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2022/23 Injury Report, who is on the sidelines?

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Admin note: These posts were taken from the 21/22 injury report thread.
Now that we have a new season upon us, lets rally each other and keep those healing vibes coming



Detached retina surgery Wednesday will keep me on the sidelines until January. Two eyes are better than one. No skiing or reading about skiing or watching skiing until the gas bubble they leave in my eye dissolves. Dreaming about skiing is allowed I think.
How’s the eye? You back out?
 
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How’s the eye? You back out?
Recovery continues with the gas bubble left in the eye has shrunk down to 1/3 size. Walked into a waist high pole yesterday that I could not see. Snorkeling instead of skiing as we are floating in warm waters down south. Scuba plans were scraped. Hoping that I haven't aged out of diving. Planning to return to the slopes in a week to kick off the second half of the ski season.
 

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Looks like I have a mild MCL sprain.

I went to the ER at the Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania in Philly this morning after a low-speed, twisting fall yesterday. No pain, no swelling, no bruising. It's just a little weird to walk on. They took X-rays (but no MRIs to confirm soft-tissue damage). They told me to basically rest it and gave me the number for a sports medicine outpatient follow-up if I need it.
 

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72 hour update after MCL sprain.

-Overall: My leg feels strong. I'm using crutches only to get up and down stairs.

-Pain: My inner thigh feels like delayed-onset muscle soreness, which is to say not that bad. A normal feeling after a heavy workout. No pain in the knee except when there's too much lateral movement.

-Looking forward: I've been eating extra protein. Getting ready to start rehab. I'll probably follow something like what Mikaela did after her MCL tear in 2015

-Got a cool keepsake: a bunch of x-rays like this

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Hurrah it will be 6 weeks tomorrow-today Xrays today showed fracture/ bone grew! I got OK to use the leg, carefully, Ok to bear weight with walking, lose the brace if I want. Use my elastic knee braces and Slowly wake it back up- nothing aggressive, no carrying any weight. I go back 2/27 for ck up and then Ortho said I should be able to go to gym, swim and get on machines and if needed will add PT. Said I am excellent healer, she was very pleased with how xray looked, and my ability to bend it with no pain, stand on it, no pain, and pressure joint no pain. I can't fully straighten it and it does get tired and needs ice- all good she said. and I should keep doing all my homepathic vitamin regime. Will follow her guidance on slowly bringing it back on line. I'm so relieved with the good news. AND best news I CAN DRIVE!! suggested I keep the crutches close just in case it gets tired. We'll see about Alta in April but she said mammoth is June/July is a really good realistic goal. Hurrah!
 

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Hurrah it will be 6 weeks tomorrow-today Xrays today showed fracture/ bone grew! I got OK to use the leg, carefully, Ok to bear weight with walking, lose the brace if I want. Use my elastic knee braces and Slowly wake it back up- nothing aggressive, no carrying any weight. I go back 2/27 for ck up and then Ortho said I should be able to go to gym, swim and get on machines and if needed will add PT. Said I am excellent healer, she was very pleased with how xray looked, and my ability to bend it with no pain, stand on it, no pain, and pressure joint no pain. I can't fully straighten it and it does get tired and needs ice- all good she said. and I should keep doing all my homepathic vitamin regime. Will follow her guidance on slowly bringing it back on line. I'm so relieved with the good news. AND best news I CAN DRIVE!! suggested I keep the crutches close just in case it gets tired. We'll see about Alta in April but she said mammoth is June/July is a really good realistic goal. Hurrah!
:golfclap:
 

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Hurrah it will be 6 weeks tomorrow-today Xrays today showed fracture/ bone grew! I got OK to use the leg, carefully, Ok to bear weight with walking, lose the brace if I want. Use my elastic knee braces and Slowly wake it back up- nothing aggressive, no carrying any weight. I go back 2/27 for ck up and then Ortho said I should be able to go to gym, swim and get on machines and if needed will add PT. Said I am excellent healer, she was very pleased with how xray looked, and my ability to bend it with no pain, stand on it, no pain, and pressure joint no pain. I can't fully straighten it and it does get tired and needs ice- all good she said. and I should keep doing all my homepathic vitamin regime. Will follow her guidance on slowly bringing it back on line. I'm so relieved with the good news. AND best news I CAN DRIVE!! suggested I keep the crutches close just in case it gets tired. We'll see about Alta in April but she said mammoth is June/July is a really good realistic goal. Hurrah!
Keep on Keepin on! Sounds like you’re doing great
 

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It is not looking good.
11/12 was the first day out, and maybe the last for the season. Had chest pains, nausea, and just a feeling of thing wrong.
In to the doctor...., to the lab (not the dog)...., to the Cardiologist....., to the stress test....., to the bench.
Stress test came out positive and the folks there told me no skiing till the Cardiologist gives me the green light.

This looking like a lost season.
It is looking worse!
In for a heart catherization yesterday. It was supposed to take about 90 minutes with a couple of stints. They had it done in 30 minutes with a referral to meet the heart surgeons next Wednesday. I am so excited (NOT)!

The season was one and done.
 

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So on Sunday, I was not paying attention on the chair lift and when getting ready to unload, my left ski hit the ground and pulled it behind me. The ski didn't release and it forced me to fall off the chair. Didn't seem hurt so I got up and skied the rest of the day with no problems or discomfort. Then went out again on Monday and I had a little stiffness but nothing bad at all. Well come Tuesday I started getting pain in my calf and noticed some fluid swelling in my lower leg, ankle, and foot. Pain was still not that bad though and I did a squat workout without any problems. Yesterday morning, I noticed the swelling was getting really bad and around lunch time, I couldn't hardly walk due to the pain that intensified 10 times in my calf. I went into urgent care and the doc was concerned about it being a blood clot so ordered an ultrasound. Come to find out I have a bakers cyst and hematoma in my calf. I was suppose to be in Sun Valley right now skiing but here I am on the couch with my leg elevated! Just hope I can ski next weekend since my best friend from Indiana is coming out to Utah to ski with me and it has been over 30 years since we have skied together. Crazy how the chairlift incident didn't cause any pain at the time but the after effects 4 days later is now causing extreme pain!
Hematoma’s have a way of sneaking up on you and can hurt to some degree long after swelling goes down. IIRC they begin in deep tissue and don’t usually “ make an appearance “ until 24-48 hours. You did the right thing , going to seek medical attention.
 

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It is looking worse!
In for a heart catherization yesterday. It was supposed to take about 90 minutes with a couple of stints. They had it done in 30 minutes with a referral to meet the heart surgeons next Wednesday. I am so excited (NOT)!

The season was one and done.
@BadBob, I know this is rough and nothing makes it good …But - you got this before it got you. I know it sucks but it could have been worse. Cold comfort, Bad timing, Yes.
Keep us up to date and we’ll send the good vibes your way. :D
 

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What do they want to do?
On the bright side, good thing your dealing with this now instead of keeling over somewhere.
The surgeon who did the catheter says it will be a 6 way bypass. But until I meet with ths thurasic surgeon it is just a guess.
Figure the next thing for me step up the exercises and get into the best shape I can.
 

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The surgeon who did the catheter says it will be a 6 way bypass. But until I meet with ths thurasic surgeon it is just a guess.
Figure the next thing for me step up the exercises and get into the best shape I can.
After the procedure, right?
 

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Hurrah it will be 6 weeks tomorrow-today Xrays today showed fracture/ bone grew! I got OK to use the leg, carefully, Ok to bear weight with walking, lose the brace if I want. Use my elastic knee braces and Slowly wake it back up- nothing aggressive, no carrying any weight. I go back 2/27 for ck up and then Ortho said I should be able to go to gym, swim and get on machines and if needed will add PT. Said I am excellent healer, she was very pleased with how xray looked, and my ability to bend it with no pain, stand on it, no pain, and pressure joint no pain. I can't fully straighten it and it does get tired and needs ice- all good she said. and I should keep doing all my homepathic vitamin regime. Will follow her guidance on slowly bringing it back on line. I'm so relieved with the good news. AND best news I CAN DRIVE!! suggested I keep the crutches close just in case it gets tired. We'll see about Alta in April but she said mammoth is June/July is a really good realistic goal. Hurrah!
That’s great- Mammoth is basically a multi season resort in June. Since your near my old stomping grounds ( Saratoga/S. Vermont) just watch out for slick surfaces!
 

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After the procedure, right?
No, before. A few sets of like 25 crunches for core. Walking on the treadmill. Some lung stuff. Everybody I have ever talked to said the same thing thing, 'the better shape you go in, the faster the recovery'.
Will stack this deck anyway I can.
 

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No, before. A few sets of like 25 crunches for core. Walking on the treadmill. Some lung stuff. Everybody I have ever talked to said the same thing thing, 'the better shape you go in, the faster the recovery'.
Will stack this deck anyway I can.

Good luck, Bob. :beercheer:
 

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No, before. A few sets of like 25 crunches for core. Walking on the treadmill. Some lung stuff. Everybody I have ever talked to said the same thing thing, 'the better shape you go in, the faster the recovery'.
Will stack this deck anyway I can.
Talk to your cardiologist before you engage in any “ prehab”! Sounds like you have multi vessel disease and without knowing your anatomy- where exactly the disease is- I’d venture to guess at least one of the narrowings ( stenosis) is in a critical location and exercise may predispose to sudden bad things. Seriously, give your vcardiologist a call. IF you’re ok to exercise ( this started with you having exertional chest pain etc which led to your diagnosis etc as I recall) he/ she MAY give you a safe cardiac rehab routine you could follow that won’t put you at risk while you wait for yourvtrip to the OR. BTW; although many non docs automatically think that coronary stents are the preferred way to get your coronary disease fixed, in the CV disease professional community ( cardiologists, CV / Thoracic surgeons) it can be more nuanced and the decision to either stent someone vs go to surgery for CABG - bypass surgery- is highly individualized. Some long term studies also suggest that all things being equal, CABG/ bypass surg can have better long term outcomes. So there’s that.
 

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Whelp. My turn. Crested Butte on 1/15. Intertrochanteric Fracture. Which is breaking your femur clean at the hip. In my case, courtesy of an aspen tree. I did not hit any thing else, just my right hip.

Was skiing with my family and a friend of my kids, she was showing us around some new spots at CB, we decided to poke into a little aspen grove on the way down to get a lunchtime drink. It was pretty flat to the point of some ski walking going in, older powder underneath, fresh on top. We finally got a bit of pitch, I was skiing in a snowboarder boot track, felt it get suddenly faster and we all pulled up right before a fun pitch with an open glade to the left before dropping back on onto the groomer.

I got caught up on something underneath, either a sapling or more likely the older consolidated snow didn’t want to release, but the fresh on top was insanely fast. Threw me into a patch of aspens and I got skis, boots, knees, through a V notch of two trees, right hip took a huge impact and fractured. No shoulder or any other contact. I landed skis parallel in soft powder, thankfully, because any movement was excruciatingly painful.

We waited about 10 mins before getting patrol, to see if it was a bad contusion and I could ski it out. Fortunately it wasn’t very cold as it took 2 hours total before I was down, including a shot of fentanyl on the hill. Difficult extraction and ski patrol was extraordinary as was the care in the base clinic.

I was in an ambulance headed to Gunnison for surgery soon after, where I was repaired by Dr. Blake Clifton is is extremely well regarded - doctor/nurse/staff all told me “I’d have Dr. Clifton repair my hip”. I was told by the base clinic doc “you need surgery, but you won’t need a replacement hip.” (replacement hip, what !?!).

I ended up in the hospital for 2.5 days. I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink since 9:30 that morning, which was good because I could go straight into surgery, but my blood pressure stayed very low and I start low, like normal is 110/60.

I was day one “weight bearing as tolerated” and starting PT. But first, here’s pics from the scene. I kept telling my crew to document, the first one my wife asks me to smile. She has a video of my sled trip, that’s always sobering to watch. The last pic I snagged a woowoo wagon selfie with them waving. I was on the big pain meds by then.
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The thing about this fracture is it’s big, and has to be repaired as quickly as possible because it’s a highly vascular region, but with titanium pin and rod hip to knee, it is repaired. I met with the surgeon on Monday and I walked in on crutches partially weight bearing that leg 2 weeks after the fracture.

He reiterated “my only rule is no falls, because you can do real damage” but I have no restriction on weight bearing or mobility otherwise. He also removed 27 surgical staples - I’ve been told my days as a leg model may be over.

At 6 weeks I’ll get x-rays to evaluate degree of bone heal, then again at 3 months where I should be cleared for all normal activity. Full bone heal is 6-12 months, and I’ll be back to all activities before then, so late season A-Basin and start of proper mountain biking season are in play. I think I may be walking unassisted at 4 weeks and also back to driving, at least that is the goal.

The radiography before and after:

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And to think I was riding my mountain bike on snow and ice a few days prior, to do this in some low angle weird powder.

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