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post #61 of 89
Oh, man. My heart goes out to you. This is always my nightmare when planning trips - that I'll break our sprain something.
post #62 of 89

major bummer, fingers crossed here for a quick recovery. Dr. Dorf seems like the real deal, and it looks like he's got an office in Frisco. Maybe COSkigirl can put in a good word for you if you have any difficulty scheduling an appointment?

post #63 of 89
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Its a part called the greater trochanter which serves as the attachment point for most of your rotator cuff (major tendons of your shoulder) that's why it hurts so much to lift your arm up. Im so sorry this happened to you but unfortunately this is pretty serious and I think JZAMP is correct.

 

That should be tuberosity, just woke up. Trochanter is on the femur. Just went back through and read all the posts leading up to this epic trip and now I even feel worse. Sorry again

post #64 of 89
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Thanks all for the condolences and best wishes.  We'll see what the Ortho doctor says and I'll just have to go from there.  My 20 year old daughter just arrived last night.  She doesn't ski or board, but is into photography.  Her trip out here was more to do day trips and get in some good pictures.  Though I'm bummed about not skiing, instead I'll spend some quality time with my daughter and go on some of the excursions with her.  Can never go wrong spending time with your kids.

post #65 of 89
Originally Posted by bamaman View Post
 

Can see fracture and slight displacement on outside top right of arm in x-ray.  I'm hoping Ortho doc says it will heal on its own and I can ski if I'm very careful.

 


Bamaman, I fractured my humerus this last March in the same spot as you.  I'm healed now, and mine wasn't as severe as yours.

 

Look at the front and back diagrams of a right shoulder below.  The red and blue spots are where tendons attach to bone.  Your humerus split right near where a bunch of shoulder tendons attach.  We're talking rotator cuff issues here.  If your tendons got smooshed, ripped, torn, lacerated, bruised, or snapped loose, you may find that the bone heals faster than they do.  If that's the case, do what your PT tells you.  But for now, get orthopedic help.  Best of luck.

 

post #66 of 89
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Saw Dr. Dorf at 3:30 today.  He said that if I leave it in a sling, no surgery required and it will heal in 6 weeks.  If I do anything where I have to reach out to my side (like skiing and falling again), it will pull the bone even further away and pull the rotator cuff with it and I would be looking at major surgery and rehab.

 

So, guess I'm gonna just rest it and do what the doctor says and plan on coming back out for a week in March/April and get my skiing fix. 

 

Thanks all for the advice and encouragement.  Could have been a lot worse.

post #67 of 89
Glad to hear the doc said no screws! Be careful and speedy recovery!
post #68 of 89
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My 20 year old daughter just arrived last night.  She doesn't ski or board, but is into photography.  Her trip out here was more to do day trips and get in some good pictures.  Though I'm bummed about not skiing, instead I'll spend some quality time with my daughter and go on some of the excursions with her.  Can never go wrong spending time with your kids.

 

Road trip west to the the desert!  The national parks/monuments are gorgeous in the winter.

 

Fruita: 

http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca.html

 

Moab:

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

post #69 of 89

@bamaman Good luck in the rehab. Hopefully you can get a mulligan for another ski month next year.

post #70 of 89
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Well, been doing okay with the fact I'm not skiing on my ski trip until this morning.  Woke up and had a pity party and was feeling bummed out.  UNTIL.  Daughter and I drove up the road to A-basin and then up to top of Continental Divide.  First time up there.  All I can say is WOW.  What a beautiful day and beautiful view.  Snapped me out of my funk and made me appreciate all the other things besides skiing that the mountains out here offer :).

post #71 of 89
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Road trip west to the the desert!  The national parks/monuments are gorgeous in the winter.

 

Fruita: 

http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca.html

 

Moab:

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

@tball.  Thanks for the links.  Going to plan on doing one of these when the wife arrives next week.

post #72 of 89

Less distant road trips would include going to Breck then over Hoosier Pass into Alma and Fairplay (the REAL South Park), down to Buena Vista, then up to Leadville (Tabor Opera House, The Silver Dollar, The 'Hat' (Manhattan Bar), the hotel across from the Hat, CO Mining Museum).

 

Depending on the time you have, continue back to Summit over Freemont Pass passing an abandoned area on the left at the top of the pass and Copper. You might consider a walk at the Mayflower Gulch (easy jeep road totally packed out by snowshoers and skiers; snow shoes not required unless it has just snowed.)

 

Or you could turn left out of Leadville towards Minturn with Ski Cooper, Camp Hale, Red Cliff and other scenic spots along the way before turning East to pass through Vail and over Vail Pass.

 

Google 'hiking in summit county' for a list of trails for hiking. Spruce Creek, McCollough Gulch, French Gulch (to Sally Barber or towards French Pass), Boreas Pass road, Baldy Road to 'the cable line' (I can't remember the name of the mine up there) If you want to be more sure footed, I can loan you a pair of snowshoes, too.

 

Edited to add:

 

I would recommend taking a day to do this loop (Breck to BV to Minturn and home). Your idea of what is interesting may differ from mine, but there are so many scenic spots and interesting buildings, etc. that a full day would be needed to do it right.


Edited by MastersRacer - 1/15/15 at 9:56am
post #73 of 89

Snowshoeing can be a lot of fun. I could loan you my dogs ;-)

post #74 of 89
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Well, been doing okay with the fact I'm not skiing on my ski trip until this morning.  Woke up and had a pity party and was feeling bummed out.  UNTIL.  Daughter and I drove up the road to A-basin and then up to top of Continental Divide.  First time up there.  All I can say is WOW.  What a beautiful day and beautiful view.  Snapped me out of my funk and made me appreciate all the other things besides skiing that the mountains out here offer :).

Welcome to CO living......I know some good real estate agents:D 

 

And make sure you're gone before summer gets here or you'll never go back home

post #75 of 89
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Road trip west to the the desert!  The national parks/monuments are gorgeous in the winter.

 

Fruita: 

http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca.html

 

Moab:

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

@tball.  Thanks for the links.  Going to plan on doing one of these when the wife arrives next week.

 

You are welcome!  

 

They are pretty far for a day trip, especially Moab, but you should be able to get a really inexpensive room this time of year.  I usually stay at the La Quinta in Fruita and the Archway Inn in Moab.   The Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab is really nice and in an amazing setting in the canyon right next to the Colorado River.  It's only $120/night right now, half of what it is most the year.  

http://www.redcliffslodge.com/

 

Either way, make sure you stop at the Hot Tomato in Fruita!

http://hottomatocafe.com/

post #76 of 89
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post
 

Less distant road trips would include going to Breck then over Hoosier Pass into Alma and Fairplay (the REAL South Park), down to Buena Vista, then up to Leadville (Tabor Opera House, The Silver Dollar, The 'Hat' (Manhattan Bar), the hotel across from the Hat, CO Mining Museum).

 

 

 

Actually,did drive down "9" past Breck, over Hoosier Pass, thru Alma, and into Fairplay after doing the '6' loop.  Was a beautiful drive.

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Welcome to CO living......I know some good real estate agents:D 

 

And make sure you're gone before summer gets here or you'll never go back home

I've been seriously considering relocating somewhere out this way.  I can work my computer job from anywhere, so I have flexibility.  However, I have a 75 year old mother-in-law that lives with my family (wife and 3 kids left at home), and I'm sure she couldn't handle the altitude.  So, been thinking Denver area or Glenwood Springs.  Think I'm going to take a trip out to GS tomorrow just to look around.  Looks like a great town with affordable housing.

post #77 of 89

Glenwood Springs and Aspen would be an interesting non-skiing day trip.

 

Another Day trip - Highway 91 to Leadville then US24 south to Rt 285 and Alamosa for a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

post #78 of 89
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Glenwood Springs and Aspen would be an interesting non-skiing day trip.

 

Drove out today to Glenwood Springs, then down to Aspen.  Pretty drive.  Glenwood Canyon was awesome and an architectural accomplishment to put I-70 thru there.  Interesting how the mountains change (rockier and drier) as you go further west.  But still very beautiful.

post #79 of 89
Crappy turn of events - heal quickly!

Even with a full kitchen, I imagine you're eating out some. Have you had the Ultimate Skillet (with green chili) at the Mountain Lyon in Silverthorne? In Dillon try Cafe Profusion, Tacos Tequila (try the tripe taco!), and Adrianos Bistro. A lot of my friends like Pug Ryan's, but I haven't been there yet. And I've heard that the Butterhorn in Frisco is great too.
Edited by chilehed - 1/17/15 at 7:37am
post #80 of 89

I"m a doc and a ski instructor. By now I guess you've seen an ortho and found out this is a significant fracture and that skiing isn't in your immediate future.

 

EDIT: Sorry; my browser skipped a page and I see you've already seen an orthopod.  Sorry about your bad luck, but collisions can turn out much, much worse.

post #81 of 89
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Drove back home to Alabama straight through (1350 miles, 20 hours) by myself past Sunday.  Arm/shoulder is holding up well and seems to be on the mend.  Plan is to heal up and get back out to CO for 1-2 weeks end of March, 1st of April.  If you all get any snow ;).

post #82 of 89

I'm glad to hear your recovery is going smoothly. We'll get snow.

post #83 of 89
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Doc says I'm 90% healed, I can ski, and I have full range of motion in my arm.  So, heading back out tomorrow for 2 1/2 weeks.  Though with all the warm temps and lack of much new snow, I think I need to change the Subject of this post to "Spending Spring/Summer in Summit County" ;).

 

Anyway, bringing a 23 year-old college student snowboarder with me for the first week.  He's the son of a good friend.  He's only been to Sugar in NC for the last 7 years and is so excited to go out west and to big mountains.  It's cool to see how excited he is, and will be fun to expose him to something new.

post #84 of 89

The skiing is quite nice despite the warm temps. We just got 5" of heavy wet snow, which may sound meh, but it was really nice and added a lot to the snow pack due to its density.

 

Looking at 6 Chair from E Chair. 

 

6 Chair

 

The snow was loud underneath, but not icy. The new snow will add a nice layer to the already decent snow pack. Welcome back to some fine skiing.

post #85 of 89
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Welcome back to some fine skiing.

Thanks.  Nice pics ^^^^^^ Looking forward to it.

post #86 of 89
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Having a great time with Spring skiing in CO.  What's funny is my arm was hurting me every night before my trip out.  But now that I'm skiing, it's been fine and felt fine. I think the skiing has been good PT for my arm.

 

Had a great ski day today at Keystone with @Jamesj.   He's a great guy to ski with and even helped me out a little on learning some bumps.  Looking forward to tomorrow at Breck.

post #87 of 89
@bamaman, enjoy the new snow.
post #88 of 89
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@bamaman, enjoy the new snow.

Thanks.  Did today with my son.  Nice 4-7" of powder at Keystone.

post #89 of 89
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New year, but same idea.  Just 3 weeks this year, but will be there last 3 weeks of January.  Broken arm is long healed.  Pray for no injuries this year so I can enjoy my mid-life sabbatical. ;)

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