or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Community Discussions & Forum News › What a GREAT DAY!!!! (an update)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What a GREAT DAY!!!! (an update)

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
And here is the news.......

At 10 weeks, minus 2 days, I took my first steps without the use of crutches!
Needless to say- they were not smooth, athletic, or in any way representative of what my brain was screaming at me to do. Nor will I be challenging any 3 year olds to a race in the near future. But they were crutch-free!

Though I will continue to use the crutches while outdoors for safety, indoors it will be all me, baby! After 8 weeks of non-weight bearing, I thought it would be more of a multi week weaning process to get rid of those damned sticks. But the Dr suprised me when he said it would be 10-14 days. I'll be darned if he didn't hit it right on the money!

But be warned- if you are planning on being at Petaluma for the World Arm Wrestling Championship, I'll be there! And after 10 weeks on crutches, my shoulders and arms are ready! I can't say quite the same for my leg. I figure I have lost 30% of my thigh (quads and hamstrings) and about 60% of my calf (gastroc and soleus). So I know I have a lot of time ahead of me in the pool and the gym.

I have been trying to get out of the Vail Valley on occasion. I went over to Summit Cty to visit Tsavo, and return the favor of sitting with her, as she did for me in the days following 11/11. And I took a HUGE platter of vegetables to the staff of the Copper Mtn Clinic, in return for the great treatment I received while in their care. I even went all the way down to Denver last weekend to watch some football with friends! GO BRONCOS!!!

Other than that, I have been working 4/10's in the Resort Info and Activities Center in Lionshead..... "yes- the tubing hill is open tonight"..."yes- you do have to redeem your Peaks Points in person".... "yes, there will be room for your child in ski school".... (that just took care of 35% of the questions...) So if you happen to call any of Vail's 800 numbers, M-TH, there is a 1:5 chance you'll get me on the phone....

So- as many of you are beginning your journeys to SLC for the ESA and the Gathering, be safe and enjoy your turns where ever they may happen.... Just try to complete them all!

Regards- Ric Reiter
post #2 of 31
That's great news Ric! I wish you futher accelerated healing so that you can enjoy some of that CO snow as soon as you are able! Take care and we'll see you in April again.

Mike
post #3 of 31
I don't have a Peaks card, or a child. Where is the nearest bar?
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Fox- that depends...

1) Where are you presently lying down?

2) Go down to the bottom of the hill, and take either a right or left.... You'll run into one within a hundred meters!

3) Do you have a reservation?

4) What credit card would you like to use to confirm this reservation?

5) You had better use an AMEX card... your VISA doesn't have a large enough credit limit!
post #5 of 31
Ric, great to hear from you that you're doing so well! Keep it goin', and one of these days I'll organize myself enough to visit you in Vail...
post #6 of 31
It's amazing how something so simple seems to be such a breakthrough:

I still remember my first steps without the crutches too. and the first time I was able to roll over the top of a pedal stroke on my bike!

Great to hear you moving along Ric.

DC
post #7 of 31
Good News Ric!
post #8 of 31
Great news Ric, keep at the rehab!! You'll be back full strength next year.

bong
post #9 of 31
Way to go! Sometimes you have to be tougher than your injury!
post #10 of 31

All Right

Ric

I was thinking of you just the other evening. Good times skiing and me with blood on my face ;-) Damn trees!

There is something to be said about the size of the fight in the dog..... It is so evident that your cup is well over half full.


10 % events, 90% attitude!

My hope is it will allways be so!.

Best regards

Cal
post #11 of 31
Nice to hear Ric. Sorry we didn't get a chance to say "Hi" during the Academy. Damn D-teamer's beat the snot out of us and we loved every minute!!!
post #12 of 31
Good to hear Ric
post #13 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by vail snopro
there is a 1:5 chance you'll get me on the phone....
Are they set up for 40,000 calls then?
post #14 of 31
Great News! Glad to hear that you are doing better. Hope it is smooth sailing from here on in.
post #15 of 31
Good stuff. Just shambling around the house without the crutches will start to build the muscles again. They aren't gone, just shrunken. Exercise will puff them up again.
post #16 of 31
Ric, good going but I know the lay up can be rough. Baby steps are good.

As to my possible arrival in the Denver Metro Area this weekend well, let's just write that off to alcohol and payoff victory exuberance. Besides, wouldn't it be a lot more fun if we could ski, perhaps next season.


Heal well, heal strong.
post #17 of 31
Thread Starter 

News Flash! Springhill Crazy Suffers from PLD....

SHC-
I'm sorry to hear that you will be suffering from PLD on Sunday evening... (Playoff Loss Depression), but since WTFH isn't in town, I'm sure there will be plenty of alcohol to help you combat it!

Are you really coming out? Drop me a PM with your number! I may be in the Denver area that day...

Thanks to everybody for their well wishes! It really has meant a lot to me! I have tried to keep an upbeat attitude throughout this ordeal, and have mostly succeeded, I think. But there have also been the frustrating times.

I now look forward to getting to drive my own truck again (manual transmission/ clutch) starting next weekend. I may even go out with my partner and try to fly my plane. That would be the best! Hopefully it will be a sunny day, and I'll go buzz the Summit and Eagle county ski areas! From way up there, maybe I'll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope everyone is enjoying the awesome conditions! And the upcoming BRONCO victory!

Regards- Ric
post #18 of 31
Flying a plane.... good idea....

you must have been watching "never tell me never" too many times though!

http://www.icmi.com.au/speaker.phtml...ine%20Shepherd
post #19 of 31
Great news Ric,

I was skiing with Bong back in Dec and he told me of your injury. It's good to hear progress is being made and your attitude is strong and your leg will get stronger. I'll be in Vail 1st week of Apr with the wife and maybe I can buy you a beer somewhere?

Trust me that your PLS will be harder to get past GO STEELERS!!!
post #20 of 31
VSP, no I'll not be in the area this weekend. It was just a fleeting impulse. I'll be having elbow surgery in a few weeks so I'll be out of action until March/April.

I am thinking about going to Detroit in a few weeks to watch the Stillers win the Super Bowl, Broncos won't know what hit them.
post #21 of 31
Ric --awesome news! Glad to hear that you're up and about again. As others have mentioned, sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Hopefully your recovery will be a speedy one from here.
post #22 of 31
Way to go, Ric!!!
post #23 of 31
And drink yer milk.
post #24 of 31
Thread Starter 
No worries there, Ant! Still doing my usual 2-3 gallons of milk per week..... Should own my own cow....

Everyday, it gets a little easier, and the ankle is finally beginning to loosen up.

But the freedom to move about almost normally, to carry things, (to even go grocery shopping without having to ride around in one of those slow electric carts), I can't describe how good it feels! Despite the aches and the short pains, it is the best feeling in the world!

Darned physical terrorist though... The other day she was bending my leg in half, and though I slapped the canvas, she wouldn't let up... Good thing she's cute, or I wouldn't have taken it for so long...

So the days go on.....

Regards, Ric
post #25 of 31
How did the flying go though?

You have to fly - janine did it in a full cast... c'mon!
post #26 of 31
Thread Starter 
Disski-

Flying is NEXT weekend, when I go down to Colorado Springs to pick up my truck.

By the way, any cast or splint (arm or leg) is a disqualifying factor for a medical certificate, in order to act as PIC of an aircraft. This was a contributing factor in the deaths of JFK Jr, his wife, and sister in law.

There is NO way that I would ever put myself, any other person, or my aircraft at risk, or risk a possible violation to my certificate, by flying if I do not feel 100% capable. This is why, for safety sake, I will be taking along another qualified pilot (my partner).

Regards, Ric
post #27 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by vail snopro
Disski-

Flying is NEXT weekend, when I go down to Colorado Springs to pick up my truck.

By the way, any cast or splint (arm or leg) is a disqualifying factor for a medical certificate, in order to act as PIC of an aircraft. This was a contributing factor in the deaths of JFK Jr, his wife, and sister in law.

There is NO way that I would ever put myself, any other person, or my aircraft at risk, or risk a possible violation to my certificate, by flying if I do not feel 100% capable. This is why, for safety sake, I will be taking along another qualified pilot (my partner).

Regards, Ric
I don't think janine was PIC in a full body cast! However she did fly!
Enjoy the trip!
post #28 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by vail snopro
No worries there, Ant! Still doing my usual 2-3 gallons of milk per week..... Should own my own cow....
I'm sure Mr. Burch can get you a cow. He's not all Bull, is he?
post #29 of 31
good to hear Ric, Allen, Mike Iman, and Ted Pitcher say hi

DC
post #30 of 31
Ric,

Glad to hear you're doing well!

If you have time for me to buy you a beer while you're in the Springs, shoot me a PM.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Community Discussions & Forum News › What a GREAT DAY!!!! (an update)