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20 years of luck ran out!

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After about 20 years of relatively accident free skiing, one of my favorite mountains, Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, finally got me. A hard backwards fall on my last run of the day (isn't that always the case!) on an easy, intermediate run, and I just got "official" word that I have a fracture of the scaphoid bone in my wrist. It took 2 weeks to get the diagnosis! I just got switched Friday from a temporary short splint to a full arm cast, from the tip of my thumb to above my elbow. I learned more about the fracture online than from the doc; sounds like a miserable bone to break and a long time to heal. Apparently a common fracture with skiiers. Anybody had to deal with one?
But then again, 20 years without any type of serious injury, I guess I was due!
post #2 of 9
Wishing you full recovery, Yankeefan!
It reminds me my accident from last season - I broke my thumb (the part inside the joint - :-( ) after a fall. For me it was a 1st injury after 30 years skiing (downhill + crosscountry). 8wks in cast. Until now it's not completely OK - still limited range of movements in that joint, I got several times an inflammation to the adjacent joint or tendon, lot of pain in adjacent joint.
My recomendation - do not postpone rehab (of course DO NOT go against the recomendation of the doc). In my case, I didn't push to the doc to start rehab - and the result is now long and dificult time to get my thumb bending properly again. It is now 15 months since the accident and things start to getting better finally!

Good lock and hope you are OK and in the good shape for next season!
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Originally Posted by Yankeefan
After about 20 years of relatively accident free skiing, one of my favorite mountains, Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, finally got me. A hard backwards fall on my last run of the day (isn't that always the case!) on an easy, intermediate run, and I just got "official" word that I have a fracture of the scaphoid bone in my wrist. It took 2 weeks to get the diagnosis! I just got switched Friday from a temporary short splint to a full arm cast, from the tip of my thumb to above my elbow. I learned more about the fracture online than from the doc; sounds like a miserable bone to break and a long time to heal. Apparently a common fracture with skiiers. Anybody had to deal with one?
But then again, 20 years without any type of serious injury, I guess I was due!
Congratulations! YOu are officially indoctrinated into the "OH Sh#t!" Club

Spring skiing will get you every time!
Everyone says "at least it was at the end of the season and not the beginning ov the season" but I don't think that's too comforting. Now it's time to get out the mt bike and golf clubs, and WHAT! No wrist? That won't work.
post #4 of 9
Sorry to hear about your injury.
That is a nasty little bone to break.
My youngest son broke his 8 years ago when he was in jr.high.
Thing is he broke it over the summer and we didn't know it.
When he finally got to the doc ,got it x-rayed saw it was broke it was Nov.
8 weeks in a cast xrayed again another 3 weeks in a cast. It is still to this day not fused.
The bone by nature has a very low blood supply so when it breaks it needs to be taken care of right away. In the case of my son ,scar tissue built up an therefore caused the non-union.
At the time we were sent to a young hot shot hand specialist.
He said he could go in ,scrape the scar tissue and MAYBE it will fuse. Or if he gets in there and the bone didn't look good he would fuse it to the next bone. Which would limit his range of motion..
I've talked to many people since with the same break and there are all the same as my son ,non-union of the scafiod bone.
Good luck,you got to it right away so you may be one of the lucky ones.
post #5 of 9
I feel your pain I did mine, in multiple places, at the bottom of Shirley Lake at Squaw Valley. It's dead flat there. And the 49-ers were about to play the Cowboys. I knew I'd done it and went to first aid where they casted me up there and then - my buddy got thrown out for trying to rush the staff so he could watch the game. Anyway recovery is slow and ponderous. I still have occasional problems but the thing I found most helpfull was squeezing a tennis ball. Oh, and a couple of months after I restarted skiing with the cast on and ended up breaking the cast. Unfortunately this hasn't been my only injury - a couple of head injuries (I finally decided to wear a helmet) might help explain why I was skiing, and falling, with a broken wrist.

Good news was that Squaw credited me some money for the season pass. Squaw 'cares'. Sometimes
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Thanks all. To Trekchick, I agree with you completely. I've already gotten the "at least it was at the end of the season" line a few times. But I'm not as hard core a skiier as some others (about 10 to 15 days a year) and spring and summer is going to be a lousy time to spend in a cast. My girlfriend is a school counselor and we really book up our summers. The estimate they gave me is two months in the long cast followed by two more months in a short cast, so that's going to take me to the end of July, and that's if it heals OK. Yikes.
To Loboskis, I'm really sorry to hear that about your son. They did talk to me about a possibe non-union, I guess that is pretty common especially if you break the bone in the lower part, which has a very limited blood supply, which I did. If it was broken at the upper tip it would heal OK and I would not have to be in a long cast. As Maxwell Smart used to say, "missed it by that much!"
At least baseball starts in two weeks, where my beloved Yankees will once again establish their dynasty status!
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Originally Posted by Yankeefan
After about 20 years of relatively accident free skiing, one of my favorite mountains, Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, finally got me. A hard backwards fall on my last run of the day (isn't that always the case!) on an easy, intermediate run, and I just got "official" word that I have a fracture of the scaphoid bone in my wrist. It took 2 weeks to get the diagnosis! I just got switched Friday from a temporary short splint to a full arm cast, from the tip of my thumb to above my elbow. I learned more about the fracture online than from the doc; sounds like a miserable bone to break and a long time to heal. Apparently a common fracture with skiiers. Anybody had to deal with one?
But then again, 20 years without any type of serious injury, I guess I was due!
make friends with your other hand...you'll survive.

I used to live in SLO years ago. Great place.

RED SOX SUCK!
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Originally Posted by Yankeefan
To Loboskis, I'm really sorry to hear that about your son. They did talk to me about a possibe non-union, I guess that is pretty common especially if you break the bone in the lower part, which has a very limited blood supply, which I did. If it was broken at the upper tip it would heal OK and I would not have to be in a long cast. As Maxwell Smart used to say, "missed it by that much!"
At least baseball starts in two weeks, where my beloved Yankees will once again establish their dynasty status!
That was 8 years ago,he is now 21. It never bothered him after the cast was off even though it never joined.He went on to have a great High School career in both Basketball(point guard)& Baseball(shortstop).
Skis 5x a week when he is home from college.
I think it may start biting him when he gets older. Just one more joint to get some pain .
At least he doesn't have tendonitis in his shoulder like Mr. Damon I like Bubba more than Johnny Damon anyhow.
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SLO is a beautiful place to live, but unfortunately the cost of living has made it all but impossible for anyone but the wealthiest to afford to live there. I am very lucky because I bought my house 10 years ago, just before the real estate prices exploded. There's no way I could buy a home there now. I'm actually in Pismo Beach, just south of SLO. The other day a cute small house in SLO caught my eye. Nothing elaborate, but small, cozy and well maintained. I grabbed a flyer from the box. Asking price: $1.3 million! It's completely crazy.
I am waiting for the Red Sox to treat me to the ultimate, perfect baseball season, the one where they go 0 and 162. If that can't happen, I'll settle for them finishing dead last in the AL East. If that can't happen, then I'd prefer for them to make the playoffs and be swept in the first round, preferably losing the final game at home. I think that happened last year. By the way, did I mention I don't like the Red Sox?
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