Originally Posted by DavidTaylor
Dude, that's horrifying!
I can see why it's going to take a while to get better.
I heard a little about the accident (another rider turned and ran into you or something like that), but it would be interesting to hear your story about what led up to it, how it occurred, what caused the injuries to be so severe, etc. Not trying to pull a "let's gross out the crowd", but just to hear about it from your first-hand perspective and maybe learn something from your experience. If you're not up to it or ready to go into detail I totally understand; accidents are traumatic and it takes a while to deal with them completely (that part I do have some experience in
I guess I never did tell the who story. Here goes.
We were 1 week into our trip down Baja. The next day we were gonna take the ferry from La Paz to main land MX.
This happened on Oct 7th. This was the one day that we were actually on the paved highway (MX1) and not on some dirt road in the middle of freakin now where (good for me I guess)
I left Bay of Conception in the AM wtih one other rider and we had a great ride through the mountains and in with. I had been there before but I couldn't remember where to turn off to get gas so I slowed down to almost a stop to look around. As I came to a stop the other rider hit me from behind side swiping me on the left. We both went down hard but my foot was down off the peg and got pinched between the two bikes.
I picked myself up and walked a couple of feet back to the bike to shut it off. When I started to walk to the side of the road I noticed the pain and saw blood running down my boot. I sat down at the side of the road and unzipped the pant leg and saw the wound on the inside of the calf.
By the time I got to the side of the road Mike ane Jim had arrived as well as an ambulance (less than three minutes) They took me right away to a small clinic (no hospital in Loreto) the nearest hospital was 5 hours away in La Paz.
It was Saturday and the luckiest part was a Mexican Doc there who spoke great english. He had experience with tourists and after he made me comfortable and took xrays he got on the phone and got me a life flight jet to San Diego. Dr Fernando was awesome. He kept me updated through out the whole process and even rode in the ambulance to the airport with me to speed me through customs and to make sure the flight nurse had all the info she needed. I have exchanged a few emails with him since, very cool guy.
That's about it, spent 10 days in San Diego. My bud Deano drove all night and picked me up and drove me home.
I'm at home now. We change the wet to dry dressings twice a day. Monday the nurse will put on a wound-vac and that will speed the healing before they do the grafts...