I am sidelined for the 2021 riding season. I have a very rare condition called craniocervical instability (CCI). I had a ski fall in January 2020 that left me with a sore neck. I kept trying to work and play like normal, but suffered from a debilitating fatigue until I was bedridden in September. I have a weakened joint where my skull sits on my spine. A craniocervical fusion is a solution where titanium rods are screwed into my vertebrae, and also into my skull so that my head will literally be screwed on straight. Due to this instability, I've had my styloid processes grow from the normal 1", to 3'' long on each side. A growth was also found on my thyroid. So I've got some serious surgeries coming up this spring, with the major fusion surgery in August. For all you medical nerds out there, the first procedure is an extraoral bilateral styloidectomy and a right sided thyroid lobectomy, concurrently. The second surgery is a two part procedure that involves intracranial traction (screws into my skull, then the machine lifts up, providing traction, 'sweet spot' is identified for positioning). I also have vascular and cerebrospinal fluid flow issues so I will be getting pressure tested at this time as well (intracranial pressure (ICP) bolt is put into my skull and it measures pressure while in traction, or sitting/standing). After my measurements are confirmed for when I feel best (I'm awake this whole time), and my vitals are perfect, they are all set to fuse me. The surgery is in New York in August. It is a 7.5 hour operating room booking. My recovery is expected to be 100%. I will have been bedridden for almost a year by the surgery date, so I'll be more limited by my strength than the surgeries. I will be able to drive a vehicle within a month, and definitely ride a motorcycle for 2022. I can't do my normal crazy shit for a year. Shauna is urging me to not do it again, ever:)
So, back to Mr. Moose. I would love it if you would take Mr. Moose with you on your bike this year for some road trips. I can't ride, but with your help, I can join you vicariously through Mr. Moose. If you're up for that, just tell me the name of your moose, your favourite ride this summer, and total miles. Oh, photos too, of course. Use #cabottrailmoose as your hashtag.
Add your last name, or the name of your moose to the back of his shirt for that personal touch. I'm only selling 48 of these, so once they're gone, they're gone. Thanks for your support!