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Latest on Cogs’s Condition as of 7/6/09

July 06. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Seattle Race Reports, Support The Racers

So we’re 6 weeks removed from the big wreck and it’s time for a progress report:

We just went to the spine clinic for a check up.  New x-rays were taken to compare with the originals and the Physician’s Assistant reports that everything appears to be healing up well.  Cogs has started doing some physical therapy with his legs; the right one is particularly weak which is also the result of some nerve damage.  It is anticipated that this will be corrected with physical therapy. 

Weeks of convalescence and poor appetite dropped him from his normal 135 lbs to a measly 120, but with the help of many friends and fellow racers who contributed via “the Casserole Brigade” he has gained 10 lbs back.  The last couple of weeks has brought about further improvement in the digestive tract as well. 

There is still a fair amount of abdominal pain although it has improved somewhat.  The pain is best described as “visceral”: a general, undefined  amalgam of nerve pain, internal swelling and  general discomfort.  It is normal and consistent with the amount of trauma in this area (broken sternum, ribs, bruised lungs, lacerated liver, slow bowel) to experience this pain and it will probably continue for some time

The surgical incision has completely healed and looks good despite having developed some infection the week after surgery.  The infection was quickly knocked out with a prescription of Keflex, a very strong antibiotic.  The back itself is doing pretty well; since the thoracic portion of the spine is the least mobile, there is not much need to worry about overextending it, particularly in light of the other broken bones that are very sensitive to being worked.

The ribs and sternum are still painful and cannot bear much weight, it will be a few more weeks until he can start building strength in the back and upper body.

Cogs is still wearing a “Miami-J” collar for the broken C7 neck vertabra and the avulsion fracture at the base of the skull .  This will continue for another 6 weeks.  It is uncomfortable but necessary for the continuing process of healing up these sensitive areas. 

The avulsion fracture was one of the more frightening injuries.  These fractures usually result in fatality as the skull essentially becomes dislocated from the spine.  This occurs when the ligments that connect the skull to the spine actually break off a piece of the skull due to the hyperflexion of the spine.  The hyperflexion of Cogs’s spine is what burst his T9 vertabra and tore other small ligaments that stabilize the spine.

Cogs has gotten out and about several times the last 2-3 weeks and is good for about 2-3 hours a day.  Stretches of over 3 hours are particularly taxing and he gets crabby, but his stamina should improve in the coming weeks as he is able to do more therapy. 

There is a long way to go but we are all thankful to everyone who has pitched in, donated, come to the benefit parties or just called to wish him well–it has made a huge difference and means a lot!

The Boys Come for a Visit

July 02. 2009 • Category: Miscellaneous BS, Support The Racers

Some of my Cretin brethren came by the shack to cheer me up…

Sounds of the Past Race Dates Announced: 8/9-10/09

April 27. 2009 • Category: Support The Racers

This is hot off the wire from F-160 top dog Tim O’Mahony:

ALERT!!!!!!   August 8-9 Seattle “Sounds of the Past” Vintage Weekend! 

Saturday we will race until our arms fall off! We will have the Formula 160 Superbike Shootout with the cannon Lemans start, 250 Vintage and 500 Vintage, all open to 160/175 racers. That is one 10 lap race, and four 5 lap races!!!! Makes me tired just thinking about it!!
 
Then, after the races Saturday night we will have a big BBQ at the track, with plenty of microbrew to wash it down with. Hang out, have fun, and tell lies about how fast you used to be….
 
The following day, stick around for the WMRRA club race on Sunday, with 2 more 5 lap 160 Vintage races!
 
So plan now to be there! A 160 party at the birthplace of 160 racing! Be there or read about it later…..!! !!
 

Cretins Racing is using ELF Nitron “Ol’ Time” Oil

April 08. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Racing Products, Support The Racers

ELF Nitron Rouge 10w-50 Full Synthetic

ELF Nitron Rouge 10w-50

 

 

I found out about this great product through Mike from Performance Northwest, Inc. and we’re very happy to be using it!

ELF Nitron comes in 10w-40 Semi-Syn, 10w-50 Full-Syn and 2-Stroke formulas with special additives to prevent clutch slippage.  The folks at ELF have also ingeniously added a little whiff of Ricin to give that wonderful castor bean oil scent that once filled the paddocks of yore.  One more nice touch is that it comes in a cool retro 1-litre metal can. 

We have also been using ELF Moto Paste Chain Lubricant which has superior longevity and, unlike so many brands that only make the claim, ELF Moto Paste does NOT fling off and make a mess!

Ducati Seattle sells the Nitron 10w-50 that we’ve been using for around $10/litre which is very competitive with other synthetic oils.  Come in and mention the Cretins and they’ll charge you extra (just kiddin’)! 

http://www.lubricants.elf.com/lub/lubroot.nsf/VS_SWIPSA/8FE54ECF9F0B6F38C1256FFF002BFAFB?OpenDocument&UNI=3E6316D95AAD3166C1256E7B005182C5&

WMRRA Season Schedule

April 07. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Seattle Race Reports, Support The Racers

Some fine folks have requested the WMRRA schedule, so here it is:

Round 1 April 4 and 5 Pacific
Round 2 May 9 and 10 Pacific
Round 3 May 23 and 24 Spokane***
Round 4 June 13 and 14 Pacific
Round 5 July 11 and 12 Spokane***
Round 6 Aug 8 and 9 Pacific
Round 7 Aug 29 and 30 Pacific
Round 8 Oct 3 and 4 Pacific

***Tentative dates!

I’m still not sure which weekend will be the Sounds of the Past (SOTP).  I suspect it will be either the June of the Early August date.  That weekend is a must see for vintage bike fans!