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Unread 09-22-2016, 07:19 PM
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Recovering from car accident

Last week Monday I was in a car accident. I was driving a work truck when I got t-boned by an out of control crown vic. Between getting spun around and whacked upside the head by the side curtain airbag, I have had a concussion, whiplash, and pain across my shoulders and all down my left side. Last week I couldn't pick up my jacket without serious pain all down my back. Not fun, I don't recommend it.
Needless to say, I'm worried about my hunting season at this point. Luckily, I have the late November Boise River archery elk tag (Nov 10 - Nov 30) and a controlled rifle deer hunt also in November, so I have a little time to recover. At this point though, I can't carry a pack and I can't draw my bow and with my head still hurting I am leary of the muzzle blast on even my unbraked 7mm-08. The deer hunt is for antlerless, and the biggest we have gotten on that hunt before is 130lb, so the .223 might be an option if I really can't use the 7mm-08, but I was hoping to get a load worked up using the 162gr ELD-X to see what it does.
So that is the situation, what I am looking for is any advice on how to recover quicker, tips to get my pack weight down, etc. Maybe a reminder that I still have more than a month and a half at this point too, as I keep feeling really down when I think about maybe not being able to hunt this year.
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Unread 09-22-2016, 08:17 PM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

I would have my doctor refer me to a good physical therapist. They would be your best option for getting to back to normal in a reasonable amount of time. They will also help you discover your current limitations. Then base the weight you can carry and gun you can shoot based on what they say. Hurry up and go! Time's a wastin...It's not gonna be your last hunt... Get well soon.
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Unread 09-22-2016, 08:26 PM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

In some ways I am lucky in that it happened while I was working so I get workers comp to pay the immediate bills and it wasn't my rig that got totaled. I am seeing a chiropractor, who is estimating about two months, and an occupational health specialist, who has basically said "we'll wait and see how it goes". Thanks for the words of encouragement.
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Unread 09-23-2016, 02:28 AM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

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I would have my doctor refer me to a good physical therapist. They would be your best option for getting to back to normal in a reasonable amount of time. They will also help you discover your current limitations. Then base the weight you can carry and gun you can shoot based on what they say. Hurry up and go! Time's a wastin...It's not gonna be your last hunt... Get well soon.
I would spend every available day with either a physical therapist or trainer. They can keep you moving forward and reduce the chances of re injuring yourself

Available gets to be complex, with issues like are you working every day, who picks up the bills etc.

Good luck
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Unread 09-24-2016, 10:07 AM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

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I would have my doctor refer me to a good physical therapist. They would be your best option for getting to back to normal in a reasonable amount of time. They will also help you discover your current limitations. Then base the weight you can carry and gun you can shoot based on what they say. Hurry up and go! Time's a wastin...It's not gonna be your last hunt... Get well soon.
+1! A good therapist can make a huge difference in the recovery process. I remember the last time I had a physical therapy for my rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. Had the operation in June, my therapist is also a bow hunter, to make a long story short, I was working out by August and out bow hunting by Sep.

Glad you're OK and good luck on your speedy recovery.

Cheers!

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Unread 09-24-2016, 11:27 AM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

My next appointment is Monday. I will be asking about therapy and such like that. Thanks for the advice; I have no experience with this before and no clue how all of this plays out.
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Unread 09-26-2016, 03:46 PM
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Re: Recovering from car accident

I am now scheduled to start physical therapy on Thursday and see a concussion specialist tomorrow. The doc was optimistic that I may be able to hunt in November, so that is something.
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