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Old 11-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #171 (permalink)
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I am trying to extract some more of the report to put here for all to read.
I find it very funny and hilarious at some of the things I've done or tried to do and not realising I was been watched while doing it which fraked me out when I read it, but trust me, you will hopefully see the funny side of it and not dwell on the seriousness of what has happened.

As an example, I apparently put clothes for washing in a dishwasher, and turned the dam thing on to wash them.
If only I never turned it on I might have got away with this one, ( in my defence on this one, you wash dishes with a dishwasher, so why can't you wash clothes with one.
They both wash things so not that big a problem really. (i'm making fun of course of the whole thing)
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Stealthmode,

All I can say is, we're all pulling for you. Please continue to post as works best for you. We're here for you, online, to help you continue to sort through this.

And I do hope the lawyers getting involved will start to turn the corner on this ordeal. My own experience is only indirect -- my father was hit by a car as a pedestrian -- but I concur with others in viewing insurance companies as the lowest of the low. In my father's case, he had an insurance rep ask him why he hit her client's car -- with his body. In his situation I probably would have started screaming epithets into the phone. My father had the presence of mind to explain to the monumentally selfish dimwit exactly what her client's car had done to his body, and everything that hurt. Believe it or not, she ended the call still claiming it was my father's fault.

Not trying to divert your thread, just wanted to offer support that insurance companies need to be dealt with forcefully, which you are doing through legal means. Good for you.

On the medical front, I echo what others have said: one day at a time, give your body time, and work with the doctors. They will help, and your body will heal beyond your expectations. Keep at it. Perseverance is the most powerful tool you have on your side.

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #173 (permalink)
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...you will hopefully see the funny side of it and not dwell on the seriousness of what has happened.

As an example, I apparently put clothes for washing in a dishwasher, and turned the dam thing on to wash them.
If only I never turned it on I might have got away with this one, ( in my defence on this one, you wash dishes with a dishwasher, so why can't you wash clothes with one.
They both wash things so not that big a problem really. (i'm making fun of course of the whole thing)
Now that's funny!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #174 (permalink)
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Laughing is a form of medicine, and at least you can see what you were doing, so not doing it now is an improvement.
The other medicine is time:-)
What helped me was planning in detail what I was going to do in the future, setting goals that are achievable can be a source of comfort, the key is patience, which can be incredibily difficult to maintain.
This might be hard to believe BUT its true. I've achieved far more career wise as someone with a disabilty than I would have done otherwise, at age 40 I changed tack and have never looked back.
Doors will open, you just need to look for opportunities. Life can at times be really tough, but you are not a quitter (your heart proves that, it would not stay stopped) and you have the love and support of your partner. Hang in there, one day you will look back and realise how strong you are/were and what you've done.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #175 (permalink)
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Morphine is both good (pain relief) and bad (sooooo spaced). I spent 5 days on a morphine drip in hospital after a sports injury and it took 3 more days in hospital to ween me off of it.

fun 5 days though .... completely spaced!


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When I was taken from ICU to a specialist ward apparently while out of my head on morphine and goodness knows what else I hobbled right out of the ward, through security doors, down the lift, past security at reception who actually phoned a taxi for me, got in my taxi that was ordered and went home, I knew where I lived somehow so this was good.
I then entered my house through the back window, and went to sleep in my own bed. Keys would have helped but they were still at hospital with all my gear.
The police were called by the taxi driver who came in the same window I did and escorted me back outside to an awaiting ambulance and the poor taxi driver was told by me the hospital had to pay for the taxi because I had no money. Hence he must have phoned the police when I got out at my home.

I was on a drip at the time so i must have yanked this out.

I remember also I was on ward 12 B&L and a poor bloke had been shot a few times in London and was under armed police protection and I was allowed to speak to him and was not bothered about all the police carrying machine guns.
I must have just wanted to say hello to him as it was known on the ward who he was and what had happened to him and what was going on.

All this on one night and somehow I keep thinking i'm still in serious trouble for this but not one person has said anything bad to me about it yet. although one nurse threatened at the time to handcuff me to the bed when they got me back and said to me if I dared move she would get one of the armed coppers to shoot me before I got out the door.
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This whole spectable should have been made into a comedy film.
My brain damage is other people who notice it, to me, I don't know any real difference so this is not bothering me much.
It's the hard parts of moving about freely that take there toll at present.
I'd even managed to get my new motorbike and try it and also managed to half strip the smashed one and start work on my new one. Please let me have more morphine so I can at least get this part done.
All the people over the months must have thought my out of my head ways was through the accident to my brain and never realised I was on morphine, and not something I was going to tell anyone anyway.
I still struggle to understand how the hell I managed to do so much in the early stages of the accident and yet now I can hardly move without severe problems and pain.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:58 PM   #177 (permalink)
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Laughing is a form of medicine, and at least you can see what you were doing, so not doing it now is an improvement.
The other medicine is time:-)
I'm 7 months on and to me this is such a small time in the big scheme of life.
All I want at present is too stop being pestered so much by medical people as the stress they cause is unbelievable, simply to allow them to look and probe and fix what they can for me.
I feel like a darn lab rat. I know they need to do these things to help them better understand what to do next but at times I wish they would just leave me alone.
I am a fighter, always have been, always found life to be so prescious and still do.
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I said I'd post the report.
Please remember, I am well over the injuries, all almost healed and hardly a mark on my body.
I'm not sure if I should be posting stuff like this on a forum but i'm going to anyway.
I will never post any images of any gruesome bits of anything of this accident as I guess I would say this is a boundary I'd rather not cross as I would find it plain wrong.
At the end of the day this is a motorbike forum and this is all just about an accident I had on one recently.
If I have to remove it or it offends anyone, let me know and i'll delete the post.


Mr(me) 1st October 2012

1. Introduction

1.1 This Immediate Needs Assessment is prepared under the Rehabilitation Code of Best Practice, at the joint request of Minster Law solicitors and Mr.... of LV insurance in order to carry out an initial assessment and make recommendations for the next six months. This report is not an expert report at this stage for a court, rather a review of case management intervention.

2. Background information

2.1 The injury

2.1.1 Mr (me) was hit head-on with an estimated combined impact of 93MPH whilst riding his motorbike home from work on ...........He told me he does not have any memory of the event but has shown me reports gathered by himself from various professional bodies including hospitals, emergency services, the police and witnesses
He has gathered this information over time to aid with his claim of the third party being totally responsible for the entire accident.

2.1.2 Mr (me) was given CPR at the scene almost immediately by two attending police officers.

2.1.3 Paramedics and ambulance crews arrived within minutes and were able to take over. Mr (me) regained a pulse shortly after. A helicopter was scrambled immediately.

2.1.4 Mr (me) was taken to the Barts & London hospital, He was boarded and flown by helicopter because of the serious and life threatening injuries sustained in the accident. It has been noticed by me after reading Mr (me) helicopter report he has acquired, his heart had stopped on two occasions on route to hospital. Emergency crews use what is called a window of opportunity but because of the immediate danger of loss of life it was decided to try to stabilize Mr (me) on route as full medical facilities were needed to aid surgeons in stemming the flow of blood from a severed artery in Mr (me) left leg.
Mr (me) was unaware of any of this as he was knocked unconscious at point of impact.
He was actually in a coma as stated by the hospital report.

2.1.5 He sustained multiple injuries as follows:

• Acquired brain damage, traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Dislocation of left knee
• Dislocation of left hand
• Dislocation of left/right shoulder
• Injury to neck
• Dislocation of left ankle
• Damaged ligaments and nerves to left leg.
• Damaged ligaments to left arm/forearm.
• Damaged ligaments to left wrist/hand.
• Right shoulder had a previous injury diagnosed as a frozen shoulder three years before the index injury.
• Impaired sensation to part of the left leg.
• Soft tissue injury to the left leg.
• Complications caused by nerve damage.
• Nearly every part of his body from the neck down to his ankles was covered in severe bruises.
• Grazing and friction burns, covering nearly 60% of his body below the neck.
• Broken ribs/rib cage.
• Broken left thumb.
It is not fully known at this stage what actual injuries were sustained during the accident as it is believed that some injuries were also sustained while emergency services were attending to Mr (me)
This is not a concern for this report as it is deemed all injuries are a result of the actual accident happening.

2.2 family and social background – Personal to me
2.3 Accommodation – Personal to me


Now please remember, i'm fine this end and over most of the above.
Just read as a report and not of someone you all have got used to on here.

I'll post the funny bits that was noticed next under the section
2.7 Activities of Daily Living as it has still got me in stiches reading some of what the hell i've been seen doing in and around the home. The people who did this report must have me down as a complete fruitloop. If they knew me I'm sure they would know half the stuff they saw me doing is just normal for me most of the time anyway.
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This is the last bit of the report I will post as the rest actually makes me look like a stupid moron to be honest and certainly gave me a wake-up call.
By all means everyone, it's fine to laugh and joke about this as I'm not quite as bad these days and every day it gets better and better for me.

2.7 Activities of daily living
2.7.3 Meal preparation
Mr (me) finds it challenging to prepare any meal due to only having the use of one hand. Ms (other half) stated that he switches on the oven or hob and leaves, but will not remember that he has done so until he is prompted by someone. She has also come home to find the oven on but Mr (me) will not recall turning it on. Currently Ms(other half) puts white tape over the oven and hob switches as a visual cue to Mr (me) to remind him not to touch them and she told me this has been working well in most cases. He has been known to take the tape off, wondering who put it there and why.

Mr (me) used to prepare all meals. As a chef for many years earlier in life before going into academia his cooking was renowned and enjoyed in many a restaurant through-out the country but he now struggles to remember how to cook or prepare many dishes. He once attempted to prepare a meal but Ms (other half) sons could not eat the food and it had to be thrown away.
On another occasion he was left to clear the dining table after a family meal one evening.
Ms(the other Half) had asked him to clear everything away and reset the table for breakfast. He came through to the lounge after about half an hour stating there were not enough dishes or cutlery to lay the table for breakfast.
Mr (me) had taken every dish, plate and everything else to do with the evening meal and stacked them nicely in the outside bin; the pots and pans were found in the tumble drier. He had actually done what was asked and cleared everything away, unfortunately not quite what was expected.
2.7.4 Hot drink preparation
Mr (me) has also been observed making tea or coffee using cold or lukewarm water, and drinking it on several occasions. Ms (other Half) told me he does not consistently recognise his error and sometimes needed a verbal prompt.
In the short time I was preparing this report I asked Mr(me) for just a glass of hot water, to make himself a hot cup of coffee and his friend a hot cup of tea.
He managed to make the coffee and tea, although he forgot to remove the tea-bag from the cup and unfortunately he ran the tap towards the end of this task and handed me a cold cup of water in a glass. He just laughed it off as a mistake that anyone could make.
In the absence of anyone around the house Mr (me) does not initiate making any drink or meal for himself. He half understands he sometimes gets it wrong which could be dangerous.
He also got himself into trouble with the local police station when he phoned 999 and asked the operator to send someone to come and make him a cup of coffee as Ms (other half) had banned him from doing so in her absence and he didn’t want to get into trouble for trying to do it himself. I believe no further action was taken when it was understood what had happened. He had assumed this was an emergency.
I also read a report by his physio team in the early stages of his accident where he once gave the girl a cup of tea, but had used what was thought to be lea and perins dark soy sauce and when shown the mistake he was unaware he had done it wrong and thought the girl was having a laugh with him.
2.7.5 Laundry
Mr (me) was observed loading the dishwasher with clothes ready for washing and actually on one occasion he turned the appliance on. When he had been prompted he did not readily recognise his mistake. He has been observed struggling to select a correct washing programme and takes a long time reading the symbols so instead he just turns the programme to any symbol and takes pot luck. Unfortunately he has destroyed a lot of clothes belonging to the family including his own. He is now banned from this chore.
The motion of bending to load and unload, either the washing machine, dishwasher or tumble drier has also been challenging due to pain and limited range of movement.
Mr (me) does not always recognise the kitchen appliances, for example he could not readily tell the difference between a dishwasher and a washing machine.
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Just all remember, i'm in the process of getting help and have in place a lot of aids etc to help with daily activities.
I'm almost off the morphine and a few other drugs so in fact a bit more aware of my surroundings.
My thought processes and cognative processes are improving every day.
I suffer a lot of pain but this actually helps me in the sense i'm not drugged out of my mind which maybe accounts for some of the stupid things I've been doing since getting out of hospital.
Also remember, some things I do are spot on and no mistakes or confusion. It was only on ocassions (rare) I did some of the things this report says I did.
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