Rotor's road to recovery blog

sunday, april 10th 2011

Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:47 pm

[  Mood: Happy ][ Watching Currently: Watching  ]

hello all and sorry for not posting in a while,,,however all is going great and i am improving every week,,this week i am going to get rid of the back brace and also i can get rid of the upper half part of the leg braces,,most all of my pain is just about gone and my legs are no longer like jello,my legs are getting stronger and i can get about 5 miles on the exercise bike in about 15 minutes and can walk about 1,000 feet with the walker,,im also getting to spend alot of time with my exwife and kids and loving every minute of it,,,i dont have any plans of getting back into the air again although i feel blessed with the 23 years of flying i have had and still looking forward to see my many friend fly,,i did go up to mcclure this saturday and had a great time watching everyone get awesome cloud flights,,thank everyone for all the help and best wishes,,

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slimchance
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject:    

Good to hear improvement. That is a great sign.... mosh thumbsup
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FormerFF
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject:    

Yah mon, get to walking first, then you can think about returning to the air. If not a HG, maybe an airchair or a sailplane.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject:    

I feel your pain!

I went in on 7-7-7, from 150 feet on my tandem glider which left me paralyzed below the knees due to an epidural hematoma next to my spinal cord. I had fractured my pelvis in 5 places, tibia platue, back 3 places, several ribs, punctured my lung, lacerated my liver, fractured my clavicle and scapula.

My paraylsis was initially below my waist, but I regained full use of my upper legs.

I have Cauda Equina Syndrome (very low spinal injury) and wear leg braces to help me walk.

I quit skydiving and hanggliding, but I will return to hanggliding this summer flying a Falcon and launching from something very steep!

Good luck! You are not alone. I too have been flying for awhile. I started in 86 at Flight Realities at Torrey Pines.

C-Ya!

Pete
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