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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:It is with a heavy heart and a broken leg that share with my lovely fire family that i will not be able to twirl anything for at least a year ubbcrying obviously, this completely changes my lifestyle! no acro, no doofs, and certainly no sandworm riding.



as it stands, my right tibia and fibia had cracked backwards and displaced before impacting at a bad angle - the only way my foot is connected to the rest of the skeleton is via a metal rod that connects most of the length of my tibia bone via screws. Even putting any weight at all on my legs is out of the question for ages..



it's gotten a bit hard to be chirpy now that i can't stand or care for myself, but at least my friends/missus come to visit and listen to my tales of woe beerchug.



just to youse know in case yer wondering why i'll be dropping off the radar.



thanks go out to pyroptix and captn_shiner for being my rescuers - your kindess was incredible. peace



*** EDIT for xrayness ***

before surgery (the blob is the plaster) and after the rod is inserted.


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ye ouch.

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falloutboy
SILVER Member since Mar 2002

falloutboy

remember
Location: Melbourne, Australia, Earth, M...

Total posts: 433
Posted:Oh Bender... I had no idea it was this bad. Man that's so horrible, I can't believe it. Surely it's not true. This must be a bad dream or something.

Spinning just won't be the same.. Someone wake me up. :'(

I guess I hope above all else it doesn't stop you spinning once it's all healed up - that would be a real tragedy - the community can't afford to lose you!!!

Lot's of hugs and fluffy thoughts.


-As angels debate chance and fate-
i was riding through melbourne on a midget giraffe, things were peachy.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:my sympathies! thats terrible! now are going to be susepatble (sp?) to midday tv!!!!!!!!!

seriously tho, thats some serious bad luck, so sorry mate.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

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ben-ja-men
GOLD Member since Jun 2003

ben-ja-men

just lost .... evil init
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 2474
Posted:no acro no doofs awwww dude that sucks how come for a year thats like forever surely ull be a fast healer and be all good an healed in time for earthcore. just think positively ull be suprised what the mind can do.

when i broke my hand i has devistated it was my right hand two and i was all nOOOOooooOOOOoOoooOOoOooOOooOoo give or take an o cos i was told i wouldnt be able to twirl for months but then i discovered i have another hand and it made me finally learn to twirl with my left hand.

dont believe what the drs tell u as far as heal time goes i was told 2 months for the bones to heal and then a few more weeks for it to set, 2 weeks after i broke it i got it xrayed again and the dr couldnt see where i broke it originally.

on the bright side u still have both ur hands so u can be a wheelchair twirler, just dont get one of those electric ones or ull never want to walk again
my vibes, in your general


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Pyro_Tech


Pyro_Tech

Crazy Nutter stuck in Farmidale...
Location: Newcastle, Australia

Total posts: 264
Posted:Wow! Look at all the people sending their hugs and stuff out to you - how lucky are you...

Can I tell you my story Bender? Cause I can sympathise pretty well at the moment...!
On Monday morning at the Australian Uni Titles (I play rugby for UNE) I got taken out in an illegal tackle whilst in the air jumping for a ball - My knee cap was fractured in two places and dislocated three times (once in the air, once as I hit the ground and other players landed on me and once when I tried to put weight on it in the training room later), I've torn three major muscles/tendons and my knee cap is sitting dislodged as we speak on some damaged tendons and cant be moved til the swelling goes down... The girl who did it hasnt apologised yet and I missed out on my first national games that I've been training for 18 months for.... sigh...
The plan for me now is to wait until the swelling goes down (it seems to resemble a bowling ball attached to my knee right now!), have my knee re-dislocated, then they will look at surgery to repair the damage and a whole lot of physio and stuff to get it working again - at the moment it's stuck in almost a 45 degree angle with all the pressure in it... It is driving me CRAZY!!!!
I cant cope being bed bound!
Valura is SO right - crying definitely helps a lot - I have cried more in this last five days than I have in my whole life I think... A lot from disappointment I think, pain I can cope with, but I am so upset that it has come at this time for me!
I arrived back at college (where I live on the third floor!) today and will be going into the hospital every morning for the next week or so before the surgery/treatment...So it will be interesting I'd say!
Looks like I'll be out for at least 6-8 months as well....So if you come up with any new brilliant activities to keep your mind active, pass them my way too cause I reckon I'll be needing them too!! hehe
Hope you're feeling a tonne better already, I'm thinkin' of you!
Keep your head up and keep smilin' cause there's an awful lot of people who seem to care an awful lot about you!

Rach


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Rozi
SILVER Member since Jan 2002

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Posted:

Flynt told me you had hurt yourself, but I didn't know it was this serious until I read this.



Come to Mardi Gras, pet. We will wheel you up and down Oxford Street in a wheelbarrow. And lavish attention upon you.


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Jo


Jo

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Location: Sheffield, England

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Posted:

I know of another cat who was told by the docs there would be no spinning for at least a year. He stayed incredibly upbeat and possitive throughout the ordeal and ended up nearly as good as new in 3 months.

Will yourself better, dude. prove them wrong. HOP won't be the same without you.

And, hey, at least you have an excuse to stay in and watch England win the world cup

Jo.


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Puk
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

Puk

Sweet talented nutter
Location: Brisbane Oz

Total posts: 2615
Posted:Im soo sorry to hear that . maybe be you can learn magic tricks Or something .

May all your hop 's be happy ones .

Sending you lot's of lovely puk healing powers

Hope your feeling better soon .


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I am the merry wander of the night -puk

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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:hey youse caring sweeties! you are the silver lining that keep my mind off the pain with your wonderful compassion!!

the incredible (quasi teary) feelin i get from you heartfelt messages has definitely made a difference to my day-to-day coping skills! (all i needed was a tricle and you all gave me a flood!)

again, ima humbled and not a little teary eyed, HoP, i love yooooooooOOO!


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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire

Total posts: 3136
Posted:

that doesn't sound good at all

I made some mini 'sitting down at the computer' sized flags for alice a few weeks ago, who's also buggered up her leg, perhaps i should send you a set

[ 04. October 2003, 05:00: Message edited by: flid ]


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Oh NOOOOOOO!!!! Poor thing!



Heal quickly! And stay on HOP. It wouldn't be the same without our dear Bender.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire

Total posts: 3136
Posted:where've you been lately mike? you used to be way more addicted than you are now

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Tempest


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Posted:

[ 04. October 2003, 15:58: Message edited by: TEMPEST ]


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brainstorma
BRONZE Member since Jan 2003

brainstorma

old hand
Location: under the fairie wheel

Total posts: 1184
Posted:as i heard a little of this from the boys over at oztrance i knew it was bad but not this bad

no earthcore. well not unless we get ya a off road wheelchair (hmm let me see about that) was so looking forward to having a spin with you there

re spining how far up is the knee braced?? or how far will it be when the swelling is down more maye look at using a bar stool. may have to modify some of your moves but it will help stop total withdrawrals from not being able to spin

look after youself mate and dont spend to much time with the whole computer next to bed thing or you will fully fark your back up

oh yeah and start oding on the milk to help with the calcium mate

heal well and stager
blair


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i8beefy2
GOLD Member since Mar 2003

i8beefy2

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Location: Ohio, USA

Total posts: 674
Posted:Ouch. Sorry to hear that Bender. You've been one the biggest inspirations to me from this board, and some of your videos have gotten me started on trying to learn some of that crazy acro stuff. I'm sorry to hear that you'll be taken out of it for a while... BUT hey maybe now I can catch up to ya.

Get well ASAP man! You're in my thoughts.


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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

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Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There

Total posts: 6140
Posted:
Hope you heal quickly. Thats awful news

Much love
Alice


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Mozy
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

Mozy

*.. If ya can't be Good, Be Good at it..*
Location: In Melbourne at the moment

Total posts: 147
Posted:Oh Noooooo the Bender has falling... So sad that you damaged your tibia and fibia man... I can feel ya pain.... Cause i have damaged my knee, not as bad as you tho but i kinda know how it feels. I was really looking forward to meet you Bender cause im coming down to MelBourne for "Rainbow Serpent" and hoping that you were going to be there.

Never know you might be there, never say DIE. BIG to ya little twirler and in no time you'll be back playing with the passion that we all share & love "FIRE"

Sending all my Energy your way

Mozy/Trix


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Trick ferret on the making hehe!!!!
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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:Shit mate! That sucks a lot...

I was soo looking forward to hooking up with you at Earthcore for some first rate fwirlage...now it looks like I'm going to have to wait a whole lot longer :/

bummer dude.

Josh


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arashi

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Location: austin,tx

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Posted:awwwww, bendywendypoo,
that's like when neo was punchin the agent, but then the agent punches him up real good, and he starts spittin up blood and convulsin, but then trinity starts ripping up her shirt and givin him some lovin so it's okay. it's exactly just like that. almost. except your not getting punched literally just figuratively and there's probably not a big sharp metal stick in the back of your head. you know it's just a metaphor.

man i hate it when my pals get hurt and can't do their thing. but i know you will make the best of it, just don't let the body get worn down from all that sitting! don't forget visualization is a very useful practice form. and psychedelics are fourth dimensional, travel by leg is not necessary.
my prayers go with you, just don't forget you could go to the outback and the aborigines could sing to your leg and make you better in a few days. just remember that when the doctor smiles and hands you a bill. you can think to yourself, "thanks mister watered down technological replacement for natural human powers, i'll get you that money right away." or not, that might be a tad bit sassy and perhaps even antisocial. or maybe i'm just talking to myself too much here. is it funny though?


shine on brother


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-Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
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arashi

Pooh-Bah
Location: austin,tx

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Posted:and the first thing i thought of was that you could play with contact juggling but i won't even mention it cause that would be redundant and i hate redundancy. really i don't like it.

-Such a price the gods exact for song: to become what we sing
-Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
-When the center of the storm does not move, you are in its path.

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Dentrassi
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 3044
Posted:take care of yourself!! now im going to try to cheer you up by posting stupid comments on your website.

"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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lasersurge
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

lasersurge

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Location: no home, between homes, always...

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Posted:i hope you make as speedy a recovery as is humanly possible. there's not really much left that hasn't been said, but i just hope that you keep your spirits up, and enjoy life to the max. I look forward to hopefully meeting you sometime next year and have you teach me a thing or two of your masterful twirling You're Joy of Staff is an inspiration, and clearly you are well loved by those who know you.
peace and love
Dylan


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Dio

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Location: OK, USA

Total posts: 729
Posted:Bender my friend, I think I speak for a great many people here when I say you've been a big inspiration to us and even in this time of adversity you continue to inspire us.

Though you can't spin for a short while (and believe me it flies by... especially if you play Jedi Academy computer game), we will gladly pick up the energy you've left in the air and house it for you until you want it back.

In the meantime, definitely try out some of the things others in this thread have mentioned... keeping busy and not letting it get you down is important, as is remembering that it's just temporary. You'll no doubt see improvement quickly as you move up from the ground into a wheelchair, then up onto crutches (the highlight of which is being able to pee unassisted!), then maybe a cane for a while, and then finally you'll be risen up and WALKIN again, my child!

Though we're worlds apart, you can definitely let me know if you ever need anything sent your way from my zone... perhaps some Minicons would do the trick? Or perhaps a custom-made achey breaky staff for when you get better (my engineering skills ROCK)? PM me and we'll iron out the details.


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[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2001

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:yo,

I want updates!!!

dont drop off the map, pleeeeeeeeese!

dude im sending you so much love right now, and a crysknife, as soon as i catch this pesky worm....

*thump* *thump* *thump*

T


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Dentrassi
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane

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Posted:just make sure you dont tear your stillsuit.

"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:okay my firey siblings,
here's the update - in finally got to peek at my xrays - what happened was that the tibia and fibia snapped in the middle, displacing the loower half of my shin backwards so that the top half of the tibia smashed into the bottom half of my fibia, further snapping the lower half of the fibia into half again.
the bone will never be the same shape again, as there is a chipped piece of tibia jutting out at the break and the fibia will fuse in a slightly bent shape from it's two breaks, so much so that there the second screw in my ankle had to be long enough to connect the base of the tibia and fibia together. what had the doctors worry were the 3 large golfball sized blood blisters on a tender part of my calf - they had to ultrasound it to rule out deep vein thrombosis.

it wasn't until i saw the xrays did i realise that the medicos were dead serious when they called it a serious break.. it at least puts the paaaaaain into perspective.

so the outlook is: 4 more weeks until i can put even a slight weight on my left leg...

the painkillers are quite tasty (if a bit drooowsyfying) but the caaaaaaabin fever setting in hardcore tho(!)

thank yoo all from the bottom of my mechanical heart for your compassion!

(btw the real bender is 40% titanium, i am now less than 1% tatanium woot for emulating your heroes)


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[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Nov 2001

[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:Yay for the twirling tinman!!!

I know the cabin fever bit, im stuck in one and im not even ill. Keep positive my friend, youll be right.

T


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Rozi
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Posted:

love ya, bender-boy!!!


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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

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Posted:wow hard core, keep your chin up bender... excercise your mind with many meditations...

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

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Posted:Was it in any way caused by some lunatic running about on some rocks whirling poi round his head like i saw on my tv?

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
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Posted:quote:Originally posted by bender:
(btw the real bender is 40% titanium, i am now less than 1% tatanium woot for emulating your heroes) Keep up the good work, hon. A titanium plate in your head would work wonders towards getting you closer to that 40%.... or maybe retractable titanium claws! Or a new spine that goes all clinkety-clunk when you dance.


E pluribus unum, baby.

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