Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Let The HEALING Begin!

As you may already know Tim "Masiguy" Jackson the maestro of bike-blogging took a pretty bad spill at the San Diego Velodrome last night. He hit the boards at about 30 mph trying to avoid another rider. He was on a brand new bike, 24 laps into a 25 lap race... He sustained a concussion, a broken rib and nearly severed his right thumb clean off. At the moment he has a blood clot behind his left eye and three cracked vertebrae in his neck - hence the neck brace - which they say he'll have to live with for the next six weeks. We are waiting for the results of a cat scan to determine the condition of his right knee...

Unbelievable as it sounds they expect to have him standing upright, at least a little bit, later this evening. I got to meet Masisister, Masimom and Masistepdad all at his bedside. Jill from Haro was there as well when I left. Tim is in remarkably good spirits though hurting more he said than he's ever hurt in his life. Not surprising. He has his very own morphine drip control which makes him smile. The thumb has been successfully reattached. I saw him eat food, with lots of assistance from the nurse, with my very own eyes. He's HUNGRY and that's good. It is the beginning of a long road but our man is gonna make it I'm certain!

He's at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego rm# 1024. Please see Blue Squirrel's blog for more info on the actual crash.

Get well soon my dear friend. You are so loved. All the prayers, meditations and good vibrations are flowing your way.
Going to become a little ambidextrous for awhile

The thumb

Not this time Mr. Reaper

Smile Tim! You're on Morphine. (yes, that is a morphine drip smile)
Addition: Tim could go home as early as tomorrow or Friday, remarkably. We'll know more in the morning.

Addition #2: Blue Squirrel is back from his trip to the hosp. with update #4. Please have a look.

Addition #3 A tremendous outpouring of love and support is coming in from all over the globe! Spoke to Tim this morning and he is doing well. His eye is much better. Still waiting to know more about the knee. His neck is stable and doctors are happy with his progress. He's eating a little bit more and is surrounded by family and friends who are looking after him. He sends his thanks to everyone for the well wishes.

Addition #4 The brilliant Blue Squirrel is hosting a Tim Jackson Get Well Fund. Please click on the link and check it out. Lots of options for gift cards and such to help Tim with the peripherals during the down time. Thank you all.

19 comments:

Fritz said...

Thanks for the update. Any idea on when he'll get home? I'd like to send a gift to his home, or I might send it to his hospital room if he'll be there a while.

Kk said...

You're welcome Fritz. They think Tim will be going home tomorrow or Friday depending, I think, on the knee.

Bitch Kittie said...

I think we need to recoin him SUPERmasiguy after this brush with the boards!
Thanks for the updates!

Just promise me something . . . if this were ever me refrain from putting pictures of me up . . . BK is vain like that!

All my love to Tim!
Peace Out
bk

Kk said...

No worries Bk. No papparazzo am I! I'd make sure you had a stylist first.

I got Tim's full permission to snap and post. As you know he's more comfortable than the rest of us living his life on the blog so it's fitting.

Tim was musing on taking up base jumping while adjusting the morphine control...

Fritz said...

Tim's a pretty tall guy -- would you know if he'd prefer a medium or large in a t-shirt? I'm guessing large but I want to make sure.

Kk said...

Tim's a long drink o' water - 6'3". I'd go extra large for the length.

J-DOG said...

How is Masidaughter? Did Tim have her at the race with him?

Anonymous said...

just wanted to give a shout-out to Tim and his friends during this time right now. i think the amount of love and support i am reading about from tim's friends really is a mirror of tim's character and what a good guy he is. i appreciate everyone sending positive energy and healing vibes his way. as i sit here in seattle i feel helpless, yet comforted in the thoughts of Tim's many friends who are 'pulling for him' and a speedy recovery. feel better and get well soon, Tim!

eric

Donna T. said...

J-DOG - just talked with Tim...Masidaughter is doing ok. From what Tim hears she was a trooper at the race/accident. She's being well taken care of now by her mom.
Anon - I feel helpless here 3,000 miles away, too. But I told Tim the blogs/podcasts/Facebook pages are all aflutter with news of him...he feels the love...trust me.
Although Blue Squirrel and KK will continue to have the best updates, I did blog about our conversation here:
http://unbreakable-bonds.blogspot.com

stickboy said...

Get well Tim! You're in our prayers here at the shop.

Kk said...

Thanks Donna for answering about Masidaughter! The AVALANCHE of love and support for Tim is getting a little overwhelming for a mere blog mortal like myself.

Tim's parents asked if he wanted his laptop but Tim declined for now - but did ask for a camera! You know the big post hosp. blog post is coming!

blue squirrel said...

fritz
tim is an XL in t-shirts

J-DOG said...

Donna T. thanks for the info.

bikerep said...

Tim, wow...I hope you didn't ruin a new prototype!!! Really...please get better quickly, I miss your "weekly" updates!!!~~JEFF

Gavin Heaton said...

Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

Tim,
Take care man. I did that back in 99. The bords don't move even for bigger guys....

Take care

Naten Zipp

Olivier Blanchard said...

Thanks for the update! Good to see him in good spirits. Kinduv...

Mark Ritz said...

Wow! I had wondered why he hadn't updated his blog... I hope and pray that Tim has a full recovery and is back on the track in short order.

Much love,
Coffee Guy

Chris said...

Get well soon sir!