Monday, June 25, 2007

Mulligan?

I've been staying somewhat busy lately. Filling up my days with whatever I can and generally continuting to improve. Less pain, more mobility, more crutch time, all good things. Unfortunatley, the bone in my leg isn't following the same trend. I got the word last week that there is still little to no healing around the main fracture area. 11 weeks + no bone callous = surgery. I never really did like math, and I don't like that equation, but that's the fork in the road that i've come to and it's time to bite the bullet and go to the next level with my recovery. Thursday is game day. At least this time I will be close to home and in an english speaking environment! Plus, I don't have the issue of my bone EXPLODING right before surgery to factor into the equation so it won't be so bad.

Game plan? remove current plate/screws, drill a hole into the top of my tibia, gather bone shavings from inside my tibia, pack shavings into fracture site (circled in red), and then pound a LONG nail down the length of my tibia and secure it with screws. at least they will be using adult construction equipment this time and not pieces of erector set like before.
Sounds like 1-2 days in the hospital followed by a return to my pro couch surfer lifestyle. A true pitty since I have been working hard and making progress at moving in a more active direction. Mellow kayaking and some beech time have been thrown in the mix latley. Neither are very crutch adaptable. The river has already claimed one crutch and the sand almost ate another. Yes, I still can't shake those tanlines or my mid section paleness. Is it genetic?...
The pool has become a daily routine. Still a rockin release and great way to get the heart rate kickin, but I don't know how triathletes do it. how could you truly enjoy swimming after you have experienced the beauty of the bike? Other than that, kickin with with a few of the MI homies and trying to make the most of my longest stay here since I was in high school.

Oh, USADA dropped by the other day. I haven't raced in 3 months, likely won't be racing any sort of bike for at least another 3 months so its a good thing they felt it necessary to collect some of my urine. There are races all over the country right now going on with no control, so I guess I just have a hard time understanding what they are doing having some guy (a nice chap by the way) drive hours to come visit me. Don't get me wrong, I would drive a few hours to hang out with myself and watch myself pee in a cup, but seriously, right? time and dollars better spent elsewhere?

before i forget... A big CONGRATS to Scott Stewart and my VMG/National Team boys for bringing home the "best young rider jersey" at The Nature Valley Grand Prix last week. This kid has been a cat 2. for like 12 months and scored his first pro/1/2 road race victory recently racing up Roan Mtn. in Tennessee. Now he's baggin leaders jerseys at NRC stage races. more big things to come from this skinny kid.

Enough for now. I'm accepting luck, thoughts, prayers, energy and anything else positive which will help with the surgery/recovery routine. I'm sure my blog will be getting more action in the near future. until then...

stay away from those light poles.

11 comments:

Karin said...

Just happened upon your blog. Ouch! That looks painful. Sports are great, but man, they can do you in. I'll send a quick prayer up for you. Get better soon!

:)

iamTedKing said...

Sounds like your leg is going to be the canvas for some college kid's senior art thesis project. I'd call it, "Bone, screws, nails, and plates." Good luck Brent. I've got good feelings about this round of surgery. Bam.

Anonymous said...

Good luck for the surgery Brent. I believe you will get well soon.

Korhan Keten
Ankara-Turkey

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Brent.
Lots of love and prayers from Bunny and I

Dad

kace said...

Best Wishes, Prayers, and TONS of Energy!!!

Monique & Benson's Great Adventures said...

Hey my friend! Good luck with the surgery tomorrow. I will be thinking about you. Can't wait to chat with you again on AIM. You frickin ROCK!! Stay strong! Oh yah and no worries I got you covered. I was checkin out the Colorado girls tonight at the Boulder Short Track. You have few options. Keep in touch.

Anonymous said...

So I'm trying this anonymous post thing...is it working? :) Glad that you are done with surgery and on the road to recovery, for real this time. No bootleg hardware anymore, we have the real stuff now! :)

-Alecia

Anonymous said...

Hey Brent! We have been keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Hope the surgery goes well!
-Robert and Kristi

p.s. At a local mtb race last weekend we ran into your buddy from MI with the jerky...

Anonymous said...

if you need a good therapist, call me, i have been called a bone crusher or the marque de sade by my patients, but your jake's friend, i'll be gentle. (HAHA).ai

Scott said...

your visitor map thing looks like it picked up something from The Planet.

Aram Dellalian said...

Brentzef,

Salut et ca va mon ami? Forget all this "keep motivated" and "don't worry, you'll get better soon" and "you gotta rest lots" stuff. Your dad was right all along. It's time to bring out THE KASTMASTER.

Tomorrow, I will race with unshaved legs in your honour. and...uh...the hot water doesn't work right now, but yes. If people ask: "It's for BB"

Transformers opens in France this week. In french of course...

abientot...