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MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Aug 12, 2017 - 07:58am PT







The crag is called Tombstone.

I think the route is/was called The Undertaker.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 12, 2017 - 08:47pm PT
Damn Anita, what happened that you needed a fixator? I hear those things are painful as hell!
originalpmac

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Aug 12, 2017 - 09:19pm PT
Road Rash
Road Rash
Credit: originalpmac

Longboarding misadventure

Chainsaw meet knee
Chainsaw meet knee
Credit: originalpmac

Chainsaw meets knee
Chainsaw meets knee
Credit: originalpmac

Chainsawing misadventure. This one is still healing, slowly
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Aug 12, 2017 - 10:26pm PT
guyman, chicken leg indeed; been there, done that. Did the quad tendon on Rainier, walked (with much falling) down three miles with no left leg; as long as the leg was straight and bones were carrying the load it was sort of okay, but the slightest bend and ass met earth. Surgery, therapy (REALLY, REALLY ESSENTIAL) and back out but not as good. This is what the puppy looked like at the great unveiling; hard to believe all the staples.
Amazing how the muscles vanished after months of not moving.  This was...
Amazing how the muscles vanished after months of not moving. This was the hard part; I didn't believe there would be any problem but it took a year to be even near normal.
Credit: Winemaker
What the wife saw after I drove home.
What the wife saw after I drove home.
Credit: Winemaker

Edited to add: My surgeon didn't think it would be possible, but I can touch my butt with my foot. Don't do this.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 14, 2017 - 09:31am PT
Ughhh... unpleasantness! MH2, glad you are still with us.

Jaybro, just for you!

anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Aug 14, 2017 - 11:10am PT
Damn Anita, what happened that you needed a fixator? I hear those things are painful as hell!

hey John - It's a long story. I ended up with my R leg being shorter so I had it lengthened 3 years ago using that external fixator. And yes, it was painful at first. By the 4th month I was only taking a couple PK's a day. At the beginning I was on 8-10.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Aug 14, 2017 - 11:15am PT
Credit: jeff constine
Real SCAR FNH.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 14, 2017 - 11:21am PT
Torn meniscus I'd guess.

Brandon-

Your guess is right on.


guyman, chicken leg indeed; been there, done that. Did the quad tendon on Rainier, walked (with much falling) down three miles with no left leg; as long as the leg was straight and bones were carrying the load it was sort of okay, but the slightest bend and ass met earth. Surgery, therapy (REALLY, REALLY ESSENTIAL) and back out but not as good. This is what the puppy looked like at the great unveiling; hard to believe all the staples.

Winemaker.... you are now part of a select club.... adjustable leg loops are now an essential part of the harness. How long ago did that happen to you?

Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Aug 14, 2017 - 12:40pm PT
Hey guyman, it was about four years ago. It's almost normal now, just a little stiff and not quite as bendy as it was but no need for braces or special stuff. Physical therapy was the key; I had 30 sessions covered annually, and I used them up just as the new year rolled around, so had another 30 available. Used every one of those sessions and was grateful for them.

An observation about physical therapy - seemed like most of the other people in there were there because they were supposed to be, not because they aggressively wanted to get better; they just sort of went through the exercises whereas I attacked them 'cause I knew I wanted to be healed. Went back about a year ago to see the guys at Peak Performance Sport and Spine here in Yakima (Greg is the owner) and was greeted as 'The Legend' 'cause I tried so hard; touched me that they remembered and I sure remembered them for their support and help.

I had no idea muscles, if unused, deteriorated like they did; it was a real shock. After the staples were pulled and I was able to start exercise the leg was locked solid. First chore was to free the frozen knee cap then start (trying) to bend the leg. It took a month to bend to 90. I had an adjustable angular brace to limit motion to the desired range, as the tendon was still knitting. It repaired @ about 20%/month, so was at full strength after five months. I don't know what someone without insurance coverage would do; probably never walk right again is my best guess. The last muscles to develop were descending muscles.
J R

climber
bend
Aug 14, 2017 - 02:13pm PT
Hiking in between broderick and watkins to do a midnight run on snakedike. I slipped climbing down into the drainage and a thick manzanita caught me... litterally. Pierced my left arm in the arm pit and tented out the back. Kept hiking in. A bit sore it was, but healed well with some glue.
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Aug 14, 2017 - 02:22pm PT
August 2014
August 2014
Credit: Lorenzo
Took about a 15 footer on Cathedral Peak trying to climb out around the hoards. Broke a nubbin, hit a flake. You could see the Patelar tendon.

Finished the pitch, begged some tape and gauze from other climbers, and with my partner's help hiked out and drove to Mammoth hospital for surgery.

The only good part is that E. Beck got his hip replaced in Bishop the next day so we got to visit him postoperative. He was doing pull-ups in intensive care.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 14, 2017 - 02:57pm PT
Lorenzo.... O- Sh#t, that looks pretty painful.

Winemaker.... I find that the physical therapist will get down with you and give you extra work and time if you make a big effort during the workout. I think most of them do not get to work on crazy athletes who want to get back to a sport that landed one in PT in the first place.

MH2.... I bet there is a STORY behind that missing big-chunk of stone. Got any details?
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Aug 14, 2017 - 07:10pm PT
Yeah guyman, very, very true. They know how bad you want it and really want to help. Guess I impressed them with 225 single leg squats (admittedly at an angle.... still) before failure (good leg). Breathing hard, panting, and grunting (as well as other odd but melodious sounds) are the key, as is complaining and moaning out loud! There were some exercises I just hated doing; did them the best I could anyway. When I first started Greg asked me to make a leg muscle; when I did he told me most people don't even know how to tense their leg. I was stunned.

The oddest thing I recollect is when Greg my therapist took me into the hall and told me to skip. I couldn't; it just wasn't physically possible, I looked like some idiot shuffling around and felt like it too. He told me until I could skip I couldn't run. Appreciate what you got, you won't know what it means till it's gone. Wasn't there some song about a parking lot or something.......?
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