Monthly Archives: May 2008

22 days later

I saw Dr. Ritchie again this morning. I wear the sling for two more weeks, then start physical therapy. I get to see Brian Peterson at Lehi Physical Therapy. He helped me when we were trying to do therapy and avoid surgery. Eight dislocations offsets the therapy, so here I am. At least I’m not in constant pain like I anticipated. I haven’t taken any painkillers for over two weeks. The stormy Utah weather makes me forget it’s summer and that I should be mountain biking. I’m not a patient person, so this will be a good exercise for me. At least it’s temporary.

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Eight days later



I had my follow up appointment with Dr. Ritchie today. The nurse took out my blue stitches before Dr. Ritchie came in to discuss the extent of the damage to my shoulder. It was bad. It sounds like some things may not return to normal for close to a year. He tightened up one of the muscles to try to prevent further dislocations. I will have to work through that and stretch the muscle, but it’s better than the alternative. He doesn’t want me to do Karate for the rest of the year, but I think I can return to things that don’t put my shoulder at risk. I won’t rush that, but I want to get back at the end of the summer if I can. I should be able to return to teaching next week.

I only know what two of the pictures are. The top one with the metal device is Dr. Ritchie removing a piece of calcified cartilage that was floating around. The one with all the red is where they injected my platelets to try and help the area heal. Everything else is damage.

This is forcing me to use my left hand, which I never thought I could do. I shaved today for the second time. It takes much more time, but the end result is the same. I do pretty well with the mouse when I’m on the computer. I stopped taking the Percocet yesterday. The pain isn’t as bad as I expected, but I have a knot near my collar bone from hunching my shoulder to protect it. The Percocet was fine for the first five days, but Tuesday and Wednesday I was pretty nauseous, light headed and forgetful. Tuesday was definitely the worst and I ended up leaving work early so I could try to sleep it off. The three biggest things I will miss this summer is Karate, mountain biking and parkour.

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Recovery

It’s been two days since my shoulder surgery. The damage was much worse than Dr. Ritchie thought, so the surgery took twice as long. They gave me a shot of Versed, so I don’t remember what happened with the anesthesia. I was expecting to count backwards or something, but I don’t know what happened. I’m taking Percocet for the pain, but the itch under my bandage is almost worst. At least that comes off tomorrow. I can’t wait to take a shower tomorrow. This will be a fun few months. Five to six weeks in the sling, followed by physical therapy. Dr. Ritchie said I am done with Karate for the year. We will see. I won’t do anything that will jeopardize my shoulder, but I still have my left arm and two legs. I should be able to teach again on Tuesday. I’m sure it will be worth it went it’s all over.

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Cabana

It is Cinco de Mayo, so Paul Chavez and I went to Taco Bell to celebrate. No one else on our team cares about holidays from other countries. Slackers.

When I got home yesterday I found my room had been converted to a cabana. I wanted to convert the room so it would feel like we were in a scene from a James Bond movie. I was leaning toward the beach in Casino Royale. I’m sick of the Utah weather, so I wanted something to help me escape, if only in my mind. Now we have a tidewater blue wall, sand, seashells, new sheets and pillows, and new drapes. I didn’t have the details worked out, but I like the way it was done.

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The last hurrah

Kevin and I just got back from St. George today. We stayed at Reed’s house for a few days so I could mountain bike before I get shoulder surgery on Wednesday. I will most likely miss riding for the rest of the year, so I wanted to get down to the warm weather and great trails. Kev and I rode the Bearclaw Poppy Trail in reverse on Thursday and loved it.

Video of me on the Three Fingers of Death.
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Video of Kev on the Acid Drops.
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Agent Peck, Bevan Erickson and Evan Le Fevre joined us Thursday night, so we rode at Bearclaw Poppy again on Friday morning.

Video of Kev and Bevan on the Three Fingers of Death.
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The store manager at Desert Bicycles said the Paradise Rim ride was better than Bearclaw, and it was really close to Reed’s house. It was nice to ride a different trail, but it wasn’t better than Bearclaw.

Video of Kev, me and Agent Peck on Paradise Rim.
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On Saturday we rode the JEM trail outside of Hurricane. It was a great trail with a lot of variety. Kev’s dog Roxy was a little beat up after the ride, but she was a trooper. The JEM trail had great single track, good technical sections, and beautiful scenery.

The five of us on the JEM Trail: Evan, Steve, Kev, Bevan
and Shawn.

Kev, Evan, Agent Peck and Bevan on JEM.

Me by the river.

On Saturday we stopped at Red Rock Bike Shop to get tubes. Kev and I rode the cruiser bikes. I want one.
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We played Guitar Hero II, Downhill Domination and MX Unleashed on PS2. We ate at Jack In The Box and the greasy tacos were just like I remembered as a kid. We ate at Lupita’s in Hurricane and the tacos were great. And the steak was great at Texas Roadhouse. So was the peanut M&M’s, Bottlecaps, Nutty Bars, pudding, Monster Lo-Carb and Rockstar Juiced. I tried to get it out of my system so I can clean it up after Wednesday.

It was nice to spend time with Kev, Agent Peck, Bevan and Evan. We did some fun trails and avoided any major injuries. Kev won with the biggest roadrash from crashing on a jump at Bearclaw. Bevan took second place on the same trail, but we avoided helicopters, broken bones, stitches and major surgery. Everyone got along and had a good time. I hate to say it, but I think St. George is my new Moab.

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