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Riding a motorcycle with a titanium plate in your head

By James - 5/26/2006

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The mailbag gets all sorts, but this was totally out of left field:

I WOULD LOVE TO RIDE AGAIN BUT I HAVE A TITANIUM PLATE IN MY SKULL FROM A PREVIOUS ACCIDENT … IM NO HERO … SHOULD I RIDE AGAIN AND RISK DYING …

Graham,
I am no doctor, although I do have a degree in biology, and I have almost completely erased all that knowledge from my brain. So I have no clue about what would happen if you fell off a motorcycle and hit your head. But I do know that anyone who rides a motorcycle could die at any time. That is one of the risks we take when we pull out of our driveway. We try to minimize the risks and make smart decisions to keep us alive. And in your situation it is no different. You may decide that motorcycling is not worth it and that is OK. But for me life is too short to take the “safe” route. I strive for quality of life, not quantity.

I would say, “slow down” and ease back into riding if you choose to. I don’t know what got you in the first accident but I can only imagine there was a lot of skidding, bouncing, and crushing. Wear a helmet and proper gear and take a motorcycle class. And when listening to the doctors remember, their job is to patch you up; your job is to live your life.

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