Fell on ice 1/8/08; weight-bearing since 4/1/08My story is even sadder. I went up to S. Lake Tahoe (solo) in early January to get in some runs prior to an upcoming trip to Whistler/Blackcomb. After skiing one day at Heavenly (Nevada side, mostly), I went back to my motel, showered, changed and decided to go out to do some needless shopping. On the way back, I slipped and fell on ice and landed so hard on my right hip that the impact drove the ball of my femur through the acetabulum (hip socket), fracturing it in four or five places. I eventually wound up at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno (THE place to go with this kind of injury), where a surgical whiz pieced me back together. It took eight pins. I had to bow out of the Whistler/Blackcomb trip, of course, and scrub a planned ski trip in March to Taos, Crested Butte and Teluride with a good friend. I was only just cleared for weight-bearing a couple of weeks ago. I am going to rehab twice weekly and doing exercises daily. I'm able to walk and go up and down stairs OK.
My biggest concern right now is with what I'm told is an inflamed bursa in my right hip. The therapists have told me that it will ease off in time, but the problem has been ongoing since mid-February, well before I started putting any weight on my right foot, and I haven't noticed any improvement over the past couple of weeks. I feel like I'm carrying a brick around in there, and it pinches when I walk. So today I went to the doctor and got a cortisone shot. We're supposed to go to Italy on May 6 and I need get some kind of relief on this front before then. As for skiing next season, I hope to have a better sense of the possibilities by late November or early December.