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High Speed Highside Highway Crash


[caption id="attachment_1211" align="aligncenter" width="960"]10460243_328692194002286_1815159690251627426_n Unflattering picture of Me lying on the ground, as photographed by a bystander[/caption]
"Kita mo yung unang pakanan na yan? Delikado yan, pero yung susunod diyan yun ang pinakadelikadong kurbada dito. Di ko alam kung bakit pero lagi akong nagkakamali diyan" ¶ me to my friend, days ago before the accident
[caption id="attachment_1198" align="alignleft" width="300"]My bike on the place of accident as photographed by one of the bystander My bike on the place of accident as photographed by one of the bystander[/caption] Wearing my "full gear", I was practicing on C5 Extension when I crashed myself on the center island and woke up with broken legs and right wrist(that time I didn't knew). People are around me, some are talking to me asking me things, some are just staring, some are taking pictures. Then finally we caught  the attention of a cyclists that is with my father. Later my father came. note: The title may be inaccurate because I have no idea of how I crashed, because you know, if you'll get 4 fractures at the same time, you'll probably choose to sleep instead of feeling it. I just like how it kinda blends.    

Rescued

Ambulance came, put wooden splints on my legs, and assembled the stretcher under me, that kind of stretcher that is split into 2 and attached under the patient - that was the most comfortable stretcher I had on this accident. The later hospitals doesn't have this kind of stretcher. Using it they carried me to the ambulance with no pain at all. The rescue team transported me to an hospital near our home, and there they get the splints they put on my legs, and there comes the pain. On that hospital I had my XRay taken, painfully, because they have to reduce (twisted, stretched to normal position) my limbs to normal positions. Thankfully, I had no major head damage or body damage, my left arm is ok too. But my legs are broken and my right wrist are broken. The rest of my family came and my girlfriend, who was allowed to go out early of work. But my mother didn't came cause she doesn't want to see me on that condition and says she might go first of the grave seeing me like that. Since the splints was removed, I can feel the pain on my legs and was asking for more painkillers but of course was not given more than what is allowed. They suggested for me to be transferred to another hospital they call Philippine Orthopedic Center. Because they are the specialist for broken bones, they say. Besides, that hospital was too expensive, quote was 200k to 500k pesos. I was carried painfully and laid painfully on the stretcher and was transported (painfully) to that hospital approximately 20 KMs away.    

Pins and Pains

On that hospital, a public hospital threatened to be privatized, the Philippine Orthopedic Center, I was  painfully transferred again again to the hospital's stretcher. Then waited for hours. I was so tired that I moved my broken legs to face sideway cause that's the way I sleep. They didn't accepted the Xray of the first hospital, so they painfully did it to me again. Then they drilled a pointed metal pin across each of my legs, called traction pin I think. So they basically drilled a hole across my legs while I'm awake and with little anesthesia, but it's bearable. [caption id="attachment_1206" align="alignleft" width="270"]IMG_20141210_104418-cropped My external Fixator, shot taken 4 weeks after[/caption] The next day or hours later I was sedated by an anesthesia, when I woke up English-speaking (haha) and lo, I have four metal rods drilled on my arms supported by another 4 perpendicular rods parallel to my arm; It is called External FixatorAfter that a doctor plucked my thumb nail, treated the damage then stitch it with the thumb. I was like, plucking my thumbnail and putting it back again? would that work? The doctor said yes. Since my accident I wasn't allowed to drink or eat anything, finally when they finished doing these to me, I was able to drink.    

Confined

Then I was confined on the "charity ward", not comfortable at first but I adjusted.  Well, maybe I had to. There were 16 beds in there but only half of the room was occupied. There the patients are tied on a thing they call Bone Traction System, a system where the fractured bones are pulled away. Using the pins drilled across the bones, like the one on my legs near my knee. There I wasn't tied on a BTS instead they tied me directly on 2 weights, but was replaced by BTS the next day, which is, less painful. [caption id="attachment_1200" align="alignleft" width="300"]Bone Traction  From http://www.wheelessonline.com/ Bone Traction src:http://www.wheelessonline.com/[/caption] On the first hospital I already asked my colleague to inform my boss about the accident and that I want to borrow money; and through my wireless modem and laptop I was able to communicate and ask for help from my former boss and friends. My father was also able to borrow money from his cyclist friends. And lo, we were able to accumulate the needed money for the weirdly expensive orthopedic implants. Which are basically just metal rods, plates and screws           I was lying there for 4 weeks... [caption id="attachment_1199" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Confined Laptop selfie! haha Confined Laptop selfie! haha[/caption] To be continued Next: Ward life on bilateral fracture note: meaning of "bilateral" to be explained on next post

Comments (3)

  1. Bob Cristofer Balagot:
    Jan 17, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Get well soon Albert.

  2. kaycee:
    Jan 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    :D galing mo kuya mag english aa ^_^

  3. phedz:
    Feb 18, 2015 at 07:02 PM

    naaksidente ka pala sir. get well soon sir.


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