Four Months and Counting

This past Sunday, a few of us gathered for dinner at Ross’ house. Our friend Toshi Yasukawa from RS Taichi is in California on business and vacation with his family, and he stopped by to see Rossi. Kurt Rood and his family were also there, and it was great to see everyone. Toshi actually worked very closely with our dear, late friend Darin Motoda, when Darin ran RS Taichi USA. My girls and I are lucky enough to visit Toshi every year when we head to Japan for the first round of the All Japan National MX Series.

Ross and Toshi Yasukawa, who is modeling the latest enzo winterwear...

Ross and Kurt Rood. When he was little, Kurt used to ride with Ross almost every weekend. Now, he is a big wig at Team Monster Energy Kawasaki!

Man, how time flies. I remember carrying Ross' eldest daughter Nikki (far left) when she was a baby. I didn't carry Molly (next to Nikki) as much, because she was so little that I was afraid I'd break her. My kids Megan (the ham up front) and Samantha (far right) are absolutely crazy about their cousins!

 Today marks four months and one day since Ross’ crash. It seems like much longer than that to me, but I am sure that it feels like an eternity to Ross. Still, in the grand scheme of things, very little time has passed since his injury and he made a ton of progress towards recovery. I firmly believe that Ross will work through this, and I look forward to the day that he takes his first steps on his own.

For now – as Ross wrote last week – he is struggling with a pressure sore on his lower back. Having spoken to everyone I know with any SCI experience, it is very apparent that pressure sores are something not to be taken lightly. Ross’ sore was showing signs of healing, but it flared up recently and this has forced him to scale back on his therapy sessions, and activity in general. In order to let the wound heal, Ross has to spend as much time on his side or on his stomach as possible. Simply put, sitting on the wound makes it worse. Once it’s healed, a whole new world of workouts at Project Walk will open up to Ross. Because he’s had the sore since he was in the hospital, he’s not been able to try the really aggressive therapies at Project Walk, and I can’t wait to see what they can do for him when that time comes. First things first, however…let’s get that dang sore healed up, Rossi!

On another note, One Industries and David Bailey held a special fundraiser called Riders F1rst last week. It was held at the Oakley headquarters in Foothill Ranch. One Industries made 300 sets of David Bailey-influenced riding gear and will donate all of the proceeds to Bailey’s foundation. You can learn more about it by clicking HERE, but the point I am really trying to make is that at the event, I was really excited to run into Bryan Goodwin and his family. Bryan is also a client at Project Walk, and I was introduced to his family through my good friend Mike Young. The Goodwins donated a brand new shower bench to Ross when he first came home, and they were instrumental not only in getting Ross enrolled at Project Walk, but in helping him get his scholarship grant from the Be Perfect Foundation. Since Ross’ injury, we’ve met some pretty inspiring and amazing people, and the Goodwin family is at the top of that list.

The Goodwin family.


One Response to “Four Months and Counting”

  1. Teri Goodwin Says:

    Don, You and Ross are two incredible people and are so lucky to have each other. I expect great things from Ross. He’s a fortunate guy because he has so much going on in his body already but more importantly, he has a fantastic support system. Having that and a great mental outlook is half the battle. You will find out that the SCI world is very small, filled with great folks who want to lend a hand. Our family looks forward to helping in any way we can. It was great seeing you at the event and we wish Ross all the best!

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