Playa mobility for the immobile

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Playa mobility for the immobile

Post by junglesmacks » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:34 pm

So, 12 days before I'm supposed to board a flight to Reno, I have a stroke of genius. I just blew the f out of my knee wakeskating, and can barely walk. It looks like a grapefruit, and you can't even tell I have a knee cap. Joy.

It looks like I may not be able to walk too well.. hobble, stand in one place, bob my head to the ambient music.. but walk.. not so much.

WTF am I going to do? Seriously. Friends say hitch rides with art cars.. how?


Help.
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Post by Token » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:46 pm

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Post by junglesmacks » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:56 pm

Better be some strong sh!t.
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Post by dewnorth » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:10 pm

Perhaps ask Wayne at the Black Rock City Department of Mobility (see this thread):
http://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic. ... ht=#573051

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Post by Token » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:18 pm

All joking aside, Viagra might help vascularise the region of injury, if it doesn't all go to your head, that is.

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Post by junglesmacks » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Yeah I'm thinking at this point my best bet is to pray pray pray and maybe burn something in effigy..

..unless someone real nice in the 7:30 & B area wants to hook a brother up :)
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Post by gaminwench » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:44 pm

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Post by Token » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:03 pm

1. Go see a doctor.

2. Absent point 1, ice the mofo, 10 minutes on, two hours off. Repeat.

3. Anti-inflammatory drugs. Aleve (Naproxen Sodium), aspirin, or advil, in order of effectiveness.

Stay off the leg.

Bring those chemical ice packs to the playa.

You are a proud owner of a Pet Knee. Welcome to the old geezer club my you g handicapped buck.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:40 pm

You could start looking at thrift stores and garage sales for wheelchairs and crutches.
Theoretically, scooters should be available because they are basically free to the original owners and the original owners are old enough to not use them for very long. However, I have not figured out where they go afterwards. Maybe they are still too rare and get snapped up by relatives. And you'd have generator and transport issues.
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Post by FaeTora » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:46 pm

i feel you, my knee still isnt healing right. Any weight on it and it hurts. even just standing on solely it gets a nice "NO". I can walk though. Just have to wear a brace. Don't know if you can brace yours well enough for the playa. I have looked into rolling backpacks as well, but I am very uncertain that the wheels will work on th eplaya. What I can tell you though. Advil, stay off it as much as possible and try to massage it to relieve muscle aches.

Hope it helps.
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Post by Token » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:21 pm

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Post by gyre » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:25 pm

Electric bike?

Or get a disability permit.

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Post by velocirafter » Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:47 am

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Post by CapSmashy » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:46 am

Token wrote:1. Go see a doctor.

2. Absent point 1, ice the mofo, 10 minutes on, two hours off. Repeat.

3. Anti-inflammatory drugs. Aleve (Naproxen Sodium), aspirin, or advil, in order of effectiveness.

Stay off the leg.

Bring those chemical ice packs to the playa.

You are a proud owner of a Pet Knee. Welcome to the old geezer club my you g handicapped buck.
Pretty much this.

I've been dealing with knee pain since I played football.

In addition to the above, I would recommend a serious knee brace. The thick neoprene kind with lots of criss crossy support strapping and re-enforced support on the sides.

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Post by junglesmacks » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:14 am

CapSmashy wrote:
Token wrote:1. Go see a doctor.

2. Absent point 1, ice the mofo, 10 minutes on, two hours off. Repeat.

3. Anti-inflammatory drugs. Aleve (Naproxen Sodium), aspirin, or advil, in order of effectiveness.

Stay off the leg.

Bring those chemical ice packs to the playa.

You are a proud owner of a Pet Knee. Welcome to the old geezer club my you g handicapped buck.
Pretty much this.

I've been dealing with knee pain since I played football.

In addition to the above, I would recommend a serious knee brace. The thick neoprene kind with lots of criss crossy support strapping and re-enforced support on the sides.
Yeah I've got a nice DonJoy one that I'm on now. I actually did this but 5 times worse last summer.. tore my meniscus, ripped and strained muscle, stretched tendons. All in one fail swoop. I literally took a year to heal up with lots of self rehab and exercise. I was back to 98% before I did this on Sunday.

Luckily, I can tell that it's not NEARLY as bad as the first one. I feel like I mainly strained all the muscles around it. The pain is mainly topical and around it with stiff muscles instead of shooting inside the knee like it was before and not being able to bear even a pound of weight on it. Just feels hella stiff. I can put weight on it, but bending not so much. No health insurance, so I have to take care of myself. It will be ok.. just how long is the question. I think I'll be alright, just taking it slow and easy as I bike at the burn. Please dear un-named deity... help me.
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Post by AntiM » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:48 am

Hey, a good day in camp beats a day anywhere else.

I make do with a two seat four wheeled bike and a willing husband. Some marry for money, I think I married for strength and energy, LOL.

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Post by Dr Helix » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:56 am

Hey I'm at 7:30 and D and have a small car with an open back area. I'll swing by on occasion and if you need a lift, I'll be happy to provide.
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Post by junglesmacks » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:21 am

Dr Helix wrote:Hey I'm at 7:30 and D and have a small car with an open back area. I'll swing by on occasion and if you need a lift, I'll be happy to provide.
Thank you so much! What camp? I'll put it in my playa notebook. PM if you want.


Also.. just a note that I read this morning: If you injure muscles or tendons, DO NOT TAKE NSAIDs! They actually inhibit the body's natural repair mechanisms. Check out these studies:

http://www.caringmedical.com/sports_injury/nsaids.asp
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Post by Token » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:32 pm

Well, slap me sideways with a smoked kipper!

Good to know.

You maybe want to talk with my "Unckle Louie" downtown for some OxyCodone. He gets it from the horse track but no one has complained yet.

Get well fast young man or else you get to hobble with us old vegges n gimps.

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