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Had a scare my hunting career was over.
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Contributors to this thread:
Michael 20-Dec-21
JL 20-Dec-21
SIP 20-Dec-21
orionsbrother 20-Dec-21
WV Mountaineer 20-Dec-21
Dale06 20-Dec-21
Corax_latrans 20-Dec-21
AccMan 20-Dec-21
Rocky D 21-Dec-21
BULELK1 21-Dec-21
Zebrakiller 21-Dec-21
deerhunter72 21-Dec-21
Rut Nut 21-Dec-21
Beav 21-Dec-21
LBshooter 21-Dec-21
12yards 21-Dec-21
Brotsky 21-Dec-21
Buffalo1 21-Dec-21
Scoot 21-Dec-21
No Mercy 21-Dec-21
elkmtngear 21-Dec-21
KSflatlander 21-Dec-21
badbull 21-Dec-21
Inshart 22-Dec-21
IdyllwildArcher 22-Dec-21
Quinn @work 22-Dec-21
nchunter 22-Dec-21
TonyBear 22-Dec-21
Michael 23-Dec-21
goelk 23-Dec-21
Michael 23-Dec-21
From: Michael
20-Dec-21
I left work Saturday afternoon. It was sprinkling when I left. I accelerated to the speed limit (75). Shortly after that it began to down pour. As fast as the rain came my truck started hydroplaning. I was sliding sideways. I tried to correct and slow down but it was too late. Slid into a culvert and rolled 3 times.

Let’s start with the good news. I had some swelling on my head and some pretty good abrasions. For those that know me. When you are dealing with rocks that’s bound to be expected.

The bad news that turned into good news. I have an acute fracture on my T12. I have a burst fracture of n my L1. The specialist was to worried about the breaks. What had her concerned was all the ligament damage.

So off to surgery I went this morning. Surgery went well. I am free to move around in bed as much as my back will let me. I can’t get out of bed with out a brace.

They brought me a brace today. And PT will see me at 8 AM tomorrow. My Dr plans on seeing me tomorrow.

Since I am down in Corpus Christi Texas and I live in Minnesota. There are the holidays to contend with. The company I work for is sending a company plane for me and as soon as the Dr releases me I will be Minnesota bound for the holidays. The Dr said that shouldn’t be an issue and is glad I am flying and not driving.

I got very lucky. No spinal cord damage and I expect to be hunting this fall.

From: JL
20-Dec-21
"I got very lucky."

....and you lived to tell the story. Your Christmas came early....count your blessings.

From: SIP
20-Dec-21
Glad you are ok. The Good Lord had you in His hands.

I rolled my work van in May of 2020 due to hitting freshly mowed grass on the curve of a road just after the first rain we had in weeks. Only scratch i had on me was a cut on my leg from when i had to kick the windshield out to get outta the vehicle. Really makes u feel thankful for all that you’ve been blessed with….

20-Dec-21
Scary. Glad you’re OK. Best to you and yours.

20-Dec-21
To God be the glory.

From: Dale06
20-Dec-21
Heal up quick Michael.

20-Dec-21
Sounds like me and Black Ice, 35-W, a bit North of the Big Steer at X69….

I was sure I was toast.

Glad you’re doing as well as you are - damn lucky it wasn’t worse!!

From: AccMan
20-Dec-21
Wow, glad it wasn't any worse, you can thank the big guy upstairs.

21-Dec-21
Glad you are mostly OK!

From: Rocky D
21-Dec-21
Wow glad that you are ok. Hopefully, your recovery goes well and you can enjoy many more seasons afield.

From: BULELK1
21-Dec-21
Damn Man!!

Keep the Faith,

Robb

From: Zebrakiller
21-Dec-21
wow best of luck on a good recovery

From: deerhunter72
21-Dec-21
The good Lord was watching over you! Horrible feeling to lose control like that. Hang in there!

From: Rut Nut
21-Dec-21
I spent 9 days on the trauma floor of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center several years ago.................so I can relate!

The good Lord sent me home to my family and that was the GREATEST GIFT I’ve ever received! Praise the Lord!

From: Beav
21-Dec-21
Wow! That will make you really appreciate the holidays! Glad you are going to recover.

From: LBshooter
21-Dec-21
Glad your going to be ok. The idea is slowing down before the roads get flooded lol. Good story to share, way to many people drive way to fast during rain storms, maybe you have just saved one of us from disaster next time we're driving in a rain storm.

From: 12yards
21-Dec-21
Dang man! Glad you are on the road to recovery! Prayers for a full recovery and the future return to archery!

From: Brotsky
21-Dec-21
Damn buddy! Glad to hear you are on the mend! We need to get out for another hunt. We can't let Bob lose all his arrows alone :)

From: Buffalo1
21-Dec-21
Be thankful that the Lord spared your life. He has a purpose for you.

Glad injuries were treatable and you will be reunited with your family soon. You’ve got a very generous employer.

From: Scoot
21-Dec-21
I somehow missed this one... glad to hear you made it through a dang hairy deal alive! Good luck with the recovery! Definitely count your blessings this Christmas when you're with loved ones.

From: No Mercy
21-Dec-21
Glad to hear you are on the mend-best wishes Michael!

From: elkmtngear
21-Dec-21
Wow, you are a lucky Man, Michael!

Wishing you a speedy recovery, and a wonderful Holiday Season with your Family.

From: KSflatlander
21-Dec-21
Scary stuff. Puts life in perspective and helps readjust priorities.

Glad you are on the mend and live to fight another day and shoot some arrows.

From: badbull
21-Dec-21
I think most of us have been lucky a time or two under similar circumstances so can relate to your ordeal somewhat, but being away from home to boot at this time of year is a real bummer. Sounds like you will make it home for Christmas. Hope that you have a quick and complete ecovery. I am curious if you happened to be wearing a seatbelt as I am a believer due to my experience. Best of luck to you, Badbull

From: Inshart
22-Dec-21
As others have said, glad you are still vertical. Prayers for a full recovery - sometimes issues arise "after the fact", more reasons to hug your family more often.

22-Dec-21
Jesus Mike!

Really glad you're ok! (Also, late December through March is the best time to get an injury and/or have surgery ;)

From: Quinn @work
22-Dec-21
Glad to hear you're OK!

What career do you have in hunting? Do you work for a TV show?

From: nchunter
22-Dec-21
Glad you will be with your family during the holidays

From: TonyBear
22-Dec-21
Good to hear you got out of it alive with injuries that can be fixed.

In 1997 I was on my way North from a early day at college and was planning on a afternoon hunt in NW WI . It started to rain, sleet and snow a little bit, as I went under a bridge, hit black ice, the truck started to fishtail. I over corrected and and spun all the way around. I would have just slid into the ditch but there was a patch of gravel and the wheels hit it and the truck rolled into the cattails. Landed on its side. Crushed the topper which saved most of the truck except a door and part of a front fender. Archery equipment all over the truck bed, stand blew through a window in the topper.

After few breaths turned everything off, pushed my way out a side door and stood in the swamp up to my calves in muck. About 8-10 other vehicles did the same thing on both sides of the highway. Missed some culvert posts that would have impaled me.

Moral of story always slow down when weather abruptly changes.

Again you have some healing to do but good thing an angel was watching over you.

From: Michael
23-Dec-21
Quinn, I don’t have a career in the hunting world. I was very lucky that my spinal cord wasn’t damaged in the accident.

Surgery went well. I have been up walking for the last 2 days. Yesterday I did my first flight of stairs. Which was actually pretty easy.

As soon as my incision stops draining I will be released from the hospital.

Pain level isn’t bad. I would say at it’s worse it’s a 4.

Thank you everyone for all the prayers and get well wishes.

From: goelk
23-Dec-21
someone was watching over you speedy recovery

From: Michael
23-Dec-21
Quinn, I don’t have a career in the hunting world. I was very lucky that my spinal cord wasn’t damaged in the accident.

Surgery went well. I have been up walking for the last 2 days. Yesterday I did my first flight of stairs. Which was actually pretty easy.

As soon as my incision stops draining I will be released from the hospital.

Pain level isn’t bad. I would say at it’s worse it’s a 4.

Thank you everyone for all the prayers and get well wishes.

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