Doug Thompson

Yes, I still look the same

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Out on the town Friday (Photo by Michele Morris)

Out on the town Friday (Photo by Michele Morris)

Several people who came to see me during the days immediately following my motorcycle crash in early November figured I would look substantially different afterwards.

With my face torn up substantially and most of it covered with stitches and scar tissue around my right eye (which was dislocated and had to be rebuilt and put back into place by a surgeion), the odds were strong that my appearance would be different — and probably shocking — down the line.

So later visitors — and Floyd Countians who saw me when I ventured out in the area for the first time Friday — were surprised to see that I looked pretty much the same.

How?  The work of a good plastic surgeon and a lot of advances in medical and surgical techniques.  Except for some minor scars around my right eye and other locations, the face looks pretty much like it did before the crash.

Others were surprised to see me walking Friday — albeit with a walker — since I still have a severely broken leg that is healing.  After six weeks of avoiding putting weight on my right leg, the docs looked at fresh x-rays, changed my original cast to a walking model, and gave me permission to start putting some weight on the leg.

I’m still a long way from walking on the leg normally, but I’m more mobile now than just a week ago, and expect the mobility to increase in the coming weeks.

I guess that’s why they call it recovery.


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9 Responses to Yes, I still look the same

  1. Nancy December 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Doug, it does my heart good to see you back blogging and making your way back to “normal.” I’m very, very thankful we didn’t lose you.

  2. Loretta December 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations, Doug, you are a fighter and I know you will be back on that bike, probably by summer!

  3. Gary December 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    It’s good to see you up and about, Doug. Keep healing.

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  5. bob stepno December 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Glad to see the good news keep coming, but I’m a little surprised there isn’t a steadycam camera mount on that walker yet.

  6. adele3 January 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    It is great to see you doing so well after your accident. It is due to good medicine but also to the patient. Keep up the good work.

  7. Buffalo Jack January 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hey, Doug! When you going to be ready to hit the Buffalo w/me? REALLY glad to see you coming out of this Howze the bike> :>)

  8. Jim Connor January 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Doug, I just found out in the last coupla’ days that you’re home. Man, you have no idea how happy I am to hear that!

    Welcome home, buddy!


  9. Linda Merriman January 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Doug,

    So very glad to hear you are doing good. You have had a really tough and long road and am so glad to see you recovering the way you are. You have been in our thoughts and prayers for months. Thinking of you always.

    Take care and keep up the good work,
    Look forward to riding with you again real soon,
    Linda & Randy Merriman