Originally Posted by Noodler
So Scott, I read through both the original injury thread and your rehab thread. What I'm not seeing is what caused you to take so much time to get back out there? You were most likely in much better physical fitness than me. You had a clean(er) break than mine (a segmented jumbled mess). So what was it?
I'm also interested in whether you still have the IM rod in your leg (probably so at this point I would guess). There was some discussion in your rehab thread about the possibility of a new injury on the leg with the rod resulting in a "bone explosion" - holy crap that just scared the bejeezus out of me. I'm definitely going to find SOMEONE who will agree to get the rest of the hardware out of me during the off-season.
BTW - so how was it? How did the first day back on snow go for you?
yeah, that rod came out 6 weeks ago. I wanted to ski earlier in the year, but I had surgery scheduled by the time the rod came out, and it was bothering me to flex the leg and also move it laterally. The hardware meant that lots of pain was present. It does take a year to 18 months for that fracture to heal fully, which was a clean, pretty severe break of the Tibia above the ankle. That area gets relatively little in terms of blood flow. I was full strength activity-wise back in October (no pain, putting 15 hours a week on my road bike, racing) and the bone showed no signs of fracture 9 months after the break, so all things considered, it healed very quickly. At least with an IM nail, the bone isn't likely to break, but if it does fracture around the rod, you are going to have issues. The titanium rod itself won't bend, but the bones are still brittle and can only withstand so much blunt force. An active person isn't going to want hardware in there. Mountain biking was painful when riding techy trails, running was not going to happen (my knee hurt like hell) and skiing would have been an issue as well. Plus, the recovery was only a hassle for the first 3 weeks: I was on my road bike after I gained back enough flexibility, 3 weeks after surgery.
So, what happened to you? I didn't see you around here forever, just figured you weren't hanging out at Epic anymore, or perhaps you moved to Saudi Arabia and had no use for Epicski.
First day back was very fun! Taking it really easy, a little apprehensive some idiot going to fast who doesn't know how to turn would take me out, but other than that, I really enjoyed my 2 hours.