Well I'm back on the forum, thanks to all the warm wishes for my girlfriend. They call her the miracle at the rehab center. I guess about 95% of people with her injury are wheel chair bound the rest of their lives. It was touch and go for quite awhile with a multitudes of screw ups by the hospital but she finally reached the surgeon she needed and he had a good day. So she had her surgery which they thought went well and she was able to retain movement in her legs and feet and slowly improved. The insurance wouldn't pay to bring her home the 12 hour drive and she couldn't ride in a car that far so we got her employer to arrange a critical care flight to get her home to our local rehab center. The rehab center was great and she started to improve rapidly but with a lot of pain and set backs. After 3 months she has almost full use of her legs but her feet are and will continue to be a problem. She walks but is limited and after about a half mile her foot starts to clop like a horse hoof. She had a regression last week which scared her as she hasn't hurt her back since but lost a lot of progess for some unknown reason.
She was able to barely pass her physical to return to work and is so very glad to be back to somewhat of a normal routine. She has some PTSD from the incident and she cringes just watching sand rails or side by sides jumping on youtube. But she still wants to ride atvs and maybe someday, ride my zx14 raptor which she was just learning to do the day of the accident. Yep, she's a racer. It has given me pause somewhat to the risks I take on the raptor and some of the other racing I have done. But I am still gonna race, you gotta live right. And there is just a warm glow I get when I pull up beside the other quads in the sand and know, someone's gonna eat some roost if they get too close to me. We won't be going to Oklahoma again for quite some time, probably start close with some familiar events and then go west, maybe waaaaay west. Gonna lengthen the swingarm on the raptor, currently 10 over, to 22 over. It needs all of that as it sits several inches higher than a stock raptor. Hopefully that will allow some big launching without the the wheelie bar. I also got some 18 paddle staggered rippers coming to feed the beast which as yet has not found its limits on tires.
Thanks again to everyone for your warm wishes and if you see a big blue raptor with a whole lot of motor sticking out the top, sides, and bottow, just come on over and say hi.