Dislocating and breaking my leg changed my life. In October of 1978 I was attending
Oakland City College. My best friend and I were goofing around in the comma area with two
other guys. We are horse playing shoving each other around just having fun. T he other two guys
are bigger so it was attack and run. I take out the door and jump from the deck, which is about
Eight feet high at the time, I did not know that I had broken a bone my leg. I continued down the hill and
went to jump over a stone wall and my foot caught on the wall and dislocated my knee ninety
Degrees out of Socket. .
The first thing the other three guys take me to the hospital. There they put my leg back in
place and wrap up my knee and tell me that I need an orthopedic Dr. So I drive home which is
about 70 miles .My mom takes me to the hospital in Bedford and they send me IUPUI .
Where they operate on my leg twice then put it in a cast for six mouths. They tell me that I will
have to wear a brace the rest of my life.
AT first when I got home, I felt mad and angry .Then I know that would have to live with
it. Therefore, I started walking with one crutch to build up my knee and lifting weights. I could
only lift ten pounds to start with. Soon I could walk a little without any support. It took about
four mouths before I was able to walk fairly will and at six mouths I could do almost anything I
had done before. I bought a dirt bike and started playing softball. Was able to get a job as a
mechanic and had to be able stand all day. I sometimes think softball was not a good ideal now
as I have arthritis in my both my knees.
When I went back to Dr. Kittlecamp he laughed and said he wished that a lot of patients
would ignore a Drs. advice. People can over come a lot of sit backs if they will just try. I still
wonder what my life would have been if I had finished school. That is hindsight so I guess I will
never know ....