonably good. He will definitely need to remain in the cervical collar for the forseeable future, but right now there is no immediate need for surgery to stabilize the fractures. Depending on what his body can do on its own, and on how stable the fractures look once some primary healing has taken place, he may have to go into surgery - for now, however, the surgeon would rather leave him alone.


He still has 2 chest tubes, but his left lung (the one that was punctured) is reinflated. The brain bleed has not worsened, and Michael's sedation was eased up a little this morning to see how his neurological status was. He was able to follow simple commands and did open his eyes - this is an encouraging sign, indeed. He was sedated again after they assessed him - at this point it is important that all of his body's resources are dedicated to healing, and the best way to make sure of that is to allow the ventilator to breathe for him, and to keep him sedated.


It is important to remember that this is going to be a very long journey for Michael, Heather, Chance, Madison and Abigail. As in any serious situation, there might be setbacks, but Michael's strength, refusal to give up and the incredible family and friends who surround him have brought him to the other side of tough struggles before.


With our prayers and positive thoughts, he can do it again.


Please continue to pray, offer your thoughts, and share this page....


... and give blood - please.
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With those thanks, however, she has added a request. Since Tuesday morning, Michael has required blood transfusions repeatedly - and blood banks across the country are challenged to respond to the demands placed upon them. Please, if you are eligible, take an hour and donate blood. If you don't know whether or not you are eligible, find out - the basic eligibility criteria can be found here. For the donor, it only takes the equivalent of your lunch hour... but for the recipient, it can (and often does) mean life or death.


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... and give blood - please.
I am a regular blood donor. If you've never done it before, it's a pretty simple process. The donation goes a lot faster if you are very well-hydrated, so I always drink about 32 oz of water an hour before I donate. When I'm well-hydrated, my donation time is less than 10 minutes.

Does it hurt to donate? Not really. You feel the initial needle stick and your arm will sting for about 10 seconds from the betadine used to sterilize your skin. After that, you really don't feel anything. I always think that the minor pain I feel when donating is nothing compared to what the person who will receive my blood is feeling. It puts things into perspective.
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Old 05-19-12, 10:59 PM
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I'm not much of a praying guy, but I did the ChipIn... should really get back to donating blood, too.

Hope he gets better soon! The pain he must be in...
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Old 05-20-12, 06:07 PM
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Wow, sorry to hear, praying for MMach.
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Old 05-20-12, 10:17 PM
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Contributed what I can on Chip In...wish I was able to do more.
Can't donate blood since we were in England at the wrong time.
(Went for the education....stayed for the mad cow disease.)
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I'm in for a pint. Conveniently, the Bloodmobile is coming to my office tomorrow by previous arrangement.
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I was planning on donating at the bloodmobile this next week, and then a patient had to go and bite me. Next 6 mos gonna suuuuuuck.
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Old 05-22-12, 07:29 AM
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Mike has had a bit of a setback, and they have upped his antibiotics to combat a potential lung and blood infection. Complications are part of injuries this extreme, and please continue to pray for Mike!
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Mike has had a bit of a setback, and they have upped his antibiotics to combat a potential lung and blood infection. Complications are part of injuries this extreme, and please continue to pray for Mike!


Get better Mike!
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Oh man....I'll keep him in my prayers!
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Since I was born abroad they don't want my blood. I'd gladly give some (I would get an extra day off too), but no... can't. I guess it will be a while untill we start hearing some good news here. Let's hope for the best.
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Update - Michaels infection(s) causing fluid in his lungs has been identified as MRSA and yeast. They already placed him on the correct antibiotics to treat this, but MRSA can be very serious. They will have to drain his lungs again in the near future most likely and hope that things don't get worse.
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Thank you for the updates. I have been thinking a lot about him and his family.
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Since I was born abroad they don't want my blood. I'd gladly give some (I would get an extra day off too), but no... can't. I guess it will be a while untill we start hearing some good news here. Let's hope for the best.
Really? I thought anybody who is healthy can donate blood.
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Really? I thought anybody who is healthy can donate blood.
Nope, there's a whole slew of requirements (many kind of outdated) including having not received healthcare or traveled in certain countries, and being or having had sex with a gay or bisexual man.
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I don't know about other countries for sure but if you're born in Eastern Europe you can't give blood in USA.

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Thank you for the updates. I have been thinking a lot about him and his family.
Yes. I check every day hoping to start hearing some good news.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
I don't know about other countries for sure but if you're born in Eastern Europe you can't give blood in USA.
http://www.adamscountyredcross.com/d...uirements.aspx

Indefinite deferral for donors born in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger or Nigeria since 1977.

Possible indefinite deferral for donors who have lived in or visited the United Kingdom or Europe for a total time of 3-6 months since January 1, 1980, depending on exactly where the donor traveled and how long he or she was there.

Visiting malaria-rich regions also gets most people (SE Asia, usually.)

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Yes. I check every day hoping to start hearing some good news.
Me too. I don't think people really understand how serious MRSA is (speaking as a microbiologist.)
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Nope, there's a whole slew of requirements (many kind of outdated) including having not received healthcare or traveled in certain countries, and being or having had sex with a gay or bisexual man.
A former roommate went to donate blood, and it was incredible -- it's like they haven't changed the list since 1982. You can be the biggest hetero **** on earth and they're cool with it, but if you're a healthy gay person... hmm, no thanks.

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A former roommate went to donate blood, and it was incredible -- it's like they haven't changed the list since 1982. You can be the biggest hetero **** on earth and they're cool with it, but if you're a healthy gay person... hmm, no thanks.

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