So I started the blog a while back with the best of intentions, but as often happens, life got in the way. I’ve spent the summer of 2013 recovering from a fairly serious motorcycle accident. I was the victim of a soccer-mom with no regard for safety who was on her cell phone while driving. To say that her judgement and ability to drive were impaired is an understatement. Long story short, she almost hit me, causing me to lay down my bike, which slid for almost 200 feet. I followed along, bouncing and skidding, for 60 or so.
I spent two full weeks in intensive care, and woke up on a ventilator. My beautiful wife at my side, I was to learn that I had four broken ribs with multiple breaks in each, a punctured lung, a lacerated spleen, and a severe myocardial contusion (bruised heart) which had caused me to go into cardiac arrest twice shortly after I arrived at the hospital. Yes, I was wearing my armored jacket and my helmet. In fact I hit the pavement head first and had I not had my helmet on, I would have been very, very dead. The helmet’s remains are a testament to that fact. If you ride, wear a damn helmet.
Three months later, I’m at about 50 percent, but I’m up and back at work. Though I haven’t posted much on the blog, I have been as active on the air as possible, given my time at home recuperating. At first, I was unable to speak well enough to use voice, due to the vent tube’s effect on my vocal cords, so CW and digital were the modes of choice. However, my voice is doing a lot better now and I’m back on the air on SSB too.
The satellite operation has fallen by the wayside, and I’ve listed the FT-847 for sale. I don’t use it often enough to justify it and it’s surplus to my needs. With life continuing to change, it’s got to go, but it was (and still is) an awesome radio.
Anyway, I’ll hopefully be posting more of my (mis?) adventures as time and opportunity permit. Thanks to all my readers for hanging around!
73 FER NOW DE K8YSV