2021/22 Injury Report, who is on the sidelines?

migdriver

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The Watchman is not a filter but rather a "plug". People with atrial fibrillation(uncoordinated contraction of the upper chambers of the heart) can develop blood clots, predominately in the left atrial appendage, a small sack area of the left atrium. This happens because the atria do not contract properly and therefore do not empty well and the blood sits in the left atrial appendage and clots. The danger is this clot can escape and travel to the left ventricle where it is pushed into the aorta. The aorta takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The fear is that the clot will go to the brain, causing a stroke, but it can also create havoc by lodging in a blood vessel to the bowel or leg.

The Watchman is placed into the opening of the left atrial appendage and closes it off over time so that blood cannot pool there or clots escape. It will eventually seal it off with tissue ingrowth. One will need to stay on blood thinners for a couple of months while this ingrowth happens and then on platelet inhibitors forever.
Good explanation. I would only add that assuming the watchman device has been optimally sized to occlude ( close off / block ) the LAA , the safety and efficacy of Watchman is well established at this point for folks with atrial fib. Lots of skiers sidelined by blood thinners needed to prevent AF complications can eventually get back on snow… and shift their skiing related medical concerns from cardiology/ neurology back to orthopedics!
 

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And that’s a wrap on 21-22. Ortho visit this am confirmed not one but two fractures R foot/ ankle. Last friday at PT went ( not sure why) to gab a run or two in kinda crummy conditions… hadn’t frozen for two nights . But I live here so… Two runs turned into 5; last on 5 th tree run Shirley where they had just stopped training GS. Abt a 1/3 or run had been salted ( nice and hard) and everywhere else was skiable slop and muck. Anyway, apparently nobody slipped the course and about 1/4 way down i barreled into a solid , deep cross rut which threw me back and then literally onto my back and a headfirst slide. As I was trying to get my 184 SR 95 s off the snow i ran into the soft manky stuff , the R tail stuck, i kept going , and then the inevitable sharp pain.
Much to my surprise i was able to ski ( sort of) down to the chair, load, and then at top ski down to funi to download .
The walk from base to parkinglot was , ah, amusing in a perverse way… but only a bad sprain, right?
No, two avulsion fractures: lateral malleolus ( ankle bone), and avulsion fx of base of 5th metatarsal. Translation: season over and also cycling likely to be v delayed. Sigh! Getting too old for this shit :)
 

no edge

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Amazinng, the mank is problematic hope you heal quickly.

And thank you for the explanation on the Watchman. My doctor indicated much less time of the blood thinner, but I want this.

Doctor had me to the the dentist and make sure everything was taken care of and up to date.
 

Chuck danache

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Season over mid April. No wait…conference at Squaw Creek, I’ll bring the sticks…ski two hours at the end of the day, the day after 2’ dump. All good, walk to the shuttle stop…no, wait…what’s up with my RT knee, I don’t recall an incident? Orthopedic yesterday, likely a torn meniscus. Fortunately ligaments seem fine. Waiting for MRI…also not enjoying this aging thing.
 

KingGrump

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also not enjoying this aging thing.

Don't know abut you. I am totally into this getting older thing. The only other alternative is getting dead. Not good.

One of my favorite meme of all time.
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dovski

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So with the season wrapped it is time for the miscellaneous rehab projects.

Project number 1 - minor surgery to address my trigger finger in my right hand. Seems I must have gotten to used to giving folks the finger as I have developed trigger finger on both middle and ring fingers on my right hand. Two rounds of steroid injections failed to permanently knock this out, though they did get me through ski season. Go in on Friday for a quick procedure where they effectively remove some of the tendon sheath that is causing the irritation.

Project number 2 - address periodic and lingering issues with my right knee. Having an MRI on Thursday and a follow-up in early June. This may just require some PT, but has been bugging me on and off for the last 6 months so want to get it properly addressed once and for all.
 

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