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I broke myself today.

post #1 of 26
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Today I went skiing at Hickory Hill in central NY near Lake George. The place is great.. some nice steep terrain, all the lifts are Pomas (and they have one of two detatchable Pomas in the country), no snowmaking, very limited grooming. It's a small, real old fashioned ski hill in the vein of Mad River Glen.

I'm on oxycodone so I'm going to make the story short. There was 1.5 feet of fresh powder, but precisely 0 base snow.

There were lots of very big rocks hidden by very light dry fluffy powder, and it was impossible to miss them. I hit a couple on my first run, a couple on my second. I was trying to find the part of the mountain that maybe wasn't strewn with boulders.

At the very beginning of my third run, my left ski went under a branch laying horizontally about 4" below the surface of the powder. My ski and boot stopped cold, so I flew forward and landed on a very big boulder that was also covered by 4" of fluffy powder. The powder did nothing to break the fall of course.

I landed on my right shoulder and head. I was wearing my helmet, and it has a nice ding on the right side. My shoulder hurt, so I sit up and rotated it. I felt it move around in the socket and almost instinctively I rotated it out and back and it reseated into the socket. Hop on the sled, ski patrol brings me down, off to the hospital I go.

I have a broken clavicle and a broken scapula. Neither looks good, but neither required reduction. I also have some ligament damage from the shoulder separation, and that's actually what hurts the most. Exquisite pain.

I could very well lose some mobility in my right shoulder when all is said and done, but I'm seeing an orthopedist next weekend and will specifically ask what I need to do to maintain maximum range of motion in my right shoulder.

Anyway, I'm on narcotics and I'm feeling very out of it. I'm upset I'm going to miss most of this short ski season (this weekend was supposed to be the first very good skiing of the year) as well as some diving, and I'm worried about my diving future because the bones did not look like they're going to set at all in the places they were before the accident.

Time for me to try to get some rest.
post #2 of 26
Dude! That sucks! Hope you heal up fast, man!
post #3 of 26
Very sorry to hear it, man! You have my empathy.
I've been there (ruptured spleen -removed - and crushed elbow). Nasty.

The good news is that people heal (I'm essentially 100% recovered, on snow at least).

The hard part is physiotherapy. It's essentially torture. But, without it, scar tissue develops and movement is permanently lost. However, if you bite the bullet and give into the hellish process completely, you'll likely be as good as new in 6 months.

Due to the intense pain, you'll be tempted to slack-off and avoid it. Don't! As I'm sure your good Doc will tell you, you only get chance to rehab prior to scarring. If everything seizes up, it's over. If you work it faithfully, you'll be the Mega-Man.

Good luck, man! We'll do a few turns for you, and look for you on the hill next season!
post #4 of 26
Ouch! Get better soon!
post #5 of 26
Hickory is awesome. It makes Mad River Glen look like Stratton!

Get better soon. If the helmet is dinged..it might be shot, get it checked out.
post #6 of 26
Sorry to hear about your accident. Get well at the soonest. On the bright side of things, at least it didn't happen on a Thanksgiving weekend leading into a banner snow year.
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
The place looked like it would be really killer with enough base snow so that you weren't skiing on hidden boulders all day
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by jonnythan
I have a broken clavicle and a broken scapula.
I hate it when that happens.
Been there done that - broken collar bone, bottom of shoulder blade cracked, Glenoid crushed - didn't notice the other shoulder was dislocated as well until I tried to reach over my head.

The pain should get better in about 4 days (maybe less if you don't run until it sets up - don't ask). A couple of those oxycodones before bed should help you get some sleep in the meantime. They really make you feel good; it was really tempting to get some more once my initial week's supply ran out, but I really didn't need them.

Start looking for a good physiotherapist.

Don't let it get you down. Injury can cause you to feel depressed, but not if you know it.
post #9 of 26
Sorry to hear about the crash. Sounds like a lot of damage, rehab will be fun--NOT!!
Heal fast!!

Bong
post #10 of 26
I second Captain Strato's comments on physical therapy. I blew out my achilles afew years ago, and the therapy was tough. But, it doesn't bother me today, so I'm glad I did it. Even putting the scar tissue aside, you lose so much fine muscle movement when you don't use it for a while that it takes work to get the fine control back. It'll be easier if it's the shoulder of the hand for which you are dominant -- it'll force you to practice. But even if it's the other, get a good therapist and work the heck out of it.
David
post #11 of 26
Jonnythan- Get well soon, and be ready for next season! It'll be better then this one, so save yourself for the good stuff!

Here's wishing for a speedy recovery!
post #12 of 26
That really sucks!
If you hit your head and dinged your helmet, just buy another one. Helmets are good for ONE hit only even if there is no visible damage. God forbids you hit your head again, it may just crack in half. It was probably a huge blow. It takes a lot of force to brake the scapula and I'm happy something worse didn't happen....
All the comments on PT were very good. Go for it as sson as you can!
Get well soon....
post #13 of 26
sux! dislocated my shoulder a couple seasons ago skiing too. as the others have said, physio is the most important thing to your recovery. no matter stupid the exercises seem and no matter how slow the progress seems, stay the course. you'll be surprised how the human body can bounce back if you treat it right.

take care
post #14 of 26
PT is absolutely critical to have good function and range of motion in the shoulder.

I broke my left scapula last MTB season and suffered an anterior sternum-end dislocation of my right clavicle in the prior MTB season. both required a lot of PT to be flexible and comfortable again.
post #15 of 26
Right you are Gonz. I've had major surgeries on both shoulders and without the "painful" P.T. I wouldn't be pounding nails right now. I think my therapist was psyco or psudo or both. They really like inflicting pain while telling you it's necessary.
post #16 of 26
Pain is the greatest educator.

It reminds me to maintain awareness down the trail when turning at high speed on a mountain bike (concussion).

It reminds me to maintain awareness of where the wall is when playing racquetball (concussion, broken clavicle)

It reminds me to maintain center on skis with steeps and cliffs (broken rib, pneumothorax, 3 finger dislocations).

It reminds me to shift back on a bike and let my hands ride freely on steep descents (14 stitches).

It reminds me to be light with my pole plants so my balance isn't affected by them on steeps (sprained wrist, broken thumb).

It reminds me to rotate my skis into the plane of the hill upon landing from a height (broken nose).

And lastly, it reminds me not to drop cliffs onto thin cover with no base (dislocated shoulder).

Now it reminds you as well. Get better and good luck.
post #17 of 26
Bugger mate, that sucks the big one.

My brother had shoulder surgery 5 months ago & I had knee surgery 3 months ago (acl) hope that things heal up ok with rehab etc
post #18 of 26
Hickory! I have heard it's a bit like Mad River Glen.

Many a great skier has been taken down by thin cover.

May you heal quickly.
post #19 of 26
sorry to hear of your misfortune.... hope you heal quickly
post #20 of 26

I hate to say it but...

you skied through hidden stones and boulders and God know what else for 2+ runs before disaster struck. You're probably lucky you didn't kill yourself.

Think about that for the rest of the season. I thought skiers were supposed to avoid obstickles, not go searching for them.

In spite of your obvious poor judgement, I wish you a full recovery.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the kind words, Atomic.

After the first run, we were keeping it very slow on the following two runs on the lower section of the hill, which appeared to be partly groomed and more packed. We were trying a different run to see if it would be any better, and we had already agreed to give it up for the day if it wasn't. I agree my judgement wasn't the best, but it's still in poor taste.

In other news, go to hell
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by jonnythan
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I have a broken clavicle and a broken scapula. Neither looks good, but neither required reduction. I also have some ligament damage from the shoulder separation, and that's actually what hurts the most. Exquisite pain.

I could very well lose some mobility in my right shoulder when all is said and done, but I'm seeing an orthopedist next weekend and will specifically ask what I need to do to maintain maximum range of motion in my right shoulder.
I'll second all the "do the PT" sentiments and add one more caution. Seperated my right AC joint 3 years ago and when the pain stops it is still not a good idea to try to put a 12 pack on the passenger seat while getting in the car as the driver!
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
you skied through hidden stones and boulders and God know what else for 2+ runs before disaster struck. You're probably lucky you didn't kill yourself.

Think about that for the rest of the season. I thought skiers were supposed to avoid obstickles, not go searching for them.

In spite of your obvious poor judgement, I wish you a full recovery.
Man, your a ass. The guy ****ed himself royally, and you giving him shit?!?! 2 words, chill out. Your not his daddy...

Sorry to hear that happened to you, hope things get better!(see that's all you need to say)
post #24 of 26
That sucks, get well soon.
post #25 of 26
I knew I was going to get blasted for that one.

Sorry, Jonnythan. I hope everything turns out OK for you.
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Apology accepted. Thanks
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