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12/18/2011 07:45:26 PM · #1
Hello all,

a left handed note since i fell on my scooter breaking my right wrist in 3 places and my thumb also this evening.
CT scan of my neck, xrays: chest, foot, wrist. Im in a cast now, but they think they will opperate on my thumb at least, possible on the wrist as well. Will know in 2 days or so.

My back break failed, and the wet roads made it impossible to turn without the break, i hit the front break to avoid going over the curb into some trees and light poles. The scooter went down hard, and so did my wrist.

but i could be worse, so, dont complain, you could have a badly broken bones.... I do.
smile, cause why not??
Kimon
12/18/2011 07:50:38 PM · #2
It could have been worse. I got hit by a car while riding my bicycle in March, and my kneecap was broken into 3 pieces. Certainly could have been much worse. Today I went on a memorial ride for a young woman who was struck and killed on her bike by someone who fell asleep at the steering wheel.
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12/18/2011 07:58:33 PM · #3
oww busted kneecap sounds so mob... I hope you have fully healed now. Very nice gesture to take part in the memorial ride,
and a sad shame a life was cut down by such a avoidable incident as falling asleep at the wheel.
I'm not complaining, but i do fear for my future camera work, it is a bad quadruple break on my camera's wrist/hand.
Glad to be home, and not yelling curses while they pulled and readjusted my wrist... owwies...
12/18/2011 08:17:48 PM · #4
Here's to a quick recovery, and some good pain medicine.
12/18/2011 08:20:13 PM · #5
ouch!!!
12/18/2011 08:43:19 PM · #6
Sorry to hear about the crash and the broken body parts. I hope that they can fix you up to be good as new soon. Meanwhile, after you get back to near functional, you may want to see about getting a monopod that you can use left handed, with a remote shutter release that you can operate left handed.
The monopod "foot" can be hooked over your belt so that it supports the camera but still allows you freedom of movement. The only hard thing would be zooming, but if your camera strap is around your neck, then you can let go of the camera with your hand and it will stay there for you to zoom left handed, then back to the monopod for shooting.

I still have a weak right wrist from breaking the handlebar end off my old Cushman Eagle back in 1966 or 67. We were rat racing in the local cow pastures and I tagged a tree stump dead center, at about 20 mph. We didn't go to doctors much back then unless you could see what was inside, something was poking out, or some body part either fell off, or was close to doing so.
12/18/2011 09:36:29 PM · #7
thanks guys, I'm gonna be patient and hopeful for my healing, but the 5d was already getting heavy for me and both my elbows have gone tennis elbow off and on.
This was a - you need to see a Dr - wrist, even in 1972... Trying out my Dutch insurance.
Let me try to sleep next.... 330 am i hope i sleep easy.
on a upside I was returning from a new gallery i have some prints at, some inspired by or shot for DPC! ND filters, fun and kinda expensive etc...
Not sure about being at the gallery this week... I even have had some sales, but would trade for a unbroken wrist n thumb... How do you cook or eat with one hand???
I did a king henry thing tonight, piece of leftover chicken jammed on a fork - was yummie. Nothing left cooked though.
btw, I was born in 1966 or 67 - been along time already :)
12/19/2011 04:55:39 AM · #8
off to get a CT scan of my wrist this morning.
12/19/2011 05:42:07 AM · #9
Ouch, that must have hurt! Still hurting, I suppose. All the best for a full and speedy recovery.
12/19/2011 01:26:25 PM · #10
so i am up to 9 broken bones - well, different breaks. 4 thumb, 3 wrist, pinky knuckle, ring finger knuckle. They probably do surgery on the thumb tomorrow or wednesday...
at least i wear a helmet.... wish they prescribed heroin for pain. May end up with a fused thumb joint, oh well, live n learn. Least i lived.
12/19/2011 02:00:57 PM · #11
Wow... that is crappy. They say anything that does not kill you makes you stronger but I think that was with a LONG hindsight :-) I know they are cutting down on the cafe thing in the Netherlands but might be worth a visit for a bit to keep the pain in check :-/

Hope you feel better in a while.....
12/19/2011 02:33:04 PM · #12
Originally posted by robs:

Wow... that is crappy. They say anything that does not kill you makes you stronger but I think that was with a LONG hindsight :-) I know they are cutting down on the cafe thing in the Netherlands but might be worth a visit for a bit to keep the pain in check :-/

Hope you feel better in a while.....


I think that whole Nietzche thing is bullcrap. That which doesn't kill you just leaves you weak and vulnerable so the next thing can finish you off.
12/19/2011 02:39:41 PM · #13
Originally posted by Spork99:

That which doesn't kill you just leaves you weak and vulnerable so the next thing can finish you off.

The way I see it, if the second thing kills you off, then the first thing still gets it's share of credit for the kill.
12/19/2011 02:44:29 PM · #14
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by Spork99:

That which doesn't kill you just leaves you weak and vulnerable so the next thing can finish you off.

The way I see it, if the second thing kills you off, then the first thing still gets it's share of credit for the kill.

lol Great to see we have some optimists about :-) I actually agree with both of ya but trying to be sympathetic for this thread :-)
12/19/2011 06:11:11 PM · #15
Originally posted by robs:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by Spork99:

That which doesn't kill you just leaves you weak and vulnerable so the next thing can finish you off.

The way I see it, if the second thing kills you off, then the first thing still gets it's share of credit for the kill.

lol Great to see we have some optimists about :-) I actually agree with both of ya but trying to be sympathetic for this thread :-)

so, if something does not make me stronger, is it slowly killing me?
12/19/2011 08:14:12 PM · #16
Don't listen to them! Thank goodness you have another thumb! You can become an ambidextrous shooter!
12/20/2011 04:07:54 AM · #17
but dont lefties have to shoot with the camera held upside down????
off to thumb surgery today 2pm. hope they can put the four pieces of my thumb back into place.
12/20/2011 06:57:10 PM · #18
new experience: having a hole drilled through my thumb... in a sling traction so i can move the thumb joint in traction, 5x the range of motion once a hour.
looks like a loop made from a wire coat hanger as a halo and a spring loaded slingshot held back with my thumb.
starting to hurt in all those other 2ndary places like where i hit the ground on my left shoulder etc. must be doing ok if i can even feel that vs the drill hole...
12/20/2011 10:38:02 PM · #19
I really DO feel sorry for you, and I really AM crossing fingers for you and I really AM trying to send you all sorts of good vibes, but I still have to ask: "where the hell are the photos?" Surely by now you could have grabbed a nice, compact little P&S and used your good hand and/or an assistant to snap some photos to show off that interesting rig?
12/21/2011 05:13:10 AM · #20
Originally posted by amsterdamman:

new experience: having a hole drilled through my thumb... in a sling traction so i can move the thumb joint in traction, 5x the range of motion once a hour.
looks like a loop made from a wire coat hanger as a halo and a spring loaded slingshot held back with my thumb.
starting to hurt in all those other 2ndary places like where i hit the ground on my left shoulder etc. must be doing ok if i can even feel that vs the drill hole...


Does your thumb have its' own heart beat... I know mine did when I cut it fairly badly a few years ago. I seem to recall that one of my toes had a heartbeat also when a 45 gallon drum fell on it.

:O)

Ray
12/21/2011 06:24:02 AM · #21
//www.sportamstelveen.nl/ there is a first night in hospital shot on the web i work for
i did take a few cell phone shots... i'll try to get one up, is impressive torture device.
lucky no 2nd heart beat, lil now that i think of it, calm blue ocean...
off 2 a appt again
12/21/2011 05:22:27 PM · #22
Crossing fingers that your latest appointment went well.
12/21/2011 06:06:34 PM · #23
In the meanwhile while between surgery, heroine addiction and recreationally breaking more bones for pleasure, are you able to shoot left handed? Important question!
12/21/2011 07:04:35 PM · #24
long day at hosp, saw a few types drs, x-rays more forms waits etcs. yadda yadda, going to surgery again - more metal going into me.
since i am a young 45 and need that hand 4 photog also rt handed, they gonna put a plate in my wrist next thurs. seems im 12 degrees off so they think this is best.
only made a few hand cell phn photos since, longest gap i think since got serious with camera. wont be trying, id just drop it.
4 pain doin 50mg diclofen (dutch) 4x a day anyone know what that stuff is? not so bad, but the cast is starting to get to me, hurts the elbow and of course wants to itch...
they said thumb looked good, i move it 5x a hour on its spring loaded track. pour 70% alchohol on the holes. my fingers have come back to life today, they had been still.
any great 1 handed tips out there? cutting stuff is tricky, my spoon skills are laughable...
thanks 4 well wishes n thoughts all
kimon & my plaster n metal buddy...
12/21/2011 08:00:33 PM · #25
Ouch! Hope you're doing better soon!
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