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Ah, Well, Oh Crap!!

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Thread Starter 
My season ended 12/27 about six turns into my 51st day on the snow. Got run down from behind and went flopping downhill for several rolls on the hard snow we've had this year. On the 30th, one of Vail Medical Center's best knee surgeons repaired the couple fractures I got in my left tibia plateau.

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Since I hadn't yet been assigned a lesson Tuesday, I'm on my own hook for both lost wages and medical costs.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Since I hadn't yet been assigned a lesson Tuesday, I'm on my own hook for both lost wages and medical costs.


Man, talk about adding insult to injury.  Heal quickly!

post #3 of 122

 Pretty unbelievable that you're only covered during lesson time. Since you were hit, seems the only recourse is a law suite. Man o man, heal well and heal quickly. Everyone who buys their own individual plan, read the fine print. Chances are nearly 100% that you're coverage isn't anything that you imagine it to be. Maybe one day we'll have a sane single payer system.

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So sorry for your misfortune Kneale, heal well and hopefully the pain isn't too bad.

Steve
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Wow, that sucks for sure.  Fortunately, you got a good surgeon!  Nothing to do but focus on the recovery.  Sending positive vibes and well-wishes.  Great pictures. 

 

Not that it really matters but care to tell us more about the "individual" who did this?

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That sucks Kneale.  Heal well.

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Kneale...

 

As friends have mentioned; mend well, fast and with good spirit.  Somehow everything works out to your favor.  I've had some personal experience recently that confirms my confidence that folks like you, Finn and others here banged up all end up gaining more than is lost icon14.gif

 

All the best, 

 

Don & Betsy

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Kneale...

 

As friends have mentioned; mend well, fast and with good spirit.  Somehow everything works out to your favor.  I've had some personal experience recently that confirms my confidence that folks like you, Finn and others here banged up all end up gaining more than is lost icon14.gif

 

All the best, 

 

Don & Betsy

post #9 of 122

Kneale...

 

As friends have mentioned; mend well, fast and with good spirit.  Somehow everything works out to your favor.  I've had some personal experience recently that confirms my confidence that folks like you, Finn and others here banged up all end up gaining more than is lost icon14.gif

 

All the best, 

 

Don & Betsy

post #10 of 122

Oh...and noticed the three count with the post...I guess duplicate post bonus for best wishes  is part of embedded code here rolleyes.gif

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I was going to delete the duplicate (errrrr, triplicate) posts, but figured that Kneale could use the extra positive vibes.

 

Kneale, a friend of ours got a tibial plateau crushed at Crystal Mountain a few years ago and has healed well, after the work of a great surgeon and PT.  

Knowing you, I'm sure you'll do what the doctor says and get back at it sooner rather than later.  

 

Heck, with the way the season is shaping up, you're not missing much.   

 

Heal well!

 

 

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BUMMER!  Heel fast amigo!

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Wishing you a speedy recovery - I'll make some turns here in Michigan in your honor.

 

 

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Sorry to hear it. Get well soon. Health insurance?

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Ohhhh nooooo! Get better, and -- you might have heard already  wink.gif -- you aren't missing much. 

post #16 of 122
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone, especially Don, Don & Don.

Guy who ran me down is a mature man from Carmel, IN. He was very responsible AFTER, collecting my gear and sticking around until the patrol arrived. I've been a bit surprised he has not contacted me subsequently. Patrol exchanges contact info.

Started therapy yesterday. Wore me right out. Hopefully that means I'm trying.
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Keep the faith- very easy to go to the darkside, its a very long road but there is an end.  first 3 weeks will suck.  My advice is to start watching ski-porn. Ya' got lots of support here.  icon14.gif

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Hi Kneale,

 

I haven't been on Epic in ages and just saw your post.  I am so, so sorry to read about this.  Wow, I still remember--such happy memories--of your guiding me down my first double-black run last year, and now you're hurt.  That just sucks!  Carmel isn't that far away from us, so if you want us to go on a man-hunt, say the word! jk.gif

 

Please keep us posted on your progress...and give my and UL's best to Monique too.  We'll be heading to CO in a few more weeks, and if Breck ever gets any decent coverage, I'll be back up on Imperial, just for you! :)  You & UL can trade PT stories as he's healing after 2 surgeries on his feet. 

 

Take care!

 

Nancy

 

post #19 of 122

Wow Kneale, that's some serious hardware!

 

So sorry to hear this... it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

 

Heal quickly, ++++++vibes from back in MI.

post #20 of 122
Thread Starter 
I thought UL had a bad back. Hopefully the feet aren't too bad.

I heard you guys got some fresh, Bump. Turn 'em once for me, eh? Thanks.
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heal quick and proper with PT, man, bottom screw sure looks long!  Hoosiers tend to be pretty friendly and responsible and if he has insurance .. can't hurt to ask.  may wish to double check the coverage you were to have, it may be written as effective the day you signed or took any intro/welcome meetings.

post #22 of 122
Sounds terrible, probably felt worse. Good luck with the recovery!
post #23 of 122
Bad luck! This is, unfortunately, a rather nasty injury. I know all about it because I had a similar fracture myself last March when I crashed in a Super-G. That was almost 10 months ago and rehab has taken up a very significant part of my life over that time. The good news is that I am back on skis and as I write this I'm just about to ski the second day of a level 2 alpine trainer course. Until the very last minute I wasn't sure whether I would be fit enough, the first days I had on snow I felt (at best) like an intermediate, but it all began to come back. But I am still very aware of the injury and I have some way to go to reach full fitness. the corse instructor realises this and I hope he will go a bit easy on me.... :-) But it IS possible to mke a good recovery and I'm sure you have the motivation and sheer cussedness needed to get there!

Recovery prospects are partly dictated by how much collateral damage you have to ligaments, meniscus etc. Do you have a clear idea of that?

If you want some details of my rehab programme (as it developed over time) and what I found helped the most, send me a PM.

Mark
post #24 of 122

Wow!  There is never a good time to have an injury but now, even with the loust weather isn't on the list at all.  When I got hurt last year and ended my season a couple months earlier, I tried to focus on the fact that I had an opportunity to start training early.  I know it's lame but it kept me from going to the darkside like Finndog mentioned.

 

I guess the silver lining (for us) is that we'll be seeing more posts from you biggrin.gif

 

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

 

Ken

post #25 of 122
Thread Starter 
Thanks again. I think I'll have a pretty good therapy routine from the Howard Head clinic here. My health insurance is Medicare backed up by a State of Michigan retiree Blue Cross plan. That plan paid for a lot of my wife's post surgery knee therapy.

I did have a torn miniscus as part of this injury that was addressed during the surgery. But it will delay weight bearing some.

I've made an approach to the guy who knocked me down and we'll see where that leads.
post #26 of 122
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Thanks again. I think I'll have a pretty good therapy routine from the Howard Head clinic here. My health insurance is Medicare backed up by a State of Michigan retiree Blue Cross plan. That plan paid for a lot of my wife's post surgery knee therapy.
I did have a torn miniscus as part of this injury that was addressed during the surgery. But it will delay weight bearing some.
I've made an approach to the guy who knocked me down and we'll see where that leads.


     Really don't know what to say after seeing the photos of your leg.  Good luck to you on your rehab.  2012-13 will be an awesome snow year and you WILL be out there making turns. !!!!
 

 

post #27 of 122
Thread Starter 
Therapy and other treatments are going well. Today I had 10 more degrees of flexion than a week ago. Yesterday I had the gazillion skin staples removed and most of the scar areas are almost flat. The leg is looking very colorful with all the bruising.
post #28 of 122

Thanks for checking in Kneale.  I was wondering, and certainly I've been thinking of you.

 

post #29 of 122
Kneale--I just came across this thread, hadn't heard about your injury until now. I am dismayed and so sorry to hear about it, but glad to hear that your recovery sounds like it's going all right. Collisions suck. It makes my blood boil to hear of yet another friend and gifted skier getting knocked down.

I wish you all the best, and hope you remain in good cheer.

Best regards,
Bob

PS--a couple days ago, following a very near miss, the straight-skidding woman who would have slammed into me had I not leaped out of the way, glared back at me and shouted "you need to watch out for the uphill skier...."

It's hard to believe the ignorance, isn't it?
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

PS--a couple days ago, following a very near miss, the straight-skidding woman who would have slammed into me had I not leaped out of the way, glared back at me and shouted "you need to watch out for the uphill skier...."

It's hard to believe the ignorance, isn't it?

Made me LOL, Bob. She's correct, sadly, you really do need to be aware of the uphill skier. Since I was the first "public" off the top of the Mercury chair and there had been no one behind me in the maze when I loaded, I didn't think it was necessary that early in the day.

Thanks for the good words.
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