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i had an accident

Postby d3funct » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:59 pm

...and it hurts.

riding along the kwinana psp, came off my bike at around 35kmh. what caused it? a bug, a wasp or something landed on my hand, and i panicked. this caused me to lose my balance. the front wheel jacknifed and as a result i went over the handlebars and landed on my shoulder.

the front wheel is now bent and numerous scratches all over, luckily its an old bike but still :( the chain snapped too.

my injuries? massive swelling and bruising on my quad muscle, and fractured clavicle.

im very upset, as this morning i was looking to revise my 2010 goal, now ill be out of action for a while.

at least my uni exams will now be deferred :) more study time!!

ouch :oops:

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Re: i had an accident

Postby trailgumby » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:20 pm

Oh, so not good. Sorry to hear about your crash. :(

Presume you're getting it pinned?
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Re: i had an accident

Postby d3funct » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:37 pm

not sure, the consultant was busy in theatre so they sent me home in a sling. have an appt with surgeon on tuesday, they said it could be a week or so before they either operate or not :roll:

public hospital system :x
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Re: i had an accident

Postby familyguy » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:11 pm

Yeah, cause that sure looks like it'll heal straight on its own :?

Good healin'!
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Re: i had an accident

Postby open roader » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:25 pm

Bugger about the spill - hope you feel better about it all soon - quite a big shock! :shock:

I've broken my right collarbone similar clean break. I was offered two options - pin and plate or natural healing. My father is a retired surgeon, he warned me against the pin and plate operation for the posibility of post operative infection. I took his advise and now am living with one clavicle 28mm shorter than the other!! The knit was strong but the bone set with the brake overlapping so I have a huge calceous lump on my right clavicle....... :( The upshot of that is ongoing muscular problems on my right side, posture correction, and loss of flexibility - 12 years of trouble and counting.

if you opt for a natural healing be double wary of an overlapping knit - keep at your doctor/s to ensure the bone is correctly aligned for a neat knit.

Get well soon!! :)
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Re: i had an accident

Postby jules21 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:47 pm

get well soon. that's a nasty outcome.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby silkishuge » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:55 pm

That looks nasty. Take care and get well soon. You should ace the exam :wink:

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Re: i had an accident

Postby sogood » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:24 pm

Impressive crack. Get it plated. Good luck!
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Re: i had an accident

Postby zues » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:52 pm

Hope they patch it properly-all the best to ya
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Re: i had an accident

Postby Fleshpiston » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:02 pm

d3funct wrote:what caused it? a bug, a wasp or something landed on my hand, and i panicked. this caused me to lose my balance. the front wheel jacknifed and as a result i went over the handlebars and landed on my shoulder.


Evening,

Probably a paper wasp, as its the session for those buggers. I'm sure of this since my 6 year old collects wasp nests for a hobby. Fwiw, on Saturday i just knocked one down from a local church for his collection. Disgusting lookin things as far as i'm concerned, especially the larvae moving around in the hive cells, YUCK !!!

If it was me i'll go the surgical route and get the clav pin and plated. I would then jump onto a recumbent bike asap at my local gym.

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Re: i had an accident

Postby moosterbounce » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:03 pm

Ooooh bugger. Good healing thoughts coming your way. Such a simple thing to cause such a nasty break.

I suppose now if the wrong time to discuss the merits of living north of the river? :wink:
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Re: i had an accident

Postby Marty Moose » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:48 pm

Terrible news for you :( :( After a having few breaks of my own over the years (m/c racing) this is a good time to get private health cover it really is worth it. I got stuck in the public system once, it cost me eight weeks in a hospital bed on heavy drugs only to firnd out I could have paid for the procedure I was waiting for it was $800 was NOT HAPPY.

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Re: i had an accident

Postby il padrone » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:02 pm

Marty Moose wrote:Terrible news for you :( :( After a having few breaks of my own over the years (m/c racing) this is a good time to get private health cover it really is worth it. I got stuck in the public system once, it cost me eight weeks in a hospital bed on heavy drugs only to firnd out I could have paid for the procedure I was waiting for it was $800 was NOT HAPPY.

Hmmm...... :?

That sounds very strange. I've had a few breaks in the past 10 years from some off-road MTB incidents and a couple of silly falls. Never had much undue waiting time, the public system always saw that there was a serious medical issue that needed fixing. I did have to wait 3 days to get the broken elbow tip operated on to get cabled and pinned, that was about the most inconvenience I've had. Eight weeks? With heavy drugs (pain-killers?). Sounds like a bit more than elective surgery.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby moreegolfer » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:50 am

Best of luck with the healing process. That xray looks a lot worse than my break. I am no doctor but it looks to be a good case of pin and plate.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby d3funct » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:12 am

thanks for the well wishes folks, appreciate it :D

my wife is having fun looking after me now, as i have very restricted movement.

i think its hardest on my dogs right now, they just dont understand why daddy cant walk or play with them right now :(

ill keep you posted on updates
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Re: i had an accident

Postby Spork! » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:59 am

I'm no surgeon, but I have smashed a clavicle. Pin and plate for sure mate, or it will probably never be quite right again. I had 3-4 very painful days wait for mine to be done (public) as every time I was scheduled someone would have a nasty MVA (motor vehicle accident) and my surgery had to be delayed while they saved someones life.
It felt much more comfortable almost immediately after the surgery. Unfortunately it got infected and the next few days were hell. I kept going back to the hospital daily telling them something was wrong. It wasn't until the swelling was so great that the protruding end of one of the pins was below the level of the skin that they said "thats a nasty infection, "we'll need to operate" (again).

I guess what I'm saying is, have it fixed, and if it starts getting sorer after a couplefew days, go back to the hospital, and keep going back, until they fix it properly. Monitor closely for signs of infection!
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Re: i had an accident

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:35 am

Infection rate should be very low if it wasn't a compound fracture ie. With skin break. So don't let that complication worry you unnecessarily. Otherwise death is the other well documented complication for any surgery... ;)
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Re: i had an accident

Postby blkmcs » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:05 am

That looks nasty, I hope it heals well for you.

The only advice I can offer is to follow the advice of the experts at the hospital, they have dealt with thousands of similar injuries and know what they are doing.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby Spork! » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:08 am

sogood wrote:Infection rate should be very low if it wasn't a compound fracture ie. With skin break. So don't let that complication worry you unnecessarily. Otherwise death is the other well documented complication for any surgery... ;)


The infection usually occurs during or following the surgery. My surgeon told me before my op. that the rate is high for shoulders compared to other joints.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby sogood » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:31 pm

Spork! wrote:The infection usually occurs during or following the surgery. My surgeon told me before my op. that the rate is high for shoulders compared to other joints.

Infection rate for open reduction and internal fixation of clavicular surgery has been reported b/n 0.4-7.8%. In Australia and for uncomplicated healthy subjects, I'd expect it to be on the lower end of the spectrum. Given the potential long term functional and cosmetic issues with non-anatonomical healing and the ready availability of antibiotics, it's not very logical to opt out of this surgery when offered.

As always, find the most well qualified orthopedic surgeon and hospital you can and YMMV.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby d3funct » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:26 am

just made an appointment with freo hospital, for friday morning!! at first they wanted me to come in monday, 8 days after the fact!!!

i said no! my arm is still out of alignment and im in constant pain, so they hesitantly gave me a friday appointment.
then, who knows how long it will be before they actually correct it!!

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Re: i had an accident

Postby elantra » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:26 pm

il padrone wrote:That sounds very strange. I've had a few breaks in the past 10 years from some off-road MTB incidents and a couple of silly falls. Never had much undue waiting time, the public system always saw that there was a serious medical issue that needed fixing. I did have to wait 3 days to get the broken elbow tip operated on to get cabled and pinned, that was about the most inconvenience I've had. Eight weeks? With heavy drugs (pain-killers?). Sounds like a bit more than elective surgery.


Having private health insurance at least gives you an option if the public hospitals fail to take you seriously.

By the same token if you are ever in a public emergency department do not let them bully you into "going private" just because you have health insurance.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby sogood » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:37 pm

d3funct wrote:who knows how long it will be before they actually correct it!!

It's better to operate when soft tissue swelling around the fracture has subsided a bit ie. A few days later.
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Re: i had an accident

Postby munga » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:20 pm

will it buff out?
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Re: i had an accident

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:11 pm

Bugger, that hurt! :(
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