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ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Jul 10, 2014 - 05:09pm PT
is it weight bearing?

No way, it's still super sloppy in there. I probably won't be cleared for weight bearing until around mid November, I'm guessing.

Here's a an xray from the last surgery right before they took the rogue screws out:

Broken screws
Broken screws
Credit: ElCapPirate
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Jul 22, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
Half way through the antibiotic injections, three more weeks left:

Credit: ElCapPirate

Credit: ElCapPirate

Keeping my spirits high!

Credit: ElCapPirate

Credit: ElCapPirate

Here's a video link to the Fisher Towers adventure in March:

https://vimeo.com/101487401
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 23, 2014 - 12:25am PT
hey there say, ammon... neat to see the update, here, as well...

hang in there, :) need we say, :))


god bless, and to your mom, as well...
wow, moms have just got to be strong, at times like this, :)
Bargainhunter

climber
Jul 23, 2014 - 12:54am PT
What a pain that the hardware got infected, but that happens sometimes even under the best of circumstances.

Did you have good insurance prior to the accident? If so, did it cover your costs well or leave you in the lurch? Don't answer if the question is too personal, I'm just curious if your coverage did what it was suppose to and insure your health, or not.

Peace and happy healing!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Aug 10, 2014 - 11:10pm PT
Back in February before the infection caused damage...

My first jump back with Sketchy Andy:
overwatch

climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 12:13am PT
Dare I be the blasphemer and state the obvious?

I am with Pete on this one. Best wishes through these next trials
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 11, 2014 - 04:49am PT
That was a really good video! it does state the obvious that you guys need to come up with better riggs or better protocol or something to lower the rate of atrition.......
rick d

climber
ol pueblo, az
Aug 11, 2014 - 06:46am PT
Ammon-
we still have to compare notes.

6 months out I had a enterobacter infection and 6-8 weeks later I had to get my hardware removed. I did not bend the damn thing! Of course,I was working with broke legs on both sides not just one.

ask jeremy a. how my leg does next time you see him.
madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Aug 11, 2014 - 08:57am PT
Yikes, Anita! I've never seen a rig CLOSE to that one!

All the best to both of you.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Sep 16, 2014 - 08:42am PT
Got the biopsy results in yesterday, kinda bitter sweet news but mostly good... I think.

I had two different infections going on in my bone. The propionibacterium acnes infection and a staph infection, both probably caused from my bone punching through my skin, where they both naturally live. The p. acnes is a nasty bone eating vermin that's hard to get rid of but apparently jumped ship. So, a welcoming negative on those little parasites and to Davey Jones' locker they go.

One out of the three cultures came back positive for the staph infection. So, that's good news it's not completely infested. I'll most likely go back on the hard stuff, injecting antibiotics but will know more once I see the infectious disease folks next Monday. Mostly good news but not out of the thick of it, just yet.

Thanks to all my friends and family who have shown concern and support, you rock and I love you all.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 16, 2014 - 08:50am PT
Wow Ammon! Continuing trials and tribulations dude!! I hope you get that nasty staph sorted bro!!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Sep 16, 2014 - 09:27am PT
I just got the best news EVER! The staph culture that came back positive was contaminated. It wasn't even the same organism that I was infected with. I'm clean of the vermin and now doing the happy dance. Wooot wooot!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Sep 16, 2014 - 09:29am PT
Oh SH#T! Is that ever cool news. Unreal....No! No! REAL REAL

Susan
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Sep 16, 2014 - 09:29am PT
NICE! You've been through the wringer man.. Hope its all UP HILL now!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 16, 2014 - 09:53am PT
</:-) stupid symbol that is happy with hair HAPPY. TO HEAR THE COOTIES ARE OUT OF YOU
WTF

climber
Jan 9, 2015 - 04:40pm PT
Bumping

Hope you're healing.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Jan 26, 2015 - 08:30am PT
First climb in nine months
First climb in nine months
Credit: Lindsay McEwing

Well, I've been reluctant to post on this thread with so many of our friends and members of our tribe in way worse condition than I'm in...

But, good news for the Pirate. I graduated to full weight a few weeks ago and things are looking really good. The doc said he still can't believe how fast the bone is growing and how flexible my ankle is. They didn't have to fuse my ankle and it looks like the bone graft is taking.

"We took a long shot and it looks like it's working. But, we're not out of the woods, yet", were the doc's exact words.

I'm still taking it easy and hopefully the vermin doesnt come back to haunt me. I guess they are sneaky buggers and can lay dormant for a few years and then start cultivating again.

I snuck in a little 5.10 top rope the other day and it felt super good to be back on the rock. Thanks for all the positive energy I've felt from everyone of you. It means a lot to me and has helped me overcome a lot of difficulties thrown at me in 2014. I'm psyched to move on and see what '15 brings.

Lots o' love folks!

My new hardware
My new hardware
Credit: ElCapPirate
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Denver, Colorado
Jan 26, 2015 - 08:35am PT
Congradulations, I was getting ready to start calling you Pegleg the Pirate.
Johnny K.

climber
Jan 26, 2015 - 09:14am PT
Awesome stuff Ammon! Great to hear you got back on the rock. Cheers for a strong and healthy recovery road in your future.
eKat

Trad climber
Jan 26, 2015 - 09:15am PT
Dood. . . you either need to go out and have a raft of kids or be a MAJOR sperm donor.

You're from GOOD STOCK!

CONGRATS!

ox
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