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“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fl
« on: March 23, 2007, 02:26:03 PM »
This is an article I wrote for the TAC site called spokes (motorcycle safety site .
I wrote 3 of them .
http://www.tacsafety.com.au/jsp/content/NavigationController.do?areaID=1&tierID=2&navID=FD75C3687F0000010049494EEA47E341&navLink=null&pageID=367


Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly


You're lying in bed and the light shines through the curtains. Arrgh - it's time to get up.

Then it hits you - you can’t get out of bed yet, as help hasn’t arrived.
What help, you may well ask.      Your nurse.
You push the buzzer and ask to get up.    You're  told that they will be there shortly, but they have to finish doing breakfast.


Ah, yes - breakfast.  I remember that.  Eggs, bacon, cereal - but now because I have a trachea tube ( a tube which is inserted into the neck to help you breathe ) I have a liquid meal given to me through a tube (gastrostomy tube) which is inserted into my stomach.

The Nurses come in -  two, as a matter of fact and they prepare me for my shower.
Talking to me the whole time, sometimes chatting between themselves, asking me how my night was... and I respond with a slight nod, or 1 blink for "yes" or 2 blinks for "no".

They ask if I need any pain relief before my shower and I blink "yes" as I know that it is a long and arduous task, not really wanting it as I hate needles but it helps.     “Wiggle your toes” they say. I can’t bloody move them, let alone wiggle them but I try anyway.

They pick me up in a hoist and transfer me on to a shower trolley and it's cold but eventually warms up, and we are whisked off into the shower.

They try and keep my dignity but it’s hard when you don’t have control over your bladder and bowels, and they clean me up and shower me without fuss, while still talking to me all the time.

Once showered I am placed in a pad, just like a big nappy and dressed and placed into a wheel chair, a special one designed for me.

I attend therapies during the day - many different types and they are arduous and tiresome, but I need to be re-taught how to do everything again.
Speech therapy to talk, physio for walking and to prevent contractures in the muscles and many other ones as well.

By the time the day ends, I am tired, have been visited by mum and dad, family and friends and its night routine to go to bed, I won’t take you through that or the countless times I have been hoisted in and out of my chair, up and down, cleaned up and pad changed but let's just say I am glad to get my head down on my pillow.

This isn’t the story of one person in particular; this is the story of many riders who have had head and spinal injuries due to accidents.
I know this story and know it too well, as I was one of those Nurses.
I used to work in a head and spinal injury unit .

These people, if they do rehab can go back to leading some kind of quality life   Many don’t, and the reason I tell you this common story is that today I went to a funeral of a fellow rider.
One of the unlucky and unfortunate victims of a road accident.

The trauma, stress and grief that you, your family and friends go through is not worth that extra few minutes you gain by sitting in a blind spot, doing 5K’s over the limit, lane splitting moving traffic, drinking or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Motorcycling is fun and a way of life and is meant to be enjoyed, so enjoy it and keep safe at the same time.

A quote I saw on the bottom of a fellow rider's posts says:
 
“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly”




« Last Edit: March 23, 2007, 07:53:16 PM by blackf1ng3r »

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Re: [ch8220]Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fl
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007, 02:50:44 PM »
Thats a good story dude :)


Though i think its gotta be said.. the TAC are bloody usless,take the money and do nothen with it of much worth. :(

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Re: “Never ride faster than your guardian angel ca
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2007, 08:17:45 AM »
I know a guy up here who went fast on his bike after getting pissed. It was the very first time that he rode his bike drunk. It was also the last time he'll ever ride. Drunk or sober.

He's in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, paralysed down one side of his body. He spent 18 months in hossie, but for a fair while there it didn't look like he was gonna come out at all.

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Re: “Never ride faster than your guardian angel ca
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2007, 11:08:56 AM »

Hey I enjoyed that one Doc...


With your kind permission I'd like to republish it on dudeworld ?
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Re: “Never ride faster than your guardian angel ca
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007, 12:17:44 PM »
no problems  :)

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2007, 10:56:12 AM »
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Re: “Never ride faster than your guardian angel ca
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2007, 03:25:27 PM »
looks great , fuck my heads rough , could have touched it up a bit  ;D

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Re: “Never ride faster than your guardian angel ca
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2007, 03:58:08 PM »
Good going Doc, mighty fine read.

My uncle, about 20 odd years ago almost ended up that way from a moto accident. Had an even closer call 2 and a bit years back when he came off his pushy, he gave the moto's up a few years before to avoid big spills. Broke his neck but he's still walking. Several months in hospital and a very uncertain future. Had to have his neck fused but least he's still up n' about. Extremely lucky the 2nd time round he was, most I guess are'nt.