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Four months and counting... an update.

post #1 of 16
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It was four months ago today, that while skiing with Weems, Cgeib, Rick Fastman, Bong, and several others at Copper Mtn, that I came upon an uncompleted left turn.

Things have been going pretty well. I have been crutch free since back about week 10, and have been redeveloping strength in my leg. Though it still gets tired and occasionally sore, it is healing well. If I try not to walk too fast or take too long a stride, I can almost pull off walking without a limp. The 1/2 mile hike from the employee parking lot to my office each morning has been good therapy.

My PT did some strength tests on me a couple of weeks ago, and found me to be at about 60 - 65 %. I'm sure that I'm further along than that today, but it's not the whole story.

Though the muscle strength is returning, the actual bone is still developing new mass, and it is still pretty soft. Once it hardens, then the strength will return even faster.

By the way, a few local Bears have seen printed copies of the last set of computer xrays that were taken back in early Feb. If I could figure out how to scan them, maybe I'd throw them up here for your enjoyment. Let me warn you first- they are not for the squeamish! The amount of metal and the obviously visible breaks are really something to see.

I'm now riding my mtn bike in a stationary trainer, beginning to swim more frequently, and am moving some weights around in PT. Despite all of this, the hardest and most frustrating aspect is my lack of fine motor movements which allow me to balance accurately on one leg/foot. My mind virtually screams at me to succeed, but the leg just isn't quite there yet. Better, but not quite there.

Overall, I'm rehabbing about a month ahead of schedule, according to my PT. Though that makes me feel good, I still know that the hardest part is still to come- it'll be the last 10% that will take the longest and will be the hardest to acheive.

I'm jealous of all the snow, the skiing, and the excitement that you all have had this season. The hardest part of my desk job is looking out through the window as all my peers go out to the hill every morning, and then watching them come back in every afternoon. I miss the friendly banter in the locker room and the quick cold beer after work with the guys before heading off to where ever.

But I know that next November, I'll be right back in the thick of it.....

But for many pro's, this is the toughest part of the season. You are getting tired, the snow is getting heavier, and the freeze/thaw cycles have begun. There is spring break just winding up for the next several weeks, and then the Easter week. Your feet hurt, and your focus begins to wander to the upcoming summer.

To everybody- be safe for the rest of the season! You wouldn't want to do anything to risk not being back here next year!
post #2 of 16
Glad to hear things are progressing well.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Glad to hear things are progressing well.
That sums it up for me too.
post #4 of 16
Rick, sounds like you're doing great. Keep up the rehab and you'll be sking better than ever next season. We've got to get together for a few drinks again soon.

Keep up the good work!!

bong
post #5 of 16
VSP, good advice and solid reminder for all of us. And good on ya for taking on the rehab at your normal pace and fortitude.
post #6 of 16
Great to hear Ric

You want to see not for the squeemish, Check out my Xrays!

Keep at it and i Like the attitude..

I would say my balance is better now than ever on both feet after all the work I did getting there..
post #7 of 16
Glad rehab is going so well, Ric. It always looks like a long time ahead, but you'll be feeling next fall's cold winds with both legs more ready than ever for the start of a new ski season.

And DON'T look at dchan's X-rays
post #8 of 16
Rick, glad to hear about your recovery. Get on your road bike as soon as you can. Nothing like 2 or 3 k miles for overall leg strength. Can't help you with the fine motor movements, since mine weren't so hot BEFORE my accident, as you have seen. Cheers, Evan.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by vail snopro
I'm now riding my mtn bike in a stationary trainer, beginning to swim more frequently, and am moving some weights around in PT. Despite all of this, the hardest and most frustrating aspect is my lack of fine motor movements which allow me to balance accurately on one leg/foot. My mind virtually screams at me to succeed, but the leg just isn't quite there yet.
Think of me every time you do this and multiply by one body worth (sorry just had to be said.... I love how people get so frustrated with this bit of rehab from injury but so many are unable to concieve of a life without EVER getting this return - or having it... and so belittle those that must live with it)
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson

And DON'T look at dchan's X-rays
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Originally Posted by vail snopro
By the way, a few local Bears have seen printed copies of the last set of computer xrays that were taken back in early Feb. If I could figure out how to scan them, maybe I'd throw them up here for your enjoyment. Let me warn you first- they are not for the squeamish! The amount of metal and the obviously visible breaks are really something to see.
Maybe it's a guy thing but I want to see the xrays!:
post #11 of 16
It's good to hear you're doing well. What have you done to get a month ahead of schedule? I'd really like to know.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Springhill Crazie
What have you done to get a month ahead of schedule? I'd really like to know.
If it's anything like my rehab, it's pressure applied on the program! The rehab/pt schedule they give is generally a pretty generous one. It's designed for "average" strength and population. For someone motivated and willing to handle the hardship/pain etc you can generally push the process pretty hard. I talk to therapists all the time (my wife is one) and the guidelines put out by the medical professionals is often a safety/comfort level guideline. When they told me touch down only while on crutches, they knew that someone motivated to start walking would interpret touch down as "little bit of weight" when they say 50% weight bearing who's going to weigh themself, then weigh their injured leg so they know not to press down this hard" 50% to me meant start putting pressure on it: Just not all my weight:

Work on extension/flexion, Ok to me that means push it as far as you can. If it hurts then back off a little.

During the first 4 months I had to visit the doc almost every week. I kept asking "When do I get to go to PT?!"
Then as soon as he said I could start PT, I immediatly started asking "When can I get on my Cycle (stationary of course)" At 6 months I started trying to get him to ramp up the program so I could be ready for ski season.

Keep it up Ric
post #13 of 16
Rick,

Sounds like you are well on your way to full recovery and we are all glad to hear that. If the stars align properly, I will do my best to come to the ESA in Aspen and I expect to see ya there in fine form.
post #14 of 16
Glad to hear you're progressing well, Rick. It has been a fabulous snow season, an unfortunate one to miss, but what motivation it must provide to pursue your recovery. I'm betting your desire to return will have you going into next season even stronger than you went into this one.

See you there.
post #15 of 16
Rick, I was away from the forums for most of the winter. It was the busiest winter season for me at ListenUp in years, so I didn't stay up on whtat was happening. I didn't know you bit the dust. Too many this year. Altagirl just had her miniscus scoped.

You gave me some help last spring at Loveland and I enjoyed meeting you. I know you will make a complete recovery!! Best wishes. LewBob
post #16 of 16
LewBob, be sure to check out the "Let's Go Colorado II" thread in the Meet on the Hill forum! I'd sure love to see you out there again!
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