PDA

View Full Version : Crutches, foot boot, ice packs & hydrocodone!



Claudia
06-22-2008, 09:04 AM
Now you know why I'm not racing with Margo today.:(

Spin_Drift
06-22-2008, 09:26 AM
OMG... So very sorry that you are hurt...:(:(

What happened to you?

Right at the sailing season...time to go out and have some fun...:eek:


SO SORRY...:(:(:(

LeeG
06-22-2008, 09:29 AM
that is kind of cryptic and doesn't sound good at all. What's damaged?

Hwyl
06-22-2008, 09:31 AM
I'm out in sympathy with you (twisted ankle in my case, feeling better but curtailing plans today)

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 09:39 AM
You're supposed to swing gracefully from the halyard as you board the target ship, while waving your cutlass in the air and shouting a hearty "AVAST YE SCALLYWAGS!". Not leap like a turtle landing on the toerail with the side of your foot causing it to snap like a winter twig! ;)
Trust me, I know how much it hurts..... It'll get better. Careful with those oxys....We don't want you to turn into another Rush Limbaugh! ;)

Paul Girouard
06-22-2008, 09:44 AM
Careful with those oxys....We don't want you to turn into another Rush Limbaugh! ;)



Huh! :D


So how DID you break it? The ankle / foot.

Tylerdurden
06-22-2008, 09:52 AM
Hope both you and Gareth get back on the horse soon! Mark

Cass
06-22-2008, 09:56 AM
Get well soon!;)

Michael s/v Sannyasin
06-22-2008, 09:58 AM
ahh... now we have a Dame Limpsalot

apply liberal amounts of alcohol

sounds more sprained than broken?

Claudia
06-22-2008, 10:00 AM
It happened yesterday afternoon. We had just left the dock. I had the fenders in my hand and stepped on the seat and my foot slid (it was wet) off. My foot hit the cockpit floor on it's side...all my weight came tumbling down on that. We went out anyway and I was trying to be a brave sailor but it was a bit obvious that I had done something bad..the sign was my moving around on my butt.
After we got home Margo thought we should have it checked, off we went to the ER. The doctor said it's a twisted break (????) not a clean one and there is nothing that can be done until the swelling goes down. It's a bone down the right side. I follow up with an Orthopedic Doc in Plant City.
No driving and no weight whatsoever. No problem there...any weight is painful. What do you think the ortho guy will do? I am not a sit around be waited on sort of person and it's driving me nuts.
Margo and David have had a lot of fun with with this!

The Bigfella
06-22-2008, 10:00 AM
Ouch. That sounds nasty.

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 10:05 AM
"Spiral fracture" When it's in the hand (like mine was) it's called a "Boxer's fracture". Not much they can do except splint it with a half cast to imobilize it. My guess is you'll be pretty much out of commision for at least a week, ond operating at less than 25% for another month. Foot fractures take a long time to heal just because you CAN'T stay off of your feet for that long. Get used to a sore back to from walking funny....

LeeG
06-22-2008, 10:07 AM
ouch,ouch,ouch.

Claudia
06-22-2008, 10:09 AM
"Spiral fracture" When it's in the hand (like mine was) it's called a "Boxer's fracture". Not much they can do except splint it with a half cast to imobilize it. My guess is you'll be pretty much out of commision for at least a week, ond operating at less than 25% for another month. Foot fractures take a long time to heal just because you CAN'T stay off of your feet for that long. Get used to a sore back to from walking funny....

The Dr. did mention a cast that I could walk on, but as I said the swelling has to go down first.

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 10:10 AM
Yeah.... A cast molded around a foot shaped balloon won't do you much good.....:D

Michael s/v Sannyasin
06-22-2008, 10:33 AM
we've got to work on that story Claudia... humm, boxers wrist... maybe you've got a Jackie Chan or Jet Li or Michelle Yeoh foot fracture from a radical flying side kick to the face of some hostile boarding party...

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r46/puma_talk/TextureKick_1024x768.jpg

don't worry about being out of commission long, when I broke a leg during summer, as a kid, I learned how to ride a bike, peddling with one foot, cast propped up on the handle bars. where there is a will...

Spin_Drift
06-22-2008, 10:36 AM
Sorry to hear it's that bad....

botebum
06-22-2008, 10:39 AM
I'm with Michael on this. Let's call it a Jet Li Fracture. Other than that no sympathy...well you DID get to go sailing and I didn't;)

Doug

paladin
06-22-2008, 11:17 AM
When in such a situation...make lemonade......ya can learn to do wheelies in a wheelchair.......and a garage stool on a sheet of ply lets ya move around the boat.......

clancy
06-22-2008, 11:29 AM
Sorry to hear this. In the past three months I went from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane and now I'm taking baby steps unaided. You're going to have a funny tan and just wait till it begins to itch. :eek:

Hwyl
06-22-2008, 11:53 AM
Sorry to hear it's bad too, which foot? I hope it's not your right.

I have a big day tomorrow, which gives me a good reason to take it easy today.

Memphis Mike
06-22-2008, 12:03 PM
Sorry Claudia. Get well soon.

jack grebe
06-22-2008, 12:10 PM
You will do ANYTHING to have David wait on you hand and foot:rolleyes::D.
Seriously, take care and get better soon, That is a real bummer:(.

Claudia
06-22-2008, 12:23 PM
Sorry to hear it's bad too, which foot? I hope it's not your right.

I have a big day tomorrow, which gives me a good reason to take it easy today.

It would be my right.

Phillip Allen
06-22-2008, 12:25 PM
Gee...I hope you can still bake those cakes....(get well soon) :)

Captain Blight
06-22-2008, 01:33 PM
OW OW OWWIE OUCH

I had one of those about ten years ago, jumping from an empty barge down onto a loaded barge. 'bout an eight foot drop, in the rain, landed badly. Heard a sound like a handclap, then the throbbin' started. Finished out my watch, went straight to the hospital. The doc was gonna put me in a walking cast and Oxxies but I just asked for a light-duty chit. Spent a week splicing lines and painting boats. When I had to go back to work I just made sure that boot was laced extra-tight. Worked okay, there's a little lump there now but no pain from it after it healed, no sequelae.

Mind you I was 29 years old and in awesome shape, that probably made a bit of a difference to what would happen now.

So I feel yer pain, hope it heals up quick. Get well soon!

S/V Laura Ellen
06-22-2008, 01:38 PM
Claudia: I can feel the pain from here. Take care of the foot and follow the doctors orders.
I wish you a speed and complete recovery.

StevenBauer
06-22-2008, 01:38 PM
Bummer Claudia. :( Follow the Doc's instructions. You don't want it to turn into one of those nagging injuries that just never heal right.


Steven

ishmael
06-22-2008, 01:53 PM
Golly, ain't it grand getting a bit on?

I tripped, hard, over some wayward shoes and went down hard on the hard edge of a wooden couch. Did I mention hard? Maybe a week ago. It's hardly noticable now, but I was immobile for a day. Stupid fool, keep those shoes out of the road!

Pretty sure I green-sticked a rib. Very painful. It only hurts when I laugh, doc!

Powers of recovery. The pain is gone now. May yours heal swiftly, Claudia.

htom
06-22-2008, 06:55 PM
Ouch! Gravity can be a terrible thing. Follow the doc's orders for exercise, and get well soon.

Concordia...41
06-22-2008, 07:00 PM
Just so you know the "Rest of the Story"...

The big SWS EBS turned out to be Claudia, David & yours truly. Not a problem. We were organized and David was working on the wiring for the depth gauge (I like these things you know.. :rolleyes:), and although we arrived at high slack, after we piddled around for a bit the current started to run out pretty good.

This is not normally a problem as you've seen in the pictures, SARAH's dock is parallel to the waterway, but Friday we were moved to a perpendicular finger pier because they were painting a neighboring boat.

As some of you may recall, our two previous times of backing into a cross current have met with instant disaster and this was shaping up to be more of the same.

I suggested a halt to David's work on the electronics in favor of an eminent departure. As we knew we would be swept back to some degree, the plan was that Claudia would be on the boat with me with David handling the dock lines. In the event the current caught me, we would all fend off as the need arose and if necessary I would just gun the engine and leave David on the dock...

Well, that is exactly what happened and during the intervening circling while we waited for David to stroll around the marina checking out other boats and get over to an easier-to-pick-him-up-from dock, Claudia retrieved fenders.

The best location we've found for the fenders is under the aft cockpit seat, but that requires me to elevate the tiller so the seat can be lifted and I loose a fair amount of control for the minute or so it takes to stow the fenders.

This is important, because this is exactly where the problem occurred.

Claudia had gathered the fenders and was standing in a holding pattern while I did a 360 check for traffic and made sure I was comfortable with my control, our speed and SARAH's trajectory. All the time the fenders (which were tied a little low when we were moved to the finger dock) were creating a nice puddle.

She stepped forward into the puddle and immediately slid the rest of the way into the cockpit. Breaking her foot in the process. :(

It took us three passes, but we picked David Gage up and made a short tour of the harbor before the obvious fact that Claudia had hurt herself became more than any of us (especially someone whose initials are CG) could ignore.

That being said, even as we're going in, she was still hobbling around and when ordered below still insisted on taking pictures and trying to help ...

For anyone who was here for their wedding or who knows the "Marley. Sit!" story, I used the same tone with "Claudia. Sit!" as she crawled up on deck to grab a line when we came in to the dock.

It sucked today without her, but the absolute worst moment was yesterday when the doctor said, "No boating for you tomorrow." And she started to cry. :(

After all that. Breaking her foot, crawling around the boat, being carried up the dock, going to the emergency room... she starts crying when they tell her she can't go sailing today...

And then I started crying. And I didn't dare glance at David. :(

They're on their way home now, and daughter Allie is going back with them so she can help Claudia during the day while David is at work.

The sawbones (as Chuck call them) say to give it a few days for the swelling to go down and then she'll see an orthopedic specialist.

Stay tuned...

And now you know the "Rest of the Story..."

Vince Brennan
06-22-2008, 07:46 PM
This is a true bummer, for Claudia, and Margo, as well as (by proxy) the rest of us. We hate it when a member falls ill or is injured, but this is just so damn nasty an injury that it's a special case.

CG, lissen on the Doc and do prezactly what he says. I didn't and after an hour or so afoot, I break out the cane. That injury is 12 years old.

Crummy time to break something... hope you heal up quick and whole.

Canoez
06-22-2008, 08:37 PM
Sorry to hear that Claudia - but perhaps Lady Limpsalotless instead of Dame Limpsalotless might be a better title? Hope you're feeling better and they have good news for you soon.

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 08:45 PM
"MARLEY! SIT!" :D ..... Claudia..... Listen closely...... Think Law suit! You could end up owning a beautiful 41' Concordia yawl..... ;) :D

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 08:46 PM
Oh SIT! Did I just say that out loud!? Sorry Boss!!! :D

rufustr
06-22-2008, 09:04 PM
I was waiting for the first Lawyer's card to be presented.

http://www.ssa.gov/history/pics/attorney.jpg

In the mean time.

http://www.sailhamptonroads.com/Images/crew.JPG

davidagage
06-22-2008, 09:10 PM
Margo, that is truely a wonderful description of the happenings leading up to the event, however, I do think you left out a few minor details.....
The seas were 8-12 ft, winds out of the north blowing at least 30 with gust to gale force. Lightning strikes were all about. Only the true champions would dare such a journey but the starving forumites were depending on us to carry through with such humanitarian efforts, we had to get to the task, and that we did...

(don't ya love an overly vivid imagination)

Katherine
06-22-2008, 09:10 PM
Well this sucks.:(

Mrleft8
06-22-2008, 09:14 PM
I like the drone.......er David's version better! ;)

coelacanth2
06-22-2008, 10:07 PM
I feel your pain. Did the same thing this last fall in Canada whilst moose hunting - skidded off the cabin porch in the rain, missed the second step, landed curled. Laced the boot a bit tighter, and attempted to carry on.
You did the smart thing - I walked on mine for 2 months, (split a chunk the size of your thumb off the posterior aspect of the tibia, ruptured most of the ligaments) before finally seeing an orthopod. Nothing to do at that point except PT and it still isn't quite right.
Good luck and keep us posted. My prayers for a clean recovery.

botebum
06-22-2008, 10:18 PM
...The seas were 8-12 ft, winds out of the north blowing at least 30 with gust to gale force. Lightning strikes were all about. Only the true champions would dare such a journey but the starving forumites were depending on us to carry through with such humanitarian efforts, we had to get to the task, and that we did...Ok Claudia, Now ya got my sympathy. I didn't realize that ya married such a BS artist:D

Doug

Michael s/v Sannyasin
06-22-2008, 10:39 PM
does anybody remember anything Samuel Clemens ever said about his life? Nooooo......

In the end, it is the tall tales you tell that will be remembered.

boylesboats
06-23-2008, 12:11 AM
Wow Claudia,
I am sorry to hear about that..:( I can feel the pain way up to my tongue.. Its gotta be that painful..

Stick with your Doctor's order, as soon swellin' and stuff goes away..
Face another six weeks for therapy :eek:

AussieBarney
06-23-2008, 05:21 AM
Well Claudia, I have followed your recent successes with interest and to have this happen now sucks big time. Sue and I send our sympathies and hope you get well soon. I hope the bone doc does not have to do anything, that would truly suck:eek::( Barney

Phillip Allen
06-23-2008, 07:12 AM
seems it wasn't an EBS so much as an ABS...

John B
06-23-2008, 04:17 PM
C, C , C ( shaking head).

Sorry to hear it. Did it myself in about october or november last year and still paying.:rolleyes:

Bill R
06-24-2008, 06:52 AM
Ouch. Take it easy Claudia, and follow the earlier instructions of liberal amounts of alcohol.

Dr. Bill prescribes 2 cocktails every 4 hours until the pain subsides.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
06-24-2008, 07:39 AM
Been there, done that - and felt the pain - try to smile.

I bust the foot at about 18:00 on a Friday evening - and met a buddy who was a Karate expert and had seen similar injuries.

He said "Thick sock, Stout well-fitted walking boot, do up the laces but not too tight - there's not much more you can do"

Spent the weekend learning to hobble then on Monday saw my doctor - got an X-ray and was then sent to hospital.

Hospital was 25 miles away - by motorcycle - yup the gearchange foot.

Doctor in the hospital said:
"What seems to be the trouble"

I replied "Broken foot - here's he X-ray".

He countered with "So what you doing here?"

I answered - "Doc sent me - what do we do now?"

"Thick sock, Stout well-fitted walking boot, do up the laces but not too tight - there's not much more you can do"

Mrleft8
06-24-2008, 09:02 AM
Did the stout help more than an ale you think? :D

Russ Manheimer
06-24-2008, 09:15 AM
Watch that first step! Sorry to hear about it Claudia. Do rest and let David find you a Black Spirit job you can do sitting down in the shade.

Be well,

Russ

Claudia
06-24-2008, 09:38 AM
Watch that first step! Sorry to hear about it Claudia. Do rest and let David find you a Black Spirit job you can do sitting down in the shade.

Be well,

Russ

I have a few small projects I can sit on the porch and sand.
I see the Dr. on Thursday afternoon.:)

htom
06-24-2008, 11:23 AM
If the Doc tells you that you need to be on crutches, you might want to try to get forearm crutches.