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    09-25-2012, 07:43 PM
  #101
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QOS I will tell you my nephew is a professional motorcycle racer. Was the national points leader before it happened. He suffered a brain bleed and concussion. He had blood coming from his ears, nose and mouth. Thought he was dead. You can google Gerit Callies and you will find a link to the Peoria tt three rider crash and see the footage. He doesn't remember the accident. The brain keeps us from remembering those horrible events. That is a God Sent if you ask me.
     
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    09-25-2012, 07:48 PM
  #102
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Going out for dinner but DancingArabian, I will tell you I don't believe in living my life in a bubble. My son started racing motorcycles at the age of 6 he was a motocrosser. My nephew, Gerit Callies is a professional motorcycle racer and has been for several years. He is 20.

I am not going to live my life in a bubble and will not let my children live in a bubble either. I don't need to justify it, just thought I would explain. When my nephew suffered a horrendous accident this year I am sure his mom was trying to justify his racing anymore too. You do what you do and you let your kids live their dreams. Gotta go the kid started the car!
     
    09-25-2012, 08:30 PM
  #103
QOS
Green Broke
So sorry about your nephew and glad he is better. My cousin was on the road to being a super rock star when he was involved in a car accident with his manager. He was the opening act at the time for Rick Springfield. It was in 1983 and he was in a coma for 3 weeks and it crushed his career. Couldn't talk above a whisper for years...doesn't remember the two years following the accident at all. He receive a multimillion dollar settlement as his future earnings were projected as limitless - but that hasn't given him back his life. He is now 63 and doing well but he is not the same as he was prior.

We are grateful he lived and is functioning. We love him dearly but yes, it wrecked his life. But, as you said, you can't live your life in a bubble and I don't intend to live mine in a bubble. I wear a helmet and look like a total goober - but I just go and have a good time and laugh along with those who crack up at my helmet and Roam Camera!!!
     
    09-25-2012, 10:01 PM
  #104
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But QOS you know I love your roam camera :) I too, am so sorry about your husband. I just get so tired of trying to defend why I don't wear a helmet or make my children. We don't and that is that :)
     
    09-25-2012, 11:13 PM
  #105
Foal
Helmets here, few exceptions. I even wear mine when working them on the ground though, I'm also often alone when I am doing it most days so so it is a matter of additional saftey in a higher risk situation.

I understand about the bubble, my mom is a bubble believer! Perhaps that is why I am glued to my helmet always having had it drilled into me to wear it at all times so much that it is not even a thought but habit to slip it on as soon as I go in the barn door. That said there have certainly been times I was glad I had it on and times it was likely all that was between me and certain death since when I was growing up we rode without supervision out of the range of being able to get adult help and did lots of stupid stuff.

That said my mother in all her bubble believingness did finally cave for my sisters senior pictures which were taken on her childhood pony with my sister in a a fancy formal sapphire blue frilly cinderella dress with no helmet, no shoes, on Miss Muffin with no saddle or bridle. She looked like a princess and the picture proofs were so beautiful it made mom cry so she was glad she let her take the risk.
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    09-25-2012, 11:32 PM
  #106
QOS
Green Broke
LOL I always say I wear my helmet because Honey Darling Precious SUCKS at being a nurse. Hahahaha when he is sick or has surgery/procedures I am right there making sure he has whatever he needs, etc. If I am sick he is oblivious - and that didn't start when he was in the wreck...he was ALWAYS that way!!!
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    09-26-2012, 07:55 AM
  #107
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Originally Posted by QOS    
I can tell you what my husband says - "if I die, I die". "I don't like to wear a helmet" "I like the wind in my hair" "The helmet keeps me from seeing as well"
This is the thing that irks me about people that say "oh its my life I will do what I want with it." I often wonder if these people (such as your husband) ever stop to think, "If I die or am paralyzed for the rest of my life, who is going to feed me, take care of me, bathe me, etc. If I die, can my wife/husband/children provide for themselves without my income? Will they be able to stay in this house and pay the bills? Will they be able to feed themselves?" I really wish more people would stop and have that conversation with themselves before they got on a horse, motorcycle, whatever without a helmet. At the hospital when Michigan changed the law to helmets being optional we were joking that we should start handing out organ donor cards to all the motorcycle riders we saw without helmets.
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    09-26-2012, 09:13 AM
  #108
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks that way, QHDragon. It's thinking about how it would affect the people around me that has me alive today. I've recently passed out of some seriously suicidal times, but no matter how much I wanted to end it, I couldn't, because as much as I was hurting in that moment, I knew my parents would hurt much more.
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    09-26-2012, 09:32 AM
  #109
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If you ride like I do you need a helmet and safety glasses. I use and need a helmet every time I ride. It isnt just a "what if" tool for me.
Run walk and canter on single track trails in the woods and see how long you can keep up without a helmet. Quite frequently I am ducking under and through branches and briars and having them ride over my helmet. My helmets take a beating even when I don't fall off. I also wear safety glasses for the same reason and bugs.
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    09-26-2012, 09:57 AM
  #110
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Originally Posted by ropinbiker    
Sorry to hear about your husband. Did he suffer a concussion? I ask because that's what it sounds like with the headaches and memory loss. A helmet will NOT prevent a concussion....since a concussion is NOT caused by the head impacting an object per se, it is caused by the sudden "stopping" of the brain inside the head -- therefore, a helmet will not prevent a concussion upon impact, since the brain is still "stopping" suddenly and is being "banged" around inside the scull once there is an impact. Now, the helmet will, of course, stop the exterior injuruies resulting from impact -- cuts, bruises, etc. Think about football(American) and helmets....they don't stop the concussions from happening, they do, however, keep the players from "wounds" at impact.

Again, sorry to hear about your husband. I am only posting this because I know there are alot of misconceptions about what causes a concussion.
A helmet can absolutely prevent a concussion, or lessen the severity.
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