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Desert Disaster

Postby trk4sale » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:09 pm

A friend and I took my Power Wagon on a trip to the Mojave Desert to check on some cabins and do some shooting. It was a great time until I rolled my left ankle on a rock. I fell down seeing stars and knew right away that I had broken my ankle. This was proven out when we removed my boot and my foot kinda flopped out sideways, but fortunately there were no bones sticking out.The first order of business was to get a splint on the leg because I was getting a little queasy watching my foot flop about. We used what was handy, that being a couple of 2X4's and duct tape, to splint the leg and stabilize the foot. The next problem was getting me to the truck. We were at least 100 yards off into the desert where we had set up our targets and the terrain was rocky with several small hills between me and a road. At first my friend tried to support me as I hopped, but given the rough terrain and the fact I weigh in at about 210 and he would be lucky to hit 140, this was not going to work. I ultimately ended up scootching on my ass on the down hill parts and crawling on my hands and knees on the uphill. Fortunately i had leather gloves and the pants I was wearing have knee pads so i did not get too torn up.
Obviously the trip was over, but we had planned to return home the following day so nothing was packed or ready to go. I had to sit and try to direct my friend and another couple of guys helping us on how to load the truck. It took about an hour to pack up and during the wait I realized that I was going to have to drive since my friend has never driven off-road let alone in a fulls size truck. Getting down from the cabins is about 4 1/2 miles of moderately technical road, but very rough and steep in spots so every bounce and jolt was sending a few sparks from my ankle. We made it out of the mountains, aired up and headed for home. I had decided at this point to head directly home, around 250 miles, rather than head for the nearest ER because I work at a large hospital in Orange County as an RN in the ICU and wanted to be treated by people I know. I had also decided that I would drive the entire way because I know the truck and the route so could probably get home a little sooner.
I took the fall at 12:30 PM and reached my home at 6:30 PM and finally made it to the ER at 7:00PM. Exam and X-Ray's showed a pretty bad fracture of my left ankle called a "tri-malleolar fracture" basically three fractures on my distal tibia and fibula I was told I needed surgery fairly soon so I was admitted and finally made it to a room on the orthopedic floor at around 12:30 AM, it had been a very long day. I was in surgery about 36 hours later and ended up with 13 screws and a metal plate in my ankle
I'll be off work for at least 3 months and at this time completely non-weight bearing on the left leg for at least another 3 weeks. That's why i have the time to post long winded narrations of my little disaster.
Anyway, a few pictures from the ordeal:
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In the ER with my custom leg splint
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X-Ray showing the fractures
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Another view
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Left foot a little cock-eyed
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Ankle hardware
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Another view
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One week post-op
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More incisions
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Last one
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby Colibri » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:13 pm

Holy shit! That's a crazy weekend in the desert for sure. I'm glad you made it out and back home without suffering worse. You're clearly a tough sob lol
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby TwinStick » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:23 pm

:jawdrop: What he said ! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ :jawdrop:
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G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby fbenross » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:39 pm

OUCH !
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby FirerescuePW » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:25 pm

Best use of hardware I've seen in a while! Good luck with your recovery, sir. We're pulling for you.

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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby 2011TXPowerWagon » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:44 pm

Wow. That was some ordeal. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby jswider » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:16 pm

Wow! That had to be tough. Good to see another RN on here. I am a cath lab nurse and before that did cvicu. Glad you didn't end up with a compartment syndrome as well. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby RustyPW » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:14 pm

OUCH is right. Glad someone was with you. Heal up quick bud! :rockon:
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby nts007 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:18 pm

Wow wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby Bill2014 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:23 am

Now you will be the Bionic Man! Most of the young whipper-snappers on here won't even know what I'm talking about.
Have a speedy and complete recovery! :cheers:
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby trk4sale » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:04 am

Thanks for the thoughts guys. The body will heal, but I hope I stay sane during the process. I had to sit on my ass and watch my wife mow the lawns yesterday and cant really articulate how bad it felt (plus, she did a crappy job).
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby chrisjameswagner » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:39 pm

Moral of story - Strap on the 2x4's with duct tape BEFORE heading out! :-)

Wishing a speedy recovery.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby CombatWombat » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:59 am

Sorry to see that....

I have had the same Injury.... a bit over 5 Years ago.

Got Pain every Day.
No Joint in there anymore.
Everything worn out in there.
No Surgery for permanent repair available yet.
The available technic will hold about 10Years and the its time to block all the Joints in the Foot.
I am only 31Years old...
Will wait until perhaps the Surgery Technic allows for permanent Repair....and live with the the Pain so long...

Hope you got more Luck

You can go fast.
I can go anywhere.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby RustyPW » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:18 am

Any up-dates?
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby trk4sale » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:17 am

Healing slowly, finally got the OK to walk on it after 6 weeks. What a relief to be able to walk to the toilet instead hopping or using the knee scooter. I still need to wear the CAM boot, but I cheat on that a bit sometimes. I have been able to mow my lawn again which is a relief for both the wife and I, I should be back to work in 5 weeks or so. I am going back to the scene of the crime, so to speak, next week for some desert relaxation (and hopefully no injuries).
Wombat, sorry about your ankle, I am hoping mine will return to somewhat normal, but at age 57 "normal" is not what it used to be.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby adeluca73 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:25 pm

trk4sale wrote:Healing slowly, finally got the OK to walk on it after 6 weeks. What a relief to be able to walk to the toilet instead hopping or using the knee scooter. I still need to wear the CAM boot, but I cheat on that a bit sometimes. I have been able to mow my lawn again which is a relief for both the wife and I, I should be back to work in 5 weeks or so. I am going back to the scene of the crime, so to speak, next week for some desert relaxation (and hopefully no injuries).
Wombat, sorry about your ankle, I am hoping mine will return to somewhat normal, but at age 57 "normal" is not what it used to be.


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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby MikeKey » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:01 pm

Ugh, seriously no fun. Here's to a speedy full recovery.
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Re: Desert Disaster

Postby trk4sale » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:28 am

Thanks guys, I appreciate the good thoughts.
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