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Dana_S : Hot shotting on dirt bike tib/fib
Diary entry posted Mon 3:19pm 30 December 2013

I broke my leg dirt bike riding with my husband on October 5, 2013. It has been a hobby of his of which I had only joined in on about a year ago. Everyone, but none more than I, were surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Our kids didn't even like it as much, so it was mostly he and I cruising through the woods and mountains. THE bl day started great! I was really picking up my speed and positioning around the corners and had one other goal for that day: lifting the front tire enough so that I could clear roots and rocks with more ease. I had done the more difficult trails that day and was feeling confident. I suggested we go to this little area that had some jumps and trees. Roots for practice I was thinking. After playing a bit I took a jump and caught some air! I was so excited I hit it again, hard, landed in a wheelie and swerved into a tree. The bottom of my left foot hit the tree square and catapulted me off the bike and through the air. I was wearing full protective gear and sometimes it makes it difficult to breath so when I landed I just started tearing gear off. My husband was there quickly trying to help me. Googles, gloves, helmet, chest guards-check...boots? Bones clicking-STOP. I told him he had to leave me to go for help, I said it confidently, but when he left I realized I hadn't even caught my breath yet and became very frightened. Every noise triggered a fear so much that when a vehicle on a nearby dirt road was driving by I started screaming for him to stop. Lucky for me he heard and pulled over, but when he got out I immediately second guessed my position:( Thankfully he was great. He had phone reception so called 911 but it sent him to the state on the other side of the river and they couldn't seem to locate us nor did we really know how to tell them where we were.. Right around that time my husband was back with people to help. He had found a Couple, the man was an engineer and devised a makeshift splint out of sticks and tie downs and she was a nurse who kept checking for shock and keeping me warm and comfortable. They carried me to the SUV and slid me into the back seat. Our new friends not only led the way but even called ahead to the hospital so they would be ready. Off to the hospital with me mumbling the whole way,"They aren't taking that boot off of me, do you hear? Make sure they know they have to cut that boot off!" Over and over. They did take that boot off, just pulled it right off. Took an X-ray and declared it a spiral tibia brake which ricocheted out of the fibula braking that also. Sent me home with instructions to go to the fracture clinic next week.

That's when they told me I shouldn't need surgery but that the surgeons may want to see me. The OS did want to operate but if I really didn't want them to, then They'd put me in a full cast for at least 3 months and I'd possibly always have a limp. I was leaning that way when my castophobia set in. The cast was too tight and the bones felt as though they were clicking and pushing against it. The doctors said I was having a panic attack, which i had no idea could just happen. I was sure it was a reaction to all of the oxycodone (I was taking an anti vomit pill called lorazepam just to keep the oxys down) so was trying to cut those out. I opted for surgery IF I didn't have to go back in a cast. OS said no problem, splint and then boot. October 18th I had a rod inserted in the tibia with two screws at the top and three at the bottom. I had a very hard time mentally coming out of the anesthesia but they sent me home the next day. I continued to feel like I couldn't breath when I slept and eventually ended up in the er where they checked for blood clots but decided it was anxiety again. They gave me ativan and told me that since they stopped my reaction it must be anxiety. I took the ativan for around three weeks when my GP informed me he wanted me to stop those and go on something long term. I didn't want to and he wouldn't refill so I am now a month med free ;)

I am seeing therapists, acupuncturist, chiropractor, physiologist (nerve conduction for a big toe that won't go up), MRI (same big toe and also the crackling back no one found important, hope they are right!) PT ( who i am always questioning) and too rarely my OS as well as this site and meditation to help me get things worked through. I I am very happy to be seeing improvement both physically and mentally!



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