Out of the water almost 2 years, but alive!

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Out of the water almost 2 years, but alive!

Post by SeattleYates » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:31 pm

Hi, all!

For those that don't know, I was in a nasty motorcycle accident a little over a year ago (you can read about the crash, my thoughts/philosophizing, and how I survived 4 months in hospitals and rehab facilities, at: http://bruceyates.blogspot.com/2016/06/my-year-of-patience-and-perspective.html).

Although I can dive again, starting next month, I won't ever dive cold water/dry suit again (too risky for my reconstructed pelvis). In fact, I'll probably list my two drysuits in the classifieds one of these days (if you're 6'5", 250-ish). My first time back in the water will be someplace warm and easy (e.g., Caymans), and we'll see how that goes...

I just thought I'd post this as a reminder not to take for granted how lucky you are to be able to do things you love - like diving - because there's no guarantee you'll still be able to do them a year from now. I'm VERY lucky - I can still dive (albeit in more limited conditions) - but if my crash had been just a little bit different (e.g., at 40MPH instead of 30MPH), I might never dive again, or walk, or even be alive.

Embrace every day! :supz:
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Post by Scubak » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:00 pm

Wow, Thanks for sharing...
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Post by 60south » Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:32 am

Yo. Words of wisdom. Good news that you can dive again!

Safe journeys.

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Post by RoxnDox » Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:46 am

Wow. I was out of the water for a couple of years myself, medical but a lot less severe and traumatic. Just last month I did a brief refresher dive here in the Sound, before a Cozumel cruise ship dive. I can say that the local dive, well it was kind of nerve-wracking and not the greatest. But the Cozumel warm water return, was wonderful. I hope your return is also as good!

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Post by Penopolypants » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:58 am

I am currently out of the water from a simple ACL/medial meniscus repair. I can't imagine what you went through with that times a million! I am glad to hear you're on the mend and you can get back to diving in some form eventually.

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Post by YellowEye » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:15 am

SeattleYates wrote:Embrace every day! :supz:


Here here, Bruce. And glad youre making it.

Really nice photos on your site!

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Post by Jeff Pack » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:39 am

As a fellow motorcyclist, it was a tough read. I had a bad crash racing, and was laid up for 2 months.

What I went through pales in comparison, and wish you the best going forward.
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Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:11 pm

Nothing wrong with Caymans, last few dives in our waters with such lousy visibility, I long for the tropics too.
I am glad that you made this much progress. I remember your first post-accident posting ...

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Post by oldsalt » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:06 pm

Bruce: Having given up diving, climbing, and many other things, I realize how precious it all is. I am still struggling to walk after my last bout of injuries and surgeries. Continue to do all you can and take delight in the commonplace things: the company of your loved ones, the morning cup of coffee, the amazing world that we live in. Good luck.
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Post by ArcticDiver » Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:42 am

Great attitude Bruce. Never give up living. You may dive again. Or, you may not. To quote that old song title: "The future is not ours to see". But, regardless, with that positive attitude you WILL succeed.
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