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  1. thanks everyone for all the comments and concerns. I will certainly take it all into consideration. PcCoder.net
  2. I agree, the thought has crossed my mind..considering that both happened while I was asleep, etc. What concerns me so much, being an admitted control freak, is that I would have blown off the 1st seizure to bad luck, a long day of jumps, who knows, but now that I have had two I am concerned that it will happen again. Not if so much as when. And, although my doctor has cleared me to drive given the same reasons we are discussing here (both happening at night while not medicated), I can't say that I am not concious now every time I get behind the wheel. I am confident in myself, but not so sure about when this could happen again. PcCoder.net
  3. I started jumping about 3 years ago. After about 50 jumps I had a grand mal seizure in my sleep one evening. I started taking an anti-convulsant as all tests (CT Scan, MRI, EEG, etc.) showed nothing out of the ordinary. I continued to jump for another year and did a low turn which resulted in some compression fractures in my thoracic spine. I stopped jumping altogether while I healed for the next year. In December of 2005 (after a year of no jumping) my doctor allowed me to stop taking the anti-convulsant medicine. Another 5 months passed before I returned and did one skydive in May of 2006. Last weekend I had another Grand Mal seizure in my sleep and was rushed to the hospital again. I am back on the meds and will more than likely continue to be for now on. I struggled with the idea of returning to skydiving for so long after my accident and now I have the excuse I always needed to just walk away. I am saddened by this as I always loved jumping however it seems that the risk is too great now, especially having been hurt doing this in the past. Another downer is that I have about $7000 worth of equipment that I will need to sell. I have a brand new Pro Track that I received for Xmas 2 years ago and have never used. I bought all brand new equipment 20 jumps before my low turn injury so it is all virtually brand new still. Two jump suits, 4 or 5 sets of goggles, Bonehead helmet, altimeter, gloves, you name it. It's a real shame but I can't imagine how bad it would be having a seizure in freefall or under canopy. PcCoder.net
  4. I know this sucks, but with any injury you expect to go through a healing period which will usually be much longer than you hope. Just because you are able to get up and around doesn't mean that the injury is healed completely. Pain is your bodies way of informing you to slow down. PcCoder.net
  5. I started jumping in 2002 and fell in love with it. I was at the wind tunnel all the time and jumping as much as I could. Quickly downsized to a 170 within a short period of time and found myself attempting a hook turn which consequently had me bouncing off the ground with 3 broken vertebrae. .....that was almost 1 1/2 years ago. And, I have not returned. I really want to, but still afraid. My point is that you should consider getting something alot less aggresive than everyone seems to fly these days. And, don't be a bonehead like I was and try things you shouldn't be trying. PcCoder.net
  6. hey, long time...how's it been? PcCoder.net
  7. [replyI find it hard to believe you lose altitude more quickly under a high speed malfunction than you do at terminal velocity. Even a malfunctioned canopy provides drag to slow you down somewhat. If I am on my belly falling at 120 mph, deploy into a bag lock, now I am underneath a very high speed malfunction no longer on my belly falling faster than when I was in freefall. I would imagine that almost any high speed malfunction where I am no longer horizontal to the earth will result in my speeding up rather than slowing down. Yes, the canopy will provide drag, but there are plenty of scenarios where the drag will not null out the added fall rate. PcCoder.net
  8. IF YOU PRACTICE. I always went through the motions, on every jump. But somehow forgot about that whole "peel the cutaway handle from the velcro" part of the procedure and struggled with that for a few seconds on mine. PcCoder.net
  9. another factor you should consider...if you are experiencing a high speed malfunction you are loosing altitude more quickly than you were when you were terminal. Your time to cutaway and safely deploy your reserve becomes directly affected by this. PcCoder.net
  10. I understand that. I haven't gone back yet from a landing accident last November. I do intend to return, but that time seems to keep extending further and further out. It's funny how hitting the ground nice and hard can really make you think. PcCoder.net
  11. Please slow down and listen to the other more experienced jumpers comments in this thread (not talking about me). You will not be alive to keep posting if you continue on the path to higher performance with no experience. In fact, I'd be jumping an even larger canopy than what you are jumping now if I were you. PcCoder.net
  12. Understood, however the rain is the real issue I am talking about. In fact, my recollection is that there is a certain amount of separation between clouds vertically and horizontally that the pilot must adhere to, and I am thinking given the way it looked last night, that rule was being ignored. PcCoder.net
  13. I completely agree with you. I read some posts where people mentioned that it teaches students to more or less sharpen their skills so that when they do need to land in a tight spot they'll be able to do that. I can't say I agree with that completely. When you are new, there is enough to worry about other than imaginary lines, superstition and the like. I too have seen very experienced skydivers with 1000's of jumps pretty much eat shit at the end of long swoops over grass to avoid the pavement that's coming up in front of them. The concept of a beer line representing the "desired" landing area has its purpose. The concept of it being a problem if you happen to land outside of it needs to be looked at a little better on a case by case basis. PcCoder.net
  14. At the Pepsi 400 in Daytona yesterday I witnessed 4 demo jumpers land in the main field in front of the main grandstand, pretty much right in front of us. The race was delayed a good two hours before starting because of the constant rain we were getting during that same time that the demo jumpers came in. Doesn't it seem a little unsafe to be doing demo jumps and what looked like 2500 ft hop n pops in such bad weather? I mean the 2nd group jumped with very dark gray clouds all over the place and rain coming down (not strong) but certainly constant. The jumper who carried in the American flag almost had little problem with his landing and slipped and landed on his butt. Being a skydiver I hate to see our sport be given a bad reputation when we try what seems to be unnecessary risk for the sake of 100,000 rednecks' viewing pleasure. Here is the First parachute to land. It was raining, although the photo doesn't show the rain. PcCoder.net