Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Land Sharks

Grete, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks. I was in Canada and didn't have the internet and then this happened...I'll be better from now on while I'm home on the couch.

It was the end of the week long trip to Retallack. It had been our most productive shoot as a team (Orage). The sun was out and the snow was amazing. It was an all time trip for me and so much fun. Endless cliffs and pillows!!

On the second to last day of the trip we were in a new zone. I had seen this line that I thought looked good to go. I checked it out from a number of angles and the photographer was near by lining me up for what appeared to be a perfect trany.

Under the perfect looking trany lie some land sharks disguised as rocks. I landed right on top of them. I made one turn and laid down on my side in agony.

Immediately I knew that my knee was messed up. I felt it and there was a strange bump off to the side. I was in pain...astounding pain. Chris O'Connell was first on the scene. I feel bad for him having to deal with that. I wasn't doing too well and he was trying to comfort me. Not the best situation to be in.

Shortly after J.P., T.J., our guide, and and handful of other guides, Dr.'s, and helping hands were surrounding me. I knew that something was dislocated and I kept asking people to put it back in, but I didn't really know what it was...if it were my knee or my knee cap. I couldn't tell. The Dr. gave me a shot with some gravel in it (anti nausea) and they loaded me up in the sled as comfortably as possible. They all did an absolutely amazing job. I was impressed even though it might not have seemed like it at the time.

They built a tent for me and covered me in blankets for the ride in the heli. It was a bad day to fly, but thankfully they got a heli out to where we were and took me to the Nelson hospital. It was a half hour long heli flight and I was stuck on my back with a mask on my face. I wish I could have enjoyed it. We made it to Nelson and they gave me some laughing gas to transport me to the hospital from the airport. Once I got there they cut my ski pants off me and injected me with morphine once they saw my knee. Sure was the knee cap that had dislocated to the outside of my leg. Not a pleasant sight or feeling.

After getting my boot off they popped it back in place, but it still wanted to pop out. So something was wrong with some ligaments in there. I made it home and after 3 flights, 1 heli ride, 4 Dr. appt.'s, and 1 MRI I know what's up with my knee. Here's the diagnosis...

My medial and lateral meniscus are torn along with the femoral something or other (it's job is to hold my knee cap in place). So tomorrow afternon at 3 I go in to surgery to fix that up. At the same time they will look at my ACL which they think is also torn, but won't be able to opperate on that until I heal up from my first surgery.

So it's going to be a process, but I can't wait for it to start. Make some turns out there for me and watch out for land sharks!!!

1 comment:

shelmatic said...

so sorry to hear about this. :(

i'm going to call you in the next couple days. maybe i can come visit.

feel better parker!