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    Getting on a Motorcycle

    I am fused from C2 to SI . I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get onto a motorcycle as a passenger. Any exercises to get more flexible?

    Thanks

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    I am fused from C2 to SI . I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get onto a motorcycle as a passenger. Any exercises to get more flexible?

    Thanks

    Melissa
    Post of the year!

    I would send this post to SRS. I don't think any of them there would believe it. Of course they don't know your story.

    Melissa, You are incredible. I guess we don't have to ask how you are doing.....Wow!

    What kind of bike? Is it a large Harley?

    Remember the poster up in Idaho many years ago? She was a biker with a full fusion. If you want, I will go through all the old stuff and find her for you.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Post of the year!

    I would send this post to SRS. I don't think any of them there would believe it. Of course they don't know your story.

    Melissa, You are incredible. I guess we don't have to ask how you are doing.....Wow!

    What kind of bike? Is it a large Harley?

    Remember the poster up in Idaho many years ago? She was a biker with a full fusion. If you want, I will go through all the old stuff and find her for you.

    Ed
    Hi Ed, good to hear from you. I have been with a great guy for several years. Yes, he owns a Harley. He rides with his friends but would like me to go with him.
    Any suggestions, I welcome
    I would love to be in contact with the poster in Idaho
    Thanks
    Melissa
    Thanks
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Sounds good with the new guy....and good to hear you are doing ok now. That was a really long surgical road you took. What a battle! Did you also get your knee done?

    The type of motorcycle means a lot. There is a big difference between a Road King and a Sportster. Climbing on lighter bikes relying on flimsy kickstands is looking for trouble as it will fall down. The bike also needs to be in the right position and not pointed down slope as it can roll forward off the stand.

    Does the bike have a back rest or a sissy bar? If so, you won't able to simply hop on the back and swing your right leg over.
    He would have to hold the bike while on the kick stand when you get on. Facing the bike standing on the left side, place left foot on the left driver foot peg, then lift your right leg over the seat and place it on the right drivers peg. Then you will have to shift to the back seat and then place your feet on the passenger pegs. You will have some trouble looking down. Hold onto the handle bars when you get on. The kick stands on the big Harley's (Electraglide, Roadking etc)are pretty strong. He would then have to get on the bike after you are on. You would have to practice your method. He will also have to make sure you don't fall.

    If he gets on the bike first, he will not be able to catch you should you fall. He should be able to dismount with you sitting on the back.

    Always mount and dismount from the left side ONLY. Thats the side the kickstand is on.

    You do realize that a crash could be devastating.... (smug face) Your surgeon will get mad at you.

    Start out with a short 15 minute trip and see how you feel after that ride Don't go for a long trip so you can see how your soft tissues react. I rode supermoto before my fusion and did a 6 hour 100 mile trip to the lost coast of California and my back was just roasted. I was riding really hard with high G forces through the twistie's. Staying in the sitting position is hard to do. When I rode years ago, I would ride standing up on the pegs quite often. Dirtbike style.

    With flexibility, as far as the amounts of scar tissue you have from all the multiple procedures, I wouldn't use any weights or force anything. It's like the chair hanging that I did in my recovery to reach my shoes, the hanging was done without any pulling down. One foot up, leaning forward hanging arms down to reach the laces. It took several months of repetition to get there.

    Keep the forces down. If you break another rod, you will find out that your fusion integrity wasn't the best. It's a hard way to find out. With a history of pseudarthrosis and possible infection in osteoporotic bone, try to take it easy....

    You have paid your dues.

    Glad you chimed in.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Good to hear from you Melissa. It sounds like things are going well.
    I am fused almost like you. I think you have to determine which leg has more mobility. Mine are not the same. For me, I determined, to get out of a high bathtub, I step out right leg and then turn backwards and bring out my left leg.It just doesn't work any other way.
    Good luck.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1
    Osteotomy

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    Melissa, here you go. It was Les that was up in Idaho....Lapieper

    I also did not see your original username from 2008. Your original posts from NC.

    You could try to send a PM. or read her posts. She rode on the back.

    She is T2-Pelvis. And had rod removal....and replacement.

    https://www.scoliosis.org/forum/memb...40231-lapieper

    Click on the "About Me" tab

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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