That accident nearly cost me my left leg (was close to completely severed and the bones were BADLY broken/splintered). I also gashed wide open my right leg and have lots of nerve damage in both legs. I re-dislocated my left shoulder (from past injuries) and had road rash on my back. As well I had a concussion and can not remember half hour or so leading to the crash and only glimpses of the the crash and then awakening on the highway surrounded by 5 of the AMAZINGLY helpful witnesses.
The hospital admittedly made several errors on my arrival there and this caused me further complications with a SEVERE bone infection after the fact. The Medication used to treat this infection has further caused issues with my heart rate and possibly now life time of type 2 diabetes.
It has taken 5 surgeries a month & change in hospital combined and a solid 3-4 months of home care nursing.
But Today a full 1 year and 12 days after my accident I put aside the wheelchair, walker and canes I have used now for so long to get around and took 10 INCREDIBLY PAINFUL steps. It's taken me ALOT of hard work to get that much and it will take me FAR more still before I can truly get back to my life But today I'm happy to finally reach some form of mile stone. For the past month I have been getting around better and better on my canes. I been working everyday re training my leg to accept motions it really don't want to do. Exercising to try keep my strength up. I have returned to driving my manual transmission truck. And have started to inquire about lighter duties at work (been off since accident lol it's been one LONG lunch break).
But today I managed to walk normal full stride steps without limping. Something every doc said I would NOT do (for a while it was doubt full I'd keep my leg). Something the physiotherapist said is doubtful at best (so I stopped going). Yes It hurt and hurt ALOT but I took that with a HUGE smile on my face and look forward to pushing for 20 steps before the weekend. And by the end of next month I plan to return to the current surgeon (been three different ones) for my check up and walk in unassisted.
It seems like something soo small something so trivial as even a 1 year old child can muster more But right now I feel amazing happy and well can't rly calm down and sleep so figured I'd share since I all ready driving the girlfriend nuts who's trying to sleep (she was very happy to see me walking but well one of us needs to work lol).
My first shaky steps was actually 12 days ago (1 year anniversary) and that itself was a mile stone. So much so that I celebrated by going out and picking up some performance goodies for my remaining motorcycle I look forward to riding next spring once again.
EDIT: I do not begrudge the lady who hit me as though it sucks and what not I am sure it was far from a intentional act (was 100% her fault according to the ten witnesses that gave statements and from what little I remember). Nor do I have any true distain for the hospital staff (though am annoyed a bit at the emergency docs slip ups and "failure to properly assess the extent of the injurys" (as it was worded in doctors notes lol). As this too I'm sure was far from intentional and possibly due to a high traffic volume that night from what I understand.
CLIFF NOTES: one year 12 days ago I got hit by a car and was hurt pretty bad (could been worse). Today I managed to walk normally for a SHORT distance for the very first time since the accident though be it in much pain.
Edited by TinyBear, 28 October 2013 - 09:11 PM.