08-11-2013, 04:22 PM
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  • Blue line
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My wife and I went and spent half a day with the surgeon that saved my life last June. Dr. Omar Danner and his team at Grady Memorial in Atlanta spent close to 10 hours repairing my damaged insides on the 8th of June, 2012.
We were thrilled to sit and talk for close to 3 hours and visit the fine nursing personnel of the trauma intensive care unit. It was different walking into a hospital that one year ago I was flown to and placed on a gurney and driven away from when discharged.
It felt good thanking everyone for saving my life and caring for me 34 days.

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 08-11-2013, 04:25 PM
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  • Agravic
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Thank you for sharing these photos ... an incredible journey you've been through, with the love and support of many wonderful people! Smile

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 08-11-2013, 04:39 PM
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Thanks for sharing. It's great that you were able to go back and talk with them again. I'm sure it meant a lot to them too.

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 08-11-2013, 04:55 PM
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  • Johnny
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. Both good and bad memories but as you say, part of the healing process.

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 08-11-2013, 05:01 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Thank you for sharing. John is right...I am sure this meant a lot to the surgeon and the nurses as well. I am glad to see you are doing well.

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 08-11-2013, 05:01 PM
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Blue line,

I am very glad you made that trip, for yourself and for your wife, and that you shared it with us. As John said above, it certainly meant a lot to the staff who cared for you.

Keep stepping onward; you are doing great.

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 08-11-2013, 05:43 PM
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Blue line, thank you for sharing with us. I am sure that your visit brought great joy for the surgeon and nurses who cared for you.

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 08-11-2013, 06:30 PM
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  • ben74
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Its always truly inspiring reading about your recovery! Thank-you for sharing.

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 08-11-2013, 06:42 PM
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Great pics. I don't know the rest of the story.

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 08-11-2013, 08:50 PM
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(08-11-2013, 06:30 PM)ben74 Wrote: Its always truly inspiring reading about your recovery! Thank-you for sharing.

+1 Congratulations to you!Smile

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 08-11-2013, 09:05 PM
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  • Harvey
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What a blessing to heal and be healed...takes both sides to make everything work and to be seen and remembered as a individual not patient #xxx ....bad things can happen and still good things come out of it and life must go on...different but still wonderful...best of healing and thank you for sharingSmile

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 08-11-2013, 10:45 PM
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  • Snuff
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Good to see that you're doing ok, the people at the intensive care unit must also have appreciated your visit, thanks for sharing.

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 08-12-2013, 11:45 AM
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Thank you for sharing. My thoughts are with you and yours.

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 08-12-2013, 12:41 PM
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Thank you for sharing Blue Line. I like others feel the visit would have been very uplifting to the doctors and nurses who cared for you.

It is good to see you up and around and not letting the little things stand in your way. Congrats on your recovery.

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 08-12-2013, 01:14 PM
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Very nice Alan.

For those not familiar. Here's What Happened

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 08-12-2013, 01:38 PM
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  • Harvey
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My Lord what a story...my son is a police officer and has his own Harley....I worry about him everyday....again AMAZING Recovery and I wish you well....you are blessed to have good family and friends by your side.....

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 08-12-2013, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for the link. Amazing!

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 08-12-2013, 02:20 PM
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  • freddy
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Alan, may all good things come to you and yours. Thank you so much for sharing because we all need to be reminded from time to time what the human will can accomplish. You are as big an inspiration as those incredible doctors and nurses at Grady.

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 08-13-2013, 10:54 AM
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  • Blue line
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After this I can make these recommendations:
1. Get short term disability insurance. I only had 6 months coverage, but it helped immensely. Get enough to replace what you earn a month.
2. Up your medical coverage and un-insured or under-insured coverage on your car and motorbike insurance. I relied on my health insurance and it was maxed out within a year. Over $970,000 in the first 9 months alone!
A good thing about the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is that my max of $1,000,000 was eliminated and my health insurance provider could not drop me when I went over a million bucks.
3. DON'T RIDE MOTORCYCLES! They are save, but the other drivers in bigger, heavier vehicles that will CRUSH you are not.
4. If you must ride, WEAR A FULL FACE HELMET. Mine saved my life. 2 SKULL FRACTURES and no brain damage.
5. If you have a loved one in a coma, talk to them, play their favorite music, play their favorite TV shows, play video of their kids and loved ones. It makes a difference.

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 08-13-2013, 11:34 AM
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Thanks for sharing Alan - always nice to hear about how things works out. Back in Ye Olden Days, when I was trying to learn how to drive without running over anyone, my driving instructor gave me some valuable advice: "Remember that everyone else on the road is crazy and want to kill you."

They haven't gotten me yet (but then I try very hard to maintain SA at all times, more so when I'm on two wheels), and I'm very happy they didn't manage to take you out either Wink

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