Potential camping season OVER !


Active Member
Jul 6, 2010
A few options had been planned, a few bucks stashed away and days off arranged. BUT NOOOOOOOOO

Sun 8/4 (16:40)
DGF and I went for a bike ride on Sunday afternoon while baked potatoes were cooking. Not 10 minutes from home, we encountered a set of trolley tracks. You guessed it. She failed to establish a sharp enough angle to cross them and got wheel locked, and subsequently high-sided onto the pavement and curb.

Witnesses in cars stopped and I called for them to call 911 for an ambulance, as she immediately went to cover the serious gash to her forehead. (No, a helmet would not have saved this one!)

Local hospital ER staff stitch her up and take X-Ray and a CT scan. WHOA!!!!! Compound fracture of the top of the tibia. Hospital admits that they're not up to that level of care required.

Mon 8/5 00:30
Transfer to the BIG University hospital with great orthopedic surgeons. Swelling in not yet alleviated, so they have to stabilize the leg prior to surgery

Out of initial surgery, recovering, and final able to consume drink and food! Pain is reduced and changed. Went from a 9 of 10 to 7 of 10.
01:10 Stable and sleeping

I had to get home and recover myself. A shower, lite sandwich and a beer, and I was done for the the night

CAUTION - UNEDITED Post stabilization pic

Worst effect, shes a school bus driver. No working until at least OCTOBER!!!
We've got LOTS of recovery time ahead.


Goodbye and thanks for all the fish.
May 3, 2013
Good luck and good recovery!

By bike ride you mean motorized or non moterized? Maybe an Off road wheel chair for camping while recovering?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!


Super Active Member
Jul 30, 2012
Ouch... that is terrible. So sorry for all the discomfort she's experiencing. Get well soon!!!


NewB Coleman Mesa
Aug 4, 2012
It just time for a different kind of camping. more relaxing. if you've got to sit/lay all day why not do it under the stars smelling canvas? My wife is going in for knee replacement and will be off work for 4-8 weeks. I see that as camping time!!! She doesn't know it yet but I bought her a big nice zero gravity recliner that will make it easier for her to get down and up; going to try it out this weekend for the Perseids up at the Grand Canyon.
A nice chair and an interesting book; some stars; a jug of wine and thou. what more do you need? O some canvas and a dutch oven


Active Member
Feb 21, 2011
Oh no! HOpefully she is on the mend and feeling better very soon.

I like James' idea of camping while your DGF is starting to feel better. Maybe in a few weeks when the healing process is well underway and there's less discomfort...it would be nice to go do a chill trip!


Super Active Member
Oct 7, 2009
Good Lord, that picture! She really took a fall! Please give her my best and we will pray for quick healing.

btw... you're lucky your house didn't burn down from the potatoes cooking! [:O]


Super Active Member
Jun 10, 2011
Oh nooooo! I am so sorry. I hope that her recovery is quick and she is back to her normal self soon.


Super Active Member
Oct 1, 2012
I am so sorry, what a terrible thing to have happen. I hope she recovers quickly and you guys get back out again.


Active Member
Apr 23, 2013
I wanna know what happened to the baked potato's that were cooking? You never said if they were over cooked or anything.

Hope she recovers well I had broke both the tib and fib at the same time and they are not any fun.


Active Member
Jul 6, 2010
ridenred333 said:
I wanna know what happened to the baked potato's that were cooking? You never said if they were over cooked or anything.

Fair question. It was part of what started this whole MESS.

After she got swept up by the EMS crew of Collingdale, I had to figure out how to get TWO bikes home. Even with the wheel off of one, it wouldn't fit into the trunk of the police Crown Vic, I stashed hers behind a concrete abutment wall in the nearby construction company parking lot. As my T-shirt had served as the initial compress for the forehead laceration, I rode home shirtless, and secured the kitchen, especially the potatoes. They had only been cooking for about 20 minutes, so they weren't even ready for anything.
I took a high speed shower, gathered up a bag of stuff for her, and drover her car to the hospital.
I called her son and told him the details, the extent of the leg injury not yet known, and he scooped up the bike and delivered it home. It was then that we got word of the potential extent of the leg injury. I called him back and told him to pack a bigger bag.

For all the well wishers, THANK YOU ALL. She will see this thread Wed (8/7) a.m.

We both know that she is in GREAT hands at the Big City University hospital. They're the ones with the trauma center and are world renowned for their skill at this kind of surgery.

Warmest thanks for all the kind wishes.




Super Active Member
Oct 15, 2011
Sorry for all that you/she have been through. Hopefully, the pain is better controlled. Here's hoping you can get some more camping in while she's recovering.


Super Active Member
Apr 20, 2010
Oh my. Medical issues must be a major obstacle to camping. At least for me due to DW's problems.


Super Active Member
Apr 25, 2013
oh man, I hope she gets to feeling better soon!!! Keep your chin up, where there's a will there's a way!!! Im sure when she gets to where she can move around a bit you will figure out what it takes to still be able to go camping, you will just have to adjust.Maybe even a camp driveway will make both of you feel better and My prayers go out to both of you. God bless and good luck! :)