tim jackson get well fund
unfortunately i have some bad news to report concerning one of our star riders, tim, aka masiguy, action jackson, maggie.
apparently someone slowed down in front of him at the SD velodrome last night and tim tried to go high and ended up hitting the boards at 30mph +. he sustained a concussion [he was out for 5 minutes], broken ribs, a few fractured neck bones and a mangled thumb that will have surgery done on it today. please keep tim in your prays and i will update his legions of fans here as soon as i know more.
tim is at mercy hospital in SD. he will be there till tomorrow?
down in SD now, tim is in surgery for his thumb and i will be going there around 6pm pacific time to see how he is doing and if he ruined his new long sleeve skinsuit. the latest i got from his parents is that he is doing fine and talking prior to surgery.
tim's surgery on his thumb went well and is now in his own room [1024 / mercy hospital], i'm on my way over there now.
back now from the hospital and tim is doing well. he looked a lot better than i had thought, after hearing about the accident from various people. his eye has improved almost 100% from what it looked like at the track [it was about the size of a baseball, now it is swollen like one would expect]. his head is fine, with frequent headaches. i saw a picture of his catlike helmet, and it was like a open calm shell, with the hinge at the front and back gone. the news about his right knee is not looking so good as of this evening, we are still waiting on the direct news from the doctor, but he had a CT scan and it showed that it was fractured, but that is all we know right now, other than it is completely swollen. they keep finding new road rash. one rib is fractured and one lung bruised, but not deflated and he is breathing fine. the right thumb is the real question mark along with the right kneecap. the surgery on the thumb to reattach it was a success, but it will take a few days to really find out. the thumb was not completely severed because of the accident, but it was not fully attached. the surgeon said that every looks towards a full recovery. in fact he is in good spirits and really appears to be on the road to recovery and should be out of the hospital by friday. as far as i can tell is that he should be fine. tim sends his regards to everyone and to thank everyone for their kind remarks and wishes. sorry if this post is a bit here and there, but i am completely exhausted, both emotionally and physically. check out some of the blog love at unbreakable bonds, kk [caution it contains pictures of tim after surgery, daddy iggy was there to see tim tonight,
i am starting a tim 'masiguy' jackson get well fund to cover some of the costs that his insurance may not cover. i am not looking to raise a huge amount of money for him, but enough to help him get through this unfortunate accident and the time lost away from work and to cover some of the uncovered medical / medicine costs. i will be setting up a paypal account for the fund and if you would like to send a check in the name of tim jackson, send me an email to blue_squirrelATearthlinkDOTnet and i will forward you my mailing address. if we could all give $1, $5, or $10, we should be able generate enough to get tim through this with a little less stress.
tim 'masiguy' jackson get well fund
i have set up a paypal fund for tim or if you prefer you can send a gift card for tim to me [email me and i will send you a mailing address]
- donate to tim via paypal using [blue_squirrelATearthlinkDOTnet]
- trader joes gift card
- starbucks gift card [don't get me started on espresso, this is a no brainer and convenient for tim]
- prepaid gas card [google]
- prepaid mastercard
the paypal link has been fixed, it now simply goes to the paypal homepage, use [blue_squirrelATearthlinkDOTnet] as the send to email. thanks in advance from tim, he is very proud and some what shy [don't laugh], but i know he is overwhelmed by the well wishes and support. it is almost enough to make a 200lb sprinter tear up. oh, i need to adjust the speed at which tim banged the boards, his estimate is 35 - 38mph, my thought is that is slow for tim when he starts winding up his sprint on the last lap of a track sprint.
back from the hospital again and tim seems to be getting better all the time. his eye is still nasty looking, but should make a full recovery. his thumb is still a [?], but should be fine. we will not know about his knee / kneecap till later today as to whether he needs surgery on it or not. head and neck hurt enough to warrant pressing the morphine button from time to time. he wants to thank everyone who has called, blogged, donated and simply sent well wishes. we all really appreciate it.
- tim wanted me to clarify that from his point of view, the rider that cracked on the bell lap [after 24 laps] pulled out high and thus with tim carrying a speed of +38mph, he had no were to go but higher and then into the boards, as such i have removed the moniker of 'nob' from my original post.
a few more links to blogs about tim's accident, there has been a huge outpouring of blog love, i don't have time to list all of them, feel free to leave a comment with your link.
i am back in smelLA for a day and apologize for the delay in the updates. first off the prognosis for the knee is dissent, he fractured the tip of his femur at the knee [not that bad] and the tibula [sp], which is the more serious of two. the treatment now for the right knee is to have it in a brace for 10+ weeks and NO surgery at this time. tim is definitely looking better and had much better color. i will post a smiling picture of him once i download them. KKs pictures were great, but i want everyone to know that he is doing better and looks a bit more like the tim we all know. i will continue to thank all those that have been sending their well wishes and helping with the get well fund, we all really appreciate it. tim's mom is on the job and has the hospital staff on their toes. shes great, just so you know were tim gets it from. also tim has his personal nurse ann, at his bed side, i hope she doesn't spoil him too much, cause it has taken me years to get him to this point ;-)
the latest is that tim has already started physical therapy and mapping out how he is going to win that masters title on the track next year, since this year is a wash [ie evil conspiracy to get him out of contention this year]. he said that the physical therapy was not nice and of course went into how the crutch and or walker felt a bit soft in the corners and how they could strengthen the frame and change the angles a bit to make it handle better. so as i was saying, the cracks in his skull were there all along and he is back to talking bike frame designs. i almost forgot to mention that yesterday he got a call from one of his hero's, none other than bob roll'ske. he was totally jazzed like a little school boy to get the call and to talk with bob, it really lifted his spirits, kudos bob. tim did say he forgot to remind bob that at the sinclair party last year, he promised to come ride with the team some time, just saying. tim should be in the hospital for another day or so of physical therapy. rumor has it that i will be getting some photos of tim on his full scandium walker with carbon pursuit bars.
as i promised, a smiling picture of herr jackson and one of him with his new favorite knee brace. the picture of the knee brace was after the physical therapy torture [if it was any thing like mine, i am sure his neighbors heard]
[ohhh, ain't that there a smile?]
[i went to the SD velodrome and all i won was this nifty leg brace, well, ok and a neck brace, a pin in my thumb, really cool self inflating leg massagers, some really cool road rash, and a stunner of a black eye, oh, did i mention the cracked rib and skull?]
tim is still in the hospital as of this morning and could quite possibly go home this evening, or not. home for now for all of those that want to send him flowers or fat-free donuts, will have to hold off as he will be staying with his sister for a few weeks once he is released, as she has 10 less steps to get up. we can always arrange something, as i will be down there next weekend for the fiesta island TT and mothers day. ok, back to tim, he is doing physical therapy daily and has been up and using the walker as best his 200lb sprinter frame can handle. its a good thing tim started out as a young tall skinny climber, so he is not whining like an A-typical prima donna sprinter type. he is off the morphine drip and on to percocet [my favorite go to post surgery, hit your head pain med]. the headaches come fast and hard but are tempered by the percocet. he sounds so much better and alert [duh, he's not on morphine anymore]. he is going to go nuts having to be off the leg for up to 12 weeks, i foresee a bit of a contentious situation come 8 weeks with his doctor regarding why he tried to get on the trainer. so everyone can breath a bit easier as tim is doing fine this beautiful soCal sunday. oh, on a personal note, this week of drama has taken its toll on me and i feel like i have been floored by a bad case of the flu, just the feeling of having zero energy left, and thus i wussed out of racing today at san luis rey [love that race], but wes and brian are representing the colors today and trying to make something happen for tim.
good news everyone, tim is on his way home today. tim should be released from the hospital later today or this evening after his consultation with his doctors. he actually has been practicing going up and down stairs with his crutches and could quite possibly end up going home to his place. the walker just was not working out for him, balance wise, and so he moved to some modified crutches that work fairly well. he can't put pressure on his right hand, due to his thumb, so they modified a crutch to put pressure on his forearm. the GREAT news is that he can wiggle his right thumb and can feel the tip, that is awesome news for a full recovery. ok, more updates as i get the news.
TIM IS HOME tim confirmed this evening that he is home, climbed the stairs like a sprinter with a fractured knee and looking forward to getting online [ED. he already posted]. this has been a long week and we can all breath a sigh of relief that tim is on to the next phase of his recovery. check back here for any developments in tim's get well fund [which is growing daily, thanks to the generosity of friends, bloggers, and strangers, all of you rock more than you know], recovery updates, and other fun tim news. rumor has it, and this is just a rumor, that a famous american grand tour winner may be signing a jersey soon, to be ether raffled or ebay'd to add to tim's get well fund, so sit tight, come back soon and GO RIDE [if only because you can]. oh and before i forget, buy a MASI [how could i resist, i had your attention]
tim jackson get well fund