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    That's my spine... chrome plating and all! Hopefully it's better plating than kuryakyn.

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    So I've been gone forever.
    Effects of TBI really hit me hard and I became very reclusive, forgetful and pretty messed up.
    The fog is lifting some, I still have a lot of problems but it's getting better every week that goes by.
    Still on limited work and cannot travel more than about 30 minutes.
    It's been 420 days now since the accident and I still have quite a ways to go with regards to recovery but having my brain starting to return to me has been tremendous.

    For a while there, I was unsure of any future I had or if I wanted to be a part of it but I got through it with a lot of help from a lot of friends and strangers.

    The brain is an amazing thing and breaking it causes some serious strange things to happen.

    I hope everyone is doing well! I miss seeing you all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhubarb View Post
    So I've been gone forever.
    You always seemed to be okay when posting. Looking for a new (replacement) bike and all. I followed your physical recovery with the latest update being your spine. I had no idea you were suffering from TBI (forgive me, I had to Google it). It effects sound similar to PTSD. Have you completely gotten off of the pain meds? Those cause people problems too although everyone is different.

    Things around here have been slow but I try and drop by TRC once in awhile just to check in.

    I sure hope for a speedy recovery on the mental health aspect. Take care Adam.


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    Thanks Bob!
    I've been completely off opiates since the beginning of January 2017... well, I've had 3 pills since last January.
    The brain issues have ranged from memory and vision issues to auditory, visual and olfactory hallucinations, migraines, and all sorts of other weird things.
    Most of that seems to have faded although just recently. I still have trouble with complex thoughts, vocabulary, comprehension, etc.
    Some amazing people came out of the woodwork and offered assistance, guidance through experience, a shoulder to help carry the burden, and regularly checked up on me.
    These were all people I had never met before and they did this for the same reason I'm now trying to help others through the same as best I can.
    The doctors minimize, dismiss and outright tell you you're faking because they can't see it and don't seem to want to deal with something they can't see and can't treat.
    Sadly, I've been able to predict in others what their symptoms will be next and have been correct most of the time, even when neurologists say that it's not possible.
    Crazy stuff that frankly, if I was a younger person without more life experience, may have led to a more permanent solution. Things were bad, dark and painful.

    In the end, it's cost me a promotion, likely will cost me my job, may cost my family and has changed my personality in many ways; potentially permanently.

    The Adam I was died on 11/21/16 and a new me was born. It's hard to remember who I was because who I am is all I know. Again, crazy stuff that I hope nobody has to go through.

    The physical stuff, that's child's play in comparison. So what, I hurt... what else is new It hurts more, but I can work through that and am getting pretty good at tuning it out.
    Sometimes I can't lift my legs to walk and I'm not sure why but I assume it's some sort of self-preservation system where I've tuned out the pain but my subconscious is still shutting me down.

    Anyhow, I'm doing better all the time and I hope that I will be back to normal functioning in a few months. I may never be back to 'normal' and I'm told the personality stuff may be permanent... whatever will come will come. I'm well beyond fear or stress at this point and am just focused on moving forward.

    I likely will sell the Harley this spring once I'm able to detail it. I've ridden it a few times since the accident but it's very heavy for me now and causes a lot of pain. Lighter, smaller bikes seem to be the best for my needs at this point and I mostly ride the DRZ400 because it's got a cushy ride and is comparatively very light. It's just not setup for freeway travel. If all goes well, I'll sell the Harley, the ninjette, and the katana (once I finish refurbing it) before summer and will find something else that is light with decent suspension travel and capable of some distances. I sold the ducati and the BMW r90/6 to buy the new BMW which just turned 4k miles after 13 months of owning it and buying it with 500 miles on it.

    I hope to be well enough to get down to socal and visit by this summer. If work does go sideways, maybe I'll be good enough to do a couple months on the road. Not that I want to ditch my family but I'm sure I can do some sort of pretzel pattern that has me back at home often but still out and about, exploring... ahh, fantasies are nice

    Happy Friday everyone!

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    I'm glad to hear you haven't grown dependent on the opiates, so many do. I hope all goes well with your family as that is of primary importance. Your job while for me I used to put it first as it allowed us to live comfortably together should be second. It is good that you have a support group in place and you are able to help others as well. Is your new BMW the R1200GSA in you signature file? I would think that one with provide the most comfort.

    Hang in there, sounds like you are recovering and by summer you will be much better..

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    I am riding the 16 GSA often and it's pretty plush but the DRZ is just so much lighter. So for around town, I take the drz but anything further the BMW.

    This summer is my plan, this spring is my hope. Doctor's note expires on 2/2 but I go see her soon to get reevaluated.

    I can't wait to get back to real riding and down to visit.

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    good to hear from ya..........prayers for a full recover
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    I'm planning a couple of Long Distance Trips this year. One with Temecula HOG to Montana 14 days in June and the other is Sturgis since I've never been. Everyone should do Sturgis at least once.

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    Hope things get better Adam. Long road after that severe of accident. I’ve been following progress on here but not posting as not much to say. As Bob said family comes first. Especially for your daughter. Since I haven’t been on here for a while a little update. I sold the shop in February of 2017 and retired. With time on my hands. Last September we did a cross country trip on the Wing. 9700 miles,16 states in 44 days. Eventual destination was West Virginia. We joined up with Blue Rim Tours civil war battle sites for 10 days. Did the touristy things on the way back. Had a blast. Wife was a real trooper riding on the back with me. I encourage anyone that can see as much of this country as possible while you can. Hope all is well with everyone else also.
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    Hey everyone! Awesome on the trips and Gary, congratulations on your retirement!
    Things are slow but slow is better than not at all!

    I hope to see you guys soon!

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