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Hey All,
Wanted to let you all know that I am healing up well. I got the rest of my stitches and staples out yesterday, painful, but i am happy to have them out. My skin grafts are taking nicely and there are no signs of infection. I am figureing out life with one hand and have been doing a lot of research on prosthetics. I am currently working on my bicycle and snowboard setups and think they should both work out well. Boa type lacing on my boots, Flow bindings, should make getting in and out easy and no lacing on boots. Bike is a little more tricky, my have to try a few different set-ups before i get it right. Thank You All for your support and go to www.tonymiely.blogspot.com for pictures and progress reports.

They did not cut my balls off so i will see you pansies on the water in the spring!
 

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Yo Tony,

Doin' Great! Keep it up bro.......

I Know a guy who might be able to help, or offer some info. I have been trying to find him. I will be in touch,

bob
 

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Tony ,
I feel a bit weird asking and feel free to not reply. I have an ATV. I was just curious what happened. Maybe you could help others from a saftey aspect. I wear a helmet but, the hand is not something I thought of protecting. Again, not trying to put you on the spot. Heal fast.
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Yamaha Rhino

I was a passenger in a Yamaha Rhino, which is a side by side 2 seater ATV, basically an overpowered golf cart. It has a roll cage and my right hand was up on it. When it rolled it severed my hand where I was holding the roll cage. The doctors put me through 5 surgeries in 10 days to try to save my hand but it was damaged beyong repair. I am doing well though, my stump is healing nicely and i am moving forward with my life, working on making my snowboard set-up as one handed friendly as possible and converting my mtn. bike to one hand control. check out this sweet prosthetic at www.mertshands.org . Looks like it would work with many applications, paddling, bike, motorcycle. You can also read more about my ordeal at www.tonymiely.blogspot.com . Thanks, TonyM
 

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;)"They did not cut my balls off so i will see you pansies on the water in the spring!"

Tony,
I ain't no Pansie, just an old man!:p
Let do the "Salt" this spring. I think I have an old picture of you at Black Rock-- almost sideways, with a raft load of chicks.:cool: I will look for it.
Jerry
 

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Tony -

Very glad you are healing well and in good spirits. Especially glad to see that you'll be able to keep doing the things you love.

We don't really know each other but I remember coming into 4 Corners as an aspiring creeker back in the day (like in the early 2000's) and getting beta from you. You were always super friendly and helpful and never threw us any attitude or ego even though we were green and you were busy and the man. What I am trying to say is I know you are a great person - I was really sorry to hear about your accident but grateful that you are progressing as well as you are and gettig back to the outdoor life we are all so fortunate to enjoy.

I hope to get to paddle or snowboard with you someday - drop a line if you make it to CB.
 

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tony,

pretty sure i paddled with you last year at gauley season when you and other durango homies were out in fayetteville for a week or so. maybe you remember racing that honda on the local airstrip? anyway, very sorry to hear about your accident, but it seems like you are making quite the recovery with a strong attitude. hope to see you on the water in the spring.

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Hey Tony,

Glad to see that you are making such swift progress. I have missed chatting with you on the phone the past few weeks. Its awesome to see your positive attitude to overcome the challenges. Hope to catch up with ya soon...oh, and can't wait to get Vallecito with you some day soon!

peace,

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Thank you, Bryan, Casey, Chris, Art, Jerry, and everyone, I really do appreciate all the support. I start physical therapy this week and although I know its going to be painful I am looking forward to getting some movement back and gaining strength in my right arm and shoulder, my arm currently looks like a tooth pick. I had a Dr. appt yesterday and am back up to 170 lbs. ( i was 180 before the accident and got dowm to 158 during my hospital stay/surgeries) so i am gaing some strength back. My blood count is still low so i get tired easily but that too is getting better. My stump is still pretty ulgy to look at but it is healing well, no infection. Thanks again to everyone for the support. Tony Miely

And yes Tango, That was me racing the honda up and down the Fayetteville Airstrip. As I said, many people are amazed that this is my first amputation.

Casey, have fun in Ecuador, its sweet. I spent a month there a few years back and loved it.
 

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Gooday there

Hey Tony,

I didnt get a chance to see you after the accident passing back through town. Wanted to say that brother John Wade and I were thinkin about you man, during your hospital time. Also wanted to give you some props on all the help you extended to me this spring to make some of my boating missions possible. Whether or not you are aware, you were also instrumental in starting out my creeking career by way of selling me my first creeker, an awesome Pyranha H3. So right on with the benefit coming up, hope to make it, and good luck with everything. Ill see you at some point.

Take Care,
Wes D.
 

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New Hand on Monday

Thanks Wes, i appreciate the props. I am headed to Denver on Monday to pick up my 1st prototype prosthetic. I am super excited for this as it is going to allow me to do some flatwater paddling, biking and backcountry. Up until now I have not been able to hold anything, its going to be a big change paddling as i am going to have to learn to paddle with a left hand control. I also posted more pics of my healing stump on the blog Tony Miely Support and Info if ya wanna check out what i am dealing with. I will get some pics of the new hand up as soon as i get it. Tony
 
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