David Ralston - Motorcycle Accident
Today marks 6 months since David's accident and the loss of his leg.
Stumpy (what David calls his leg) & Speedy (his prosthetic) are doing well. David progressed from a wheelchair to a walker to crutches to 1 crutch to a cane. He gets casted for his next prosthetic on Thursday.
Insurance, disability and finances are still challenging. Many of you know the driver at fault only carried the state minimum ($15,000) and the LifeFlight, ambulance, surgeries, week at Stanford, follow ups with doctors and prosthesis continue to mount over $400,000.
David & Anya were married in December at an intimate ceremony at the courthouse, attended by close family & friends. There was a celebration at the Crow's Nest near the yacht harbor. The sunset was only slightly less beautiful than the happy couple.
While at a show in Vegas for his honeymoon he got called up on stage and won a lap dance contest. He got to meet Neil Patrick Harris, Penn & Teller (comedian/illusionists) and Elijah Wood (Frodo). They all agree that David is very funny. To give you an idea of how David's sense of humor helps get him through, I've coped a chat log he had with a Customer Service rep today.
Customer Service rep, "Hope you get better soon."
David, "I don't think legs grow back. But you should have seen the truck that hit me. I totaled it with my body. I'm pretty much Superman."
Customer Service rep, "I mean your flu, hope you feel better soon."
David, "Best Chat Ever!
David had a follow up with his surgeon on Friday, to assess the progress of his healing. X-Rays were taken and while waiting for the doc, David took the opportunity to peruse the before & after pics on the computer.
The femur still has a way to go, as the bone has not quite grown back together. The right ankle (gone now) was completely shattered.
Today he had a procedure at pain management (ultrasound guided nerve block with local anesthesia and steroids). Seems weird that this is to alleviate phantom pain (as well as stump pain). Time will tell if the long-term benefits outweigh the initial pain today.
David & Anya went out fishing in the ocean yesterday (thanks Pete!). They caught ling cod and even some crab. One thing David commented on is how much more effort everything takes now. For example, just balancing on the boat and his whole body is sore, but he says it was worth it.
Tomorrow is David's birthday. When asked what he wants to do he suggested K-1 go-kart racing! There is simply no way to slow this boy down.
David got plaster molded for his prosthetic leg today. It generally takes 2 weeks to make, which lands on Thanksgiving. The next work day after that is Monday Dec 1st ... yup, David & Anya's wedding date. So, we're not sure if it will be ready or not but that's ok, he gets around pretty good on crutches now.
Brianna (David's sister) stitched together some blue & white fabric to have imbedded in the mold so David's new leg will have Cobra racing stripes!
Below is a link to a podcast featuring David as he tells the story of his motorcycle accident (fast forward to 14 minutes in). He gets casted for his first prosthetic on Thursday, has a follow up with his surgeon as well as a procedure with pain management at Stanford over the next week. He and his fiancée Anya have chosen Dec 1st as their wedding date, rather than waiting until spring. Congratulations to the happy couple!