Lynne Dorr wrote -
November 8, 2008 I was on my way to a special work event down in Minneapolis MN. It was on a Saturday at dawn. No other cars were on the road at that time. I drove by a new housing development in Blaine MN and unknowingly startled a large buck that had been drinking at a pond on the other side of the road. The buck darted up into the road slamming into the driver side of my Honda Pilot. The impact pushed my vehicle off the road. I attempted to turn my vehicle back onto the road but realized I could not move my arms. Initially I thought I broke my arms so I then tried to put on the brakes to avoid coasting into some trees that were inevitably getting closer. I realized then that I could not move my legs, either. At that point I just hoped the bushes and brush would slow down my vehicle so the impact into the trees would not be too severe. During that time, the buck also flipped up into my windshield. I tried to shield my face from the antlers. My brain thinks I did do it, but in reality I don't know if I did or not. Also during that time the airbags went off in my vehicle. So much happening in just a few seconds of time, it's hard to know the exact order of the events.
I tried to call for help, but had no voice to call with. Luckily my accident was near a residential area and it wasn't long before people that lived nearby came out to help. One gentleman called 911 and my husband for me. Emergency help came and I was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
I don't remember very much about my weeks at HCMC. I do know I had a breathing tube for a while, which was later removed and replaced with a tracheostomy. I was also fitted with a Halo brace. No surgeries. It was determined during that time that I had a C4-C7 spinal cord injury. My injury was considered 'complete' and I was given a very low probability of ever regaining any movement in my arms or body. The day that I left HCMC to move on to Abbotts Sister Kenny Rehabilitation was the first time I ate food since the accident-and it was puréed.
I then spent about six weeks at Sister Kenny. During that time I was introduced to occupational therapy and physical therapy, but I wasn't able to do much as I had nearly no movement in my arms or body.
I then moved on to Courage Center in Golden Valley and spent about 5 1/2 months there doing occupational therapy, physical therapy, being introduced to recreational therapy, being evaluated by psychologists, etc., etc.
I am now about 3 1/2 years out from my accident. Life has been anything but easy since then. My little family has been through the accident, and a divorce, as well as all the emotional, psychological, and physical things that go along with such a tragedy.
I've decided it's time that I can do something with myself. I have decided to take a virtual bike ride from my home in Blaine Minnesota to the doorstep of the White House in Washington DC - 1190 milles, and I plan to do it beginning in June, and finishing by January 1, 2013.
I am doing this bike ride using my FES bicycle that I purchased from Restorative Therapies. This bike provides electrical stimulation to my thighs and rear, and actually makes my legs work to pedal the bike. It is not a passive action, but an exercise that actually will help tone and strengthen my muscles. http://www.restorative-therapies.com/home
In doing this ride, I also hope to raise money for a local charitable organization that provides funds to facilities doing spinal cord injury research. It is called Morton Cure Paralysis Fund and you can learn more about it at wwwwwhttp://www.mcpf.org/ http:http://www.mcpf.org/
I would like to thank everyone that has helped so much over the last several years. I, and my family are eternally grateful. We could have never made it without you and I will never forget your generosity and kindness.
I know many of you gave so much in my name and my families already, but if you could find it in your hearts to spare just a little bit more to support me in my adventure and to support the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund, I would be greatly appreciative.