Greg Pankhurst's accident

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Postby Stuart » 19 Mar 2013, 15:40

Greg has posted on Facebook today: "Hi all - bit fried but in recovery mode . Will post more soon" .

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 19 Mar 2013, 16:37

Eleri and I are planning another visit next week... Looks like it's a good sign he's been on Facebook.

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Postby Eleri » 20 Mar 2013, 19:51

UPDATE from Paul. Greg has asked to see some of the guys he rides with and knows best. If that's you, then PM me and I'll put you in touch with Paul to get you on the visit roster being developed at the moment.

Hi All,

It’s 5 and half weeks since Greg’s accident and he continues to progress nicely.

Yesterday he posted on Facebook , it even made sense – I think most of you saw it and commented or Liked. I just spoke to him a few minutes ago and he sounded remarkably normal – the slur is mostly gone, he’s a touch slower than normal but not massively so.

On Sunday he is going home for a few hours. This is a pretty big step forward and Greg sounds pretty pleased about it. (I did ask Sue if he was making it up).

The food is horrible at the Centre. Does anyone have a spare bar fridge? It would be good if he could store some food in his room.

He still is classified as having Post Traumatic Amnesia and he keeps scoring 10 or 11 out of 12 in his daily tests. He needs to get 12 out of 12 for 3 days in a row before he’s officially over it and they can start the parts of his rehab that require him to remember.

He is quite mobile now, he can walk several hundred metres at a time. He needs to wear a belt that allows his carers to hold onto him whilst he walks as he’s still not super steady on his feet. His left hand is still a little uncoordinated – he can catch a ball only with the right hand side.

I think he will have to focus now on relearning things – he was struggling to remember how to take his daughter to school and other similar tasks. It will take him but that’s what the centre specialises in.

Anyway that’s about it…..hopefully he can start writing his own updates soon.

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Postby mr mojo » 20 Mar 2013, 21:28

Thanks for the update Eleri. Sounds like Greg's making some really good progress.

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Postby GregPankhurst » 24 Mar 2013, 10:39

Appreciate all the comments and good wishes guys. on the mend. may yet get back on a bike. did anyone see the accident?

Love all the visits as well. liaise with Paul 0422 800 501 about timing and location, but now in Ryde and weekday afternnoons are best

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Postby Juliet » 24 Mar 2013, 10:48

Welcome back Greg! It's so good to hear from you.
Best wishes for your recovery, it sounds like you are doing very well.

Juliet

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Postby mikesbytes » 24 Mar 2013, 11:25

Great to see you online mate

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Postby Dougie » 24 Mar 2013, 14:33

Good stuff Greg
I will visit this week.
Cheers Dougie

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Postby Johnj » 25 Mar 2013, 09:01

It's really great to see your post Greg. That's the best news I've had all week (bike show notwithstanding).

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Postby Eleri » 25 Mar 2013, 12:18

Can you all please liaise directly through Paul (number above in Greg's post) so that visits are coordinated? Thanks

Jo the Builder and I are heading over there tomorrow night. Locked in!

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Postby GregPankhurst » 29 Mar 2013, 11:32

Awesome to see Jo Adam and Eleri the other night

Healing slowly

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 29 Mar 2013, 13:45

Was good to see you too.

And you'll be pleased to hear that I got 2 QOM's on our way out back to see you (well, one actually. Eleri got the other one until I stole it from her on my commute on Wednesday)...

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Postby GregPankhurst » 01 Apr 2013, 13:24

Still up for visitors guys. will be in rehab another 6 weeks or so. weeknights the best bet Liase with Paul on 0422800501

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Postby Peter T » 01 Apr 2013, 16:24

Thanks Greg,

Really looking forward to catching up. Lots of people asking after you on our rides. See you this week, if I can get a booking through Paul!

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Postby GregPankhurst » 06 Apr 2013, 12:27

Did anyone actually see the accident? Wondering what the hell happened

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Postby timothy_clifford » 06 Apr 2013, 13:06

GregPankhurst wrote:Did anyone actually see the accident? Wondering what the hell happened


I didn't see the accident, but given how you were lying on the ground, and the lack of damage to your helmet and bike, I gather you lost the front wheel and went face first into the ground. There was talk of it being a catseye or a mysterious bump in the road. You were not far off the white centre line (maybe 50cm?). You would have been doing between 50km/h to 60km/h easily.

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Postby Tam » 07 Apr 2013, 16:48

Hi Greg

Good to see you back on line. Went for a ride with the kids today - hope you'll be doing the same with yours again soon!

Cheers

Tam

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Postby Peter T » 11 Apr 2013, 10:00

Michele and I had an uplifting visit with Greg last night. Like all of us, we have been worried about the outcome of his monumental prang.

We entered The Royal Rehab at 259 Morrison Road Ryde last night around 6.30, after getting in touch with Paul and making a booking as suggested.

He is looking great and making terrific progress. Greg has a full dance card of physiotherapy to help him out and he really throwing himself into it. We spent the visit on our feet and walking about. He is really getting strength back.

Greg enjoys having visitors. He also wants to borrow the following DVDs:

Any good sport stuff, especially cycling,

Comedy or lightstuff,

and Fishing.

So have a look through your collections.

When we were there another visitor appeared, Chris from the day of the Johnny Warren. He was with Greg and two other carers til the ambulance appeared, and had been wanting to connect up with him. Through Paul he found out where Greg was.

A very lively conversation ensued. It looks like Greg's adventure has brought many people together and this says a lot about Greg as a person. I thought we might get thrown out for laughing so much.

So go and visit when you can. He thinks he will be there for another 4-6 weeks.

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Postby Trouty » 12 Apr 2013, 07:42

Peter T wrote:Greg enjoys having visitors. He also wants to borrow the following DVDs:

Any good sport stuff, especially cycling,

Comedy or lightstuff,

and Fishing.

So have a look through your collections.


So go and visit when you can. He thinks he will be there for another 4-6 weeks.


That sounds great. Stu and I have some DVDs we can throw his way.

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Postby mikesbytes » 12 Apr 2013, 10:41

Tried to book Greg today, but there's no real timeslot available.

The good news is that Greg will be home on the weekend.

He will be back in rehab for weekdays, so I'll try and book for another day.

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Postby GregPankhurst » 14 Apr 2013, 08:15

Thanks Pete and Michelle. Enjoyed both the visit and pies immensely 8) :D :D

See you soon Mike

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Postby Eleri » 15 Apr 2013, 15:18

Update from the man himself


Rehab is proving a long haul, thankfully I have a leaving date, Tuesday the 7th of May. This makes rehab seem more bearable knowing that escape is at hand.

I keep my days busy with activities such as improving my typing skills which have eroded rather badly and other key life skills like putting pegs in holes. I also do a running group, daily physio, lots of walking and I’ll be put on a bike this Wednesday - I’ve got a new helmet.

The rehab is going well though the quick improvements have been realised so it feels a bit more like a graft. However today I did secure the ability to go down the road to the shops unaccompanied, so I’m still making a few wins. The visitors and weekend home visits make it bearable and I’m striving to make the most of my time here. I got see both my children play soccer on the weekend and partake in a coffee shop breakfast. I love those times because I stop feeling like a patient for a while.

The odds on a big party after the 7th of May are short but the details are to be confirmed.

Please liaise with Paul about the best times to visit me.
Greg


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Postby mikesbytes » 15 Apr 2013, 23:23

Saw Greg today, we had a serious bike nerd conversation.

He's about to go to the dark [recumbent] side, the beard is growing

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Postby jonboy » 16 Apr 2013, 07:06

mikesbytes wrote:Saw Greg today, we had a serious bike nerd conversation.

He's about to go to the dark [recumbent] side, the beard is growing

Oh no.

Next thing he'll be joining the Valley Wheelers, banging on about how great steel is, and going nuts over the Classic Bike Show.

Use the Force Greg. Don't walk towards the light.

I can drop some shaving cream and razors around. I can also bring you some more magazines. I'm sure there are some issues of Carbon Bike Monthly I can dig out for you.

Just say the word mate!

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Postby Eleri » 16 Apr 2013, 09:53

You all seem to have skipped over this bit!!

I’ll be put on a bike this Wednesday - I’ve got a new helmet.


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Postby mikesbytes » 16 Apr 2013, 09:59

The beard still doesn't meet minimum requirements
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Postby marc2131 » 17 Apr 2013, 09:37

.... good as new.

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Postby GregPankhurst » 20 Apr 2013, 16:14

Nice to see Mike and Adrian this week.

Still going to be in Ryde REhab for a couple of weeks yet, so feel free to drop in. Arvos generally best. Speak to Paul on 0422 800 501 re: timing.

In terms of rehab was Back on a bike of sorts his week Image

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Postby PatW » 22 Apr 2013, 10:12

Great to see you back on a saddle, of sorts, Greg.
What's the training program - just k's, or more specific - cadence, hill repeats...?
Look forward to seeing you post-Ryde.

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Postby mikesbytes » 30 Apr 2013, 12:46

Hows the beard progressing?

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Postby Lizanne » 30 Apr 2013, 12:55

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found Greg at the top of a leader board!
i recon Greg needs a few STRAVA segments for the hospital. I'd love to see Greg smash them as the physio work pays off.

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Postby mikesbytes » 13 May 2013, 15:46

Hey Greg, the bike you sold Becky has done its first flying 200

http://youtu.be/0RZDE5Fakq0

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Postby GregPankhurst » 13 May 2013, 16:08

You just look at that bike and it screams flying 200 :-)

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Postby Johnj » 09 Jun 2013, 20:52

Rolling back home after Waterfall along the Cooks River path this morning a familiar voice said "Hi John". It was Greg. I stopped and had a chat. He was out walking with a friend and is in training for the....

City to Surf :D . He plans to walk the 14 kms and his training is going well. He will be unable to ride an upright bike for a year (doctor's orders), but don't be too surprised to see him turn up to Slowies on a recumbent.

Though he still has a long way to go, every time I see Greg he looks better.

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Postby Dougie » 10 Jun 2013, 17:46

Big Kudos on Greg's Criterium Du Lounge. I am now awaiting to see his "Sprint De Swisse" and Tour De Living Room".

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Postby GregPankhurst » 10 Jun 2013, 21:22

Cheers guys. Was good to see you John (congrats on making the jump to middies) and thanks Dougie. The lounge room exercise bike is getting a flogging

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Postby GregPankhurst » 20 Dec 2013, 09:00

Hey Guys

Just a quick note to let everyone know I returned to 2 wheels yesterday. Just a 6 km chug along the Cooks River on a mates mountain bike rather than a roadie, but it was a bloody nice step on the way back.

Cheers
Greg

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Postby Karzie » 20 Dec 2013, 11:09

Hurrah! Keep at it!


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