Ten years ago today...

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Believer7713, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dayumn, few could top that story and have lived to share it. :thumb:
     
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    Wow, Greg... I didn't know all the details. I knew most of what happened but wow. So glad you've got guardian angels looking after you.

    Sorry we missed each other when we were in England at the same time. Next time, we'll have to make it happen.
     
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    Man we are all lucky to still have you around spreading all the magic you do on this forum... What an incredible story, you sir, are a superhero. We are blessed to have you, thank you for everything :)
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Got any Irish relatives by any chance?
     
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    Glad you’re still with us, Greg! :thumb:
     
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    Michael919 Most Honored Senior Member

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    A story well worth telling. Thanks for sharing. Glad you made it through that.
     
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    Glad you lived to tell the story
     
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    I too, was jumping to my own conclusions after reading the first couple sentences--You epitomize the saying "Every day is a Blessing!"

    The driver of the car....was it a (+) life changer for him (I hope)?
     
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    dublindave8456 Senior Stratmaster

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    wow that's a roller coaster of a story.....
    thanks for sharing....
    unbelievable.....
    reading the story is like watching a movie....
     
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    What a story! :eek:

    Thanks for sharing....and I'm glad it turned out OK for you (mostly).
     
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    Congrats on the recovery and on the girl. I'd say "wife her", but it looks like you already did!
     
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  12. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Well if doing my job is stupid crap then I guess you just gave me permission to go ahead and retire. Lol
    What's funny is, I don't think I have ever gotten hurt while doing something most would consider stupid. Injuries have only ever happened to me when I was doing things "the right way". LOL.
    The first surgery was a sucess in that the bone knitted back together well but I spent 7 months on crutches. Then I walked with such a heavy limp that I wouldn't consider what I did walking.
    The second surgery, performed by a different doctor approved by the Department, was to put the soft tissue back together. In order to do that, I had to have the hardware from the first surgery removed then a new ACL. The PCL and the posterior lateral capsule was repaired in the process too, as well as some scar tissue removal. I would be back on crutches for anothe 9 weeks to recover. Still walked with the same limp and would until after the seventh surgery.
    Third surgery was a simple scar tissue removal arthroscopy.
    Then I started having some trouble from the second surgery. The screw used to hold the ACL in place was backing out and it could be seen pushing the skin up. The doctor wouldn't do anything about it and said that the screw backing out was within "normal range".
    I insisted on a second opinion and got it. Surgeon #3 looked at the X-ray for about 2 seconds and said the screw had to come out. After that surgery, he told me that it was the only time in his career that he didn't need to take an X-ray to find where to cut. All he had to do was bend my leg and look for the raised skin. He also did a cartilage removal and scar tissue clean up. That was surgery #4
    Numbers 5 and 6 were arthroscopic scar tissue and meniscus removals.
    By the time #7 came around, it was 6 years after the date of injury. I had been screaming for a replacement for 4 years by this point and I finally got my wish. A Total Knee Replacement. This would be under the knife of a replacement specialist, so a 4th surgeon. The surgery was done in November 2016 st 7:30 a.m. at 4:30 that afternoon, they came and took me for a walk then had to aspirate my knee because the doctor decided to not use a drain. I should have known that it wasn't over yet when that started. I would have that done twice in 2 days befire I was released to go home.
    This knee never felt right. For the next two years I would feel the constant pressure that I felt when it was first put in. All the doctor would tell me was that everything was normal and that all I needed to do was strengthen it. I worked on strengthening it and my limp almost went away but that pressure never did. Plus my knee would just periodically buckle and give out under me. I became a thorn in this doctor's side and went back to seee him several times a year for the next two years and three months when he finally admitted that something wasnt right.
    At that point I was completely done with that guy because I now could not walk without the assistance of a massive brace to hold my knee in place. This brace is the same one that college and professional football linemen use as injury prevention for their knees. My massive limp returned too and now my other knee was taking the brunt of it all again. I went to my attorney and insisted that I get to choose the doctor this time. I didn't care what the work comp laws in Missouri said, I was done with all of the doctors that the Department was sending me to. It was easy for them to say go here or go there when they got to work in their nice cushy offices and weren't in tbe elements every day with an unstable knee that wreaked havic on them through it all.
    I finally got to choose my surgeon and he checked it out, came to the conclusion that confirmed my suspicion. The knee was loose and wiggling around in my leg. He scheduled me for my 8th surgery in 8 years. Removed the old prosthetic knee a week after I turned 45 years old and installed a new one with a much longer stem on it. After the surgery, he told me two things. First was that the bottom half of the first knee was so loose that he literally lifted it out of the bone with his fingers only. Second was that even though I walked down to the X-ray room and back for the post op pics I would spend the next 2 months on crutches because the femur split during the procedure. So I was back to walking with sticks again. That made physical therapy a real trick and getting the range of motion into my new knee was extremely painful. Even the therapist thought for quite a while that I would walk with a bent knee for the rest of my life. After being off all summer I got to go back to work for a few months before developing a really sharp pain every time I would straighten my knee or take a step.
    That brought about surgery #9 on the nineth year. I had a condition known as patellar clunk syndrome. It is a tiny piece of scar tissue that builds up on the back of the knee cap, which is still the original bone and has nerves, and gets caught in the knee and then snaps out when it straightens. That was another arthroscopy and I have been much better since.
    90% of the time, I walk without a limp. However, if I stand in one place for too long it will swell up and I will limp until it finally works itself out. I will never be able to run like I used to but as I said earlier, I am extremely blessed and life is just looks a little different now. Hopefully, this knee will last another 20 years and I won't need to worry about it until then.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Well...my mother's maiden name is Glasscock. Is that Irish enough?:D
     
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    Unfortunately, no it was not a life altering experience for him. I blame the Jackson County penal system for that too. We have one if the worst prosecutors in the country here. She combined his charges from this incident with those she had on him from 4 others and put him in the local prison for 4 years. Only 85% of those 4 years were mandatory at that. Then then due to overcrowding, they let him put in 2 years 4 1/2 months. He is now being held on gun and drug charges in a federal penitentiary. Apparently, when you do not hold people accountable, they do not learn their lessons. Who knows, hopefully by the time he gets out he will have learned this time. One can only hope. I really would like to see him turn his life around.
     
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    Truly amazing that you came through this alive. I agree that God was watching over you that night, he obviously had further plans for your time on Earth. Thanks for sharing your journey Believer. -TP
     
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    I'm sure there are many 'believers' here, and I am one too. Obviously God has more for you to do and blessed you with surviving that ordeal. Never take a day for granted, as it is promised to no one.
     
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