This is a long post but it shouldn’t be.  Stay Safe out there.

In order of occurrence.

From Doug:  “They plated my ribs, meaning they put titanium ($240,000 worth) plates and screws into the 11 broken ones on the right side.  That’s created its own recovery process since they had to separate all the connective tissue from the ribs after going in (cut from stem to stern, as they say) so they could get all the pieces of each rib and attach with the plating.  It makes breathing somewhat challenging, and doing core work rather painful, but in 20 years, I’ll likely not be bothered by it.  Hell, in 20 years, I’ll likely not remember it.  Anyway, my right arm remains severely dislocated at the shoulder, so is essentially useless.  Little things like holding a handlebar, shifting, braking, and worst of all, turning, are completely out of the question for now.  I’m hoping for surgery on that in June sometime.  Then, recovery continues afresh.  Hopefully, they’ll be able to connect all the right pieces and I’ll be able to get back on the bike by Fall, but this year is essentially a bust as far as riding is concerned.”

From me:  I haven’t seen Ed recently but he rode with us a few times in the last few weeks.  Seems ok.   I rode with Bud for his first ride on Monday and he rode again on Tuesday on his own.  His wrists are doing better.  Not perfect but better.

From Michael:  “I am improving, but am not allowed yet to put any weight on my right leg (Sacrum is broken on the right side close to the ilium). Any weight bearing could make it move and inhibit healing. i will see the orthopedic doctor next Tuesday for the first check-up and another set of X-Rays.”

also from me.  Joe was released from the hospital today and is home in Fanta Se.  He came over to our house this afternoon with his lovely wife and daughter to pick up his car and bike.  He walked from his car to our door and we chatted for awhile.  The boy is amazing.  We need to get ahold of some of his drugs!  He looks so much better and is supposed to be wearing a sling on his clavicle but of course not.  He is in much better spirits now that he is not in the hospital, as anyone would be.  Wanted to know if his bike was ready for the century.  I predict he’ll be back riding way ahead of any of our estimates.

Keep the rubber side down.  Have a great century.  Stay Safe Always!

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