Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: The Treasure Coast of FLA
Finished up rehab about 10 days ago. I've regained probably 75-80% of my strength, mobility, balance in the left leg yet it remains about 60% numb still, primarily in the quadriceps and the front of my shin/calf muscles. All in all, it could be worse & I'm told the nerve numbness should eventually return to normal w/in 6-8 months. I wish I saw more progress w/the numbness but sadly, it has not improved much over the last month. It was suggested I see a neurologist to determine nothing serious is wrong, so that's the next stop.
Also sadly, it's nearly impossible to file a malpractice suit here in FLA due to costs, so the likelihood of me recovering any $$ from the surgeon, hospital doctor or hospital appear minimal. As the lawyers told me, because of the strength of the AMA lobby here in FLA, no doctor is ever held accountable. Pisses me off. They wouldn't even be censured or counseled, nothing.
But now for the better news:
I took the FJR out this AM w/my daughter. First time on the bike since mid-February, I believe. Missed out on a beautiful riding season too because of the hip injury. Anyway, it was balls hot so we only went out for an hour & a half. Initially, I was a bit uncomfortable, w/the bike so **** heavy & my daughter loaded up but I wasn't going w/out her and she wasn't letting me go w/out her! I regained my sea legs after about 30m of riding and when we both had sweated enough, we returned home.
As I've said repeatedly before, the only real reason I bought the FJR was because my daughter wanted to ride w/me but honestly, as swell as the FJR is, for all its positives, I don't think it's my cup of tea. It's directly counter to my lifetime of UJM & similar bikes. The reality is I rarely ride the FJR for what it's designed for- I don't often do more than 3-4 hour rides, only ride across state infrequently and I've never crossed a state boundary line on any of my bikes, even my Ninja 1000 and that was my prior "ST." I imagine I'll keep her (the bike, that is) for another year, maybe less and move onto the next ride. We'll see tho.
Best to all.