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    My dear F800rider pals,

    Thank you for all your well-wishes and uplifting emails. I appreciated your kind words and suggestions. I’m sorry for taking such a long time updating you on my situation, but until Friday, I’ve been a bit out of it. I’m horrible at taking medication and I either had a reaction to one of the drugs or my sore ribs and chest made breathing difficult and I was taken off the main drug. Prior to that, I was a barely walking-talking zombie! Until I flew home last Wednesday, I stayed in VA with Claye, who took amazing care of me, fed me, waited on me hand and foot—THANK YOU, Claye and Sylvia!. Claye also has a wonderful little dog, Fritz, who was the best therapy for me. He seemed to sense I wasn’t operating at full speed and stayed by my side (and slept with me).

    My broken collar bone will sideline me for 8 weeks—at least that’s what two doctors said. I’m a fast healer and hope to be good as new in less time. My beloved bike, Jesse Owens, remains in Fredericksburg, VA at Morton’s BMW, where it will be repaired (it sustained only minor damage—a broken turn signal and twisted Givi frame). To escape the winter doldrums, I will return to VA for a winter motorcycle trip. I will return in the Spring, at which time I will ride my bike back home.

    I wish I could say I know exactly what led to my “get off.”. I don’t. I’m still reliving it each night that I shut my eyes. I’ve written an overly long, detailed account of my “Southern Exposure and VA Get Off,” which I’ll post on my blog sometime today. I do know these things: it only takes a split-second of distraction to lead one astray. It’s important to never let one’s blood sugar level drop as it will effect one’s concentration in small and big ways. I know also that I’m very lucky this was a minor mishap and I feel honored to have so many people who went out of their way to assist me. I’m especially touched by and thankful to Bill who got me to and from the ER—and kept me laughing; Troy and Charles (the riders who brought me back to the Inn); Rob for absolutely every thing (especially for putting on such a wonderful event); and, Morton BMW, Twisted Throttle (you know what for) and anyone else I’m forgetting—I’m still in a slight drug fog.

    Thanks again!

    I so enjoyed meeting--however briefly--all of you!
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    get well soon.....

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    Holy crap, Sharon, I didn't realise you'd had a spill!! Thank goodness you're not too badly hurt, though I've broken my collar bone before and it was no picnic. You're either on stronger meds than I was, have a higher pain threshold, or are making lighter work than I did, as I moaned for ages about it.

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    Yikes, I hadn't heard either. I know what broken ribs and other internal injuries feels like Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Sharon.

    With so many incidents surrounding attendees of the gathering, should I avoid going next year? Is it already cursed?
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    Get well, This was all new news! I hope the best for you and the bike Jesse Owens! Richard
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    Sharon -

    Thanks for your report bringing us up to date.
    Be well!

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    Hi Sharon, Get well soon! And I hope you will be back soon too

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    Hi Sharon! Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet at the Rally.

    Glad you are on the mend and hope you are 100% soon.

    I appreciate the words on blood sugar. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, and despite monitoring his food intake and blood sugar, we still don't have an absolute understanding of why/when he gets lows. Sometimes he can feel the slow onset, and other times it hits more quickly. We always carry something to raise his blood sugar, but the trick is stopping before he starts to feel the effects of a low. So far, so good, but riding safely is more of a challenge than it used to be.

    Hope to meet you at the next rally!
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    Shrosa, sorry to hear about your spill, hope you heal soon.
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    Thanks for the post Sharon.
    I'm glad you're getting back in the groove.
    I look forward to reading your contributions here and on the blog again.
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    Oh no! didn't realise you had had an off - thanks for posting - I am burning the midnight oil (well it 1:30 am here in Cape Town) and was considering going to work with the bike tomorrow - thanks to reading your post I won't 'cos I know that my concentration will be impaired.

    Get well soon.
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    Courageous Gal. Glad you're back.
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    Hi Sharon! Take it easy and get fully recovered. Don't get impatient and start doing heavy stuff early like I do.
    I actually also took a spill on a 599 Honda the dealer lend me while my ST is at the shop, but the only thing it made was a couple of bruises and me late for work.
    Keep us posted and get well.

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    Get better soon. What a great bunch you had to help you out.

     

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    It's good to see your spirits are high! Your attitude and morale will take you quickly to a full recovery. So very sorry to hear of your accident. All the best for you!

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    Sharon - very glad you're starting to get somewhat back to normal. I was riding with a older friend of mine (and my fathers - he probably told you about it during the ride) who had a bit of a get-off and broke his collar bone. He's now back to normal, but I'm not so sure he'll ever be on a bike again.

    When you do decide to come get your bike, let me know as I'd like to ride with you for a bit. I'll set you up with a room in Pittsburgh should your journey take you back through my city. Just let me know, and I'll schedule a bit of time off.

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    Sharon,
    Didn't hear you had gotten hurt, but I'm glad to hear you're on the mend. Maybe when you come in the spring to pickup your bike, some of us in the area can join you on some of your ride back.



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    Sharon,
    Glad to hear you're recovering. Take it easy and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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    Best wishes for a good recovery Sharon, from "down under" ,
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    hope you get well soon! having spent six months of this year with broken and bruised ribs, I can empathize with you on that - it's no fun
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    In addition to Rob, I'd also like to offer some ride along time. if I remember you're from Chicago? If so you may be driving through or near Cleveland and if you are, I'll also be happy to escort you through my area and give any assistance you need. I'd like to see you escorted all the way back home in some sort of tag team relay so let's see what develops. Not cuz we dont' think you can ride, but rather as a welcome back gesture.

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    This is an outstanding group! nice job on the ride alongs. Richard
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    Get well soon Sharon, I hope you're on the mend and so sorry to hear of the mishap.

    It's great to hear how everyone pulled together and it shows what a great community this is. That's the kind of thing that makes this forum the place it is! A big thumbs up to all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    get well soon.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorch View Post
    Holy crap, Sharon, I didn't realise you'd had a spill!! Thank goodness you're not too badly hurt, though I've broken my collar bone before and it was no picnic. You're either on stronger meds than I was, have a higher pain threshold, or are making lighter work than I did, as I moaned for ages about it.

    Best of luck for a speedy recovery.
    Believe me...I've been doing a ton of moaning! At least once per day, I somehow manage to wrench that shoulder! Ouch!!

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redshift View Post
    Yikes, I hadn't heard either. I know what broken ribs and other internal injuries feels like Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Sharon.

    With so many incidents surrounding attendees of the gathering, should I avoid going next year? Is it already cursed?

    No, don't avoid attending! You know how it is with the first of anything new...you can expect a few bugs...Think of the "many incidents" as getting the bugs out so that the next event will be devoid of such drama--let's hope.

    Thanks for the well-wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonburns View Post
    Hi Sharon! Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet at the Rally.

    Glad you are on the mend and hope you are 100% soon.

    I appreciate the words on blood sugar. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, and despite monitoring his food intake and blood sugar, we still don't have an absolute understanding of why/when he gets lows. Sometimes he can feel the slow onset, and other times it hits more quickly. We always carry something to raise his blood sugar, but the trick is stopping before he starts to feel the effects of a low. So far, so good, but riding safely is more of a challenge than it used to be.

    Hope to meet you at the next rally!
    Thanks!

    I can only imagine the challenge of getting the blood sugar balance figured out for those with diabetes. I don't have it but I am sensitive to the lows.

    We'll meet up next time, I'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHU View Post
    Shrosa, heal quickly. We've been missing you.


    .........shu
    Aww...that makes me feel good! Thanks!
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    Sharon:

    I didn't make the rally because of my father's death.

    You are one of the people I had so hoped to meet.

    I hope that things go well and that your love for this silly sport is not diminshed.

    Concentrate on getting well and back to speed. Move slowly and deliberately and get back to the bike when you feel you are ready.

    In the meantime, please continue contributing here. You don't actually have to be a current F800 rider to be a part of the fun -- ask Dunny.

    Your friends here at the zoo miss you.

    Godspeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlzzzzz! View Post
    Courageous Gal. Glad you're back.
    Take care of yourself...hey no housework.
    Thanks!

    Ha! I said "no" to housework a long time ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by talexan View Post
    Hi Sharon! Take it easy and get fully recovered. Don't get impatient and start doing heavy stuff early like I do.
    I actually also took a spill on a 599 Honda the dealer lend me while my ST is at the shop, but the only thing it made was a couple of bruises and me late for work.
    Keep us posted and get well.
    Thanks.

    That's the hardest part...keeping still and being patient. For the most part, I am behaving. I have to, my husband is watching me like a hawk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Sharon - very glad you're starting to get somewhat back to normal. I was riding with a older friend of mine (and my fathers - he probably told you about it during the ride) who had a bit of a get-off and broke his collar bone. He's now back to normal, but I'm not so sure he'll ever be on a bike again.

    When you do decide to come get your bike, let me know as I'd like to ride with you for a bit. I'll set you up with a room in Pittsburgh should your journey take you back through my city. Just let me know, and I'll schedule a bit of time off.

    I'm sad you missed dinner, but I am glad that I finally had an opportunity to meet you.
    Hi Rob,

    Thanks! I'll definitely let you know when I go back to retrieve my bike! It would be nice to hook up with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls.Ride View Post
    Sharon,
    Didn't hear you had gotten hurt, but I'm glad to hear you're on the mend. Maybe when you come in the spring to pickup your bike, some of us in the area can join you on some of your ride back.

    Thanks! Wow! This is exciting and gives me something to look forward to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kismetcapitan View Post
    hope you get well soon! having spent six months of this year with broken and bruised ribs, I can empathize with you on that - it's no fun
    Six months?! Ouch!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    This is an outstanding group! nice job on the ride alongs. Richard

    I agree!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in Ohio View Post
    In addition to Rob, I'd also like to offer some ride along time. if I remember you're from Chicago? If so you may be driving through or near Cleveland and if you are, I'll also be happy to escort you through my area and give any assistance you need. I'd like to see you escorted all the way back home in some sort of tag team relay so let's see what develops. Not cuz we dont' think you can ride, but rather as a welcome back gesture.

    Best wishes.
    Thanks! That's a cool "gesture." Let's see what develops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herleman View Post
    Sharon:

    I didn't make the rally because of my father's death.

    You are one of the people I had so hoped to meet.

    I hope that things go well and that your love for this silly sport is not diminshed.

    Concentrate on getting well and back to speed. Move slowly and deliberately and get back to the bike when you feel you are ready.

    In the meantime, please continue contributing here. You don't actually have to be a current F800 rider to be a part of the fun -- ask Dunny.

    Your friends here at the zoo miss you.

    Godspeed.

    Sorry we didn't meet either. I'm sure we will in due time.

    My mishap definitely wasn't enough to diminish my love for riding! Didn't even consider it! I've ridden solo for a few years now and motorcycling is the only outlet I have that allows me to be and feel free. I'm spending my recuperation planning trips for next ride season!

    Nova Scotia is tops on my list!
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    Sharon, sorry to read about your mishap - hope you will recover soon and be back in the saddle!
    the good thing is - you still are able to type here!
    Take care! 

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    Well a bit of an update. The collarbone seems to be getting better daily. But last night I thought I was going to die. I had severe shortness of breath. A cough, hiccup, burp just about killed me. Called the doc. She told me to go ER.

    Took more than a few tests and x-rays. Results: I have five broken ribs (front, back and side) that were not discovered at the Bedford hospital. In fairness to them, I had only complained of the collarbone so that's what they x-rayed.

    New drugs to manage the pain. Sleeping a lot! As they say, "This too shall pass."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrosa View Post
    Well a bit of an update. The collarbone seems to be getting better daily. But last night I thought I was going to die. I had severe shortness of breath. A cough, hiccup, burp just about killed me. Called the doc. She told me to go ER.

    Took more than a few tests and x-rays. Results: I have five broken ribs (front, back and side) that were not discovered at the Bedford hospital. In fairness to them, I had only complained of the collarbone so that's what they x-rayed.

    New drugs to manage the pain. Sleeping a lot! As they say, "This too shall pass."
    Sharon,
    I've been off air since the Oz MotoGP - just too much work to do.
    Sorry to hear about your accident.

    Broken Collarbone and ribs - there's going to be some pain.

    Stay away from anything you might remotely find funny. I recall being in tears with every laugh when I was 18 and broke my clavicle on a bicycle.

    We wish you well from Oz.
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    I'd completely missed this post when it started a few days ago. Struggling to keep up with the dozens of new posts each day.

    So belated best wishes and get well soons Sharon.

    At least you have an excuse for using the groan button now!
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    OK, if it hurts to laugh no more Monty Python-esque posts from anyone until you're all healed up.

     

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    <cough>

    Well, maybe just a wee one.



     

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    TIM

    Look. I'm warning you.



    ROBIN

    What's he do? Nibble your bum?



    TIM

    Well, It's got huge ... very sharp ... it can jump a...

    look at the bones.



    ARTHUR

    Go on, Bors, chop its head off.



    BORS

    Right. Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew coming up.



    TIM

    Look!



    As TIM points they all spin round to see the RABBIT leap at BORS'

    throat with an appalling scream. From a distance of about twenty feet

    there is a tin opening noise, a cry from BORS. A quick CLOSE-UP

    of a savage RABBIT biting through tin and BORS' head flies off. The

    RABBIT leaps back to the mouth of the cave and sits there looking

    in the KNIGHTS' direction and growling menacingly.


    Sorry Sharon...one of my favorite movies ever.
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    Now you've done it.





    And Saint - Wikipedia, the free [email protected]@[email protected]@/wiki/File:Simon_ushakov_last_supper_1685.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/Simon_ushakov_last_supper_1685.jpg/300px-Simon_ushakov_last_supper_1685.jpg"@@[email protected]@com mons/thumb/7/7d/Simon_ushakov_last_supper_1685.jpg/300px-Simon_ushakov_last_supper_1685.jpg Attila the Hun - Wikipedia, the free [email protected]@[email protected]@/wiki/File:Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_Attila_frag ment.jpg" class="image" title="Attila"><img alt="Attila" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_Attila_fragment. jpg/200px-Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_Attila_fragment. jpg"@@[email protected]@commons/thumb/1/14/Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_Attila_fragment. jpg/200px-Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_Attila_fragment. jpg raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, "O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy."

    And the Lord did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats and large chu... [At this point, the Friar - Wikipedia, the free [email protected]@[email protected]@/wiki/File:Carmelite_friar.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9d/Carmelite_friar.jpg/150px-Carmelite_friar.jpg"@@[email protected]@commons/thumb/9/9d/Carmelite_friar.jpg/150px-Carmelite_friar.jpg is urged by Brother Maynard to "skip a bit, brother"]...

    And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

    Amen.

     

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    Well let's hope that's the last of it! Just keep your positive attitude going! And ah no laughing...

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