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Friday, October 26, 2007

I'm Still alive
Thank you for all of your support and help during my time of need. For those who don't already know, I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident on 9/30/2007. Not sure exactly what happened as I was in and out of consciousness as I lay on the side of the road. One minute I am riding with a bunch of my friends, then next minute I am laying on the side of the road trying to breath and coughing up blood. I was air lifted to Palm Springs trauma center, where I was placed on life support for 9 days. In the hospital for 3 weeks. I am home now on home confinement with a home nurse. Each day a nurse comes over and administers an IV to chase away the Pneumonia. The whole experience has been life altering to say the least. Thank God for my wife who has been incredibly strong through this whole ordeal and been there for me every step of the way. The end result is I will be fine. I will  make a full recovery, but need time to heal so I will be back as soon as possible. I miss all of you and I miss doing one of the things I do best, Teaching. Look for me to be a bit more active when I return. The final score on my injuries was 6 broken ribs on my left side with fragments, a broken left scapula (shoulder blade) in 3 places, A punctured and collapsed left lung, severe contusions on the right lung, a lacerated spline, and 1 dead Kawasaki zx9R. Thank God for good leathers, those were cut off of me at road side. That hurt, they were good quality leathers, and those aint cheap, but the best way to look at that is they did their job. I hit the ground at just over 50 MPH no road rash just broken body parts. I have lost nearly 30 pounds. I'll get that back though. A special thank you to Sensei Connie Decker, Sensei Andrew Wildasinn, All the senseis who have stepped it up and helped out while I have been out. Taz for taking control of the kickboxfit classes, Melinda for stepping up and handling the morning Kickboxfit program, Sempai Rene for being there and helping out wherever he can. Big thanks to Holly for running the show and holding down the front desk. You've done a great job all of you, And an extra special thank you to my beautiful wife Katrina for stepping up and handling everything while I was down. If I missed any one I apologise, just know that I am very thankful for your help and greatly appreciate all that you have done. In addition I would like to thank the group I ride with Turn2sportbikes. These guys were great they comforted me as I lay on the side of the road, they comforted my wife and offered assistance to her and my family in my time of need. Thank you to the Doctors who put me back together again, Thank you Jesse One of my nurses who believed in me and helped me avoid having to have a tracheostomy. I am slowly on the mend and will return soon so train hard and look at the positive attributes of this situation. As for myself, looking at the positive things has helped me to recover as quickly as I am. The Doctors say they are very surprised at my progress and impressed with my improvement. Thank you again for all of your support and I will see you soon.    OS!

Sensei Duffy
11:49 am edt 

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