Spot -- Man...the first and BEST advice I ever took on this forum was to buy your book! .. That was Vegas 6. You taught me how to composite, do track motion, handle masks and envelopes and cc and on and on -- I guess there is no book on your road ahead. You'll have to write that one too! Just know man that you are LOVED around here and we are all hoping for better days ahead!
Sorry to hear of your injuries.
I have been a huge fan of yours since taking 108 music students to a morning performance you did with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall in the spring of 1996.
That was before I knew that you were involved in video editing. My personal admiration has only grown since then.
Having a nephew who has satisfactorily recovered from apparently similar injuries (from a skiing accident in 2004), I pray and remain optimistic for your recovery. My nephew's experience necessarily excludes the word "speedy" from the above sentiment, yet I remain certain it will be satisfactory. Whoever said "patience is virtue" undoubtedly meant it for times just like this.
Once I'm out of the drug-hell I'm in, the Vegas 9 book (already started) will be completed. Right now everything is double/triple vision.
I was released from Trauma ICU on Wednesday after having been there for 10 days.
Initial injury presentations:
Complete split of pelvic system, upper separation of 4.8", lower separation of 2.21. Rods, screws, plates now hold that all together.
Bladder perforations, now repaired with mesh supporters.
L1, 2,3 all fractured, but all fractures are anterior so not a threat to spinal cord.Sacrum is gone, sciatic nerve has some nasty damage.
Lotsa small rocks still coming out of various parts of my body (ears, eyes, nose, cuts, etc).
ACL/MCL are both gone on right leg, MCL on left. I hope to have cadaver ACL replacement in around 12-14 weeks, so if you happen o have a healthy trackstar.....;-) (Just kidding)
Biggest pain of all are the toxin filters on the liver and the bladder bag/catheter keep airlocking (whis is really painful).
All in alli, it's an adjustment that I'm learning to cope with. We'd tried to initially keep the incident quiet, but then someone posted about it on FACEBOOK, so....here we are.
The outpouring of kind words, letters, emails, cards and very kind thoughts, prayers, and expressions of appreciation for my contributions to this and other communities have been inspiring, and tremendously beautiful (not to mention overwhelming).
They say I'll be walking in another couple weeks, and perhaps some mild jogging in about six weeks.
Thanks ever so much for the tremendous show of support. This forum never ceases to amaze me.
I can't thank everyone personally, there are too many, so please accept this post as a show of gratitude (my keyboard is now soggy and sticky from the tears as I think of y'all.
And Bob, I finally ate the last of the Snickers in celebration for being released from ICU, once they knew for certain I wasn't gonna die. Thanks for that.
Spot - glad to see you have a positive attitude - you are one tough dude !!!
those are some serious injuries. Then there is the high you get the first time you can take a nice shower without all the things connected to you !
Hope it only gets better for you from here and looking forward to the new book !
I've refrained till now on commenting on this. Though I've had some brief words with ya Spot whats the fun of getting banged up without people getting sappy publicly?
Early on you encouraged me long before I had even the slightest grasp of what I was doing. I was excited, I was pretty determined, I was a little cocky but I was passionate. Not sure what ya saw in me but I looked up to you and your kind words meant the world. Honestly I think I would have given up by now if you weren't there on so many occasions on IM or phone to reassure me that I had some kind of talent and I shouldn't throw in the towel just yet. I don't even know how to express what this has meant to me.
I've told you time and again your my mentor, that's as true today as it was when you first helped me back in the day. I already confessed that I cried when I heard the news, I don't do that very often and even rarer do I concede it on a public forum, like ever! But I have such deep and profound respect and admiration for you and I honestly would be lost without you. Thank God your alright, well, not alright but at least that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I can't imagine not having the security of DSE on my messaging that I can turn turn to when I'm in way over my head again (and it will happen again).
Anything you need, ask, I'll be there for you as readily as you have been for me. I love ya man so chin up and get through this.
And now that my keyboard is as equally tear stained I'll close.
How sad I was to hear of your serious injuries. And how glad to hear that you are recovering and able to maintain a healing attitude. You are a rare bird that has taught us all how to fly. And we watch for you to take flight again.
I hear in the words of your forum friends—those you know and those you don’t—that you are surrounded by a community of deep care.
So glad to hear you in good spirits and looks like you'll be back on your feet in surprisingly short time. One thing I'm curious about is you knocking out your S1-5 but not the L5/4. Have you counted correctly? Vertebra are counted downwards, so the L5 abuts the S1 and I expected the L5, L4, L3 to be those damaged by a thump on the bottom (rather than L1-3). Or did you hit a rock? Anyway, it's a cheek for me to ask, so you can ignore that! We tall oldies get trouble in the S1/L5 which seems to progress with ageing upwards through the chain.
So, on with that jogging and I guess you'll be back skydiving remarkably soon.