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No Visiting, Calling, Texting, Emailing, Trudi or Steve PLEASE!

It’s still me, Vincent, I am not wanting to start a new post every day but Steve is  home now and it seems like a good time to start a new post. I’ll probably update this post for a few days before I or hopefully Steve starts a new post.
Please respect the difficult time Steve and Trudi are going through, please feel free to contact me directly. 720-301-3003. If you are not sure what this is all about start here.

No Visiting, Calling, Texting, Emailing, Trudi or Steve PLEASE! (updated Oct 20): Steve’s brain needs rest. Trudi is focused on helping Steve. If you are local or in some other way are thinking about visiting or contacting (calling, emailing) Steve or Trudi, please do not!  Feel free to continue to leave comments. It is super important that he gets mental rest. Frontal TBI causes interesting and unpredictable personality issues. I will update when this changes. Expect this to be in effect until Oct 27 even after he returns home.

Tuesday afternoon: Steve is home.

Wednesday Summary: Steve still seems cognitively great, i.e., same intellect, asking about politics, biking, etc. He seemed emotionally the same. He is extremely tired.  Feels like he hasn’t slept in days which is probably true. It has been hard for him to get comfortable. Feeling new aches from the crash. His lower back is now sore. He has a pretty deep round wound there. He neck is sore but that is not really new. Right ear feels clogged but it is damaged, he has a crack in his skull behind his ear. if it continues we should see an ENT doc. He also complained of significant head pain.  He is still processing the amount of time it will take to recover and the amount of time that has passed. Eating a bit more and no more vomiting. Have the pill rotation going. That said, he seems accepting of it. Doesn’t feel like working on anything other than getting better. A good sign.

Thursday morning: Steve’s head pain got too bad is very bad! Getting that looked at.

Thursday midday: No Visiting, Calling, Texting, Emailing, Trudi or Steve PLEASE! Steve’s headache was bad enough to get another CAT scan which looked great. He has some new pain meds now and has an appointment to see the ENT later today about the ear.

Friday: Not much to report, It will be a week since the injury and overall progress has been great. New photo of Tucker below.

Recovery: If you are wondering what recovery from this type of injury might entail, this LINK explains it, although to me it says nothing useful while at the same time reading like a side effect warning for head injuries.

Support: Many of you have reached out asking how you can help out. Friendship, prayers, letters, posts in the comments…. All of these things are great. Trudi will be busy taking care of Steve, there will be opportunities to help but we need to let Trudi worry about Steve and their very close friends will help coordinate other help that may be needed. If you have something specific you would like to do, you can contact me, directly helptilford@vincentdavis.net or 720-301-3003. Many have also offered financial assistance. At this time this is greatly appreciated and humbling, but not necessary. If there comes a time it is necessary, we ensure everyone has an opportunity to help.

Watching Cubs game

Watching Cubs game

Tucker helping out.

Tucker helping out.

In Hospital

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Vincent here: As some of you may have heard, Steve suffered a head injury yesterday (Friday) evening. Bill Stolte was also injured. I will post updates as I get them and until Steve is able to return to the keyboard. Please respect the difficult time Steve and Trudi are going through, please feel free to contact me directly. 720-301-3003.

The accident: If you are familiar with Topeka’s regular ride, the accident happened while riding in on 2nd street just before the BP gas station “sprint” finish. The speed was high ~30mph. A dog ran into the road and Steve hit it, went over the bars, Sound like Bill was on his wheel and hit Steve. (Incidentally, we don’t know about the dog. It was taken in by its owners.)

Injuries: Steve was unconscious for at least 10min. Bill got really banged up and broke some ribs and has a collapsed lung. Both Steve and Bill were admitted to the hospital.

Friday night Assessment : Steve had a head CT that showed a crack in the skull, a small subarachnoid bleed with a very small (3mm) shift, and some frontal lobe contusions. He was admitted to the ICU overnight for monitoring. He was having a terrible headache and nausea/ vomiting. Bill has a collapsed lung (haven’t gotten the details on the side or severity.)

6:00am Assessment this morning: repeat head CT showed no change. This is good. He’s in a lot of pain, but this is to be expected.

9:30am Update: Update from Neurologist, Star-burst fracture in the back of his skull, evidence of a huge impact. Frontal lobe bruising is bigger than last night, as expected. More scans to come. Staying in ICU for a couple more days. Still very nauseous, vomiting, head ache. The Neurologist said it could be months of recovery and even some time in a rehab facility. Will know more as time passes.

12:00pm Update: Frontal brain contusion (bruise) is worse. Starburst fracture on occiput (back of head)  with continued but stable subarachnoid bleed.  If swelling worsens he may require a craniotomy (hole in the head) to relieve pressure. This is serious friends, recovery may take time, too long for Steve I am sure.

2:00pm Update: Bill is up eating. Has a chest tube to take care of the lung, 4 broken ribs, should be out Monday.

6:00pm Update: Eating some Jello and a saltine, asking questions. Photo below.

11:30pm Update: Neurology check is good. Neck CT looks good but they have not yet cleared his neck. He has had lots of pain through the day 8/10. They just changed the  pain meds and got the neck collar loosened and he is now sleeping.  Labs look good. He will get another head CT in the morning. He seems much more like himself spirit is back, everyone is feeling much more optimistic while aware recovery will take time.
Bill is also doing much better.

Sunday 8:00am Update: Steves condition seems stable. His neurology exam is good he has no problem following order, understanding questions and answers but he is clearly in a fog. Likely he will be transferred to the floor, out of ICU today. He had a CT scan again this morning, it unofficially looks like the swelling us much better. I have added a few photos below.

Sunday 11:00am: This mornings scan looks good no progression with some regression of the lesion. Transferring out of ICU today. Possibly home on Tuesday. Lots of PT /OT / speech therapy. Things to watch for but unlikely : meningitis and hearing loss in right ear. The doctor is assuming a full recovery in 1 year.  A repeat injury would be really bad.

Sunday evening: Steve was transferred to the spine and neuro floor (out of ICU). He got out of bed and showered, has eaten some broth and apple juice, pain is much better. Recognizing everyone, addressing by name, opening eyes when talking. All good signs.

Sunday sermon from his friends: Passing along advice from the doctor, everyone needs to make sure he never rides a bike without a helmet again. Not even just 1 mile to run tucker . There is a condition called second impact syndrome .  This is super important over the next few years. It can occur from a much lower energy head injury and you die from that! Seth says it well here LINK.

Monday Morning: Bill’s update: Bill is doing great, I mean he has a tube in his chest connected to a machine but otherwise great.

Monday Morning, Steve’s update: I have updated the support section. Steve is looking so much better this morning. Been a huge improvement over last night even in the last several hours. He did great with the occupational therapist actually scored 26/30. At 4:30am Steve decided it was time for a shower. He disabled his bed alarm,  rolled his IV stand into the bathroom and took one, he almost got away with it but for the noise from the water. He will not be going home until he can eat and drink without puking everything up . For the last 3 days, he has not kept anything down. Solid foods are not even an option at this time.

Monday Evening: Bill is home and doing well, or as well as you can with 4 broken ribs. Steve is continuing to improve. He is basically clear to go home once he can keep food down. It is getting to that time in recovery where it almost becomes more difficult for family and friends than the patient. There can be many difficult expected and unexpected issues with this type of injury. Probably looking at a 95% recovery in the next 4-8 weeks with the last 5% taking up to a year. The challenge is that the 5% could manifest in strange ways.

Tuesday Morning: New photo below. Morning CT scan is stable, this is good news. Steve slept well last night. He had 2 bites of pizza last night. He has not puked since yesterday morning, which is really good. His headache is still really bad. He is still very impulsive, this is due to the frontal TBI.
It is likely Steve is going home at the end of the day or tomorrow. It is super important that he gets mental rest. I know many of you would like to email, call, stop by. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! feel free to continue to leave comments. Frontal TBI causes interesting and unpredictable personality issues.

Tuesday afternoon: Steve is home. See photo of Steve and Tucker below.
It is super important that Steve gets mental rest. I know many of you would like to email, call, stop by. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! feel free to continue to leave comments. Frontal TBI causes interesting and unpredictable personality issues.

Wednesday Morning: (New Tucker photo below) Steve is continuing to rest and heal. Mostly Steve is just very very very tired and has a terrible headache. It has been hard for him to get comfortable. Feeling new aches from the crash. His lower back is now sore. He has a pretty deep round wound there. He neck is sore but that is not really new. Right ear feels clogged but it is damaged, he has a crack in his skull behind his ear. if it continues we should see an ENT doc. Eating a bit more and no more vomiting. Have the pill rotation going. No Visiting, Calling, Texting, Emailing… please, Leave comments below.

Tuesday: Starting a new post, see here.

No Visiting, Calling, Texting, Emailing… please (updated Oct 18): Steve’s brain needs rest. If you are local or in some other way are thinking about visiting or contacting (calling, emailing) Steve, please do not!  Free to continue to leave comments. It is super important that he gets mental rest. Frontal TBI causes interesting and unpredictable personality issues. I will update when this changes. Expect this to be in effect until Oct 27 even after he returns home.

Recovery: If you are wondering what recovery from this type of injury might entail, this LINK explains it, although to me it says nothing useful while at the same time reading like a side effect warning for head injuries.

Support: Many of you have reached out asking how you can help out. Friendship, prayers, letters, posts in the comments…. All of these things are great. Trudi will be busy taking care of Steve, there will be opportunities to help but we need to let Trudi worry about Steve and their very close friends will help coordinate other help that may be needed. If you have something specific you would like to do, you can contact me, directly helptilford@vincentdavis.net or 720-301-3003. Many have also offered financial assistance. At this time this is greatly appreciated and humbling, but not necessary. If there comes a time it is necessary, we ensure everyone has an opportunity to help.

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Stormont-Vail

Point of acknowledgment: My wife is making me say this, I do what she says 😉 Steve was not wearing a helmet. He may be pissed at us for posting this when he’s all better, but seriously, wear your helmets. We don’t know if it will change his decisions in the future, but please let it change yours.  And please don’t focus on this point in the comments. Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve, but we just want Steve and Bill better.

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Getting a CT scan

Getting a CT scan

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Getting a hair washing

 

All cleaned up

All cleaned up

Stacie has been a great help and friend the last couple days.

Stacie has been a great help and friend the last couple days.

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Morning

Home again with Tucker

Home again with Tucker

Loyal Tucker

Loyal Tucker

Southwest Airlines – Very bike friendly

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I hate flying nowadays. Especially for cyclo-x. Too much equipment to carry. Too many arbitrary extra charges to piss you off. But, flying Southwest is the least of all the airline evil. I used to snub my nose at Southwest. I had a qazillion miles on American, United, Delta and thought of Southwest as bus service. But, not anymore. Exactly the opposite.

The two reasons to fly Southwest whenever possible are –

1) They charge you nothing for up to 2 bags and it is “only” $50 for a bike. And over half the time I just tip the skycap big and the bike charge seems to never be mentioned. Delta is $200 each way now. United $175. It is financial rape.

2) You book flights one way for a roundtrip. If you miss a flight or don’t take the flight, the $$$ you spent are not gone. You have a number and you can apply the money to any Southwest flight for the next year. So, if you don’t know when you need to be somewhere, just book the ticket for a couple days and then take the flight that works.

3) And, the employees seem real.

Today was one of the “forget the bike charge days”. Kind of gets the trip off to a nice start. I have 2 different flights from San Diego to Portland next week to cover my bases. Super easy. Low stress.

Sunset over Phoenix.


Landing in San Diego.

Accomplished nothin’

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Yesterday, I accomplished nearly zero, so here I am trying to pack to fly to San Diego and have all my stuff ready for Cyclocross Nationals in a few hours. Plus, the computer at the State of Kansas is down, so I have to go sit over there and renew my license tags for a couple hours too. I’ll post something better later today hopefully.

I got this picture from a ride we did a couple months ago at Spin Pizza in Overland Park, KS. That sure took awhile to get into the paper. But, that was a good promotion. I’m not sure I’ve done a local promotion with that diversity of abilities. It was pretty cool.

KLM Kansas City Cyclo-X UCI (C2)

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OK. Races this weekend didn’t go quite as planned. The Missouri State and UCI races were back to back on Saturday and Sunday on the course that is going to be the Nationals course in 2007 & 2008. The weather changed from the mid 70’s early in the week to the 30’s and below on the weekend. Saturday’s race went OK. The ground was snowy in places and I won fairly easily. I rode hard for about 1/2 the race, trying to save some energy for the UCI race Sunday. Sunday was way colder, in the 20’s, and all the mud ruts and wet spots froze solid making the course much more treacherous. I was riding much better than the day before. I started kind of conservatively and started riding abit harder after a lap. That is when I made a major error. Because of a situation, obviously out of my control, I ended up on a lake/pond that was frozen over. I hit a frozen rut with my front wheel that sent me off toward the ice. I had to throw my weight the opposite (wrong) way to not fall. My brakes were already not working and by the time I realized where I was going it was too late. I broke through the ice trying to get off of it and pretty much soaked myself to the bone. I got out of the water and realized I needed some dry gloves, but by the time I got to the pit area, my gloves had frozen solid and were impossible to remove. At least for me to remove. So, I kept riding and screwing up more and more. Finally, I just put it in “just finish” mode and did just that. Two days later now, 4 of my fingers are still throbbing and all my finger tips ache and are swollen. Pretty much the hardest thing I can remember doing in recent history. But, my memory isn’t what it used to be. Cycling is a painful sport sometimes. Cyclo-X is always a painful sport!! Especially when ride like a moron. Read below what Velonews has to say-

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The evolution of the mountain bike!

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1983 was the beginning of Steve’s mountain biking career….a Moots, some mud (lots of mud), jersey pockets full of peanut butter sandwiches, and the first NORBA title!

Fast forward to 2006, and it is Northern Wisconsin, 1 night before Chequamegon Fat Tire, and once again it is Steve (with a box full of new XTR parts) with Kent Eriksen (Moots’ founder) and his newest creation…an “Eriksen” fully rigid 29’r.

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