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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:15am PT
You will prevail. Good luck today!


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:43am PT
Seems a few storms on a long journey are to be expected although it doesn't make them any more pleasant. Pulling for ya today and hoping it all turns out well and your downtime is minimal.
tinker b

the commonwealth
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:44am PT
geez ammon!!!!
good thoughts heading your way. i love the base jumping with a crutch, the new jolly roger, and that your doc didn't think you were over doing it. are you facebook friends?
big love, jo-lynne

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:36am PT
Good luck with the healing!

Jun 27, 2014 - 09:12am PT
Your picc nurse should tell you this, but don't forget to take the injection med out of the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to injection. Fridge temp drugs going into a central blood vessel is mighty unpleasant. I mean, hell, you've been through a lot worse, but no need for unnecessary pain.

Jun 27, 2014 - 09:15am PT
lets hear it for the man, way to get after it. you can see the lack of healing involving the fibula and the callous of bone along the margins due to the motion. you broke the fibular plate and tibial screws from having too much fun, classic. the lateral joint space at the tibial talar articulation remains widened. hard to not move around i'm sure, but you will have to take it easy to allow this to heal... keep it up pirate, sweet canopy.

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2014 - 10:40am PT
I'm jealous that you got to camp on top! When I was there it was blowing like 60 mph and gusty. I was pretty quickly ready to head down.

The missing register is indeed disturbing! I really enjoyed leafing through it (shielding it from the wind). Sadly, a replacement can't recapture that history and notes.

GOOD on ya for such an amazing recovery! You da man!

Social climber
Jun 27, 2014 - 10:48am PT
hey there say, ammon... been keeping with the facebook, but been slow online, due to lots of yard work and helping an elderly lady, out here, get a few places...

thanks for the update...

wow, as to this:

Yesterday I found out the game changed quite a bit. I've got an infection called Propionibacterium Acnes. It's a common bacteria that's on every healthy humans skin, but it's not supposed to grow in your bones. It really likes metal and collects around it. Slow growing but a nasty little bugger to get rid of. It prevents bone healing, induces swelling and deteriorates bone tissue. So, that's why it took so long for the hardware to fail and this is actually a pretty common scenario with plated bones. It eventually got weak enough that it just sluffed off.

did not see that part, yet...

whewwwww... sending out prayers, along with my good cheers for the healing...

us 'moms' of the world, of course, are always glad when 'kids' of the world, stop the fun for just a bit and get WELL, :))

extra note:
wow, this is a really full and rich neat update..,. great adventure and pics of your love of life, and embracing it...

after you embrace the rest of the healing, you will be twice as RICH

god blesss... :)

Social climber
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Nice report/update, sorry to hear of the ongoing rough seas.... I'd have happily joined you for finishing up the Sundevil if I'd been around at the right time.

Sounds like you need to slow down and chill for a while so the leg can mend and you can clear the infection. All the best!
Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:03am PT
The Call Of K2 Lou

Mountain climber
North Shore, BC
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:11am PT
F#%$in' nice canopy!

Thanks for the updates, Ammon. They're a great reminder to myself, and probably many others, that we need to get out more and do the things we love.

PS: broken leg hardware sounds like a damn good excuse to have your partner carry the pig. For the next several years.

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 27, 2014 - 02:15pm PT
Healing thoughts going your way Ammon! Thanks for the update of your adventures and tribulations.......

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:08pm PT
You broke the fibular plate and tibial screws from having too much fun, classic.

No bro, I was hiking around with minimal pain and feeling strong for nearly four months. The infection is very slow growing, so it took a while to deteriorate and weaken/kill the bone until hardware failure. Once the hardware failed my bones couldn't support my activities and started shifting. When the screws broke and the fibula plate bent/cracked my entire leg started bowing. That was the only red flag that prompted me to get it checked out. The docs said the hardware never would have malfuntioned that far into recovery if it wasn't for the infection. I was taking it a lot easier than it looks, lots of butt slide BASE jumps and one footed climbs, haa... more easily done when aiding.

Basically, those little buggers formed a colony and declared mutiny on their own vessel. To Davey Jones' Locker with them. Yaaaarrr!!!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2014 - 06:58am PT
Aye! Dead germs tell no tales!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jun 28, 2014 - 07:01am PT
Dang Ammon -- cheap ass china screws er whut? Dood,, heres hoping for an eventual FULL ASS RECOVERY.!!
Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Jun 28, 2014 - 08:22am PT
Why hasn't anyone anyone developed antibiotic coated/impregnated screws. Nano ceramics? Glues/antibiotics? immune mediators, growth factors, etc?

I would guess infections are rare, but they seem to be tough. Blood flow and immune response is limited? There must be something more tolerable than metal. I've heard (from an MD) that some of the tools used in orthopedics look like they're straight off the hardware store shelf. I'm sure there are some pretty specialized tools/materials too.

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jun 28, 2014 - 10:34am PT
Back in this rig for six weeks while I fight the infection with antibiotics.

External fixator
External fixator
Credit: ElCapPirate

Dang Ammon -- cheap ass china screws er whut? Dood

Does anyone read my drivel er whut? Haha. LOL

No, the infection weakened my bones to the point that all of the impact was on the hardware. The metal is like a paper clip, it will bend and then bend back. But, multiple times it will eventually fatigue to the point of breaking.
The Larry

Moab, UT
Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38am PT
Good luck brother. Call me if you need anything.

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:57am PT
Nice Russian aider set up.

Heal quickly!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 28, 2014 - 03:02pm PT
Climbing long routes in a push will seem like a party after going through all of this, Ammon. Not that I would know anything about that...

Hope that you are feeling much better soon!
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