Plugging Away

Hello everyone, and sorry for the lack of updates. Ross is doing well, and he is continuing to make some nice progress on his road to recovery. The best news that I have to report is that Ross’ nagging pressure sore is 99% healed, according to his wound nurse. A pressure sore is a very serious injury that can lead to very severe complications if not taken seriously. Ross has been working hard to stay off his sore as much as possible, and he has resumed hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, which help speed up the healing process. Now, if you are thinking that this hyperbaric oxygen chamber stuff is hocus pocus, let me tell you…it is AMAZING! Several weeks ago, I crashed and tore the quadricep muscle in my thigh. At 10 days out, I was still in bad pain and walking like a sleestack from Land of the Lost. I jumped in a HBO chamber at the same time as Ross, and when my session was over, I was able to not only bend my leg, but walk with only a slight limp! I’ve been back three more times since then, and I started riding again, six weeks earlier than the doctors said I could. Now, if HBO is working that well for me, I have to assume that it’s doing some great things for Ross that will equal huge gains soon enough.
Ross has been spending lots of time back at work at enzo, tinkering around and fabricating parts and such. I’ve been there a couple times with him and I don’t know how he can stand to wheel through the crowded aisles in the shop. If I were him, I’d crack the whip on “the boys” and get them to straighten up and widen the aisles! (If you are reading this Dave and Kaz, get to work! Or maybe that’s a job for Ross’ man friend Damon. haha)
Ross’ friend Ichiro Nakaya – a former enzo employee who is now a big wig at Yoshimura R&D – fabricated a super cool stretching table for Ross’ home. Similar to the tables at Project Walk, it allows Ross to lay on his side or stomach, as well as do some important muscle stretching exercises. Thanks, Ichi!
That’s about it for now. I’m planning on making a new video soon enough with Ross at the Whitaker Wellness Institute. Oh, before I forget…the Be Perfect Foundation that helped Ross get into Project Walk is having a fundraiser on May 8. Ross and I will be attending, and I am hoping that some of you will join us. If you add Ross’ name to your registration form, half of your $100 donation will go towards Ross’ Project Walk fees. I’ve been told that this is a really cool event and there are a ton of cool things to bid on in a huge silent auction (ahem…TransWorld Motocross and rossiproject swag…haha). If you are interested, find more information at I hope to see some of you there, and guarantee that you will meet some extraordinary people there. Since Ross’ injury, I’ve met some of the most amazing folks who have really gone out of their way to help him on his road to recovery.

Thanks for reading.

– Donn


One Response to “Plugging Away”

  1. John Elton Says:

    Thanks for the update.Way to go Ichiro! Thats a sweet azz table.

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