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Old 01-17-2007, 10:50 PM
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This is an update posted over on MotoTalk by one of David's friends. Take the time to read it. It is an amazing story of will power by one of the greatest motocrossers to ever ride. Please take the time to say a prayer for David.

As most of you are aware, this has been quite a year for db. If you don't mind, I'll do a quick review, and then a current update.

Toward the end of 2005, David's health took a turn south after a summer of too much sitting, flying, traveling, TV and coaching at the nationals. He developed a small pressure sore that he figured he could manage until the season was over. That might have worked, but it got infected. Initially, the hope was that the infection/wound could be managed and David would then be able to slowly get back to normal. What you see on the surface of a pressure sore is only the tip of the iceberg. The infection ran deep and David was sicker than he knew.

After soldiering through the first few SX's last year and getting treatments near Anaheim stadium every 3 days, he thought he had it under control. During the San Diego SX db was feeling back to normal and watched the races with Ricky James who offered to let him ride his bike in a few days. David began training again and thought the storm had passed. However, ALL the infection wasn't gone and after riding with Ricky, it ignited the infection and he got sick again. Maybe that was a good thing. Had it not been stirred up it could've spread and made things even worse. Still, the wound (under the skin) became more serious than anyone expected, and frankly, nearly killed him. As we have stated previously, this was the same situation that claimed Christopher Reeve's life. After an initial surgery to cut out the infected tissue, David continued bed rest while nurses and his wife, Gina, looked after the wound.

An unfortunate byproduct of the extended period of immobility has been two locked up knees and one patella tendon torn in half. This will need to be corrected in a future surgery that is yet to be scheduled. Because David is not mobile at this time, this part of his recovery can wait.

That scratches the surface of David's struggle over the past year. Honestly, there are many details of the year that simply shouldn't be made public, because it really got that bad.

Think of how you spent that last year. What have you done? Traveled? Gone to school? Gotten married? Had a child? Enjoyed life? RIDDEN YOUR BIKE? David has lain in bed... for a year. Even during the David Bailey All Star Extravaganza, when hundreds of people gathered to ride and attend a benefit for David, he laid in bed. Truth be told, those of you that saw fit to help David out in any way, big or small, probably saved his life. David, his family, and all of his friends can't thank you enough. There are no words to express the appreciation that is felt.

Now, the update that I promised. There are some good things happening. After MONTHS of trying to get a competent physician to address the problems concerning David's wound, he and Gina finally identified a doctor that performed surgery in early December. The most difficult part was that db would have to lie ON HIS STOMACH 24/7 for a minimum four weeks post op, but as usual, he found the will to do it. As of today, db has been allowed to sit upright twice a day for ten minutes each time. Sounds like not such a big deal, but it is huge. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

One of David's main focuses right now is to identify the most effective ways that The Full Circle Foundation can assist injured riders. He's been through pretty much anything that most of the benefactors will face, and David is determined to help and make a difference in as many lives as possible.

There is still a LONG road ahead, with no guarantees of success. But, the fog is clearing, and there is hope that wasn't around very much about 5 months ago. You guys have been the biggest reason for that.

Thank you from all the family and friends of db.

And if you haven't yet had a chance to help, or if you feel like now might be the time to help some more:

Full Circle Foundation aspires to raise accidental spinal cord injury awareness while raising funds for research leading to a cure.

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www.davidbaileymx.com
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:59 AM
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WOW!!!! The man is an inspiration to say the least!
Thanks for the post, Dave.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:19 AM
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Thanks for the post Dave!! I feal dumb as I had no real idea of the situation. New he was having med. issues but not to that extent.

Very glad to hear things are looking better for him.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:39 AM
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Awesome news Dave!
I'm stoked that DB is getting healthier every day. It wont be long untill he's 100% recovered from the pressure sore.
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:09 AM
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David needs our support for sure, he has been a wonderful advocate for those with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Keep fighting David!
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for posting this Dave. That's great to hear that he is doing better than he was a year ago. He still has a long way to go but any improvement is outstanding in my book.
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