I introduced myself a couple months ago. http://www.spine-health.com/forum/new-member-introductions/48-year-old-and-a-bicycle-crash
And figured here was a better place.
I saw my surgeon again November 29th. We discussed limitations and absolute don't do items. Weightlifting as I can tolerate, but NO high impact activities, specifically no Mountain Biking, or aggressive ATV riding and NO running or jogging. But she allowed me to remove my cervical collar. If you've never had one for any length of time, you'd be surprised how heavy your head feels once its off. I certainly was. Almost 7 weeks later I feel my neck is strong again, but still quite stiff, and due to the occipital condyll avulsion, I have less Range of Motion turning right, than left. My Physical Therapist is working on it. But I may never have full ROM. And I may always have a stiff neck.
Two weeks ago my therapist changed my routines. I'm able to get in the gym again and can work on lower body conditioning and strengthening on my own. Since I'm in the gym, I double check every exercise with my therapist before proceeding. So far he has only approved about 20% of what I've asked to try. And so far, everything is very low weight. I'm in NO hurry. I see the surgeon again in March, and then August. Considering everything that rides on my future, is borne on my recovery, I'm doing absolutely NOTHING the surgeon or therapist says no to. I pushed a LOT with my knee recovery. And got away with it. I don't even want to think about how bad things can go if I mess this up.
I know how lucky I am. And continue to be. Here are some pics of the spinal damage and hardware. I'm not smart enough to see the damage in the neck pics...
You can see the bridge between the rods is where the T9 is. It wasn't solid enough for screws. I fully sympathize with those that aren't having as much luck with healing as I have had.
I started a blog, http://theguythatbrokeeverything.blogspot.com/
, because my friends think I should. I don't think I'm anyone special, but others do. I'm only too glad to share.