Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


So here we are back blogging again after a very long lay off. I thought i had better share our latest family mishap with you my friends and readers.
Last Friday Sue and I went out on our Motorcycles for a great ride, going to Lynmouth for a cuppa then on across Exmoor toward Minehead, then Dulverton and back to the van around 65-70 miles. When we got back to the Caravan I rode my bike around to the back of the caravan (where we keep them) as usual, i arrived and was just putting my bike on the stand when i heard this real commotion and screaming behind me. I looked round to see Sue lying on the ground with her bike on top of her. I rushed accross to get the bike off her, by then our caravan neighbor had come around too, between us we pulled out Sue's trapped leg, while doing this i noticed Sue's Arm was sticking up at a very strange angle.I immediately got her into the car and rushed off to Barnstaple A & E dept, where 7 hours later she was admitted overnight with a very bad Spiral Fracture of the Arm between Elbow and Shoulder.They put on a partial plaster with a very heavy bottom to try to pull down the bone where it was overlapping the other. After a night in absolute agony and loads of Ora morph + no sleep at 3 pm they discharged (she insisted) her to go back Monday afternoon for either a full cast (if the heavy plaster had worked) or to be admitted to Hospital for an operation to wire or pin her arm.
So yesterday we went back to the Hospital fearing the worst as the pain had kept her awake all of both nights. When we arrived at the Fracture clinic the main man (Consultant specialist) was there. After a thorough and painful examination and several X Rays he gave Sue a choice, did she want them to try to manually pull the bones apart and push them back in place and hope they stayed while they plastered it (which he said was going to be very very painful so she needed more Ora Morph), or she could be admitted for the Operation which he said carried a fair risk of Nerve damage because of the position of the Fracture. So Sue decided for the painful but less risky option. I think she now wishes perhaps that she hadn't. The procedure was that a Male nurse held her Arm in place while this Consultant pulled down and manipulated the bone back to somewhere near where it should be, I could hear Sue's pain from the waiting room but eventually she came (in full plaster) very unsteadily and very white, in a wheelchair to be taken for another X Ray to see how it was. After this the Consultant showed us the before and after pictures and he was fairly pleased with them. We could clearly see the break about 4.5 inches long and vertical (before) with one bone overlapping the other, after there was a distinctly smaller gap between. So now we have to wait 10 days then back for more X Rays to check its still in place, if not then its the dreaded Operation I'm afraid.
Sue is still in a lot of pain and the Arm is getting Blacker and more Swollen daily,we were warned it probably would be.
So Fingers crossed everybody. Don't know what other shit can get thrown at us though!!!!!.
Sue pictured by a motorbike just to show she didnt blame the bike, she just put her foot out while rounding the Caravan (2 MPH) her foot slipped over she went, the full weight of her and the bike hit the corner of the van on her arm, the rest as they say is history.
You can see by this picture how drawn with lack of sleep she looks.
These next pictures show how Black and Swollen the arm is, it also shows the Cast and how its taped to her Chest to prevent movement.


Blogger Aiden said...

bloody hell! hope youre doing ok now sue...gentle hugs to you and hope you're both ok.

1:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You too are so strong and I hope that your joint strenghts will help you to get over this blip and get back to having some better times ahead.
I'm thiking of you both and Sue.... get Bob to put the kettle on!

7:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say... "You two!" not you too! *rolls eyes!*

7:35 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Oh Bob, this is terrible! Poor is the most frightening (and painful) thing to have a bike topple over on to you, especially being a woman, as we simply do not have the same strength as men, to able to lift it off ourselves. I had a few incidents like this when I was riding, but my bikes were always of the smaller and lighter variety, so while I still needed help to lift them off me, they didn't have the weight to crush me. Ken's fell on him once when he was about to leave his chiropractor's car park. The chiro rushed out, helped him up, and took him back inside for some additional treatment!
Oh my gosh, Sue, you must rest and let your body heal slowly. At our age, it takes just a tad longer to get over such injury :-(

3:10 pm  
Blogger Patty said...

Hope the swelling and the bruising go away soon. I broke my right shoulder some years back, all they could do was make me wear it in a sling tied to my waist for about six weeks or longer. I learned to do a lot with my left hand that I had never done before. LOL

Had to buy some clothing what was easy on and able to pull down in a hurry for the bathroom. Then after the bone doctor decided it was all healed, I had to go for some weeks of therapy to learn to use that arm again. I thought the doctor was joking, until he said, go to the wall and walk your fingers up the wall to the light switch. Well my brain said, ok hand and arm move, but it just hung there, had to take my left hand and pull the right hand to the wall. But with therapy and exercise that right arm works as well as the left one. But it does take some work, tell her not to get discouraged.

You two have been through a lot recently with your son and now your wife. Hang in there.

9:18 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hey Bob, it's been a while since you've posted. Are you and Sue okay??

1:35 pm  
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