I was riding my motorcycle on my way to work, the afternoon of May 9th, 2011, when I was struck by a pickup truck as I was going through an intersection. I was hit on my left side, as the truck was perpendicular to me, and forced to the ground on my right side. My left leg bore the brunt of the direct impact and I suffered four fractures total, two on my Fibula, two on my Tibia which included a compound fracture and loss of a piece of bone about the size of a quarter. The only reason I am still alive to share my experience is because I was wearing my Icon brand, full-faced helmet. The reason I still have my left leg is because Doctor Charles A. Soma was able to use his extensive skills to piece my leg back together.
I remained conscious through the entire ordeal and cannot share the details with you…yet.
I relive the impact of the collision many times during the course of a typical day and my hope is that time will make these thoughts fade away and that one day I will be able to express my feelings and emotions without replaying the trauma in my mind.
I have a long road to recovery ahead of me, but surrounded by my amazing family and friends I have remained in good spirits. I do not know how I would have made it this far without the love and support from everybody around me.
A very special thank you to those of you that visited me in the hospital and have sent cards, texts or called to wish me well and offer your assistance. Also to Doctor Soma, his staff, and the amazing nursing staff of the Maui Memorial Medical Center 3rd floor Kahului tower. I tried my best to be an easy-going patient, but it could not have been easy to be around me for 13 days.
Since I am unable to walk or put any weight on my left leg for several months I have had more down time to read, watch netflix, play xbox, sleep and do many other things I would not choose to do during a typical day off. I have decided to try to use some of this recovery time to work on this website and get the next challenge off the ground.